Top 10 Plastic Surgery Myths

Here are the top 10 plastic surgery myths, debunked. Many people have misconceptions about plastic surgery, so here are some facts to counteract plastic surgery fiction!

  1. Plastic surgery is for materialistic people. False! Feeling confident about how you look greatly impacts many aspect of life. 88% of patients reportedly have had realistic expectations when choosing to undergo plastic surgery. Those same patients reported feeling less anxious in stressful situations and had a higher sense of self-esteem overall.
  2. Only rich people can afford plastic surgery. As technology advances, procedures become less invasive and less costly. In fact, in 2002 the average laser hair removal treatment cost $382, in 2013 the average cost was $265 which is $117 less!
  3. Scarring will be noticeable. All surgery creates some level of scarring but plastic surgeons are skilled at hiding scars in natural contours of the skin to make the appearance of scars inconspicuous.
  4. Liposuction will help you lose weight. This is absolutely false! Liposuction is designed to remove isolated areas of stubborn fat that will not go away through traditional forms of diet and exercise.
  5. Cosmetic and Plastic surgery are the same thing. Cosmetic surgeons and plastic surgeons are not to be confused or referenced interchangeably. Plastic surgeon board certification requires 5 years of surgical training with a minimum of 2 years dedicated to plastic surgery alone.
  6. Botox is botox, all injectables are the same thing. Actually, BOTOX® is a brand name. Other injectable fillers —although similar in what they achieve— are all made differently by different companies.
  7. Breast implants are dangerous. Through rigorous testing by the FDA, it has been determined that breast implants are not linked to breast cancer. Numerous brands of silicone and saline implants have been approved by the FDA.
  8. I f you have breast implants you won’t be able to breast feed. This is neither entirely true or entirely false. Some women who attempt to breast feed that have breast implants run into complications. However, some women have difficulty breast feeding without breast implants as well.
  9. Plastic surgery is too dangerous. Any surgery has some level of associated risk. In order to lower your risks, choose a plastic surgeon with expertise in the procedure you are interested in, and make sure he or she is board certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties and a member of The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
  10. Plastic Surgery is only for women. False! Between 1997 and 2013, there was a 273% increase in male cosmetic procedures.

Plastic Surgery in Okatie

If you are interested in learning more about any of the plastic surgery procedures we offer, contact Dr. Smith today at 843.705.8940. Our offices are located in South Carolina, serving the communities of Hilton Head, Bluffton, Beaufort and Okatie. We look forward to hearing from you!


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