Let’s break down the ten biggest myths when it comes to plastic surgery
10. Breast enhancement will fix sagging breasts
Breast implants are designed to make a woman’s breasts larger, not to raise the nipples or breasts. Breast lifts will raise your nipples and tighten loose skin, however the lift will not enlarge your breasts. If you want them bigger and less saggy, you will need to fork over for two separate procedures. Both of these procedures can be performed at the same time if the patient would like, and this is often the case.
9. Breast enhancement can increase your risk for breast cancer
I am not sure how this rumor got started. It was probably from some teenage girl’s mom that wanted to discourage her daughter from getting a breast augmentation surgery done. The National Cancer Institute has performed studies and found no link between the two. The breast enhancement has caused women in many cases to be more health conscious which has reduced the amount of medical problems that they have. An interesting finding however was that women with implants were diagnosed with cancer later. This could be related to the fact that mammograms and self diagnosis are more difficult with the presence of implants.
8. Botox for cosmetic treatments has caused deaths
Botox has gotten a bad wrap of late. It was recently put into the news relating to a death of a young girl. These Botox injections, and all other problems that have occurred relating to Botox have been with some of the many other uses for the drug aside from reducing wrinkles, which is the cosmetic use for the drug. Of the many studies done, none have ever proven a link between Botox in small doses for cosmetic reasons and any sort of medical problems. If you are careful to use a trained professional, there is no reason to believe that Botox is harmful for your cosmetic procedures.
7. Liposuction removes cellulite
This could not be any further from the truth actually. Liposuction only removes fat cells. Cellulite is not simply a problem of excess fat. Cellulite is stored close to the surface while liposuction attacks fat deposits that are deeper under the skin. If anything, liposuction can cause the cellulite to look worse as it takes away the deeper fat that provides cushion for the cellulite and allows it to even out.
6. Plastic surgery is only for the rich and famous
Plastic surgery is not just for Joan Rivers and Burt Reynolds. Anyone can get work done these days. Some of the more popular procedures, including liposuction and botox, are very affordable for a lot of middle class America. One recent study found that only 10% of plastic surgery patients have a family income of greater than $90,000. This shows that plastic surgery, contrary to popular belief, is actually dominated by the middle class.
5. It is inappropriate to speak with surgeon’s former patients
Some people may think that this is showing disrespect to the surgeon. Some may not want to go through the trouble of tracking down past patients. There are a lot of reasons that a person may not want to talk to past patients of surgeons. The main reason you should though is that it gives you a better idea, from a patient’s perspective, of what to expect from this surgeon. You also get a chance possibly to see the work first hand. Reputable surgeons will have no problem with you wanting you speak to past patients, in fact most encourage it.
4. Plastic surgery procedures cost the same regardless of who does them
Plastic surgery is much like a lot of other goods and services that we buy. A lot has to do with supply and demand. If a plastic surgeon is operating out of Hollywood, he may charge more for the operation. The lab fees, anesthesia, facility fees, etc. all play a large part in the final pricing of the procedure. We have even talked before about how much cheaper it is to have your surgery done in a foreign country through what is called Medical Tourism.
3. It is possible to remove stretch marks with laser
There are many people who believe that liposuction will get rid of stretch marks. There are others that believe there has to be some laser technology that can do the trick. There are some good technologies out there these days, but even the best of them have a hard time removing stretch marks. The only surgery that has shown any sort of aptitude for getting rid of them is the tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), which is actually meant to remove excess fat. This is only going to be helpful if you are already very close to your desired weight.
2. Laser hair removal is permanent
You need to have 8-10 sessions of laser hair removal to even remove 80% of the hair, and that is only true for about four out of every five patients. The reality is that laser hair removal is an ongoing process. Hair grows in cycles, and new hair may get into a growing cycle after you have the procedure. Best case scenario is you permanently get rid of 80% of your hair and you only have to go back maybe once a year for some touch ups to keep the rest at bay. Worst case scenario, you are one of the minority that the hair is just too stubborn and keeps coming back.
1. All plastic surgeons are created equal
You have good and bad singers. You have good and bad baseball players. Why wouldn’t you have good and bad plastic surgeons? Well the answer is that you would have good and bad ones. It only makes sense if you think about it. All plastic surgeons are not created equal. It is an artform that requires much practice. There are different certifications and licenses that each of them can get. Just remember that not all of them are going to have the same skill level. This is where talking to previous patients comes into play.