Australian’s are no strangers to cosmetic surgery. With roughly 500,000 cosmetic procedures carried out in Australia in 2017, we spent a very impressive $1 billion on everything from facelifts, breast enlargements and liposuction, to nose surgery, eyelifts and ear correction surgery.
While cosmetic surgery is becoming more commonplace in Australia, the reasons why people seek out cosmetic surgery and cosmetic procedures remain wide and varied. At Me Clinic, we’ve helped thousands of patients realise dramatic improvements in their attitude and outlook on life by correcting a wide range of both minor and major physical afflictions.
While a patient’s motivation to undergo cosmetic surgery is a very personal and often complex decision, we’ve noticed some common themes among the many patients we’ve helped over the years—here are some of the most common reasons why people seek our help.
1. To reverse or slow the ageing process
No one is immune to the effects of ageing, which is why the desire to reverse or slow the ageing process is possibly the number one reason patient’s approach us for help.
While the ageing process will inevitably impact every area of the body, facial ageing is undoubtedly the most obvious and telling sign of our true age. However, with a long list of cosmetic treatments and procedures that can reverse or slow the ageing process, it’s easier than ever to wipe away the years.
With treatments like dermal fillers which can restore volume and reduce the appearance of facial lines, and anti-wrinkle injections which work to relax facial muscles and make the skin less prone to wrinkling and furrowing, cosmetic medicine makes it possible to instantly restore a more youthful appearance without the need for more substantial cosmetic treatment.
While minimally invasive procedures are always preferable, if the effects of ageing are more extensive, a face lift procedure (or rhytidectomy) may be a more suitable treatment option. With the choice between a suture face lift, a Silhouette Soft® thread lift or a traditional face lift, there are procedures to suit everyone that can effectively rewind the clock.
2. To undo the damage
A range of lifestyle and other factors are also common causes of significant damage to our skin.
After many years of exposure to the harsh Australian sun, you may notice the toll it’s taken in the form of freckles, moles, dark spots, premature ageing or even skin cancer. Genetic factors, such as suffering from prominent acne during our teens, could have also resulted in significant scarring or uneven skin tone which often leaves patients feeling self-conscious.
Cosmetic medicine gives you the power to undo the damage. Whether you undergo a cosmetic peel treatment to remove layers of dead skin cells and stimulate the production of new cells, an IPL laser skin treatment to target specific damaged cells without affecting the surrounding healthy cells, or Electro Surgery (RF) treatment to remove moles, treat scars or address other forms of sun damage, it is possible to repair your skin and reverse the damage.
3. To improve their physique
Whether caused by genetics, pregnancy or lifestyle factors, almost all of us are unhappy with at least one area of our body, and would like to be able to make enhancements to our physique. Cosmetic surgery provides a way to treat those hard-to-fix issues.
The desire to remove unwanted fatty deposits is one of the most common requests we hear from patients—because we specialise in the liposuction procedure at Me Clinic, this is usually a relatively straight-forward issue to address.
Depending on the individual concerns the patient has, procedures like breast enlargement surgery, breast reduction surgery or tummy tuck surgery (or abdominoplasty) can also be performed to help a patient achieve their desired physique.
4. To correct something from birth
Some conditions have nothing to do with lifestyle factors, but have been inherited from birth. Some of the most common concerns patients approach us about include droopy or tired-looking eyes as well as large or protruding ears—both of which are issues which can be easily fixed through cosmetic surgery.
Blepharoplasty (or eyelid surgery) is a common procedure which can be performed on either the upper or lower eyelid to remove excess skin, minimise sagging or eliminate unsightly bags under our eyes. Similarly, Otoplasty (or ear correction surgery) can also be performed to reduce the size of oversized ears, minimise ear protrusion, alter the shape or profile of the ears or create better symmetry.
5. For convenience
Some cosmetic procedures are also requested because they offer convenience for the patient. As treatments such as laser hair removal have entered the market, we’ve seen a surge in patients who are keen to embrace the benefits they offer.
Laser hair removal treatments mean you can avoid those dreaded painful waxing appointments, so it’s no wonder they’ve become so popular!
Whatever your reasons, if you’d like to discuss a cosmetic procedure with one of our experienced surgeons or clinicians, contact us to book your personal consultation at Me Clinic.