The Most Requested Plastic Surgery

The Most Requested Plastic Surgery

Know the nose

By Georgie Murray | 28th January 2020

Plastic surgery is increasingly becoming a social norm for aesthetic purposes. Yet, their significance is certainly not lost when it comes to medical reasoning. With both in mind, I’ve been curious as to what’s the most common plastic surgery procedure in our city. Before chatting with the team at Valley Plastic Surgery, I assumed it would be breast enhancements or bum-shaping procedures, both for aesthetic reasons, taking note from what’s been on my Instagram feed. However, I was surprised to learn otherwise and you might be, too.

Dr Raymond Goh became my go-to source and was able to explain what happens behind the doors of VPS and we got straight to the pointy end of things.

Put simply, the most commonly requested procedure Dr Goh and the VPS team receive is Rhinoplasty. In laymen’s terms: a nose job. This is also Dr Goh’s area of expertise and what the team is most known for, so no wonder they have so many requests – the proof is in the pudding. Clients request the procedure simply because they don’t like the appearance of their nose Dr Goh says. “Often, this relates to a hump or bump on the bridge of the nose and a bulbous (round) tip,’’ he explains. ‘’They [patients] often want to achieve a more pleasing size and shape to their nose and in females, a nose that is more feminine and less harsh.’’ In medical references, a Rhinoplasty may also be performed to assist in patients’ breathing.

Instead of referring to the likes of Grey’s Anatomy and re-runs of All Saints where Rhinoplasty’s are rare, I delved deeper with Dr Goh and got a little bit nosey. “The procedure is performed under general anesthesia and takes between two to three hours,’’ says Dr Goh.


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In terms of recovery, it’s all-dependent on the extent of surgery and quality of the patients skin, but expected swelling and bruising will occur. “The patient will usually have a splint on the outside of the nose and a couple of internal splints,’’ Dr Goh explains. A week later, the VPS team removes the splints with swelling dissipating by six weeks post procedure, however it can take up to a year for the final result to be reached.

So, why are Rhinoplasty’s so popular? Dr Goh believes it’s down to the social pressures of perfection and social media platforms making people more self conscious of how they look to others, and of course, health concerns.

Following Rhinoplasty’s, breast augmentation and body contouring procedures are close behind as the most requested surgeries. Again, Dr Goh believes this is down to social pressures, as well. ‘’In the older population, women wish to restore their more youthful and pre-pregnancy body shape,’’ says Dr Goh.


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On another note, did you know VPS has an in-clinic Dermatologist? I had a hot minute with Dr Kate DeAmbrosis to learn more about what she does at VPS and what she’s all about! Get to know your doctor.

Growing up, what did you want to do/be?

A member of a synchronised swim team. Still haven’t got there.

What made you decide to pursue dermatology?

A love of the diversity the specialty offers – from cosmetics to cancer it has it all, and different every day.

Do you have a favourite procedure you like to perform? If so, which one and why

I love watching patients evolve in their understanding of their eczema. Witnessing a patient come to know their skin and take control of their skin disease for themselves is very satisfying.

Most unusual requested procedure?

A patient once requested taking his (excised) melanoma home post operatively.

Best positive reaction and thanks you’ve ever seen from a patient?

A patient made my three year old daughter a bracelet last week – has been the highlight of her year so far and I haven’t been able to take it off her!

If you weren’t a Dr, what do you think you’d be doing?

Hopefully synchronised swimming.

How do you wind-down after a day of surgery?

Play with our four kids.

On a sunny Saturday morning where would we find you?

In the pool…with a sunshirt & sunscreen, of course.

Any hidden talents?

Crème brulees

What’s your go-to meal for indulgence?


Next trip away:

New Zealand

VPS has a team of highly skilled surgeons who are caring and most importantly, experts in their field with an emphasis on a patients journey. For more information on Dr Goh and the team you can learn more here.


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Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health professional.


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Article by Georgie Murray

Georgie is a Journalist with a knack for bad jokes and dating disasters. A total open book, there’s no topic off limits for this Rod Stewart enthusiast. Starting her career in Broadcast Journalism, Georgie has since gone back to basics of the written word with a particular love for taboo topics and fashion media.


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