Gary A. Vela, M.D. Gary A. Vela, M.D. Columbia Gary A. Vela, M.D. advocates for the emotional and psychological benefits of body contouring procedures. Emotional benefits to plastic surgery can include dealing with past trauma, enjoying higher levels of self-esteem, and a having happier, more positive attitude toward life. Individuals who have undergone plastic surgery can benefit emotionally because the procedure helps them to leave the past behind and start a new life.