As humans, we often judge a book by its cover and not what’s going on inside. This same cliche does not exclude plastic surgery. There are many misconceptions about the field of plastic surgery, and of course as with all, most misconceptions, they are simply untrue. Although there are many, many more here are three of the largest plastic surgery misconceptions floating around today…
#1. All “Plastic Surgeons” Are Qualified
Now in days, it’s very easy to fake credentials and trick people into believing whatever it is you are selling. Plastic surgery is not exempt. It’s easy to get distracted by a large following on social media and let real qualifications fall to the waist-side.
While social media is a great place to see before and afters, patient testimonials and more, it also should be looked at as a “highlight reel”. In short, no one is going to show or tell you something that would make you second guess allowing them to preform your cosmetic procedure.
Instead of choosing your plastic surgeon based JUST on their social media or where they fall into your Google search, try this:
- Looking at their qualifications as not all plastic surgery board certifications are the same. Read more about that here.
- Is their website up to date?
- Set up a consultation and ask for more before and after photos.
- Read the reviews.
- Ask a friend (online or IRL) for a referral!
Another place to check out is RealSelf. RealSelf is a very helpful online site that reveals the real story (the good, the bad and the ugly, if you will) about each procedure. It also provides everything from before and after photos to discussions and doctors that will answer your questions.
#2. Plastic Surgery is Only to Enhance Your Looks
When most people think about plastic surgery procedures, they most often think of liposuctions, a breast augmentation or a facelift. This is a major plastic surgery misconception. This. is because there is more to plastic surgery than just perfectly perky breasts and “finding the Fountain of Youth”. Often times, patients are undergoing reconstruction, or corrective surgery in order to build confidence and increase comfort… sometimes after an accident or illness, like breast cancer.
#3. Plastic Surgery is Only for Women
You read that right! These days, more men entering their late 30’s, 40s and 50s are hooping on the “brotox” bandwagon and turning to non-surgical procedures like the use of Botox and other neurotoxins, or fillers to keep themselves looking young. In addition, men are also growing more comfortable with other surgical procedures, including liposuction to address “love handles,” abdominal etching to give the illusion of washboard abs, and, of course, calf enhancement and reduction surgeries.