Plastic Surgery Mythology 101

plastic surgery proceduresGreek mythology. Whether or not there was a Sisyphus, he surely wasn’t required by Hades to push a boulder up a mountain every day only to see it roll back down to the bottom every night…for eternity.

Like the Greeks, the aesthetic industry has its share of myths.

Even the term “plastic” in plastic surgery is misunderstood. People think plastic is meant to be fake, akin to the material plastic. But in reality, the word plastic in plastic surgery comes from the Greek work meaning “to mold.”

Here are seven other plastic surgery myths that Dr. Lonergan would like to clear up.

Plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery are the same thing
A board-certified plastic surgeon has completed five years in surgical training at an accredited hospital, at least two years focusing on plastic surgery. Other physicians can have some training in plastic surgery to do cosmetic procedures in certain areas. But the level of training is not the same. Dr. Lonergan is board certified.

Liposuction is a great weight loss tool
Nope. Liposuction is meant to remove pockets of fat that don’t respond to exercise or diet changes. Things like love handles. It is not meant to be a procedure for people that are over 10% above their ideal weight.

Plastic surgery doesn’t leave scars
Uh, and Donald Trump’s tan is real. Any time you’re making an incision and cut the skin, the result of the incision is a scar. Talented plastics surgeons such as Dr. Lonergan, however, minimize the appearance of scars by placing the incisions in inconspicuous places such as where a natural crease occurs.

Breast augmentation is a one-time event
Breast implants have a limited lifespan, usually around 10 to 15 years. Plus, as the person with implants ages, her breasts will still droop with that aging. So, you will likely need another breast implant replacement procedure, and possibly a breast lift.

You can’t go out in the sun after surgery
Not true. You should limit your sun exposure because it can delay your healing to a degree and it can make your scars redden. But, as long as you wear sunscreen, you don’t have to pretend you’re a vampire.

Fat can’t reappear after liposuction
Fat removed by liposuction is permanently gone from that area. But that doesn’t mean you can’t create new fat cells. Generally, if you increase your body weight by more than 10 percent you risk creating new fat cells, even in the areas where the fat was removed by liposuction.

Cost is all you should consider when contemplating cosmetic surgery
Almost all cosmetic surgery (not reconstructive surgery) is elective and not covered by insurance, but cost is not the only thing to consider. Your expectations need to be realistic. A procedure isn’t going to make you an entirely new person. You may have a nicer nose or rounder chest, but a procedure doesn’t make your whole life change. Unrealistic expectations make for unsatisfied patients.

If you have questions about a certain procedure, we encourage you to ask us about it. Dr. Lonergan and his team want all of our clients to be thoroughly knowledgeable about a potential procedure. Call us at 302-656-0214 with any questions or to schedule a consultation.

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