Top 5 Myths That Make People Afraid to Undergo Plastic Surgery

Top 5 Myths That Make People Afraid to Undergo Plastic Surgery

02nd Apr 2018

Plastic surgery has become more and more popular and in demand over the last few decades, and this is a reality that nobody can deny. Many people undergo cosmetic interventions to improve their appearance or correct certain imperfections. Nowadays, we have the choice to enhance our figures and be more beautiful than before. However, there are still many people who are afraid to undergo plastic surgery because they believe certain myths that are not true.

In this article, we will talk about the five most common myths related to plastic surgery interventions that make people postpone or put off for an indefinite period their much-needed procedure.

1.    All plastic surgery interventions require general anesthetic, and it is not safe for the patient.

There are people who heard from different sources that there is a possibility of not waking up due to the general anesthesia used during a surgical procedure. A general anesthetic is used for certain plastic surgery interventions, but certainly not for all of them. Among the questions we hear often related to anesthesia include: “Can you guarantee that I will wake up from anesthesia?” The sources of this fear of anesthesia are the legends of the public, and they are all extremely lacking proper foundation.

There are certain rules to follow for everything to go smoothly and with minimal risks during plastic surgery. For instance, blood tests will be required before the intervention so the plastic surgeon can personalize the anesthesia according to the needs and requirements of the patient. The patient should communicate any type of allergies or if he encountered issues before, during, or after a surgical intervention (allergic reactions to the anesthetics used before either on the patient or members of his family). It is also crucial for the patient to discuss with the surgeon about the current medication he might be taking and if he/she consumes alcohol regularly. Keep in mind that you should not eat or drink anything at least six or eight hours before your plastic surgery intervention with a general anesthetic to avoid vomiting when under anesthesia.

The respiratory function is supported by special machines, and during the surgery, the medical staff will monitor your vital and circulatory functions. The waking up from the anesthesia is done by stopping the administration of anesthetic. Practically we are talking about a deep, controlled sleep, and the demand on the body is minimal.

When it comes to plastic surgery, many interventions can be performed only with the patient under a general anesthetic, such as a body lift or a tummy tuck, which can take up to five or six hours. It would be very uncomfortable for the patient to be awake and aware for so long. Hence, the general anesthesia is preferred.

Many patients also ask why they feel nauseous and sometimes vomit after waking up from anesthesia. The answer to this is that the substances in the anesthetic that have an action at the level of the brain and on the pain receptors also affect the vomit receptors. When considering plastic surgery interventions, keep in mind that not all of them would require a general anesthetic, and the anesthesia used nowadays is safer than ever.

2.    You will get addicted to plastic surgery.

If this myth would be true, then we would have a lot of plastic surgery addicts nowadays, with plastic surgery being so affordable. But it is not. It is true that after undergoing a plastic surgery intervention, some patients decide to schedule another one to correct a different area of the body. Just think of someone who had a breast augmentation and now would like to improve her body shape further and get a tummy tuck, liposuction, or even a buttock augmentation. This doesn’t mean that this patient is addicted to surgery, but just that she found the procedures being easy to go through and worth it.

People who suffer from plastic surgery addiction will try to continuously change their appearance by undergoing procedures such as liposuction, breast augmentation, facial lifts, or fillers. They use plastic surgery as a response to their persistent lack of satisfaction caused by their appearance. This condition is also known as body dysmorphic disorder.  When affected by this condition, the patient has no clear idea of his body image. As a result, the patient often finds it difficult to define his/her objectives when asked to talk about expectations after the surgery.

The difference between a patient who chooses to undergo multiple procedures to enhance the body shape and a patient addicted to plastic surgery is the medical indication. Behind any decision to undergo a plastic surgery must be a strong medical recommendation.  A responsible plastic surgeon will refuse to take a patient who is clearly addicted to plastic surgery and recommend to him/her to look for specialized treatment for such condition.

3.    Plastic surgery is too expensive.

If you will look at galleries with before-and-after pictures of patients who have undergone plastic surgery, you will notice different body shapes, different ages, different everything. Nowadays, the plastic surgery interventions are not only for the rich and famous, but they are also widely available for all kinds of people. More than this, most plastic surgeons would offer plenty of financial options for patients to be able to pay for the intervention. So if you thought you need to sell your house to get a breast augmentation with implants, you need to think again or, better yet, just go to a consultation with the plastic surgeon, and he will give you an exact cost estimate and the payment methods.

4.    Plastic surgery leaves big and bad-looking scars behind.

Before discussing this myth in detail, we have to mention that all surgical interventions will leave behind a certain amount of scarring. However, since plastic surgery values the aesthetic appearance, the scars will be kept to a minimum and positioned in areas where they will be less visible. The length of the scars varies from one intervention to another and also from one patient to another. For example, during liposuction, very small incisions will be made of no more than four or fove mm; while for a tummy tuck, the plastic surgeon might need to perform an incision that will go from one hip to the other. But even in the case of the tummy tuck, the scarring can be reduced depending on the amount of skin and tissue that needs to be removed. To ensure that your scars heal properly and beautifully, follow your plastic surgeon’s advice, and avoid sun exposure and intense physical exercises for some time after the procedure was performed.

5. Plastic surgery interventions entail many risks.

As it is the case with any other type of surgical procedure, plastic surgery comes with its risks and potential complications. However, if you choose a board-certified and experienced plastic surgeon to perform the surgical intervention, these procedures are no riskier than any other. Common risks are excessive bleeding, swelling and bruising, and developing an infection. In most cases, they can be prevented or treated easily.


Each and every one of us wants to feel and look beautiful and appreciated both from an intellectual point of view, as well as from an aesthetic one. The concern for our physical aspect has become an important part of our lives over the years and even a routine for people in the entertainment business or sales.  Plastic surgery can help patients achieve the appearance they dream of with minimal costs and risks. However, there are still people who avoid making the decision to undergo plastic surgery procedure because they believe that some myths are true.

Things like being afraid of not waking up after having a general anesthesia or getting addicted to plastic surgery after undergoing a cosmetic procedure are just myths that we busted today. While it is true that plastic surgery is associated with some risks, they are actually common to all surgical interventions and not specifically related to this type of surgery. Another myth is that plastic surgery is too expensive for the regular people and only available for celebrities. The wide range of patients coming from different economic backgrounds is proof that this is not true. Nowadays, plastic surgery is accessible to many people, and there are plenty of payment methods available for everyone.

The amount of scarring left by plastic surgery can also put people off when considering undergoing a plastic surgery procedure. However, you should keep in mind that plastic surgery is very focused on the aesthetic aspect, and this includes the scars left after the surgery. When choosing a talented and board-certified plastic surgeon to perform your procedure, you will notice that the amount of scarring is minimal, and the incisions are placed in areas where they can be easily masked with clothing and even lingerie.

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