Posted November 06, 2018 07:03:33 Plastic surgeons are on the rise in Australia, with some suggesting the surgery is not just for cosmetic purposes but as part of a long-term plan to treat a range of conditions including obesity and cardiovascular disease.
The Australian Institute of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AIPRS) reported in February that it had seen an increase of 10,000 new procedures in the year to March 2018.
Some have been deemed more than cosmetic, while others are considered more to treat physical health problems.
The latest figures from the AIPRS show that more than 14,000 surgeries were performed on Australians aged under 25, up from 12,500 in the same period last year.
Some of the procedures were deemed to be cosmetic, including laser treatment and face lifts.
“Plastic surgery has become a key component of our health care delivery system and it’s essential that all Australians have access to this important, effective treatment,” Dr John McNeil, the president of the AICRS, told ABC Radio Melbourne.
“We need to make sure we have access for all Australians, not just those who have a certain skin type.”
Dr McNeil said that in some cases, there had been a “gut feeling” for people to go into the surgical business, particularly after the death of the former NSW Liberal premier Mark McGowan.
“He died a few weeks ago and people started going in and out of the industry,” Dr McNeill said.
The AICSS said there had also been a number of high-profile deaths related to plastic surgery in the past two years. “
He’s an example of a successful, successful man who had a really good career.”
The AICSS said there had also been a number of high-profile deaths related to plastic surgery in the past two years.
Dr Mcneils father was one of them.
In 2017, the former Labor premier Mark Keogh, aged 64, was found dead in his home in the Gold Coast.
He had been the victim of a fatal head injury sustained while trying to stop a car in which a man was driving.
AICSD said it was “possible” Dr Keogh’s death could have been prevented.
“The circumstances of Mark Keough’s death are still under investigation and no criminal charges have been laid,” the AISRS said in a statement.
The Victorian government is also stepping up its efforts to tackle plastic surgery.
In February, the Victorian Government announced a $5 million “plastic surgery scholarship” scheme, which would see new graduates pay $2,000 towards the cost of plastic surgery for young people.
The scheme is aimed at people with pre-existing conditions who have had plastic surgery to correct or improve their appearance.
The AIPR reported that the scheme is now being used by a further 14,500 graduates.
“I have been in the industry for nearly 20 years, and I know that the majority of people do go through a lot of plastic surgeries,” Dr Kehoe said.