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Let’s Get a Few Things Straight

Myths are as old as mankind. The meaning of the word originally was that of a traditional story, passed on from generation to generation and often explaining superhuman feats. That could be why they meaning of the word has shifted to something that is widely held, but false.

There are plenty of myths out there these days. The aesthetic industry and plastic surgeons have their own fair share. Here are seven myths about the business that Dr. Malamet would like to dispel.

Plastic surgery doesn’t leave scars

When human skin is cut, healing creates a scar. That is without exception. Talented plastics surgeons such as Dr. Malamet, however, minimize the appearance of scars by placing the incisions in inconspicuous places such as where a natural crease occurs.

Breast augmentation is a one-time event

Breast implants have a limited lifespan, usually around 10 to 15 years. Plus, as the person with implants ages, her breasts will still droop with that aging. So, you will likely need another breast implant replacement procedure, and possibly a breast lift.

Liposuction is a great weight loss tool

Un, no. Liposuction is meant to remove pockets of fat that don’t respond to exercise or diet changes. Things like love handles. It is not meant to be a procedure for people that are over 10% above their ideal weight. Dr. Malamet won’t perform liposuction to remove more than a safe amount of fat.

Plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery are the same thing

A board-certified plastic surgeon has completed five years in surgical training at an accredited hospital, at least two years focusing on plastic surgery. Other physicians can have some training in plastic surgery to do cosmetic procedures in certain areas. But the level of training is not the same. Dr. Malamet is a double board-certified aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgeon.

You can’t go out in the sun after surgery

You should limit your sun exposure because it can delay your healing to a degree and it can make your scars redden. But, as long as you wear sunscreen, you don’t have to pretend you’re a vampire.

Liposuction isn’t permanent fat removal

Fat removed by liposuction is permanently gone from that area. We only have so many fat cells, the number being basically finished when we exit puberty. If you gain a ton of weight new fat cells can be created, but otherwise their number is static. Any fat cells vacuumed away are gone for good.

Cost is all you should consider when contemplating cosmetic surgery

Almost all cosmetic surgery (not reconstructive surgery) is elective and not covered by insurance, but cost is not the only thing to consider. Your expectations need to be realistic. A procedure isn’t going to make you an entirely new person. You may have a nicer nose or rounder chest, but a procedure doesn’t make your whole life change. Unrealistic expectations make for unsatisfied patients.

Don’t be swayed by myths in the aesthetic world. If you have questions about any procedure, please call Dr. Malamet at 818-380-3130 and ask away!