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5 Plastic Surgery Myths

5 Plastic Surgery Myths

Every year over three hundred thousand plastic surgeries are performed in Canada, and for many Canadians it is a highly beneficial resource which not only enhances one’s appearance, but also has strictly reconstructive procedures as well. Did you know that rhinoplasty can be performed to enhance the aesthetic appeal of the nose as well as to correct problems breathing, perhaps from a deviated septum? Similarly, the concept of a “mommy makeover” has swept both Canada and the rest of the Western world, and has offered mothers a means to restore their bodies to the way they were before pregnancy and childbirth, offering them a way to look better, feel better, and to restore their confidence.

Plastic surgery is far more common than most people think—and unfortunately it’s still an area that is awash with myths and misconceptions. Here are five of the most common ones which we’d like to clear up just a little bit:

1. Plastic Surgery Lasts Forever

This, unfortunately, is quite false—while many plastic surgeries can have long lasting results, potentially into the decades, the natural aging process will still occur. Maintenance treatments are a popular way for most patients to maintain their results—for example, after a facelift procedure, a patient may choose to enjoy the benefits of dermal fillers to stave off wrinkles, lines, or creases within the face. Good skin care and general healthy living—meaning a good diet and avoiding things like smoking or alcohol—will also extend the benefits and outcomes of plastic surgery.

2. Liposuction is for Weight Loss

Liposuction is not a method of weight loss—liposuction is actually intended to contour the body, shape curves, and enhance its overall aesthetic appeal. While liposuction involves the removal of fat, it isn’t a way to lose weight, and certainly not permanently—after having undergone liposuction to contour the body, a patient will be just as likely to gain or lose weight as before the procedure.

3. Plastic Surgery Doesn’t Leave Scars

While most patients are prepared for the idea that a surgical procedure will leave scars, some still believe that plastic surgery is somehow different from other operations and that scars won’t be present. While scars can be dramatically reduced—and skilled plastic surgeons are particularly adept at minimizing their presence—the reality is that scars may still occur. A qualified plastic surgeon will inform you of what you might be able to expect, and provide you with a lot of useful information and advice about how to reduce the appearance of your scar as much as humanly possible after your operation.

4. Plastic Surgery Can Be Very Risky

While all surgical procedures have a certain degree of risk associated, as long as you’re having your procedure conducted by a well trained, fully qualified plastic surgeon, the likelihood of a “botched surgery” happening are statistically very, very low. Always ensure that you confirm the qualifications of your plastic surgeon, such as whether or not they are board certified. This can be done by confirming credentials and that they are a member in good standing with The Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons or The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Always confirm credentials, medical license and ask about their overall experience with the surgery you’re considering.

5. Plastic Surgery is Only for Women

This myth could not possibly be more false, but unfortunately it’s still something that prevents men from having plastic surgery, even when it can dramatically benefit not only their overall aesthetic, but their overall confidence. Many men suffer from the same age-related facial changes that women do and they can often benefit from facial rejuvenation procedures using fillers, neuromodulators, and surgery. These procedures are now quite common for men, restoring their confidence and self-esteem levels.

In the past few years, surgical and non-surgical procedures amongst men have risen well over one hundred percent. Men are becoming more comfortable and interested in their appearance whether it’s to further their career or just as an enhancement to boost their self- confidence levels.