5 Myths About Cosmetic Surgery You Probably Believe Are True

Cosmetic Surgery: Fact vs. Fiction 

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Breast augmentation is still the most popular procedure for women, with over 1.5 million in 2015.

Cosmetic surgery is a hot-button topic. Ask anyone and they will either tell you it’s the best decision they’ve ever made or swear it off entirely. Whichever side of the fence you find yourself-or maybe the jury’s still out- it’s important to know the facts. Unfortunately, today most news worthy stories regarding cosmetic surgery are either completely ridiculous (and extreme), or centered around celebrities and reality television. And considering that more than 21 million people have a surgical or nonsurgical cosmetic procedure each yeah, we figured it’d be a good idea to shed some light on the facts and debunk the myths:

1. The Myth: Cosmetic surgery is the same as plastic surgery  

Believe it or not, the terms “plastic surgery” and “cosmetic surgery” are NOT the same. According to Dr. Shahram Salemy, MD, “The use of these terms interchangeably has led to many misconceptions about these procedures.” He adds, “Cosmetic surgery is performed solely for aesthetics and to improve appearance [and] plastic surgery also includes reconstructive surgery to repair birth defects or damages caused by trauma or illness.”

For example, breast reconstruction after breast cancer is considered plastic surgery, while breast augmentation is cosmetic. Very often, the difference lays in the eyes of the insurance companies. Generally, most policies will cover plastic surgery and not cosmetic surgery.

2. The Myth: It is (too) expensive 

Perpetuated by Hollywood’s rich and famous, it’s no wonder us ‘common folk’ believe we could never afford a bosom (among other things) like Kim Kardashian or refined nose like Megan Fox. In the past, this was often true. But today, thanks to a little phenomenon called medical travel, cosmetic surgery is becoming more affordable than ever.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of breast augmentation in the United States is around $3,678. This price only includes the surgeon’s fee. It does not include the cost of anesthesia, facilities, and materials (stitches, bandages, drapes, etc.). The price will also vary depending on doctor, patient, and region. In the UK this price is between £3,400-£5,000. Now compare that to an all-inclusive breast augmentation in the Czech Republic ($2,645/£2,120) and you’re looking at some serious savings without sacrificing quality.

3. The Myth: Liposuction is a quick, easy way to lose weight 

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“Liposuction” is a medical word for fat removal, but it’s not a treatment for weight loss or obesity.

We’d all love to lipo-away that extra weight we put on during the winter. Unfortunately, liposuction is not the answer- though it can help. Liposuction is NOT the same as bariatric surgery. Therefore it is NOT a weight-loss surgery. Liposuction removes stubborn, unwanted fat from trouble spot on the body (i.e. inner thighs, tummy, back, chin). Before undergoing the procedure, most surgeons require that you be as close to your ‘goal’ or ‘natural’ weight as possible. While lipo helps to slim and contour the body, the results will only last as long as your commitment to a healthy lifestyle.

4. The Myth: Cosmetic surgery means “going under the knife”

Topping the charts with 4.6 million procedures per year, Botulinum Toxin (BOTOX®) is the most popular cosmetic procedure for both men and women worldwide. Instead of “going under the knife”, more and more patients are opting to go under the laser or needle. Thanks to new innovative technologies, even traditionally invasive procedures like liposuction have new alternatives, like Coolsculpting®. In 2017, experts predict that non-invasive procedures, like Kybella (an injectable which eliminates double-chins), will continue to grow in popularity. Benefits typically include lower prices, little to no recovery time and only the use of local anesthetics; usually in the form of creams or injectables. Other popular non-invasive cosmetic procedures include: Hyaluronic Acid, Hair Removal, Photo Rejuvenation and Nonsurgical Fat Reduction.

5. The Myth: Cosmetic surgery is only for women

By far, women still dominate the cosmetic surgery market. However, in 2015, cosmetic surgeons saw a significant rise in men looking to boost their confidence and improve their image. 3 million to be exact. Recent statistics from the American Plastic Surgery Surgeons reveal that the most popular surgical procedures for men are: Eyelid Surgery, Liposuction, Gynecomastia (male breast reduction), Rhinoplasty and Fat Grafting. 

6. The Myth: The Kardashians have never had cosmetic surgery 

Still waiting for confirmation…

Top 3 Cosmetic Surgery Trends For 2017

2016: The Year Of Cosmetic Surgery 

2016 was the year of many influential, memorable moments. Most noteworthy include Great Britain’s exist from the EU, Donald Trump’s win as president of the United States, and Kim Kardashian’s social media silence following a robbery in Paris. But in addition to political uproar and selfies, it was also a record-setting year for cosmetic surgeries. In fact, the ISAPS (International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery) are predicting numbers north of 1.6 million surgical and non-surgical procedures worldwide.kybella

While old staples, like breast augmentation, liposuction and botox, continue to top the charts, it seems like new trends, such as the Brazilian Butt Lift and dermal fillers, have also been making a name for themselves. As the cosmetic surgery field continues improving and evolving, there’s no question that next year will offer even more, unique procedures. To feed your curiosity (and ours), we’ve rounded up 3 of the most interesting, new cosmetic surgery trends for 2017.

Top 3 Trends For 2017 

  1. Kybella (Double Chin)  Kybella first burst onto the beauty scene several years ago. It quickly gained popularity among men and woman who wished to finally say goodbye to their double chin-for good! If the double chin is Superman, than Kybella is his Kyrptonite. The procedure involves a highly
    potent substance which is injected into the neck and jawline to target and eliminate stubborn fat below the chin. While in the past surgical liposuction was a solution, Kybella offers a noninvasive solution. According to recent statistics released by the ASAP (American Society of Plastic Surgeons), Kybella treatments increased by an outstanding 78% in 2016. From the looks of it, Kybella is here to stay.ocular


  2. Cosmetic Eye Color Surgery Ever wish you had different colored eyes? Well now it’s possible to
    change them- permanently. For many years, the only solution to change eye color were color contacts. Science is now able to give patients those baby blues they always wanted. How does it work? The surgeons places an intraocular in the anterior chamber of the eye to change the appearance of
    the iris. Originally created and performed for medical reasons, such asocular albinism (no pigment) and heterochromia (two different colored eyes), ocular implants are becoming increasing popular for
    cosmetic reasons.

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  3. Fat Grafting (Total Body) If you’re looking for fuller breasts, buttocks, face, or any other sectionsbutt of the body, look no further. The latest cosmetic craze to hit the market is fat transfers. During the procedure, the surgeon will first examine a patients body for sections of optimum fat cells to harvest. After extracting the cells using tumescent liposuction, the fat cells are purified. Next, the surgeon transplants cells back into the specific problem areas. Next the fat is shaped perfectly into the patients desired contours. One of the greatest things about fat grafting is it’s level of safety. The procedure only involves the relocation of your own fat cells to different areas of your body. This means that absolutely no “foreign objects” are introduced. It is becoming increasingly popular among women for breast and buttock augmentation.

Why Are Some Cosmetic Procedures “Normal” And Others “Too Extreme”?

Cosmetic Procedures: Did They Or Didn’t They? 

What if you came into work on Monday and noticed your boss looking more, youthful? Those crows feet had disappeared, her frown lines were less noticeable, and overall, her skin was looking significantly tighter and fresher. Would you chalk it up to a well-rested weekend? Or spend the rest of the morning around the water cooler discussing if Mrs. Jones had a little extra help?

In 2015, more than 21 million surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures were performed worldwide. According to the ISAPS (International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery), this is an increase of over 1 million cosmetic procedures from 2014. Topping the charts with 4.6 million procedures, Botulinum Toxin (BOTOX®) continues to be the most popular cosmetic procedure for both men and women. Other popular anti-aging injectables, such as Hyaluronic Acid, have also increased 6.5% from 2014 to 2015.

So did Mrs. Jones go under the needle? Probably. And should we care? It depends who you talk to.

Which Cosmetic Procedures Are Considered Normal? 

young-manIn general, eyebrows aren’t exactly raising when new cosmetic surgery statistics are released. Thanks to the media, and a bombardment of beauty advertising, girls as young as 13-years-old have expressed interest in getting breast implants. In fact, breast augmentation remains the most popular surgical procedure for women, with nearly 1.5 million performed each year.

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Nearly 1.5 million were performed worldwide in 2015

ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons) President, David H. Song, comments, “While more traditional facial procedures and breast augmentations are still among the most popular, we’re seeing much more diversity in the areas of the body patients are choosing to address.”

Other popular surgeries include: Liposuction (1,181,074), Eyelid surgery (988,620), Abdominoplasty (703,361), and Rhinoplasty (534,523). 

And though woman contribute to 85% of procedures performed worldwide, men are not shying away from a little nip and tuck. Popular surgeries include: Eyelid surgery (276,082), Liposuction (213,514), Gynecomastia (212,328), and Rhinoplasty (195,764). 

Jenny, 42, London adds to the debate,”I recently had botox and I love it. It’s perfectly acceptable for women, and men, to spend loads of money on gym memberships, organic foods, designer clothes and yoga retreats in the name of self improvement. So what’s the big deal about a cosmetic procedure to improve your appearance? Of course if you have botox, or any cosmetic procedure, your opening the door to criticism. But in general, if it looks natural, I really don’t think people care- or notice.”


“It’s perfectly acceptable for women, and men, to spend loads of money on gym memberships, organic foods, designer clothes and yoga retreats in the name of self improvement, so what’s the big deal about cosmetic procedure to improve your appearance?”


In a recent interview with Cosmopolitan, American reality TV star, Khloe Kardashian, 32, adds, “I think plastic surgery should be viewed almost like makeup, because we’re all putting on a f*cking mask basically every day anyway, when you dye your hair, you’re changing who you are, and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. I think people should get plastic surgery or fillers or lasers or whatever if they want it — that should be your own personal decision.”

When Does Cosmetic Surgery Become Extreme? 

If botox and breast augmentation are “normal”, at least according to statistics, then which procedures are considered too extreme? Where is the line?

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Before and After, Hi Def Liposculpture (six pack creation).

In a recent survey, Americans considered buttock implants, pectoral implants and jawline reduction the most extreme cosmetic procedures. Other bizarre, but popular procedures include: dimple creation surgery, Hi Def Liposculpture (six pack creation), The Bra Line Back Lift, penis enlargement/lengthening and labiaplasty.

Adam, 27, Chicago weighs in, “Personally I think it’s all too extreme. I have three sisters, so I understand the pressure they feel to look a certain way. Even as a young man, I feel it too. But I think it’s a slippery slope. Sure, maybe a little botox isn’t something to get worked up over. But it can easily be the gateway to other, more extreme procedures. Like butt implants for example. It will never be enough”

New stats from the ASPS also revealed that 2015 was another “year of the rear”, as procedures focusing on the bottom dominated surgical growth. In 2015, buttock implants were the fastest growing type of cosmetic surgery in the United States. Overall, numbers showed that on an average day, one buttock procedure was performed every 30 minutes.


“Sure, maybe a little botox isn’t something to get worked up over. But it can easily be the gateway to other, more extreme procedures in the future. It’s ridiculous”


“What I don’t understand are the people who think ‘bigger is better’. Bigger lips, bigger breasts, bigger behinds. Too me that is extreme,” adds Anne Burns, 36, a personal trainer in New York City. “Everyday in my gym I see all body types, and work with people to improve their self-confidence. For some women, breast augmentation or rhinoplasty can dramatically improve their self-esteem. However, for others you can tell that they just want to achieve some unrealistic standard. For example, young college girls getting DD breast implants and lip injections. It begins to look extremely unnatural.”

 

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In 2015, buttock implants were the fastest growing type of cosmetic surgery in the United States.

The number of surgical and nonsurgical procedures are projected to increase in 2017. It is safe to say that the lines between what is “normal” and “extreme” will become more defined or blur even further.

“Personally, I think what is normal and extreme is obvious. When you see a woman with disproportionately large breasts, lip injections, and a face frozen in time, it’s quite shocking,” says Kim, 34, Birmingham. “In my opinion, if the procedure looks natural and makes you happy, then who cares. But when your spending thousands to look like a plastic barbie doll, then it raises some concern. In that case, I’d say it’s extreme.”

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