Unfortunately, there are many myths and criticisms on the Internet about plastic surgery that are simply not true. Most of these opinions have no evidence to support them, and give people the wrong impression about what plastic surgeons and patients are trying to achieve. This is why we’ve rounded up five of the most common plastic surgery myths to bust.
MYTH: Plastic surgery is only for vain people
When women apply makeup to cover up or accentuate parts of their face, they don’t do it because they are vain or obsessed with themselves. They do it because they want to slightly improve their appearance. Most people who receive plastic surgery do so for the same reasons. Rather than being obsessed with their looks, cosmetic plastic surgery patients may be unhappy with a specific feature of their appearance.
Plastic surgery is also used for reconstructive purposes. It can help to fix your appearance as well as the function of your body parts. Plastic surgery is also often used to correct injuries, birth defects and other issues that cannot be fixed in any other way. These treatments help to improve people’s self-esteem and confidence. We are proud of the work we do because we are dedicated to making people feel more confident about themselves, so that hopefully they don’t have to worry about their appearance anymore.
MYTH: Only extremely rich people and celebrities can afford plastic surgery
If only extremely rich people and celebrities could afford to receive plastic surgery, there wouldn’t be nearly as many plastic surgeons across the country as there are. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), 15.1 million cosmetic procedures were performed in 2013. Not all of these patients were extremely rich or famous. Most people who get cosmetic treatments are everyday people who are interested in boosting their self-esteem and confidence by improving their appearance. In fact, we offer CareCredit to help people finance their cosmetic procedures. We want anyone who desires plastic surgery to be able to receive it.
MYTH: Botox looks unnatural
Botox is not the most popular cosmetic treatment in the world because it makes people’s faces look fake. Rather, it is popular because it is a quick and effective minimally invasive procedure that softens wrinkles while retaining the natural appearance of the face. Bad doctors who inject too much Botox can cause patients to temporarily lose control over the action of their muscles, giving them an unnatural appearance. But the majority of board-certified doctors are experienced enough to not do this. This is why choosing a doctor is so important. When your doctor is an expert, your Botox treatment should soften aged skin and tired lines, leaving your skin looking natural and youthful.
MYTH: Plastic surgery is only for women
Though the majority of plastic surgery patients are women, cosmetic treatments are becoming more popular with men every year. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reported that more than 1 million cosmetic procedures were performed on men in 2013. That’s more than a 273 percent increase from 1997. Many men receive cosmetic treatments and plastic surgery to boost their confidence and success in the workplace and in their personal lives. The most popular cosmetic surgery for men last year was liposuction, followed by blepharoplasty (cosmetic eyelid surgery) and rhinoplasty. Both men and women have greatly benefited from cosmetic procedures.
We hope these facts help you to better understand the world of plastic surgery. We here at The Baltimore Center for Plastic Surgery are dedicated to helping our patients boost their confidence and self-esteem. If you would like to learn anything more about what we here at The Baltimore Center for Plastic Surgery do, please feel free to contact us. We would love to help.