In Australia, it is compulsory for Plastic Surgeons to have completed a minimum of 5 years of advanced training in Plastic, Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgery.
In 2004, Dr. Mark Hanikeri was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Further, qualifying as a Specialistic Plastic Surgeon.
He then underwent post-fellowship training in London in a Craniofacial and Cosmetic Surgery Fellowship. This included additional experience in paediatric craniofacial, head and neck, and cosmetic breast and facial surgery in London and Birmingham.
Read our recent interview with Dr. Mark Hanikeri Specialist Plastic Surgeon and get to know him in and outside of work.
Interview Questions with Dr. Mark Hanikeri
Where do you consult from?
We have four locations situated in Perth and Western Australia that I consult from. These include;
What do you Specialise in?
I am a Specialist Plastic Surgeon and perform a variety of surgeries including Breast Surgery, Facial Surgery, Body Contouring Surgery and non-surgical treatments including wrinkle-relaxer injections and non-permanent dermal fillers. I have a special interest in facial and breast aesthetic surgery and body re-contouring surgery after weight loss and pregnancy. I have been in charge of running the state’s melanoma advisory service for 10 years and also have an interest in melanoma and skin cancer surgery and reconstruction including sentinel lymph node biopsy for melanoma.
Do you do any 3-D modelling in breast surgery?
I currently use the Crisalix 3D and 4D Reality System. This is an innovative program that allows a client to see how they could potentially look after breast augmentation surgery. It gives them the opportunity to gain a fully comprehensive and personalised approach to their planned procedure. I believe this increases the satisfaction rate for each client.
You can read more about this technology here.
What is your favourite thing to do when you are not at work?
I have three children and I love to spend time with them and my wife whenever we can. We have always enjoyed travelling and experiencing other cultures, so this is one of my real joys in life. We have a house in Albany, Western Australia where I spend a lot of my time working for the WA Country Health Service. Whenever possible, I also love to experience the other things this beautiful region has to offer.
What is the best part about being a Specialist Plastic Surgeon?
There are so many things I love about Plastic Surgery. If I had to pick one, it would be the ability to use the skills I have acquired over so many years to modify, reshape and restore my patients to a state where they feel, look and function better. Whether that be through hand surgery to restore function lost through injury or disease, Charity work to repair the faces of children affected by birth defects or cosmetic surgery to restore self esteem affected by physical appearances, Plastic Surgery deals with the restoration of “Function and Form”. It is a real privilege to use these skills to improve the lives of others.
What Advice would you give to an individual aspiring to become a Specialist Plastic Surgeon?
As with many fields where one has the experience and perspective to look back on a lifetime spent achieving their professional goals, I would advise a young surgeon aspiring to Plastic Surgery to never lose focus on their goal but to enjoy the journey rather than focus only on the destination. If we spend all our efforts on looking at the destination, we may miss the joys and experiences that the journey has to offer. I have been very fortunate to meet and interact with amazing individuals in a variety of places and this has been the greatest treasure of becoming and working as a Plastic Surgeon. It is easy to focus on gaining qualifications without gaining life experience, either of the world or of the profession. I think this would be a real shame. Once we commence private practice, it becomes a lot harder to take the time away to experience these things in a lengthy and meaningful way.