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The Top 4 Myths of Plastic Surgery

The Top 4 Myths of Plastic Surgery

By Beverly Fischer on August 6, 2021

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Each person gets cosmetic surgery for their own personal reasons. Some want to enhance their bodies with treatments and procedures to make them feel more confident in their own skin. Others might want to have reconstructive surgery to help them feel better about the way they look and feel. 

Regardless of the reason, a variety of myths float around this industry, making some think twice about getting a procedure or treatment. The truth is that plastic surgery is one of many medical specialties, and it boasts very talented and experienced providers in everything from eyelid lifts to facelifts to liposuction and breast augmentation. 

Here are four of the top plastic surgery myths and truths revealed:

Plastic Surgery is only for women.

While we hear about many cosmetic surgery procedures that seem to be prevalent among women, such as breast augmentation or reduction, Botox, and liposuction. The vast majority of plastic surgery procedures are unisexual and also include body lifts, PRP treatments for skin rejuvenation and hair regrowth, or eye lifts. 

Men receiving cosmetic surgery has been on the rise since 2000. According to the American Society for Plastic Surgery, the top treatments men received were liposuction and male breast reduction. You might have even heard the term “dad bod” refers to a physique common to middle aged men, characterized by a relatively average body shape punctuated by a small beer gut. Plastic surgery procedures and treatment can help to enhance the life of each patient – whether cosmetic or corrective. 

To afford plastic surgery, you have to be wealthy.

The field of cosmetic surgery has itself undergone a facelift. Over the past few decades, plastic surgery has become more affordable. Of course, pricing depends on the type of procedure you’re getting done, but some facial treatments such as Botox, dermal fillers, or lip injections can be less expensive. 

For those who are looking at more intense surgeries such as breast augmentations, tummy tucks, or body lifts, there are financing options such as medical credit cards. ACPS works directly with CareCredit to help you pay for your procedure. Additionally, many health insurance companies are beginning to cover more plastic surgery procedures- especially if they are deemed medically necessary.

Plastic Surgery is only used to improve your appearance.

While plastic surgery procedures can enhance your physical appearance many plastic surgery procedures and treatments have alternative uses with a broader medical impact. 

Botox, for example, is most well-known for its ability to smooth skin, mitigate wrinkles, and provide a more youthful appearance when injected by a skilled cosmetic surgeon or esthetician. However, Botox can also be used to treat issues such as chronic migraines, excessive sweating, and overactive bladders.

These are only a few of the alternate uses for Botox that have been approved by the FDA. Currently, the company which created Botox holds nearly 300 different patents for uses of the drug!

There are also additional procedures that can help improve the quality of life for many individuals. Breast reductions are a great example of this- they help reduce chronic back pain, improve posture, and allow for better sleep.  

Plastic Surgery is dangerous.

Every surgery has its own risks – regardless of the type of surgery. However, cosmetic and reconstructive surgery is no more hazardous than other procedures. A patient can be proactive to reduce some of the risks associated with cosmetic surgery.

Verywell Health explains that patients can quit smoking before surgery to speed up the healing process and minimize scarring. Consuming a healthy diet may contribute to less scarring because it enhances wound closure. 

Lastly, it is essential to choose a surgeon who is trustworthy and board-certified. It is not easy for doctors to receive certification and to do so demonstrates a commitment to a high level of medical education and training – ultimately leading to safe procedures and increased patient satisfaction.


To learn more about the procedures and treatments we offer, and how we help you feel like the best version of yourself, schedule a consultation with Dr. Fischer and the ACPS team today!

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Dr. Beverly A. Fischer is passionate about her role as a leading female plastic and cosmetic surgeon in Baltimore, Maryland and beyond. She believes that plastic surgery makes a positive, life-changing difference, whether you’re renewing your body, face, and skin or embarking on an entire gender transition.

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