Cosmetic surgery myth busting

Almost all professions have challenges with misconceptions and headlines that lead people to jump to incorrect conclusions, and the world of cosmetic surgery is no exception to this. Most misconceptions are borne out of genuine misunderstandings, so here we try and put the record straight on some of the plastic surgery myths we’ve heard recently.

Cosmetic Surgery Myth: I won’t be left with scars after plastic surgery

Reality: Not true

Although plastic surgeons are adept at ensuring their procedures are carried out with minimal damage to the skin and the surrounding tissue, with most operations some scarring is unavoidable. Depending on the nature of the operation you choose, you may have a very discrete scar that fades over time, or you may have something more significant. The location of the surgeon’s incision, how well you follow your aftercare instructions and whether or not you gain/lose weight following your operation, can all have an effect on how visible scars can be.

Cosmetic Surgery Myth: If you’re overweight, liposuction is the shortcut you’ve been looking for

Reality: Not true

Liposuction is a great way of removing stubborn pockets of fat from troublesome areas. It will not transform you from a size 16 to a size 12. If you’re looking to lose weight, surgeons will advise you to try all other means of weight loss (starting with diet and exercise) before they will recommend liposuction.

For those who have tried to lose weight through non-surgical means, liposuction may form part of the treatment plan that you may consider, but there are other more effective solutions if weight loss is your desired outcome. These solutions are often more complex and will require a much longer recovery period compared with liposuction.

Myth: Breast implants are for life

Reality: Again, this is probably not true

As with all things man-made, breast implants will only survive a certain amount of time before they need to be taken out and replaced with newer versions.  As a rule of thumb, most breast implants can be expected to last between 10-15 years, but if you suspect that that something has changed in the look or feel of your implants, in rare cases they might need attention sooner. As you reach the ten-year milestone, it is worth talking to your surgeon about the longevity of your implants, as an expert option on how they are faring is helpful at this stage.