It’s been said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. According to one of Australia’s leading cosmetic surgeons, Dr Anoop Rastogi, beauty can also be found in artistic skills and experienced hands.
Born the son of a doctor and artist, Dr Rastogi inherited precision and a love of medicine from his father, and artistic flair from his mother.
“I always wanted to be a doctor,” he explained.
“So it was natural to combine my love of medicine with my creative abilities.”
After graduating from the University of Newcastle with a medical degree, Dr Rastogi travelled to Europe during the mid 1990's undertaking advanced training with some of the world’s best cosmetic surgeons in Rome, Paris, London and Cambridge.
It was during this time he was first introduced to medically used muscle relaxant injections such as Botox. Returning to Australia with a rare skill-set, he helped pioneer their use for cosmetic purposes.
“Without a doubt, injectables have emerged as a miracle cosmetic compound,” Dr Rastogi said.
“No other product can visibly reduce lines and wrinkles to achieve the same outstanding effects in such a short time frame.”
But most importantly he believes it is the skilfulness behind the technique that allows the result to look natural and unnoticed or alternatively, horribly unusual and fake.
“When it comes to cosmetic procedures of any kind, it is so much more than just the basics of cutting and stitching, or injecting.”
“It’s about rebalancing and restoring a person’s natural features so they can realise and revisit the best version of themselves. That takes creative flare and artistry.”
During the past decade Australia’s cosmetic business has grown into a billion-dollar industry. A recent report citing Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery statistics claims we now spend more on cosmetic procedures per capita when compared to the USA. Australians are consuming $350 million worth of Botox treatments a year, with anti-wrinkle injections, fillers, laser and IPL, breast augmentations and reductions, and liposuction among the top five most popular procedures.
Recent adverse media reports featuring unqualified and rogue practitioners have raised questions about the industry’s ethical standards and practices. Dr Rastogi believes highlighting such cases helps to raise awareness about the importance of checking the experience and expertise of cosmetic specialists and to choose wisely.
“Our level of integrity at BellaFACE ensures that patient safety remains our highest priority. This, in turn, reduces complications and increases the client’s satisfaction – not only with an elegant end result, but the entire experience,” Dr Rastogi said.
Dr Rastogi BellaFACE Cosm etic Surgery & Medi Spa is now located at the new Honeysuckle premises. The practice offers a range of cosmetic procedures including anti-ageing and wrinkle treatments, injectables and dermal fillers, facial rejuvenation and weight loss, together with consultation services for breast augmentation, liposculpture, facelifts and tummy tucks.