When it comes to plastic surgery, there are a variety of myths out there that are simply not true. Hollywood tends to give plastic surgery a bad name by gossiping about movie stars who have gone under the knife one too many times. In this article, we will try to dispel a few of the common plastic surgery myths to help you understand more about plastic surgery and whether it may be something that is beneficial to you.
Myth: Each person always ages at the same rate.
Fact: The truth is that everyone ages differently. In addition to hereditary factors, there are countless environmental factors that can significantly influence how someone ages. Common environmental factors include sun exposure, tobacco and alcohol use as well as many others.
Myth: As we age, we begin to lose fat in our faces, which can make us look younger.
Fact: It is true that people lose fat in their faces as they age. However, this does not make people look younger, it actually makes them look older. Plastic surgeons can actually add fat through facial rejuvenation procedures to help patients appear more youthful.
Myth: Most anti-aging creams do not work.
Fact: While it is true that many anti-aging creams are little more than hype, there are some creams that can make patients look younger. When anti-aging creams contain “Retin-A”, they can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, eliminate age spots and make the skin look smoother.
Myth: Botox is the same no matter where you get it.
Fact: Allergan, the makers of Botox, set the price of this product. Therefore, if you are getting a great deal on Botox injections, you may be getting diluted Botox or something entirely different. Also, the results that you will get from Botox injections depend greatly on who is administering the procedure. Untrained “professionals” can make your face look droopy and unnatural.
Myth: Fillers and Botox offer a non-surgical facelift.
Fact: It is true that fillers and Botox can be used together to produce a more youthful appearance for patients. Botox can be used to smooth the forehead and help to lift the brows. Fillers can be used to plump the lips and soften the cheeks. However, these results are not permanent and therefore surgery offers more effective long-term results for many patients.
Myth: You will have trouble aging naturally after having cosmetic surgery.
Fact: This may have been true in the early days of plastic surgery, but is no longer the case. If you choose a Board Certified plastic surgeon with ample experience, you should not have any problems as you age. There are all sorts of new technologies that allow plastic surgeons to improve how procedures are performed and they are constantly evolving and improving.
Myth: Cosmetic surgeons are the same as plastic surgeons.
Fact: Anyone that has a medical license can call himself or herself a cosmetic surgeon, but not a plastic surgeon. Therefore, it is important to look at a surgeon’s certifications before deciding to have a procedure – specifically plastic surgery training in an approved residency program and certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
Myth: All certifications are the same in plastic surgery.
Fact: This is absolutely untrue. Unless a doctor is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, you may be dealing with someone who is not properly trained to perform plastic surgery procedures. The American Board of Plastic Surgery has extremely high standards and requires extensive training and testing before awarding certifications.
Still Have Questions? Contact Allure Today
While we have tried to dispel many of the myths surrounding plastic surgery, we understand that you still may have questions before deciding to move forward with a procedure. At Allure Plastic Surgery of Miami, we have four Board Certified plastic surgeons that would be happy to answer any questions that you may have. Contact us today to set up a consultation where you can ask more specific, personal questions.