Plastic surgery, the people who have it done, and the people who perform it are all common targets for humor and insults. Celebrities who get plastic surgery, for whatever reason, are routinely mocked by late-night talk show hosts. It doesn't have to be that way, though. Here are five common misconceptions about plastic surgery.
Myth #1. It's Only for the Vain
When plastic surgery is brought up for humor, comedians tend to focus on vanity procedures such as face lifts and breast augmentation. Those aren't the only kinds of plastic surgery, though. Plastic surgeons also provide reconstructive services such as rebuilding the breast after a mastectomy, or scar revision surgery, which is designed to minimize the appearance of scars following an accident or some other health problem.
Frankly, plastic surgery is safer than it's ever been. Advances in medical technology mean that patients can get in and out and back to their normal lives quicker than ever. Another common target is Botox. While it's true that Botox is derived from a toxic substance, patients are not exposed to near enough of the toxin to cause any harm.
Myth #3. Breast Augmentation is Dangerous
Failed breast augmentations are another common target for humor, but the reality is that breast augmentation is extremely safe. Breast implants have been studied extensively for decades now, and the risks are well-established. Patients are getting the message, too: breast augmentation surgery is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the United States.
Myth #4. It's Way Too Expensive
Statistics show that the majority of patients who undergo plastic surgery are middle-class. In fact, the median income of these patients is about $80,000. Non-surgical procedures such as Botox injections are remarkably inexpensive, and surgeons often allow patients to make payments. And for children, charities such as Smile Train and Operation Smile can often pay for cleft lip repair.
Myth #5. Only Women Get Plastic Surgery
Surprisingly, men represent a growing new market for plastic surgery. Some reports place the number of men undergoing plastic surgery at 15% of all patients, and that number appears to be growing. Perhaps men are realizing that they, too, need to look their best in a tough job market.