- Cosmetic and plastic surgery are the same.
False, although they share similarities.
“The primary goal in reconstructive surgery is to mimic and replace function,” Dr. Jeff Popp said. “Take eyelids. The primary goal is to protect the eye, but there’s a secondary goal. And that’s to make the person look better.”
The two procedures are separate because you can address purely cosmetic problems. But many reconstructive procedures have a cosmetic aspect.
- Breast augmentation fixes droopy breasts
This depends on the degree of the drooping breast.
“Breast implants can improve some minor drooping,” he said. “But to see a major improvement, the patient would need a breast lift.”
- It’s safe to breast feed if you have breast implants.
“There has never been a study that indicates implants have any effect at all on nursing a child,” Dr. Popp said.
He said working around implants is more straightforward because newer mammography machines are digital and more accurate.
“But you don’t need a picture of an implant. You need a picture of the breast tissue so you have to shift the implant around,” he said
- If my forehead is injected with Botox, it’ll permanently raise my eyebrows.
This is the biggest misconception he hears, Dr. Popp said, and the most frequent.
“Forehead wrinkles – horizontal lines between eyebrows and hairline – are created by contraction of the frontalis muscle. This often lifts your eyebrows and causes your wrinkles to deepen,” he said.
“Many people use Botox to fight this, but they worry Botox will make their eyebrows get stuck in a raised position.
“But if I paralyze that muscle, your eyebrows will actually drop,” Dr. Popp said. “I see people all the time who say ‘They Botoxed my forehead and it raised my eyebrows,’ but that’s physically impossible.”
Botox paralyzes muscle for about three months, which means the eyebrows must drop because the area is immobilized.
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