Cosmetic Surgery Myths and Facts
Our impressions about anything are formed from various sources – what we read, what we see, what we hear. While it is good to take into account all information, it is important to sift through it to come to the facts. The internet is not our holy grail, and all that’s written on it is not the truth. Coming to cosmetic surgery or plastic surgery there are many myths, some of which were facts a long time ago but are no longer true and some are just plain yarns. Let’s look at the top ten myths (IMHO!):
Cosmetic surgery=Plastic surgery
Fact: This is not true. Cosmetic surgery is a specialisation within Plastic surgery. While technically a plastic surgeon can perform cosmetic surgery, a Cosmetic Surgeon is not nearly as well trained and experience as a Plastic surgeon at it. When choosing a cosmetic surgeon or a Plastic Surgeon, look at credentials and board certifications carefully to ensure that you are choosing what you want.
Cosmetic surgery is for only for women
Fact: Not true! More and more men are considering cosmetic surgery or non-surgical cosmetic procedures to enhance their appearance or slow down the effects of aging.
Cosmetic surgery is too expensive
Fact: This one use to be true but not so anymore. It used to be that cosmetic surgery was a luxury afforded by the wealthy elite. With new progress in cosmetic surgery, the cost of cosmetic surgery is decreasing in some cases. Medical tourism offers several cost-effective options with the same excellent results making cosmetic surgery increasingly affordable.
Botox is harmful
Fact: This is misinformation. Botox, when administered by professionals in the purest form, is very safe and has been so for over 25 years. When given correctly it can soften wrinkles and lines around the face without the “frozen” look that people fear.
Breast implants are harmful
Fact: Both silicone and saline breast implants are approved by FDA for use in humans. This means that clinical studies were conducted studying the safety of these implants, and the results showed that they are perfectly safe. There may be minor side-effects such as leaking, but those are not harmful to the body and can be rectified.
You cannot breast feed if you have implants
Fact: Not true again! You can safely breastfeed even if you have implants. Your surgeon and doctor will recommend that you breastfeed if you can since breast milk is the best form of nutrition for your child. It is true that sometimes very little silicone can mix in the breast milk but that is not harmful to your child.
Breast implants increase the risk of breast cancer
Fact: There is not truth in this one. Breast implants have been around for tens of years, and there is no indication that there is any link between breast cancer and breast implants. A regular checkup of your breasts is recommended as usual, but there is nothing extra that needs to be done.
Liposuction is an easy way to lose weight
Fact: Liposuction is body contouring to remove fat cells from your body. It does not lead to automatic weight loss. An active lifestyle and good eating habits are essential to lose weight. Since liposuction removes fat cells from problem areas, even if you do gain weight after liposuction, your problem areas will gain even weight in comparison to the rest of your body.
Cosmetic surgery is too risky
Fact: Not really. There is a risk of complication with cosmetic surgery as with every surgery, but there is no exaggerated risk with cosmetic surgery. With the choice of right surgeon and right hospitals, the risk can be mitigated and controlled.
You will have ugly scars after cosmetic surgery
Fact: This is yet another one that was true maybe earlier but not so much now. Now scars are hidden in places not readily visible. For example, for breast implants, you may have scars in your armpit. For facelifts, your scars can be hidden along your hairline or behind contours