Cosmetic surgery has been around for a long time now, with the first treatments dating all the way back to 2500BC. Despite its established place in the medical world, cosmetic surgery’s long history has led it to be the subject of many myths and rumours which have damaged its reputation.

As experts in plastic surgery, we have compiled a myth busting guide to dispel the rumours once and for all. 

Myth 1: Facial surgery and injectable treatments will leave you with no expression

We’ve all seen pictures of the well known anti-wrinkle injection and other facial surgeries ‘gone wrong’. Whilst it’s true that fillers and injectables like these can leave you with complications if applied by a non-certified, a trained and experienced professional will target the right points, making sure that your facial muscles all work together as they should.

Myth 2: Breast implants make breastfeeding difficult

Because breast implants are placed under breast tissue, there’s no reason that women with implants can’t breastfeed. It is recommended that women have breast implants either before or after having children, and not when nursing, in order to keep the experience as comfortable as possible.

Myth 3: Cosmetic surgery is only for older women

It’s become widely believed that cosmetic surgery is solely for women, especially for those over a certain age. In fact, cosmetic surgery is suitable for men and women, from age 18 upwards, as well as younger people who may require reconstructive surgery. With a broad range of treatments out there, all encompassed under the umbrella of ‘cosmetic surgery’ there are no specific people who can or can’t be treated.

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Myth 4: Cosmetic surgery is only for the super wealthy

The range of treatments is now so broad that there is an option for every budget. In your consultation, you’ll be able to discuss your budget with a professional who’ll be able to let you know the options available to you so that you can make an informed choice and see the results you’re after.

Myth 5: The results last forever

Unfortunately, nothing lasts forever and this rule applies to cosmetic surgery too. Anti-wrinkle and injectables do wear off over time, but the effects can easily be renewed with regular ‘top-ups’. Other surgeries may slow down the process of aging, but you’ll still notice natural changes that can’t be stopped even by the best surgeon!

Myth 6: You’ll look ‘fake’

As we mentioned in our first myth, the surgeon you choose will play an important role in the treatment results. At The McIndoe Centre we will make sure you see the result you are expecting, ensuring you achieve a natural look. Your consultation will allow you to discuss your expectations with the consultant and dispell any doubts and questions you may have.

Myth 7: Only vain people have cosmetic surgery

Many people are insecure about their body and some require surgery for health reasons. Taking steps to change these doesn’t make an individual vain or shallow. Cosmetic surgery is designed to help people feel their best about themselves and boost self-confidence for a greater overall quality of life.

Page last reviewed on 20/09/2019

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