The Hot Questions!
A recent interview posed some topical questions which were answered by Dr Hodgkinson:
In a week how many people do you see wanting cosmetic surgery approximately?
In a normal week, I consult 1 ½ days and operate the remaining time. In this time I would normally see between 20-30 people who are considering a cosmetic surgical procedure. Of these nearly 30% would be former patients considering new procedures.
What is the most common age range you see asking for cosmetic surgery?
The age range runs between early 20’s and 70’s predominantly with few exceptions. What is common is the breakdown, however, are the procedures being sought in each age range. I generally see rhinoplasty (nose reshaping), breast augmentation &breast reduction patients more in their 20’s and into their 30’s. Breast lifting and tummy tucks tend to fall in the post children time frame for women of their 30’s and 40’s and facial rejuvenation surgery such as eyelid surgery, facelifting, necklifting and browlifting from the 40’s onward depending upon each individual’s ageing process. Body contour surgery such as liposuction/liposculpture, gynecomastia (male breast reduction), and body lifts after & skin resection after weight loss and body implant surgery to correct contour deformities tend to span across the ages as need be.
Have you noticed a rise in the number of people asking for cosmetic surgery?
Whilst there has been a rise in the number of people asking for cosmetic surgery, the definite trends have been the increase in the percentage of men seeking cosmetic surgery, the increase in non-invasive procedures such as Anti-wrinkle injections and Injectable fillers and of course the overall openness of people to discuss cosmetic surgery.
Do you find once people have cosmetic surgery once they come back for more?
Absolutely. This is not, however, because they are trying to change themselves and become something they are not – like “Barbie”. The return for other procedures is usually over a number of years as they move from one phase of life to another and as their bodies or faces age and change, they tend to seek to maintain as opposed to alter their looks.
Do you think people later regret getting cosmetic surgery?
No, not if their initial motivations for having surgery and expectations are appropriate.
Do you think the majority of clients asking for plastic surgery are looking to fit into an elite group within society?
If this were their motivation they would not be appropriate candidates for cosmetic surgery. We are not providing happiness, wealth and fairy tales. The cross section of people seeking cosmetic surgery cuts across every demographic in gender, age, ethnicity, profession and geographic region (certainly within Australia). These people are positive people who want to approach life with their heads held high.