The misconceptions about cosmetic surgery hound people who seek them. Often, people have to hide that they underwent a procedure because of what others may say. This hinders people from improving themselves—whether the procedure was done for beautification or medical purposes. That’s why you’ll find many celebrities lying to their teeth about having their noses, teeth, cheeks, and buttocks enhanced. People are too quick to judge those who decide to go under the knife.
This problem is caused by the many misconceptions we hear about cosmetic surgery. Even dental implants suffer from some common myths. But if you think about it, dental implants are actually a need and not simply an attempt to enhance one’s looks.
Myth #1: Dental Implants Do Not Look Natural
Dentists are using all kinds of technology to make sure that the dental implant’s color shade will match your actual teeth. In many cases, this won’t even be noticeable. However, if your natural teeth get stained, your implanted teeth might look whiter because porcelain, from which implants are made, is resistant to staining. You have to take extra care of your teeth by having good oral hygiene and staying away from food that stains, and you should be fine.
Myth #2: Cosmetic Surgery Is Unnecessary
Cosmetic surgery is a personal choice made by someone who sees the need for it, whether to improve his/her looks or correct a congenital disability. Some people also undergo cosmetic surgery because of reconstructive surgery, which is a broad term used to define the restoration of the body’s form and function. This is usually needed by people who got into accidents that affected their physical appearance.
Myth #3: Cosmetic Surgery Is Expensive
The cost of cosmetic surgery depends on what kind of procedure needs to be done. Dental implants are generally less expensive than reconstructive surgical procedures. A nose job is also cheaper than before because there is a lot of non-invasive technology now available. While most health insurances don’t cover the cost of plastic surgery (except for reconstructive surgery), there are other ways for you to afford a procedure: you can use your personal savings, apply for a loan, or use medical credit cards.
Myth #4: Dental Implant Surgery Is Painful
This is the most common myth about dental implants. Although it requires oral surgery, patients are put under local anesthesia and sedatives. You won’t feel a thing even after you wake up and the anesthesia has worn off. You’ll feel mild discomfort in most cases, but you should be fully recovered in a few days.
Myth #5: Cosmetic Surgery Is Only For Women
In the past, this idea about plastic surgery is quite correct. Although many of those who get cosmetic surgery are still women, men account for about 15% of the patients. The number is steadily growing, especially in the past decade. Men have started to embrace several cosmetic enhancement procedures such as botox, liposuction, gynecomastia, and rhinoplasty.
The disillusion that there’s something wrong with people who undergo the knife should be squashed. There’s nothing wrong with enhancing one’s appearances, and the spread of malicious information about cosmetic surgery sidelines not only the industry but people who want to improve themselves.