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Posted October 11, 2019 in Plastic Surgery Concerns

Even with all of the benefits that plastic surgery has to offer, some potential patients are still hesitant. This hesitation could be due to fear of the unknown, but it may also be due to the many misconceptions about plastic surgery.

Afraid face of a woman in the hands of doctors

The afraid face of a woman in the hands of a doctor

If you are interested in the advantages of plastic surgery but question whether or not plastic surgery is safe, consider a consultation with Dr. Boll. Let her explain your options and ease any questions or uncertainties that you may have.

Fear of Looking Fake

Everyone has seen the images of plastic surgery gone wrong at one time or another—those before and after pictures that seem to be taken out of a science fiction film. While there is always a possibility for the negative effects of plastic surgery to develop, they can be minimized when you choose a surgeon who is well-trained and knowledgeable about your procedure.

With an experienced surgeon like Dr. Boll, you can prevent an overdone look, whether it is with a facelift, liposuction, breast augmentation, or a tummy tuck. Dr. Boll believes that ideal candidates for plastic surgery are those who wish to enhance their natural appearance rather than dramatically change it. When these principles are followed, patients can enjoy natural-looking results.

Fear of Complications

Plastic surgery complications are a significant concern. Complications may arise from any surgical procedure. These risks include infection, bleeding, blood clots, fat necrosis, changes in skin pigment or sensation, and prolonged recovery time.

There is no way to eliminate the chance of complications, but it is important to remember that they are rare. Adverse side effects are not common or expected. More often than not, they happen when the patient does not follow post-surgical instructions, or when the patient is not healthy enough to withstand the stress of surgery.

Dr. Boll only performs plastic surgery on healthy patients who do not have any pre-existing conditions that could potentially interfere with the healing process. This philosophy—and the patient’s dedication to following instructions—can significantly minimize the chance of complications.

Before and After photos of Facelift Patient

Fear of Anesthesia

Most surgical procedures are performed under general anesthesia, which is required because they are so invasive. While general anesthesia can cause complications in unhealthy individuals, they are, once again, very rare. A board-certified anesthesiologist will administer the medications and monitor the patient’s vitals throughout the procedure.

Fear of Becoming Addicted to Plastic Surgery

Addiction to plastic surgery is a common misconception. It is true, many patients who undergo one procedure decide to incorporate another one down the line; however, this is not because of an addiction. As previously discussed, choosing to undergo plastic surgery is frightening because there is so much about plastic surgery that is unfamiliar. However, once you undergo your first cosmetic procedure, you know what to expect, and you know first hand what kind of results are possible.

Fear of Pain and Recovery

Many potential patients go into their consultation and ask whether or not plastic surgery is painful. The short answer is, unfortunately, yes, you can expect some pain after your surgery. Fortunately, the pain is very manageable, and many patients report that it was less than they were anticipating. Prescribed or over-the-counter pain medications, cold compresses, and compression garments all work to minimize post-operative discomfort.


If you are looking for plastic surgery near you, contact Dr. Boll by calling 480.800.8295 or by filling out our online contact form. Dr. Boll is a board-certified plastic surgeon practicing in Tempe, Arizona.