There are many misconceptions that exist with regards to plastic surgery. In this presentation the plastic surgeons of Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg address common questions and misconceptions regarding plastic surgery.
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1 - STEM CELL FACELIFTS: THE BOTTOM LINE
Buyer beware, cautions the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive
Surgery (AAFPRS), the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) and the
American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). All three organizations recommend
steering clear of any procedure billed as a stem cell facelift or liquid facelift, at least for
now. The ASAPS and ASPS issued a joint statement urging consumers to hold off on any
“stem cell” cosmetic procedures. The groups state that such technologies do hold
promise, but there is not enough evidence to support their use at this time.
Fat injections do have a role in facial rejuvenation on their own or in combination with
other facial procedures such as facelifts, but they are not a type of facelift.
If you are interested in facial rejuvenation, discuss your concerns with a board-certified
plastic surgeon, and let the physician tell you about all your options. There are many
other tried and true procedures that can correct the visible signs of aging on your
face, including brow lift, lip augmentation or soft tissue filler augmentation.
2 - A COSMETIC SURGEON IS THE SAME AS A MEMBER OF THE
AMERICAN SOCIETY OF PLATIC SURGEONS (FALSE)
A member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons indicates a surgeon who is trained to perform cosmetic surgery in all areas
and performs this in an accredited facility.
Look for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons symbol to be assured of training, code of ethics, and safe operating
facility. Hospitals have strict credentialing criteria and therefore additional assurance of a surgeons qualifications is that they are
credentialed to perform these procedures in a hospital.
• Recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties
• At least 6 years of training with at least 3 years in Plastic Surgery
• Operates only in accredited surgical facilities
• Strict code of ethics
• Not recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties
• Varied background allowing limited areas of approved surgical skills.
• May not operate in an accredited facility or they may not have privileges to perform the procedures in a hospital.
American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery
• Provider of classroom training, does not provide board certification
• No code of ethics
• No policy on operating in accredited surgical facility
American Board of Surgery
• Accreditation for General Surgery not Plastic or Cosmetic surgery
3 - LIFESTYLE LIFT IS DIFFERENT THAN A
MINI FACELIFT (FALSE)
Both procedures are mini facelifts, but the mini facelift procedure performed in
our office provides unexcelled longevity while not producing significant
discomfort or extended downtime. While both procedures are mini facelifts, the
procedure performed in our office provides excellent longevity while not
producing significant discomfort or extended downtime. A complete evaluation
is performed by the surgeon initially to formulate the ideal procedure and
achieve optimal results. Patients who opt for the Lifestyle Lift will have their initial
evaluation performed by a consultant and will only meet the surgeon on the day
of the surgery
4 – THERE IS SIGNIFICANT PAIN FOLLOWING BREAST
AUGMENTATION AND TUMMY TUCK (FALSE)
With use of a new long acting local anesthetic, EXPAREL®, post
operative discomfort is dramatically reduced.
EXPAREL® is a slow-release analgesic that is injected into the new-
surgical incision upon completion of the procedure. EXPAREL® can
minimize post-operative pain and maximize comfort up to 72 hours.
5 – BREAST IMPLANTS NEED TO BE REPLACED
EVRY 10 YEARS (FALSE)
Unless an implant develops a leak, it should be good for a
lifetime. Most implant manufactures offer various warranty
options on the implants.
At Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg, saline breast
implants are backed by a variety of warranty plans. The following
Once a patient receives Mentor saline implants, you are
automatically enrolled in the Mentor Advantage limited
Warranty which is free of charge. The warranty provides that
regardless of the age of the implant, when confirmed deflation
or rupture occurs, you are eligible for 1 to 2 no-charge
replacement breast implant products of any size in a similar style.
For more information on Breast Implant Warranty click here.
6 – FOLLOWING LIPOSUCTION FAT WILL
INCREASE IN OTHER AREAS. (FALSE)
This does not occur. A patient can gain weight following liposuction if they do not
follow a healthy lifestyle, but any weight increase is not in a specific area.
If you are trying to lose weight, liposuction is not a substitute for exercise and a
balanced diet. In fact, most cosmetic surgeons agree that the best candidates
for liposuction are healthy people who are at or close to a healthy weight but
who have stubborn fat deposits that do not respond to exercise. The results of
liposuction can be long-lasting if you exercise regularly, eat a balanced diet, and
stay at a healthy weight after the procedure. When people gain weight after
having liposuction, the fatty bulges that were removed often return.
7 – FACELIFT WILL ONLY LAST 10 YEARS (FALSE)
A facelift is a plastic surgery procedure that minimizes visible signs of
aging in the lower portion of the face by reducing sagging facial skin,
tightening the jaw line, and diminishing wrinkles around the mouth.
A facelift will make a patient look at least 10 years younger, but the
patient will continue to age. Ten years later they make look like they did
pre-operatively, but they are now 10 years older, so they will always look
10 years better than their actual age.
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Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401-3000