The Truth About Plastic Surgery Myths Revealed

Posted January 12, 2016

While the number of patients having plastic surgery continues to grow on a yearly basis, there are still a good number of myths and misconceptions surrounding the actual act of having plastic surgery. The following is a list of some of the most common plastic surgery myths believed by many interested patients:

  • Only people who are vain get plastic surgery – When plastic surgery is discussed by the public, it is usually related to celebrities who undergo boob jobs, butt augmentations and facelifts. In fact, plastic surgery is vital in the area of reconstructive surgery such as scar revisions and breast rebuilding following a mastectomy. While there are some people who utilize plastic surgery to look younger, a good number of people turn to it after health issues or accidents.
  • Not very many men get plastic surgery – The number of men undergoing plastic surgery procedures has been increasing over the past few years. Thanks to today’s job market, many men feel more pressure to look younger in order to stay relevant in the competitive workplace. Many men have turned to Botox and fillers to rejuvenate their appearance as well as gynecomastia to treat enlarged breasts.
  • Plastic surgery has a long recovery time – While the amount of recovery time varies between procedures, advances in techniques and pain control means that patients can get back to their normal routines on a quicker basis.
  • Plastic surgery leaves no scars – Plastic surgeons have gotten much better at making surgery scars look more refined and smaller. In general, plastic surgery will cause some type of scar formation following the procedure. Ask your surgeon for treatment tips on how to reduce any existing scarring and also prevent future scarring.
  • The results last forever – One very common myth is the idea that the results from plastic surgery last forever. There are a good number of procedures that give patients long lasting results that change their lives for the better. It is important to remember that changes can happen after the surgery. A patient can still gain weight following a tummy tuck or liposuction procedure. The patient will continue to age after the surgery so wrinkles and creases can become evident on the face even after a facelift. A follow-up procedure or two might be required to maintain the results gained from the initial plastic surgery.
  • Botox is Botox no matter the name or the provider – The price of Botox is set by the company that produces it. The “Botox” that is available at some spas and salons might not be the actual product or might be a diluted form of it. It’s also important to check with your doctor to make sure he or she is trained in administering Botox as an untrained person can cause results that do not look balanced and might appear a little droopy.
  • Everyone ages the same so everyone will need the same procedures – While it is true that everyone ages, not everyone ages in the same manner. Some people age and it’s hard to tell their age by looking at their face while others need help maintaining a youthful appearance. Plus, there are quite a few environmental factors that play a part in the way a person appears as they grow older. Prolonged exposure to the sun and smoking are just two of the reasons some people might not age as gracefully as others around them.
  • Liposuction is an effective weight loss procedure – There are a good number of patients who want to have liposuction because they have heard that it is an effective way to lose weight. First and foremost, liposuction is not a weight loss procedure! There is a good chance that a doctor will ask a patient to lose some weight before undergoing the procedure. It’s also important to note that liposuction will get rid of fat cells but it does not get rid of cellulite on a patient. Out of shape and overweight patients are not ideal candidates for liposuction. Patients who are in good physical shape and are close to their ideal weight are ideal candidates for the procedure.

The list of myths above just begins to touch on some of the confusion experienced by patients attempting to learn more about plastic surgery procedures. The first step before any procedure is consulting with an experienced and board-certified doctor to get any questions answered and to determine if the person interested in the procedure is an ideal candidate.

- MA


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