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Need Some Help Finding the Right Plastic Surgeon for You?

Many people considering a plastic surgery procedure may not have a place to start their search. You may have already discussed or inquired with your GP and very often GP’s will have one or two plastic surgeons they commonly refer patients to.

However, we all want to feel confident that we have found the right surgeon for us and there is nothing wrong in investigating the options in your local area and Australia wide.

We have some great videos of common plastic surgical procedures, links to specialist plastic surgeons or if you complete an inquiry form and we will refer you to a qualified surgical practice specialising in your are of interest.

Introduction to Plastic Surgery in Australia

There has been a significant increase in the number of Australians electing cosmetic procedures in the last 10 years, cosmetic and re-constructive plastic surgery has become accepted as common place.


Some Distinctions Between Cosmetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgical Procedures

The Two Types of Plastic Surgery

Plastic surgery is divided into two areas, cosmetic surgery and reconstructive plastic surgery. Cosmetic surgery is a sub-category of plastic surgery. Some plastic surgeons choose to specialise in cosmetic surgery only.

Plastic surgery includes both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. In Australia there are only limited regulations or standardisations concerning the use of titles to describe qualifications in the area of plastic and cosmetic surgery. It can be confusing to distinguish the differences!

A medical practitioner promoting themselves as an expert or a “cosmetic surgeon” does not necessarily mean they are a qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeon. Although it can be said that the general standard of both cosmetic and plastic surgery in Australia is high we stress again that you should make sure to understand the level of experience and qualifications of any prospective cosmetic or plastic surgeon.

The Purpose of Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic surgery is designed to improve a person’s aesthetic appearance by reshaping or altering a bodily feature. Plastic surgery on the other hand, includes both cosmetic surgery and re-constructive surgery.

Re-constructive surgery is performed on abnormal structures of the body caused by congenital defects, developmental abnormalities, trauma, infection, tumours, disease or with improving bodily function.

In Australia Specialist Plastic Surgeons have studied specialist surgery for a minimum of five years and have at least 12 years of total medical and surgical education.

How Many People Have Plastic Surgery in Australia

In Australia, accurate statistics are not available because there is no central register of plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures.

Common Types of Plastic Surgery

 The Most Popular Types of Plastic Surgery

 The following gives some idea of the most common plastic surgical procedures in Australia based only on the level of inquiry through monitored internet searches in order of popular interest.


Despite good health and a reasonable level of fitness, some people may still have a body with disproportionate contours due to localised fat deposits. These areas may be due to family traits rather than a lack of weight control or fitness. Liposuction slims and reshapes specific areas of the body by removing excess fat deposits, improving body contours and proportion. Liposuction can be performed alone, or can be incorporated with other plastic surgery like tummy tuck breast reduction facelift or other types.

Breast Augmentation and Breast Implants or Boob Job

Also known as augmentation mammoplasty, breast augmentation surgery involves using breast implants to create fuller breasts or to restore breast volume lost after major weight reduction or pregnancy. Implants are also used to reconstruct a breast after mastectomy or injury.

Rhinoplasty or Nose Surgery

Also known as rhinoplasty, nose surgery improves the appearance and proportion of the nose,

enhancing facial harmony and self confidence. Surgery of the nose may also correct impaired

breathing caused by structural abnormalities in the nose.

Tummy Tuck or Abdominoplasty

A tummy tuck removes excess fat and skin, from the abdominal area and will usually restore weakened or separated muscles creating a smoother and firmer abdominal profile.

The most common causes of a loose and saggy abdomen include:

• Pregnancy
• Ageing
• Large fluctuations in weight
• Heredity issues
• Prior surgery

A tummy tuck cannot be a substitute for weight loss or appropriate exercise regime.

Eyelid Surgery or Blepharoplasty

Cosmetic eyelid surgery, is a surgical procedure to improve the youthfulness of the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both, and give a generally rejuvenated look to the surrounding area of the eyes.

Face Lift or Rhytidectomy – Also includes Mini Face Lift

Facelift surgery is a surgical procedure to improve visible signs of aging – a type of cosmetic surgery procedure used to give a more youthful facial appearance.

Facial Plastic Surgery Also Includes

Lips – It is becoming more popular for women in particular to elect to have cosmetic procedures on their lips to give them a more full or pouting appearance.

Brow Lift or forehead lift reduces the creases that develop across the forehead, or those that occur high on the bridge of the nose and repositions a low or sagging brow. It can improve what is commonly called a frown.

Chin Surgery or Mentoplasty

Chin surgery is a cosmetic surgical procedure procedure performed to to reshape the chin balance the face. In some cases, it may be performed with other facial procedures, or may be part of a facial re-construction.

A plastic surgeon may recommend chin surgery to a patient having nose surgery in order to achieve facial proportion, as the size of the chin can magnify or reduce the perceived proportional size of the nose.

Ear Surgery or Otoplasty

Ear surgery, a surgical operation to restore or enhance the appearance of an ear or the ears is usually done to set prominent ears back closer to the head or to reduce the size of large ears.

It is very often done on children between the ages of four and 14. Ears are almost fully grown by age four so the earlier the surgery in done, the less teasing a child will have to endure at school. Ear surgery is also done on adults.

Body Contouring and Body Lift Surgery

Body contouring is a type of cosmetic plastic surgery that may be carried out after major weight loss. The surgery removes sagging skin and extra fat and improves the shape and tone of underlying tissue

Any substantial amount of weight loss results in the skin and tissues often lacking in elasticity and can not conform to the reduced body size.

The parts of the body that are most effected are:

• Upper arms that may sag and appear loose

• Breasts can go flat and hang down with nipples pointed downward

• Abdominal area may extend around the sides resulting in a tyre tube-like overhang

• Buttocks, groin and thighs can sag and cause hanging areas of skin

Surgical body contouring after major weight loss improves the shape and tone of the underlying tissue that supports fat and skin, and removes excesses.

Weight loss must be stabilised before any cosmetic surgical procedures because if weight loss continues, sagging pockets will redevelop and if weight is regained, the already thin skin with be additionally stretched, causing visible stretch marks and scars.

Thigh Lift

A thigh lift is a plastic surgical procedure to remove skin and fat from the thighs to tighten the skin and improve the contour of the legs. This surgery reshapes the thighs by reducing excess skin and or fat, resulting in smoother skin and better-proportioned contour of the thighs and lower body. Liposuction on its own can remove excess fat deposits where skin has good elasticity and is able to naturally conform to new body contours. In cases where skin elasticity is poor, a combination of liposuction and thigh lift techniques could be recommended.

A thigh lift is often performed in combination with another type of surgery like an arm lift

Arm Lift or Brachioplasty

An arm lift reshapes the under portion of the upper arm, from the underarm region to the elbow.

Arm Lift, Brachioplasty Procedure Before and After – Dr. Art Foley

A Brachioplasty is done under anaesthesia and is a day care procedure. …

• Reduces excess skin and fat between the underarm and the elbow

• Reshapes the arm to result in smoother skin and contours

• Results in a more toned and proportionate appearance

An arm lift will result in a scar on the inside of the upper arm.

Vaginoplasty or Vaginal Rejuvenation

Vaginoplasty or Vaginal Rejuvenation is a procedure that aims to “tighten up” a vagina

Labiaplasty or Labioplasty

Labiaplasty or Labioplasty is a procedure to help improve the aesthetic appearance of the external genitalia of women

Penis enlargement sometimes “male enhancement”

Penis enlargement sometimes “male enhancement” – refers to various techniques intended to increase the girth, length, or erectile performance of the penis

Virtually any part of the body could be reformed.

It is possible to alter or reshape just about any part of the body and should you require to know more about possible procedures it is advised to consult with an experienced and qualified cosmetic plastic surgeon.


• Unfavourable scarring

• Bleeding (haematoma)

• Infection

• Fluid accumulation

• Poor wound healing

• Skin loss

• Blood clots

• Numbness or other changes in skin sensation

• Anaesthesia risks

• Skin discolouration and/or prolonged swelling

• Fatty tissue found deep in the skin might die (fat necrosis)

• Major wound separation

• Asymmetry

• Pain, which may persist

• Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications

• Possibility of revisional surgery

• Suboptimal aesthetic result

The above is a synopsis of relevant information.


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