Do you think you have the right ideas on “fact versus fiction” when it comes to Plastic Surgery? Test your knowledge with these ten “True or False?” questions.
Lasers work better than Botox® for most facial wrinkles.
FALSE – There is no laser and no surgical procedure (face lift, brow lift, etc.) that can even come close to duplicating the degree of wrinkle removal and the kind of natural and sophisticated results of Botox®. Factor in the cost differences, the risk differences, and the cumulative, long-term benefits of Botox® (over a one-time procedure) and it’s even more of a “no contest”.
A Face lift lasts about 10 years.
FALSE – Most face lift techniques today will create a look which turns back the clock and should result in a degree of rejuvenation where you never look your age or older again. As you continue to age, your face will age too, just not in proportion time-wise. Even after 10 years, you should still look better than what you would have otherwise. It’s not unusual at all for the original pre-op photos to look worse than the 10 year post-op photos!
There is no good procedure for the “rolls” of fat (“back fat”) that bulge above, below and inside the bra on the sides of the chest/back.
FALSE – Liposuction has revolutionized the treatment of these problem “rolls”. Successful recontouring of the sides, especially when done along with the hips/love handles, is routinely performed. This can really make for a dramatic improvement in the curviness and sculpted look of the female form.
The Board Certification process to become a Plastic Surgeon typically takes 10 years or more to complete.
TRUE – After 4 years of college and then 4 years of medical school, most aspiring plastic surgeons will then have to spend another 5 – 7 years in surgical residency training. Then, add in 1 – 2 more years as a working surgeon, after which they must take very rigorous written and oral plastic surgery exams (which include photographs of their results for review) spaced out over 1- 2 years. If all that is satisfactorily accomplished, they will have earned the right to say that they are Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Not including college or medical school, this is easily a 10 year or more process.
Exercise is a good option for improving loose, inelastic, “stretchy” and stretch-marked skin of the lower abdomen.
FALSE – No exercise, no cream, and no diet can make loose, inelastic skin such as commonly occurs with the lower abdomen tight again. Nor will any laser treatment or any form of liposuction in most cases. The only way to reliably and definitively correct this type of problem is with a “tummy tuck”.
Many women can avoid the scars of a breast lift procedure by getting breast implants instead.
TRUE – A well-conceived and properly performed breast augmentation can fill out, reshape, and restore a very lovely look to the breasts using only a typical tiny crease incision. A breast lift is a longer procedure requiring a number of long incisions which can then turn into unattractive scars. Fortunately, many women who initially thought that they might need a lift because of an empty, droopy look to their breasts will find that they can get a very nice result with an augmentation alone and not need the lift. Having a consultation to determine if this is a realistic option is the key.
Dissolvable stitches can rarely be used in most cosmetic operations.
FALSE – Most plastic surgeons use as many dissolvable stitches as possible to eliminate the need (and the stress) for anyone to have any stitches removed post-op. Commonly though, for some procedures there are also often a few key stitches which cannot be dissolvable because the strength and support needs cannot be compromised. But 3 or 4 that have to be removed compared to the dozens that they had to in the past would seem to be a fair trade!
Fat as an “injectable” is always preferable to the fillers because it will last permanently.
FALSE – Small, discrete areas (such as for wrinkles, scars, even lips) in need of modest or minimal “filling” are much more practically and economically treatable with “fillers” than would be the case with fat. Also, fat can stay quite swollen for an extended period of time (possibly weeks), making it a poor choice for someone with high social visibility and limited time to be out of the public eye. For larger areas or for those situations where a lot more volume is desired (such as the buttocks) fat becomes the more practical choice. It is true, however, that once the healing process has completed, any fat which has not resorbed will very likely last indefinitely.
The effects of Botox® are instantaneous.
FALSE – Botox® does not reveal its working effects immediately. The wrinkle-erasing results creep in slowly, starting typically within a day or two of treatment and not reaching full effect for a week or two. After that, the results of Botox® will usually effectively last for about 3 – 6 months.
All neck lift procedures require surgical incisions.
FALSE – Most neck lifts today are actually performed with liposuction, especially with Smartlipo. This typically requires nothing more than one or two tiny nicks in the skin (like a paper cut) for the entire procedure to be performed. No operating room and no surgical incisions (in the traditional sense) are needed.
Dr. Lyle Back is originally from New York City, receiving his medical and surgical training at Rutgers Medical School, Cooper Hospital – University Medical Center, and Ohio State. He is Board Certified in General Surgery (ABS) and Plastic Surgery (ABPS). He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS), and a longstanding member of the premier American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). He served as a Professor of Plastic Surgery at Temple University and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children and performed reconstructive surgery with “Operation Smile” in Vietnam. He specializes in the full range of the most modern and state of the art facial cosmetic surgery procedures and non-surgical cosmetic enhancement techniques available today.