The internet can be a great tool when it comes to finding out more about a particular surgery you’re interested in, such as rhinoplasty, facelift or eyelid surgery. But the internet can also be full of misinformation and myths about surgery, which can do a lot of harm. If you are considering surgery, it’s important to separate myth from fact and to find out as much about your procedure as possible, from a reliable source. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the more persistent myths about facial plastic surgery, as well as a healthy dose of reality.
Myth 1: Anyone Can Do It
Knowing how to choose a suitable plastic surgeon can mean the difference between a procedure with great results and a procedure that puts your life in danger. A board certified facial plastic surgeon will have completed years of training in surgery and plastic surgery beyond those in medical school. In some cases, your surgeon may be board certified by two independent bodies, such as the American Board of Otolaryngology and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, meaning he or she has the credentials that meet the requirements of both boards.
Take your time choosing your plastic surgeon. Ask how often he or she performs the surgery you’re after. It’s no use finding a surgeon who specializes in facelift if you are considering rhinoplasty, for example. You can also ask him about his training in the procedure and to see photographs of past patients.
Myth 2: It’s All About Your Looks
Facial plastic surgery is having a tough time shaking the assumption that it’s only ever performed for cosmetic reasons. In reality, there are a number of reasons why a person might decide to have a surgery performed. Rhinoplasty, for example, can be performed not only to change the way your nose looks. If you have breathing troubles related to the structure of your nose, the surgery can help correct them. Facial reconstructive surgery is also performed to help people who have had skin cancer on their face or who have been victims of an accident.
As long as patients have realistic expectations about their procedure, plastic surgery can do more than just improve the way you look. A 2013 study from Europe looked at about 550 patients. It found that the patients who had had surgery and who had realistic expectations for their results were likely to be happier and less anxious in the months after the procedure.
Myth 3: You’ll Have Major Scars
Any type of surgery will leave scars. But most surgeons perform the procedures with an eye to minimizing the appearance of scars. For example, in many cases, the incisions made during a facelift are placed in the hairline, so that they aren’t prominently visible.
The location of the incisions for a rhinoplasty depend on the type of surgery performed. Your surgeon may make the incision on the piece of skin between your nostrils. Or, he or she may perform a closed surgery, so that the incisions are on the inside of the nose. During an eyelid surgery, the incisions may be made inside the lid, so that any scarring is concealed.
Myth 4: It’s for Women Only
While traditionally women were thought of as the core demographic for plastic surgery, a number of procedures have become increasingly popular among men. There are several reasons for this increase, including wanting to look younger longer and wanting to remain competitive in a tough business climate.
A popular surgery for men is a chin implant, which can create a more powerful jawline. Other surgeries that are popular with men include rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery and facelifts. The process of performing surgery on men is slightly different than it is on women, as men tend to have thicker skin, facial hair and often have slightly different goals.
Myth 5: You Have to Be Wealthy for Plastic Surgery
Plastic surgery is expensive and is usually not covered by insurance. But, that doesn’t mean the procedures are off-limits to people of average income. There are a number of options that can put facial rejuvenation within your reach. One is to choose a procedure that costs less up front, such as a non-surgical treatment. Injectable fillers or treatments such as Botox typically cost several hundreds each, much less than the cost of surgery. If you’re just beginning to show signs of aging, they can be a viable, and affordable, option.
Double board certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Schwartz wants you to get the facts, and only the facts, when it comes to surgery. If you have any further questions or would like to schedule a consultation, contact his West Palm Beach, Florida practice today by calling 561-228-5888.