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The 5 Biggest Myths in Cosmetic Surgery

The cosmetic surgery industry is beset by myths and superstitions regarding both the qualifications of surgeons and the value of procedures. While some myths are amusing, others are downright dangerous. Before looking into a procedure, it’s important to first be educated on these common misconceptions.

Myth: Cosmetic Surgeons Aren’t Licensed Medical Doctors
Cosmetic surgeons and plastic surgeons are, in fact, licensed medical doctors. However, any doctor can perform cosmetic surgical procedures, so it is important to research the physician you choose to perform your cosmetic surgery. You will certainly want to choose a cosmetic surgeon with care, and pay special attention to his or her residency and post residency training before you make a decision.
There is a difference between cosmetic surgeons and board-certified plastic surgeons. Plastic surgeons who have earned board certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery have completed post-doctoral training in plastic surgery techniques and have passed rigorous oral and written examinations to ensure their understanding of plastic surgery techniques. Many patients seek out and prefer board-certified plastic surgeons because of this advanced training and experience.

Myth: Cosmetic Surgery Makes You Look Artificial
We only notice cosmetic surgery when it is bad cosmetic surgery. Skilled cosmetic surgery is often undetectable unless the viewer was familiar with the patient’s appearance prior to the procedure. When consulting with a qualified cosmetic surgeon, ask to see before and after photos of his or her work, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Ask how much training the doctor has had in the procedure you wish to have performed. Ask how many of his patients have received that procedure and what the success rate is.

Myth: Cosmetic Surgery and Plastic Surgery Are the Same Thing
Cosmetic surgeries are entirely elective procedures dedicated to improving the looks of an area of the body. Plastic surgeries are reconstructive surgeries designed to correct deformities and repair damage from trauma. Skin grafts, mastectomies, facial/cranial reconstruction and cleft palate surgeries are all examples of plastic surgeries. In common language, the terms are used interchangeably, but they actually signify two different things.

Myth: Cosmetic Surgery Is Risky and Irreversible
It is true that there is risk involved with any medical procedure. However, risks can be mitigated with a thorough understanding of the procedures by both doctor and patient. The number of complications during elective cosmetic procedures compares favorably to the complication rate of similarly invasive, medically necessary procedures.

Cosmetic surgery is designed to be “permanent” in nature, but in most cases patients who are unhappy with an aesthetic outcome can have a second surgery if necessary to correct or revise their look. It would be rather challenging, but in most cases not impossible, to “undo” a surgical procedure once performed. For this reason, it’s important to take time to really think about your goals before choosing surgery. These days, there are numerous non-invasive or minimally invasive procedures to choose from that might give you the results you want without permanently altering your appearance.

Myth: Only One Procedure Can Be Performed at a Time
Skilled cosmetic surgeons can combine more than one surgical procedure in the same surgical session. For instance, it is not uncommon to have rhinoplasty and eyelid surgery performed at one time, or a breast lift and breast augmentation together.
Cosmetic surgery offers many benefits to many people; however, it is important to be as informed as possible before undergoing any procedure. If you are looking for a cosmetic surgery center and med spa in Orange County, we encourage you to call us for a consultation.