The 5 Biggest Plastic Surgery Myths Busted!

When it comes to plastic surgery, you can’t believe everything you hear and see. The Internet is fraught with misinformation, which can make those who are considering a plastic surgery procedure misled when it comes to the facts and putting themselves at potential risk. Always do your homework before you opt for any type of procedure and know what’s reality and what’s completely falsified. 

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Everything you see on television is the "norm."

According to Grand Rapids, MI, plastic surgeon Bradley Bengtson, MD, one of the biggest myths in plastic surgery is that what you see on television or reality shows is considered the "norm" and is actually real. “All of the plastic surgery I perform is restorative, natural, proportional and not overdone, obvious or artificial. I tell patients that the best plastic surgery is when you can’t tell you’ve had it!” On many television and reality shows, any evidence of plastic surgery points to a fake and obviously augmented appearance.


You’re vain if you get plastic surgery.

Just because you want to get a procedure, done doesn’t mean that you are vain, shallow or egotistical—there’s absolutely nothing wrong about correcting something about yourself that bothers you. “Many of my patients who undergo blepharoplasty have normal and healthy concerns about their appearance and they just want to look well-rested and happy. After surgery, patients often feel an overall improvement in not just their appearance, but also their quality of life,” says Clifton, NJ, oculoplastic surgeon Baljeet K. Purewal, MD


No matter which procedure you get done, the results will last forever.

According to Laguna Woods, CA, facial plastic surgeon Cory Yeh, MD, this is one myth that too many patients believe. “There are many nonsurgical procedures, which can make beautiful changes. But, they have a predictable longevity and are not designed to be permanent. While many surgical procedures can have more long lasting effects, the most obvious challenge is the fact that we can’t physically stop the aging process.” With or without surgery, you will continue to age so the results may need maintenance over the years. 


If you get a nose job your nose needs to be broken.

“Your nose deosn’t need to necessarily be broken just because you’re having nasal surgery,” says Dr. Yeh. “While many patients have a history of nasal trauma, there are many other reasons why people to decide to proceed with nasal surgery. Patient motivation includes an interest in improving nasal breathing or a desire to aesthetically change features of their nose that are out of proportion.”


You have to be rich to get plastic surgery.

So not true! “In this day and age there are a variety of treatments available to patients who are interested in aesthetic changes. For facial rejuvenation, we employ a wide spectrum of treatments ranging from optimization of skin care, laser treatments, facial injectables, and minimally invasive surgery,” explains Dr. Yeh. “After a thorough consultation for facial analysis, most patients can enjoy a multitude of options that comfortably fit their personal financial budget.” There are also finance options available that allow you to pay off aesthetic procedures over time as opposed to paying out of pocket for a procedure all at once. 

  • Jenna T.
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    Thank goodness everything we see on TV is not the norm. Christie Brinkley is a great example of a star who's received natural-looking plastic surgery. She still looks like herself!

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    This is a great article with lots of useful information. I would like to add to this list one additional very important myth that has been left out and expand on your excellent advice to: "Always do your homework before you opt for any type of procedure and know what’s reality and what’s completely falsified." The other myth that I think should be included is that all surgeons doing cosmetic surgery, or calling themselves "cosmetic surgeons," have the appropriate training and expertise for the procedure you are contemplating. Just because a doctor advertises himself as "board certified," "a cosmetic or aesthetic surgeon," "an expert" in a particular procedure, or "fully trained" in something, that doesn't mean that it is the truth, at least to the degree that we call "the community standard of practice," or that level that most certifying bodies and properly trained and credentialed doctors would agree upon. Like most people, I like to think that we can always trust our doctors with whatever they say. Unfortunately, the truth is that there are doctors who "falsify," or exaggerate their certifications, training, expertise, or experience in order to get more patients and make more money. Sometimes, the practitioners aren't even doctors, even though they may call themselves "Dr." I have seen PA's and Nurse Practitioners performing procedures like liposuction without a medical license, all the while representing themselves as trained "doctors." There are ways that you can identify those doctors and other practitioners that should be avoided; you just have to know where to search. You should always start with demanding board certification in the appropriate specialty for the procedure you are contemplating, and that board certification should come from one of the 24 member boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties. There are other "boards" out there that offer "certification" to surgeons, but they are not widely recognized, and their training and certification requirements aren't standardized within the medical community. You can find more complete information on their website at In addition, for surgical procedures, you should ensure that your surgeon has privileges at a hospital to perform the EXACT operation that you are looking for as well, even if you are going to have your actual surgery in an outpatient setting. This is another good way to tell if your surgeon is properly trained and certified. Lastly, make sure your surgeon does his or her surgery ONLY in a properly accredited surgical facility. All of these things should be checked out in ways other than simply asking your surgeon about them, too. You should be able to verify all of this information through a third party. If you can't verify these things, then continue doing your homework and consider a different surgeon. As noted in the article, "you can't believe everything you hear and see," and it's up to you to always do your homework before deciding on surgery. That definitely includes picking the right surgeon and making sure it is a good choice.

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