The popularity of cosmetic surgery is definitely on the rise, which is interesting considering the many persistent myths that still surround aesthetic procedures. Here’s a look at the top four cosmetic surgery misconceptions, and the real scoop behind them.
Myth #1: Liposuction Helps You Lose Weight
It’s a fact that liposuction removes fat cells permanently, but this should not be mistaken for significant weight loss. Liposuction is not designed for large volume fat removal. In fact, the best liposuction candidates are at or near their target weight, and already eat right and stay active. While cosmetic surgery can be beneficial after weight loss, it’s not a solution for losing weight in the first place.
Where liposuction excels is in sculpting away isolated problem spots that diet and exercise haven’t been able to fix. Examples include the ‘love handles,’ extra fat through the inner thighs, or a stubborn ‘muffin top.’ When all the crunches in the world can’t give you the silhouette you want, that’s when it’s time to turn to lipo.
Myth #2: Breast Augmentation Fixes Droopy Breasts
A number of women ask for implants because they want full, perky breasts. If their existing breasts are low and droopy, however, implants alone aren’t the answer. Because they only add more volume, implants alone may actually accelerate breast sagging.
Instead of or in addition to breast augmentation, women with ptotic (saggy) breasts might want to consider a breast lift. A breast lift reshapes the existing breast tissue for a higher look and a firmer feel. A number of women see dramatic improvement from a breast lift alone, even without implants. Adding implants at the same time is a common option, too, for a final results that delivers a more dramatic, youthful silhouette.
Myth #3: Results Always Look Fake
For the most part, cosmetic procedures that look fake or obvious are excellent examples of surgery that wasn’t done well. The best opens in a new windowbreast augmentation results will look beautiful and natural. While those closest to you will of course notice a difference in your appearance, everyone else will just see that you have terrific, flattering curves.
Skillfully performed cosmetic surgery should not be noticeable to the untrained eye. Instead, patients may look more youthful, more refreshed or maybe like they just got back from a vacation. They look visibly improved, yet without recognizable evidence that points to exactly what those improvements may be.
Myth #4: Cosmetic Surgery Is Just for Women
While women still comprise the majority of cosmetic surgery patients, male cosmetic procedures are rapidly gaining popularity. In 2013, men accounted for about 10% of all cosmetic procedures, both surgical and nonsurgical. Top surgeries for men include liposuction and eyelid surgery, while BOTOX® Cosmetic and laser hair removal are among the most popular nonsurgical cosmetic procedures.
The motivations for male patients pursuing cosmetic surgery are often related to their professional image. For example, many men are concerned that their wrinkles will “age” them out of their career, and they opt for BOTOX® Cosmetic or other rejuvenating treatments as a solution to job security rather than for appearance’s sake alone. Also, as widespread acceptance of cosmetic surgery increases, more men feel comfortable scheduling a consultation to learn how they can look their best.
Dr. Joseph J. Castellano is a native Floridian who grew up in the Tampa Bay area. During medical school and his 5 years of training in General Surgery, Dr. Castellano developed a strong interest in Cosmetic Surgery. He followed his residency training with an elective year of specialized training with the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. From 2010-2011, he completed a fellowship in Indiana focused entirely of cosmetic surgery of the face and body. During his fellowship, he received specialized training in facial rejuvenation, breast augmentation, abdominoplasty, and body contouring. Dr. Castellano received his board certification from the American College of Surgeons in 2010.
Dr. Castellano focuses on breast augmentation, abdominoplasty, liposuction, facelift, and eyelid rejuvenation. Additionally, he operates on numerous skin cancers, scar revisions, spider veins, and specializes in the management of aging skin with chemical peels and laser resurfacing.
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