Leave Mythology to the Greeks. Plastic Surgery Myths Debunked.

Mythology is nice…when you’re reading it in high school. Zeus. Prometheus. Hera. It’s all great.

But when it comes to plastic surgery, there is no room for myth. Why? It gives people false expectations or gives them the wrong impression about a certain procedure.

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.”

plastic-surgeon-300x196Here are other plastic surgery myths.

Breast augmentation is a one-time event
Like anything that is manufactured, breast implants have a limited lifespan, usually around 10 to 15 years. Also, 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 with it.

Liposuction is a great weight loss tool
Wrong. Liposuction is meant to remove pockets of fat that don’t respond to exercise or diet changes. Things like love handles. Dr. Perron will not perform liposuction on patients that are over 10% above their ideal weight.

Fat cannot reappear in other areas after liposuction
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. Take it easy on the Twinkies and you’ll be fine!

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. Perron, however, minimize the appearance of scars by placing the incisions in inconspicuous places such as where a natural crease occurs.

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 a vampire.

If you have questions about a certain procedure, we encourage you to ask us about it. Call Dr. Perron and ask away, 403-228-7076, because we want our patients to be educated about everything we do.

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