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5 facts and myths about cosmetic surgery

Nov 03, 2017
Facts vs. Myths

The text was written according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery article “Reality vs. Myth”.

1. Cosmetic surgeons are qualified to conduct cosmetic surgery.

Fact. Cosmetic surgery is a subspecialty of medicine and surgery that uniquely restricts itself to the enhancement of appearance through surgical and medical techniques. It is specifically concerned with maintaining normal appearance, restoring it, or enhancing it. Cosmetic surgery is a multi-disciplinary and comprehensive approach directed to all areas of the head, neck and body.

The educational profile of this specialty is unique in that it begins with a fully trained and board certified surgeon. Through continued post-residency education, training, and experience, cosmetic surgery is taught and learned across traditional disciplinary boundaries. The subspecialty fully incorporates the participation and knowledge from all contributing disciplines to attain a high level of skill and understanding. Contributing disciplines include dermatologic surgery, facial plastic surgery, general surgery, plastic surgery, otolaryngology, oculoplastic surgery, oral-maxillofacial surgery and others.

Cosmetic surgeons are dedicated to the art of cosmetic surgery. Their strong knowledge base, high level of training and practical experience make them among the most qualified physicians to perform cosmetic procedures.

2. Liposuction is an easy way to lose weight.

Myth. Your cosmetic surgeon will commonly ask you to lose as much weight as you can before performing liposuction. The results will be better if you are as healthy as possible prior to surgery. During your consultation with a cosmetic plastic surgeon, you should be prepared to discuss your goals, risk/benefits associated with surgery, recovery time, anticipated final results, type of anesthesia, type of Liposuction technique etc.

3. Liposuction removes cellulite.

Myth. Because tight bands of fibrous tissue cause cellulite, extracting the fat layer that resides just under the skin may actually worsen the dimpled look. Your cosmetic surgeon will be able to discuss expected results from liposuction and whether the procedure makes sense for you.

4. Tumescent liposuction (widely regarded as the best type of liposuction) was developed by a cosmetic surgeon.

Fact. Tumescent liposuction was developed by a cosmetic surgeon – in this case, a dermatologist.

5. Fat comes back after liposuction.

Myth. Fat does not come back after liposuction. At birth, the body stops producing fat cells, but they do get bigger or smaller depending on your weight. Liposuction reduces the amount of fat cells in targeted areas.