debunking 6 common myths about plastic surgery

myths about plastic surgeryThe myths associated with plastic surgery can cause hesitation among potential patients. As the word “myth” implies, all of them are simply untrue or based on incomplete or inaccurate information. Learning the truth about plastic surgery may change your opinion and encourage you to consult with a surgeon to learn more.

Myth 1: Plastic surgery is dangerous

Many people fear that plastic surgery is dangerous. Any surgery bears at least some risks, but the FDA has assessed plastic surgery procedures and deemed them generally safe. Additionally, today’s procedures are safer and less invasive than ever before. Advances in medical technology, including various tools for surgery, have made plastic surgery procedures easier and safer to perform. Many non-invasive procedures involve little to no risk to the patient.

Myth 2: Plastic surgery is only about vanity

People have long believed that vanity was the primary motivator for undergoing plastic surgery. However, many surgeries are also performed for medical reasons. Some people choose reconstructive surgery as a result of complications from accidents or diseases. For example, a person in a car accident who has broken his or her nose may have a rhinoplasty procedure to correct any deformities caused by the accident. There are many other reasons why people choose plastic surgery that have nothing to do with vanity.

Myth 3: Only the rich get plastic surgery

Many people believe that only the rich can afford to undergo plastic surgery. However, this is not completely true. Several procedures are affordable for most patients. Additionally, some medically necessary reconstructive surgeries may be covered by insurance or by charitable organizations. For example, Smile Train and Operation Smile pay for cleft lip repair in children who cannot afford the surgery.

Myth 4: Plastic surgery is for women

Plastic surgery has long been associated with women, however, the number of men choosing to have plastic surgery has risen dramatically in the past few years. Although women account for a higher percentage of clients, the percentage of men getting laser treatments, Botox, dermal fillers, liposuction, and other procedures has increased. These men may choose cosmetic surgery to attain the appearance they want and get an edge in the workplace.

Myth 5: The results last forever

Many patients expect their procedures to last forever. Although most procedures provide life-changing, long-lasting results, the changes do not typically last forever. You can still gain weight even if you’ve had liposuction or a tummy tuck. Your skin can still age and wrinkle after a facelift. Therefore, you should expect to have to do some work to maintain your appearance, and you may also need touch-up surgery in the future.

Myth 6: Cosmetic and plastic surgery are the same

There are important distinctions between plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery. Physicians undergo different training before becoming credentialed. Plastic surgeons are board certified in plastic surgery, which means they have undergone extensive training in plastic surgery. Cosmetic surgeons are medical doctors who specialize in other fields, such as dermatology, but have trained in cosmetic surgery. Their training and board certification is in another field, which means they do not always have the same extensive training in the nuances of plastic surgery. To learn more about the difference between cosmetic and plastic surgery, download our ebook, Cosmetic Surgery vs. Plastic Surgery

Plastic surgery is safe, relatively affordable, and not just about vanity. It’s important to dispel myths about plastic surgery so that those who might benefit from it do not get deterred for the wrong reasons.

Have more questions about plastic surgery? Request a free consultation at Quinn Plastic Surgery Center today.


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