Get the facts about cosmetic surgery

There are many myths surrounding the medical practice of cosmetic surgery. For a decision that is already highly personal and life-changing, the lies surrounding cosmetic procedures create unnecessary confusion. Here are the most common myths you might have heard, alongside the facts to make sure you make a well-informed decision that’s right for you.

Cosmetic surgery is all about vanity

This is simply not true. Although the purpose of many cosmetic procedures is to help the patients feel better about themselves, some treatments are used for post-cancer reconstruction and to correct birth defects.

Silicone breast implants are not safe and frequently leak

Breast surgery, from enlargement to reduction or uplift, is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures. Unfortunately, many lies are circulating about it online and through the grapevine. Since their release in 2006, silicone implants have been proven safe - a much more durable option than saline implants, with a leak rate as low as one per cent. The silicone used in implants is a cohesive gel which holds together firmly. Should the implant tear, the silicone would not go anywhere.

Botox is toxic and causes a frozen facial expression

The chemical used in botox, botulinum toxin, is a poison. However, it would take nearly 100 vials of it directly injected into the bloodstream to become fatally poisonous to someone. The substance has been thoroughly tested and found to be perfectly safe when used in cosmetic procedures.

Botox is used only in small doses by trained experts, who use it to create an enhanced appearance. Their goal is to create a natural, young look, not a frozen expression. The frozen face only happens when an overdose of the product is used.

Botox has a bad reputation because a handful of celebrities with high media exposure are receiving excessive injections. At Spire, you can relax knowing you will receive treatment only from the most experienced professionals.

Cosmetic surgery is just for women

Women more commonly receive plastic surgery, but there are plenty of treatments popular with men as well. Less invasive procedures like laser treatments, dermal fillers and Botox to reduce the appearance of wrinkles are common, along with liposuction. Often, men receive cosmetic treatments to help give them a competitive edge in the workforce.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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