THE TOP FIVE COSMETIC SURGERY MYTHS DEBUNKED: MYTH #5 – YOU CAN ALWAYS TELL

Excerpted from Dr. Peter Adamson’s book Fabulous Faces (available on Amazon.com) and edited for our blog.)

The most prevalent fear among those considering cosmetic surgery is that everyone else will be able to instantly tell they have had work done. And just like we have debunked myths 1, 2, 3, and 4, our Toronto facial cosmetic surgery patients debunk this notion too.

Cosmetic Surgery Myth#5: You Can Always Tell (if someone has had cosmetic surgery)Myth: You can always tell when someone has had cosmetic surgery

Turn on Entertainment Tonight and play “Spot the Facelift.” Better still, watch the pre-Oscar red-carpet show. Who’s had a nose job? Who’s a Botox Queen? Are those real? It’s a national pastime—harmless fun. But there’s a modest downside: Everybody thinks he or she is an expert at detecting cosmetic surgery.

The reality is quite different. You probably see people every day in Toronto who have had “work” done. You just don’t know it.

Mary-Anne: “People who have known me since I was fourteen can’t tell.”

Natasha: “I look the same as I did before the operation, except people think I’m in my early forties.”

Liz: “Nobody knew I had work done. They thought I lost weight.”

Doreen wanted to take at least ten days of recovery time after her facelift but, because of an important conference, returned to work in just one week. “I probably should have waited another couple of days,” she says. “I wore my hair forward so they couldn’t see any of the scars, and nobody was aware.”

Brad had rhinoplasty for a long and crooked nose and an implant for a receding chin. You’d think he’d stand out like Mount Rushmore. He says, “People comment on improvements in my appearance but can’t tell why it looks so much better.”

People want to alter their appearances but don’t want to look as if any alterations have taken place. Make a positive life style change, such as losing weight, quitting smoking, or getting in shape, and you want to shout it from the rooftops. But you want to keep it quiet that you’ve improved yourself through plastic surgery. On the surface it doesn’t seem logical, but it makes perfect sense on a psychological level.

People who have cosmetic surgery see themselves as outside the normal range of where they want to be. They want to move into what they perceive to be the real world of people with normal features. But to make that move, they feel they must remain anonymous. Otherwise, in their minds, they’ll be seen as fakes. As soon as you tell someone you’ve had something done, then it’s not the real you. So, people can be very proud of having gone through with cosmetic surgery, as long as they keep it to themselves.

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  1. Ridley Fitzgerald

    It’s great to know more about facial surgery. I like the fact that you can’t tell that most people who’ve had surgery actually had it. My wife is considering a nose job, so I’ll tell her this.

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