Summary: While Australia might have a reputation as a rugged environment (outside of the major cities, of course), that doesn’t mean that everyone who lives outside of Melbourne or Perth can’t get decent cosmetic surgery. Indeed, many small town in Australia are getting fly-in services from non-local cosmetic surgeons to meet demand. And while this might sound exotic and something you’ll only see in Australia, this type of service isn’t terribly uncommon—and it’s indicative of a cosmetic field that’s growing. Just recently, a Michigan laser treatment surgeon had to pick up the slack for a company that went out of business—the field is growing, but you have to do it right.
Cosmetic Surgery in the Outback
If television and movies have taught me anything, it’s that the Australian outback is a desolate, unforgiving environment, where one wrong move can turn you into crocodile chow. Now, I’m probably exaggerating but there’s no denying that parts of the Australian outback can be pretty isolated. Even small towns and cities—meccas of civilization in a desert of heat and scorpions and snakes—find themselves somewhat distanced from their coastal brethren. In many ways, Australia reminds me of Alaska, in the United States. Both represent environmental extremes, and both feature discrete areas of settlement, where transportation is difficult and communities are relatively isolated from the outside world (indeed, much of Alaska is accessible only by air travel).
And yet, there’s still a demand for cosmetic procedures. According to an ABC news report, cosmetic surgeons are literally flying out to smaller towns, villages and cities in the Australian countryside and setting up shop for a couple of days—treating as many patients as possible before heading back to the coast (the example in the ABC report had the cosmetic surgeon flying back to Perth). There are a couple of conditions that makes this arrangement rather interesting. First is the perceived reputation of those who undergo cosmetic surgery. As the report makes clear, many in those small towns—where word travels fast—were worried about being perceived as vain or shallow, so discretion is a must (and that’s easier to accomplish when you’re from out of town, for example).
Privacy for Comsetic Surgery Patients
The second thing that’s happening is that consumers are using discretion in the cosmetic services they want and whom they want them from. In many parts of Australian, for example, it doesn’t take much to get a license and start operating a laser for “cosmetic laser treatments,” or something similar. This is also true in the United States, where various “laser treatment” centers have popped up, looking to capitalize on the popularity of cosmetic surgery in general. These laser treatment centers purport to offer all kinds of laser procedures aimed at making people look younger, reducing scars, or removing tattoos.
To be sure, it doesn’t take much to safely operate a laser system. There are many redundancies, and it’s not that easy to do something horribly wrong (that said, it is possible, so make sure you’re getting your lasers form a reputable source). But that doesn’t mean that a week of training lets you use a laser system to its fullest potential. Indeed, to get the best results possible, you need to know a lot about skin, a lot about anatomy, and a lot about aesthetics. In other words, you need the training of an aesthetic and cosmetic professional—which is more than a two-week laser course offers.
Picking up the Slack for Cosmetic Surgery Competitors
Michigan laser treatments took a similar hit in the past couple of months, with the closing of a popular national laser treatment chain. The key take-away is that while just about anyone can profess to be a laser expert, you want to see credentials. This is the other thing that’s been happening in these small Australian towns: patients are so worried about secrecy that they’re going to unlicensed people for their cosmetic care. This is, of course, quite dangerous, and should be avoided at all costs.
It does, however, speak to the popularity of cosmetic surgery the world over. Everyone wants to look a little younger—a little more lively, and cosmetic procedures are a great way to do that. Whether it’s a little Botox to get rid of wrinkles or a little Juvederm to fill some volume in your cheeks, cosmetic surgery offers a plethora of ways for you to get excellent, near-immediate results with minimum fuss and minimum risk. This makes it easier to sneak in and sneak out if you’re looking to keep your improvements on the down-low, as it were.
Cosmetic Surgery is Available to You
Wherever you are, it’s likely that cosmetic surgery is available to you—and if it’s not, it can be made available. That’s what the story coming out of Australia really says to me. And that’s a good thing. A lot of people want to look and feel younger, and cosmetic procedures are a great way to do that. Cosmetic procedures also don’t require much—if any—downtime. This means that the surgeon does not be around to, necessarily, to supervise recovery, enabling this kind of fly-in-fly-out program to be carried out quite safely.
The point, I suppose, is that cosmetic surgery is incredibly popular. And it’s getting ever more popular. Which means that even in areas that are far away from the hubbub of city life, there’s still a demand for these procedures. Which means there’s an opportunity for cosmetic surgeons to provide safe, effective, and discrete procedures that will keep patients coming back for more every time.