Myths About Cosmetic Surgery You Probably Believe
May 14th, 2019 by Clayton Richard
While cosmetic surgery has gotten more common and people have begun to open up about cosmetic surgery, there are still many rumors surrounding the topic. Getting cosmetic surgery can be life changing for some, and a huge decision personally and financially. Myths about plastic surgery could deter a patient who could get a lot of happiness from plastic surgery from going through with it.
It’s important to do thorough research before getting cosmetic surgery to make sure it’s the right choice for you. If you’ve heard something about cosmetic surgery that sounds like just a rumor, here are a few popular myths.
Myth: Plastic surgery is the same as cosmetic surgery
Although the two are often used interchangeably, plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery actually have different goals and require different training. Cosmetic surgery is about enhancing a patient’s physical appearance and plastic surgery is about reconstructing parts of the patient’s face or body. While a person might be getting plastic surgery solely for cosmetic reasons, they’re technically considered two separate entities.
Myth: Liposuction is a good way to lose weight
Liposuction isn’t meant to be a weight loss option and won’t be able to give you dramatic results. Getting liposuction done can reduce fat in certain areas, but only a small amount. People who want to contour their body can benefit from liposuction. If someone is looking for a significant weight loss or to lose weight all over their body, liposuction can’t help.
Myth: Fat comes back after liposuction
Other parts of your body might begin to look bigger after liposuction in comparison. However, once you lose weight in an area due to liposuction, you won’t gain it back in that spot. Liposuction kills off fat cells that stop growing early in life, so once they’re gone there’s no getting them back.
Myth: People who get Botox have no facial expressions
Everyone has seen celebrities in magazines with bad Botox jobs. Many people believe that getting Botox will freeze their face so that their only expression is one of shock. Although too much Botox will leave you not able to move a muscle, that’s not always the case. Botox injected in small doses won’t freeze up your whole face, and it isn’t meant to. Well trained physicians will simply soften and reduce the amount of wrinkles on their patient’s face.
Myth: Cosmetic surgery doesn’t leave a scar
Any surgery that involves an incision will most likely result in a scar. While scars from cosmetic surgery will typically only leave patients with a small scar, there will still be one. Many physicians work to make scars from surgeries as minimal as possible or in spots where it won’t be noticed. For example, during a nose job a physician will make an incision on the inside of a patient’s nose, so there will still be a scar, but one people wouldn’t see.
Myth: Plastic surgery lasts forever
Most cosmetic and plastic surgery will require a follow-up. Many are intended to last you a few years before you need to address them again, brow lifts can last up to 10 years before they need to be fixed. Others, like lip fillers or Botox, are only intended to last for a few months. Even a breast augmentation needs to be replaced around 10-15 years after they’re initially done. Like with the rest of your body, anyone who’s had cosmetic surgery needs to have routine check-ups to make sure everything is in order.
Myth: Plastic surgery is only about beauty
One of the biggest misconceptions about cosmetic surgery is the reason they’re done in the first place. Many assume people who are getting plastic surgery are doing it for vain reasons, to look younger or thinner. Even if their reason is just to look better, it’s their body to do what they want with.
However, many have what we tend to think of as vain procedures for much more serious reasons. Plastic surgery can help repair damages and defects, like burns or cleft palates. Nose jobs can help people who suffer from breathing issues, and many women who have had a mastectomy choose to get breast implants. Botox is also a common treatment for those who suffer from chronic migraines. No matter what someone’s reasoning for cosmetic surgery is, theirs are really the only ones that matter.