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The best age to get a face lift

Monday, January 22, 2018

Face lift surgery is a common plastic surgery procedure amongst those seeking treatment at Brighton Plastic Surgery.  A face lift reduces sagging skin and wrinkles and generally restores a more youthful look to ones appearance.  It is primarily sought out by clients when non-surgical treatments are no longer providing the results that they desire.

We often get asked “is now the time I should be considering a facelift?” There is no “ideal age” to get a face lift.  As we age smile lines get deeper, jowls become more prominent, more wrinkles appear and the skin starts to sag. In some patients these signs start to become quite prominent in their 40’s whilst others remain quite taut and youthful into their 50’s and in some cases their 60’s!

The “best” age to get a face lift really depends on when one begins to show noticeable signs of ageing.  Although people in their 40’s and 50’s often see the best results due to their skin still having sufficient elasticity, the optimal age to get a facelift really depends on each person’s individual circumstances. Skin condition and texture are more important factors in determining whether face lift surgery may be beneficial over ones age.  The above said the goal with facial rejuvenation surgery is to preserve and maintain the face, so the sooner the signs of ageing are addressed, the better and more enduring the results are likely to be.

One important thing to note is that most specialist plastic surgeons will agree that patients can expect their facelift to last 8-12 years, so often a follow up procedure may be required.

Our advice is to book in a consultation with a Specialist Plastic Surgeon who will be able to fully assess the physical factors specific to your circumstances and advise whether a face lift will likely achieve the outcome you desire.

Our website has additional information on face lift surgery including cost estimates and the ability to view the procedure in 3D.  Many patients find this very helpful before a consultation. If you are considering a face lift, feel free to call to discuss any questions you may have or to book a consultation.

Who is a good candidate for a facelift?

Friday, February 05, 2016

The aim of a facelift is to help reduce the signs of ageing and to make the face appear smoother and more youthful. Facelift surgery is popular with both men and women however it is important to be confident this is the right procedure for you. We recommend visiting a specialist plastic surgeon to explore whether you are a good candidate for face lift surgery.

There are several factors that best lend themselves to determining whether a person is a good candidate for a face lift. While these factors are by no means conclusive, they are often good indicators:

Loose Skin: When we age, gravity ceases to be our friend and our skin starts to loosen and sag, particularly in the lower portion of the face and neck.  This loose skin often indicates that you may benefit from face lift surgery. A face lift allows for any extra skin to be removed and the face tightened to reduce this saggy appearance and to restore a more youthful, natural look to the face.

Skin Elasticity:  The elasticity of the skin on the face is an important determining factor as to whether a patient is a good candidate for a face lift.  Skin should have a significant amount of flexibility (elasticity).  This allows for the skin to be gently stretched leaving a firmer looking face.

Your Bone Structure: Bone structure is the foundation of the face.  A defined bone structure will help to support any alternations made during the surgery and generally help maximise results.

Your Overall Health: You have likely heard the saying “Your health is your wealth” – this particularly applies when you opt to undertake any surgical procedure.  The healthier you are, the faster and smoother your recovery is likely to be.

Your consultation with a Specialist Plastic Surgeon will assess these physical factors, explore your expectations and assist you to understand what is realistic to achieve with this surgery. Mr Mutimer is an advocate for natural looking face lift.  A thorough consultation process will ensure both you and your surgeon are comfortable with what can be achieved in your specific circumstances.

Our website has additional information on facelift surgery including cost estimates and the ability to view the procedure in 3D.  Alternatively feel free to contact us should you have further questions or wish to book a consultation.


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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.

Considering Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)?

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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.