by Susan Gannon
As much easily accessible information as there is available today, I still see patients fromtime to time who believe in some common misconceptions about surgical procedures. Among my patients in Albany, tummy tuck surgery and breast enhancement are some of the most popular procedures, but they also seem to be the source of a fair amount of misinformation. Let’s set the record straight on a pair of commonly heard myths about these surgeries:
Breast augmentation is the best option for restoring a youthful breast shape. It’s true that breast augmentation is a wonderful option for restoring a woman’s confidence, but it doesn’t have much to do with age-related concerns. Breast augmentation is all about boosting volume, so women who have long been unhappy with smaller breasts get a lot of satisfaction from their results. Restoring a look of youth, though, usually requires a breast lift. This procedure removes and adjusts breast tissue to create a perkier look, addressing the sagging that many women develop as they age. The procedures can be combined to improve both volume and position, but if size isn’t an issue, then a breast lift alone is best.
Tummy tuck surgery is an effective weight loss option. Tummy tuck surgery, also called abdominoplasty, doesn’t actually remove a significant amount of fat from the body, as some people think. Instead, it removes excess skin that is usually left behind after a person loses weight or has a child. It can also repair separated abdominal muscles, and it’s frequently used as the finishing touch on a person’s weight loss journey. Liposuction is commonly performed with tummy tuck surgery to eliminate small pockets of stubborn fat around the midsection, but abdominoplasty itself is not used for weight loss. Most plastic surgeons recommend that patients be close to their ideal weight before undergoing body contouring surgery.
These kinds of common misconceptions can be quickly debunked by a qualified physician, but it’s also a good idea for patients to make sure they are using reputable resources when researching a procedure. The websites of board-certified plastic surgeons are usually a good place to start, as well as the sites of organizations such as The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and American Society of Plastic Surgeons®.