The internet is a great place to start when you’re thinking about having plastic surgery. There is an endless supply of resources and materials available right at your fingertips, whether you’re looking for a breast augmentation or just a non-surgical skin care procedure, the information is endless.
But among all the information out there, how can you be sure what you’re reading is really truthful?
We live in the age of disinformation. We’re seeing it every day, not just on the internet, but on our TVs and from people in our lives. Because the media networks these days seem to be all about ratings as opposed to facts, we’re often bombarded with news outlets trying to give us the news first, as opposed to fact checking everything and waiting to break a story until they have all of the information.
It’s for this same reason that the internet and people on the internet are spreading myths as truth at an alarming rate. Since the news cycle is so quick, once something hits Twitter (X), Facebook, or news outlets, it begins spreading like wildfire without people doing any sort of research to determine whether or not something is true.
How to Avoid Breast Implant Myths
When it comes to plastic surgery information, including breast implants, we always recommend that you talk with your doctor before jumping to any conclusions or decisions made based on what you read on the internet or even hear from friends. It’s totally ok for you to do your own research into the different procedures and treatments that you may be interested in but use that research as a foundation for questions to ask your doctor.
And please, listen to your doctor.
Just because you read something on the internet does not make it true. If your doctor disagrees with the information you found, and you don’t think your doctor is correct, then consider a second opinion. But keep in mind that your doctor has gone through extensive schooling and years of practice to get where they are now. Be respectful and ask intelligent questions and your doctor will treat you the same.
As much as we’d like to be able to tell you exactly how to weed through the misinformation on the internet, there’s no easy way. What you can do though, is make sure to get your information from credible websites, like those of doctor’s offices, researchers, and government sites. And not from places like Facebook, YouTube or other social media outlets.
With that in mind, what we can do is take a look at some of the biggest plastic surgery and breast implant myths and try to help you understand why these myths are not truthful.
5 Common Breast Implant Myths
Myth 1: Breast Implants Last Forever
Some people think that breast implants are like magical devices that never need to be changed. But that’s a myth! In reality, breast implants don’t last forever. Over time, they can get damaged or change shape, which might mean they need to be replaced.
Myth 2: Breast Implants Always Look Fake
You might have heard that breast implants make your breasts look and feel fake. Well, that’s not true for everyone. Today, there are different types of breast implants, and when done by a skilled surgeon, they can look quite natural.
Myth 3: Breast Implants Cause Breast Cancer
The truth is, there’s no direct link between breast implants and breast cancer. However, implants can make it a bit harder to find breast lumps through regular exams, so it’s important to talk to your doctor about the best way to stay healthy.
Myth 4: All Breast Implants Are the Same
Not all breast implants are created equal. Some people believe that all implants are alike, but that’s not the case. There are two main types of breast implants: saline and silicone implants, each with its own characteristics. Choosing the right one depends on what you want and what’s best for your body.
Myth 5: Breast Implants Are Maintenance-Free
Some think that once you have breast implants, you can forget about them. But that’s not true! Just like cars need check-ups, breast implants need to be monitored over time. You’ll need to see your surgeon for regular check-ups and be ready for the possibility of replacing or removing them in the future.
5 Common Plastic Surgery Misconceptions
1. Plastic Surgery Does Not Leave Scars
One of the most common misconceptions about plastic surgery is that the procedures do not leave scars. Unfortunately, anytime that you cut into the skin you’re going to leave a scar. However, plastic surgeons have the skills to minimize the amount of scarring as well as how to hide the scars in a way that they won’t be noticeable in most circumstances.
There are things you can do after your surgery to help minimize the scars as well. Your doctor can give you advice on how best to care for your incisions after your surgery to ensure that scarring is kept to a minimum.
2. Plastic Surgery is Reserved for the Wealthy
While the prices vary depending on what sort of procedure you are looking to get, or what outcome you’re looking for, in general plastic surgery is fairly affordable. Some plastic surgery may even be covered under your health insurance if it directly benefits your long-term health. For example, breast reductions and rhinoplasty, as well as reconstructive surgeries after an accident or illness are often covered, to some degree, by most health insurances.
The idea that all plastic surgery is only affordable to those with a lot of money is a common myth. However, you should take your time and consult with a few different doctors before undergoing any major plastic surgery. Just because someone is cheaper than the next guy, doesn’t mean it’s not worth spending the extra money. The cheapest option may not always be the best.
3. Recovery Is a Long, Painful Process
With any type of surgery there is going to be a recovery process, and in most cases, it’s not going to be an enjoyable experience. But the idea that all plastic surgery requires a long and painful recovery is simply not true. The recovery process will vary for different types of plastic surgery. Obviously the more involved the surgery the more difficult the recovery process. But plastic surgery methods continue to advance, making things a lot less painful and uncomfortable for the patient during the surgery as well as during the recovery process.
This is evident in Dr. Adams’ 24-hour fast track breast augmentation. By adjusting the way that a traditional breast implant surgery is performed, you will no longer be confined to bed or home for days after the surgery.
Doctors are always finding new methods to perform procedures that help lessen the stress on the body, and help reduce the amount of downtime a patient needs before they can resume normal day-to-day activities.
4. Plastic Surgery is Only For Women
Another common misconception about plastic surgery is that it is only for women. This idea stems from society putting such pressure on women to look a certain way, but the reality of the matter is that those social stereotypes pertain to men as well. And in the age of the internet and social media, everyone is trying to look their best for the camera, which includes men.
Between 2000 and 2018 the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that male cosmetic procedures rose 29%, and continues to trend upwards. The procedures men are getting may be different from the ones that women are getting, but the fact of the matter is more men are getting plastic surgery today than ever before.
5. Plastic Surgery is Unsafe
With any sort of surgery there is always going to be an inherent risk associated with it. Whether that comes from the procedure itself, the anesthetic, or the care afterwards, there is always going to be a risk of adverse side effects. But with the advancements in technology and the better understanding of the procedures being performed today, plastic surgery is safer than it has ever been.
If you’re concerned about the safety of a procedure, be sure to seek out only qualified doctors that can show you their credentials as well as their past work. There is always going to be someone out there looking to scam you or mislead you into taking your money without having the proper accreditation, training, or professionalism, and this is where you’ll run into problems.
There are thousands of plastic surgery procedures performed every single day, but the ones that you hear about in the media, the bad ones, usually come from an under skilled individual performing a procedure that they had no right to perform in the first place.
As long as you do your due diligence, speak with multiple doctors, ask questions, and verify that they are indeed licensed to perform the surgery you want, then plastic surgery is very safe.
Ask the Right Questions, Don’t Believe the Myths
As plastic surgery techniques and education continues to advance around the world, it will continue to become safer for everyone.
Be sure to seek out all the information you can, from reputable sources, as you begin to explore the world of plastic surgery. If pricing from one doctor seems too good to be true, when compared to other doctors in the area, there’s probably a reason for that.
Remember, this is your health you’re talking about. It’s the most important thing that we have in this world. Don’t risk your life by trying to save a few dollars. Always make sure that you do your research and ask the right questions before undergoing any sort of plastic surgery procedure.
If you’re looking to have a plastic surgery procedure done, or want to setup a consultation with Dr. Adams, please contact us via our website today!