A myth is simply a widely held but false belief or idea. In our society today, there a lot of misconceptions about plastic surgery which are just NOT true. For so many reasons, these myths have shaped many people’s attitude towards having a cosmetic procedure or those who have had a cosmetic procedure done.

We are exposed to a lot of information, especially in the news and on the internet. Sadly, not all of that information is accurate.


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Here is a list of the top five myths you may have probably heard and what the truth really is.


PLASTIC SURGERY IS ALL ABOUT BEAUTY AND VANITY:  There is a lot of media attention on butt enlargements and breast augmentation. But plastic surgery goes beyond all that; it also covers other areas like correcting a birth defect like a cleft palate, which can cause problems with nursing, eating, or speech; Restoring hand function after an injury; post-cancer breast reconstruction etc.

Apart the aesthetic look, Plastic surgeons also care about the functional and overall results of each cosmetic procedure. Studies have also shown that most people who choose cosmetic surgery usually feel better about themselves and enjoy better quality of life.


PLASTIC SURGERY IS ONLY FOR WOMEN: It is a fact that women make up the majority of plastic surgery patients, and some procedures are more common for women, such as breast augmentation, Brazilian butt lift, and breast reduction, they’re not the only patients.

Men can also benefit from plastic surgery in so many ways; like male breast reduction, hair transplantation, chin augmentation and liposuction for a more trimmed look. Men can also opt for less invasive procedures like Botox and dermal fillers for a rejuvenated and naturally youthful appearance.


DIET AND EXERCISE CAN DELIVER THE SAME RESULTS AS PLASTIC SURGERY: A healthy lifestyle is highly beneficial without doubt. This usually includes; a proper diet, regular exercising and good rest.

While nutrition and physical activities are helpful, when it comes to the effects of aging, pregnancy, and significant weight loss; there is only so much diet and exercise can do. To achieve the best results, such persons can get a cosmetic procedure done to address the areas of concern and deliver the appearance they desire.


BREAST AUGMENTATION IS DANGEROUS: There is a common fear of rupture of implants, cancer or other complications associated with breast augmentation.

Implants have been extensively tested and studied over the years. Silicone breast implants were the preferred implant, due to their design and longevity. According to the Institute of Medicine, “there is no evidence that breast implants, including silicone breast implants, cause breast cancer or any other disease, and the risk of rupture is 0.7 to 1% per year for the age of the implant.  ”

While breast implants are considered safe, they do come with risks. It is advisable to have routine screenings for breast cancer, even without an implant.


LIPOSUCTION HELPS YOU LOSE WEIGHT: Liposuction is NOT a weight loss procedure.  It is the removal of excess fat from SPECIFIC areas of the body, to achieve a desired result.

Liposuction is generally aimed at giving a well- defined, curvier look. The procedure is possibly one of the most favoured cosmetic procedures because it is safe and permanently removes fat cells in the treatment areas.It is ideal to maintain a stable weight and good muscle tone before considering getting liposuction done.


It is important to speak to plastic surgeon when you want to have a cosmetic procedure done. That way, you can ask questions and have your areas of concern addressed by a professional.


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