Plastic Surgery Mythology

Cosmetic Services CalgaryMyths are as old as mankind. The original meaning of the word was that of a traditional story, passed on from generation to generation and often explaining superhuman feats. That could be why they meaning of the word has shifted to a belief that is widely held, but false.

There are plenty of myths out there these days, such as that American beer is as good as Canadian beer! The aesthetic industry and plastic surgeons have their fair share. Here are six myths about the business that Dr. Frank would like to dispel.

Plastic surgery doesn’t leave scars

When human skin is cut, healing creates a scar. That is without exception. Talented plastics surgeons such as Dr. Frank, however, are expert at minimizing the appearance of scars by placing the incisions in inconspicuous places such as where a natural crease occurs.

Liposuction is a great weight loss tool

Nope. Liposuction is meant to remove pockets of fat that don’t respond to exercise or to diet. Things like love handles. It is not meant to be a procedure for people that are over 10% above their ideal weight. In fact, removing too much fat during liposuction is dangerous. Dr. Frank requires his liposuction patients to be within 10% of their ideal weight to have liposuction.

Breast augmentation is a one-time event

While breast implants have a longer lifespan now than they formerly did, they still have a lifespan, usually around 10 to 15 years. Plus, as the person with implants ages, her breasts will still droop with that aging. So, you will likely need another breast implant replacement procedure, and possibly a breast lift.

You can’t go out in the sun after surgery

When you live in a beautiful place such as Calgary, it would be a crime not to be able to go outside. After surgery, 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 pretend you’re a vampire.

Liposuction isn’t permanent fat removal

Fat removed by liposuction is permanently gone from that area. We only have so many fat cells; the number is basically finished when we exit puberty. If you gain a ton of weight new fat cells can be created, but otherwise, their number is static.

Cost is all you should consider when contemplating cosmetic surgery

A procedure isn’t going to make you an entirely new person. You may have a nicer nose or rounder chest, but a procedure doesn’t make your whole life change. Unrealistic expectations make for unsatisfied patients.

Now that we’ve set those misperceptions straight, are you interested in having Dr. Frank help you turn back the clock just a bit? Call us for a consultation at (403) 245-1228.

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