There are dozens of cosmetic procedures available all across the world to make almost any type of adjustment a person could want. Despite the popularity of cosmetic surgery, it’s still common to hear myths about different procedures and the people who get them. For decades, people looked down on plastic surgery and considered it to be a taboo topic. Because of this attitude, it was incredibly easy to spread negative rumors about plastic surgery. Choosing to get plastic surgery is a big decision to make, so it’s important to have accurate information about it. False information could make people afraid to get plastic surgery and create harmful stereotypes about those who do. Anyone looking to get plastic surgery done should know the common myths that people spread about plastic surgery.
If you’re thinking about getting plastic surgery, here are 10 common myths debunked.
1. Myth: Cosmetic surgery is the same as plastic surgery
Fact: At some point, you’ve likely heard someone use cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery about the same procedure. While these are usually used interchangeably, they are actually two different types of surgery. Although you likely won’t be called out for using one instead of the other, it’s important to understand the difference between the two. Cosmetic surgery typically refers to procedures to enhance the appearance of the body and is usually done mostly for aesthetic reasons. Plastic surgery tends to be more complicated surgeries. In plastic surgery, body parts are reconstructed for many reasons, they could be cosmetic or medical reasons. Additionally, anyone with a medical license can call themselves a plastic surgeon, even if they have no specific training or experience to perform it. You want the best care when you’re getting plastic surgery, so it’s important that you get treatment from someone with the right training.
2. Myth: Only women get plastic surgery
Fact: If you take a look at tabloid magazines, you’ll find a woman in there somewhere with people speculating whether or not she’s had work done. Something that would be difficult for you to find is anything regarding a man getting plastic surgery. Many people would never suspect if a man got plastic surgery because they assume that it’s something largely meant only for women. In reality, more and more men are deciding to get plastic surgery. There are very few plastic surgeries that are meant for only female patients. For most procedures, they could be performed just as easily on men. This is an important myth to get rid of so that men who want plastic surgery feel just as comfortable getting it as a woman would.
3. Myth: Results from procedures last forever
Fact: You’ll find that with many plastic surgeries you’ll have to get routine maintenance done to keep the same affect. Most procedures aren’t intended to last forever. Procedures like dermal fillers can only use a certain amount of injections to be safe. Also, many injections are meant to be absorbed by your body. While this makes them safer for you to have in your body, it does require you to get them more often if it’s something you want to continue to keep up. A lot of common procedures will need touch ups from anywhere between three months to a year. Some can even last for up to a decade before you need to follow up. For some procedures, after the first few treatments, the subsequent procedures typically require less to achieve the same results.
4. Myth: Fat comes back after liposuction
Fact: While many procedures aren’t meant to last forever, liposuction actually does give you permanent results. When you get liposuction done, fat cells are being removed from your body. Early in our lives, our body stops producing new fat cells, so while these cells can grow and cause you to gain weight, your body won’t grow any new cells. This way, when fat cells are removed with liposuction, those cells will never come back to the body. However, if you were to have a substantial weight gain in the rest of your body, the results of liposuction would be much less noticeable. Fat cells remaining in that area can still grow if the person gained a lot of weight after the procedure. A person can still gain a small amount of weight after liposuction and still keep the same result.
5. Myth: Liposuction fixes cellulite
Fact: Cellulite is a common issue among people of all different weights. More women have cellulite than men and its most commonly found around the thighs. Cellulite is caused by fat deposits pushing through the surface of the skin. Because of this, cellulite is typically associated with having an excess of fat. Many people who have cellulite assume that once they have liposuction done, the cellulite will be treated as well. If you think that cellulite is only caused by fat, this makes sense. However, cellulite is actually caused by the skin. This is also why older people are more likely to have cellulite, as their skin loses elasticity as they age. When fat is removed during liposuction, it doesn’t have any effect on the texture of your skin. There are procedures that can help reduce the amount of cellulite someone has, but thinking that liposuction will help it is an unrealistic expectation to have.
6. Myth: Liposuction is good for weight loss
Fact: One of the most common misconceptions about liposuction is that it’s intended for weight loss. Liposuction does remove fat from the body, but only in small amounts. No one will have dramatic weight loss results from liposuction. The weight of the fat being removed during liposuction typically doesn’t exceed more than 11 pounds. You might choose to get liposuction in multiple spots, but that will most likely be recommended over time rather than all at once. Liposuction is only intended to be used for body contouring and spot reduction for small amounts of stubborn fat. Anyone looking to have liposuction done should understand that the procedure won’t have any major impact over their weight. If you’re considering getting liposuction, you should already be at your goal weight.
7. Myth: Recovery time from plastics surgery is long
Fact: In the past, recovering from plastic surgery was very time consuming and often painful. Due to less invasive procedures replacing very involved plastic surgeries, many plastic surgeries are actually very simple to recover from. The most amount of time most people need to take off from work for the majority of plastic surgery, including breast augmentation, is around two weeks, although it could take a few more weeks to be completely back to normal. There are many procedures that have no recovery time at all. Many are even dubbed as “lunchtime procedures” because they only take around an hour and you can get right back to your normal activities after.
8. Myth: Plastic surgery is best done outside of hospitals
Fact: When you’re having plastic surgery done, you’ll find some doctors who will do procedures in their office and some who perform in a hospital setting instead. Some doctors will make in-office procedures out to be a more attractive option, as a hospital can seem too clinical. For many types of plastic surgery, you might not see any reason to have to go into a hospital if the procedure isn’t very invasive. While it might not seem serious, you should receive plastic surgery in a hospital if you’re able to. Anytime you’re undergoing a medical procedure, it’s important that you have immediate access to the right medical care, which isn’t always available to you in an office. This is especially important if you’re getting anesthesia to ensure that it’s being properly administered.
9. Myth: Plastic surgery doesn’t leave any scars
Fact: Many people who get plastic surgery are having it done for aesthetic reasons. Having a visible scar after plastic surgery wouldn’t be beneficial for most patients. Most think that plastic surgeries are designs to not leave any scar, but most procedures actually do leave some type of scar. However, surgeons place the scar in less conspicuous areas, so it’s easy to believe that there isn’t actually a scar there. For example, scars from nose jobs are typically inside of the nose. More invasive surgeries, like a tummy tuck, will leave a scar, but the scar is placed in an area that will be covered by clothing. If you have plastic surgery, you’ll probably end up with some type of scar, but most people will never know that it’s there.
10. Myth: Getting plastic surgery makes you vain
Fact: People who have plastic surgery are often looked down upon by others for it. Society’s perception of plastic surgery has gotten better in the past few years, but a large majority of people still judge others for it. Since the goal in many plastic surgery cases is to improve someone’s appearance, they’re often thought of as being too concerned with their looks. There are many reasons a person could want plastic surgery, some even require them for medical reasons to improve problems like breathing issues or to reconstruct damaged parts of the body. Even if plastic surgery is done for cosmetic purposes, it could still be very beneficial for that person to help the way they feel about their body.
Previously confined to actresses, breast augmentation surgeries are pretty common nowadays. The standards of beauty have risen higher to the point that almost every single woman out there plans to get cosmetic surgery done and breast augmentation is one of them. Women invest in such operations because of their physical insecurities. That is precisely how the beauty industry has grown – benefiting from their insecurities.
However, there is nothing wrong with feeling good about yourself, and that is what breast augmentation does to your body. While many women are getting their breasts implanted, they need to understand several factors before going for breast augmentation. So, without further delay, let talk about these factors.
Your saggy breasts cannot be fixed with a breast augmentation
The breast augmentation will not help you in getting rid of the saggy breasts. It will lead to more saggy breasts because of the increased volume of the breasts. Be sure to know the type of surgery you need, when do you need it and why. Talking about sagginess, the best procedure for it is mastopexy or breast lift. Get your breast augmentation procedure done from a reputed cosmetic surgeon such as Absolute Cosmetics that deal with all types of surgeries.
Sooner or later, you will need to replace breast implants
Even though breast augmentation is a safe and generally thought to be a long-lasting solution to your problem, it is not a permanent treatment. The breast implants will only last for a decade or so, after which you have to replace them. People who have gone through the surgery will have to go for annual checkups from time to time. I recommend you do ample research before going through this life-altering procedure.
Don’t think this is a one-time job, expect another surgery in the future
Majority of the people who have done breast augmentation believe that it is a one-time job. Although there is a possibility that you will outlive your implants, you will need another breast surgery in the future.
It isn’t as simple as you think it is
There is a lot of research that pertains to the breast augmentation. You will have to choose several things and finalize the best. From selecting the shape of your breast implants to its texture, you will have to dig into every minor detail before moving ahead.
Breast augmentation takes time to fully mature
What you will see right after the surgery isn’t the final result. The whole procedure takes time to settle down. Initially, you will experience swelling and bruising on the breasts. These may last for a couple of weeks after which your breast implants will fully heal and transform. So, be patient, wait for the desired results, and follow your surgeon’s advice.
More than 10 million cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedures were performed by the board certified doctors in the United States in 2012, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) today released their 16thannual multi-specialty procedural statistics.
Americans spent almost $11 billion on cosmetic procedures in 2012. Of that total $6.7 billion was spent on surgical procedures; $2 billion was spent on injectable procedures; $1.8 billion was spent on skin rejuvenation procedures; and over $483 million was spent on other nonsurgical procedures, including laser hair removal and laser treatment of leg veins.
“We are confident that these statistics continue to accurately report cosmetic procedure trends as performed by the physicians who are most likely to perform them,” said Dr. McCafferty, MD. “For the past 16 years, the interest in and demand for cosmetic plastic surgery has risen exponentially, a 250% increase in surgical and nonsurgical procedures, and our comprehensive statistics continue to show that.”
Cosmetic surgical procedures increased more than 3% in the past year, with almost 1.7 million procedures in 2012. Surgery accounted for 17% of all procedures performed representing 61% of total patient expenditures.
Breast augmentation was the most frequently performed surgical procedure (330,631), followed closely by liposuction (313,011), and abdominoplasty: eyelid surgery, rhinoplasty (each performed around 150,000 times).
“In 2012, breast augmentation replaced liposuction as the most popular surgical procedure. This might have something to do with the increased popularity in silicone gel implants since their return to the market in 2006,” said Leo R. McCafferty, MD, President of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. “According to the Society’s statistics in 2006, 383,886 breast augmentation procedures were performed and of those 81% were saline implants and 19% were silicone. In 2012, 330,631 breast augmentation procedures were performed and of those only 28% were saline implants and 72% were silicone.”
Women were by far the biggest clients, with 9.1 million cosmetic procedures performed on them in 2012.
The number of cosmetic procedures for women increased over 252% from 1997. The top five surgical procedures for women were: breast augmentation, liposuction, tummy tuck, eyelid surgery, and breast lift.
Men had only around 1 million cosmetic procedures, including liposuction, rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery, breast reduction to treat enlarged male breast, and ear shaping. However, the number of cosmetic procedures for men increased over 106% from 1997.
The most popular nonsurgical procedure was injections of Botulinum Toxin Type A (including Botox and Dysport).
Cosmetic minimally-invasive procedures increased over 10 percent in the past year, with almost 8.5 million procedures in 2012. Nonsurgical procedures accounted for 83% of the total number of procedures performed representing 39% of total expenditures. The top five minimally-invasive procedures were:
• Botulinum Toxin Type A: 3,257,913
• Hyaluronic Acid: 1,423,705
• Laser Hair Removal: 883,893
• Microdermabrasion: 498,821
• Chemical Peel: 443,824
This is the second year this survey asked the doctors for the total number of non-surgical procedures being performed in their practices by both physicians and their physician assistants and nurse injectors. When procedures performed by physician assistants and nurse injectors are included, the total number of cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedures performed in the United States in 2012 increases to 12.7 million.
Meanwhile, in the UK, 50 percent of cosmetic surgery claims dealt with botched breast implants, according to Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors, the first firm to establish a practice specializing in cosmetic surgery negligence.
There was a significant increase in patient claims for bad PIP (Poly Implant Prothèse) implants in the last 12 months, according to the law firm, consistent with a slight decline in demand for breast augmentation in 2012 (down 1.6% from the previous year). The most complaints regarding breast augmentation that has gone wrong included gross asymmetry, inappropriately placed scarring and nerve damage.
Almost 10,000 women had breast augmentation last year, still making the breast implants the most common cosmetic surgery procedure performed in the UK.
The first breast augmentation operation using silicone implants took place 50 years ago. Now the procedure rates as the second-most popular form of cosmetic surgery worldwide, undergone by 1.5 million women in 2010.
It was spring 1962 when Timmie Jean Lindsey, a mother-of-six lay down on the operating table at Jefferson Davis hospital in Houston, Texas.
Over the next two hours, she went from a B to a C cup, in an operation that made history.
“I thought they came out just perfect… They felt soft and just like real breasts,” says Timmie Jean Lindsey now aged 80.
“I don’t think I got the full results of them until I went out in public and men on the street would whistle at me.”
Though the operation boosted Timmie Jean Lindsey’s self-confidence – and she enjoyed the extra attention – she had never planned to have a breast enlargement.
Timmie Jean Lindsey had been to hospital to get a tattoo removed from her breasts, and it was then that doctors asked if she would consider volunteering for this first-of-its-kind operation.
“I was more concerned about getting my ears pinned back… My ears stood out like Dumbo! And they said <<Oh we’ll do that too>>.” So a deal was struck.”
The surgeons were two ambitious pioneers, Frank Gerow and Thomas Cronin.
It was Frank Gerow who had first come up with the plan for a new kind of breast implant.
“Frank Gerow squeezed a plastic blood bag and remarked how much it felt like a woman’s breast,” says Teresa Riordan, author of Inventing Beauty: A History of the Innovations that have Made Us Beautiful.
“And he had this <<Aha!>> moment, where he first conceived of the silicone breast implant.”
Timmie Jean Lindsey is the first woman who had a breast augmentation with silicone implants in 1962 at Jefferson Davis hospital in Houston
The first guinea pig for the silicone implant was a dog named Esmeralda. The basic principle behind the prototype was simple.
“A rocket achieves lift off with lift and thrust – same thing in breast augmentation,” says Thomas Biggs, who was working with frank Gerow and Thomas Cronin in 1962 as a junior resident in plastic surgery.
“I was in charge of the dog. The implant was inserted under the skin and left for a couple of weeks, until she chewed at her stitches and it had to be removed.”
The operation was deemed a success and Frank Gerow declared that the implants were “as harmless as water”. Soon after, the medical team began looking for women to try out the implants.
Timmie Jean Lindsey has only a hazy recollection of her operation day.
“As I came back from surgery there was just a lot of weight on my chest – like something heavy had been sitting there.”
“That was about it – after maybe three or four days the pain part of it had let up.”
The doctors were pleased with their work. But, at the time, Thomas Biggs had no idea quite what they had on their hands.
“Sure it was a little bit exciting, but if I’d had a mirror to the future I’d have been dumbstruck,” Thomas Biggs says.
“I was not wise enough to realize the magnitude of it.”
The significance began to hit home when Thomas Cronin presented the work at the International Society of Plastic Surgeons in Washington DC in 1963.
“The plastic surgery world was absolutely set on fire with enthusiasm,” says Thomas Biggs.
The time seemed right. 1950’s America had seen a whole swathe of cultural influences come together around the ideal of a larger breast.
It was the decade in which Playboy magazine and Barbie launched, and film stars played a big role too.
Injected: Paraffin was tried in the 1890’s, but quickly dropped because it leaked to other parts of the body.
Transplanted: In the 1920’s and 1930’s doctors tried moving fat from other parts of the body to the breast.
Inserted: Polyurethane, cartilage, sponges, wood and even glass balls, were all tried in the 1950’s.
Non-surgical solutions: Vacuum pumps, suction devices, a multitude of lotions and potions, and padded or inflatable bras.