When Time Magazine puts the aesthetic industry on its cover, as it did in June of this year, you know things are going crazy. In fact, last year over 20 million surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures were performed worldwide. That’s as if every person in Australian had a little something done!
But there are many misperceptions about cosmetic surgery. Even the term “plastic” in plastic surgery is misunderstood. People assume it is a reference to the surgery being fake, like plastic is fake and unnatural. Actually, the word plastic in plastic surgery comes from the Greek word meaning “to mold.”
At K Plastic Surgery, we want our patients to be educated about cosmetic procedures. So, let’s take a few of those misperceptions and address them.
Fat can’t reappear in other areas after liposuction
It is true that fat removed by liposuction is permanently gone from that area. But that doesn’t mean you won’t have fat show up in other areas IF you put on a bunch of weight.
Liposuction can be thought of as a weight loss procedure
Nope. Liposuction should only be performed when the patient is within 10% of his or her ideal weight. Liposuction is meant to remove pockets of fat that don’t respond to exercise or diet changes. Things like love handles. It is not a weight loss procedure.
Breast augmentation is a one-time event
Unfortunately, breast implants don’t last forever — their lifespan is usually around 10 to 15 years. Plus, despite having augmentation, the aging process continues, meaning that a woman’s breasts will still droop with age. So, down the road the patient is likely to need an implant replacement procedure, and, maybe, a breast lift with it.
Plastic surgery doesn’t leave scars
Really? What is this magic? Any time you’re making an incision into the skin, the result of the incision is a scar. But talented plastics surgeons such as Dr. Kayastha are able to minimize and hide the scars to make them as inconspicuous as possible.
You can’t go out in the sun after surgery
Not true. You should limit your sun exposure because it can delay your healing to a degree and it can make your scars redden. But, as long as you wear sunscreen, you don’t have to become a shut-in!
If you have questions about a certain procedure, we encourage you to ask us about it. Dr. Kayastha and his team want all of our clients to be thoroughly knowledgeable about a potential procedure. Call us at 518-346-0002 with any questions you may have about cosmetic surgery, or to schedule a consultation.