So in terms of the next level of appearance updates, what are Kiwi women having done? In New Zealand, no data is collected on plastic surgery, but anecdotally procedures are generally less popular than in the past. In the UK, the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons reported the number of cosmetic operations conducted in 2016 fell by 40%.
It used to be that here, breast augmentation (implants) and rhinoplasty (nose jobs) were all you really heard about when it came to plastic surgery. Those two are definitely still up there, judging by the focus our local surgeons put on them.
Global plastic surgery-clinic-comparison site whatclinic.com recently released a trend report that noted enquiries for breast implants in New Zealand had dropped 39% in the past year. This change could be attributed to the accessibility of non-invasive options, as well as continually evolving aesthetic ideals. Celebrities have always had an impact on what we hold up as #goals, which means a tiny waist and well-endowed rear are quickly gaining favour.
Whatclinic’s report mentioned that surgeons worldwide are noting that women are less keen on implants, and more interested in newer treatments like fat transfer, where the patient’s fat is removed from one area and injected into another that requires plumping. This type of treatment, sometimes referred to as the Brazilian butt lift when performed on the buttocks, is yet to be widely available here.
Surgery with a reputable surgeon will set you back well over $10,000, depending on the operation. Breast implants tend to cost between $13,000$16,000, a breast reduction $13,000$23,000 and a nose job $14,000$16,000, but the prices can vary greatly depending on complexity, anaesthesia, surgery time and length of hospital stay.
Also referred to as a ‘plastic surgery holiday’, medical tourism (in which you sign up for a package deal for surgery and accommodation in a foreign country — most commonly a Southeast Asian country such as Thailand) is an option increasingly being taken up by young Kiwis. There are a number of companies and agents that specialise in organising everything from New Zealand, including online consultations with doctors and nurses before you fly in for the procedure and a short recovery stay.
There are many success stories and the cost can be a lot less (our research suggests procedures similar to those listed above cost about half what they do in New Zealand), but it’s harder to know whether the provider you’ve chosen is reputable as there are few internationally recognised certifications.
You need to make sure that your surgeon is fully qualified, insured and experienced. According to the New Zealand Institute of Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery, some additional risks include exposure to infection by treatment-resistant organisms, the use of unregulated implants, deep-vein blood clots post-procedure, limited post-op care and a lack of options for those who have an unhappy outcome. The Institute also asks women to consider the limited time for clinical consultation with your surgeon, meaning they may not fully understand your body and medical history.