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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Julie Chen has denied she had a nose job after admitting that she had eye surgery at 25.

Julie Chen, 43, who revealed last week that she was once told she would never be an anchor because she is Chinese, told The Talk yesterday that she has not had any other cosmetic surgery.

“For the record, I have never had a nose job,” Julie Chen said.

“I have only had plastic surgery done to my eyes that I’ve already told you about.”

Julie Chen says that the difference in the appearance of her nose in her “after” photo was thanks to her make-up artist’s contouring skills. She demonstrated this with side-by-side photos of herself before her eye surgery and herself now before make-up.

She also shared a 20-second time-lapse video of her hair and make-up process, including her make-up artist’s expert contouring.

That is not to say that she didn’t consider a rhinoplasty though. Julie Chen says she decided against it, however, after her grandmother told her that the shape of her nose is considered a “good fortune nose” in Chinese culture – and they both shared the same feature.

Julie Chen has denied she had a nose job after admitting that she had eye surgery at 25

Julie Chen has denied she had a nose job after admitting that she had eye surgery at 25

Julie Chen also insisted on Monday’s edition of the show that her intention with the eye procedure was not to make herself look “less Asian”, rather that she wanted her eyes to look “more open”.

Referring to “haters” who shared “hurtful” responses to her story, Julie Chen said: “The hateful comments that I read where people were judging me were people within my own community. 

“It was comments like, <<Way to give in to the Western standards of beauty>>. [and] <<You’re denying your heritage. You’re trying to look less Asian>>.

“Guess what? I don’t look less Chinese! I’m not fooling anybody here. That’s number one.

“Number two: half of us Asians are born with the double-eyelid.

“My mother was born with it. My father has one lid that was creased, one lid that didn’t get its crease until he hit his late teens. I have one sister born with the creases, one sister born without it, so it wasn’t denying my heritage.

Julie Chen added in an interview with People magazine: “The goal was to simply have bigger eyes so the camera didn’t make me look sleepy, bored, angry or disinterested in my interviews.

“The goal was to look, in my opinion, more alert and more interested on camera for my work/career.”

Julie Chen’s The Talk co-star Sharon Osbourne says the furor surrounding the eye surgery compares to her own rhinoplasty.

Sharon Osbourne said on Monday’s show: “I got rid of my Jew-bump on my nose and I still tell people I’m half a Jew. I just didn’t want it!

“You are what you are. I love being what I am, I embrace being what I am, but did I want that nose? No!”

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Anti-wrinkle cream ANEW Clinical Pro Line Eraser Treatment from Avon, said to be so effective it has convinced women not to have cosmetic surgery, has gone on sale in the U.S. this month.

During tests, ANEW Clinical Pro Line Eraser Treatment was said to have reduced the signs of ageing in just seven days.

Avon, which is selling the cream for $40, says it contains an ingredient that boosts production of collagen and elastin, which give skin its youthful plumpness and elasticity.

As we age, production of these proteins rapidly slows, leaving us to develop lines and wrinkles.

Avon says A-F33, the cream’s “miracle” ingredient, steps in to stop this slowdown.

Anti-wrinkle cream ANEW Clinical Pro Line Eraser Treatment from Avon is said to be so effective it has convinced women not to have cosmetic surgery

Anti-wrinkle cream ANEW Clinical Pro Line Eraser Treatment from Avon is said to be so effective it has convinced women not to have cosmetic surgery

In tests, 69 women aged between 35 and 59 used the ANEW Clinical Pro Line Eraser Treatment cream twice a day for 11 weeks. All claimed their wrinkles had been reduced, with some improvements noticeable in a week.

Some even decided against cosmetic surgery after using it, the firm said.

Dermatologists used a 3D imaging camera to look at the skin’s response and claimed the cream had thickened the epidermis – the outer layer of the skin.

Another test on skin cells suggested they expressed more collagen and elastin after being treated with the cream.

Cheryl Karcher, a New York dermatologist and Avon consultant, told Plastic Surgery Practice that the product would be an ideal alternative to Botox or similar injectables.

“It is something to add to our armamentarium of injectables, lasers and acids and all that we could do in the office,” she said, likening the Avon product to those on the professional market.

“It is more of more of an adjunct to what dermatologists and aesthetic doctors offer,” she added.

A-F33, which stands for Amino Fill 33, is a modified protein discovered by scientists in Princeton, and licensed to Avon.

Anthony Gonzalez from Avon’s research and development department said the ingredient had the power to change the way women look after their skin.

“A-F33 is potentially as game changing in the fight against wrinkles as alpha hydroxyl acids (AHAs) and Retinol were in the 1990s,” he said.

Fans include British actress Anna Friel, 36, who said she noticed “an immediate difference to my skin which appeared smoother with a fabulous glow to it”.

The cream launched earlier this month, and is on sale on the Avon website or from the company’s famous Avon ladies.

This Friday sees the launch of the product in the UK, and thanks to buzz from the U.S., 60,000 are said to have already signed up for it on waiting lists.

 

 

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According to experts, a growing number of young women are seeking vaginal rejuvenation.

The hour-long procedure which was originally popular with patients suffering from incontinence or a sagging of the vaginal canal following childbirth, is now more widely used for cosmetic purposes to either to enhance the appearance of the genitalia or boost sexual satisfaction.

While the average age of those requesting the surgery is between 30-45 some doctors are concerned the trend is causing teenagers to become increasingly “misled or confused” about what is normal.

In 2011 more than 2,140 U.S. women underwent vaginal rejuvenation, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery while the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons put the total at almost 5,200 in 2010.

Experts note such figures do not include the many procedures done by gynecologists.

According to experts, a growing number of young women are seeking vaginal rejuvenation

According to experts, a growing number of young women are seeking vaginal rejuvenation

The growth comes despite a warning from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) in 2007 that strongly questioned the medical validity and safety of female genital cosmetic surgery which can cost between $2,500 and $12,000.

One of the major concerns is that many surgeons fail to explain risks, such as infections, scarring, pain and the loss of the very sensations some patients seek to enhance.

However many patients are more than happy to proceed with surgery, even when warned of the dangers, as they are sold on the idea of having a “designer vagina”.

 

WHAT IS VAGINAL REJUVENATION?

There are two main types of procedure available:

Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation

• For women who want to enhance or improve sexual gratification

• Most patients are women who have had children and experience vaginal relaxation

• The procedure enhances vaginal muscle tone, strength, and control

• Effectively decreases the internal and external vaginal diameters

• Builds up and strengthens the perineal body

Designer Laser Vaginoplasty

• Aesthetic laser enhancement for women who are concerned with appearance

• Sculpts and reduces the inner and outer labia

• Reduces excess skin

• Reduces thickness of the labia minora

• Pigmentation treatment to create uniform coloration

• Rejuvenates the relaxed parts of the vagina

• Augment any areas that are “flat” with transfer of fat from other areas

• Removes fatty bulges of pubic area

 

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

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.

Source: Inventing Beauty by Teresa Riordan