Surgically enhanced beauty is trending these days. We are actually at the crest of its wave, and this can be evidenced by millions of people undergoing a plastic surgery procedure every month. Several researches predict that by 2025, the plastic surgery industry will reach $43.9 billion. This implies that it's still unfolding. However, people still have several myths and misconceptions about plastic surgery. With the plastic surgery procedures being used for medical and cosmetic purposes, this explains why this surgical specialty has boomed over the years. If you are considering having plastic surgery, you probably have heard something negative about any procedure. However, now that you are here, how about we set the record straight, and separate wheat from the chaff.
Before we delve into any informative part, let’s start by talking about the plastic surgery definition and history. To begin with the definition, you can think of it as any alteration, or restoration of any area on the human body can be regarded as plastic surgery. Although there is no consensus among historians about the plastic surgery origins, the concurrence is that the first procedure to be practiced was the rhinoplasty (nose job) in ancient India. Over ten more procedures have sprouted since then, and with the advent of technology, several safer techniques have been invented.
With that said, let's delve into the main topic of the day. However, be warned, here we call a spade a spade!
False. That is a big fat lie. Think of it as a conspiracy theory. Yes, liposuction involves removal of fat from the patient's body, but can it ever be a replacement for exercise or gym, NO! This is why its a prerequisite for a person considering this procedure to be in a healthy state. This procedure, also referred to as Lipo, is when excess fat cells are removed from a person who has unproportinal body areas. These body areas may include arms, chins, buttocks, thighs, hips, tummy, and ankles.
False. This myth is centered on the belief that a scar follows after every incision. Ask any experienced surgeons; they will tell you that this isn't true. The visibility of any scar is determined by the expertise of the surgeon doing the operation, where the cut is made and what the patient does after the surgery. Surgeons who have undertaken more (by more we mean over 100) plastic surgeries know how to minimize scarring. For most expert surgeons, the starting point is knowing where to make an incision.
False. To say that the results of liposuction are short-term is wrong. To say that the fat won't reappear after ones undergo a liposuction surgery is wrong too. You may be wondering what this means. Well, if fat begins to reappear in an area where the liposuction surgery was performed, the procedure is not to blame. We cannot dismiss it as a failure because of that. Soon after the recovery process, the patient is advised to exercise and to avoid eating junk food so to avoid gaining weight. What the patient does during and after the recovery process also tend to determine the success of the surgery.
In other cases, the patient's expectations are unrealistic; hence, they may consider the lipo results to be a short-term success.
True/False. About a decade ago, this was a fact. As the number of surgical facilities has increased over the years, this line of thinking has also been reduced from a fact to mere fiction. In Europe, countries like Turkey host hundreds of thousands of medical tourists who travel for plastic surgeries. The reason that people visit Turkey isn't because of A+ surgical facilities or the expertise of its surgeons, but it is also because of the lower affordable costs. Having plastic surgery in Turkey costs 8-times less than having it in the US or UK. Plastic surgery might be reserved for the rich in some countries, but it is affordable in other parts of the world. So yes, it is expensive and affordable at the same, it depends on where you are going to have your surgery.
False. The majority (85%) of plastic surgery are women, but men have also hugely contributed to the plastic surgery boom. There are plastic surgery procedures (Breasts uplifts, Brazilian Butt Lift, Breast Augmentation, Breast implant removal) which are associated with women, but some procedures (hair transplant, calf augmentation, pectoral implants, eyelid surgery, chin augmentation) are more familiar to men of all ages. Besides making the minority of plastic surgery patients, men are getting comfortable with the idea of undergoing plastic surgery, and studies indicate that their numbers have been on the rise in the last five years.
False. This has always differed from one patient to the other, the type of the procedure, the expertise of the surgeon, and how patients follow post-surgery instructions. Patients who follow the post-surgery instructions are bound to have a swift recovery period than those who don't. Technological advancements in surgical facilities, anesthesia methods, and the advent of adequate pain control methods also have a say in the patient's recovery period. With all these advancements, patients are now able to return to work and to carry out their usual chores a few days after the surgery. The most prolonged period a person can take to recover completely is 3 months.
You probably might have seen cases in the media of plastic surgery botched. However, with expert surgeons, safety comes before anything else. Another edge you get from being operated by an experienced surgeon is that they try to naturalize results as much as they can. So, it is not as apparent as you may have heard. The surgeon consider plastic surgery to be natural if people cannot tell if the person has had plastic surgery or not.
This content is created and published by Flymedi Medical Editors in May 17, 2019.
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