Cosmetic surgery is growing increasingly common in today’s society. From television shows to magazine covers and documentaries, the public has never been more aware of the ways that cosmetic surgery impacts patients from head to toe. Here’s the truth behind some misconceptions about cosmetic surgery. See if you can tell fact from fiction!
* The text was written according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery article “Reality vs. Myth”, “New Statistics Reflect the Changing Face of Plastic Surgery” by American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
1. Cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery are the same.
Myth. The terms “plastic surgery” and “cosmetic surgery” are not interchangeable. Cosmetic surgery is a unique discipline of medicine focused on enhancing an aesthetic appearance of healthy patients through surgical and medical techniques. Cosmetic surgery is an elective procedure and can be performed on all areas of the head, neck and body.
Plastic surgery is defined as a surgical specialty dedicated to reconstruction of facial and body defects due to birth disorders, trauma, burns, and disease. Plastic surgery is intended to correct dysfunctional areas of the body when medically indicated, and is reconstructive in nature, as compared to cosmetic surgery which is entirely elective and meant to enhance one's appearance.
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2. Cosmetic procedures such as Botox®, microdermabrasion and liposuction are increasingly popular among men.
Fact. More and more men are seeking cosmetic surgery. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery's 2005 Procedural survey, the top five most popular procedures among men are Botox, hair transplantation/restoration, laser hair removal, microdermabrasion and liposuction, in that order. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, for the first time, men account for more than 40 percent of aesthetic breast reduction surgeries.
There were 68,106 aesthetic breast reduction surgeries in the United States in 2015, and for the first time men accounted for more than 40 percent of those procedures. A total of 27,456 breast reduction surgeries (Gynecomastia) were performed on men, representing a 5 percent increase over the previous year and a 35 percent growth since 2000.
3. The majority of men believe that personal appearance affects their ability to succeed professionally or get promoted.
Fact. According to an AACS Consumer Survey, 83% of men believe that personal appearance plays a role in their professional success and advancement.
4. Breast augmentation is still one of the most common surgical procedures.
Fact. “Though doctors are seeing a spike in patients requesting non-invasive options, breast augmentation is still one of the most common surgical procedures, with 279,143 operations performed last year alone, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. The new technology and tools are allowing women to get implants faster, safer, and more natural-looking than ever before.”
5. Breast augmentation will fix droopy breasts.
Myth. Breast augmentation will not lift droopy breasts. This is best addressed by having a breast lift.
6. Botox® was developed by a cosmetic surgeon.
Fact. Botox® was developed by a cosmetic surgeon – in this case, an ophthalmologist.