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10 Unexpected Ways Plastic Surgery Is Used To Help People

Plastic surgery = so much more than superficial. Check out Botched By Nature on E!, where Dr. Nassif and Dr. Dubrow go on the road to help people in need. New Episodes Wednesdays at 9/8c.

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1. Plastic surgeons perform surgery on cleft palates, a condition which can cause sufferers difficulty with breathing, eating, and communicating.

Cleft palates and cleft lips are caused when portions of the lip and/or the roof of the mouth don't form together in the usual way. Plastic surgeons can perform cleft lip and cleft palate repair procedures that aid in the correction of these abnormalities.

2. People suffering from hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) can get their sweat glands surgically removed.

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Hyperactive sweat glands not only potentially cause embarrassment, but they also leave sufferers more prone to infection. For people whose sweating can't be controlled with less extreme methods like antiperspirant and botox injections, surgery can be used to remove overactive glands.

3. People born with a clubfoot often have a smaller calf on the affected limb, and a muscular implant can make a patient's calves appear more symmetrical.

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Decreasing the asymmetry from their malformation can make patients feel less self-conscious and more confident after their surgeries.

5. Plastic surgery can be used to separate conjoined twins.

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Plastic surgeons can be instrumental in the separation of conjoined twins — even in risky operations on twins with connected organs and bones.

6. Breast implants or breast reconstruction are frequently performed by plastic surgeons on breast cancer survivors.

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Breast reconstruction performed by plastic surgeons after a mastectomy can make women feel more confident and comfortable about the way their bodies look after the loss of their natural breast(s).

7. Cosmetic surgeons can be called on to repair tissues after severe traumas, like animal bites and car accidents.

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Plastic surgeons can repair superficial skin damage as well as deep tissue damage (including nerve, tendon, and muscle damage). These surgeries not only aid in improving appearance after trauma, they can also be crucial to improving function.

8. Blepharoplasty, or eyelid-correction surgery, can improve people's vision.

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While many people get this procedure purely for cosmetic reasons, others undergo it because, as their eyelids begin to droop lower with age, their field of vision is dramatically reduced and their eyelids feel uncomfortably heavy.

9. Breast reduction surgery can be used to alleviate and prevent back ailments.

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Also called reduction mammaplasty, this procedure requires little downtime and can result in lessened persistent pain in the neck and back as well as an increase in mobility.

10. Syndactyly (webbing between the fingers and/or toes) is a condition present from birth that can be treated with plastic surgery.

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Syndactyly occurs in utero and presents itself in approximately 1 out of every 3,000 births. It can result in either partial or complete (base all the way to tip) joining of fingers and toes and is usually treated surgically within the first year of a child's life.

For inspiring stories about real plastic surgeons and the people who need their help, watch Dr. Nassif and Dr. Dubrow hit the road to make a meaningful difference in patients' lives in Botched By Nature on E!, new Episodes Wednesdays at 9/8c.

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