Dr Justin Perron has been around plastic surgery his whole life. With his father being a plastic surgeon, Justin was hanging around operating rooms, emergency and patients from a young age, and he says this gave him a sense of what he was getting into when he followed in his father’s footsteps.
Justin says, “I enjoyed the exposure, and the subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) mentoring that was a part of my upbringing.”
Born in Saskatoon Canada, Justin moved to Australia in 2000 to pursue his medical training in Adelaide before moving to Queensland in 2003, although he’s spent time studying and training all over Australia. “I’ve spent many years of study and training before completing my Australian Fellowship in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery with The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS). I’ve worked throughout Queensland, from Townsville to Brisbane, Redcliffe, Caboolture, and Gold Coast. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery training has taken me from the South East of Queensland to Perth in Western Australia.”
Some aspects of plastic surgery can’t be taught
Justin says that while studying medicine it became apparent that there were aspects of plastic surgery that couldn’t be taught, such as the creative or artistic viewpoints of the specialty. He says, “With time and maturity, these areas could be developed. I became a plastic surgeon because I enjoy the breadth, and depth of the specialty. It can involve repairing hand injuries, reconstructing breasts, fixing a congenital birth defect in a child, treating a burn, and the aesthetic aspects of each. Its an incredibly creative and innovative specialty which continues to expand. Every day is different, challenging, and rewarding.”
Not many people realise how expansive plastic surgery is and Justin believes it’s one of the most interesting areas of medicine. “As a plastic surgeon, we see a great breadth of surgical challenges through a working week. It’s a privilege to be able to be involved in any of the particularly challenging cases. But the most interesting cases are those where we sometimes need to use leeches (yes leeches!), to help with some operations. They are usually used to assist with removing blood from tissues when the veins aren’t functioning.”
Rewarding work and challenges
Justin says that of all the aspects of plastic surgery, there are a few areas he really enjoys working on. He expands, “Various aspects of breast surgery are challenging and rewarding. From reconstruction, reduction, augments, and mastopexy, they each have their own challenges and limitations. Patients are always grateful for obtaining a natural breast shape.
“Body contouring surgery is a very rewarding area for patients. This includes abdominoplasty, brachioplasty, liposuction and thigh lifts. Contouring the body after massive weight loss can have profoundly positive effects on the patients who are treated. Some of the happiest patients I’ve treated are body contour patients. Ear surgery, such as otoplasty, is another area of interest. I enjoy the artistic aspect, and the challenges of creating a beautifully shaped ear.”
Justin says the most rewarding part of his job though is the relationships he develops with his patients and being able to impact in their life in a positive way.
The Importance of Researching Your Surgeon
He agrees with us here at the Hub on the importance of research if you are looking to undergo cosmetic surgery. “Research what you want, and have clear goals in your mind. You should be able to ‘own’ your operation; you know what you want, you have the surgeon you are happy with, and know everything about the recovery, including risks and complications. It shouldn’t be a frightening or unknown process, but one you do together with your surgeon. Never feel pressured, or uncomfortable with your decisions to have the operation. If you ever feel like something doesn’t seem right, let your surgeon know.”
Justin has some great advice for young people in today’s “media perfect world”. “Surgery is not for everyone, and that includes people under 18 years of age. As people age, their bodies change and what might seem like a significant problem at a young age, might not seem like such a huge difference in a few years time. Our brains haven’t fully matured until the late 20’s, and until that time, impulsiveness and improper decision making can happen. This is reflected in the statistics of suicide, being higher in adolescence and higher risk taking decisions performed in this age group.”
Justin has a great reputation as being an extremely approachable, professional and capable surgeon and one of the reasons is that he provides great follow up and support for his patients after surgery. He stresses, “Surgery doesn’t finish after the operation is done. It continues into recovery, follow-up the next day to ensure pain is under control, nausea is under control, and that everything else is happening as expected. There are always questions, and I’m happy to answer them at any point in the recovery process. Seeing patients at 2 weeks, 3 months and again after that to make sure its all going according to plan. No one should feel unsupported or ‘abandoned’ at any stage in their operative journey.”
Dr Justin Perron is by all accounts a surgeon worth considering for your plastic or cosmetic surgery procedures. We’d like to thank Justin for chatting to us!