If you are conscious about your appearance and are considering ways to improve it, so as to gain confidence about the way you look, cosmetic surgery – or plastic surgery – is apparently an option that you need to think about seriously. Though there is no doubt that cosmetic surgery can uplift your overall appearance, thereby making you feel much better also, it is imperative that you should be fully aware about what cosmetic procedure actually means; how it is carried out; and what are the most common misconceptions and facts linked to it. Generally speaking, ten misconceptions about cosmetic surgery, and the facts that debunk these misconceptions, have been listed below:
(i) Cosmetic surgery can be afforded only by the rich: With facial plastic and reconstructive surgery becoming increasingly affordable, it is a misconception that only well-to-do people can afford it. The fact is that some insurance companies cover cosmetic procedures which are considered medically necessary; and there are a few patient financing schemes available too.
(ii) Any cosmetic surgeon can perform cosmetic surgery: It is important to check the credentials of the surgeon before going in for cosmetic procedures because it is a misconception that all cosmetic surgeons are qualified enough to perform cosmetic surgery.
(iii) Cosmetic surgery is only for women: With the fact being that nearly 15 percent of cosmetic procedures currently being performed on men, and with the figures steadily increasing, it is wrong to say that cosmetic surgery is only for women.
(iv) Get cosmetic surgery done only if you are above 60: Since waiting for cosmetic surgery till past the postmenopausal can lead to a somewhat negative and dramatic change in a woman’s appearance, it is advisable to get some less drastic procedures done before menopause.
(v) Invasive techniques are used in all cosmetic procedures: The fact that debunks this misconception is that chemical peels, dermabrasion, Botox injections, and injectable fillers are some of the minimally-invasive quick-fix procedures that have become extremely popular.
(vi) Facial cosmetic surgery procedures cannot be combined: A combination of cosmetic procedures, like facelift and eye surgery, can yield the best results in enhancing one’s appearance. So, it is a misconception that cosmetic procedures cannot be combined.
(vii) All cosmetic procedures require general anaesthesia: Most of the non-invasive cosmetic procedures hardly require the surgeons to administer anaesthesia to the patients; and, hence, quite a few procedures are not anaesthetic at all.
(viii) All cosmetic procedures are performed in hospitals: A lot of non-invasive cosmetic procedures, especially those for corrective reasons, can be performed in the doctor’s office or an out-patient facility. As such, there is little merit in the argument that all procedures have to be performed in hospitals.
(ix) Recovery period after cosmetic surgery is long: It is incorrect to associate cosmetic surgery with long recovery periods because advancements in surgical techniques, anaesthesia methods and pain control, have considerably cut down the time taken for recovery.
(x) Botox is an unsafe toxin: While huge doses of Botox can be dangerous, Botox treatments generally involve minimal dose level; thereby dismissing the misconception about Botox being unsafe. In fact, the safety profile of Botox is among the best for any medicine developed till now!