Four Plastic Surgery Myths

January 12, 2023 Tags:

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As plastic surgery becomes more and more popular, the misconceptions surrounding plastic surgery become more pervasive. If you’re considering plastic surgery, it’s important to know the facts. Here are four common plastic surgery myths dispelled.

1. Myth: All Plastic Surgery Is Cosmetic Surgery

While all cosmetic surgery is considered plastic surgery, not all plastic surgery is cosmetic surgery. Plastic surgery encompasses aesthetics and reconstructive surgery. While many patients seek plastic surgery to achieve a desired look, many are also reconstructive patients seeking to restore the appearance and/or function of specific body parts due to trauma, disease, or congenital defects.

2. Myth: Cosmetic Surgery Produces Unnatural Results

Perhaps Hollywood is filled with examples of extreme cosmetic surgery, but not all cosmetic surgery produces these kinds of results. The majority of surgeons work with patients to “make them look like a younger, fresher version of themselves, not change what they look like entirely,” writes the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). The best cosmetic surgery appears natural, refined and proportionate, and harmonious.

3. Myth: Plastic Surgery Is Cheaper Overseas

It may be tempting to travel to international countries for plastic surgery in order to save money. However, patients should be warned that there are hidden costs and consequences of plastic surgery tourism. Not every country has rigorous medical standards like the United States. After the cost of hotels and travel, expenses will accrue if surgical complications ensue or revisions are necessary. Furthermore, there are no legal protections in the event that major complications or negligence arise. Ultimately, for patients considering international travel, the best question to ask yourself is “Where [am I] comfortable having complications?” according to the ASPS. It’s in the best interest of patients to choose a reputable, board-certified surgeon with plenty of experience to ensure safety and optimal results.

4. Myth: Plastic Surgery Is for Older Individuals

In recent years, cosmetic surgery has shifted towards preventative treatment. The rise of neurotoxins like Botox and injectable fillers such as Juvéderm have made it possible for individuals to prevent and erase signs of aging in their younger years rather than undergoing moderate to major treatment in older age. To maintain a fresh, youthful appearance well into your older years, proactive treatment and regular maintenance will yield the best results.

Are you interested in plastic surgery? Dr. Wendel is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Nashville, Tennessee that specializes in cosmetic surgery and advanced laser procedures. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation and learn more about your treatment options.

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