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

Thursday, November 21, 2019

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.

Plastic Surgery Congress - Gold Coast 2017

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Recently Mr Mutimer, along with Mr Shayan and Practice Nurses, Chrissy and Simone, attended the Plastic Surgery Congress (PSC) on the Gold Coast.  The Plastic Surgery Congress brings together the best in scientific and medical education from around Australia and the world and involves high quality presentations and networking events with colleagues, peers and opinion leaders.

Keith attended in his role as President of Interplast Australia & New Zealand. At the PSC Interplast supported the ongoing training of Plastic Surgeons in countries with which they run programs- in this case by sponsoring plastic surgeons from some of these countries to attend this event.

Here are a few images from the event:






Highlights from 2016

Saturday, December 17, 2016

It’s almost Christmas! Where has the year gone? As we inch closer to the end of another year we thought we would take this opportunity to recap on the year that was.  2016 has been a really positive year for Mr Mutimer and the team at Brighton Plastic Surgery.

Mr Mutimer was recently appointed President of Interplast Australia & New Zealand.  Interplast is a charity that Keith has been involved with since 1984 so he was honoured to take the position and continue his work with this remarkable organisation into 2017.

In August Mr Mutimer was made an honorary member of the Sri Lankan College of Surgeons (CSSL). He received this fellowship in recognition of his distinguished services in the field of surgery.  Through his extensive work with Interplast and in conjunction with the Sri Lankan College of Surgeons, he has played an integral part in setting up the CSSL plastic surgery training program.

Dr Ramin Shayan was in the spotlight this year for his pioneering work in treating lipoedema and lymphoedema patients. In June he was featured in a story on Lipoedema on Channel 10’s The Project and he continues to see an ever increasing number of patients seeking treatment for these debilitating conditions.

Our day surgery maintained its full accreditation this year. This means that all the standards that are set by ISO (international Standards Organisation) and the NSQHSS (National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards) were met with no findings or follow up required in any of the 300 plus areas examined, a pretty impressive outcome for a relatively small practice.

Which leads us to finish with our face lift! Not the kind you are automatically thinking of but a new “front” to Brighton Plastic Surgery.  We will be closed from midday 23rd December and will be re-opening 16th Jan.  During this time the majority of work to our “new face” will take place so when you next pop in to see us, things may look a little fresher ;)

Finally we would like to take this opportunity to wish you a safe and happy festive season. We look forward to seeing you in 2017.

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”.

Your skin cancer questions

Thursday, April 17, 2014

With summer over and many of us feeling just a teeny bit guilty about time spent in the sun (even with our sunscreen and cover ups) now is the perfect time to take stock of your skin and moles and get them checked.  Since its introduction MoleMap at Brighton Plastic Surgery has provided patients full body peace of mind when it comes to their skin and any areas of concern. 

We've collated a few of the most popular skin cancer questions patients raise and asked plastic surgeon Dr Ramin Shayan to share some insights:

  •  What’s the difference between a BCC and an SCC?

Firstly not all types of cancer are the same. BCC and SCC are the main category of skin cancers known as non-melanoma skin cancers (NMSCs).

A Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) is a growth within the basal cells of the skin, that give rise to the new skin cells that renew our skin as part of normal life. In this process, mature skin cells (keratinocytes) shed off the surface and are replaced by younger fresher cells beneath, that start as the basal layer. This type of skin cancer is essentially not able to spread  (a small group that do spread have been described as having <0.05% chance of spreading!!), however it does keep growing larger in the local area. Depending on the type of BCC, it may keep burrowing deeper. 

A Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) is also an uncontrolled growth of skin cells, but this occurs in more mature layers of the skin. Depending on the type, these cancers may also spread if neglected, but is unlikely to do so if excised in a relatively timely fashion.

  • Why did my doctor say it was OK to wait a few months to have surgery – isn't it a cancer? 

The answer is that 'cancers ain't cancers'. That means, that just the word cancer is not a death-sentence. A cancer is simply a growth of cells that has lost the normal ability of the body's cells to sense when there is something wrong, and to switch it off. There are many different types of cancer, originating in many different organs. Whilst some cancers do carry a poor survival rate, generally, the non-melanoma skin cancers (NMSCs) - BCC and SCC are among the better types of cancer to have if caught early. If a BCC or SCC is in the early stages, it is best to treat them in the early stages however there is no additional consequence if we treat these within 30 or so days.

  •  Are all skin cancers melanomas? And if my skin cancer is not a dangerous one - why bother to get it removed?

No, in fact most are not. BCCs and SCCs make up the vast majority of skin cancers in Australia however some melanomas may masquerade as BCCs or SCCs so it is important to get the specimen sent to a pathologist once it has been removed. If it does turn out to be a melanoma, there is a range of different treatment steps that must be undertaken, depending on the depth and other characteristics of the melanoma.

  •  Do skin cancers run in the family or is it because of the sun?

A good question - there is a lot we are yet to find out about the genetics of cancer.

Whilst there are some familial cancers, most skin cancers are due to exposure to the sun. Of course fair skinned people are more susceptible to sun damage and certainly one does inherit their skin type from their ancestors.  If there is a family history of skin cancer it is crucial to discuss this with your doctor.  

If you have any specific questions about skin cancer or would like to find out more about MoleMap - phone us on 03 9592 0522.

BPS welcomes new surgeon - Dr Ramin Shayan

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Brighton Plastic Surgery is pleased to welcome a new surgeon to the practice. Dr Ramin Shayan, a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, will be working with the team at Brighton Plastic Surgery seeing patients with skin lesions.

 Dr Shayan worked with Mr Mutimer during his specialist training and knows the practice well.  He also currently works at The Alfred, St Vincent’s and Royal Melbourne Hospitals.

Dr Shayan received his medical degree from the University of Melbourne in 2001 and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He completed his PhD in the molecular biology of cancer spread and lymphedema.  Dr Shayan is very involved with a research lab at The O’Brien Institute investigating Regenerative Science. 

Dr Shayan is now accepting new patients with skin lesions and is accredited in the day surgery so removal of lesions can be attended promptly should this be required.

CONTACT US now should you wish to find out more or book an appointment with Dr Shayan.


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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.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update – Tuesday 24th March 2020

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The team at Brighton Plastic Surgery would like to assure clients that we continue to closely monitor the unfolding COVID-19 situation and are implementing all necessary safety measures and closely following Health Department Guidelines.

Our practice continues to operate at this time however many changes are in place. Additional measures have been implemented to protect our patients and staff at this uncertain time. Some of these include:

  • Hand wash stations: you’ll find these at our entrance. All people entering our premises are required to thoroughly wash hands on arrival, and upon leaving.
  • Phone appointments – it is not always possible, however where we’re able we are now providing phone consultations, limiting the number of people passing through our practice whilst still providing important patient care and guidance.
  • Limited number of people in our practice at any given time– at this time only essential support people may attend a client’s appointment.  Please be mindful that as a support person you may be asked to wait in your car. If you are attending an appointment on your own, you may also be asked to wait in your car until we are ready for your appointment. The seating capacity in the reception area is deliberately very limited
  • Cashless payments – We’ve moved to cashless payments wherever possible.
If you are unwell you will not be able to attend the practice for your appointment. Please phone us and we will guide you in regard to your ongoing care.

If you have an upcoming appointment our staff will contact you to discuss how this will be managed for you.

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.

Important update regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) is understandably causing a lot of concern and social disruption in both our local community and worldwide. We are following Health Department Guidelines and have measures in place with the aim of keeping our valued patients and staff as safe as possible.

Brighton Plastic Surgery would like to reassure all our patients that we are currently open and seeing patients. There is no need to cancel your appointment unless you have travelled overseas in the last 14 days or are currently unwell with COVID-19 compatible symptoms. If this is the case, please call 03 9592 0522 and we will reschedule your appointment. 

If you have any questions or concerns about upcoming surgeries or appointments, don’t hesitate to contact us.