With the rise in popularity of plastic surgery over the last few decades and the media attention on celebrity plastic surgeries gone wrong, many people have a misguided idea of this medical specialty. Here is the truth to several common misconceptions about plastic surgery.
Misconception: Plastic Surgery Results Look Fake
The term ‘plastic surgery’ covers a wide range of procedures and treatments, and when they are performed by a trained and experienced plastic surgeon, the results can appear completely natural. Although some celebrity breast augmentations and facial implants may look fake, this is often because the person desired that appearance or they underwent the surgery with a doctor who was not qualified. Making sure that your surgeon is trained and experienced in performing the procedure you desire will ensure that you get the most natural-looking results possible.
Misconception: Plastic Surgery Is All About Vanity
Plastic surgery encompasses the fields of cosmetic surgery as well as reconstructive surgery. Cosmetic plastic surgery is probably what comes to mind when someone mentions plastic surgery, and this field focuses on creating an appearance that is aesthetically pleasing. Rather than undergoing procedures to be vain, most people have cosmetic surgery to significantly improve their confidence and relieve anxiety they have about their appearance.
Reconstructive plastic surgery provides a normal appearance and regular functioning of the body as a result of an injury or birth defect. A deformity can impair a person physically, and it can take a mental toll by causing a person to feel as though he or she is an outsider and not socially accepted. For example, reconstructive surgery for congenital abnormalities prevents children from the torment of being teased for an aspect of their appearance that is out of their control. Reconstructive hand surgery, burn scar revision, breast reconstruction after mastectomy, and cleft lip repair are just a few examples of reconstructive plastic surgery procedures.
Misconception: Plastic Surgery Is Only for Women
This presumption is most likely based on the fact that the majority of plastic surgery patients are women, but in recent years the number of men choosing to undergo plastic surgery has increased dramatically. Liposuction for a slimmer waist, rhinoplasty for improved nose shape, blepharoplasty for eyelid tightening, and gynecomastia surgery to reduce overdeveloped male breasts are the top four cosmetic surgeries that men underwent in 2012, according to The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). Less invasive procedures, such as BOTOX® Cosmetic and skin resurfacing for facial rejuvenation, are among the most common plastic surgery treatments undergone by men.
Dr. Scroggins has been performing plastic surgery procedures for almost 20 years and specializes in cosmetic breast surgery and body contouring. If you are interested in plastic surgery in the Washington D.C. or Baltimore area, please call (301) 220-0400 or fill out our online contact form today to schedule your consultation. We look forward to hearing from you!