Dr. Imani is a certified specialist facial plastic surgeon based in Perth. He is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS). With extensive training and experience in a number of fields of Plastic Surgery, Dr Pedram Imani now limits his practice to the face and specialises in rhinoplasty, cosmetic eyelid surgery, facelift surgery, sinus surgery and non-surgical rejuvenation.
You have worked all over the world, and under some well-respected surgeons. Do you see similar trends in plastic surgery procedures in Australia compared with overseas? What procedures are more popular in Australia, and what are more popular, say in America or Europe?
Dr Imani: I think there are differences in people’s attitudes towards facial plastic surgery. In my time working in Germany and Holland, I noticed that people had an open attitude towards surgery to correct and enhance their facial features.
Whilst working in the USA I noticed that people had an almost uninhibited approach to enhancing their facial features. There was minimal social stigma attached to having or wanting to have plastic surgery. The popularity of procedures is nearly equal across Europe, the USA and Australia. The situation is different in Asia and South America.
Following on from the question above, where does Australia stand with regards to technological advances in cosmetic surgery?
Dr Imani: In Australia we have kept pace with the technology offered overseas albeit I think we lag behind the US with regards to the use of lasers in cosmetic surgery.
As far as surgery goes, there is a long history and tradition in Europe that brings certain richness to the field of facial plastic surgery. As Australian surgeons we keep up-to-date with the latest by attending international conferences and keep up with the Continuing Professional Education Programmes as set out by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
You are very involved in helping to teach up and coming trainee surgeons – what is the most important piece of information you tell them when it comes to dealing with their patients?
Dr Imani: Treat every patient as if you were treating your own family.
Some plastic surgeons don’t really make an appearance to their patients until the surgery itself, and leave the preparation to their nurses or staff. How important do you believe pre and post surgery support and care is and how available are you to patients having surgery with you?
Dr Imani: I believe that patient-surgeon relationship is the most important predictor of the surgical outcome. It is absolutely critical to meet your patients face-to-face from the first time they seek your help. I interview and consult with all my patients and do not leave the task to my nurse or practice staff. Most patients are anxious both pre and post operatively. I consult my patients prior to surgery, on the day of surgery and after surgery. We then call our patients a day after surgery and keep in close contact with them with regular reviews until the healing process is complete.
We make ourselves available at all times through various modes of communication. I am always available to my patients through my office, hospital switchboard and email.
Tell us something unique about you that people may not already know!
Being a qualified Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist Surgeon, I can attend to my patients’ functional as well as cosmetic needs.