Common Facial Plastic Surgery Myths
Facial Plastic Surgery as we know it has existed since the late 1800’s. Experts make new advancements in techniques, materials, and options each year. But in spite of its prevalence and progress, there remain many common myths about facial plastic surgery. Exaggerated celebrity representations or outdated information may fuel these misconceptions. Don’t fall prey into believing these 12 common facial plastic surgery myths.
Myth 1: It’s Too Expensive
There was a time when this misconception was true, but plastic surgery is no longer limited to the wealthy elite. In fact, many procedures have decreased in price within the last decade. And, often plastic surgeons offer limited time discounts on minimally invasive procedures.
Myth 2: It Results in Painful, Unattractive Scars
All surgeries with incisions come with the chance of permanent scarring. Today’s surgeons minimize incision size and scarring to avoid large scars and keloids. Surgeons make incisions to carefully conceal scars from facial procedures in the hairline, behind ears, or other natural crease areas to make them as invisible as possible.
Myth 3: People Who Have Plastic Surgery Are Vain
Plastic surgery is primarily used to change appearance. This is a fact. However, studies show that 88% of patients go into the procedure with a realistic expectation of the outcome. We all care about our appearance, and given the choice, we want to look our best. Plastic surgery helps the average patient feel healthier, more confident, and helps bring their appearance in alignment with how youthful they feel on the inside. Plastic surgery has become more common for the average person who simply wants to look their best and feel confident.
Myth 4: It’s Permanent
Nothing lasts forever, not even plastic surgery. But most facial procedures last for many years before needing a touch up. A facelift for example, last 7 to 10 years on average, while a blepharoplasty (eyelid reconstruction) procedure can last for 15 years.
Myth 5: Cosmetic Surgery is the Same as Plastic Surgery
The American Board of Plastic Surgery certifies plastic surgeons. Certification requires 5 years of training, including 2 years dedicated just to plastic surgery. All plastic surgeons qualify as cosmetic surgeons. But a cosmetic surgeon does not have the same specialized training as a plastic surgeon.
Myth 6: You Shouldn’t Get Plastic Surgery Before You’re 60
The belief that facial surgery is best done at a certain age is one of many common facial plastic surgery myths. There isn’t a prescribed age for plastic surgery procedures. Statistically most plastic surgeries are performed on people 45-60 years old. Each patient and their circumstances are unique, and each case should be considered individually.
Myth 7: It Takes A Long Time to Recover
As with any surgery, you will need some recovery time after a facial procedure. However, recovery usually takes 2 to 6 weeks. For many patients swelling disappears within two weeks.
Myth 8: Healthy lifestyles Can Have the Same Results as Surgery
Nutrition and exercise are an important part of keeping your body healthy and beautiful. In fact, it is a good idea to implement a health plan before seeking plastic surgery. An active lifestyle can help prolong the lifespan of plastic surgery procedures.
Facial plastic surgery addresses wrinkles, loose skin, and other signs of aging that healthy choices alone cannot reverse. If these types of conditions are affecting your self-esteem or sense of beauty, facial plastic surgery is the best corrective option.
Myth 9: Plastic Surgery is Dangerous
No surgery is without risk. But surgeries undertaken by a skilled surgeon on a healthy patient have a low risk of complications. Surgeons perform over 13 million procedures each year, and most patients only experience expected minor bruising, swelling, and discomfort.
Myth 10: It Looks Unnatural
Improper or extreme surgery can have unnatural looking results. Most of this misconception comes from use of the term “plastic”. This use of plastic derives from the Greek word plastikos which means “capable of being shaped or molded” – not from the results appearing synthetic or unnatural. Seek out a surgeon whose results are in keeping with a desired natural appearance.
Myth 11: It’s Extremely Painful
Movement or addition of bone, cartilage, tissue, or skin can cause pain. Surgeons use anesthetics to decrease the discomfort of the procedure itself. An experienced surgeon disturbs the smallest amount of tissue possible to minimize post-procedure pain. A common facial plastic surgery myth is that it is extremely painful, when in reality, less than 5% of patients complain about pain during or following a procedure.
Myth 12: It’s Disrespectuful to Ask Your Surgeon Questions
Actually, it is a great idea and important to ask your surgeon any questions you have, especially those pertaining to his or her training and experience. This is an important undertaking, and you should feel comfortable with and confident in your surgeon’s abilities.
Many uninformed opinions and facial plastic surgery myths still exist today. Take the time to learn about the many options and procedures available today, what is involved with each one, and what is best for you. Have a candid discussion with your surgeon and be willing to listen to his or her input regarding your desired outcomes and best procedures for your situation.
Learn more about the American Board of Facial Plastic Surgeons.