Plastic surgery is a hugely popular and lucrative procedure.
And for good reason.
It’s incredibly simple, incredibly safe and extremely effective.
And Neaman, now 57, did all of that, at a time when it was a big industry.
The procedure was a massive success, he says.
But it was also controversial, as there were claims it was more damaging to the skin and the eyes than to the eye.
“I was in a very different place then, and it was hard for me to believe that some people believed what they were saying,” he says, describing how the procedure had the opposite effect on him than the surgery he had been undergoing.
“When you’re trying to do surgery and you have no control, and you don’t know what the consequences are, you just want to get the job done, and get it done right, that’s what it was.”
A quick look back at Neaman’s life, from childhood to his marriage to his career with his first child, reveals his incredible talent, talent that has allowed him to transform his life and his career, and which has helped to shape the lives of countless others.
Key points:Neaman and his father, Frank, met in 1966 at a hospital in South Australia where they worked in the same operating roomA successful surgery helped him achieve his first goal of becoming an artistA family of four lived together for more than 40 yearsThe story of Neaman Plastic Surgery: From a young boy to a success, from a surgeon to an iconIn 1966, Neaman met his future wife, Annika, at the Hospital of South Australia, in Adelaide.
He and Annika would go on to marry for almost 40 years.
Neaman says he was a bit of a tomboy.
He liked dressing up in the old school style, with a bowler hat, boots and gloves.
“There was one time when I was very young and I had a few pairs of glasses and my hair was a little bit messed up,” he recalls.
“So I went into the wardrobe and I put on my glasses and I went around the ward wearing my glasses.
I’d never wear glasses before, but I didn’t care.”
But when you’re young, you don, so I went and bought a pair of glasses for myself, so we would go out and we’d drink beer and play beer pong and I’d always do it with the glasses.
“My dad was always in charge of the wardrobe, so my mother was always wearing her wedding dress.”
Annika was a photographer, and she was also working as a photographer for the day, so Neaman had a photographic background.
But it was in the early 70s when Neaman started learning to operate the operation himself, using a simple procedure.
“The surgery is done by a surgeon using a scalpel, which has a blade, and a scalping instrument that is a knife, and that’s where the operation is done,” he explains.
“It’s a very simple operation, and once you get the scalpel in there, there’s a little button in there that opens up, and when you push that button, the surgeon can cut your skin.”
And they put the scalper in and then you put your fingers into the scalping machine and you cut off your skin, and then the surgeon goes to the scalped part of your body and they go in and you put a piece of plastic in there to create a flap, and they push the flap up over your head and it creates a flap.
“This is what it looks like after the operationBut the operation was also a bit controversial.
A number of people believed that it was less damaging to skin than to eye, and the procedure was criticised as unnecessary and not as effective.”
You’ve got to look good, and so it was very difficult to go through that process and to look great, and to get that beautiful skin back.””
But you can see, the eyes look fine, and your eyes look better, and now you look so beautiful, but the skin looks fine, so you’ve just got to go back to the surgery and get that skin back.”
You’ve got to look good, and so it was very difficult to go through that process and to look great, and to get that beautiful skin back.
“It was also quite a shock to Neaman that some of his family members were against the operation.”
We were all very supportive, because we were in the right place at the right time,” he said.”
At the time, we were all in the South Australian community, we had a good life, and we were just really supportive of each other.
“Because of that and because of the work that we did, and because we all knew that we were doing the right thing.”
But he and his family eventually got on with their lives and were able to have a happy marriage, which he and Annikas two daughters, Zoey and Caitlin, have enjoyed together