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Brow lift - a subtle lift with big impact

Monday, October 28, 2013



A brow lift or brow lift surgery is performed on both men and women and is designed to deliver a younger, softer looking appearance to the upper facial area. The procedure is most popular with men and women aged 40-65 although is generally considered appropriate for anyone who feels that their brow area has sagged.

A brow lift will:

  • Minimise the creases that develop across the forehead or those that occur high on the bridge of the nose, between the eyes
  • Improve what are commonly referred to as frown lines (vertical creases that develop between the brows)
  • Reposition low or sagging eyebrows
  • Raise the eyebrows to a more alert and youthful position.

Benefits of brow lift surgery include:

  • A more youthful, less tired and rejuvenated appearance 
  • Increased overall self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Correction of the asymmetry of the forehead and eyebrows

A brow lift is often performed in conjunction with other surgeries including eyelid surgery, facial rejuvenation and/or skin resurfacing techniques.

A brow lift generally takes 1-2 hours to perform, depending on the surgical method used.  There are varying approaches to performing a brow lift however the two most popular (and those used by Mr Mutimer) are the less invasive Endoscopic Brow Lift (also referred to as Temporal Brow Lift) and the traditional Open Brow Lift (also known as Coronal Brow Lift). Because everyone is different, a trained plastic surgeon will be best placed to recommend the most appropriate approach for you to achieve the desired outcome.


Results of brow lift surgery are long lasting.  Initial wound healing will generally take 5-14 days although healing will continue for several weeks as swelling subsides and incision lines refine and fade.  

It is important to speak to your plastic surgeon about your expectations and what can realistically be achieved with brow lift surgery.  To find out more information we would recommend you read the additional information we have prepared on this procedure: Click here to download Brow Lift information 

Spotlight on face lift surgery

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Our face changes as we age.  Smile lines get deeper, jowls become more prominent and wrinkles appear as skin loses its elasticity.  If you are bothered by the signs of ageing in your face, a face lift may be suitable for you.  The aim of a face lift is to achieve a natural-looking facial refreshment and rejuvenation. It may also be combined with other procedures such as a brow lift to correct a sagging or deeply furrowed brow or eyelid surgery to rejuvenate ageing eyes.

Technically known as rhytidectomy, a face lift is a surgical procedure that improves visible signs of ageing in the face and neck such as:

  • Sagging in the mid face
  • Deep creases below the lower eyelids
  • Deep creases along the nose extending to the corner of the mouth
  • Fat  that has fallen or is displaced
  • Loss of muscle tone in the lower face creating jowls
  • Loose skin and excess fatty deposits under the chin and jaw

Who is suitable for a face lift?

Women and men who have loose skin in the neck and along the jaw line and deep smile lines in the mid face are ideal candidates for face lift surgery.  Whilst the average patient age is 50’s and 60’s the surgery can be performed on both older and younger patients.  Techniques are modified according to age, condition of skin and individual needs and expectations of each patient.

It is essential that candidates for a face lift are in good physical and emotional health and that you start your experience with realistic expectations and the desire for personal improvement, not perfection.

Contact us if you would like to find out more about face lift surgery or visit our website and view face lift procedure in 3D

Rhinoplasty Explained

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Spotlight on…..Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty (commonly referred to as a nose job) is a popular plastic surgery procedure in men and women of all ages.  Rhinoplasty is surgery of the nose that can improve appearance and proportion of the nose, enhancing facial harmony and self confidence. 

While the shape of your nose is usually hereditary, the appearance may have been altered in an injury or during prior surgery.   Since the nose is the most defining characteristic of the face, even the slightest alteration can greatly improve one’s facial profile.  Rhinoplasty surgery may also correct impaired breathing caused by structural abnormalities in the nose.

Rhinoplasty surgery can be used to adjust: 

  • NOSE SIZE: in relation to other facial structures

  • NOSE WIDTH: at the bridge

  •  NOSE PROFILE: with visible humps or depressions on the bridge

  • NASAL TIP: that is large or bulbous, drooping or too upturned

  • NOSTRILS: that are large, wide or upturned

  • NASAL ASYMMETRY and deviation.

Who should consider rhinoplasty?

For anyone looking to improve any of the nose structural issues outlined above, there is no upper age limit for having your nose reshaped however Mr Mutimer recommends that younger people wait until they are at least 16-18 years of age before considering the surgery.  The main reasons for this are to ensure that the nose is fully developed and that the decision to have rhinoplasty surgery is carefully considered.

Rhinoplasty surgery is a long lasting procedure.  Candidates for the procedure should carefully consider whether the surgery is right for them, consult a specialist plastic surgeon to discuss expectations and what is realistically achievable.  Axis Three (a 3D simulation technology used by Brighton Plastic Surgery) is useful technology that allows you to see a 3D simulation of your nose before and after surgery.

Like to know more?

Download our free Rhinoplasty Report

Spotlight on eyelid surgery

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Ageing of the upper and lower eyelids is normally due to a combination of loose skin and protrusion of fat.  Eyelid surgery (also referred to as blepharoplasty) is a common surgical procedure that is designed to rejuvenate the eye area, making you look more rested and in some cases younger.  In severe cases it can also be used to help improve vision where excess tissue in the upper eyelid causes drooping that obstructs ones vision. 

Blepharoplasty can be performed on upper eyelids, lower eyelids or both. It is used to treat:

  • Bags under the eye area
  • Excess fatty deposits that can appear as puffiness in the upper or lower eyelids
  • Excess skin and wrinkles in the lower eyelid area
  • Loose or sagging skin that creates folds or disturbs the natural contour of the upper lid, sometimes impairing vision.

Eyelid surgery is most successful on adult patients who have healthy facial tissue and who have realistic expectations as to the level of improvement that can be achieved. Mr Mutimer will discuss your individual circumstances and best advise the appropriate eyelid procedure for you.

If you would like to know more about eyelid surgery we suggest you view eyelid surgery in 3D on our site or please feel free to contact us to make an appointment with Mr Mutimer.

A message from Mr Mutimer

Monday, June 17, 2013

The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons held their annual scientific meeting in April 2013 in Melbourne.

This was very well attended, with a large contingent of surgeons from North America.  I was invited to present my experience with key hole brow lifts and eyelid surgery.  There was considerable interest with many surgeons expressing a desire to visit and observe the techniques.  There were many presentations from our overseas visitors which were very informative but it was also pleasing to realise that Australian cosmetic surgery is on par if not better than that offered elsewhere.

Currently I am seeing lots of patients who want improvement in the neck or double chin without undergoing a full facelift (and the look associated with this surgery).  Over the past year I have been developing a method whereby this can be done whilst also tightening the jawline and jowl areas.  This procedure has a quicker recovery time, less bruising and shorter operating times.

If you would like to find out more, Michelle and the team can inform you. Alternatively I am happy to see you for a consultation.

Keith Mutimer - Plastic Surgeon


Meet Our Patient Advisor

Thursday, June 06, 2013


Brighton Plastic Surgery is delighted to welcome Jacqui to our team. 

Jacqui has been working in our industry for a number of years now and brings a wealth of knowledge and a wonderful smile! Jacqui is one of the first people you will meet when you come to Brighton Plastic Surgery and she is the one stop shop for all the information you are looking for. 

Give Jacqui a call or drop in to see her and she would be only too happy to help you.


Focus on: INTERPLAST

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Interplast is an organisation that has just celebrated its 30th birthday. Mr Mutimer has been involved with Interplast for over 20 years and has travelled to Vietnam, Fiji, Tonga, Vanuatu, China and Sri Lanka as part of a plastic surgery team who have performed hundreds of operations to improve the lives of those who would not otherwise have had access to this surgery.

What is Interplast? We here at BPS know it very well but as Interplast articulate “we believe we’re Australia and New Zealand’s best kept secret.” Interplast’s intentions are simple. They exist to repair bodies and rebuild lives. They aim to build capacity, empower communities and leave a legacy.

In a nutshell, Interplast are a not-for-profit organisation working to improve the quality of life for people with a disability - who are disabled as a result of congenital or acquired medical conditions such as cleft lip and palate or burn scar contractures.

Interplast do this by sending fully qualified Australian and New Zealand volunteer plastic and reconstructive surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses and allied health professionals to the Asia Pacific region to provide free surgical treatment for patients who would otherwise not be able to afford access to such services. 

For Interplast, it’s all about function and enabling full engagement in society. Interplast also pride themselves on their intentions to leave a legacy. The aim? To do themselves out of a job. Interplast focus heavily on facilitating medical training and mentoring for in-country medical personnel by supporting and building the capacity of local health services.

Quite simply, their purpose is to provide life-changing surgery today and sustainable health systems tomorrow. Mr Mutimers long involvement with the organisation now sees him sitting on the board of Interplast, assisting an inspiring team of dedicated individuals to see that Interplast continues to provide this life changing service today, tomorrow and for a long time to come.

If you would like to know more about Interplast, just ask the team when you come in or log onto www.interplast.org.au

(Image courtesy of Sarah Rhodes)

Photo Dynamic Therapy (PDT)

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Photo Dynamic Therapy (or PDT as it is often referred to) is medically proven as an effective non-invasive cosmetic treatment to treat and reverse the visible signs of sun damaged and ageing skin.

Many people are familiar with the term IPL (intense pulsed light). IPL revolutionized cosmetic medicine and now PDT is the gold standard of IPL skin treatments. PDT has been in use for quite a few years and is considered one of the major advances in cosmetic surgery this century.

PDT treatments can only be performed by doctors and registered nurses.   It involves applying a special solution to the face, hands, décolletage or arms to make skin more sensitive to light. The solution is called ‘ALA’.  Once the solution has been left on skin for a short while it is removed and then you have our IPL treatment on top of this which provides a much more effective and dramatic result.

PDT successfully treats a broad range of skin conditions and disorders including:

  • Sun damage     
  • Age Spots
  • Pre Cancerous Lesions
  • Pigmentation
  • Oily Skin
  • Fine Lines
  • Psoriasis
  • Acne & Acne Scarring                                  
  • Freckles                                               
  • Poor skin quality                               
  • Enlarged pores                                  
  • Rosacea                                                                                            

You can ‘help turn back the clock’ and have skin which has a better tone, less marks and appears much fresher, younger and glowing.  PDT is a more dramatic treatment which results in more dramatic results.

If you would like to know more or find out whether you are a candidate for this treatment, feel free to talk to one of our Registered Nurses either at The Skin Institute or Brighton Plastic Surgery.

Latest 3D simulation technology

Saturday, April 06, 2013

Brighton Plastic Surgery is very pleased to be one of just a few plastic surgery centres in Victoria currently utilising the latest in 3D simulation technology – called AxisThree.  Whilst there are plans to use the technology across a broad range of procedures we are currently focusing on providing  breast implant & contouring, chin implant and neck contouring patients with the opportunity to see a more accurate picture of their surgical outcome prior to surgery.

The main benefit of AxisThree is that it takes a lot of the guess work out of plastic surgery and allows you to be confident in your decision making and realistically see how your procedure will look on your body, ultimately alleviating some of the pre-surgery worries that you may have or concerns regarding what the end result is likely to be.

AxisThree can show you multiple views of how your surgery will look, side by side so that you can compare different looks. It also enables images to be rotated and viewed at any angle.  AxisThree report that 91% of patients surveyed found that the technology greatly improved their consultation experience.

If you are interested in finding out more about this 3D simulation technology or in booking a consultation submit a confidential enquiry and one of our team will be in touch.

The Skin Institute

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

As many people already know, The Skin Institute is the non surgical arm of Brighton Plastic Surgery and is located right next door.  It is the place to visit if you are thinking that you would like to enhance your appearance or skin quality but are not looking to have surgery at this time. That said, many of Mr Mutimer’s patients are also clients of The Skin Institute.

The two practices work very closely together to ensure the best result for those who seek improvement in skin quality and overall appearance.  For Mr Mutimer’s clients who opt to also seek treatment at The Skin Institute it can best be summed up as Mr Mutimer is the one who looks after the quantity of skin and The Skin Institute looks after the quality of skin. 

The Skin Institute is staffed by an experienced team including Michelle, Pauline and Colette who are all registered nurses who have worked in the operating theatre with Mr Mutimer for more than 10 years.  This experience working closely with Mr Mutimer has given The Skin Institute staff the benefit of knowing his expectations inside out.   The nursing experience also means that the staff are well equipped to talk about some of the procedures performed at Brighton Plastic Surgery. Working alongside the registered nurses are also Georgia, Eva, Tracey and Fiona.

The Skin Institute offers complimentary consultations.  At this initial consult and depending on your individual needs, a qualified practitioner will provide advice on skin care, skin treatments such as laser and peels, hair removal and acne and wrinkle treatments. All products and procedures utilised are of the highest standard and endorsed by Mr Mutimer.


Click to view a full list of services offered by The Skin Institute.

 


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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.

Inaugural Friends Of Interplast Dinner

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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.