Plastic surgery is on the decline, with a major drop in surgeries between 2016 and 2018.
Photo: AAPBut the numbers of plastic surgery practitioners are also dropping, with the number of full-time surgeons falling from 12,700 to 7,800.
The industry has been booming since the 1990s, but there is evidence the boom is now over.
More and more surgeons are being required to undergo surgery, often in combination with face-lift surgery, which involves removing the skin over the eyes and cheeks.
Dr Paul Dutton, the head of cosmetic surgery at St Vincent’s Hospital, said the boom in surgeries was a result of a shift in attitudes towards face-hugging procedures.
“The shift has happened over the last couple of years.
Plastic surgeons are starting to see that their patients want their face done, and I think that’s helped to drive demand for the procedure,” he said.”
In the last 10 years, we’ve seen a rise in people who are opting for face-lifts, and there are also a lot of people who feel more comfortable with what they do and how they do it.”
Dr Dutton said he would not be surprised if plastic surgeons had a small rise in demand this year.
“I think the trend is really encouraging and it is encouraging for the cosmetic surgeon industry, but I also know that it’s going to take time to see the effect on the surgeon-patient relationship,” he told News.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reported that the number in the plastic surgeons profession grew by 8.3 per cent in the first quarter of 2019.
But Dr Dutton believed the real impact on the profession was to come in 2019.
“It’s just a matter of time before the numbers start to slow down and people start to feel a little bit more comfortable and we can begin to see an improvement in the quality of their work and in their patients’ satisfaction with their work,” he explained.
Dr Duxford said the ABS data also showed the number has been falling steadily since 2010, and the rise in plastic surgery practices was likely due to the increasing number of plastic surgeons entering into practice.
“When you have more plastic surgeons in practice, you’ve got to have more surgeries.
That’s what’s happened,” he says.”
We’ve got more plastic surgery patients than ever before and the more plastic surgeon we have, the more procedures we do.”
And the more we do the more complications we get and the worse the outcomes.