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Freqently Asked Questions

Q: Top Ten Plastic Surgery Myths
A: Myth 1 - Only plastic surgeons can legally perform plastic surgery.

No regulations govern what type of medical practitioner can perform plastic surgery procedures. So the best way to know your surgeon is qualified is to choose an ASPS Member Surgeon.

ASPS Member Surgeons:

Are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery to perform plastic surgery of the face and all areas of the body
Have at least six years of surgical training and experience, with a minimum of three years of plastic surgery
Operate only in accredited facilities
Fulfill continuing medical education requirements

Myth 2 - Plastic surgery procedures cost the same no matter who performs them or where they are performed.

There are many variables involved in the pricing of plastic surgery procedures - including geographic location, surgeon expertise and demand, and the time and effort your procedure requires. Other factors include the costs of anesthesia, surgical facility fee, labs, and more. Be sure to ask your surgeon about all costs involved.
When choosing a plastic surgeon, remember that the surgeon’s qualifications and experience as well as your comfort with him or her are just as important as the final cost of the surgery. Many plastic surgeons offer patient financing plans.

Myth 3 - It is disrespectful to ask your plastic surgeon tough questions.

Asking tough questions is the best way to get to know your surgeon. It gives you the opportunity to learn about their qualifications, experience, and demeanor. Your questions let them know you’ve done your homework, want to be educated about your procedure, and will be an active partner throughout the process.

Myth 4 - It is inappropriate to ask surgeons to speak with their previous patients.

Reputable surgeons will have no problem supplying you with contact information for some of their recent patients. Speaking with patients about their experience and results is an excellent way to learn more about your surgeon.

Myth 5 - All plastic surgeries are performed in accredited facilities.

Some practitioners perform plastic surgery procedures in nonaccredited facilities. Making sure that your procedure can be performed in an accredited facility will significantly reduce safety risks and increase your comfort level. ASPS Member Surgeons perform surgeries only in accredited facilities.

Myth 6 - Plastic surgeons only perform reconstructive surgery.

Plastic surgery encompasses both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. ASPS Member Surgeons are trained, experienced, and qualified to perform both cosmetic and reconstructive procedures on the face and all areas of the body. Because many cosmetic procedures are rooted in reconstructive plastic surgery, ASPS Member Surgeons are uniquely qualified to handle your cosmetic needs.

Myth 7 - “Extreme makeovers” are routine in plastic surgery practices.

Contrary to what reality shows portray, extreme makeovers are far from routine or common in plastic surgery. Most patients inquire about one particular area of the body that they would like to improve.During your consultation, your surgeon will ask you a series of questions to gain an understanding of your goals for plastic surgery and discuss them with you on a realistic basis.

Myth 8 - Science still has not proven the safety of silicone breast implants.

In November 2006, the FDA reversed its 14-year ban on silicone breast implants, allowing patients in the United States access to the same implants that women in 60 countries around the world already have.

Myth 9 - Plastic surgery is only for the rich and famous.

A 2005 study found that almost 60 percent of people who had recently had plastic surgery or were seriously considering plastic surgery had a household income of $30,000–$90,000 a year. In fact, 40 percent of that 60 percent reported an annual income of $60,000 or less. Just 10 percent of respondents reported a household income of more than $90,000.

Myth 10 - All board certifications are the same.

Any group of medical professionals can create its own “certification” board. ASPS Member Surgeons are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery - a group designated by the American Board of Medical Specialties to oversee credentialing in plastic surgery of the face and all areas of the body. Their certification requires passing rigorous oral and written exams.

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Q: Questions answered by Dr. Smith on Real Self
Q & A with Steven J. Smith, MD
Q: Real Self Q&A
A: RealSelf Q&A with Steven J. Smith, MD