Do you want to grow old gracefully? Or have you ever considered trying to look a little younger than you actually do with just a little help? Cosmetic surgery is definitely on the rise, it’s part of a global trend and it’s certainly the case for more Australians than ever. It is now estimated that Australians spend more than $1 billion a year on cosmetic procedures, which is 40% more than Americans or Europeans, based on a per capita basis.

Sometimes the definition between cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery can become a little blurry. The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery clears the blurred lines between cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery by defining cosmetic surgery as “any procedure that is performed on any or all areas of the head, neck and body that is enhanced for aesthetic appeal”. On the other hand plastic surgery is considered “surgical specialty dedicated to reconstruction of facial and body defects due to birth disorders, trauma, burns, and disease”. Plastic surgery is intended to correct dysfunctional areas of the body and is reconstructive in nature.

Historically ‘having work done’ was something that ageing Hollywood celebrities did to starve off the ravaging effects of age. Today plastic surgery and other cosmetic procedures are a common normality. Quite simply, there is an explosion in what can be done both surgically and non-surgically, from lasers to injectables to minor and major surgery.

The rise in the number of people opting for a little help is up for a number of reasons. The procedures now on offer are far more sophisticated, they are statistically more successful and the costs of cosmetic surgery are at an all time low, particularly with value for money.

Women unsurprisingly make up 92% of all those undertaking cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures in this country. But even this statistic is changing as more men are starting to seek solutions to improve, or at least maintain their looks in an increasingly competitive world.

There are so many reasons why people decide to have cosmetic surgery and it’s vitally important that you ask yourself the hard questions before you commit to any procedure or practitioner. For instance, are you doing it for yourself and are your expectations realistic? While there has never been a better time to consider a cosmetic procedure, it is ultimately something that you should do for yourself – with realistic expectations.

The decision to undergo a cosmetic procedure especially if it is major surgery is always a personal choice. Don’t let anyone else sway you one way or another on what is ultimately your choice. One of the tips is to set realistic expectations. For instance, cosmetic surgery won’t change your life, it can’t solve your personal problems and it won’t make you look like someone else. But choosing the right procedure for you may enhance your self-confidence and add to your sense of wellbeing.

Successful results often depend in part on how well you research and how well you and your surgeon or cosmetic practitioner communicates before undergoing a procedure. Make sure you feel comfortable with whomever you choose and always be open about your goals and questions. That’s why sites like are so important – it’s all about providing you with the most up to date, comprehensive information to help you make the best choice for you.

In Australia the most popular procedures – regardless of age or sex – are eyelid surgery, nose surgery, breast augmentation, breast lifts and liposuction. In total, these procedures account for about 67% of Australia’s total cosmetic surgical procedures.

There’s also an increase in the number of Australians heading overseas to undergo treatments. Obviously cost is driving cosmetic surgery tourism, but do you really want to risk it? Follow up is a vital part of any surgical procedure, and if something goes wrong it’s going to be hard to have any real degree of satisfaction if your surgeon is in another country (see one of Australia’s leading plastic surgeons advice on overseas cosmetic surgery). Also, perhaps you need to consider having a consultation with another plastic surgeon who may not be as ‘expensive’ as another plastic surgeon – it really pays to shop around.

The cosmetic and medical standards in Australia are recognised as some of the highest in the world – for good reason. The industry in this country is strictly regulated and very well respected and regarded internationally. And when it comes to your face and your body, it’s always your choice, but by choosing quality, this means you’re going to make a change for the better – for you.

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Trish is a plastic surgery blogger. She is passionate about wellbeing, health and beauty, and doesn't mind a little bit of 'help' from the amazing cosmetic and beauty procedures that are available today. Trish spends her days talking to women and men who are looking for suggestions and advice on procedures that are available to them. Cutting through the sales pitch and hype, a down-to-earth response on general information is what you will get.

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