Read our Q & A with leading Auatralian plastic surgeon Dr Peter Callan, as featured in our documentary
What’s your advice for someone considering having plastic surgery?
1) Be realistic in yor expectations – what you see in media is not always achievable
2) If you are going to have surgery, then make sure
- You have it done in an accredited facility, so that all the back-up is there
- You see someone who is a qualifiesd surgeon
- You and the surgeon are familiar with exactly what you want and what they are trying to achieve. There needs to be a match between your expectations and what the surgeon can and will perform
3) Be aware that all surgery does carry some element of risk and make sure youre comforatble with that
Is there a certain period of time that needs to pass before you will agree to operate on someone?
It’s more of a sense than a specific period of time. You need to be sure they have come to the conviction that they want surgery. It may not take very long, but they must ve entierly comfortable with that decision
What are the most common procedures you perform?
Everyone has a different profile, but the two most comon procedures are breast augmentation and rhinoplasty.
What types of people come in for breast augmentation?
I get clientele from all walks of life, and they largely fit into 4 main categories
- Younger women who have no breast development
- Women who have breastfed and lost tissue
- A group who have assymetry in their breasts and want them to match up
- A group who want enhancement.
Do you get a lot of people coming in asking to look like a certain celebrity?
Yes, it actually does happen quite often. Celebrities definitely can push trends when it comes to plastic surgery. The thing you have to make sure is that they’re not being completely unrealistic. If someone comes in with large lips and askes for Angelina Jolie’s pout then it may only be a minor procedure to achieve that look. But you start becomig very concerned when people arrive with a bag of photographs of different celebrities and are completely unrealistic. That of course raises a flag for me.
So do you often have to turn people away?
Not often. But the two reasons are that someone may not be physically or psychologically ready for surgery. If it’s physical, then I might tell them they need to lose weight or improve their physical health before they are ready, and if it’s psychological, for example if they are having some sort of life crisis then surgery isnt going to help and then I would tell them I cant acheive what they would like and so can’t move forward with it.
Are you concerned about the trend for people to go overseas to have surgery done?
Not necessarilly. The same rules still apply as they did in your first question. If you make sure you see someone who is qualified, well set up and matches your expectations etc.. and can answer yes to all those points, then there is no reason it can’t be successful and safe. Just make sure you do your research and remember that it is surgery so normal complicatiosn can arise - so just make sure you can be properly looked after.
Have you noticed a trend of younger women wanting surgery within your own practice?
I haven't seen a big difference really. It’s much the same pattern. Younger women in their 20s and 30s tend to see me for a breast augmentation or rhinoplasty and older women come for procedures like a tummy tuck or face lift.
For more information, go to www.petercallanplasticsurgeon.com.au
Interested in finding out more about the girls who went to Malaysia to have surgery done? The company is called Gorgeous Getaways and you can find out more at www.gorgeousgetaways.com