Myth: Once you have undergone cosmetic treatments or surgery, you never have to bother about that part of your body again.
Fact: Cosmetic treatments done with the help of minimally invasive surgeries like fillers need to be touched up every six months to a year, and in some cases, once in two years depending upon the product used.
Plastic surgery too has to be revised and maintained once the whole face sags with age over a period of time.
Myth: Cosmetic treatments are painful.
Fact: If you are getting a surgery done, you will be given anaesthesia. However, procedures like Restylane fillers are lunch-time procedures that take about half an hour with very little or no discomfort during the procedure. You might experience mild swelling and redness for a day or two though.
Myth: Cosmetic surgery gone wrong could be fatal.
Fact: Some procedures can lead to eyelid droop, lip droop, uneven eyebrows, chewing difficulty et al, if not done by an expert. But the good news is that these are completely reversible within a span of a few months leaving no permanent difficulty. And no, cosmetic treatments are not fatal. More importantly, if something goes wrong, it is not because of the effects of the product per se, but because you may have got it done from an untrained professional. Hence, it is very important to visit an expert doctor to get any procedure done. You’ll be just fine in the hands of a well-trained expert.
Myth: Liposuction helps you lose weight.
Fact: Liposuction does not help in losing weight; it only takes out the undesired collected fat from the different target areas of the body. You need to watch your diet and resort to exercise in order to lose weight.
Myth: Cosmetic treatments and plastic surgery are pretty much the same thing.
Fact: Plastic surgery usually deals with repairing or reconstructing a part of the face or body. For example, in victims of accidents or burns, plastic surgery helps reconstruct the body part and repair what has been damaged. Cosmetic surgery, however, refers to going under the knife for cosmetic enhancement to improve your appearance.
In case of surgeries, a patient is given a general anaesthesia and must remain admitted in the hospital for a certain period of time under observation. On the other hand, cosmetic treatments are short, minimally invasive procedures where no general anaesthesia is required and the patient can resume their work immediately after the procedure.
Myth: Cosmetic treatments are extremely expensive.
Fact: The cost of cosmetic treatment or surgery depends on the procedure opted for. Sure, procedures like liposuction, permanent lip augmentation, nose jobs et al may be expensive. However, today a number of procedures are available that even a moderate spender can avail of. For example, the procedure of dermal fillers starts at Rs.12,000.
Myth: Cosmetic treatments can result in scars.
Fact: There is no scarring that result from minimally invasive procedures.
Myth: Facelifts are permanent.
Fact: Nothing is permanent as the face is constantly ageing. So, products like fillers have to be replaced after a year or two, depending upon the quality used.
Myth: Once you undergo a cosmetic procedure, you must keep on repeating it or your face will look worse than it did before.
Fact: Even if you don’t repeat a cosmetic procedure, it’s okay, as your face will age at its own pace and the procedure will not lead to early ageing. In fact, it will stop the ageing process for a limited period of time.