1) The demand for cosmetic surgery has skyrocketed over this past decade especially amongst millennials obsessed about the perfect look. What is the most popular cosmetic surgery trending presently and why?
The most common procedure in clinics remains breast augmentation. 90 percent of our clients are now requesting a more ‘natural’ look leading to more women wanting smaller implant sizes. The average implant size is reducing from around 500cc to between 300 – 400cc in clinics. The days of rock-hard Playboy Bunny boobs are finally falling out of fashion!
To achieve this more natural look, implants are being placed under the muscles (dual-plane) to disguise the upper edge of the implant, and there is even an increasing trend towards teardrop shaped “anatomical” implants for a subtler cleavage.
2) Breast augmentation, a specialty of yours has been extremely popular for decades but there has been alerts that some breast implants are linked to cancer. What safety measures are in place to prevent this risk if the alerts are true?
Based on all evidence available to us at this time, the World Health Organisation (WHO) believes that women with breast implants may have a very low, but increased risk of developing breast implant-associated anaplastic large-cell lymphoma (ALCL).
It is an exceptionally rare condition – 30-50, 000 times rarer than breast cancer. The WHO recommendation has been, given the current knowledge and frequency with which the condition has been seen, that there are no immediate plans to change clinical practice or implant type.
It is still imperative for all surgeons to be vigilant and open to any developments in any adverse incidents regarding breast implants. It is a duty of care and mandatory for any doctor to fully disclose the nature of any risks to a patient undergoing medical treatment, no matter how small that risk is perceived to be. Any individuals who think they may be experiencing symptoms of the condition should consult their GP and surgeon immediately.
3) The age of social media addictions has had a great impact on the younger population in general and in many cases has placed unnecessary pressure on having a perfect appearance. Is there any age limit to cosmetic surgery?
There are no age limits to cosmetic surgery, but if a client is under 18 parental consent is required. There is also a huge focus on the physical and mental wellbeing of potential patients, before we agree to undertake surgery and if a procedure requires the patient to be put under a general anaesthetic, basic health assurances need to be met.
If we are unsure about someone’s psychological wellbeing after follow-up consultations, all potential patients should be referred to a psychologist or psychiatrist for further evaluation. Of course, care should be taken to ensure the patient fully understands why you are referring them and how seeing a specialist will benefit their overall mental wellbeing.
5) How has Cosmetic Surgery revolutionised over the last 10 years and what impact will technology have on cosmetic and plastic surgery as a whole?
Cosmetic surgery has revolutionised greatly in the last decade, especially in terms of surgical techniques. We are receiving increasing requests for fat transfer procedures, which involves fat being liposuctioned from one part of the body and injected into another. It’s becoming popular because in addition to fuller breasts, you also get a more contoured body through one procedure.
Vertical scar breast reduction is another improved technique, which reduces scars and creates better, and longer lasting, results. This involves making a ‘lollipop incision’ around the areola and down the breast. After removing breast tissue and skin, the surgeon will then stitch up the incision by pleating the excess skin over itself.
6) Many say cosmetic surgery can become excessive and out of control. What top 5 tips will you recommend to anyone out there seeking to have any cosmetic surgery?
Do your research
Seeing a surgeon’s previous work and hearing other people’s experience is an invaluable tool. Most importantly, you need to find the surgeon you feel most comfortable with, and who understands your individual needs.
Know what you want
There are many different procedures, and what you initially want may not be what you need. Talk to your surgeon about what your end goal is to make sure your desired result is achieved and don’t proceed until you feel that both you and the surgeon share the same vision.
Can you afford the long term costs of surgery?
Some surgeries may require repeat (e.g.: breast implants) or correctional procedures. Make sure you think about the overall possible future cost of surgery, not just the procedure itself.
Ask about possible risks and complications
Every surgery comes with risks. Ask your surgeon about the possible complications, their personal experiences with these and how they have been treated previously.
Be prepared for the recovery
The recovery times for cosmetic surgery can be long and require limitations on daily activity. It’s essential to be clear on timescales, to ensure you are realistically able to make temporary lifestyle changes.
By Kelly Murphy – Editor (Lifestyle & Beauty)