Considering whether to go ahead with a cosmetic or plastic surgery procedure can be daunting. While helpful, the internet is teeming with information and misinformation on every subject imaginable including plastic surgery. In this blog, we hope to debunk some of the myths floating around.
1. It's only for vain people
While many procedures are performed to improve the appearance many procedures are performed for medical reasons not related to appearance. For example, excision of skin cancers and birthmarks, removal of upper eyelid skin to improve vision, improvement of existing scars, removal of excess skin following weight loss to improve day to day movement, even carpal tunnel surgery for hand function.
2. "I will look frozen and weird"
Plastic Surgery has come a long way and new techniques are being developed all the time. Most plastic surgeons aim for a natural look with a slowly, slowly approach, to achieve a result that looks like you've been on holiday for a few weeks. During a consultation, you can discuss your goals and fears and your surgeon will work with you to achieve a look you will feel comfortable with.
3. It doesn't matter where I go, all cosmetic and plastic surgeons are the same
Plastic and Cosmetic surgeons have different qualifications and training. It is important to properly research the qualifications of your surgeon. In Australia, Specialist Plastic Surgeons undergo a minimum of 12 years training and have the qualification FRACS. Look out for this qualification when considering a procedure. Find out more about Specialist Plastic Surgeons here.
4. It's only for women
The ISAPS 2016 survey showed 15.4% (or 1,606,000) of surgical procedures performed worldwide were performed on men and 12.3% (or 1,657,000) of non surgical procedures were performed on men. Trends indicate this is on the increase.
Many men feel pressure to look their best in the business world and will consider a procedure to maintain that competitive edge. https://www.isaps.org/medical-professionals/isaps-global-statistics/
5. Scarless surgery
Unfortunately, this is not possible. All surgical incisions must heal and form a scar. This is where the skill and expertise of your plastic surgeon is paramount to create as thin as scar as possible. Often times, the scar can be hidden in a skin crease and scars do fade with time. Your skin type often will have an impact on the type of scarring you can expect.
If you have any other questions or concerns about plastic surgery or the procedures plastic surgeons perform, send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to help.
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