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Most Common Myths About Aesthetic Surgery Debunked

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Posted on May 06, 2021, 2 p.m.

Undergoing aesthetic surgery is a big decision. Not only are you altering your body, but you're also making a significant investment in both recovery time and finances to do so. Taking your time to conduct research, consult with experts, and consider your goals is a must for success when having aesthetic surgery.

Unfortunately, there are plenty of myths about aesthetic procedures. Here are some common myths about aesthetic surgery debunked.

Aesthetic Surgery Makes You Shallow

One of the most common myths surrounding aesthetic surgery is that it makes you shallow or vapid. However, that perception is an over-simplification of the emotions and deciding factors behind a procedure. While it's typically more invasive than the things we do every day to look and feel good, it's no different than wearing makeup or buying expensive clothes.

In many cases, aesthetic surgery also impacts physical health and well-being rather than being purely cosmetic. Renowned blepharoplasty specialist Dr. Kopelman in New York City often conducts procedures to help correct vision impairments caused by drooping eyelids or eyelid injuries, such as dog attacks or damaged muscles.

Everyone has their reasons for getting aesthetic surgery; it's not reasonable nor fair to judge someone or assume that they're self-absorbed.

Aesthetic Surgery Looks Fake Or Noticeable

Another common concern is that aesthetic surgery— like a face-lift or breast augmentation— will look fake and noticeable. Generally, when you see someone with obvious plastic surgery, they've chosen a more apparent procedure or the wrong surgeon.

For example, there are many people with facial fillers that you'd never guess by looking at them. Then there are people with very obvious, pronounced lip fillers because they've chosen that look or didn't understand how the process worked, which are some of the reasons why it is so important to do research on the process as well as the surgeon that you are considering. 

Working with a skilled aesthetic surgeon and knowing what you want is the key to natural, subtle results.

Aesthetic Surgery Is Only For Women

While women still dominate the market for aesthetic surgery, more men have procedures done with each passing year. The number of men having an aesthetic procedure done has increased by 29% since 2000. These procedures range from tummy tucks to liposuction to Botox.

Aesthetic Surgery Is Dangerous

Aesthetic surgery is often deemed as unnecessary and therefore dangerous. It's true that there are always risks when undergoing any type of procedure, and some people are more at risk than others.

However, advancements in technology and skills development have dramatically improved aesthetic surgery over the years. Many procedures are minimally invasive, using scopes and needles. Products and materials are closely monitored by regulatory bodies to create a safe environment.

Again, working with a skilled aesthetic surgeon is essential for safety.

Aesthetic Surgery Is A Permanent Fix

Unfortunately, aesthetic surgery doesn't guarantee a permanent change. While these procedures might pause or slow the physical appearance of the aging process, time always wins. Minimally invasive procedures like fillers and Botox are temporary. More invasive procedures like face-lifts and tummy tucks are longer-term but are still subject to changes over time.

For example, if you get a tummy tuck and stay active for years, the effects will last for a long time. However, if you gain a lot of weight back over the next decade, the skin will stretch again, and the results will no longer be apparent.

Aesthetic surgery is a very personal decision, and it can be a great option to help you look and feel better, for some. However, it's important to understand the truths and myths by conducting research and working with a reputable surgeon.

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