Cosmetic Surgery & Its Common Misconceptions

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • What is cosmetic surgery?
  • What kind of procedure is cosmetic surgery?
  • Why do people get cosmetic surgery?
  • Is cosmetic surgery permanent?
  • Is cosmetic surgery safe?
  • Is hair transplant considered cosmetic surgery?


A teenager being teased mercilessly at school for a mole on her/his face. A boy wanting to hide the scars of his injury. A public speaker wanting to reverse his balding.

These are the everyday horror stories of people around you that seem irrelevant but create an everlasting impact on the victim’s mind, sometimes even leading to severe anxiety and depression.

These are also the patients of one of the best cosmetic surgeons in Surat, Dr. Harsh Shanishwara, who have gained a tremendous amount of confidence after opting for cosmetic surgery as one of the ways to appease their minds.

So, Let’s understand what cosmetic surgery means and debunk some misconceptions about it.

What is cosmetic surgery?

Cosmetic surgery is a sub-specialty of plastic surgery. Reconstructive surgery is another sub-specialty of plastic surgery.

Contrary to its perceived meaning of ‘fake’, Plastic surgery was named so for the Greek word ‘Plastikos’ which means either ‘to mould’ or ‘to shape’. Plastic surgery is performed on a patient to repair, reconstruct, and restore the function and appearance of the patient’s damaged tissues and skin to look as natural (normal) as possible.

Cosmetic Surgery is a sub-specialty of plastic surgery that is focused on enhancing the appearance of a person for cosmetic reasons rather than medical reasons. It is usually opted for by the person rather than being recommended by a doctor.

Cosmetic surgery is completely focused on the outcome by augmenting the proportion, symmetry, and aesthetic appeal of the body part on which it is being performed.

What kind of procedure is cosmetic surgery?

Cosmetic surgery can either be non-invasive, minimally invasive or surgical, depending on the type of procedure being opted for.

Why do people get cosmetic surgery?

Cosmetic surgery is chosen by the patients themselves for aesthetic reasons rather than medical ones.

According to research conducted by a leading health company, the reasons for people choosing to undergo cosmetic surgery are different and person-specific.

The reasons range from:

  • being more confident
  • being the better version of themselves
  • being in control of their bodies
  • being in a trade that demands aesthetic indulgence, having health benefits (yes, there are health benefits of cosmetic surgery too like in severe depression, chronic migraines, Bell's palsy, etc.)
  • being accepted by the society
  • wanting gender reassignment
  • affordability
  • easy availability of the best cosmetic surgeon
  • availability of technologically advanced procedures

The reasons people opt for it are diverse and, more often than not, personalised.

Nonetheless, whatever the reason for opting for cosmetic surgery may be, it is wise to get the procedure done by one of the best plastic surgeons in Surat as it is widely known – the more experienced a doctor is, the better the outcome of the procedure will be.

Is cosmetic surgery permanent?

Depending upon the choice of the procedures, cosmetic surgeries can either be temporary or permanent.

For example, non-surgical procedures like Dermal filler and BOTOX procedures are temporary while other procedures like rhinoplasty are generally non-reversible and permanent.

And then there are breast augmentation procedures which are reversible since the implants can be removed if the patient wants to (they also do not last more than 10 to 20 years)

Similarly, hair procedures such as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) are not permanent and have to be repeated at regular intervals since they do not last for more than a year.

Is cosmetic surgery safe?

Cosmetic surgery, like any other surgical procedure, is largely dependent on the person undergoing the surgery and his/her general health. They are usually safe and can be opted for by anyone wanting to enhance their appearance. However, sometimes surgical complications like infection, blood loss, hematoma, deep vein thrombosis, seroma, etc. may occur if the surgery is not performed by an experienced cosmetic surgeon.

Is hair transplant considered cosmetic surgery?

Yes, hair transplant surgery is generally termed cosmetic. A hair transplant procedure is aimed at reducing baldness in one area of the body, usually the head, by grafting it from another area of the body to improve the appearance of a person.

There is a fine distinction between hair procedures and hair transplant procedures, the latter being a permanent one.

Dr. Harsh Shanishwara, who has performed some of the best hair transplants in Surat, has multiple temporary and permanent hair procedures available at his clinic including Hair density improvement, PRP treatment, FUE hair transplant, and FUT hair transplant, etc.

If you are looking for one of the best cosmetic surgeon in Surat, you can check out Dr. Harsh Shanishwara. He is a highly experienced surgeon and a Gold Medalist in M.Ch - Plastic Surgery with multiple fellowships in cosmetic surgery and hair transplant surgery.