People are always striving to be better versions of themselves.
Whether that means reading more, exercising frequently, or perfecting your skincare routine, self-care means many different things to many different people.
And to some, cosmetic surgery is the next logical step when it comes to taking action that enables them to accept themselves and love their bodies!
Here at Cairns Plastic Surgery, we are strong advocates for women (and men) doing whatever they please in order to boost their confidence and help them learn to love themselves.
This week, we’re taking a closer look at some of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures people just like you opt for when they visit Cairns Plastic Surgery.
If you’re curious to learn more about plastic surgery, or are interested in booking a consultation with one of our friendly nurses, we invite you to get in touch with Cairns today. Call (07) 4031 5755 or contact us online.
What is the difference between a cosmetic surgeon and a plastic surgeon?
Both cosmetic and plastic surgery have one common goal: to improve a patient’s confidence.
However, cosmetic surgery in Queensland sits under the umbrella of plastic surgery.
Some people differentiate between the two by considering cosmetic surgery as a surgery that focuses on changing a person’s physical appearance, while plastic surgery is more focused on reconstruction.
However the truth is that while all plastic surgeons are cosmetic surgeons, not all cosmetic surgeons are plastic surgeons.
While seemingly similar on the surface, their training differs considerably: plastic surgeons undergo an additional 8-10 years in post-graduate training, while 2-5 of these years focus on surgical training.
Australians are lucky to have access to such a skilled group of experts; this country’s standard of plastic surgery training is world class!
So when you’re looking for a surgeon, make sure you truly understand whether they have earned the title of plastic surgeon.
What are some different types of cosmetic surgery?
There are many different types of cosmetic surgery that can alter and improve your facial appearance, including:
- Face lift
- Eyebrow lift
- Lip injections
What are the most common cosmetic or plastic surgery procedures?
Cairns cosmetic surgery usually involves techniques and procedures that enhance a patient’s appearance to make them more confident in their overall appearance.
Cairns understands the importance of patient education; it is something we strongly encourage with all patients who visit our clinic. Our qualified nurses are well-equipped to answer all your questions, and invite you to book a complimentary appointment to discuss your needs and explore your options.
These are some of the most common procedures we undertake here at Cairns Plastic Surgery.
1. Breast augmentation
Breast augmentation is a safe surgical procedure commonly referred to as breast enlargement, breast implants, or mammoplasty.
Women who undergo breast augmentation aim to enhance and increase their breast size, volume, and projection. Breast augmentation can also improve the symmetry of uneven breasts.
Breast enlargement surgery is a personal decision. Many women choose this procedure to:
- Restore shape and volume following breastfeeding
- Correct sagging breasts due to ageing (also often combined with a breast lift)
- To improve self-confidence
- To improve the way clothing fits
Breast enlargement surgery involves the use of silicone or saline implants inserted over or under the pectoral muscles.
2. Breast implant removal
Breast removal is increasing in popularity in recent years.
This procedure may not be for everyone, and just like augmentation, is a completely personal decision.
There are several reasons why a woman may choose to remove her implants, including:
- Past surgery that they are unhappy with (some women may remove the implants and replace with new ones, or simply remove them altogether)
- Personal reasons or lifestyle changes
- To correct a breast complication
- To minimise or eliminate any breast-related health concerns
- They simply no longer like their implants
- Their implants are more than 10-15 years old
No matter the reason, we invite you to speak with our team to learn more about the procedure, what’s involved, and what options you have.
3. Breast lift or mastopexy
Most women are bound to experience different changes in their breasts throughout their lifetime. This can include:
- Weight fluctuations (weight loss and gain)
- Pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding
- The natural ageing process
Some women can sometimes be unhappy with how their breasts look, causing them to avoid wearing specific clothes that highlight their sagging bust line.
A breast lift (also known as mastopexy) corrects a drooping bust line by removing excess skin and tissue, and, as the name suggests, lifting the bustline. We can also reposition the nipple.
Breast lifts are considered a safe and effective procedure that corrects your drooping bust line and restores your curves.
Breast lift at Cairns can also include breast implants.
4. Upper eyelid surgery
Do you suffer from excess skin or fatty deposits around the top of your eyelid?
Upper eyelid surgery, also called blepharoplasty, is a precise technique that aims to open the eye, resulting in a more alert and vibrant visage.
Drooping eyes can make you look tired and older than you are – and can even impair your vision!
Incisions are usually positioned in the skin fold of your upper eyelid, where excess skin and fat are removed. The procedure takes around 1-2 hours, and eyelid surgery can also be combined with other procedures including brow or facelift.
5. Facelift (rhytidectomy)
Do you want to look younger and improve the feel, contour, and shape of your face?
Then you might want to consider a facelift that can help smooth wrinkles, remove excess skin, and help you look fresher, younger, and more alert.
A facelift is sometimes combined with a brow lift or a blepharoplasty.
6. Tummy tuck
A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin in the middle and lower abdomen, and below the belly button.
A tummy tuck (also known as abdominoplasty) helps you to achieve a tighter abdomen and a flatter stomach. Note that a tummy tuck is NOT the same as liposuction; liposuction involves removing fat, whily a tummy tuck removes excess skin.
You can opt for a full tummy tuck or a partial tummy tuck:
A full tummy tuck completely restores abdominal muscles that have been stretched. Your belly button is repositioned back to its original spot, and your abdominal muscles are tightened.
A partial tummy tuck or “mini tummy tuck” is similar to a cesarean procedure, in which a smaller incision is made only below the belly button. A partial tummy tuck is a common procedure for those who have loose skin specifically below the belly button.
7. Upper arm lift or Brachioplasty
Dieting, exercise, or wearing appropriate clothes are all suitable defences against unwanted upper arm fat. However in some cases, this is simply not enough.
If you’re unhappy with loose skin and fat in your upper arms, you may like to explore brachioplasty, also known as upper arm lift surgery.
It is one of the most common cosmetic surgeries designed to remove excess skin and fat deposits in your arms caused by weight gain and ageing.
Get smoother, toned, and proportionate arms with this safe and effective cosmetic procedure.
Are you planning a cosmetic surgery procedure?
Cairns offers a range of cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures
Don’t settle for just any surgeon in the industry, make sure that you are in the hands of a highly-trained and experienced surgeon.
Dr Isolde Hertess and her team at Cairns Plastic Surgery understands that any plastic or cosmetic surgery are major decisions you need to do research on.
So if you are unsure whether you are the right candidate for the procedure, we invite you to book a complimentary information session with one of our nurses at Cairns.