Myths about plastic surgery

Most individuals have a desire to look attractive. A good appearance adds to one’s self-confidence and self-esteem. It also contributes towards a ‘feel-good’ factor about oneself. The desire to look good can be heightened if one is primarily unhappy with her/his appearance. In such cases, cosmetic surgery can help overcome the dissatisfaction with one’s appearance. Cosmetic surgery offers a wide range of options to take you a step closer to having those chiselled and enhanced features or a sculpted body. Cosmetic surgery is the ‘surgery of appearance’. It is a specialised science to surgically improve the natural features so as to make them more aesthetically appealing. This discipline of surgery includes procedures carried out to the face, body, breast, genital and to treat ageing.

However, most have this notion that cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery are one and the same. This notion is misplaced. It needs to be mentioned that cosmetic surgery is a branch of plastic surgery. Also, it is important to understand that cosmetic surgery is elective, in that it is a well-planned surgery and not an emergency. It is done only to improve the aesthetic appearance of a well-functioning body part.

Apart from this basic misunderstanding, people still continue to harbour certain other misconceptions about cosmetic surgery. Some of these are:

Myth #1 Facial surgery, Botox and facelifts leave you expressionless

Fact – This can happen if the procedure is undertaken by a non-certified cosmetic surgeon. However, a trained and experienced cosmetic surgeon will target the right areas of your face, while ensuring that your facial muscles work together and you maintain a natural expression.

Myth #2 Liposuction helps lose weight and cellulite

Fact – Liposuction is neither a weight loss procedure nor helps get rid of cellulite. It only removes the fat cells. It targets deposits of accumulated fat that cannot be eliminated by exercise or diet. A liposuction is more likely to be successful if the patient is within 30% of his ideal weight and has good muscle tone.

Myth #3 Cosmetic surgery is only for women

Fact – Even as its true that its mostly women who opt for cosmetic procedures, more and more men are opting for cosmetic surgeries too. Based on available information from the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, in 2017, men in Britain and north opted for Rhinoplasty, Otoplasty, Blepharoplasty, male breast reduction and liposuction. As per the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, in 2018, the top 5 procedures opted were liposuction, breast reduction, Blepharoplasty, Rhinoplasty and Tummy Tuck.

Myth #4 Only older women opt for cosmetic surgery

Fact – Contrary to popular belief, cosmetic surgery is opted for by men and women aged 18 years and above. With a host of treatments included under it, no person can be excluded from being offered treatment.

Myth #5 Only women opt for cosmetic breast surgery

Fact – Men with large breasts are also beginning to opt for breast reduction surgery if weight loss has not helped. This condition can occur at any age and may be due to the effect of medicines, obesity or genetics.

Myth #6 It is difficult to breastfeed with breast implants

Fact – As breast implants are placed under breast tissue, a woman who has undergone breast implants can very well breastfeed. Doctors in fact recommend new mothers who have had implants to breastfeed if they are able to. They should however go in for implants before or after having children and not when nursing.

Myth #7 Breast implants increase the probability of breast cancer

Fact – It is not known that breast implants including silicone breast implants cause breast cancer or any other disease. Nevertheless, one should go in for regular screenings for breast cancer. While the implants are safe, there are inherent risks involved. Hence, it is a advisable to go in for routine check-up of breasts after getting implants.

Myth #8 Breast augmentation is only to have large breasts

Fact – This is usually not true. Breast augmentation is done on patients who desire a balanced appearance. It could also be performed to adjust for a reduction in the size of breasts after pregnancy. Another reason could be to correct uneven breasts after reconstruction for other conditions.

Myth #9 Cosmetic surgery is only for the ultra-rich.

Fact – Cosmetic surgery encompasses a host of treatments nowadays. Discussing your medical and financial concerns with a healthcare professional will help you take an informed decision. Also, one can resort to financing options rather than making upfront investment.

Myth #10 Cosmetic surgery does not leave scars

Fact – Just like any other surgery, cosmetic surgery may leave scars. Only a trained and experienced cosmetic surgeon will know how to minimise this. In majority of the cases they can be located in areas where they are not visible and thus help maintain a pleasant appearance.

Myth #11 Cosmetic surgery is undertaken only to reverse ageing

Fact – It is mostly true that cosmetic procedures are done to reverse ageing, sagging and wrinkling of skin. Also, people who opt for cosmetic surgery often do so as it is as much about looking better as it is about looking youthful. Not only does this bestow confidence and self-esteem, it also adds to the Quality of Life.

Myth #12 Cosmetic surgery entails no risk

Fact – By the very fact that it is a surgery, cosmetic surgery too entails all the procedures and risks associated with any other surgery. This includes administering anaesthesia, the likelihood of infection and probable side effects such as scarring. Patients with a history of lung disease, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity are at a higher risk of developing complications such as pneumonia, stroke, heart attack or blood clots in the lungs or legs. The habit of smoking too enhances risk and impedes the healing process.

Myth #13 Results of cosmetic surgery last forever

Fact – Even the best of cosmetic surgeon cannot prevent natural changes that happen to the body. So, one can opt for regular ‘top-ups’ when the effect of anti-wrinkle and injectables begins to wear off over time.

Myth #14  Cosmetic surgery makes you look ‘fake’

Fact – To ensure you get desirable results, the choice of a surgeon and consultations with him will to a large extent determine the results you experience. A trained and experienced surgeon will execute the procedure skilfully so as to give the patient a natural look.

Cosmetic Surgery in India

Cosmetic surgery in India is offered through specialised centres/departments at renowned hospitals. The hospitals have a reputation for performing several cosmetic surgeries with the expertise of specialists in cosmetic surgery. The hospitals are equipped with state-of-the-art infrastructure that is operated by trained and qualified technicians and associates. The hospitals offer patient-centric care and world-class medical attention.

Owing to advanced treatment options at economical rates, India is now a chosen destination for cosmetic procedures. The following is a compilation of the cost of cosmetic surgery in India. The costs are only indicative and may vary at the time of surgery.

The costs are in USD.

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