Controversy over facelift surgery: aesthetic or necessity?

Controversy over the ethics behind cosmetic procedures has been around since the inception of this field of medicine. The aesthetic or the essential need not be at oddsEverything will depend on the positive psychological change that this operation can provide to the client, especially if there is an underlying deformity.

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Of course, we must bear in mind that aesthetic operations have been growing in recent years, largely due to the democratization of social networks. To the extent that Dissatisfaction with our appearance fueled by social media is known as “Snapchat dysmorphia.”

The American Academy of Plastic Surgery states that, according to data collected in 2017, 55% of patients were searching for surgery to look better online. We must know the dangers of this type of platform and the consequences it generates on our self-esteem in order to clearly see the root of our problem and make an honest decision.

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are among the most sought-after specialists In recent years to undergo plastic surgery. As he explains to us Professor Federico Hernandez AlfaroDirector of the Maxillofacial Institute in Barcelona and Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, maxillofacial surgery achieves a permanently noticeable jawline, unlike celebrities padding.

To perform the operation, the specialist is guided by the so-called “Barcelona line”, which is a vertical line that starts from the nose and continues perpendicular to the ground. It can be traced very easily on the image of the patient in a relaxed and smiling position.

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This procedure brings with it health benefits, It achieves a dual objective: In the aesthetic field, it harmonizes the face, and in the functional field, it is a potential therapeutic intervention for patients with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea, since the advancement of the maxillary and mandibular bones facilitates breathing, according to Professor Hernandez Alfaro.

In addition, the psychological benefits that the patient accrues from increasing his acceptance of himself and others. This feature is comparable to any other aesthetic operation. However, the face is a “social organ”, and it is the first thing we show, so the effect is greater than if you operated on a less exposed part of the body.

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The specialist explains that in recent years, there have been experiments increase in male patients Who want to improve their appearance through aesthetic treatments.

The characteristics of the patients are varied, but they generally tend to be equally male and female, between the ages of 25 and 44 and of medium to high purchasing power. They tend to be very knowledgeable about the procedure and 50% of the Barcelona Maxillofacial Institute are international, mainly the US, UK, Canada, Scandinavia and the UAE.

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