There are myths out there about nearly everything, and plastic surgery is no different. The beliefs range from the laughable – your breast implants will pop on a plane, your nose job will melt in the sun – to those that seem quite real. Here are the top three plastic surgery myths, debunked for your peace of mind!
1. Plastic surgery is only for the vain.
Physical appearance may be commonly linked to vanity, but it's also tied to self-confidence, health and overall well-being. For example, one of the most common reasons teens undergo plastic surgery is to get a breast reduction for their comfort and health, Dr. Tracy M. Pfeiffer, a New York City plastic surgeon told Emax Health. Plus, while breast implants, Botox and other cosmetic procedures get most of the press, plastic surgeons also play an important role in correcting birth defects like cleft palates and reconstructing breasts after cancer.
2. Plastic surgery is only for the rich and famous
Again, even though many celebrities and wealthy individuals undergo plastic surgery, it does not mean someone with a middle income cannot enjoy the benefits of the same procedures. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the typical cosmetic surgery patient is an average person who wants to restore confidence and improve their lives. Plus, many plastic surgeons, such as MyLooks, offer flexible financing options, allowing patients to pay in monthly installments.
3. Plastic surgery is only for women
Women make up a significant portion of procedures performed each year, but men are also seeking plastic surgery. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, men had nearly 800,000 cosmetic procedures in 2011, making up 9 percent of the total. This number may seem small, but it is growing. Since 1997, the number of cosmetic procedures for men has increased more than 121 percent.