“Myths and Misconceptions about Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgery” by Joel Mayer
by Joel Mayer, plastic surgery enthusiast
Despite its popularity, there are still far too many misconceptions that exist with regards to reconstructive and cosmetic surgery. Truth of the matter is that both procedures are like any other medical procedures. Both are performed by highly trained doctors in the safest way possible. Below are some of the most common myths and misconceptions about reconstructive and cosmetic surgery:
MYTH: Reconstructive surgery and cosmetic surgery are one and the same
Despite the misnomer, the terms “reconstructive surgery” and “cosmetic surgery” are not interchangeable. These are in fact two different specialities. Simply put, cosmetic surgery is the surgery that focuses on the aesthetics of beauty and appearance. It refers to aesthetically improving a body part that is already within its natural range of appearance and function. Reconstructive surgery, on the other hand, restores a broken body part to its natural range of appearance and function.
MYTH: Cosmetic surgery is for women
While it is true that women are the traditional customers of cosmetic surgery, men who are turning into the procedure are steadily increasing in numbers. Less invasive procedures such as Botox, laser treatments, microdermabrasion, hair transplant/restoration, laser hair removal, liposuction, and dermal fillers, are turning out to be among the most popular cosmetic procedures for men. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, 12% of men plan to undergo cosmetic procedure at some point in the future.
MYTH: Cosmetic surgery is only for the rich and the famous
If cosmetic surgeons only operated on the rich and the famous which comprise 1% of the entire population, then the cosmetic surgery wouldn’t have been the thriving industry that it is today. Most people who undergo cosmetic procedures are average people who simply wish to gain confidence and improve their social relationships by enhancing their overall appearance.
MYTH: Breast implants cause cancer
According to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), there is no evidence that breast implants cause cancer, or even the reoccurrence of cancer. However, it is still essential to undergo routine screening for breast cancer such as breast self-exams, mammograms, and other clinical exams, just as you would even without breast implants.
MYTH: Fat comes back after liposuction
It is biologically impossible for fat to come back after undergoing liposuction. At birth, the body essentially stops the production of fat cells. Fat cells, limited as they are, become bigger and bigger depending on your diet. This is why people get fat. Liposuction targets fat cells in specific areas of the body. Once fat cells are removed, they are gone forever.
MYTH: Botox leaves you expressionless and kills your facial muscles
There exists a natural balance between the muscles of the face. It is true that injecting too much Botox can compromise facial expressions. Botox procedures are generally safe as they require injecting very small doses in specific facial muscles. As a result, people who undergo the procedure experience a natural softening of unwanted line and wrinkles in the face. Still, it is important for people who are interested in undergoing Botox treatment to seek a quality physician who has a sound practice history.