Plastic surgery is often thought of as glamorous and out of the range for the average person. The fact is that it is similar in nature to other types of medical specialties.
There are many myths that surround plastic surgery. Let us bust the top four myths out of the water! Read on.
Myth One: Plastic surgery is all about appearances
Breast augmentations, tummy tucks, facelifts and Botox are the procedures that get the most media attention. They are the ones that get talked about the most because they are all about beauty and vanity. However, this field is much larger than most people realize. Plastic doctors can perform everything from scar revisions for burn victims to reconstructive hand or foot surgery. They can do reconstructive work for breast cancer survivors and they can help with birth defects such as cleft palates.
Surgeons who work with plastics care about aesthetics but they care about so much more as well. They care about functionality and the overall results that are achieved through a surgical procedure.
Myth Two: Plastic procedures are only performed on celebrities
The rich and famous in the world only make up around one to two percent of the entire population. It stands to reason then that if plastic doctors only worked on those with wealth, power and status, they wouldn’t be working very often and the business would be far from thriving! But it is thriving because plenty of average people, just like you, seek out their services. Average individuals with regular lives wish to enhance their looks, improve their level of confidence and indeed, give their lives a boost.
Myth Three: Females are the only gender that has work done
If you look at things from a traditional perspective, women are the most common customers of this medical specialty. But if you take a modern approach, men are turning to it in increasing numbers all of the time. They are starting to jump on the plastic bandwagon because they see the positive results that it provides for women.
Men want a younger, rejuvenated appearance. The most popular choices for males include liposuction, laser treatments, Botox and dermal fillers. They yearn for the competitive edge in the job market and they wish to be more physically appealing to the women in their lives.
Myth Four: Plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery are the same
This is probably one of the greatest misnomers about this branch of medicine. All plastic physicians do not have the exact same training. There are plenty of doctors who were originally trained in and certified in other fields and then decided to venture into this area. They are board certified- but not in the field of plastics.
The American Board of Medical Specialties does not recognize physicians who report that they are board certified in cosmetic surgery. To be board certified in plastic surgery, a doctor has to have undergone a number of years of specialized training connected to both plastic and cosmetic work.