Cosmetic surgery is complex, and misconceptions persist about how it is performed, its impact and more. Misconceptions about cosmetic surgery often make it difficult for people to understand the benefits of this type of surgery. Worst of all, these misconceptions sometimes prevent people from using cosmetic surgery to achieve a balanced, natural-looking facial appearance.
There is no need for cosmetic surgery misconceptions to linger. At the CENTER for Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery, we want to help men and women make informed decisions about cosmetic surgery. To accomplish our goal, let’s look at the top five misconceptions about cosmetic surgery:
1. Cosmetic surgery is only for the wealthy.
Cosmetic surgery costs vary, but options are generally available to all patients, regardless of budget. The cost of plastic surgery varies based on the type of procedure, the surgeon conducting the procedure, the surgical center where the procedure is performed and other factors. If cosmetic surgery is deemed medically necessary, it may be covered by an insurance provider, too.
As an expert facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Babak Azizzadeh tries to make cosmetic surgery accessible to all patients in need of treatment. Thus, the Center works with carecredit.com to help patients cover their cosmetic surgery costs. Our surgical coordinator can discuss these financing options with patients and work with them to ensure that they can achieve their cosmetic rejuvenation treatment goals without breaking their budgets.
2. Cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery are identical.
Cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery may seem similar, but there are notable differences between the two. Cosmetic surgery involves enhancing a person’s appearance via surgical and medical techniques, and it can be performed on the head, neck and body. Comparatively, plastic surgery is used to treat facial and body issues that occur due to birth disorders, burns, disease and other trauma. Plastic surgery is also a form of reconstructive surgery.
For people who are considering cosmetic or plastic surgery, it is important to understand the differences between cosmetic and plastic surgeons. By choosing a surgeon who knows how to perform a desired cosmetic or plastic surgery, an individual can put himself or herself in position to achieve the best treatment results.
3. The cosmetic surgery recovery process is long and arduous.
The cosmetic surgery recovery process varies depending on the type of procedure, surgical technique, anesthesia and other factors. With certain cosmetic surgeries, patients can achieve their desired results within days of treatment. Or, with other cosmetic surgeries, the full results become visible up to one year after treatment.
As a Harvard-trained and dual board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Azizzadeh understands the ins and outs of cosmetic surgery. Dr. Azizzadeh also prioritizes patient education, and he teaches his patients about all aspects of cosmetic surgery. In doing so, Dr. Azizzadeh helps his patients establish realistic expectations for the recovery process.
4. A person should not undergo cosmetic surgery until later in life.
There is no “ideal age” for cosmetic surgery. Every cosmetic surgery patient is different, and the decision to undergo cosmetic surgery depends on one’s individual journey. Therefore, in some instances, patients may undergo cosmetic surgery in their 20s or 30s. In other cases, patients may choose cosmetic surgery after the age of 40.
Dr. Azizzadeh performs an extensive patient evaluation to determine if a person is a good candidate for cosmetic surgery. He reviews a patient’s medical history, finds out why an individual is considering cosmetic surgery and analyzes the risks and benefits of treatment. If the risks of a cosmetic procedure outweigh its benefits, Dr. Azizzadeh offers alternative treatment options. On the other hand, if Dr. Azizzadeh believes an individual is a good candidate for cosmetic surgery, he develops a personalized treatment plan for him or her.
5. Cosmetic surgery is only intended for people who are concerned with how they look.
Research indicates that cosmetic surgery can help improve a person’s appearance, as well as boost his or her self-esteem. It may also help a person enjoy a positive outlook in his or her daily life, which may lead to new professional and personal growth opportunities.
Dr. Azizzadeh takes a holistic approach to cosmetic surgery. He works closely with each of his patients to develop a custom treatment plan that delivers exceptional results. That way, Dr. Azizzadeh’s cosmetic surgery patients can benefit from a rejuvenated facial appearance.
The Bottom Line on the Misconceptions About Cosmetic Surgery
Misconceptions about cosmetic surgery are prevalent, but Dr. Azizzadeh is happy to address them. Dr. Azizzadeh is a world-renowned facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon with many years of experience, and he has performed a wide range of cosmetic surgery procedures to help patients enhance the face. Additionally, Dr. Azizzadeh offers cosmetic surgeries that are tailored to his patients.
Dr. Azizzadeh is available to respond to any concerns or questions about cosmetic surgery. To schedule a cosmetic surgery consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh, please call us today at 310-657-2203.