They say that the truth is stranger than fiction, and that very well may be the case when it comes to plastic surgery myths versus facts. With so much information circulating out there, it can be difficult to discern what’s true and what’s simply not. Here are some of the most common plastic surgery myths and the real truth behind them.
Myth #1: Plastic Surgery Always Looks Fake
The stereotypical fake or “done” look that has come to be associated with plastic surgery couldn’t be farther from reality.
The goal of plastic surgery is to enhance and highlight your natural features, not to turn you into someone else entirely. Today more than ever, the shared goal of both patient and surgeon is for subtle improvement that never looks obviously surgical.
Myth #2: Plastic Surgery Can Help You Lose Weight
While procedures like liposuction and abdominoplasty can very nicely help to smooth and contour your physique by removing isolated pockets of stubborn fat and tightening loose skin or muscle tissue, plastic surgery isn’t meant to be used as a weight loss tool.
Myth #3: Only Women Get Plastic Surgery
Women certainly aren’t the only ones getting plastic surgery. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the number of plastic surgery procedures for men continues to rise significantly each year.
Some of the most common procedures for men include eyelid surgery, CoolSculpting®, BOTOX®, dermal fillers, liposuction and male breast reduction.
Myth #4: “Cosmetic” and “Plastic” Mean the Same Thing
Although the two terms are frequently misused interchangeably, cosmetic and plastic surgeons aren’t the same thing. The biggest difference comes in the amount of training and experience required to become a plastic surgeon, whereas there is no nationally recognized training standardization for cosmetic surgery as a specialty.