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All You Need To Know About Fat Injections

Friday, June 02, 2017

Plastic surgery related fat injections, also referred to as fat grating is becoming quite a popular plastic surgery procedure in Australia with many surgeons now using fat grating techniques as both a stand-alone technique and/or as part of their approach to facelift surgery

The procedure involves transferring small amounts of a patients’ own body fat into areas of the body – often the face which is what we are focusing on here.  As we age, we lose volume in our skin. Fat injections aim to replace some of this volume, resulting in a more youthful appearance.

Fat injections can be used in many different areas of the face however most popular areas include the cheeks (resulting in a more rounded, fuller appearance of the cheeks) and also to fill out nasolabial folds (the vertical lines/sagging that appear from your nose down to your mouth). Lower eyelids and corners of the mouth are also commonly treated with fat injections. When used in isolation, fat grafting does not stop the process of ageing but it can often help in postponing more invasive procedures such as a facelift or brow lift.

So, how do you determine if you are a good candidate for fat injections? It is always best to consult with a Plastic Surgeon to determine what, if any, procedure is best suited to you and the results you desire.  Having said that commonly fat injections may work for you if you:

  • Desire large volume enhancements
  • Are physically in good health
  • Have a mild to medium degree of facial ageing
  • Are realistic about what can be achieved with fat injections

Results from fat injections can be long-lasting, however do vary from patient to patient. Fat injections are not permanent and will more often than not, have to be repeated. Although the time in between treatments does vary from patient to patient. We generally say that you should expect to lose around 50% of the initial fullness within the first 6 months.

If you would like to find out more about fat injections or book a consultation with Mr Mutimer feel free to call us on 03 9592 0522 or submit an enquiry through our site.

The Skin Institute has moved

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

We are very excited to announce that our aesthetic clinic, The Skin Institute, has recently moved into a new premises at 124a Martin St, Brighton. 

The well-appointed new space has been beautifully fitted out and includes 7 treatment rooms.  The move also coincides with the launch of an expanded range of medical skin care.With privacy and comfort paramount, The Skin Institute continues to focus on offering clientele anti-ageing treatments in a safe, serene and luxurious environment.   

We invite you to drop by to view the new space or to find out more or make a booking call the new number 03 9596 8666.

 

6 tips for optimal skin health

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Let’s face it, when was the last time you heard “I want bad skin”.  The skin is the largest organ in the human body, outward facing and the first to show signs of ageing. At Brighton Plastic Surgery we like to say that we treat the “inside”, the underlying facial structures whilst The Skin Institute (our aesthetic clinic) treats the “outside” – the skin. Optimal results are achieved when the two operate in harmony. Good skin can be, in part, genetic but there are many factors that affect the quality of your skin and how you age:

1) Use sunscreen:

One of the most important ways to take care of your skin is to protect it from the sun. Applying sunscreen should be a part of your morning routine, even on cloudy days.  Want some extra protection? Apply sunscreen followed by a foundation infused with sunscreen or a mineral powder containing titanium or zinc oxide, both natural barriers to UV rays.

2) Don’t smoke:

Most will agree that it is easy to tell a smoker (or a reformed smoker). Beyond its known links to cancer, lung and heart disease, smoking narrows the tiny blood vessels in the outermost layers of skin, which decreases blood flow. This then deprives the skin of oxygen and important nutrients. Smoking also damages collagen and elastin. There are many reasons to quit, your organs (including your skin) will thank you for it!

3) Make H2o your friend:

We have already touched on your skin being an organ and like any other organ, it is made up of cells.  And all cells are made up of water. Not drinking enough water and the associated lack of cell hydration will often result in dry, flaky skin.  Dry skin is less resilient and more prone to wrinkles.

4) Invest in a good skin care routine:

Invest in a good skin care routine, using products that are suitable for your skin type. Whilst starting young is preferred, it is never too late. Seek specialist assistance to have your skin assessed, and ensure you are using products suitable to your skin type and the results you wish to achieve. 

5) Take a chill pill:

We don’t need to tell you that stress impacts all parts of the body negatively. Stress releases many hormones, one in particular called cortisol which can trigger break outs and other skin problems.   

6) Sleep – as if you need any more reasons:

They don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing. When you sleep the skin’s repair mechanisms swing into action. Make getting 7-8 hours of good quality sleep your priority. Your skin depends on it.

To find out more about skin health or to speak with a skin specialist visit www.theskininstitute.com.au


Top 4 ways to reduce wrinkles

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

You can stretch the truth as much as you can get away with when talking about your age, but the skin doesn’t lie – wrinkles are a natural part of ageing and can prematurely age a person well beyond their years.

We all want to make the most of what we've got.  Whether you've just started noticing a few fine lines or have been fighting a battle with pesky wrinkles for years, there are many things you can do to prevent, remove or decrease wrinkles. Whilst lifestyle factors may help keep wrinkles at bay (you have heard it all before - good nutrition, always wear sunscreen, don't smoke etc) there are also other approaches available in wrinkle reduction by way of plastic and cosmetic procedures.

At both Brighton Plastic Surgery and next door at The Skin Institute (a part of Mr Mutimer’s practice that offers a full range of non-surgical procedures), wrinkle reduction treatments are frequently requested.  Our most highly recommended treatments/procedures include:

Skin Care

You may have heard the saying ‘Invest in your skin, it is going to represent you for a very long time.’ Skin care can play a significant role in how your skin ages.  Damage to our skin is mainly caused by UV exposure – with protection being the first line of defence against ageing skin and wrinkles.  Using reputable skin care products may increase skin/cell regeneration, improve elasticity and smoothness and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. But beware! Not all skin care products are created equal.

Wrinkle Reduction Injections/Fillers

Some degree of wrinkles and fine lines in the skin are inevitable as we get older.  Wrinkle reduction injections and facial fillers are a common way to help reduce lines and give a person a more youthful and refreshed appearance.  Whilst there are many businesses and practitioners in Melbourne who can administer these injections and fillers, patients requesting this treatment at Brighton Plastic Surgery generally prefer the peace of mind that comes with having a specialist plastic surgeon both consult on, and administer, their treatment. 

Laser Resurfacing

Wrinkle reduction can also be achieved using a variety of laser resurfacing techniques, with certain characteristics making you a better candidate for one technique over another.  It is recommended to consult with a specialist plastic surgeon so that a full assessment can be made of your skin, and an appropriate course of treatment recommended.

Surgery

Many patients will have tried one (or all) of the above before progressing to plastic surgery to reduce wrinkles.  Often the aforementioned treatments will go hand in hand with any recommended surgical procedure.  If you have tried a number of treatments to help reduce your wrinkles and are still unhappy with your appearance, a consultation with a specialist plastic surgeon can explore what other surgical options may be available. 

For more information on any of the above, feel free to visit the Procedures section of our website, call us on 03 9592 0522 or submit a confidential enquiry via our website.

The Skin Institute

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

As many people already know, The Skin Institute is the non surgical arm of Brighton Plastic Surgery and is located right next door.  It is the place to visit if you are thinking that you would like to enhance your appearance or skin quality but are not looking to have surgery at this time. That said, many of Mr Mutimer’s patients are also clients of The Skin Institute.

The two practices work very closely together to ensure the best result for those who seek improvement in skin quality and overall appearance.  For Mr Mutimer’s clients who opt to also seek treatment at The Skin Institute it can best be summed up as Mr Mutimer is the one who looks after the quantity of skin and The Skin Institute looks after the quality of skin. 

The Skin Institute is staffed by an experienced team including Michelle, Pauline and Colette who are all registered nurses who have worked in the operating theatre with Mr Mutimer for more than 10 years.  This experience working closely with Mr Mutimer has given The Skin Institute staff the benefit of knowing his expectations inside out.   The nursing experience also means that the staff are well equipped to talk about some of the procedures performed at Brighton Plastic Surgery. Working alongside the registered nurses are also Georgia, Eva, Tracey and Fiona.

The Skin Institute offers complimentary consultations.  At this initial consult and depending on your individual needs, a qualified practitioner will provide advice on skin care, skin treatments such as laser and peels, hair removal and acne and wrinkle treatments. All products and procedures utilised are of the highest standard and endorsed by Mr Mutimer.


Click to view a full list of services offered by The Skin Institute.

 


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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.