Many myths about plastic surgery can often cause people to avoid taking this important, life-enhancing procedure. While any surgical option should be carefully considered and consulted with your physician, it is equally imperative to distinguish facts against fiction about any procedure in order to be in a better position to make the decision that can lead to positive changes in life.

Myth #1: Plastic surgery is a sign of vanity.

While everyone wants to look their best, there is much more to plastic surgery than vanity. Making improvements to one’s physical appearance can result in more confidence, and more self-esteem. When individuals like the way they look, it is no coincidence that those individuals also tend to feel good about themselves.

Certain types of cosmetic surgery even provide health benefits. As one example, a procedure known as rhinoplasty may improve your breathing. Another relevant example, breast reduction surgery, can eliminate back pain and improve general posture.

Cosmetic surgery should never be seen as vanity. Regardless of one’s particular reasons, and the benefits those individuals hope it can provide, improve to a person’s appearance can result in positive improvements in their self-esteem and life.

Myth #2: Plastic surgery is only for wealthy people.

Regardless of the type of surgery one is considering, individuals are likely to find that whatever procedure they are considering will cost much less than they think. Plastic surgery, through technological and procedural advancements, is no longer limited to movie stars and other wealthy individuals.

One reason for this trend is the increased popularity of plastic surgery. Not only is it easier to find a plastic surgeon, when your plastic surgeon performs procedures on many patients, the cost to each individual patient is lower.

Those considering plastic surgery may find plastic surgery to be affordable than originally believed. Even if a certain health insurance plan does not cover a procedure, it may not be required to pay the entire cost upfront. One may even be able to request a payment arrangement so the procedure is within a specific budget.

Myth #3: Plastic surgery involves many risks and complications.

While there are risks associated with any type of surgery, modern methods and highly qualified surgeons help make risks minimal. In many cases, surgery can be performed with a local anesthesia, eliminating the risks connected to general anesthesia.

One will discover that recovering from plastic surgery to be a relatively short, simple experience. Closely following physician’s advice, will result in a reduction of pain and discomfort. Depending on the type of procedure, there may not be a need to take time away from work, commitments or other daily responsibilities to recover from the surgery.

Myth #4: Plastic surgery is addictive.

There are common urban legends of those who have had plastic surgery on one part of their bodies, and cosmetic surgery evolved into an addiction they could not control. Such tales are generally false and certainly untrue for most individuals.

Most who have a procedure are dissatisfied with one particular part of their bodies or are looking to improve health or recover from a body-altering accident or incident. Improving one aspect of their appearance rarely, if ever, leads to an addiction, craving more and more procedures. Individuals instead, are delighted with the results, and ready to enjoy their new appearance.

Myth #5: Plastic surgery is only for women.

Women and men equally benefit from cosmetic surgery. Wanting to look and feel better is not limited to a certain gender and many procedures are common in both men and women clients.

It is important to review all considerations when decided to undergo a plastic or cosmetic surgery procedure. It is equally as important however, to also distinguish from any claims that may not be forthright  in order to receive an accurate, honest assessment about whether plastic surgery is the best option for you.

If you would like to schedule a consultation with one of Houston’s top plastic surgeons, Dr. Bradford S. Patt, contact us today and start to benefit from all the ways that our selections of procedures can benefit your life – myth free!