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Every 2 years, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS) hosts a conference which just happens to be on a cruise ship. The conference is held when the ship is at sea and when docked the time is our own. This year, we left from Southampton, travelled north through Scotland and across the North Sea to the magnificent Fjords of Norway. It was a fabulous way to keep up to date with the cutting edge of Aesthetic Surgery whilst enjoying some breathtaking scenery with my wife Kim and 3 of our 4 adult children.

Left to Right: Indi, myself, Kim, Tim and Bek in the Orkney Islands, Scotland

Plastic Surgery is changing and this is the first time I can recall being to a seminar where there were 3 sessions on “Below the Waist” surgery. I have been performing Labiaplasty for more than 20 years however for a number or reasons the popularity of this procedure has increased dramatically over the last few years. Many women prefer this under a General Anaesthetic although with Medicare now restricting access to an item number, having this done under Local Anaesthetic in the rooms is becoming more popular. This is a procedure I enjoy doing because it can make a major difference to a woman, enhancing her comfort and freedom with the clothes she wears and her intimacy.

Some social media celebrities have become more (in)famous by highlighting their prominent rear ends. This has led to a dramatic increase in requested procedures to augment the buttocks particularly buttock implants and fat injections (also known as the Brazillian Butt Lift). Several sessions highlighted the possibility of improving the buttock shape with strategically placed, small amounts of fat. However, I was alarmed to hear that in the Brazillian Butt Lift, where a large amount of fat is placed in the buttock, there is a significant risk of DEATH! In fact, there has recently been several deaths overseas from this procedure due to fat being injected straight into the large veins of the buttock. I have performed a Brazillian Butt Lift a few times with very pleasing results, however due to the substantial risk of a disastrous outcome, I will no longer perform this procedure.

Dr Grant Stevens, the president-elect of ASAPS and I at the farewell function.

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