The world of plastic surgery has grown exponentially since its beginnings in ancient civilizations. Through scientific developments and the advent of modern technology, surgeons now have the most modern information and equipment available to them. While the field of plastics continually changes, misinformation remains uncorrected. In the interest of education, we have dispelled some of the myths below.
Myth #1: Body Plastic Surgery is Designed for the Overweight or Unhealthy
Maintaining your health and happiness is vital to leading a fulfilling life. Many plastic surgery patients are physically healthy individuals. They are fit, interested in a holistic lifestyle, and enjoy things in moderation. Though dedicated to their well-being, some seek to improve their physique through cosmetic surgery. When diet and exercise are simply not enough, body plastics are a great solution to combat stubborn body fat, sagging skin, and areas that are resilient to the patient’s efforts.
Plastic surgery of the body should be performed on healthy patients only. While the surgery is cosmetic in nature, some procedures are invasive and may require a lengthy healing period. Undergoing a plastic surgery is typically a last resort when a fit lifestyle does not produce the optimal physical transformation in the body. Plastic surgery should not be viewed as the “easy way out,” but rather to supplement the patient’s hard work. Liposuction and abdominoplasty are two transformative surgeries that may be performed in tandem. It should also be noted that patients must be in good mental health, and have realistic expectations for their desired outcome.
Myth #2: Plastic Surgery of the Body is for the Famous
It has long been suggested that only celebrities go under the knife. The entertainment industry relies heavily on both talent and looks, and can help sustain the famous persona. After all, the beauty industry relies heavily on anti-aging products and procedures in an effort to help people preserve their youth.
Though nearly all famous people have undergone plastic surgery of the face, body, or both, far more non-famous individuals enjoy the benefits of aesthetic procedures. Some professionals in the workforce recognize the competitive edge that younger employees have to offer. They may dress fashionably, be up-to-date on technological advances, and better serve certain markets. This kind of rivalry is often present with women in business, fashion, and technology fields. A patient with these concerns may benefit from a “mommy makeover,” or a full body transformation focused around the areas of the body that do not recover following a pregnancy. Men, too undergo plastic surgery procedures like liposuction and abdominoplasty (also called a tummy tuck) to look and feel their best.
Myth #3: Body Plastic Surgery is Unaffordable
Some prospective patients are under the assumption that cosmetics procedure in the New York City area performed by an Ivy League-educated doctor would not be affordable. There are, however, a number of different procedures available to suit a patient’s needs and his or her budget, as well as possible financing options.
Another concern may be that downtime following a surgery will be lengthy, and therefore cause the patient to miss too much work or receive medical care for an extended amount of time. Not all leave time is paid, and this can create unnecessary financial strain. Adding to the cost, most plastic surgery procedures will not be covered by insurance. Through innovative techniques, plastic surgery procedures are less invasive than ever before, causing less trauma to the treated areas which results in shorter recovery periods. Surgical advances like SmartLipo and breast augmentation, which may utilize small surgical cuts in the skin, are improvements from past versions of these procedures.
Myth #4: The Aim of Plastic Surgery is to Create Perfection
Body plastic surgeries are a great way for patients to undergo a fast and effective physical transformation. The doctor can adjust breast size in female patients through a breast augmentation or breast reduction, permanently remove fat through liposuction, SmartLipo or Cellulaze, and treat the entire midsection (including the breasts) through a mommy makeover. Each procedure will significantly improve a patient’s appearance, but there are limitations to surgery. A patient may have scars that remain indefinitely and each individual’s anatomy will have its restrictions.
Some patients have unrealistic expectations, which must be addressed during the initial consultation. Additionally, after bloodwork and other tests are returned, it may be deemed unhealthy for a patient to receive a certain cosmetic treatment or surgery. While plastic surgery can successfully makeover a person’s body, a patient’s health and wellness is the primary concern.
Myth #5: Plastic Surgeons Specialize in all Areas of the Face and Body
The doctors at Ran Y. Rubinstein, M.D. – Laser & Cosmetic Surgery Specialists, PC are specialists in different areas of patient treatment. Dr. Ran Y. Rubinstein is an expert in facial plastics. Some doctors treat the face and body, but this not ideal for optimal patient care.
By focusing on one area of plastic surgery – either face or body – plastic surgeons are able to train and practice on specific areas of anatomy. Often times, this will lead to board certifications in one of the areas of surgery. Doctors are able to remain current on the latest advances in the field, and become familiar with variations, limitations, and other specifics of the area’s structures.
To contact Dr. Rubinstein, please call 845-863-1772. Laser & Cosmetic Surgery Specialists is located at 200 Stony Brook Court #2 in Newburgh, New York.