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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.

Rhinoplasty: Things to consider in preparation for your nose surgery

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

So you’ve done your research, found your preferred plastic surgeon and decided to undergo rhinoplasty nose surgery.

While we have many specific pre and post care instructions and techniques that all contribute to your nose surgery being a success, and while recommendations are provided to each patient on an individualised basis, we’ve outlined some general recommendations and tips that you can follow to best prepare for your rhinoplasty surgery – in the weeks leading in, and on the day of surgery.

  1. If you are a smoker – now is the time to stop (at least 4 weeks before your procedure) Nicotine impedes the healing process. If you feel that you cannot quit we urge you to discuss your smoking with your surgeon well in advance of having your rhinoplasty surgery so that you can understand the impact this may have on your recovery and results.

  2. There are certain medications and supplements that you should cease at least 2 weeks prior to surgery, and for several weeks after. These include things like aspirin, ibuprofen, Vitamin E and some herbal supplements. If you are on any type of meal replacement program, you may need to cease or make adjustments to this also. We strongly suggest that you discuss with your surgeon, any meal replacement plans you may be on along with all of the medications you are taking (herbal, non-herbal and prescription) so that they may advise you on which are safe to continue taking and which ones you will need to cease taking (and for how long).

  3.  Stock up on any regular prescriptions and medications ahead of your surgery date if possible. Discuss these with your surgeon ahead of time and try to be as organised as possible with what you may need ahead of your surgery date. It is important that you rest at home after surgery to reduce the risk of bleeding so will need others to shop for you, so it will be easier to be prepared beforehand.

  4.  Buy a good lip conditioner/balm and ensure you have plenty of your favourite beverages on hand.  Your nose will be out of action (from a breathing perspective) for a while and as a result your mouth can often get dry from continually breathing through it. So keep your lips (and body) well hydrated.

  5.  Make sure you are 100% comfortable with your rhinoplasty procedure and what you are hoping to achieve. The weeks leading in to your nose surgery is the time you want to feel satisfied that you and your plastic surgeon are on the same page. There is absolutely no reason to not discuss any worries or concerns you have about your upcoming procedure.  If you are feeling anxious, schedule another appointment with your surgeon to alleviate any fears you may have or to ask additional questions.

  6. Arrange transportation for after your surgery. As with any surgery, you will not be permitted to drive after the surgery has taken place, and possibly for days or several weeks post surgery.

  7. Ensure you have a carer to help you for the first few days post surgery. In some cases you may need help on hand for slightly longer. Organise a friend or relative to come and stay with you for a few days so that you have someone to support you, pick the kids up from school, walk the dog, help prepare your meals and drinks and someone who can help you keep track of your medications, and any post-surgical instructions that your surgeon may want you to adhere to.

  8. Take care of any stressful work or strenuous activity BEFORE going in for surgery. You will be advised to avoid heavy lifting and sports for some time post op so get everything done to give yourself adequate time to rest and recuperate.

  9. Bring practical clothing to wear home from your nose surgery.  If possible avoid anything that you will need to lift over your head. Loose, comfortable clothing is recommended.

Remember there is no such thing as a stupid question, especially when it comes to something as important as rhinoplasty nose surgery and your resulting appearance.  To find out more or to book a consultation with a Melbourne Plastic Surgeon, submit an enquiry via our website or phone 03 9592 0522.


Bergamo Open Rhinoplasty Conference

Monday, March 14, 2016

Mr Mutimer recently headed to Bergamo, Italy to attend the high end Bergamo Open Rhinoplasty Conference (15-19 March).  This conference has progressively grown in format and reputation to become an established major symposium widely recognised worldwide.  It is aimed towards physicians performing nasal surgery from multiple specialities, and gathers a multi-disciplinary faculty to provide the best possible teachings.

The conference spanned 5 days, covering all things Rhinoplasty and included live surgery, master classes, panels, presentations and workshops and was attended by a variety of specialist surgeons from over 50 countries.  Mr Mutimer credits the faculty of internationally acknowledged speakers as the reason this conference is a must attend.  The team at Brighton Plastic Surgery think the fact that it was also in Italy also did not go unnoticed! ;)  


Rhinoplasty Recovery Tips

Friday, December 11, 2015

The decision to undergo Nose Surgery is a big one, and one that you should not take lightly.  It is so easy to get caught up in the excitement of how your new nose will look, and the relief at having had the actual nose surgery, that many people forget that what you do post-surgery can have a major impact not just on recovery time, but on how your new nose looks.

The healing time after a Rhinoplasty procedure is one of the most crucial components in ensuring that your new nose recovers well. What you do post surgery will help your nose heal in the best possible way. You want to recover quickly and without complications.

Following rhinoplasty surgery you will likely have bruising and swelling for several weeks.  If your surgeon has had to break any nasal bones, it takes about 6 weeks for your nose to fully heal.  So remember that during this period, you should take extra precaution to ensure you nose is not knocked.


These rhinoplasty recovery tips will ensure you are on the right path to a speedy recovery:

1)    Keep your head raised whenever you can, especially in the first week post-surgery.  This will reduce the pressure to your head and will help reduce swelling.  Try to keep your head elevated when sleeping also.

2)    Avoid strenuous activity – for at least 4 weeks post procedure.  Exercise increases blood flow and the last thing you want is nose bleeds, which can affect the recovery and final result of the procedure.  Swimming should be avoided for at least 4 weeks (think increased nasal pressure and/or infections).  Avoid any type of contact sport for at least 6 weeks.  You will most likely be allowed to do light exercise as little as 2 weeks after surgery however we recommend discussing this with your surgeon who will make recommendations based on your individual circumstances.

3)    Use a cold compress – applying a cold pack around the eyes (without placing it on the surgical site) will help manage swelling in this area.  Aim for 20 minutes, 3 times a day during the first week.

4)    Don’t blow your nose – naturally your nose will be very sensitive during the first 3 weeks after your surgery and blowing your nose can disrupt blood vessels and cause bleeding.

5)    Clean your nose – Keep nostrils clean and clear of blood using salt and water and special implements supplied after surgery.

6)    Avoid alcohol – refrain from any alcohol for at least 2 weeks after surgery.  Alcohol thins the blood and increases the risk of excessive bleeding. 

7)    Do not smoke - As if you didn’t already know that smoking is bad for you, it can significantly impede the healing process and lead to poor scarring and wound healing problems.  Abstain from nicotine for at least 1 month before and after surgery.  Why not use your rhinoplasty surgery as an excuse to quit once and for all?!

8)    Wearing glasses– if you need to wear corrective eyeglasses be sure to discuss this with your surgeon who will advise when these can be worn.

We know it’s hard to wait for the final result.  Follow these rhinoplasty recovery tips (and any other instructions provided by your surgeon) and you will be able to show off your new nose sooner.  If you are interested in nose surgery and would like to find out more we recommend visiting our Rhinoplasty Surgery Page.


Rhinoplasty Explained

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Spotlight on…..Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty (commonly referred to as a nose job) is a popular plastic surgery procedure in men and women of all ages.  Rhinoplasty is surgery of the nose that can improve appearance and proportion of the nose, enhancing facial harmony and self confidence. 

While the shape of your nose is usually hereditary, the appearance may have been altered in an injury or during prior surgery.   Since the nose is the most defining characteristic of the face, even the slightest alteration can greatly improve one’s facial profile.  Rhinoplasty surgery may also correct impaired breathing caused by structural abnormalities in the nose.

Rhinoplasty surgery can be used to adjust: 

  • NOSE SIZE: in relation to other facial structures

  • NOSE WIDTH: at the bridge

  •  NOSE PROFILE: with visible humps or depressions on the bridge

  • NASAL TIP: that is large or bulbous, drooping or too upturned

  • NOSTRILS: that are large, wide or upturned

  • NASAL ASYMMETRY and deviation.

Who should consider rhinoplasty?

For anyone looking to improve any of the nose structural issues outlined above, there is no upper age limit for having your nose reshaped however Mr Mutimer recommends that younger people wait until they are at least 16-18 years of age before considering the surgery.  The main reasons for this are to ensure that the nose is fully developed and that the decision to have rhinoplasty surgery is carefully considered.

Rhinoplasty surgery is a long lasting procedure.  Candidates for the procedure should carefully consider whether the surgery is right for them, consult a specialist plastic surgeon to discuss expectations and what is realistically achievable.  Axis Three (a 3D simulation technology used by Brighton Plastic Surgery) is useful technology that allows you to see a 3D simulation of your nose before and after surgery.

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