Despite its growing popularity, plastic surgery continues to be surrounded by myths and misconceptions. Los Angeles plastic surgeon Dr. George Sanders is committed to educating prospective patients about the facts on plastic surgery to help them make the best decisions when it comes to their aesthetic needs and goals. In this blog post, the trusted plastic surgeon debunks some of the most widespread misconceptions about plastic surgery.
Plastic Surgery Is All about Vanity
Plastic surgery is divided into reconstructive surgery and cosmetic surgery. Reconstructive surgery is necessary to treat physical problems such as injuries, a nose that won’t breathe properly, breasts that are too large, etc. Cosmetic surgery is necessary to enhance appearance. The truth is that patients want both functional and aesthetic enhancement. For instance, a nasal surgery performed for breathing improvement will often address issues of appearance.
Vanity is an excessive preoccupation with one’s appearance. Every person wants to appear attractive, but when this desire becomes an obsession, it is unhealthy. The vast majority of people who want plastic surgery are not preoccupied with their appearance.
Only Women Get Plastic Surgery
While women still make up the majority of plastic surgery patients, men are seeking plastic surgery in record numbers. Among the most popular non-surgical procedures among men are Botox to eliminate noticeable wrinkles and lines, and microdermabrasion and laser treatments to improve skin texture, wrinkles, laxity. Non-invasive procedures like these give men the opportunity to enhance their appearance with little to no downtime. Surgical procedures like nasal surgery, eyelid surgery, and male breast reduction are popular among men who wish to address a lifelong cosmetic embarrassment (e.g., overly large nose, drooping eyelids, “man boobs”) and/or achieve long-lasting results.
Plastic Surgery Stops the Aging Process
Facial rejuvenation procedures like facelift and eyelid surgery can take years off of one’s appearance. But no cosmetic procedure can stop the aging process. After your procedure, your face and body will continue to age normally. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to maintain your results. Practicing proper sun protection, not smoking, exercising regularly, following a healthy diet and having “touch-up” treatments with Botox or dermal fillers can all help prolong your youthful appearance.
Plastic Surgery Is Good for Weight Loss
It’s a common misconception that plastic surgery procedures like liposuction and tummy tuck can help one lose weight. The truth is, these procedures are used to sculpt specific body areas and target trouble areas that cannot be treated with diet and exercise. Patients who wish to lose a substantial amount of weight should do so instead of or before undergoing plastic surgery.
Learn More from Dr. Sanders
To discuss your plastic surgery options, please schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Sanders. Contact his Encino practice by calling (818) 981-3333 today.