More than 17 million people had a surgical or minimally-invasive cosmetic procedure in 2017 alone. More Americans than ever are turning to plastic surgery and cosmetic enhancements to improve their appearance or address a birth defect. Yet, ample myths are floating around the internet that has been dispelled many times over. Our board-certified plastic surgeon in Sugar Land, Texas hears these misconceptions all the time during one-on-one consultations.

Some of the most pervasive plastic surgery myths include:

Plastic Surgery is Only for Shallow Perfectionists

Plastic surgery helps men and women (and sometimes children) achieve beautiful results by improving a cosmetic concern or addressing a severe birth defect or congenital abnormality. While breast augmentation and liposuction are among the most popular procedures, plastic surgeons help to restore femininity for breast cancer survivors through breast augmentation and burn victims or those with significant scarring can also regain their appearance through plastic surgery.

Those who seek plastic surgery are not shallow perfectionists, but often average men and women looking to increase their confidence by enhancing their appearance. Plastic surgery encompasses a wide variety of procedures that target nearly every part of the body.

Cosmetic Surgeons and Plastic Surgeons are One and the Same

Anyone with a medical license can call themselves a cosmetic surgeon. A board-certified plastic surgeon has gone through years of additional training and education to earn the ABPS certification in both cosmetic and plastic surgery. The most critical thing to keep in mind as you look for a surgeon to do your procedure is to make sure he or she is board-certified. You don’t want a gynecologist who’s ventured into the cosmetic surgery field to perform your rhinoplasty or tummy tuck.

Plastic Surgery is for Women Only

While women are the most common patients, more men turn to plastic surgery every year. They too want to look younger and feel healthier. Men are also starting to embrace non-invasive cosmetic treatments such as BOTOX® Cosmetic, dermal fillers, and laser treatments. Liposuction, nose surgery, facelifts, and blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) are also gaining in popularity with American men. Treatments for hair loss are bringing more men into plastic surgery offices as well.

Plastic surgery is not just for women. It’s for anyone who is interested in enhancing, improving, or restoring a part of their appearance.

Silicone Breast Implants are Dangerous or Cause Cancer

The most common myths about plastic surgery tend to revolve around breast implants. Some are under the misconception that breast implants cause cancer which has been disproven by several studies. Silicone and saline breast implants are FDA-approved, safe, effective, and don’t cause known diseases. Leakage is another concern many of our Sugar Land patients have, and with new advances, silicone implants are more durable than ever as they contain a highly-cohesive gel that stays in place in the event of leakage or rupture.

Another myth we hear about breast implants is that women can’t go on to breastfeed future children. In truth, many women breastfeed with implants without issues. Breastfeeding and breast implants come down to implant placement.

Contact Our Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon in Houston

These are just a few of the many plastic surgery myths that have been dispelled. If you have questions or are interested in a plastic surgery procedure, please contact our Dr. Kutty in Sugar Land today at (281) 313-0551 to schedule your consultation. Luxe Plastic Surgery serves patients in surrounding areas of Sugar Land, Texas including Houston and Katy.