All of the rumors and conflicting information about plastic surgery has made researching the subject quite confusing. While the internet has made it easy to share information, it has also made it hard to distinguish what is fact and what is fallacy. The following is an assembled list of some of the most commonly repeated myths, accompanied by the facts.

Myth: Only one plastic surgery procedure can be done at a time.
Fact: While many people choose to get only one plastic surgery procedure at a time, it is indeed possible to have more than one procedure in one sitting. However, combined procedures require more time under anesthesia; so to protect your safety you will get a physical examination in order to be medically cleared by a doctor before undergoing surgery.

Myth: All plastic surgeons are equally qualified.
Fact: All surgeons are not equally qualified. Board certification is an essential criterion, but even board certified surgeons vary widely in qualifications and skills. Just because a plastic surgeon flaunts many different kinds of certifications, has their degree and passed a rigorous written test, it doesn’t mean they are the best. Even though many cosmetic surgeons advertise themselves as having many different kinds of certifications, only the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery certifies that someone is fully trained in plastic surgery of the face and body.

Myth: Plastic surgery does not require follow-up examinations.
Fact: For your safety and benefit, follow-up visits after surgery are highly recommended. The follow-up appointments allow your surgeon to examine your healing process and make any changes to your post-operative care if necessary. It is important to keep follow-up appointments, because it may save you from having to undergo a revision operation or having to withstand painful complications. Not to mention, plastic surgeons are trained to be able to identify early signs of problems, so they can catch them before they get worse.

Myth: Plastic surgery is just for the wealthy.
Fact: Most people consider plastic surgery as something that only the wealthy can afford. However, in recent years, statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgery show that the vast majority of patients undergoing plastic surgery are middle-class patients who use their own disposable income. From young women to older men, facial plastic surgery has become increasingly popular among people from all walks of life. Many plastic surgeons even offer a variety of flexible financing options for those who need the added assistance.

Ultimately, the decision to undergo plastic surgery should not stem from the cost, but from what underlying issue you are trying to improve- be it aesthetics or function. If you have any other questions or concerns regarding facial plastics, contact your doctor.