Most Popular Cosmetic Procedures in Australia – Statistics
Across the world, cosmetic procedures – are becoming increasingly popular, including both corrective and restorative plastic surgery. The largest growth in cosmetic procedures has been in cosmetic injections and male breast reduction surgery for Gynaecomastia, with Breast Augmentation and Tummy Tucks still in the most popular 5 procedures (Breast Surgery is 2nd to Liposuction and Tummy Tuck Surgery/Abdominoplasty is the 4th most requested surgery in Australia as well as numerous other countries).
- In 2017, well over 500,000 cosmetic or plastic procedures were carried out in Australia. This includes both cosmetic injections as well as non-surgical procedures.
- There were over 30,000 Liposuction procedures.
- There were over 20,000 Breast Augmentation surgeries performed. As well as other popular Breast Surgeries including Breast Lift and Breast Reduction procedures.
- Tummy Tuck Surgery has been estimated to be 4th in popularity (Abdominoplasty).
- Similarly, Eyelid Surgery continued to be in the top 3 procedures and after Tummy Tuck requests, Rhinoplasty requests were some of the most popular plastic surgery/cosmetic surgery procedures requested in Australia and around the world.
Breast Surgery for Males on the rise – Breast Reduction for “Man Boobs”
- Gynaecomastia procedures, which reduce male breast tissue either surgically or via liposuction plus surgical excision, also made it into the top 10 procedures with a reported increase of 6% in in popularity over preceding years.
- This may in part be due to higher BMI/obesity levels, changes in diets and hormones as our lifestyles change over time.
But popularity doesn’t mean all Surgeons who Perform Cosmetic or Plastic Surgery are equal
Recommended watching/reading on the Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery industry in Australia as you do you research into your Breast, Body or Face Plastic Surgery Procedure.
Featuring….Dr Rebecca Wyten (a leading Melbourne Specialist Plastic Surgeon for women in Melbourne and Berwick, Victoria).
Cosmetic Surgery Is A Big Decision. Do Your Research, Know The Facts.
So…What’s the real difference between a Plastic Surgeon and a Cosmetic Surgeon?
- Currently, nearly anyone registered as a medical practitioner – In other words a GP, dentist or even skin cancer doctor – can technically call themselves a ‘cosmetic surgeon’.
- A Cosmetic Surgeon may have very little training or Medical Board/Industry monitoring, when compared to a Plastic Surgeon. This is due to the fact that there are few, if any recognised standards to pronounce yourself as a “Cosmetic Surgeon”.
- Furthermore, Cosmetic Surgeons do NOT tend to have HOSPITAL operating rights due to lower qualifications/training than Plastic Surgeons. They can usually ONLY operate in their own clinic back rooms or private facilities NOT actual Australian hospitals such as St Vincent’s Hospital, or St John of God Hospital in Berwick, or the Masada.
- Many Medical Boards and Advisory groups are encouraging greater consumer awareness of the differences. As well as more regulation of the industry. This helps prevent patients misunderstand the differences between Surgeons that are Board Certified, genuine FRACS Plastic Surgeons versus another type of doctor who has had far less training in cosmetic, plastic and reconstructive procedures.
Learn more about Dr Rebecca Wyten, a female Plastic Surgeon for women in Melbourne and Berwick (convenient locations for patients from all around Melbourne and Victoria including the Mornington Peninsula, Hawthorn, Camberwell, Richmond, Kew, Glen Iris, Malvern, Toorak, Balwyn, Ivanhoe and more).
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References/Sources and more recommended Plastic Surgery reading:
ABC tighter restrictions on Cosmetic Surgeons