It’s pretty common for a lot of people to have a lot of misconceptions about plastic surgery. Aside from possibly all celebrities, not a lot of people understand plastic surgery and its conventions that well. That being said, here are a few of the most common misconceptions about this field of medicine, debunked.
Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Is the Same
This is pretty commonplace since both terms denote a repair or enhancement to a certain area or part of one’s body. The difference is that cosmetic surgery is a very generic term, while plastic surgery is more of a specialization.
Only the Rich Can Afford It
Since it’s common to learn about A-Listers getting some cosmetic surgery done, most people have assumed that the procedure itself can only be afforded by the wealthy. Statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS), however, states otherwise: a vast majority of plastic surgery patients are in fact from the middle-class who use their own disposable income.
It’s Pretty Risky
If you were in plastic surgery’s early days, this thought would’ve rung true. Nowadays, it’s a completely different story: plastic surgery is safer as ever due to various advances in medical technology, allowing patients to recover and return to their normal lives much faster.
It’s Only for Women
About 15 percent of current plastic surgery patients are men, and their numbers is steadily rising. This is mainly due to the competitive job market, which more often than not requires men to look their best.