The ACCS also says that on wholesale Corsets an annual basis Australians have more than $350 million worth of wrinkle reduction procedures using Botulinum toxin (commonly known as Botox), 8000 breast augmentation surgeries and 30,000 liposuction procedures.
Young Australians have grown up in a selfie culture. They’ve never known life without a smartphone and catalogue their private lives for public appraisal, with the aim of perfecting the self. One 27-year-old woman I know arranges her best side for every photograph, so she looks exactly the same in image after image after image, whether she’s on top of a mountain or sitting at a restaurant table. In this new culture of vanity, plastic surgery has lost its stigma; vanity has too.
People are increasingly willing to travel overseas for surgical procedures, but at what cost? According to a new Queensland study published in the Journal of Plastic Surgery, botched cosmetic procedures on medical tourists are placing increased pressure on Australian public hospitals. The cost of treating 12 patients who presented to the Gold Coast Hospital in the year ending June 2013 with complications following procedures was more than $150,000, with the most common complications being infection after breast augmentation surgery. The report’s authors noted that all patients had “acute complications” ranging from nipple or penile necrosis to pulmonary embolism.