Plastic surgery, contributes to the beautification of an individual, and also boosts self-morale and confidence to strive in the world. Plastic surgery myths have since ages confused and mislaid people from adopting this practice or being attended to perfectly. Informed decisions, with factual statistics can help make a correct decision and dispel the myths surrounding plastic surgery.
Television shows, documentaries, magazine covers have highlighted plastic surgery in both positive and negative aspects. Myths have also being a dominant aspect of its popularity, hence what is required, is for the patients, to correctly understand the benefits and the extend of these benefits.
Confrontation With the Myths
The terms cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery have often being used interchangeably but the fact remains that these are two distant terms. While cosmetic surgery is a generic term, plastic surgery entails one to a 5-year surgical training, with 2-years focused on plastic surgery alone, in accordance with the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
A common misconception is that plastic surgery is expensive and only the rich and the elite people have a monopoly in it, which is, but a misconception. Technology has helped shape plastic surgery into a more affordable luxury, with a commendable decrease in prices.
Plastic surgery is not just popular among women but men have increasingly shown a positive attitude toward adopting plastic surgery. Botox, laser hair removal, hair transplantation are some of the common surgical examples favored among men. There has been a 273% increase in male patients, interested in a rejuvenated and youthful appearance. It is a fact, that any kind of surgery produces scars, then how is it a myth? Plastic surgeons, trained in aesthetics, endeavor to minimize these scars and to hide them in places, which are hidden from the outsider’s view. They try to blend the scars in the natural creases of the skin, intone with the surrounding skin color and texture.
Facelift scars, if predominant can be a major disaster in surgery, however the surgeons are aware of the shortcomings of surgery and try to hide them within the contours of the ears or along the hairline.
Liposuction and losing weight are not equivalent. Permanent fat loss is not guaranteed by liposuction, as unnecessary weight gain can give rise to accumulation of fats in places which have not undergone surgery. Consistent exercise and healthy diet are the only solutions to the indirect dismal aftereffects of liposuction.
Breast implants are disastrous for breast feeding or leads to breast cancer, is a common misconception, as proven by The Institute of Medicine, though it is still mandatory for women to undergo breast screening for cancer. Even though the breast milk absorbs some silicon from breast implants, the amount of silicon is not harmful for the baby. Since breast milk remains the most likely food for the baby, The Institute of Medicine encourages women, who have undergone breast augmentation surgery to continue breast feeding their child.