PLAS­TIC SURGERY

Miss FQ - - Beauty -

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.