22nd May 2018
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Australians spend more on cosmetic surgery than Americans
Author: Ben Hocking
Australians spend more on cosmetic surgery than Americans

With 500,000 cosmetic procedures in the past year, from botox to boob jobs, Australia has officially overtaken America as the country with the most cosmetic surgery operations per capita.

Australians underwent 20,000 boob jobs and 30,000 liposuction procedures in 2017, according to the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery (ACCS). 

The nation has forked out more than $1 billion a year for cosmetic procedures.

Latest estimates are that $350 million worth of botox procedures were carried out last year, the ACCS said. Dermal fillers and laser treatments make up the rest of the top five most popular procedures.

The increased interest in cosmetic surgery has led to calls for the practice to be more properly regulated.

“Patients have no way of knowing whether their surgeon is properly qualified and has undergone specific training in cosmetic surgery,” Dr Ron Bezic, ACCS president told the Daily Telegraph.

“The system is a complete lottery for patients.

“There is no simple national and easily recognisable way for patients to know whether they are in safe hands.”

At present, anyone from fly-in fly-out operators with no qualifications to medical graduates and GPs can give themselves the title of “cosmetic surgeon” because the surgery is not a recognised speciality.

Have you ever had or considered cosmetic surgery? What did you think of the results?

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    22nd May 2018
    12:48pm
    I suppose with an ageing population and with the divorce rate being what it is ,not to mention couples getting married later, it's to be expected. But I have to say Botox and boob jobs seem very dangerous to me and suggest an insecure personality.
    musicveg
    22nd May 2018
    2:35pm
    Wow, Australians must be much more insecure about how they look. I would never consider cosmetic surgery, too many horror stories and it will be the next 'disease' from all that silicone implanted and botox injections. Sad people have to worry about their looks, in some cultures getting old is respected, more wrinkles more respect.


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