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Melbourne Plastic Surgery Blog

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.

 

Important Information About Breast Implants

Thursday, January 24, 2013

ISAPS Official Statement on Faulty PIP and ROFIL Medro Breast Implants

Please note that Mr Mutimer does not and has not ever used these implants.

Hanover, NH - During a recent French governmental inspection of breast implants manufactured by PIP and ROFIL Medro since 2001, health authorities have discovered that most are filled with industrial grade silicone that does not meet the same stringent quality requirements as medical grade silicone. The rupture rate of these implants appears to be five times higher as compared to other implants. This means that they do not meet legal requirements or industry standards. Due to the high risk of rupture and subsequent release and distribution of silicone gel, PIP breast implants have been prohibited in Europe since April 2010 where more than 1,000 cases of ruptured PIP breast implants have been reported already. The total number of patients with PIP breast implants is estimated at 30,000.

The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) strongly supports the French recommendation that breast implant patients should check with their doctor or hospital to determine if their implants were manufactured by the French company Poly Implant Prosthesis (PIP) or if they have M-Implants manufactured by ROFIL Medro in the Netherlands. Even without any clinical signs of rupture, these implants should be removed or exchanged immediately to avoid further health risks.

In a recently conducted study, a connection between PIP breast implants and possible cancers was not detected; however, other medical complications may result from a ruptured implant. Women with breast implants not manufactured by these two companies are not affected and should feel safe.

The forty-one year old International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery is the largest international society of individual board certified (or the equivalent) aesthetic plastic surgeons with more than 2,100 members in 93 countries. Surgeons undergo a strict application process to determine their qualifications to join the society. The ISAPS mission is twofold: the continuing education of plastic surgeons in latest techniques in the field of aesthetic plastic surgery and medicine and the promotion of patient safety. ISAPS encourages all women with PIP or Rofil Medro breast implants to check with a specialized plastic surgeon as soon as possible. All ISAPS members are listed on the website www.isaps.org

Merry Christmas

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

We would like to wish all of our patients and their families a safe and relaxing Christmas break. It has been our pleasure to meet you this year and we look forward to seeing you next year. We are excited about meeting new patients and taking on the challenge of another busy year. It’s a great time of year to reflect on what has been and what’s to come and we would love you to be part of it. 

This website has a lot of information but nothing beats talking to us in person, so ring from the 7th of January onwards and we would be delighted to help you, it’s what we are here for.

Merry Christmas from the team at Brighton Plastic Surgery.

Hi from the team

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Many people who we have the pleasure of meeting through our practice are often pleasantly surprised that everyone they encounter are to quote 'really nice, normal people'.  I know for some, a plastic surgery experience can at first appear very daunting so it is always lovely to get the opportunity to meet with Mr Mutimer's patients and play a part in putting them at ease. 

With this in mind, I thought it might be nice to introduce the team starting with Mr Mutimer himself.

As you may have already read, Mr Mutimer is a fully qualified Plastic, Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgeon. He has worked in this field for over 20 years and still thoroughly loves the work he does each day. He has always been passionate about education and has trainee Plastic Surgeons working with him on a regular basis. He is very involved with Interplast, having travelled overseas numerous times to operate with surgical teams in countries such as Vietnam and Sri Lanka, a country he has fallen in love with. Mr Mutimer now contributes his time on the Board of Interplast.

One thing you may not know about Mr Mutimer is that he is an avid Collingwood supporter (which we happily remind him of whenever they lose!) 

Michelle, our CEO/Director of Nursing (that's me) has worked in Day Surgery for over 15 years and has always had a passion for management. (I guess this is where I stop talking about myself in the third person?) I am at my happiest when surrounded by paperwork and forms!  I have been involved in the state and national day surgery nurses groups and the Australia Day Surgery Council.  One of the things I love the most about day surgery is meeting new people all the time. 

One thing you may not know about me is that I have a well established addiction to chocolate and stationery (mental image of my top drawer, if you need a sugar kick or a paper clip.....that's the place to go!)

Next may I introduce you to Rita, our Business Manager. Rita is the engine of the practice, working behind the scenes to keep things humming along. She handles all of the accounts side of the practice and helps with medical claims from various health care providers, and all the stuff that requires patience and an eye for detail. 

One thing you may not know about Rita- she has never had an urge to learn how to fly!

Simone and Chrissy are our Practice Nurses and both have formal qualifications and years of experience in Plastic Surgical Nursing.  There is not much they haven't seen and they both love the busy, interactive role that is caring for  our patients both before and after surgery. They are a fountain of knowledge and only too happy to share this with you and answer any questions you may have. 

We asked around and found out Simone is addicted to holidaying in warm places whilst Chrissy is an avid gardener - she even grows her own vegie patch and obviously is good at it as her family gets fed from it every day! 

Last but definitely not least are our two lovely receptionists Charlotte and Stacey. They will be one of the first people you meet when you step into Brighton Plastic Surgery. 

Somethings you may not know about Charlotte and Stacey: Charlotte is one who needs her coffee in the morning (but dont worry she will still be a welcoming face should she not have had her fix yet!) and Stacey loves art and drawing.

Look forward to seeing you when next you pay us a visit.

Michelle Birks - Director of Nursing


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Considering Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)?

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Ears are usually not the most noticed feature of the face but for people with prominent ears, they can find this upsetting, especially for children or people who wear their hair short.  Ear plastic surgery, also known as Otoplasty is designed to correct protruding ears. It can also be used to make ears more symmetrical or to correct ears that droop to low.

Ear surgery involves a surgeon pinning the patient’s ears back closer to the head, thus making them less prominent.

There are many benefits associated with undergoing surgical otoplasty. These include:

  • Low risk – the procedure is considered very safe with minimal risks involved (see important considerations below)
  • Minimal scarring once healed
  • Enhanced confidence and self esteem
  • Natural looking results

Ear surgery – important considerations

There are several key considerations for those exploring the option of ear surgery (otoplasty).

1) Timing (for young patients) – a person’s ears reach full development by the age of 4-5 therefore ear pinning surgery should not be performed until AFTER this age.

2)  Recovery time – overall recovery from otoplasty surgery is generally quick. There may be some discomfort in the first 1-2 days but this generally settles quickly.

3)  There will be some swelling and bruising post-surgery. Usually the bruising and discolouration is gone within 3 weeks. Swelling will diminish over the course of the first 6 weeks, however some minor swelling may continue for up to 2-3 months.

4)  It is important to note that a patient can only sleep semi-reclined on their back during the initially recovery period (generally for the first 2-3 week/s).

5)  Complications are generally minimal for otoplasty however as with any surgery risks can include bleeding, slow healing time, numbness and thickened scarring behind the ear. 

6)  One of the most problematic complications with ear surgery is if the ear is pulled on or knocked before adequate healing has occurred. If this happens the shape can be altered. Absolute care should be taken to avoid this and if this does occur you should reach out to your surgeon straight away to receive further advice.

Parents with a child who opts to undergo otoplasty will often find the first several weeks challenging, assisting the child to follow all instructions provided to ensure an optimal recovery. This includes keeping their head bandaged, ensuring they don’t scratch the ear area if itchy, minimising physical activity so as to not knock the ears etc. Knowing this in advance allows for pre-planning and makes it all very manageable.

If you are considering ear plastic surgery we recommend booking a consultation with a specialist plastic surgeon in Melbourne who will be able to discuss the intended procedure, perform a full suitability assessment, discuss expected outcomes and answer any questions you may have, including when may be the best time to have the procedure. 

For more information or to book a consultation feel free to call us on 03 9592 0522 or submit an enquiry via our website.



Interplast 35th Anniversary Celebrations

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Last week Mr Mutimer had the pleasure of attending and addressing attendees of Interplast’s 35th Anniversary Celebrations.

 In attendance was Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria and Mr Anthony Howard AM QC who kindly hosted the reception at Government House. The Governor praised the work of Interplast in repairing bodies and rebuilding lives across 17 countries in the Asia Pacific region, as well as acknowledged the wonderful contribution of volunteers and donors.

The event was attended by over 120 Interplast supporters including Board members & staff, volunteers, corporate partners and donors.

To find out more about Interplast or to make a donation visit www.interplast.org.au

What is lip lift surgery?

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A lip lift is a procedure designed to lift the top lip in people who have a thin upper lip. It is a permanent solution  and is most beneficial for those wishing to improve the perceived volume of their lips and aesthetic of their smile and facial proportions. A lip lift can also reduce the signs of ageing often prevalent around the mouth.

Lip lift surgery involves a surgeon carefully removing a small amount of skin under the nose in order to “lift” the upper lip.  The procedure is performed as day surgery, usually under local anaesthetic.  The procedure generally takes less than an hour. Lip lift surgery is tailored to each individual to ensure natural looking results are achieved.

It is worth noting that a lip lift is only performed on the top lip.  Often lip fillers are also used in the bottom lip to create balanced, voluminous lips.

Interested to find out more or book a lip lift consult? Feel free to call us on 03 9592 0522 or submit a confidential enquiry via our website.