Fact or Fiction: Plastic Surgery Myths

There are many myths when it comes to plastic surgery, and most of them stem from misinformation posted on the Internet. Before heading to Dr. Google to get information about the procedure you want, you should research the procedure and providers like Dr. Peterson through legitimate medical sources.


Five of the Most Common Plastic Surgery Myths

1. Cosmetic surgeons and plastic surgeons are the same things.

Not true. Any licensed physician and even some dentists can take a few classes in cosmetic surgery procedures and begin practicing without the guidance of a credentialed board. In comparison, plastic surgeons require six to nine years of instruction, three of which are surgical experience, and must pass a rigorous exam before practicing plastic surgery.

The American Board of Plastic Surgery, which is the only board recognized by the National Board of Medical Specialties, certifies plastic surgeons to practice and requires continuing education as part of maintaining a plastic surgery license.

2. Liposuction is an effective way to lose weight and treat cellulite.

Not true. While liposuction does remove fat from the body, it is used to target stubborn fat from trouble areas, like the midsection or thighs. For best results, patients should have their liposuction procedure after reaching their weight-loss goal to tone problem sites and gain a more shapely appearance.

Liposuction is not an effective cellulite treatment, either. Cellulite forms when fat becomes trapped under the connective tissue of the body. Liposuction cannot reach fat trapped under the connective tissue.

3. Plastic surgery means no scars.

Not true. Any time the skin is broken, the potential for a scar exists. However, because of the extensive training plastic surgeons receive, they take great care to minimize scarring and are often able to hide scars in natural skin folds strategically, like under the breasts, behind the ears or even in the hairline.

The healing process also impacts the development of scars, so it is important to care for surgical wounds as directed and report any signs of infection immediately to Dr. Peterson.

4. Botox will leave you with a “frozen” face.

Not true. While Botox does temporarily paralyze the muscles in the face to prevent them from making facial expressions that cause frown lines, crow’s feet or other creases, if properly administered, you won’t end up looking like a statue. Licensed and trained plastic surgeons like Dr. Peterson also know how much Botox to apply to keep you looking natural.

5. Only women get plastic surgery.

Not true. While the majority of plastic surgery patients are women, the number of procedures performed on men each year is on the rise. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports a 325 percent increase in men getting plastic surgery procedures since 1997. Popular procedures for men include brow lifts, Botox and face-lift procedures.

Do you have more questions about plastic surgery? Call Dr. Peterson today at 785-234-9000.