More than 28,000 cosmetic procedures took place in 2018, the majority of which focused on bodily enhancements such as a neck lift or breast augmentation, instead of facial procedures. Despite this high number, there is still a lot of confusion and stigma surrounding cosmetic surgery which prevents people from getting the procedures themselves and potentially feeling better about their appearance. Here are five common misconceptions about cosmetic surgery and why they don’t reflect the reality of the procedures.
1. Only vain people get cosmetic surgery
There is a misconception that cosmetic surgery is only for shallow people obsessed with their appearance but this is far from the truth; cosmetic surgery has innumerable benefits that expand beyond just aesthetics. A 2016 study found that women who had cosmetic breast surgery reported psychological as well as physical benefits after receiving the procedure. Cosmetic surgery can boost self-esteem and certainly isn’t a sign of vanity.
2. The procedures only for women
Women might be the most popular recipients for cosmetic surgery but this doesn’t mean the procedures are exclusive to them. In 2017, men received 13% of all total procedures which might not seem a lot, but this is an increase of 29% since the year 2000. Cosmetic surgery is gradually becoming more accepted by men as a way to enhance their appearance and boost their confidence levels.
3. Recovery is long and painful
Like most medical procedures, there is usually a small amount of discomfort and downtime but this has been greatly exaggerated in the cosmetic industry. Medical developments mean that cosmetic procedures such as a neck lift or rhinoplasty are smoother and less painful than they were several years ago. There has also been a notable rise in the popularity of minimally invasive procedures by 163%; these procedures are well known for their instant results and ability to return to work the very same day.
4. It will look unnatural
Images of botched surgeries and disproportionate lips often haunt our news feed and many people worry that their cosmetic surgery will look obvious and unnatural. However, a skilled cosmetic surgeon can give you great results that are proportionate to the rest of your body.
5. Diet and exercise will give you the same results as surgery
Proper nutrition and regular exercise is important and can really help with some aesthetic concerns you have. However, these alone can’t fix certain issues and cosmetic surgery might be the only way to achieve them, particularly with signs of ageing and excess skin.