There are many oversimplified ideas and misconceptions circulating the world of cosmetic surgery. Some people believe the glamorous procedures are only for the rich and famous, whilst others think they’ll escape with absolutely no scars to show for an invasive procedure.
As cosmetic surgery becomes an even bigger part of our culture, from reality TV shows to magazine covers, the line between myth and reality starts to blur. There are so many delusions that for some people, the thought of visiting a clinic can be daunting. We bust a few common myths surrounding cosmetic surgery procedures and how to make it work for you.
1. Cosmetic procedures and plastic Surgery are the same thing – FALSE
Plastic surgery, also known as reconstructive surgery, restores the normal. It helps to reconstruct the body part and repair what has been damaged, for example people who’ve been in accidents or burns victims. Doctors that list themselves as a plastic surgeon need to be registered and operate under a strict code of ethics in accredited surgical facilities.
Cosmetic surgery on the other hand is elective and focuses on the aesthetics of beauty. Surgeons in this expertise are dedicated to the art of improving a patient’s appearance through enhancement procedures.
2. Cosmetic surgery is all about beauty and vanity – FALSE
The majority of patients that undergo cosmetic surgery feel how they look plays a considerable role in their overall health and wellbeing. But it’s not all in vain, although breast augmentations, liposuction, Botox and facelifts do get all the media. We all want to look our best, and the conflict between a person’s self-worth and desire to be beautiful can be a battle.
When a patient chooses to have surgery to enhance their appearance, it’s often to improve areas which are not amendable to diet, weight loss and nonsurgical procedures. While some are after a celebrity look alike, others desire a development to their appearance that isn’t dramatic and is less noticeable. Generally, patients who undergo cosmetic surgery aren’t looking to be better than everyone else; they are just looking to feel better about themselves.
3. Cosmetic surgery leaves you with no scars – FALSE
When the skin is cut, a scar will result and so it is to be expected with some cosmetic procedures. How visible this scar is will be determined by how the incision is closed, how it’s cared for after the procedure, where the incision is made and the surgical experience of the doctor.
Qualified cosmetic surgeons are good at making scars look better, refined and smaller. Depending on the type of procedure you’re after and how invasive it is can also help to determine the level of scaring expected. For example, breast augmentation scars can be hidden under the armpit or in the crease below the breast and facelift scars are usually hidden along the hairline or within the contours of your ears. Your cosmetic surgeon will also give recommendations, advice and treatments to ensure any scaring made is minimally noticeable.
4. Cosmetic surgery is mostly for women – FALSE
Although cosmetic surgery is more popular amongst women, studies show there has been an increase of 273% between 1997 and 2013 in the number of male patients. Just like women, men can also feel the need for more youthful and rejuvenated appearance. Less invasive procedures like dermal fillers, Botox and liposuction are becoming prevalent throughout the male population with relatively low costs and downtime.
Bigger procedures like breast reduction are common for men facing the man-boob battle or implants for those who desire a firmer chest and mimic a well-built muscle. A whopping 83% of men believe that their personal appearance plays an important role in their professional success, thus cosmetic surgery procedures can provide a competitive edge and boost self-confidence.
5. Breast implants need to be changed every 10 years – FALSE
A common misconception around breast implants is that they will need to be replaced or lifted after 10 years. Breast implants, however, are designed to last longer than you think and there is no reason to have them replaced unless there is a problem. Problems that can occur which would require the implant to be removed or replaced can include a leaky or ruptured implant. When this happens, reparative surgery is not always medically urgent or necessary, but usually desired for obvious cosmetic reasons. The different between how noticeable the leak is variers between whether you choose saline or silicone implants. On average, majority of implants last without complications and come with implant warranties the manufactures put in place.
6. All surgeons will produce the same results – FALSE
A surgeon’s qualifications and training will contribute immeasurably to the success of any procedure but believing they all produce the same results is a terrible myth. Not all chefs cook the same way, not all doctors can do the same procedure and not all professional sportsmen play the same. Experience is vital when it comes to choosing the right cosmetic surgeon for your procedure, and finding one who has mastered a specific speciality. To ensure you get the results you’re after consider how many times the surgeon has performed the procedure you want and pay attention to the finer details in previous work they have done.
Whilst some people opt for less qualified surgeons because of the cost factor, it pays to do thorough research and find someone more qualified. Do you really just want anyone operating on your face and body? The right cosmetic surgeon will take their time to discuss your procedure, reasons behind it and realistic results to be expected.