The public’s perception of cosmetic surgery is often far from reality. Over the years, cosmetic surgery has changed in many ways, and many of the common attitudes expressed today are not based on the area of medicine as it’s currently practiced. What’s more is that society has made many assumptions about the patients who choose to undergo cosmetic surgery. These assumptions often only tell part of the story.

As a result of the assumptions and perceptions persisting in society, many myths about cosmetic surgery have developed. Here are just 7 of them that we’ve debunked:

1. People Who Get Cosmetic Surgery Are Vain

Our self-image is part of mental health. Cosmetic surgery can often help reduce patient’s social stresses, anxiety and encourage healthy self-esteem. This study, for example, shows that people who feel attractive and confident in their bodies are happier. Cosmetic surgery can often be a vehicle to altering a part of the body that may make a patient self-conscious or uncomfortable.

2. Cosmetic Surgery Results in Awful Scarring

Cosmetic surgeons specialize in improving the way the body looks. Although it’s impossible to undergo surgery and not have any scarring, surgeons are very skilled at concealing scars. They use natural areas of the body to hide scars, such as at the hairline or by the ears, in the armpits, and other areas. In addition, technology has greatly improved meaning that surgeons have use of superior tools resulting in less invasive procedures.

3. Breast Implants Aren’t Safe

Breast implants have been approved by the USFDA after carrying out many research studies. In addition, data is constantly collected to identify any dangers. Yet, to the date, bodies such as the Institute of Medicine have not found evidence that breast implants have negative impacts such as cancer or other adverse effects.

4. Men Don’t Get Cosmetic Surgery

Men are using cosmetic surgery more and more. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that they’re seeing growth in male patients. For example, there was a 208% growth rate in pectoral implant procedures from 2013 to 2014.

5. Liposuction is a Weight Loss Surgery

While liposuction does indeed remove fat and weight from the body, it’s not a solution for obesity. What liposuction actually does is contour the body, removing fat from areas where it is not desired. Many choose to target areas such as “love handles” or fat around the hips. Yet, diet and exercise are recommended so that the positive effects of the surgery stick around.

6. Botox will Make your Face Freeze

Botox when used correctly only smooths the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. While botox applied in excess may result in seemingly frozen or inhibited facial expressions, this isn’t the norm.

7. It’s Too Expensive

Because cosmetic surgery procedures are elective, this typically means that the costs must be paid out of pocket. Yet, prices have come down and the cost isn’t as prohibitive as it used to be. Changes in technology such as laser surgeries have made once expensive procedures much more affordable. In addition, many surgeons offer payment plans and financing options to make the procedures affordable.

Interested in getting cosmetic surgery? Contact Dr. Fisher, an experienced certified plastic surgeon.