Specialist Plastic Surgeon Dr Mark Hanikeri recently sat down with Someone With A Goal - SWAG Podcast. Mark was asked a series of questions regarding his career, charity work and specialist plastic surgery skillset. Click on the video below to watch the full interview.
Mark has been based in Subiaco since 2005. The WA Plastic Surgery Centre has 6 Plastic Surgeons and each has their own practice. Mark performs Cosmetic Surgeries 50-60% of the time and the vast majority of patients are women. Mark also performs hand trauma and skin cancer surgery. Mark has been running the WA Melanoma Service for over 10 years which cares for melanoma patients, the majority of which are men.
A big part of Mark's consultation process is informing the client on what they can expect from their chosen surgery and the risks involved. This way they can make an informed decision as to whether or not it's the best decision for them. Mark does not perform procedures in situations where the client has unrealistic expectations.
Question: Is Liposuction the best way to lose weight?
Answer: Absolutely not. If someone needs to lose weight, they need to diet and exercise in a way that is sustainable. Most liposuction procedures are done by cosmetic physicians. The purpose of liposuction is to bring areas of the body that are out of proportion in line with the rest of the body
Question: Plastic Surgery and Cosmetic Surgery are they the same?
Answer: No, my own wife didn't know the difference! People in the community use the term interchangeably, but this is incorrect. There is no regulation of cosmetic surgery in any country - anyone with a medical degree can perform surgery if their patient agrees. This means cosmetic surgeons can perform surgery without any training. Plastic Surgery is a speciality which concentrates on the restoration of function and form. Form is how things look. The techniques to restore form - reconstructive techniques - those techniques are the same that are applied to cosmetic procedures.
Read more about the difference between Cosmetic Surgery and Plastic Surgery here.
Question: Breast Augmentation, is it a one time surgery?
Answer: No - the majority of women will be ok for a length of time - some for up to 20 years. If the implants are in for long enough, they will need to be updated. Implants have a finite lifespan. There are various factors that contribute to how long they last, but they don't last forever. As the patients ages the breast tissue surrounding the implant will change - which can also effect the implant.
Question: Are all plastic surgeons filthy rich
Answer: I don't think so! But I also don't think there are any struggling plastic surgeons! If they are good at what they do, they are going to get work! Surgeons work very hard, it can take 15 years to get to a stage to charge a patient for surgery.