Although plastic surgery has become commonplace, there are still misconceptions about cosmetic procedures and the motivation behind them.

Plastic Surgery Is Only For Wealthy People

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The American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS) statistics show that the vast majority of patients undergoing plastic surgery are middle-class individuals using their own disposable income. In fact, the median income is about $80,000 for patients undergoing plastic surgery.

A variety of flexible funding options are offered by many plastic surgeons. In addition, non-surgical procedures such as Botox (onabotulinumtoxinA) injection and the use of fillers such as Juvéderm (cross-linked hyaluronic acid) in many cases, cost little more than a woman can expect to pay for her hair coloring or salon treatment.

All Esthetic Or Cosmetic Surgeons Are Plastic Surgeons

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Many specialties offer services in plastic or cosmetic surgery, but not all of these surgeons have been trained at the same level as plastic surgeons certified by the board.

Patients are always advised to check their surgeon's credentials and qualifications and should look up whether that surgeon is board-certificated by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) and (b) whether the surgeon has the privilege of performing cosmetic surgical procedures in a healthcare setting. Having hospital privileges disciplines the plastic surgeon to peer review, ongoing licensure, medical education, and other monitoring that does not exist if the plastic surgeon works in a non-hospital facility.

Recovery From Plastic Surgery Takes A Long Time

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Advances in surgical technique, methods of anesthesia, and pain control mean that patients no longer have the downtime associated with recovery from general anesthesia in many cases.

After surgery, the incidence of nausea and vomiting is significantly reduced, and patients are often able to return faster to their daily routines. While surgical healing takes time, in just a few weeks, most patients can expect to return to normal activity.

Breast Augmentation And Botox Are Dangerous

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Probably the most thoroughly studied device in American medicine history was breast implants. While no operation occurs without risks, breast augmentation surgery's risks and potential complications have been defined very clearly. As breast augmentation surgery has been the most common cosmetic operation in the United States since 2008, patients are also receiving the message.

Botox is derived from a bacteria-secreted toxin. While massive doses of this toxin may cause illness to develop, the dose level of Botox treatments is minimal, and after administration the onset of disease has never been seen. In fact, Botox has one of the best safety profiles ever developed for any medicine.