Patient education helps people have realistic expectations for plastic surgery, and knowing what to expect makes people happier with their results. It doesn't matter how good your results are: if you're not happy with them, then your plastic surgery is a failure. So we take patient education seriously and strive to make every patient knowledgeable of possible benefits and risks associated with surgery.
One of the obstacles to patient education is myths about plastic surgery that persist partly because of media promotion, and partly because some plastic surgeons themselves promote false information about procedures in the interest of getting more business. Here are a few persistent myths that people still hold about plastic surgery:
- Liposuction or tummy tuck is for weight loss. This is frankly not true. Liposuction and other body contouring procedures like a tummy tuck give their best results after you have gotten close to your ideal body weight.
- Newer technology is better. One marketing ploy plastic surgeons use to promote their practices is calling attention to the big new machine they just purchased. Some new technology and techniques have been proven to be effective, while others have not. And remember that any tool is only as good as the doctor using it.
- Plastic surgery can make you look like your favorite celebrity. Plastic surgery's goal is to improve one or more specific aspects of your appearance to help you look your best. It won't completely transform you into someone you are not, let alone a celebrity look-alike.
- Plastic surgery leaves no scars. Plastic surgeons are masters at placing incisions so that scars are almost invisible, but they cannot prevent you from having a scar. Scarring is an inevitable consequence any time your skin is cut.
- Minimally-invasive procedures are as good as surgery. BOTOX® Cosmetic injections revolutionized the industry because they are so effective, have no recovery period, and very low incidence of side effects. Facial fillers have had a similar impact. But no so-called liquid facelift is the same as surgery. For some people who require only minor correction, injectables are better, but you must always remember that injectable treatments give results that last for months, while surgical facelift results generally last years.
If you want to learn the truth about plastic surgery, please schedule a consultation with New York plastic surgeon Dr. George Lefkovits today.