Plastic surgery is a Western medical practice that no one would really associate with alternative health. First of all, a lot of these procedures involve synthetic materials to be inserted into the body. Plus, it is considered a beauty procedure and many people do not consider it part of one’s health. Is it really that impossible to combine the two?
The fact is, alternative health looks at more than just the physical body. Though there is a good number of practices under this label, they look at the person as a whole system. This means alternative health goes beyond just the body itself, and considers the emotional, psychological and spiritual aspects. When combined with Western medical procedures, they provide a more holistic approach to treatment.
The fact is, while some plastic surgery patients go under the knife to correct some physical imperfections, most do so in their search for “perfection” within their bodies. In some cases, they do not have any real need for surgery but they go through it because they perceive themselves to be flawed. Most cosmetic surgeons get rich from this kind of thinking but in some cases, it can go extreme. Patients go through so much surgery without getting satisfied with their appearance. Thus, taking care of not just their bodies, but also addressing the system as a whole to achieve a sense of well-being.
Holistic Plastic Surgery
In fact, such an approach already exists and it is called holistic plastic surgery. This means, alongside the traditional cosmetic procedure like a tummy tuck or rhinoplasty, the surgeon also incorporates alternative therapies as part of the pre- and post-op wellness. Thus, they are able to address the whole person, both inside and out. These practitioners of holistic plastic surgery look at the different dimensions of wellness.
It means they try to incorporate other therapies before or after surgery. They may include cleaning the body through a detox or adjusting the diet, as well as exercise or other therapies that actually prepare and help the body for the surgery itself. Thus, patients recover faster and the burden on the body is eased.
Patients experience a combination of Western and the so-called Eastern (alternative) medicine. Other treatments like homeopathy, for example, will limit the negative effects of anesthesia and Reiki massage will allow them to relax and relieve stress. On the other hand, acupuncture eases any pain and discomfort that may arise during the surgery.
The most important aspect is to address the emotional, psychological and spiritual well-being of the patient. This will help with any issues on self-esteem and body acceptance so that they appreciate their beauty but also know how to deal with changes to their appearance.
Just like any doctor, holistic plastic surgeons think about their patient’s health and well-being. In fact, beauty is also a part of this, as part of a complex system of the body, mind, and soul. Incorporating these into a plastic surgery practice will lead to post-surgery patients who are both healthy and satisfied with their bodies. It is not only possible, but it is also better to combine plastic surgery and alternative health.