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Don’t risk being the victim of a botched medical procedure before you learn about common mistakes and misconceptions that smart people, like you, make everyday when correcting your appearance with cosmetic enhancements.

Ten Myths about Plastic Surgery
Because of an overly imaginative and inventive Hollywood and popular city there are a lot of misconceptions about plastic surgery. This should clear up some of them…

1. Any certification is a good thing.

Members of The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons are plastic surgeons who are on the General Medical Council’s (GMC) Specialist Register.
All doctors setting up as cosmetic surgeons from April 2002 must be on the GMC’s Specialist Register.

2. Only a plastic surgeon can legally perform plastic surgery.
Fully qualified specialists should be registered on the GMC’s Specialist Register. You can check this on the GMC website http://www.gmc-uk.org/
The Independent Healthcare Association http://www.independenthealthcare.org.uk has produced a guide on the standards cosmetic surgeons should meet. It’s very important to check a doctor’s training and certification. A well-qualified plastic surgeon has just as much specialized training as a heart or brain surgeon!

3. It is disrespectful to ask a surgeon probing questions about his or her background.
In fact, surgeons encourage such questions because it shows that you are an informed patient. If you’re not comfortable asking this type of question in person, send an email or call the surgeon’s office and ask them to send you a copy of the surgeon’s resume or vita.

4. Silicone breast implants are unsafe
After 16 years of testing, they have been proven safe. Even though silicone is more expensive, patients like the softer feel which seems more natural.

5. Plastic surgery procedures are terribly painful.
Most plastic surgery patients experience minimal pain – with less than five percent of these patients complaining about their pain level. This is probably because plastic surgeons carefully screen their patients, and many plastic surgeons super-specialists (they specialize in a limited number of procedures). This means that the surgeon has become very efficient and will disturb much less tissue during the procedure.

6. No scars are involved in plastic surgery.
Actually, whenever a surgeon cuts through the skin, the body creates a scar. It’s just that cosmetic plastic surgeons have special training in placing the scars in wrinkles, folds, and other unseen or hard-to-see places. A tummy tuck, for instance, requires a hip-to-hip incision, but make sure the resulting scar is hidden by underwear or swim suits.

7. A face lift can make you look like a completely different person – one your own mother wouldn’t recognize!
That’s not true. A good plastic surgeon’s highest goal is to create the best possible version of you. And by that, they do not mean the “you from 25 years ago” – they mean the “you right now.” This is also what they mean by “realistic expectations.”

8. Plastic surgery costs about the same everywhere.
Actually, costs vary widely. In very expensive places like Miami, Manhattan or Beverly Hills, where the cost of labor, office rent, and other overhead items are high, plastic surgery rates are also high. But the same procedure, performed by an equally qualified surgeon in a small town just 50 miles away from Beverly Hills could cost 40 to 50 percent less!

9. I can get the same long-lasting results from a “mini” face lift, have less downtime, and save some money.
The truth is: minimal efforts equal minimal results. A mid-face lift may be appropriate for some patients, but it can’t do as much for a lot of drooping skin as a full facelift.

10. Plastic surgeons only make people look better through rejuvenation surgery.
Cosmetic plastic surgeons are also qualified to perform reconstructive surgery on abnormal structures of the body, caused by birth defects, developmental abnormalities, trauma or injury, infection, tumors, or disease. Reconstructive surgery is generally performed to improve function, but may also be done to approximate a normal appearance.