Plastic surgery myths: we bust 5 common myths and misconceptions
When it comes to plastic surgery, there’s a lot of “information” out there that’s either:
- Flat-out wrong!
Cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures are becoming increasingly popular.
And not just for personal vanity – many plastic surgery procedures can improve your quality-of-life, and may even be medical necessities in some cases!
Despite that however, many of these myths and misconceptions linger.
As a result, many women decide against procedures that might actually help them, or opt for procedures that are potentially inappropriate for their needs.
Here are a couple things you should know about those plastic surgery myths that plague you…
Myth 1: plastic surgery = cosmetic surgery
While most people use the terms interchangeably, the truth is that there are several important distinctions between these two types of procedure.
Let’s start with the practitioner.
To practice as a plastic surgeon, applicants are required to earn a specialist degree. This includes an additional 8-12 years of training, as well as an additional accreditation from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).
By contrast, most types of cosmetic surgery can be performed by any doctor, including your GP.
That means the only additional training your cosmetic surgeon may have asides from a basic medical degree is a short course “qualifying” them as a cosmetic surgeon.
This isn’t the first time we’ve talked about this particular myth – click here to get caught up.
At Cairns Plastic Surgery, our surgeon Dr Isolde Hertess has those all-important letters after her name: FRACS. This means Dr Hertess can perform all manner of plastic surgery procedures, including cosmetic ones.
Myth 2: plastic surgery is only for the rich and famous
When people hear “plastic surgery”, chances they think of Hollywood A-listers.
However, they aren’t the only ones who can benefit from going under the knife!
In addition to simply puffing up one’s lips or smoothing out wrinkles, plastic surgery can also benefit ordinary, everyday women like you.
At Cairns Plastic Surgery, our team don’t just offer cosmetic procedures – we provide a range of procedures for everyday women:
- Breast reduction surgery can reduce back pain, improve day-to-day comfort, and help with sleep
- Scar treatment reduces the size of scars and improves their appearance
- Procedures such as surgical skin cancer removal can remove dangerous growths – an important service for many women living in sunny Cairns!
Myth 3: liposuction is a good way of losing weight
This couldn’t be further from the truth!
While it’s true that liposuction may be able to remove fat, it’s best employed in a targeted manner, with a focus on specific “trouble spots”.
Simply put, liposuction is not a cure-all when it comes to your weight. It’s a procedure that’s used to reshape your body and to assist with slimming and contouring.
Liposuction is most suited for healthy bodies to begin with, where the skin is elastic and fat pockets are a reasonable size, which rules out many overweight and obese people.
Additionally, fat often reappears after liposuction – sometimes in completely different parts of the body.
Long story short, liposuction is no substitute for healthy living or a cure for obesity.
Myth 4: plastic surgery is an invasive procedure
Plastic surgery is commonly referred to as “going under the knife” (we aren’t innocent either – we used the phrase in this very article). Naturally, this has led to many assuming that all plastic surgery procedures are invasive.
While certain procedures are invasive, not all of them are. In fact, there are plenty of plastic surgery procedures that don’t involve the usage of scalpels at all!
For an example, anti-wrinkle injections remove frown lines and crow’s feet without any surgery at all.
5) Breast augmentation is a once-and-done procedure
What you need to know before embarking on breast augmentation surgery is that contrary to popular belief, it isn’t a once-and-done procedure – all breast implants have a limited lifespan.
That’s because most implants have a shelf-life of around 8-10 years – sooner if it degrades, or if the material hardens or ruptures.
Not to mention, your environment and genetics take their toll, which affects aesthetics. Finally, you might simply decide that “look” isn’t for you.
Revisional surgery evaluates the condition of your implants. Following an assessment, your plastic surgeon will replace any implants that have reached the end of their lifespan, or make any changes you might request.
Choose Cairns Plastic Surgery for your upcoming procedure
Opting for plastic surgery is a big decision.
As such, it’s crucial that you do as much research as possible to ensure you don’t fall victim to these myths and misconceptions, and to ensure that you receive the most ideal procedure for your needs.
That’s where Cairns Plastic Surgery comes into the picture.
We know it can be hard to navigate the world of plastic and cosmetic surgery. Using over 20 years of experience, our team will help you determine what type of procedure is best-suited for your goals.
All of our procedures are carried out with a high degree of surgical skill, leaving you with a body that you can feel proud of.
Find out more about Dr Hertess and get in touch with our team today.
We offer FREE conversations with our nursing staff, where you can have a hands-free chat about your goals or the type of procedure you’re considering.