There are many myths surrounding Plastic Surgery and Plastic Surgeons. What they can achieve and what they cannot. In the following page we clarify some of the myths.

Myth 1 - Plastic Surgery Is only for the Rich and Famous.

Reality: Cosmetic Surgery is performed to reshape normal structures of the body in order to improve the patient's appearance and self-esteem.

Reconstructive Surgery is performed on abnormal structures of the body, caused by congenital defects, developmental abnormalities, trauma, infection, tumors, or disease. It is generally performed to improve function but may also be done to approximate a normal appearance.

Many insurance policies cover Reconstructive Surgery. Procedures such as breast reduction, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), and upper eyelid blepharoplasty (upper eyelid lift) may be covered by insurance if certain criteria are met.

Cosmetic Surgery is usually not covered by insurance, although due to advances in surgical and anesthesia techniques, many procedures are less expensive than they were several years ago. Many procedures which used to be performed in hospitals are now performed in office or outpatient surgery centers.

Myth 2 - Plastic Surgeons do only Cosmetic Surgery.

Reality: An average Plastic Surgeon devotes over half of his or her practice to Reconstructive Surgery including Hand Surgery. Plastic Surgeons are trained to perform a variety of procedures to restore form and function to all areas of the body damaged by various maladies such trauma, cancer, and birth defects.

Myth 3 - Every surgeon who claims to be a Cosmetic Surgeon is a Cosmetic Surgeon.

Reality: Not true. There are no state laws that forbid doctors with little or no training in Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery to claim to be Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeons. Before you trust your life and looks to someone who claims to be a Plastic or Cosmetic Surgeon, you should engage in extensive research. At the very least, check your Plastic Surgeon's training, credentials and certification.

Myth 4 - Women are more concerned about Cosmetic Surgery than Men.

Reality: Recent survey has shown eighty-three percent of men believe that personal appearance plays a role in their professional success and advancement. The top six most popular procedures among men are gynecomastia correction, scar revision, botox, hair transplantation or restoration, laser hair removal, dermabrasion and liposuction.

Myth 5 - Skin or synthetic implants are always needed for Plastic Surgery.

Reality: There are many Plastic Surgeries, which are done without skin replacement, or introducing some synthetic implants. For example fine suturing of wounds to reduce scars is one such surgery.

Myth 6 - Plastic Surgery leaves no Scars.

Reality: Plastic Surgery does leave scars. All incisions heal by scarring. Plastic Surgeons are trained to make incisions in strategic locations and to stitch the wounds in such a way to minimize the visibility of scars. Scars can also be minimized when surgery is done endoscopically.

Myth 7 - Plastic Surgery can make a Scar Disappear Totally.

Reality: No technology at present time can remove a scar totally. However scar can be improved and made to look better and less visible.

Myth 8 - A Plastic Surgeon can take any face or body and make it look like someone else Routinely.

Reality: With complex tissue transplant ( eg. Face, hand) in its infancy and long term risks outweighing benefits of such transplant it is not practical to put someone else’s body part like face, hand without significant risks. However within the certain limits it is possible to mould and reshape ones own body parts to get desired results.

Myth 9 - The results of a Cosmetic Surgery do not last.

Reality: Most procedures are performed to have lasting permanent effect .The result are subject to aging and weight and effects of gravity.

Myth 10 - Your personal life will definitely change with Plastic Surgery.

Reality: While it is true that after some Cosmetic Surgery, self esteem and confidence may improve it is not a sure shot method to overcome your failures in life.

Myth 11 - Same fat comes back after Liposuction.

Reality:Fat does not come back after liposuction: once you are born you don’t produce any more new fat cells. The fat cells you have just get bigger or smaller depending on your weight. Once the fat cells are removed they’re gone forever. If you gain weight it is going to be distributed more equally through all the fat cells. Liposuction reduces the number of fat cells in areas that are genetically predetermined to have a lot of fat.

Weight gain can occur after liposuction if the patient does not maintain a healthy lifestyle. Unhealthy eating and sedentary life style can lead to weight gain. However, an adult does not produce more fat cells.

“Liposuction is not a cure-all for poor dietary habits or inactivity but it definitely can contour the body, it can motivate people to lose weight and can remove areas that are resistant to weight loss. But it cannot replace the health benefits of regular exercise and a healthy diet.”

Myth12 - Breast implants cause Breast Cancers.

Reality: No, at present there is no evidence to show that Breast implants cause Breast Cancer or the recurrence of Breast Cancer. However, it’s still essential to undergo routine screening for Breast Cancer – Breast self exams, mammograms and clinical breast exams – just as one would if you didn’t have breast implants.

Myth 13 - It is possible to remove stretch marks with laser.

Reality: Although such claims have been made by some, there is no evidence to support this. Most Plastic Surgeons think that lasers are ineffective in treating this problem. Lasers are known to remove, vaporize or breaking down a very small area of tissues they cannot effectively remove stretch marks neither can they repair the tissue.