It was just a brief glimpse in the wing mirror of the family station wagon that elicited the murmur of horror.
A couple of previously endearing crows’ feet had been joined by a troupe of deep facial rivulets, the fiord in the brow was now more a crevasse than a crease.
Welcome to your 40s, the wing mirror silently screamed, where the rigours of life run deep!
It is minor yet mortifying moments like these that are fuelling a billion-dollar cosmetic surgery industry where more and more women are opting to aggressively dissuade or reverse the signs of
Here’s an insight into Australia’s booming cosmetic procedure industry and why it’s quite probably coming to a face near you…
According to the Daily Telegraph, Australia’s cosmetic surgery is now worth an estimated billion dollars each year. Our veracious Aussie appetite for youth outstrips even America, with a bigger spend per capita on cosmetic procedures that includes injectables and going under the knife.
“Every year Aussies are consuming $350 million worth of Botox procedures, having 8000 breast augmentation surgeries and 30,000 liposuction procedures,” the Telegraph claims.
We’re having these procedures done here, travelling overseas for them and if this year’s forecasts are anything to go by, we’re starting to view them as a normal part of life.
This warm embrace of artificial
Turns out it’s pretty hard to come by solid statistics when it comes to how many Australians go under the knife each year or turn to injectables to iron out those creases in life.
That’s partly because injectable procedures like Botox can be undertaken in varied medical facilities. It’s also due to the fact cosmetic procedures are elective, so information is not collected by Medicare.
The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons notes: “In Australia there is limited regulation or standardisation when it comes to the use of titles to describe qualifications in the area of cosmetic surgery”, however, “With a rise in the number of Australians undergoing cosmetic procedures, cosmetic surgery has become ‘normalised’ and accepted as
In the search for some statistics, we’ll take the word of Harper’s Bazaar who last year relied on internet search data from whatclinic.com to note the following surgeries were the five most popular in Australia:
Eyelid surgery – Designed to tighten and lift sagging eyelids, this surgery was on the rise. They reported a surge of 9%, with an average price in Australian dollars of $4536.
Nose jobs – Rhinoplasty rates were pretty much holding steady with a change in inquiries of -1%.
Breast implants - These were on the decrease with inquiries down across the board by 33%.
Liposuction – Still hugely popular, liposuction was also down with inquiries reduced by 15%.
Abdominoplasty - Tummy tucks were not as popular with inquiries down 8%.
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Cassandra Charlesworth is a features writer with 20 years’ journalism experience. She loves a good old-fashioned story and getting to the heart of a great yarn. She’s also a mum to three children who have encouraged her to hone some secret skills. Nimbly navigating Lego pieces left on her