Plastic Surgery Myths Blown Up

Plastic SurgeryFalsehoods. Wives’ tales. Myths. Fabrications. Over exaggerations. Whatever you call them, they’re out there. Plastic surgery has its own fair share.

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 five other plastic surgery myths.

Breast augmentation is a one-time event
Nothing lasts forever, and breast implants are no different. 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.

Liposuction is a great weight loss tool
Wrong. Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure. It is meant to remove pockets of fat that don’t respond to exercise or diet changes. Things like love handles. If you’re over 10% above your ideal weight, you should not be having liposuction.

Fat cannot reappear in other areas after liposuction
Fat removed by liposuction is permanently gone from that area. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have fat show up in other areas IF you put on a bunch of weight.

Plastic surgery doesn’t leave scars
Puhleeze. Any time you’re making an incision and cut the skin, the result of the incision is a scar. Dr. Lavey minimizes the appearance of scars by placing the incisions in inconspicuous places such as where a natural crease occurs.

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.

Dr. Lavey wants his patients to be knowledgeable about everything we do. So, if you have questions about any of our procedures, call us and let’s talk, 925-820-3633.

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