Celebrity obsession inspires desire for cosmetic procedures

Posted on Thursday, December 7th 2017

Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons member, Dr Richard Bloom says whilst he can understand why Meghan Markle’s nose is suddenly in demand, real beauty is more than skin deep.

If you’re dreaming of having Kim Kardashian’s derriere or increasing your bust to that of Scarlett Johansson’s, or changing your nose to be more like Meaghan Markle’s perhaps you should think again?

Whilst the phenomenon of Dr Google is very much real and it’s important for patients to do their homework before coming to see their surgeon, the best result your surgeon is going to achieve is through working with your natural beauty and not mimicking someone else’s.

In recent weeks we’ve heard the story of an Iranian woman having more than 50 surgeries to look like Angelina Jollie, this is not just irresponsible for the surgeon, or surgeons, involved it also raises real concerns for me about the patient’s mental health.

What you can be afforded the protection of by seeing a member of ASAPS is that our ethics are first and foremost and patient safety is our absolute decision driver.  ASAPS members are all Fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons – the only training provider of surgeons in Australia and New Zealand, and we’ve all signed a strict Code of Conduct that would dissuade such practices from happening here.

Whilst I’m all for patient’s having a right to choose what they want, the best outcome in terms of an aesthetic result and one that is going to work with your lifestyle is only achieved after a thorough consultation period so you can be assured you are in safe hands and that your surgeon is fully across your hopes and desires in terms of outcomes.

For many, the decision to have a cosmetic procedure is not an easy one.  There are cost considerations, time away from work for a proper recovery and downtime from family duties.  Why go through all this and then not be happy with the outcome because you don’t look like Meaghan Markle when you were never going to?

Real beauty is more than just skin deep.  You need to be happy within yourself first and foremost and a Specialist Plastic Surgeon can work with you to enhance what you’ve already got to ensure the outcome is realistic and aesthetically pleasing.

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