When it comes to plastic surgery, you shouldn’t believe everything you hear. Many Americans are misinformed about plastic surgery, even ones who have had it before. We’re debunking common plastic surgery myths to help patients make safer, more educated choices.
4 Common Plastic Surgery Myths
- It’s all about vanity. Studies show that 88% of plastic surgery patients have realistic expectations about their results. Plastic surgery can improve self-esteem and help patients get healthier, but it won’t fix deeper problems relating to health, relationships, or self-worth.
- Plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery are the same thing. Many people believe that “plastic surgery” and “cosmetic surgery” are interchangeable, but they’re actually two different specialties. Cosmetic surgery is elective surgery to improve the appearance. There’s currently no residency training for cosmetic surgery, so cosmetic surgeons get their experience “on the job” or in 2 year post-residency fellowships. Plastic surgeons must undergo 5 years of surgical training, which includes both cosmetic and reconstructive procedures, before getting certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
- It takes the work out of weight loss. While procedures like liposuction, tummy tucks, thigh lifts, and our new SculpSure fat reduction laser will reduce or remove fatty deposits, surgery is not the solution for patients who aren’t willing to change their lifestyles. Without regular exercise and healthy eating habits, patients will regain the weight, if not always in the same places.
- It’s not affordable for normal people. Cosmetic surgery has a reputation as a luxury item, but the truth is, plastic surgery is affordable for people with normal incomes. Non-surgical procedures like Botox and laser hair removal only cost a few hundred dollars. And if your surgical procedure is medically necessary (as is often the case with breast reductions and eye lifts), it may be covered by insurance.
Don’t make a decision before you have all the facts. If you have questions about a plastic surgery procedure, call Dr. Brantner’s office to schedule a consultation.