According to 2017 annual plastic surgery procedural statistics, over 17.5 million cosmetic plastic surgery procedures were performed in the US.
For many individuals, plastic surgery offers a way to turn back the sands of time, improving both the way they look and feel.
Non-invasive procedures such as dermal fillers and laser treatments have grown in popularity, and even traditionally invasive procedures are now less invasive with developments in technology, contributing to their growth in demand.
Plastic and reconstructive surgery are a popular area of discussion. With new levels of interest in these techniques, it is important to do research into who will be operating on you. If you are considering plastic surgery, it is necessary to first debunk a few common myths, leaving you prepared for your future appointment.
Invest in Yourself
Whether you need medically necessary reconstructive surgery or a cosmetic boost in confidence, plastic surgery can help. When making this decision, however, it is important to seek out a certified surgeon with the experience and satisfied clientele to back up their claims. You only get one body, so make sure to take good care of yours by fully researching any decisions.
Myth #1 – Every Cosmetic Surgeon is A ‘Real’ Plastic Surgeon
Having a valid medical license is all that is required to allow a physician to call themselves a plastic surgeon. It is essential to research any plastic surgeon before allowing them to operate on you. Cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery do have differences.
Dr. Jim Brantner is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery to perform many different procedures. When you trust him with your surgery, you are in good hands.
Myth #2 – All Certifications Are Equal
The American Board of Plastic Surgery, or ABPS, certification is what you need to look for when considering who will perform your surgery. Attaining this certification requires 6 to 9 years of training, followed by an extensive written and oral examination.
Other certifications may not be as extensive, meaning that you may be at risk. Take care when selecting your surgeon.
Myth #3 – Procedures Are Always Done in Accredited Facilities
Non-certified plastic surgeons do not have to operate in accredited facilities. Plastic surgery is still surgery, so it is important to be operated on in a place where your health is being protected.
Besides working out of a few hospitals, Dr. Brantner also has an in-house facility. The East Tennessee Ambulatory Surgery Center offers the best in modern technology for those who need a 23 hour stay or less. Other facilities include:
- Johnson City Medical Center
- Franklin Woods Community Hospital
- Takoma Regional Hospital
No matter the procedure, Dr. Brantner will do whatever it takes to make sure your health is put first.
Myth #4 – Questioning your Surgeon is Rude
This is your body and surgery is a serious procedure that is both expensive and comes with a certain level of risk. Any plastic surgeon who truly cares about the work they do will never hesitate to answer your questions, make sure you are informed about any risks, and showcase results from their past work.
Dr. Jim Brantner is ready to answer any question you may have regarding your procedure. Knowledge is key to understanding how the body works and how to best recover from surgery.
Myth #5 – Plastic Surgery is Only for the Rich and Famous
Decades ago plastic surgery was a “luxury” confined to those with the levels of income necessary to subsidize procedures. However, plastic surgery and cosmetic techniques have come a long way since then, and are both socially and economically viable options for anyone from any walk of life or level of income.
And you don’t usually need to pay upfront. Many providers offer in-house financing options with favorable terms to help you achieve your goals without putting you or your family into financial hardship.
Myth #6 – Only Women Have Plastic Surgery
Untrue. Men are just as self-conscious about their appearance as are women (even though they may openly talk about it less than their female counterparts).
Every year more men are turning more to plastic surgery to achieve a youthful and fit appearance.
Myth #7 – A Good Plastic Surgery Job Will Not Leave Scars
Any type of “invasive” surgery that requires incisions will result in some kind of scarring. However, skilled plastic surgeons and the latest techniques and technology have come a long way in greatly minimizing scarring.
If you have concerns be sure to discuss them with your surgeon.
Myth #8 – Plastic Surgery Lasts Forever
While plastic surgery is designed to provide long-term, nothing lasts forever. A number of factors will determine how long your surgical results will prevail. Healthy lifestyle habits such as staying away from smoking and alcohol, as well as a balanced diet, good sleep habits and regular exercise can all help.
Hire the Right Professional for Your Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery
At Jim Brantner Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, we treat you with dignity and respect. The decision to have plastic surgery can be a very personal one, and we would love to answer any questions you may have about the process.
Dr. Jim Brantner is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and specializes in plastic and reconstructive surgery. With both military and civilian experience, Dr. Jim Brantner is able to serve a variety of needs.