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Interplast Trip To Nepal

Monday, May 15, 2017

Fresh off the plane yesterday, Mr Mutimer recently took part in a whirlwind trip to Nepal in his capacity as President of Interplast Australia & New Zealand.

Whilst in Nepal Keith met with Nepalese Government and Australian Embassy officials along with hospital administrators in Kathmandu to continue strengthening relationships in Nepal so that Interplast may continue their capacity to deliver programs in the area. There was an Interplast team working with the hospital staff during this time and they gave the hospital a sewing machine so that they would be able to make their own garments for their burns patients, a great addition to a hospital that already has remarkable sustainability systems in place.

Coinciding with his visit, Keith was also there to meet and thank members of an Interplast fundraising team, led by the always inspirational Turia Pitt, who departed Kathmandu for the hair raising plane ride into the world’s most dangerous airport (Lukla), and subsequent trek Everest Base Camp.

Keith was also fortunate to meet with Rotary volunteers & visitors whilst in Nepal to thank them for all of their fundraising efforts. A lot to fit into 4 days but an extremely successful and memorable trip. 


Above: Mr Mutimer (right) with senior medical staff.


Above: Local and visiting team members . The sewing machine was a gift to the hospital so that they can make their own compression garments for burns patients.

Above: Sewing machine/compression garments instruction session.

Above: Nepal Cleft & Burn Centre

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.

The Aesthetic Meeting - Las Vegas

Friday, April 01, 2016

Following on from his recent trip to Bergamo, Italy Mr Mutimer this week heads to Las Vegas to ‘The Aesthetic Meeting’ – where he is an invited lecturer in advanced facial anatomy.  Along with other Australian surgeons, Mr Mutimer will be teaching Masterclasses in facial anatomy.  These classes  are highly sought after by international surgeons with a keen interest in facial surgery.

The Aesthetic Meeting is a global gathering of innovators and aesthetic experts and highlights ground breaking new advances in aesthetics, great new products and showcases a range of great speakers. The conference runs from 2-7 April.

Interplast visit to Sri Lanka

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Mr Mutimer has had a long term association with Interplast and in Feb this year was fortunate enough to undertake another Interplast trip overseas, this time to Sri Lanka.  The College of Surgeons in Sri Lanka requested Interplast assist them with the plastic surgery curriculum program development. 

During his week long visit, Mr Mutimer met with the President of the College of Surgeons and also spent time working with the current plastic surgery trainees and members of the college who are directly involved in the development of the surgical training program.

Pictured below is Mr Mutimer along with Dr Dulip Perera (second from left), a plastic surgeon from Sri Lanka who has had a long standing relationship with Interplast and the development of plastic surgery in his country. 

Following Mr Mutimer's  visit he was advised that he was nominated and accepted for honorary fellowship from the College of Surgeons Sri Lanka - which honours his contribution to the Plastic Surgery fraternity in Sri Lanka. This prestigious award is the highest given to a foreign surgeon by the college. 

Celebrating triumph over adversity

Friday, June 05, 2015
Recently the BPS team were fortunate to have the opportunity to attend "The Brighton Lunch" - a fundraising event held by Rotary. Rotary are a long standing supporter of Interplast and this lunch was held to support numerous charities, including Interplast.

Dr Mutimer spoke at the event alongside Interplast CEO, Prue Ingram.  Interplast ambassador Turia Pitt also spoke - her inspirational words highlighting that burns are still a very big issue in many countries, and how she would not have survived had her particular situation happened to her in a developing country.  Turia's work with Interplast has bought an understanding of the effects burns can have on entire communities and the impact one surgery has, not just for that person, but their whole families livelihood.  

In his address, Mr Mutimer outlined  the importance of the fundraising efforts for Interplast and the vital role they play in allowing Interplast to provide life changing surgery today, and build sustainable health systems for tomorrow.  Funds collected help surgical teams enter countries to assist local surgeons, and train them so that they are able to perform more surgeries themselves, thus improving the quality of, and saving lives.

For more information or to make a donation - visit the Interplast website.


Mr Mutimer and Interplast CEO Prue Ingram


Interplast ambassador Turia Pitt - with BPS staff Charlotte (left) and Simone (right)


 The BPS team

Interplast visit to Bhutan

Monday, September 22, 2014
Mr Mutimer recently travelled to Bhutan as part of a needs assessment team for Interplast.  Landing at the worlds 4th most dangerous airport made for some nervous flying but the team thankfully landed safely. Interplast currently do not run any programs in Bhutan, so the purpose of the trip was to establish whether an Interplast program would be useful.

Bhutan has expressed an interest in having an Interplast program in their country, not only for the valuable and life-changing operative procedures Interplast perform, but to take advantage of the teachings and knowledge to be learned from Interplast Surgeons, ensuring that the medical community of Bhutan can manage and sustain the work of Interplast, long after they are gone.  The plan would be to upskill doctors, nurses and allied health staff in reconstructive plastic surgery. Hospitals in Bhutan are quite well set up but the services offered are very basic in comparison to Australia.

Many other organizations have “camps” which fly in, operate and fly out but Bhutan is looking for training so that their doctors have the capacity to manage injuries throughout the year, not just when international help is present.

Interplast would likely initially assist with hand surgery and small general plastic surgery.  There is a strong need for both of these sustainable, entry level surgeries. Mr Mutimer witnessed a patient who had been mauled by a bear whilst picking mushrooms in a field - so it goes without saying that the presenting cases in Bhutan would be quite varied compared to most of the cases Mr Mutimer treats in Australia.

No visit to a country like Bhutan is complete without sampling the local fare - Keith found the food fascinating, extremely colourful and very different to Australian cuisine. He was taken out for dinner by a group of local doctors to an Italian restaurant who proceeded to run out of cheese. The solution? Close the restaurant! Not one to go hungry the group decided instead to dine on much enjoyed local fare.  Keith found Bhutan a beautiful country with magnificent countryside (a hikers dream) - he hopes to return one day to hike and explore the country further.

For more information on Interplast visit: https://www.interplast.org.au



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

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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.