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Why Winter Is An Ideal Time To Have Plastic Surgery

Friday, May 18, 2018


A common question posed by clients looking to undergo plastic surgery in Melbourne is “when is the best time to have this procedure?”.  Whilst timing may not be an important factor for some, and there really is no right or wrong time to schedule in your surgery, winter most definitely has its benefits.

We always recommend doing what works best for you however some considerations for why winter could be a more favourable time include:

  • A more comfortable recovery: your recovery time will be the same regardless of when you have plastic surgery however winter generally poses more favourable conditions for a comfortable recovery.  The cool weather during winter means you are more likely to be wearing bulkier clothing, making it easier to cover up any swelling, dressings or compression garments.  
  • Sweat less: you will sweat less in winter making any post-surgical dressings or garments generally more comfortable to wear.
  • Easier to avoid sun exposure: exposing scars to the sun can cause permanent damage and should be avoided at all costs. For those who have lived through (and survived) a Melbourne winter you will know that generally over-exposure to sun won’t be an issue at this time of year!
  • You won’t miss out on water activities: swimming, especially in pools, is often prohibited post-surgery so again undergoing plastic surgery in winter means you won’t be left sitting on the sidelines while others enjoy the water.
  • Not showering may be easier to manage: no one likes to think about not showering regularly, however after your procedure you may be instructed to refrain from showering for several days –generally much easier to manage in the cooler months.
  • You’ll be summer ready: opting for plastic surgery in the cooler months mean you will have recovered and be ready to put your best foot forward in summer.

If you are considering plastic surgery we recommend booking a consultation with a specialist plastic surgeon in Melbourne who will be able to discuss your intended procedure, perform a full assessment of your suitability, 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.

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.

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



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