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The Skin Institute has moved

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

We are very excited to announce that our aesthetic clinic, The Skin Institute, has recently moved into a new premises at 124a Martin St, Brighton. 

The well-appointed new space has been beautifully fitted out and includes 7 treatment rooms.  The move also coincides with the launch of an expanded range of medical skin care.With privacy and comfort paramount, The Skin Institute continues to focus on offering clientele anti-ageing treatments in a safe, serene and luxurious environment.   

We invite you to drop by to view the new space or to find out more or make a booking call the new number 03 9596 8666.

 

6 tips for optimal skin health

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Let’s face it, when was the last time you heard “I want bad skin”.  The skin is the largest organ in the human body, outward facing and the first to show signs of ageing. At Brighton Plastic Surgery we like to say that we treat the “inside”, the underlying facial structures whilst The Skin Institute (our aesthetic clinic) treats the “outside” – the skin. Optimal results are achieved when the two operate in harmony. Good skin can be, in part, genetic but there are many factors that affect the quality of your skin and how you age:

1) Use sunscreen:

One of the most important ways to take care of your skin is to protect it from the sun. Applying sunscreen should be a part of your morning routine, even on cloudy days.  Want some extra protection? Apply sunscreen followed by a foundation infused with sunscreen or a mineral powder containing titanium or zinc oxide, both natural barriers to UV rays.

2) Don’t smoke:

Most will agree that it is easy to tell a smoker (or a reformed smoker). Beyond its known links to cancer, lung and heart disease, smoking narrows the tiny blood vessels in the outermost layers of skin, which decreases blood flow. This then deprives the skin of oxygen and important nutrients. Smoking also damages collagen and elastin. There are many reasons to quit, your organs (including your skin) will thank you for it!

3) Make H2o your friend:

We have already touched on your skin being an organ and like any other organ, it is made up of cells.  And all cells are made up of water. Not drinking enough water and the associated lack of cell hydration will often result in dry, flaky skin.  Dry skin is less resilient and more prone to wrinkles.

4) Invest in a good skin care routine:

Invest in a good skin care routine, using products that are suitable for your skin type. Whilst starting young is preferred, it is never too late. Seek specialist assistance to have your skin assessed, and ensure you are using products suitable to your skin type and the results you wish to achieve. 

5) Take a chill pill:

We don’t need to tell you that stress impacts all parts of the body negatively. Stress releases many hormones, one in particular called cortisol which can trigger break outs and other skin problems.   

6) Sleep – as if you need any more reasons:

They don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing. When you sleep the skin’s repair mechanisms swing into action. Make getting 7-8 hours of good quality sleep your priority. Your skin depends on it.

To find out more about skin health or to speak with a skin specialist visit www.theskininstitute.com.au


Most commonly requested plastic surgery for men

Thursday, May 12, 2016

As a man you are not exempt from wanting to achieve a more youthful face and body.  We have seen a substantial increase in recent years of men requesting plastic surgery.

The requested male plastic surgery procedures are varied and undertaken for a multitude of reasons.  Whether you are a baby boomer who has taken good care of yourself and want the outside to reflect how good you feel on the inside, someone you know has had surgery – loves the results and has encouraged you to explore your options or you are concerned about an aspect of your physical appearance and would like to improve it, Mr Mutimer has considerable experience in plastic surgery for men.

Whether you seek to reduce the signs of ageing, want to sculpt/shape your body, resize your nose or improve skin tone and texture, Mr Mutimer will be able to customise a procedure specific to your particular circumstances and discuss what can be realistically achieved.  Some of the most popular male plastic surgery procedures requested by men visiting Brighton Plastic Surgery include:

Rhinoplasty:

Did you know that male noses tend to have a more prominent straighter bridge and greater width to the middle of the nose?  Male rhinoplasty is a procedure that restructures the nose in order to improve its appearance and function.  The key to performing this procedure on men is to provide and improve shape without feminising the appearance of the nose. Your nose is one of the most defining characteristics of your face and for that reason, even the smallest change can have a positive impact. 

Face Lift:

It is common knowledge that, whether you are a man or woman, the first signs of ageing typically appear on the face. A facelift will tighten skin around your face, jawline and neck, resulting in a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance.  It isn’t a one size fits all procedure and there are different considerations that need to be given to a male face lift candidate over a female.  Mr Mutimer will discuss the best approach for you given your specific requirements and expected outcomes. He is an advocate of natural looking facelift surgery.

Blepharoplasty:

Eyelid surgery (also known as blepharoplasty) is a popular surgery undertaken by men.  The procedure refreshes the eyelids, removes excess fat from under the eye and helps reduce the signs of ageing, which often are quite prominent around the eyes.  Eyelid surgery is also performed to correct vision impairment as a result of sagging upper eyelids.  Your surgeon may recommend upper eyelid surgery, lower eyelid surgery or in some cases, a combination of both.

Male Breast Reduction (Gynaecomastia):

Men can develop enlarged breast tissue – known as gynaecomastia (or in more plain speak ‘man boobs’).   The condition refers to enlargement of glandular tissue, not fat tissue. It can happen to males of any weight or age and can sometimes be an inherited condition.  Obese men can look like they have man boobs due to increased fat tissue all over the body however this is not true gynaecomastia.  Mr Mutimer can discuss a number of treatment options available to improve the appearance of the chest area and the best treatment plan given your individual circumstances.

To find out more about male plastic surgery or to book a consultation phone 03 9592 0522 or submit a confidential enquiry via our website.

Top 4 ways to reduce wrinkles

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

You can stretch the truth as much as you can get away with when talking about your age, but the skin doesn’t lie – wrinkles are a natural part of ageing and can prematurely age a person well beyond their years.

We all want to make the most of what we've got.  Whether you've just started noticing a few fine lines or have been fighting a battle with pesky wrinkles for years, there are many things you can do to prevent, remove or decrease wrinkles. Whilst lifestyle factors may help keep wrinkles at bay (you have heard it all before - good nutrition, always wear sunscreen, don't smoke etc) there are also other approaches available in wrinkle reduction by way of plastic and cosmetic procedures.

At both Brighton Plastic Surgery and next door at The Skin Institute (a part of Mr Mutimer’s practice that offers a full range of non-surgical procedures), wrinkle reduction treatments are frequently requested.  Our most highly recommended treatments/procedures include:

Skin Care

You may have heard the saying ‘Invest in your skin, it is going to represent you for a very long time.’ Skin care can play a significant role in how your skin ages.  Damage to our skin is mainly caused by UV exposure – with protection being the first line of defence against ageing skin and wrinkles.  Using reputable skin care products may increase skin/cell regeneration, improve elasticity and smoothness and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. But beware! Not all skin care products are created equal.

Wrinkle Reduction Injections/Fillers

Some degree of wrinkles and fine lines in the skin are inevitable as we get older.  Wrinkle reduction injections and facial fillers are a common way to help reduce lines and give a person a more youthful and refreshed appearance.  Whilst there are many businesses and practitioners in Melbourne who can administer these injections and fillers, patients requesting this treatment at Brighton Plastic Surgery generally prefer the peace of mind that comes with having a specialist plastic surgeon both consult on, and administer, their treatment. 

Laser Resurfacing

Wrinkle reduction can also be achieved using a variety of laser resurfacing techniques, with certain characteristics making you a better candidate for one technique over another.  It is recommended to consult with a specialist plastic surgeon so that a full assessment can be made of your skin, and an appropriate course of treatment recommended.

Surgery

Many patients will have tried one (or all) of the above before progressing to plastic surgery to reduce wrinkles.  Often the aforementioned treatments will go hand in hand with any recommended surgical procedure.  If you have tried a number of treatments to help reduce your wrinkles and are still unhappy with your appearance, a consultation with a specialist plastic surgeon can explore what other surgical options may be available. 

For more information on any of the above, feel free to visit the Procedures section of our website, call us on 03 9592 0522 or submit a confidential enquiry via our website.

Melbourne Rebels Rugby 2016

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Rugby is well and truly underway for another year with the season kicking off Feb 16th.  Keith is again volunteering his time as a Plastic Surgeon to the Melbourne Rebels, attending all home games at AAMI Park.  He joins a multi-disciplinary team comprising a Match Day Doctor, Team Doctor, Dentist and Plastic Surgeon.  Keith is also a back up to the Match and Team Doctors when it comes to concussions and dislocations and usually treats 1-3 players a game for facial and scalp lacerations. 

Joining Keith is one of our practice nurses who goes with him to assist, ensuring a fast turnaround so players can get back on the field doing what they do best.  Keith’s passion for the sport ensures treating players in his down time is never an imposition  and he has often said how much he enjoys watching the game and talking to the players, some of whom are required to visit Brighton Plastic Surgery for follow up care.  



The Aesthetic Meeting - Las Vegas

Friday, April 01, 2016

Following on from his recent trip to Bergamo, Italy Mr Mutimer this week heads to Las Vegas to ‘The Aesthetic Meeting’ – where he is an invited lecturer in advanced facial anatomy.  Along with other Australian surgeons, Mr Mutimer will be teaching Masterclasses in facial anatomy.  These classes  are highly sought after by international surgeons with a keen interest in facial surgery.

The Aesthetic Meeting is a global gathering of innovators and aesthetic experts and highlights ground breaking new advances in aesthetics, great new products and showcases a range of great speakers. The conference runs from 2-7 April.

Bergamo Open Rhinoplasty Conference

Monday, March 14, 2016

Mr Mutimer recently headed to Bergamo, Italy to attend the high end Bergamo Open Rhinoplasty Conference (15-19 March).  This conference has progressively grown in format and reputation to become an established major symposium widely recognised worldwide.  It is aimed towards physicians performing nasal surgery from multiple specialities, and gathers a multi-disciplinary faculty to provide the best possible teachings.

The conference spanned 5 days, covering all things Rhinoplasty and included live surgery, master classes, panels, presentations and workshops and was attended by a variety of specialist surgeons from over 50 countries.  Mr Mutimer credits the faculty of internationally acknowledged speakers as the reason this conference is a must attend.  The team at Brighton Plastic Surgery think the fact that it was also in Italy also did not go unnoticed! ;)  


Mr Mutimer appointed Vice President of Interplast

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Mr Mutimer's involvement with Interplast spans 20+ years and he is honored to recently have been appointed Vice President of this inspiring not for profit organisation.

In a nutshell Interplast work to improve the quality of life for people with disability who are disabled as a result of congenital or acquired medical conditions such as cleft lip and palate or burn scar contractures.

Mr Mutimer is very committed to Interplast, having previously been chair of their Audit Committee.  He will be heading to Sri Lanka in August to receive Honorary Fellowship to the Sri Lankan College of Surgeons for his work with them on behalf of Interplast.

To find out more about Interplast and the work they do visit www.interplast.org.au.  Image below courtesy of Interplast website.





Six questions to ask your surgeon before having eyelid surgery

Monday, February 22, 2016

The eyes are often the first feature that you notice about a person so it goes without saying that any surgical procedure on the eyes should be done after careful consideration.  We’ve compiled a list of 6 key questions to ask your surgeon when considering eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty).  

1) Am I a good candidate for blepharoplasty?

The thin skin around the eye is susceptible to showing the first signs of ageing.  One of the main reasons a middle-aged face appears old and tired is excess fat and wrinkled, drooping skin on the upper and lower eyelids.  Whilst often just all signs of the natural ageing process, drooping or wrinkled eyelids can occasionally be caused due to other anatomical reasons.  One should never assume they are a certain candidate for eyelid surgery. It is best to have a specialist plastic surgeon evaluate your specific circumstances and recommend the most appropriate procedure to achieve the desired result.

The best candidates for blepharoplasty are those who have realistic expectations around what can be achieved, are physically healthy and free from eye problems/have healthy eyes, are non-smokers and are well informed about the procedure.  Ideal candidates are at least 35 years of age although certain genetic factors may indicate treatment as being appropriate for younger people.

Mr Mutimer also performs reconstructive eye surgery and corrective eyelid surgery for people with inherited conditions – for example where excess skin obscures the natural fold of the upper eyelids, loose skin from the upper eyelids affects vision, or where lower eyelids are sagging or mal-positioned.

2) What results should I expect to see?

Generally good candidates for eyelid surgery will have realistic expectations for what can be achieved with the procedure.  While the surgery will reduce the sagging that makes you look older and more tired, it won’t necessarily correct wrinkles around the eyes (this may require an additional type of treatment or procedure). 

3) How is the surgery performed?

There is no “one approach fits all” for eyelid surgery.  It can be performed on upper, lower or both eyelids at the same time.  Generally incisions are made in the natural folds of the eyelid, in the crease of the upper eyelid and just beneath the lashes or behind the lower eyelid.  A consultation with Mr Mutimer will provide him with the opportunity to assess your particular circumstances, assess whether you are a good candidate for the procedure, and allow him to explain how the surgery would be performed.  Eyelid surgery is an inpatient procedure performed under either general anaesthesia or local anaesthetic with sedation.

4) What should I expect in my recovery?

Every person will recover differently from surgery – regardless of the type of surgery.  Recovery from eyelid surgery generally takes several weeks.  Within the first week any stitches will be removed.  In the first weeks patients must ensure that their eyes receive plenty of rest.  Any redness, bruising and swelling occurring after the procedure will fade over time, generally this takes several weeks up to one month.  Patients will be prescribed an individual care plan (which may include specific medications and ointments) to help speed up the recovery process.  An important part of recovery is also restricting physical exertion so as to avoid increased blood flow to the eyes, as this will only increase swelling and bruising.  Most patients return to work 2 weeks after surgery.

5) How many similar surgeries have you performed?

It goes without saying that you want to feel that you are in safe hands and that the surgeon performing your blepharoplasty is well qualified to do so.  Check your surgeon’s credentials and don’t be afraid to ask how many similar surgeries they have performed, how long they have been doing the procedure for etc.  A reputable surgeon will have no issue answering these important questions and providing any information and reassurance that you need.

6) Can I get any Medicare or health fund rebates?

Generally no, in most circumstances this is a cosmetic procedure, however rebates may be available for specific corrective or reconstructive procedures.  Your circumstances will be assessed during your initial consultation with Mr Mutimer and he will be able to advise whether you qualify for any Medicare of health fund rebates.

If you are considering eyelid surgery – visit our eyelid surgery procedure page for more information or to submit an enquiry.

Who is a good candidate for a facelift?

Friday, February 05, 2016

The aim of a facelift is to help reduce the signs of ageing and to make the face appear smoother and more youthful. Facelift surgery is popular with both men and women however it is important to be confident this is the right procedure for you. We recommend visiting a specialist plastic surgeon to explore whether you are a good candidate for face lift surgery.

There are several factors that best lend themselves to determining whether a person is a good candidate for a face lift. While these factors are by no means conclusive, they are often good indicators:

Loose Skin: When we age, gravity ceases to be our friend and our skin starts to loosen and sag, particularly in the lower portion of the face and neck.  This loose skin often indicates that you may benefit from face lift surgery. A face lift allows for any extra skin to be removed and the face tightened to reduce this saggy appearance and to restore a more youthful, natural look to the face.

Skin Elasticity:  The elasticity of the skin on the face is an important determining factor as to whether a patient is a good candidate for a face lift.  Skin should have a significant amount of flexibility (elasticity).  This allows for the skin to be gently stretched leaving a firmer looking face.

Your Bone Structure: Bone structure is the foundation of the face.  A defined bone structure will help to support any alternations made during the surgery and generally help maximise results.

Your Overall Health: You have likely heard the saying “Your health is your wealth” – this particularly applies when you opt to undertake any surgical procedure.  The healthier you are, the faster and smoother your recovery is likely to be.

Your consultation with a Specialist Plastic Surgeon will assess these physical factors, explore your expectations and assist you to understand what is realistic to achieve with this surgery. Mr Mutimer is an advocate for natural looking face lift.  A thorough consultation process will ensure both you and your surgeon are comfortable with what can be achieved in your specific circumstances.

Our website has additional information on facelift surgery including cost estimates and the ability to view the procedure in 3D.  Alternatively feel free to contact us should you have further questions or wish to book a consultation.


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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - Wednesday 8th July 2020

Melbourne will return to stage 3 restrictions  ..

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Melbourne will return to stage 3 restrictions from midnight tonight. 

Brighton Plastic Surgery is a medical facility and remains open. If you have an appointment or surgery booked, these are still going ahead. We will keep you updated should there be any changes. 

For all appointments at Brighton Plastic Surgery, please only bring essential support people. Please also note that depending on the time, they may be asked to kindly wait in the car during your visit. If you have any questions  please don't hesitate to call us on 03 9592 0522.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update – Wednesday 29th April 2020

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Brighton Plastic Surgery would like to reassure our clients that our practice remains open at this time. Please note that restrictions on the types of surgeries our plastic surgeons can perform continue to be in place.

Currently we’re treating skin cancer, urgent skin lesions and trauma patients only. In doing so we continue to adhere to all Health Department Guidelines to ensure the safety of patients and our staff.  We’re performing  consults via telehealth wherever possible.Those that are required to attend the practice will be asked to adhere to strict processes and will be advised of these prior to your appointment.

Whilst we aren’t able to perform cosmetic related procedures at this time we are still taking enquiries so encourage you to get in touch if you’d like to discuss a future surgery.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update – Monday 30 March 2020

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As we continue to closely monitor and respond to the current COVID-19 situation, we’d like to advise of the following changes to our business operations as of 30th March 2020.

We remain open, however our surgeons are currently only seeing patients for skin cancers and trauma. As a result, our practice may operate on limited hours some days.

Wherever possible we have moved to telehealth for other appointments.   We are not able to undertake any wrinkle reduction or cosmetic treatments until further notice, we are however taking bookings for when it is safe to resume.

For urgent (trauma) cases arising after hours – we’ve added after hour surgeon contact details to our main office phone. If you call and our practice is closed, you’ll receive further instruction. Please note that contacting surgeons out of hours is only for urgent cases.

We thank you for your understanding and patience as we navigate these challenging times.

Please follow us on Facebook to stay abreast of any new developments as we’ll post timely updates there, and on our website. As always if you have any questions or concerns please call the practice on 03 9592 0522.