Ever thought about an eyelid lift or jowl tuck? Or perhaps a little off the nose? We ask facial surgeon Dr Jonathan Azzopardi all the cutting questions.
Dr Azzopardi specialises in both surgical and non-surgical procedures specific to the face, these include rhinoplasty, face and neck lift, brow lift, blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery, otoplasty or ear reshaping surgery, fat grafting and injectables.
What’s the biggest misconception regarding aesthetic facial plastic surgery?
That aesthetic facial plastic surgery results in an overdone unnatural appearance. Any treatment or any service in any industry can be delivered across a spectrum and if abused by provider or client, can lead to extreme results. Our philosophy is to achieve natural results that are tailored to each individual with an emphasis on bridging the gap between one’s form and function, which is often lost due to an accelerated ageing process or facial element that is in disharmony with the rest of the face.
What should people consider when seeking out aesthetic plastic surgery?
Most importantly, any form of treatment being considered should revolve around the patient. They must only embark on this journey for themselves. Always choose a fully qualified surgeon (in Australia and New Zealand, only doctors with a FRACS qualification, or overseas equivalent deemed interchangeable by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, are legitimate surgeons). Additional fellowship training in facial plastic surgery should be sought.
What are the benefits of aesthetic plastic surgery over non-invasive procedures?
The benefits of aesthetic plastic surgery are determined by the patient. For some it is purely an adjustment to appearance in isolation, for others this translates into a wider spectrum of psychological and social benefits. Over non-invasive procedures, surgery is a more definitive and longer lasting modality of treatment. This may also result in a more financially viable path on the long run.
What is your point of difference as a specialist plastic surgeon?
In a surgical specialty that is so broad and diverse, my point of difference as a specialist plastic surgeon is being specifically trained to offer a niche service for very insightful and well-respected patients. I have a natural eye for beauty and quality, traits that years of training and experience can’t necessarily teach.
How do you tailor your service to each client?
Extensive training in craniofacial and aesthetic plastic surgery allows me to analyse each and every element of a client’s face in isolation, but more importantly, in conjunction with the rest of not only their face but also their overall appearance, ethnicity, personality and demeanour. My multicultural and diverse upbringing also allows me to hone into each patient’s points of concern through strong communication and rapport.
So, if someone decides they’re interested in a treatment, what’s the process?
The journey starts with a consultation in a secure, private, beautifully finished practice. This is a time to get to know the patient and understand their wishes and goals and to work out what treatment options suit them best.
They will be given the opportunity to return for a subsequent consultation to discuss any queries that may have come to mind before embarking on any treatment. Seeking a second opinion is always encouraged and there is no pressure and certainly no obligation to follow through with any procedure.
If any treatment eventuates, plans will be made with regards to the specific procedure. Non-surgical injectables are carried out within the same practice during a separate session and any surgical procedures are carried out in an operating theatre in fully accredited private hospitals. Follow up is included post procedure –in some cases, such as with rhinoplasty, patients will be followed up for one-year post procedure.