Hear the words ‘plastic surgery’ and
immediately our mind conjures up images of movie stars undergoing various
procedures to make themselves more attractive. Thus plastic surgery is often
perceived as an aesthetic procedure alone. This is untrue and similar to this
there are other misconceptions too regarding plastic surgery. The aim of this article is to dispel the
various myths and make known some facts regarding plastic
Plastic surgery is not a purely aesthetic procedure.
Plastic surgery falls into two categories, cosmetic
and reconstructive. While we all know about the more popular cosmetic surgeries
(rhinoplasty, breast augmentation, liposuction, etc.) what we don’t often hear
about is reconstructive surgery. These reconstructive surgeries are those which
are done for babies born with a cleft upper lip; soldiers injured during
warfare too benefit from reconstructive surgeries. Another example is
reconstructive surgery being performed on burns victims. These are but a few
examples of plastic surgery aiding in the betterment of the quality of life.
Plastic surgery does not involve the use of plastic.
Plastic surgery gets its name from the
Greek word ‘plastikos’ meaning malleable or mouldable and not because it
involves the use of plastic. The materials that are used as implants during
plastic surgery are silicone, Gore-Tex and Medpor with silicone being the most
common. Grafts too are used in some cases in place of implants. These grafts
are taken from the patient’s body (ear cartilage being one example) and hence
are not rejected by the body.
Silicone breast implants do not increase the risk of breast cancer.
There is a common misconception that
silicone breast implants lead to breast cancer. There have been studies
conducted which have proven that the risk of breast cancer does not increase
with silicone implants. This being said, if there is any pain or discomfort after
getting breast implants it is best to consult your doctor immediately.
Plastic surgery will not stop the aging process.
After getting a procedure done, people will
continue to age. Plastic surgery will not stop or slow down aging. Aging will
depend on various factors like lifestyle, diet, exercise, etc.
Plastic surgery is not completely scar free.
Like all surgeries, plastic surgery too leaves
behind scars. However, plastic
surgeons are skilled at not only minimizing but also hiding the scars effectively.
For example, when a facelift is done, the scar is hidden around the ear area
where it is less noticeable. Scars are also hidden among wrinkles so that it
gives a natural appearance.
Plastic surgery has neither gender nor age barriers.
Though there is a common perception that
only women undergo plastic surgery, this is untrue. Nowadays more and more men
are getting procedures like liposuction, gynecomastia, etc. done as well. Plastic
surgery is not age dependent. Though doctors advise against children undergoing
cosmetic procedures as they are still growing, reconstructive procedures are
carried out across all age groups. It has been noted that the majority of
people undergoing plastic surgery fall in the 35-50 years age category.
With modern medicine growing in leaps and
bounds, plastic surgery has come a long way from what it was in the 80s and
90s. However, it is best to have a detailed discussion with your doctor and get
to know all the benefits and risks before undergoing a procedure.