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Seven Plastic Surgery Myths Debunked Matthew J. Trovato, MD

Seven Plastic Surgery Myths Debunked

Seven Plastic Surgery Myths Debunked

In Dallas, there are plenty of urban legends. Maybe you could even call them myths or even wishful thinking. Whatever you call them, they’re false. Plastic surgery has its own fair share.

Even the term “plastic” in plastic surgery is misunderstood. People think plastic is meant to be fake, akin to the material plastic. But in reality, the word plastic in plastic surgery comes from the Greek work meaning “to mold.”

Here are seven other plastic surgery myths that Dr. Trovato would like to dispel.

Liposuction is a great weight loss tool

Nope. Liposuction is meant to remove pockets of fat that don’t respond to exercise or diet changes. Things like love handles. It is not meant to be a procedure for people that are over 10% above their ideal weight. In fact, removing too much fat in a liposuction procedure is dangerous.

Plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery are the same thing

A board-certified plastic surgeon has completed five years in surgical training at an accredited hospital, at least two years focusing on plastic surgery. Other physicians can have some training in plastic surgery to do cosmetic procedures in certain areas. But the level of training is not the same. Dr. Trovato is a board-certified plastic surgeon.

Plastic surgery doesn’t leave scars

Puhleeze. Any time you’re making an incision and cut the skin, the result of the incision is a scar. Talented plastics surgeons such as Dr. Trovato, however, minimize the appearance of scars by placing the incisions in inconspicuous places such as where a natural crease occurs. Dr. Trovato is also an expert in scar revision surgery, which gives him extra insight into how to minimize scarring from surgery.

Breast augmentation is a one-time event

Breast implants have a limited lifespan, usually around 10 to 15 years. Plus, as the person with implants ages, her breasts will still droop with that aging. So, you will likely need another breast implant replacement procedure, and possibly a breast lift.

You can’t go out in the sun after surgery

Not true. You should limit your sun exposure because it can delay your healing to a degree and it can make your scars redden. But, as long as you wear sunscreen, you don’t have to pretend you’re Gollum and live in a cave.

Fat can’t reappear after liposuction

The fat removed by liposuction is permanently gone from that area. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have fat show up in other areas IF you put on a bunch of weight.

Cost is all you should consider when contemplating cosmetic surgery

Almost all cosmetic surgery (not reconstructive surgery) is elective and not covered by insurance, but cost is not the only thing to consider. Your expectations need to be realistic. A procedure isn’t going to make you an entirely new person. You may have a nicer nose or rounder chest, but a procedure doesn’t make your whole life change. Unrealistic expectations make for unsatisfied patients.

If you have questions about a certain procedure, we encourage you to ask us about it. Dr. Trovato and his team like our clients to be thoroughly knowledgeable about potential procedures. Call us at (214) 827-2873.

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