Mythbusting Facial Plastic Surgery

Misinformation and bias surrounding plastic surgery can be overwhelming and prevent you from considering a procedure that could positively impact your life. Whether you’re seeking to correct a medical condition or simply enhance your appearance, it is important that you have factual information to make an informed decision. We’re here to help you separate fact from fiction by debunking some of the most prevalent myths about plastic surgery.

1. It Is Only Vanity That Drives People to Seek Plastic Surgery

The belief that plastic surgeries are only motivated by vanity is nothing more than a misconception. There are a myriad of reasons why a patient may decide to undergo these procedures, such as aesthetic, functional, medical, or even preventative. As a facial plastic surgeon, my goal is not only to improve the appearance of the treated area but also its functionality. For example, rhinoplasty can not only improve the appearance of the nose but also the patient’s ability to breathe freely through the nose.

Beyond cosmesis, plastic surgery can address reconstructive needs caused by birth defects, trauma, or cancer.

At the end of the day, even if the motivation for plastic surgery is aesthetic, it has the potential to enhance a patient’s overall quality of life by improving self-esteem, confidence, and body image.

2. Plastic Surgery Is a Luxury That Only the Rich Can Afford

Although it is true that some surgical procedures require a significant investment, there is a wide range of procedures that vary in price according to their complexity and extent. Technological advancements in plastic surgery have made it more affordable and accessible to a wider range of people. With the availability of payment and financing options, people from different economic backgrounds can now consider high-quality surgical procedures as an option that fits their budget. Plus, certain procedures may be covered by insurance if deemed medically necessary.

3. Only Women Get Plastic Surgery

Facial plastic surgery can improve the overall well-being of any person, regardless of gender. Although a greater number of women undergo surgical procedures, the percentage of men and women who decide to have plastic surgery has been leveling off in the last decade. In fact, there are cosmetic procedures that are particularly popular among men, such as hair transplants or eyelid surgery. So no, plastic surgery is not exclusive to women, and anyone can undergo surgical treatment for medical or cosmetic reasons to enhance their self-esteem and quality of life.

4. Plastic Surgery Makes People Look Fake

Some unfortunate cases have led to the widespread belief that plastic surgeries always give an unnatural appearance. However, this is often the consequence of excessive plastic surgery or improper technique. In reality, the vast majority of plastic surgery patients look natural and achieve subtle improvements that refresh their appearance and enhance their well-being. Plastic surgery techniques and technology have advanced considerably in recent years, allowing for more precise results that are customized to each person’s natural features.

5. All Plastic Surgeons Are the Same

No, not all plastic surgeons are the same, nor do they have the same level of training and experience. When you’re looking for a professional to perform a facial surgical procedure, remember that you must prioritize your safety and physical and mental well-being. For this reason, you should know that each surgeon has their own niche area of expertise and ability to perform certain procedures. The first thing you should check is if the surgeon is qualified and has experience in the procedure you want to have done. This takes the form of advanced surgical training in recognized residency and fellowship programs which have much more rigorous standards than weekend courses where providers take a quick crash course and receive certification for their attendance. 

In addition, it is also useful to check if they are members of recognized plastic surgery associations. For instance, I am a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAOHNS), the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society (AOA), and the Triological Society. I specialize in face and neck procedures, meaning I only perform procedures in that area, providing not only specialized technical knowledge and skills but an aesthetic sense to harmonize your facial features.

6. Recovering From Plastic Surgery Can Take Months

Although recovery time and pain levels may vary depending on the type of procedure and individual patient factors, many plastic surgery procedures have relatively short recovery times and minimal discomfort. In fact, some procedures, such as injectables or non-surgical treatments, require no downtime at all. Advances in surgical techniques and anesthesia have also made surgical recovery much more comfortable and bearable for patients. Although discomfort and swelling are to be expected after surgery, patients are usually able to resume normal activities within a few days to a week after surgery. As long as you follow your surgeon’s postoperative instructions and take proper care of yourself during the recovery period, your body should heal appropriately and you will be able to resume your daily activities in no time.

7. Plastic Surgery Won’t Leave Any Scars

Scarring is a natural part of the healing process after any surgical procedure, and plastic surgery is no exception. However, if your surgery is performed by a properly qualified and experienced surgeon, the healing process will be smoother and scarring will likely be minimized.

8. Plastic Surgery Lasts Forever

Surgical procedures do indeed give longer-lasting results than non-surgical procedures, but the reality is that the duration of results varies depending on the specific procedure, post-operative care, and each patient’s physiology and lifestyle. Some facial surgical procedures will need to be touched up or revised after a few years in order to maintain results, while others can last for decades. For example, a facelift lasts an average of 10 years because the skin naturally loosens again over time. On the other hand, a rhinoplasty has the potential to last decades if not longer, as it takes much longer for the nose to change shape considerably. You should set realistic expectations of how long the results will last when you undergo a surgical procedure, as natural aging, sun exposure, and weight fluctuations will modify your appearance.

Plastic surgery is a rapidly advancing field, and modern techniques and technologies are helping to make procedures more personalized, precise, and natural-looking than ever before. If you’re considering cosmetic or reconstructive surgery, don’t let fear or outdated information hold you back. Contact us to help you explore your options and find the best treatment plan for your unique needs.

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