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Common Myths about Plastic Surgery

Posted on March 28, 2017 by - Plastic Surgery

Though more people than ever are pursuing cosmetic improvement, there is a lot of misinformation being spread about plastic surgery. Dr. Carlos Chacon of Divino Plastic Surgery believes it is every patient’s right to have accurate facts about his specialties. Here, he dispels some of the most common myths about plastic surgery. 

It’s Superficial

We all know that plastic surgery improves a person’s appearance, but in some instances it can also promote better health and overall wellness! According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the average patient feels healthier, more confident and less anxious after surgery. Some procedures, like breast reduction and post-bariatric plastic surgery, also relieve physical discomfort from excess tissue mass and skin, and make it easier to exercise and be active.

It’s Painful

Plastic surgeons are closely attuned to the comfort and safety of their patients. Anesthesia is used during most surgical procedures so patients do not feel anything. While there might be some slight discomfort after surgery, oral medication (and pain pumps or other pain management techniques) can be prescribed to minimize discomfort.

It Leaves Behind Noticeable Scars

Any surgical procedure that involves an incision leaves behind a scar. However, plastic surgeons are very careful to place incisions so that scars are as inconspicuous as possible. For example, the surgeon may create incisions in the natural folds of the skin or within the hairline, armpit or underwear line.

Body Contouring = Weight Loss

One of the most commonly perpetuated myths about body contouring is that liposuction is a good way to lose weight. This is patently untrue — liposuction is not recommended for someone that wants to lose weight. Some patients lose weight after liposuction because they feel inspired to work out and eat right, but the surgery itself does not lower body weight.

Breastfeeding Is Impossible after Breast Augmentation/Breast Lift

There is no scientific evidence that breast augmentation or breast lift prevents women from successfully breastfeeding. Some women are simply unable to nurse, regardless of whether they have had their breasts augmented or lifted.

With that said, women that want to breastfeed in the future should alert their plastic surgeon to these plans during the pre-operative consultation process. That way, the surgeon can design the treatment plan in a way that does not affect the milk glands or ducts.

Contact Divino Plastic Surgery

If confusion or fears are preventing you from pursuing the plastic surgery procedure you desire, talk to Dr. Chacon. He can dispel any misconceptions and give you first-hand, accurate information about treatment.

Call (858) 633-7546 or email Divino Plastic Surgery today to make an appointment with Dr. Chacon.