Plastic surgery myths debunked

2012-11-02 17:27

A number of myths are in circulation regarding plastic surgery. Examples are: an airline flight will cause breast implants to pop; and the sun will melt the implant in your nose after rhinoplasty. Also, a recent trend in plastic surgery is the number of teens undergoing cosmetic procedures. To obtain the straight scoop regarding plastic surgery, I consulted Tracy M. Pfeiffer, MD, MS. She is a New York City plastic surgeon with a special interest in breast surgery. In addition to noting that the foregoing myths are untrue. Dr. Pfeiffer made the following points.

Plastic surgery is a luxury only the wealthy can afford:
This is simply another myth associated with plastic surgery. I would say that plastic surgery is a lifestyle choice. Like with any other lifestyle choice, the average person may have to save and budget for it, but it’s within reach. Most of my patients are not the extremely wealthy. Rather, they are everyday Americans such as teachers, lawyers, real estate agents, retired persons, etc. that come from every social strata and ethnic background. What these people all have in common is not their wealth, but that they want to feel good about their appearance and understand that treatments are available to address their concerns. Plastic surgery has also come a long way and become much more common in the lives of everyday people. Recognizing this, many plastic surgeons offer payment options for patients such as plans, financing, partial pre-payment, etc. This helps make plastic surgery much more mainstream, and not only reserved for the super wealthy.


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