Plastic surgery comes with a number of myths and misconceptions. Assuming that these things are true can put your health and happiness at risk! Here are some common myths about plastic surgery and why you shouldn’t believe them.

Common Plastic Surgery Myths

Plastic Surgery is a Solution for Weight Loss

Plastic surgery can remove excess fat and tissue that might be weighing you down, but it is not a solution for weight loss. Procedures like liposuction that are used to remove fat should only be used after diet and exercise fail to give results. A tummy tuck and body lift can remove excess skin and fat after a dramatic weight loss or following pregnancy, but should only be done when you are within your ideal weight range.

Only Women get Plastic Surgery

Many people assume that only women get plastic surgery, however, this is entirely false! Men age the same ways that women do and can experience unwanted wrinkles and sagging skin that can be improved with plastic surgery. Men can also experience excess skin and stubborn fat after a dramatic weight loss. Many procedures are designed specifically for men with their body weight and goals in mind. Some common plastic surgery procedures for men are a facelift, tummy tuck, breast reduction, liposuction, and injectables.

“Cosmetic” and “Plastic” are the Same thing

The terms “cosmetic” and “plastic” are often misused and thought to be interchangeable, however, the two refer to different things. Cosmetic surgery refers only to procedures that change the appearance of the body and focuses on aesthetics. The term plastic surgery refers to cosmetic procedures as well as reconstructive procedures that improve function and structure of the body. It is especially important to know the difference between “cosmetic” and “plastic” when referring to your surgeon. A surgeon who has a cosmetic surgery certificate or identifies as a cosmetic surgeon has not undergone the same training and education that a plastic surgeon has. To ensure the best results and your safety during your procedure, be sure that your surgeon is a board-certified plastic surgeon.

Only Real Plastic Surgeons Can Perform Plastic Surgery

Unfortunately, anyone with a valid medical license can call themselves a plastic surgeon and advertise plastic surgery procedures. When choosing a surgeon for your procedure, make sure they have been certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. This is the only way to ensure that your surgeon has undergone the extensive education and training required to effectively and safely perform plastic surgery.

If you are in the Birmingham or West Bloomfield, MI area, you can trust board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sabbagh with all your plastic surgery needs! Contact our office today for more information or to schedule a consultation.

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