Are you considering cosmetic surgery? Check out these frequently asked questions and answers first.
The Australian cosmetic surgery industry is estimated to be worth $1 billion per year and is growing at a rate of 30 percent year-on-year . And with demand for procedures at an all-time high, cosmetic surgery fees have skyrocketed to as much as $14,000 for breast augmentation. As a result, some 15,000 Australians are now travelling overseas to places like Thailand for budget cosmetic procedures.
In an effort to reverse this trend the Cosmetic Institute offers a local, safe option to overseas surgery and provides high quality cosmetic procedures at a fraction of the price previously available in Australia.
Regardless of where you decide to undergo a cosmetic procedure, one of The Cosmetic Institute’s highly skilled cosmetic surgeons, Dr Van Nguyen provides answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding cosmetic surgery.
1. How do I know if I’m physically suitable for Cosmetic Surgery?
Before you decide to undergo surgery it is important that you are in excellent health and are fully aware of the aftercare procedures that are required post surgery. The correct aftercare and follow up is an essential process you must adhere to, to ensure you recover correctly, so make sure you can commit to the recommended follow up procedures and that you fully understand the directions your surgeon provides you with.
2. How do you find the right cosmetic surgeon?
To find the most qualified doctor for a specific cosmetic procedure, you must compare the doctor’s overall training, experience and proven competence with respect to that cosmetic procedure. Ask how many of the specific procedures the surgeon has performed and to see previous patient before and after photos. And importantly, it’s always wise to get a second opinion before making a decision on whom to choose.
3. If you are considering having surgery overseas, what are the risks?
There’s no doubt that it can be alluring for Australians to travel to third world countries like Thailand to have budget cosmetic surgery procedures. But while the surgeries may indeed be conducted by qualified surgeons in luxuriously appointed clinics, there are some risks that patients need to take into account such as:
• It can be more difficult to verify your surgeon’s background, training and qualifications.
• People are often travelling to very hot, humid climates, where the risk of infection can be increased and the standard of sanitation may not be as high as in Australia.
• You’re away from the comforts of home and the support of family and friends. Recovery time from something like a breast augmentation can take up to a week and people often find it difficult to spend time in a foreign place while they are recovering.
• You’re in a foreign medical system – which may not be a great place to be if there are complications.
• You may have no physical access to your surgeon or clinic for post-operative after care in the longer term, which may be crucial should complications occur two weeks, six weeks or six months after your surgery.
• Going to see an Australian surgeon to correct the mistakes of a surgery performed overseas comes with its own set of complications, as another surgeon may be reluctant to touch a surgery complication from an overseas surgery.
4. Surely there are SOME benefits of having surgery overseas?
While there are a number of serious risks associated with having a surgery performed overseas, an alluring aspect is the fact that people are able to have a holiday and recover from their procedure privately in a tropical, sunny environment. Obviously the cost savings is a big benefit for Australians too, however once you factor in flights, accommodation etc, the costs can quickly escalate.
But while there is a lot of romanticism surrounding cosmetic surgery overseas, the fact is that it can be near impossible to enjoy a tropical holiday while recovering from something like a breast augmentation. In addition to not being able to swim, patients may be in pain and must keep movement to a minimum, which could make it impossible to enjoy many of the activities a holiday in the tropics has to offer.
5. How much does a procedure such as breast augmentation usually cost in Australia?
While prices vary in Australia, at The Cosmetic Institute, we offer breast augmentations for $5,990. The average price of a breast augmentation in Australia however is around $10,000 - $12,000.
6. Other than the surgery itself, are there any other costs you need to be aware of?
Make sure you are aware of all the costs up front. Sometimes there can be hidden costs such as a facility hire fee, post op follow up fees and an anaesthetist’s fee. Ensure you ask your clinic to provide a list of all the costs up front.
7. We see many examples of celebrities that have gone too far with plastic surgery – how do you know when enough is enough?
While the opinion of “going too far” is rather subjective, at The Cosmetic Institute we base our surgical recommendations on a mathematical formula that takes a client’s body measurements into consideration, offering a natural, realistic looking outcome. The consultation process is extremely detailed and with a breast augmentation, for example, factors such as a client’s height, weight, chest width, and existing breast tissue and skin elasticity are taken into consideration when making recommendations for size etc.
To find out more or to book a consultation at The Cosmetic Institute’s Bondi Junction or Parramatta clinic visit: www.thecosmeticinstitute.com.au