5 Common Fears about Cosmetic Surgery Debunked

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Every day, countless Canadian women wake up afraid to look in the mirror; hiding from that one “quirk” constantly consuming their focus and staring back in defiance. Whether it’s dark circles, bags under the eyes, deep wrinkles, sagging skin, scars, deformities or remnants of old injuries, many are too afraid to attempt cosmetic surgery and try to conceal with elaborate camouflage techniques, spending endless hours and dollars on makeup, styling, and accessories.


However, many of the fears that Canadians have about cosmetic surgery are not grounded in scientific evidence but are based on myths and common assumptions about the procedures. Debunking these misconceptions and fears will help alleviate your concerns about cosmetic surgery so you can move forward with confidence towards a real solution to your cosmetic issue.

Fear #1: SAFETY

When undergoing any type of procedure, everyone’s greatest concern is always: “Will I Be Safe?” While any sort of medical procedure has its risks, considerable measures are put in place to protect you from harm:

  • Board-Certified Medical Surgeons
    • Highly skilled surgeons with years of experience and training in cosmetic surgery.
  • State-of-the-Art Surgical Facilities
    • Facilities monitored and inspected by overseeing medical regulatory boards.
    • Top-of-the-line surgical technology.
  • Standardized Procedures and Specialized Techniques
    • Each procedure has been carefully developed to ensure your safest outcome.
  • Personalized Consultations
    • The surgeon, and surgical team, carefully considers your unique personal health and medical history to ensure that any and all risk factors are assessed and managed before, during, and after surgery to prevent any complications.

Fear # 2: PAIN

  • During Surgery: Most cosmetic surgery procedures, such as rhinoplasty, brow lifts, blepharoplasty, otoplasty, and facial implants, are done under a general anaesthetic in which you will be completely asleep and have no awareness or pain throughout
  • After Surgery: Every person has their own threshold for pain. Surgeons, and their surgical teams, take great care to evaluate this factor before surgery so that any post-op pain can be well managed. This allows you to have a customized plan for pain going into surgery and rest assured knowing you will have appropriate comfort measures in place after your procedure. Some of these can include:
    • Nerve-blocks
    • Medication
    • Icing and Compression

Fear # 3: SCARRING

Many cosmetic procedures can produce significant results with little scarring. Cosmetic surgeons spend years mastering advanced techniques aimed at minimizing any scarring from procedures and employ a wide variety of instruments specifically designed for this purpose. Surgeries are performed with a focus on working with the skin’s own healing process to ensure a smooth recovery and desirable results. Many surgeries which could cause minor scarring focus on restricting any scarring to areas in which they will be concealed, such as the hairline. Additionally, in the rare event of post-op scarring, surgeons can employ a variety of techniques to reduce the scar tissue, like cortisone steroid injections.


Do not fear the permanently-surprised eyebrows (post-brow lift), or overly-tight facelifts of the past. The days of “over-done” facial cosmetic surgery procedures are long gone as years of research and practice have allowed cosmetic surgeons to develop finely crafted techniques aimed at providing balanced, natural results. With a focus on the organic movement of the face/body and the natural process of aging, surgeons will work with your unique structure to ensure that your outcome will evolve gracefully with time.

  • Personalized consultations, in advance of any procedure, help to ensure that you are guided through the process with care for all of your individual issues and concerns. This also allows you the opportunity to really express your goals and desired look to the surgical team and work together to find the best surgical plan that will best suit your needs and wants.

Although for some procedures there may be some bruising or swelling for a little while, the aim is to make sure that the only thing that anyone notices is how fresh and restored you look the next time they see you.

Fear #5: COST

While some cosmetic surgery procedures may appear pricey at first, the actual cost is minimal when compared to the accumulated long-term costs associated with buying multiple products (make-up, creams etc) aimed at concealing problem areas. These individual products can run upwards of hundreds of dollars with very little impact on your overall appearance. Cosmetic surgery procedures offer you the best chance to actually see results for your investment. Surgeons will work with you and your budget to find the best options to address your concerns. Additionally, to make the process even easier and more affordable, many cosmetic surgery clinics offer payment plans and financing options.


When it comes to cosmetic surgery, putting a fresh face forward doesn’t have to be a scary process. Common cosmetic surgery procedures (like rhinoplasty, facelift surgery, blepharoplasty, forehead/eyebrow lifts, otoplasty and facial implants) can offer you the opportunity to take on the world everyday with a refreshed, reinvigorated look and younger, more vibrant image. With highly skilled surgeons, state-of-the-art facilities, customized patient care and planning, and affordable options, cosmetic surgery may just offer you the renewed appearance you’ve been seeking.