Here is an interesting piece of information that you may not know: The English word “plastic” comes from the Greek word “plastos,” meaning “to mold.” That certainly makes sense. A good plastic surgeon is able to mold and sculpt the body with precision – whether it be a face or a breast or a tummy.
Plastic surgery has its share of myths that seem to surface regularly, especially on the internet. Here are five plastic surgery “facts” you may have heard and how they are, in fact, just “myths”:
- Plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery are one and the same – A board-certified plastic surgeon has completed five years in surgical training at an accredited hospital, with at least two of those years focusing on plastic surgery. Other physicians may have been trained to do cosmetic procedures in certain areas, but the level of training is not the same.
- Breast augmentation is a one-time event – Breast implants have a somewhat limited life-span, usually around 10 to 15 years. Additionally, aging can cause augmented breasts to droop. Many women find they need an implant replacement procedure or a breast lift later in their life.
- Liposuction is for weight loss – Liposuction is meant to remove pockets of fat – like “love handles” – that don’t respond to diet and exercise. It’s not meant to be a procedure for people that are looking for a speedy weight-loss solution.
- Plastic surgery doesn’t leave scars – When an incision is made and skin is cut, the result of the incision is a scar. However, highly trained plastics surgeons can minimize the appearance of scars with precise techniques and inconspicuous incision placement.
- Cost is the major consideration when contemplating plastic or cosmetic surgery – With reconstructive surgery the exception, most cosmetic surgery is elective and not covered by insurance. But cost shouldn’t be your only consideration. Your expectations and goals must be realistic. Furthermore, not all surgeons are experienced or qualified, so conducting research into your procedure and surgeon is a must.
Dr. Dunkley is Board Certified in Facial Plastic Surgery & Otolaryngology and is fellowship trained in Cosmetic Surgery. He invites you to call for a consultation, today, to experience the highest level of patient care and satisfaction available in Utah: (801) 268-2650.