Busting Common Myths about Plastic Surgery


Plastic surgery is more popular than ever and people are no longer shy to talk about their options and how surgery has benefited them.

However, there is still a lot of false information doing the rounds, which is still deterring a large percentage of people from considering plastic surgery at all.

If you have been toying with the idea of plastic surgery but still aren’t sure whether it’s the right choice, this blog will help clear up some of the common myths that you might’ve come across.

7      Exaggerated Myths about Plastic Surgery

1. Cosmetic and Plastic Surgeons are One and the Same

The Truth:

Plastic surgery is recognised as a formal surgical speciality by the Medical Board of Australia. This means that if you’re a plastic surgeon like Dr Zacharia, you have received at least 12 years of extensive medical and surgical education and undergone around 5 years of postgraduate training. Along with general experience and qualifications, plastic surgeons will also have a speciality area of focus. Even doctors with no formal surgical qualifications are able to label themselves as cosmetic surgeons, which is why it’s so important to carefully review your surgeon’s qualifications and credentials.

2. Plastic Surgery Patients are Shallow

The Truth:

Millions of people undergo plastic surgery every year and they all have different reasons for wanting to do it. Plastic surgery can improve your appearance but it can also be used to address flaws and deformities that have plagued you for years and correct complications after an accident or illness. The majority of plastic surgery patients simply want to look as good as they feel on the inside. Anyone who says plastic surgery is shallow doesn’t completely understand its purpose.

3. Plastic Surgery is Only for Women

The Truth:

Yes, there are still more female plastic surgery patients but in 2000, close to 30% of all patients were men, a number that has been steadily increasing over the last few years. Even outpatients procedures such as anti-wrinkle injections are now highly popular amongst men.

4. Plastic Surgery is Only for the Wealthy

The Truth:

This may have been true a few decades ago but it’s no longer the case today. Some people choose to buy new cars and take trips, others choose plastic surgery. It’s absolutely possible to afford plastic surgery, especially since surgeons now offer payment plans too.

5. The Results of Your Surgery Last Forever

The Truth:

Many people would like this to be true but unfortunately, it isn’t. Surgical techniques are definitely more advanced but most patients will need revision surgery after a few years. Your surgeon will be able to tell you exactly what to expect based on the procedure you have decided on.

6. Breast Surgery = Larger Breasts

The Truth:

While breast surgery is most often associated with implants, there is so much more that can be achieved. There are a number of life events and changes that can alter the size, shape and position of your breasts. Some women choose to enhance the size of their breasts but there is also the option of reducing the size of your breasts and lifting them to a more desirable position.

7. What You See on TV is What You Can Expect in Real Life

The Truth:

What you see on television and social media is not what a typical plastic surgery experience looks like. Everyone will have a different experience and achieve different results, which is why it’s important not to compare your process and experience to others.

If you still have additional concerns about plastic surgery, schedule a consultation with a reputable plastic surgeon to discuss them.

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