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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.

Rhinoplasty Recovery Tips

Friday, December 11, 2015

The decision to undergo Nose Surgery is a big one, and one that you should not take lightly.  It is so easy to get caught up in the excitement of how your new nose will look, and the relief at having had the actual nose surgery, that many people forget that what you do post-surgery can have a major impact not just on recovery time, but on how your new nose looks.

The healing time after a Rhinoplasty procedure is one of the most crucial components in ensuring that your new nose recovers well. What you do post surgery will help your nose heal in the best possible way. You want to recover quickly and without complications.

Following rhinoplasty surgery you will likely have bruising and swelling for several weeks.  If your surgeon has had to break any nasal bones, it takes about 6 weeks for your nose to fully heal.  So remember that during this period, you should take extra precaution to ensure you nose is not knocked.


These rhinoplasty recovery tips will ensure you are on the right path to a speedy recovery:

1)    Keep your head raised whenever you can, especially in the first week post-surgery.  This will reduce the pressure to your head and will help reduce swelling.  Try to keep your head elevated when sleeping also.

2)    Avoid strenuous activity – for at least 4 weeks post procedure.  Exercise increases blood flow and the last thing you want is nose bleeds, which can affect the recovery and final result of the procedure.  Swimming should be avoided for at least 4 weeks (think increased nasal pressure and/or infections).  Avoid any type of contact sport for at least 6 weeks.  You will most likely be allowed to do light exercise as little as 2 weeks after surgery however we recommend discussing this with your surgeon who will make recommendations based on your individual circumstances.

3)    Use a cold compress – applying a cold pack around the eyes (without placing it on the surgical site) will help manage swelling in this area.  Aim for 20 minutes, 3 times a day during the first week.

4)    Don’t blow your nose – naturally your nose will be very sensitive during the first 3 weeks after your surgery and blowing your nose can disrupt blood vessels and cause bleeding.

5)    Clean your nose – Keep nostrils clean and clear of blood using salt and water and special implements supplied after surgery.

6)    Avoid alcohol – refrain from any alcohol for at least 2 weeks after surgery.  Alcohol thins the blood and increases the risk of excessive bleeding. 

7)    Do not smoke - As if you didn’t already know that smoking is bad for you, it can significantly impede the healing process and lead to poor scarring and wound healing problems.  Abstain from nicotine for at least 1 month before and after surgery.  Why not use your rhinoplasty surgery as an excuse to quit once and for all?!

8)    Wearing glasses– if you need to wear corrective eyeglasses be sure to discuss this with your surgeon who will advise when these can be worn.

We know it’s hard to wait for the final result.  Follow these rhinoplasty recovery tips (and any other instructions provided by your surgeon) and you will be able to show off your new nose sooner.  If you are interested in nose surgery and would like to find out more we recommend visiting our Rhinoplasty Surgery Page.


Eureka Climb 2015

Thursday, November 19, 2015

On Sunday 15th November 2015 we had four teams who successfully took on the challenging Eureka Climb (www.eurekaclimb.com.au) including our "Corporate Cup" team (yes, mad running!) who won the Corporate Cup!

Eureka Climb is Australia's biggest vertical race held at one of the world's tallest residential buildings, Eureka Tower in Southbank, Melbourne.  The climb involved ascending 1642 steps to level 88 of the building.  Eureka Climb is in the top 20 (amount of stairs) of stair climbs in the world and is host to an Elite Race for some of Australia's best stair climbers.

We are delighted to have raised over $16,000 for key charity partners including Interplast - where funds will go towards changing the lives of people who do not currently have the capacity to do so themselves - in this case children and adults who will receive free, life changing surgery.

A huge thanks to all who supported us.  Best start training for next year!






Dr Shayan appointed Director of the O’Brien Research Institute

Monday, September 07, 2015

Dr Ramin Shayan has been appointed the Director of the O’Brien Research Institute at St. Vincent’s Institute for Medical Research, Australia’s only dedicated plastic surgery research institute. 

The research conducted at the O’Brien Institute focuses on using stem cells and molecular biology for regenerative surgery and tissue engineering. The disease focus includes tissue engineering for breast reconstruction, lymphoedema, and radiation injury after breast cancer – the diseases that result from cancer treatment – the so called “disease of cancer survivorship”.

Interplast visit to Sri Lanka

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Mr Mutimer has had a long term association with Interplast and in Feb this year was fortunate enough to undertake another Interplast trip overseas, this time to Sri Lanka.  The College of Surgeons in Sri Lanka requested Interplast assist them with the plastic surgery curriculum program development. 

During his week long visit, Mr Mutimer met with the President of the College of Surgeons and also spent time working with the current plastic surgery trainees and members of the college who are directly involved in the development of the surgical training program.

Pictured below is Mr Mutimer along with Dr Dulip Perera (second from left), a plastic surgeon from Sri Lanka who has had a long standing relationship with Interplast and the development of plastic surgery in his country. 

Following Mr Mutimer's  visit he was advised that he was nominated and accepted for honorary fellowship from the College of Surgeons Sri Lanka - which honours his contribution to the Plastic Surgery fraternity in Sri Lanka. This prestigious award is the highest given to a foreign surgeon by the college. 

Celebrating triumph over adversity

Friday, June 05, 2015
Recently the BPS team were fortunate to have the opportunity to attend "The Brighton Lunch" - a fundraising event held by Rotary. Rotary are a long standing supporter of Interplast and this lunch was held to support numerous charities, including Interplast.

Dr Mutimer spoke at the event alongside Interplast CEO, Prue Ingram.  Interplast ambassador Turia Pitt also spoke - her inspirational words highlighting that burns are still a very big issue in many countries, and how she would not have survived had her particular situation happened to her in a developing country.  Turia's work with Interplast has bought an understanding of the effects burns can have on entire communities and the impact one surgery has, not just for that person, but their whole families livelihood.  

In his address, Mr Mutimer outlined  the importance of the fundraising efforts for Interplast and the vital role they play in allowing Interplast to provide life changing surgery today, and build sustainable health systems for tomorrow.  Funds collected help surgical teams enter countries to assist local surgeons, and train them so that they are able to perform more surgeries themselves, thus improving the quality of, and saving lives.

For more information or to make a donation - visit the Interplast website.


Mr Mutimer and Interplast CEO Prue Ingram


Interplast ambassador Turia Pitt - with BPS staff Charlotte (left) and Simone (right)


 The BPS team


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Dr Ramin Shayan appointed Consultant Plastic Surgeon to the Victorian Melanoma Service

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Dr Ramin Shayan has recently been appointed by the Victorian Melanoma Service as one of their Consultant Plastic Surgeons.

Located at The Alfred Hospital, the Victorian Melanoma Service (VMS) is one of Australia’s largest multidisciplinary treatment services for melanoma.  It provides treatment for patients who have a biopsy proven melanoma. The clinic is accessed via a referral from a GP or medical professional.

The clinic has a number of specialists who work together to diagnose, treat and follow up on melanoma patients. Medical professionals who work at the VMS include those who specialise in anatomical pathology, dermatology, plastic surgery, general surgery, medical oncology and radiation.

Dr Shayan has specialised in melanoma and skin lesion removal at Brighton Plastic Surgery since joining the practice in 2014. This is in addition to his pioneering work in the treatment of lymphoedema.

“It is exciting to join such an expert team to ensure delivery of gold standard, cutting edge assessment and treatment of often complex melanoma patients” said Dr Shayan.To find out more about the Victorian Melanoma Service visit Alfred Health.

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The Inaugural Friends of Interplast fundraising dinner was recently held at The Carousel in Albert Park.

The dinner aims to raise much needed funds for Interplast’s work in repairing bodies and rebuilding lives across the Asia Pacific Region.

As President of Interplast, Mr Mutimer spoke at the event and is pictured below alongside recently announced ambassador, and rising AFLW star, Jess Hosking.

The evening was a huge success with funds raised being used to create the 'Friends of Interplast' Program. This will involve sending a surgical team overseas where approximately 30- 50 patients will receive life changing surgery, as well as opportunities for Interplast volunteers to build capacity and provide ongoing training.

To find out more about Interplast or to donate visit: www.interplast.org.au

Latest update on textured breast implants and ALCL

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This information has been summarised from the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons recent statement on Breast Implant Associated ALCL.

Understandably, a number of patients with breast implants have been alarmed by the increase of coverage in the news regarding Breast Implant Associated-Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) following the announcement that the TGA were reviewing the safety and ongoing availability of textured breast implants in Australia.

Here's a summary of current information and what you need to know:

  • The TGA announced on 11 July 2019 that it had completed its review and laboratory assessment of textured breast implants on the Australian market.
  • The next steps are either a proposal to cancel or a proposal to suspend certain types of textured implants by specific manufacturers. 
  • You can find the full list of implants in question on the TGA’s website.
  • It is important to note that BIA-ALCL is not breast cancer. 
  • It is a rare type of lymphoma that develops adjacent to breast implants, usually as a swelling of the breast 3-14 years after insertion.  This swelling is due to fluid building up in the fibrous capsule that surrounds the implant and does not develop in the breast tissue itself.  It can also present as a swelling or lump in the breast or armpit.
  • BIA-ALCL is a rare condition, with 92 patients confirmed in Australia and New Zealand.  Due to its rarity, it's difficult to be sure about the exact level of risk of developing this disease.  The risk of developing ALCL with textured implants differs with different grades of texture from one in 2,800 to one in 80,000.  Comparatively, breast cancer occurs in one in every eight women.
  • In the case of BIA-ALCL, the key to effective treatment is early diagnosis and specialist treatment.
  • In the early stages, BIA-ALCL is slow-growing and curable by surgery alone.
  • The cause is currently unknown but Australian and New Zealand Plastic Surgeons, along with local and international research organisations are working tirelessly to find the cause.
  • BIA-ALCL can occur in both breast reconstruction cases and cosmetic cases, as well as affecting both saline and silicone implants. 
  • At this time, there is no evidence to suggest the benefit of routine removal of breast implants if you do not have symptoms of this condition.

What should you do if you are concerned?

  • If your surgery was performed at Brighton Plastic Surgery, please ring us and we can inform you about what implants you have, and we can guide you through the clinical review process. If your surgery was conducted elsewhere and you are unsure of the type of breast implant used in your surgery, details will be in your original surgeon's medical files, and they will be able to inform you if it is a textured implant.
  • If you are unable to contact your original surgeon, please see your GP who can get you in contact with a Specialist Plastic Surgeon for a full clinical evaluation.  It would be recommended that this occur in any patient with breast implants, who are exhibiting symptoms of this condition.

We recommend that you click here to read the full statement from the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.