Melbourne Plastic Surgery Blog

Melbourne Plastic Surgery Blog

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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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.

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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.