9 Common Plastic Surgery Myths in 2020

If you are considering plastic surgery and have started doing some research, you’ve probably realized that there are a lot of misconceptions about plastic surgery out there.   It’s therefore important to get the facts by consulting with a board-certified plastic surgeon so that you can make an informed decision about surgery. Read on to learn about 9 common plastic surgery myths in 2020.

9 Common Plastic Surgery Myths In 2020  

1.Plastic Surgery And Cosmetic Surgery Are The Same

The terms plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery are often used interchangeably but they are different specialties.  Plastic surgery is a surgical specialty that is done to reconstruct or repair defects of the face or body, which occur due to injury, disease, or a birth defect.  Plastic surgery is not only about aesthetics because it also involves reconstructive surgeries such as breast reconstruction, palate repair surgery, and scar revision surgery.  

In contrast, cosmetic surgery refers to elective procedures that are done to enhance the appearance of various parts of the face and body.  Liposuction, facelift surgery, abdominoplasty, and breast augmentation are among the most common cosmetic surgery procedures.

2. Cosmetic Surgeons Are Plastic Surgeons 

Although cosmetic surgeons have the training and expertise to perform cosmetic procedures, only surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) are plastic surgeons.  

Surgeons certified by the ABPS undergo a rigorous training and certification process, and are held to the highest standards.  As a result, they have the competence to handle complications that may arise during surgery.  

3. Only Women Undergo Plastic Surgery

The majority of plastic surgery patients are indeed women, but the number of men undergoing plastic surgery has been steadily increasing over the last decade. Some of the more common cosmetic surgery procedures for men include gynecomastia surgery, liposuction, and tummy tuck surgery.   

More men in their 40’s and 50’s are turning to plastic surgery to boost their body image and confidence.  They are also undergoing surgery because they believe that personal appearance can positively influence their professional success. 

4. Plastic Surgery Lasts Forever

Many people think that plastic surgery will last forever, but that is not the case.    The results of plastic surgery can last a long time, but there are a variety of factors that can influence the longevity of the outcome.  Making healthy lifestyle changes is an important factor that can extend the results of plastic surgery, but surgery won’t stop the natural aging process.  

The body continues to age and experience changes after plastic surgery, so patients should understand that they may need to have a revision procedure done in the future.  

5. Only The Rich And Famous Have Plastic Surgery 

There was a time when plastic surgery was available only for the famous and affluent, but nowadays the vast majority of cosmetic surgery patients are working professionals.  Since cosmetic surgery is considered elective, it is normally not covered by health insurance, and must therefore be paid for out-of-pocket. However, there are affordable financing options that make it possible for average men and women to afford plastic surgery. 

CareCredit is a healthcare financing credit card that provides pre-approved financing for people looking to have plastic surgery done.   CareCredit offers different financing options with low monthly payments. 

6. Plastic Surgery Won’t Leave A Scar

Plastic surgery will certainly leave a scar because once there is a cut through the skin, a scar forms during the body’s natural healing process.  Fortunately, there are ways to reduce the appearance of scars and make them less visible.   

How visible a scar is after surgery is influenced by the location of the incision.  Incisions that are made within the natural folds of the body leave scars that are virtually indiscernible.  A skilled plastic surgeon can place incisions in areas that will make scars very discreet. The surgeon can also advise patients about proper scar care and recommend effective topical scar treatments.

7. Plastic Surgery Is Only About Vanity

There is a widely held view that plastic surgery is only done for aesthetic reasons.  While there is no denying the fact that many people have plastic surgery procedures to address perceived flaws and look more attractive, there are also functional benefits.

Plastic surgery isn’t always about aesthetics.  It is often done for functional reasons such as to reconstruct the breast after a mastectomy, or to address breathing difficulties caused by airway obstruction.

8. Plastic Surgery Is Always Done In An Accredited Facility

Only plastic surgeons certified by the ABPS are required to perform plastic surgery in an accredited facility.  These surgical facilities are typically accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC).  Certification by the AAAHC is an indication that the facility has met the required national safety standards. 

Patients should only have plastic surgery done by a board-certified plastic surgeon that operates out of an accredited surgical facility.  The surgeon should also have operating privileges at a local hospital. 

9. Plastic Surgery Is Unsafe

While there are some inherent risks in any surgical procedure, plastic surgery is very safe when performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon.  It is therefore essential that patients considering surgery select a reputable plastic surgeon, with a good track record.  In addition, they should review the ‘before and after photos’ of past patients that have undergone the procedure they would like to have done.  

During the consultation the plastic surgeon typically reviews the possible risks and complications of the specific procedure.  Millions of plastic surgery procedures are performed each year, and complications are generally rare.  

There are many more myths about plastic surgery, so if you are thinking about having any type of surgery done, be sure to get the facts before proceeding.

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