As the number of cosmetic surgery practices grew over the years, so did the number of horror stories about botched operations and unsatisfactory results. These have, in turn, become fodder for a wealth of myths surrounding plastic surgery, including cosmetic facial surgery myths.
Today, facial surgery procedures are refined, specialized and custom to the individual patient and his or her needs. There are stringent rules, regulations, educational standards and training requirements guiding our surgeons to ensure facial operations – as well as other forms of plastic surgery – are as safe and effective as possible.
If you’re considering any plastic surgery, be sure to separate truth from myth. Here are a few cosmetic facial surgery myths one might encounter while doing so.
- Cosmetic facial surgery will/can completely alter my original appearance.
Facial surgery is performed by manipulating original structures, not wholly altering or eliminating them. Tissue, bone and muscle are moved around; and while at times implants may be necessary, your surgeon will ensure that your natural appearance remains evident.
- Cosmetic facial surgery will eliminate signs of aging.
The words “eliminate” and “reverse” are often used when speaking about facial surgeries that provide the patient with a younger appearance. In truth, cosmetic facial surgeries – such as a facelift – can help reduce some of the signs of aging. Even this, however, is temporary, as gravity will continue to pull on the facial features and skin will forever lose its elasticity. What facial surgery can do is lessen the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, loose skin and age spots.
- Scars can be removed by cosmetic facial surgery, and facial cosmetic surgery doesn’t leave scars.
Scar removal and treatment can include many phases, but in the end, some of the scar will remain. The goal is to soften the tissue and lessen the appearance of the scar – cosmetic facial surgery alone cannot typically achieve this.
As with any operation, some scarring should be expected. With cosmetic facial surgery, your doctor will select incision sites in the most inconspicuous areas, such as above the hairline or under the chin. However, if scarring is a concern for you, be sure to discuss this with your surgeon.
Cosmetic facial surgery myths abound, but if you’re considering the procedure to restore proper function or improve your appearance and confidence, try not to take them to heart. Speak about your fears and findings with your cosmetic surgeon to determine what is true and what is false before deciding if the procedure is right you.
Contact Riverside Oral & Facial Surgery today at 706.235.5570.