Cosmetic Surgery: Separating Fact from Fiction

plastic surgeryFiction is something intended to entertain you. When you want information, especially on a cosmetic surgery procedure, fiction is something you want to steer clear of. What many people do not realize is that the Google search they perform for procedures such as breast augmentation or liposuction are likely to provide them with just as much fiction as fact. Here, we will separate the two.

I will lose weight with liposuction.

One of the recommendations a surgeon makes to potential patients is to be at a healthy weight before this procedure. That is because the goal of liposuction is to improve the contouring across an area such as the abdomen or hips. What you can expect after your treatment is to feel really good about your appearance. What you shouldn’t expect is a drop in weight.

Breast implant surgery is a one-time thing.

Breast augmentation remains one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures today. What you need to know is that, whether you choose silicone implants or saline implants, replacement will likely be needed after 10 to 15 years. This may be due to the natural formation of scar tissue, or to the natural consequences of aging that cause the breasts to sag.

Only women get plastic surgery.

We could not be happier to see that this misconception about cosmetic procedures is quickly falling away! Since the early 2000’s, there has been a greater than 200% increase and cosmetic procedures performed on men.

A cosmetic surgeon is the best person to perform facial and body enhancement.

There may be some confusion about whom to choose for your cosmetic surgery procedure. Simply due to the word “cosmetic,” this idea that a cosmetic surgeon even really exists is easy to believe. In reality, the American Board of Medical Specialties only recognizes plastic surgery as a certifiable specialty. This is because a plastic surgeon undergoes a multi-year surgical residency, followed by several more years of training focused solely on plastic surgery. To be certified by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery does not mean the same thing as being certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery; and it does not indicate a greater extent of training for the “cosmetic surgeon.”

Dr. Lorenc is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He has been certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and he has attained extensive training in the area of aesthetic plastic surgery. To learn more about the surgical and nonsurgical treatments available in our New York office, call 212-472-2900.

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