Trish Hammond: I’m here today with Dr. Janet Huang, who is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon and she practices here from Sunnybank in Brisbane.
Thank you so much for taking the time today.
Dr Janet Huang: Thank you for coming to see me.
Trish Hammond: I just wanted to ask you, I know you’ve got a busy practice here. Can you tell us a little bit about the changes that you see happening in the plastic surgery industry at the moment?
Dr Janet Huang: I guess maybe five or ten years ago, plastic surgery particularly on the cosmetic side of things people think that’s surgery for the higher class or vain people. But now it is kind of an accessible tool for all kind of demographics and more accepted. So you see a variety of people coming in looking for surgery.
Trish Hammond: You do a lot of skin cancers as well?
Dr Janet Huang: Yes, so I practice in Brisbane, so we’re kind of skin cancer capital in Australia or the world. I think that everyone’s practice a large proportion would be skin cancer surgery. On top of that, most of us would do fairly general cosmetic surgery like breast augmentation, breast reduction, tummy tuck, body contouring surgery, and then there are a group of surgeons that specialise in facial aesthetic surgery with the eyelids, face lifts and rhinoplasty.
Trish Hammond: Do you think people are actually a bit more open these days to having a few more procedures done or open about having the procedures done?
Dr Janet Huang: I guess it depends on what it is and where you are. I think if you’re based on the Gold Coast everyone is really into the body, so everyone’s got a really – I guess slightly exaggerated look? If you’re in Brisbane, people are a little bit more conservative.
People are talking a lot more about it, and obviously there’s a lot more social media … Different channels that people can discuss this kind of thing.
Trish Hammond: What do you think of social media like the growing trend of people who have selfies and want to look better in selfies … Does that have a bit of an impact?
Dr Janet Huang: I think so, because a lot of people now they obviously have spent a lot more time looking at themselves, and then they’re now even in the cosmetic / makeup industry, they are selling products that are going to enhance your look in the selfie.
Recently I went to a meeting that made a very interesting comparison about when you take photos with a real camera versus camera on your phone, that there’s a slight difference in terms of proportion. But I think a lot of people are now focussing on what they actually look like and certainly in the States, and a lot of people are driven to have cosmetic surgery or even the non-surgical intervention just so that they can look better.
Trish Hammond: I do know that you go to a lot of conferences, because I often see you there. Why do you think it’s really important to attend these conferences and keep up with the latest things? Do you think things change that much?
Dr Janet Huang: I guess it’s always good to, even if you don’t learn anything new, it’s always good to reinforce what you know already. For me, a lot of the reason that draws me to conferences is you get to interact with your colleagues and you get to find out what’s available out there and also a lot of times there are now a lot of software, social media channels people are there, and it exposes you to know what’s out there, what consumers have access to. I think it’s very important to keep on top of it.
Trish Hammond: Find out what’s going on and what people are doing?
Dr Janet Huang: Yep. Because nowadays people are a lot better informed when they come to a consultation. They will say, “I’ve read about these,” or “My friends had these,” or “I’ve been onto a forum,” and then they’re bringing in questions. They’re a much better educated group of patients now, that’s what I’ve found that has changed.
Trish Hammond: Yeah, and I think the day’s gone where we don’t want to know what’s happening. We want to know everything that’s going to happen these days.
Dr Janet Huang: Yeah.
Trish Hammond: Except me.
Dr Janet Huang: I’m sure you do.
Trish Hammond: Awesome, we’ll thank you so much for spending the time to talk to us today.
If you’d like to come and visit Dr. Huang here in Sunnybank, just drop as an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Janet Huang: Thank you.