“As the weather heats up, the clothes come off, and the number of people getting cosmetic surgery peaks for the year,” Dr Somia said.
According to the ASAPS Annual Cosmetic Surgery Procedures Survey, November – January is the busiest time in a Specialist Plastic Surgeon’s diary performing more than 30 per cent of the annual total number of procedures during this period.
“While there is no hard and fast rule as to why this might be, many people take leave over the summer months meaning they have the opportunity to have some downtime to recover from their surgery and fully heal before returning to work, with their colleagues often none the wiser.
“February and March were the months of the year that our members reported doing fewer cosmetic surgeries and this could be because many have settled back into work after the Christmas holiday period,” Dr Somia said.
Of all the cosmetic surgical procedures performed by ASAPS members, surgery to the breast continues to dominate.
“The most popular breast surgeries include breast augmentation (breast implants) followed by breast reduction and breast reconstruction. On the increase, however, is the use of fat transfer to the breast. A fat transfer was being used as a standalone procedure and in conjunction with breast implants.
Dr Somia warns that the rise in popularity of cosmetic surgery procedures should not downgrade their surgical risk.
“All cosmetic surgery, as with all other operations carries a certain amount of risk. In this case, however, patients are electing to put themselves in these situations so the margin for error should be zero.
“By seeking out the services on an ASAPS member, patients can be afforded the protection of knowing their surgeon is, in fact, a surgeon. That is someone who has completed a Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS). The only accredited trainer of surgeons in Australia and New Zealand.
“All of our members are FRACS Specialist Plastic Surgeons who put patient safety above all else and who are committed to Excellence in Cosmetic Surgery,” Dr Somia said.
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