Common Myths about Plastic Surgery

Posted on April 7, 2017 by: Dr. Ronald DeMars

Myths about Plastic Surgery

There are many misconceptions floating around regarding plastic surgery that can prevent some people from seeking the cosmetic enhancement they desire. Portland plastic surgeon Dr. Ronald DeMars makes it his priority to inform each patient of the facts they need in order to make the right decisions regarding their plastic surgery procedure. In this blog post, he shares the truth behind common myths about plastic surgery.

1. It’s Only Done in Vanity

While it’s true that many individuals seek plastic surgery to enhance their appearance, others do so for medical reasons. For instance, women who experience back, shoulder and neck pain due to large, pendulous breasts can find physical relief from breast reduction surgery. Body contouring procedures can also be used to relieve physical discomfort caused by excess skin left over by massive weight loss. Following body contouring, patients are able to move and exercise more easily, boosting their overall wellness.

2. It Leaves Unsightly Scars

All surgical procedures leave scarring. However, a trained and skilled plastic surgeon knows how to place incisions strategically so that the scars are not noticeable. Over time, your scars should fade, so long as you take care during your recovery (e.g., apply sunscreen, not smoke).

3. Only Women Get Plastic Surgery

While the majority of plastic surgery patients are women, more men are joining them in enhancing their appearance. Recent statistics show men are seeking minimally invasive procedures like Botox to tweak their looks and eliminate crow’s feet, wrinkles and lines. Other men are seeking surgical procedures like facelift, tummy tuck and liposuction to achieve long-lasting results. In any case, plastic surgery offers men the same benefits it offers women: a younger-looking facial appearance, a sleeker physique, and a boost in self-confidence.

4. Plastic Surgeon = Cosmetic Surgeon

Not all doctors and physicians who practice plastic surgery have the same training or experience. Some types of doctors that market themselves as cosmetic surgeons, such as gynecologists, lack the comprehensive training that plastic surgeons have in this area. Plastic surgeons who are board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (the only board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties to govern plastic surgeons) have completed five to seven years of surgical training after medical school, with at least three of those years focused solely on plastic surgery residency training. On the other hand, cosmetic surgeons may undergo much less training and preparation. For safe and beautiful results, only work with a plastic surgeon who is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Learn More from Dr. DeMars

If you are interested in learning more about plastic surgery, or have questions regarding a specific procedure, please talk to Dr. DeMars. Contact his Portland office at (503) 253-3458.