These 4 Common Cosmetic Surgery Beliefs are Myths

January 21, 2017


Cosmetic Surgery Times recently debunked some prevailing cosmetic surgery beliefs.

Yep, these commonly held beliefs are just not true.

1. How many of us have used arnica to help prevent cosmetic surgery bruising? Well, as it turns out, Arnica Montana does nothing to prevent bruising with post blepharoplasty patients. (Eyelid surgery) In a randomized, placebo-controlled trial, the results of which were published in the July issue of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery arnica doesn’t do a thing to prevent bruising or speed up healing. However, the study was based on topical ointment, not the homeopathic pellets. My input? I think the pellets, along with application of topical Vitamin K helps a lot.

Arnica Montana does nothing to prevent bruising.

2. The tip of the nose does not grow longer with age. Val Lambros, M.D., FACS, a Newport Beach, Calif., plastic surgeon, using a 3D camera, concluded that photos can be averaged to reveal how typical people age over time. Regarding the longer nose, well, it turns out it’s an optical illusion. It’s created by the shortening of the lip and changes in the posterior nose, he says. PS Lift your face up in photos, it makes the nose look shorter.

The tip of the nose does not grow longer with age. 

3. A recent study findings suggest that physicians can provide appropriately selected patients with long-lasting, cost-effective correction in the mid-face using much smaller volumes of 20-mg/mL, smooth, highly cohesive, viscous Hyaluronic filler than the pivotal approval trial suggested. (6.65 mL, a large and perhaps unrealistic volume in many practices.) A recent study utilizing only 1.6 mL revealed that 42 of 51 patients reported very much or moderate improvement, even a year later. You may be paying more than you need to.

The word on HA fillers: Less is More.

4. We all know that facial wrinkles, lines and folds happen from the expressions we make? Uh, yeah, but not all. While skin distortion from facial expressions causes many of the wrinkles we see on our faces with age, a new study suggests, as many experts in facial aesthetics have long assumed, wrinkles also result from “mechanical distortion” during sleep. My advice: Silk pillowcases and sleeping on your back as much as possible.

Sleeping is aging you, eight hours at a time.