Common Plastic Surgery Myths Debunked

Published on April 12, 2018

MYTH: Procedures will work the same for everyone.

Not true. We all age differently and at different rates. Additionally, the environment clearly plays a role in how we age. There are adverse effects on our skin from the sun, wind and tobacco, among other things.

MYTH: Botox is Botox, regardless of where you get it.

In Botox, as in life – you get what you pay for! The price of Botox is set by the company (Allergan) that produces it. If you purchase Botox at a severely discounted rate, it’s possible that you’re receiving a very diluted form of Botox or perhaps something that’s not even real Botox at all. What’s more, in salons the product is often injected by people with insufficient training, which can result in problems like asymmetry and droopy eyelids or brows.

MYTH: Fillers and Botox are the new non-surgical facelift.

After a certain age, nothing can produce the results of an actual surgical facelift. However, the proper and skilled combination of Botox and fillers can certainly postpone the appearance of aging in younger patients. Botox can smooth the forehead while lifting and shaping the brows. Fillers can plump up the lips and cheeks and soften the nasolabial folds. The results aren’t permanent, but they require very little downtime.

MYTH: You won’t age naturally if you have cosmetic surgery.

When plastic surgery was in its infancy, surgeons focused on tightening the loose skin of the aging face. With further research, we now know that an aged appearance is not only caused by loosening skin but by the loss of facial fat. We can naturally rejuvenate the face by techniques that both lift and fill the face.

MYTH: Non-surgical rhinoplasty can provide the same results as surgery.

Not really. Fillers can help make some bumps and depressions go away temporarily – the best ones to use are based on hyaluronic acid – but this solution doesn’t work for significant changes, nor do the results last more than 6-12 months.

MYTH: You can remove dark under-eye circles with a cream.

Unlikely. Under-eye circles can have many causes, including skin pigmentation, shadowing, thin skin and visibility of underlying blood vessels. Different procedures to treat these problems may include the use of Retin-A or bleaching creams, chemical peels or lasers, and potentially surgery.

Dr. Raymond Lee is a double board certified facial plastic surgeon with expertise in facial rejuvenation under local anesthesia. He has been practicing in Orange County for the past 11 years, and has performed over 4000 facial rejuvenation procedures under light anesthesia.

Dr. Lee wants you to “Experience Beauty, the most natural way”, and does not believe in the old traditional facelift. Over the course of his career, he has mastered the art and science of facial rejuvenation with natural results, minimal sedation, and easy recovery. His signature “FACEology LIFT” (face and neck lift alternative) is the embodiment of all these elements and is what he is widely sought out for in Orange County.


Newport Beach  PH. 949 706 2277

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