For some people, plastic surgery tends to be one of those love-it-or-hate-it topics. Some people’s preconceived notions seem to dictate whether having a plastic surgery procedure performed is deemed acceptable or appropriate for someone. Some people can be judgmental, harboring feelings about a person’s decision to have plastic surgery. Many times myths about plastic surgery can be to blame. Still, when push comes to shove, all that really matters is a patient’s health, happiness, confidence, and personal satisfaction.
If one’s spouse, significant other, or parents support the decision to have surgery, then the whole process, including recovery, may be easier on the patient. Emotional support during surgery and afterwards goes a long way in speeding up recovery. Doing research to prepare yourself before jumping into any kind of surgery is a wise way to get educated about what to expect on so many levels, and this can improve your experience as well. Here are some of the top plastic surgery myths exposed, and the truths that can help prospective patients to make educated decisions.
MYTH 1 – The terms “cosmetic surgery” and “plastic surgery” are synonymous.
Not so! Not all plastic surgeons are created equal. In fact, it pays as a patient to really do your research and ask a lot of questions, ask for references, ask to see before and after photos, and generally to learn as much as you can about a surgeon and a procedure before making your choice on who will operate on you. Any physician with a medical license and some level of training can take on the guise of being a “cosmetic surgeon,” a term that many people use interchangeably with “plastic surgeon.” Plastic surgeons, however, are required to complete a rigorous schedule of specialized training, usually amounting to between six and nine years of schooling. When it comes down to it, ask to see board certifications and other achievements and accolades—and make sure your surgery will be conducted in an accredited operating facility.
MYTH 2 – Those who undergo plastic surgery are vain or narcissistic.
Not so! Sometimes life throws a curveball, like breast cancer, an accident, or another medical condition that, following treatment, may benefit from a plastic surgical procedure or enhancement. Many women are born with a smaller bust than they feel is “normal,” making a breast augmentation a very reasonable and realistic item on the wish list. Women battling breast cancer often plan for reconstructive breast surgery following a double mastectomy. Bringing the post-baby body back to its normal proportions following the completion of one’s family is another very common and highly desirable motivation for plastic surgery. In almost all cases, the end result is a patient who is happier, more confident, and more comfortable in her own skin.
MYTH 3 – Women are the only ones getting plastic surgery.
Not so! More and more men are opting for procedures to improve their physiques and to keep their faces looking youthful. Laser treatments, Botox, and fillers are popular options for men who wish to keep a youthful look. Some men facing stubborn fat in certain areas are also favoring liposuction as a helpful technique to accompany an exercise regimen, sculpting their bodies to perfection.
MYTH 4 – Plastic surgery can change your life.
It’s true! Having a procedure done to enhance or correct a part of your body that you don’t love can give you a renewed sense of self-esteem and a boost in confidence that is sure to send you on new adventures in life. Your improved outlook can change your feelings on a daily basis, empowering you to try new things, meet new people, and enjoy new experiences.
MYTH 5 – Liposuction can be an alternative to regular exercise and a good diet.
Not really. Liposuction tends to work best when it is paired with an existing healthy lifestyle. Regular exercise and a healthy diet often only take you so far. Sometimes genetics or other problems cause fat to stubbornly stick to certain parts of the body, even despite our best efforts to shed those inches and pounds. Having liposuction will remove fat cells from the body, serving as a permanent adjustment to the body’s shape, provided you maintain your commitment to healthy living. If you should gain a fair amount of weight following your surgery or in the future, the remaining fat cells may grow in size and fat will accumulate to some extent in other parts of the body, so it is important to keep up your healthy habits.
MYTH 6 – Botox can cause illness or a “frozen” expression on the face.
No, and not exactly. The composition of Botox is safe and approved for its intended uses. The formula is purified and cannot cause Botulism in patients having Botox treatments. The “frozen” expression can occur if an untrained surgeon injects too much of the Botox formula. Choosing a highly trained and specialized plastic surgeon is the best way to ensure great results.
MYTH 7 – You need to be rich to be able to afford plastic surgery.
Not so! Most times insurance companies will not cover plastic surgery procedures. Still, you as a prospective patient have a number of options to help you achieve whatever your goals are with your body. Saving up over time can be a great start to financing your plastic surgery procedure. As another option, ask your plastic surgeon’s office about payment plans to allow you to begin enjoying your new look sooner rather than later. With the right attitude, your dreams are always in reach!
If you still have questions about any of these top plastic surgery myths or others you may have heard, please set up a consultation with Dr. Newman. He will be glad to discuss everything candidly, answering any questions you may have regarding an upcoming surgical procedure. Contact us today to set up your complimentary consult!