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Prestigious Award for Mr Mutimer

Friday, June 13, 2014

Mr Mutimer recently attended the Royal Australian College of Surgeons Scientific Congress in Singapore.

At this meeting Mr Mutimer received a very prestigious award.  Mr Mutimer was awarded the ESR Hughes Award - this award is designed to recognise distinguished contributions to surgery by Fellows of the College.  It was created in recognition of the outstanding contribution to surgery by Prof. Sir Edward Hughes. 


Mr Mutimer served on the Council as the Specialty Councillor for Plastic & Reconstruction Surgery for 9 years from 2003 to 2012, including 3 as Treasurer and 2 as Vice President.  Prior to joining the Council he was a Councillor with the Australian Society of Plastic Surgery from 1996, including a term as President in 2002.



Choosing a Plastic Surgeon

Monday, June 02, 2014

Deciding to undergo a cosmetic plastic surgery procedure is a major decision and one that should not be taken lightly.  There are many considerations including those related to selecting the surgeon performing the procedure to your individual circumstances and expectations:

When choosing a Plastic Surgeon:

  •           Of utmost importance: research and understand the surgeons qualifications and experience
  •           Check that the premises from which the surgeon operates is accredited
  •           Enquire as to other locations that the surgeon operates or hospitals he or she works or has worked
  •           Enquire how often the surgeon has performed the procedure you require
  •           Assess the surgeons willingness to answer any questions you may have
  •           Ensure realistic expectations and outcomes for the procedure are discussed and agreed
  •           Ask what you can expect before, during and after the procedure
  •           Understand procedure costs
  •           Ask around – often it is those closest to you who will recommend the best surgeon in your area

It is important to do your home work and ensure you choose a qualified specialist plastic surgeon.  We are advocates for our clients doing their own research however in selecting a surgeon and assessing their qualifications it is important our clients understand some basic terminology:

What is the difference between a Cosmetic Surgeon and a Specialist Plastic Surgeon?

The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons website stipulates that “A Specialist Plastic Surgeon is a Commonwealth Government accredited plastic surgeon, trained and qualified to perform invasive cosmetic and reconstructive surgery in public and private hospitals, and accredited day surgeries. In Australia, the national Medical Board states that the “Specialist Plastic Surgeon” title can only be used by FRACS approved specialist surgeons in the recognised Specialty of Plastic Surgery.”

Why choose a specialist plastic surgeon?

Currently in Australia, it is legal for any doctor with a basic medical degree to perform surgery. Specialist Plastic Surgeons, on the other hand, have extensive surgical education and training including a minimum of 12 years medical and surgical education, with at least 5 years of specialist postgraduate training.

Mr Mutimer is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon based in Melbourne. 

Please check that your surgeon is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon by visiting: http://www.plasticsurgery.org.au/about-us/search/

Your skin cancer questions

Thursday, April 17, 2014

With summer over and many of us feeling just a teeny bit guilty about time spent in the sun (even with our sunscreen and cover ups) now is the perfect time to take stock of your skin and moles and get them checked.  Since its introduction MoleMap at Brighton Plastic Surgery has provided patients full body peace of mind when it comes to their skin and any areas of concern. 

We've collated a few of the most popular skin cancer questions patients raise and asked plastic surgeon Dr Ramin Shayan to share some insights:

  •  What’s the difference between a BCC and an SCC?

Firstly not all types of cancer are the same. BCC and SCC are the main category of skin cancers known as non-melanoma skin cancers (NMSCs).

A Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) is a growth within the basal cells of the skin, that give rise to the new skin cells that renew our skin as part of normal life. In this process, mature skin cells (keratinocytes) shed off the surface and are replaced by younger fresher cells beneath, that start as the basal layer. This type of skin cancer is essentially not able to spread  (a small group that do spread have been described as having <0.05% chance of spreading!!), however it does keep growing larger in the local area. Depending on the type of BCC, it may keep burrowing deeper. 

A Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) is also an uncontrolled growth of skin cells, but this occurs in more mature layers of the skin. Depending on the type, these cancers may also spread if neglected, but is unlikely to do so if excised in a relatively timely fashion.

  • Why did my doctor say it was OK to wait a few months to have surgery – isn't it a cancer? 

The answer is that 'cancers ain't cancers'. That means, that just the word cancer is not a death-sentence. A cancer is simply a growth of cells that has lost the normal ability of the body's cells to sense when there is something wrong, and to switch it off. There are many different types of cancer, originating in many different organs. Whilst some cancers do carry a poor survival rate, generally, the non-melanoma skin cancers (NMSCs) - BCC and SCC are among the better types of cancer to have if caught early. If a BCC or SCC is in the early stages, it is best to treat them in the early stages however there is no additional consequence if we treat these within 30 or so days.

  •  Are all skin cancers melanomas? And if my skin cancer is not a dangerous one - why bother to get it removed?

No, in fact most are not. BCCs and SCCs make up the vast majority of skin cancers in Australia however some melanomas may masquerade as BCCs or SCCs so it is important to get the specimen sent to a pathologist once it has been removed. If it does turn out to be a melanoma, there is a range of different treatment steps that must be undertaken, depending on the depth and other characteristics of the melanoma.

  •  Do skin cancers run in the family or is it because of the sun?

A good question - there is a lot we are yet to find out about the genetics of cancer.

Whilst there are some familial cancers, most skin cancers are due to exposure to the sun. Of course fair skinned people are more susceptible to sun damage and certainly one does inherit their skin type from their ancestors.  If there is a family history of skin cancer it is crucial to discuss this with your doctor.  

If you have any specific questions about skin cancer or would like to find out more about MoleMap - phone us on 03 9592 0522.

Spotlight on Neck Lift Surgery

Thursday, April 03, 2014

A neck lift is a procedure to tighten loose neck muscles and remove sagging skin to produce a firmer, more youthful appearance. Neck lift surgery is often completed in conjunction with a face lift.  This results in a more comprehensive rejuvenation of the neck and face.

A neck lift is generally recommended for adults 40+ who are experiencing issues with skin laxity and contour around the neckline.  Main reasons for this are due to advanced signs of ageing or major weight loss. 

What to expect with neck lift surgery?

Mr Mutimer will consult with you and review your full medical history and will discuss your particular neck issues and realistic expectations that can be achieved.  Neck lift surgery usually takes between 2-3 hours (longer if it is being performed in conjunction with another procedure). It is performed as an inpatient procedure under general anaesthesia.

Benefits of neck lift surgery include:

  • Removal of sagging or loose skin that forms under the chin
  • Removal of fat from under chin (referred to as a double chin) and from the neck
  • Correcting lines that appear on the neck as skin starts to sag
  • Restoring a more youthful appearance to the neck and chin

Please feel free to submit a confidential enquiry through our website to find out more about Neck Lift Surgery or any other surgery offered by Dr Mutimer.


Worried about a mole?

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Mole Mapping SKin Cancer Checks

We are pleased to announce that we now offer MoleMap – one of the most trusted and thorough mole mapping technologies in the world.  With skin cancer being so prevalent in Australia (current statistics suggest 2 in 3 people will develop it in their lifetime), it is becoming increasingly important to get regular mole checks and monitor your skin for changes.

MoleMap is a very comprehensive mole scanning technology that offers full body peace of mind.  It can detect skin cancer early by using Total Body Photography, Dermoscopy (magnified inspection of skin lesions) and Sequential Dermoscopy (monitoring of moles over time).  Basically, all medical speak aside, it is the only service that uses these 3 requirements along with specialist dermatologist diagnosis as standard for all patients.

The procedure is non-invasive and does not hurt.  It is also safe for pregnant women.  Your mole mapping will be performed by our skin cancer specialist who will undertake a full body MoleMap, which includes a thorough examination of your skin, total body photography and an in-depth analysis and imaging of your moles to create a baseline of what’s normal for you.  The whole experience takes about an hour.  Mr Mutimer is also available for follow up consultation should your skin assessment show any abnormalities that require further checking by a specialist.

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How much does MoleMap cost?

The cost varies according to the type of procedure you have:

- Initial Full Body Mole Map $375

The one hour initial consultation is an extremely thorough procedure and is designed to provide you with accurate and timely diagnoses of all your moles. 

- Follow Up Mole Mapping $255 - $320

Repeating the MoleMap procedure on a regular basis (e.g. yearly) enables our expert dermatologists to observe structural changes in all of your moles over a period of time. 

- Spot Check  $140 (1-3 lesions diagnosed)

This appointment is designed specifically for you to get rapid and accurate diagnosis by a specialist dermatologist on any specific moles that you are worried about.
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You can find out more or book an appointment by phoning Mole Map directly on 1 800 665 362. Their friendly staff will assist you with your questions and can also book an appointment at Brighton Plastic Surgery on your behalf. The service is currently available at Brighton Plastic Surgery every second Wednesday.

BPS welcomes new surgeon - Dr Ramin Shayan

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Brighton Plastic Surgery is pleased to welcome a new surgeon to the practice. Dr Ramin Shayan, a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, will be working with the team at Brighton Plastic Surgery seeing patients with skin lesions.

 Dr Shayan worked with Mr Mutimer during his specialist training and knows the practice well.  He also currently works at The Alfred, St Vincent’s and Royal Melbourne Hospitals.

Dr Shayan received his medical degree from the University of Melbourne in 2001 and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He completed his PhD in the molecular biology of cancer spread and lymphedema.  Dr Shayan is very involved with a research lab at The O’Brien Institute investigating Regenerative Science. 

Dr Shayan is now accepting new patients with skin lesions and is accredited in the day surgery so removal of lesions can be attended promptly should this be required.

CONTACT US now should you wish to find out more or book an appointment with Dr Shayan.

Taking on the Eureka Climb

Monday, December 02, 2013

On Sunday 17th November, 12 of our team (3 teams of 4) took on the challenging Eureka Climb (www.eurekaclimb.com.au)

Eureka Climb is Australia's biggest vertical race held at one of the world's tallest residential buildings, Eureka Tower in Southbank, Melbourne.  The climb involved ascending 1642 steps to level 88 of the building (Eureka Skydeck - the highest observation deck in the Southern Hemisphere).  Eureka Climb is in the top 20 (amount of stairs) of stair climbs in the world and is host to an Elite Race for some of Australia's best stair climbers.

The event raised much needed funds for key charity partners Interplast & Whitelion, who are both committed to helping disadvantaged young people. 

We at BPS are very involved with Interplast (www.interplast.org.au), with Keith being a member of the board (and having done numerous surgical trips) and several of our staff currently volunteering their time on overseas surgical trips in the Asia Pacific Region.

As part of this event, our teams raised $7,785 to help rebuild young lives.  

Brow lift - a subtle lift with big impact

Monday, October 28, 2013



A brow lift or brow lift surgery is performed on both men and women and is designed to deliver a younger, softer looking appearance to the upper facial area. The procedure is most popular with men and women aged 40-65 although is generally considered appropriate for anyone who feels that their brow area has sagged.

A brow lift will:

  • Minimise the creases that develop across the forehead or those that occur high on the bridge of the nose, between the eyes
  • Improve what are commonly referred to as frown lines (vertical creases that develop between the brows)
  • Reposition low or sagging eyebrows
  • Raise the eyebrows to a more alert and youthful position.

Benefits of brow lift surgery include:

  • A more youthful, less tired and rejuvenated appearance 
  • Increased overall self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Correction of the asymmetry of the forehead and eyebrows

A brow lift is often performed in conjunction with other surgeries including eyelid surgery, facial rejuvenation and/or skin resurfacing techniques.

A brow lift generally takes 1-2 hours to perform, depending on the surgical method used.  There are varying approaches to performing a brow lift however the two most popular (and those used by Mr Mutimer) are the less invasive Endoscopic Brow Lift (also referred to as Temporal Brow Lift) and the traditional Open Brow Lift (also known as Coronal Brow Lift). Because everyone is different, a trained plastic surgeon will be best placed to recommend the most appropriate approach for you to achieve the desired outcome.


Results of brow lift surgery are long lasting.  Initial wound healing will generally take 5-14 days although healing will continue for several weeks as swelling subsides and incision lines refine and fade.  

It is important to speak to your plastic surgeon about your expectations and what can realistically be achieved with brow lift surgery.  To find out more information we would recommend you read the additional information we have prepared on this procedure: Click here to download Brow Lift information 

Spotlight on face lift surgery

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Our face changes as we age.  Smile lines get deeper, jowls become more prominent and wrinkles appear as skin loses its elasticity.  If you are bothered by the signs of ageing in your face, a face lift may be suitable for you.  The aim of a face lift is to achieve a natural-looking facial refreshment and rejuvenation. It may also be combined with other procedures such as a brow lift to correct a sagging or deeply furrowed brow or eyelid surgery to rejuvenate ageing eyes.

Technically known as rhytidectomy, a face lift is a surgical procedure that improves visible signs of ageing in the face and neck such as:

  • Sagging in the mid face
  • Deep creases below the lower eyelids
  • Deep creases along the nose extending to the corner of the mouth
  • Fat  that has fallen or is displaced
  • Loss of muscle tone in the lower face creating jowls
  • Loose skin and excess fatty deposits under the chin and jaw

Who is suitable for a face lift?

Women and men who have loose skin in the neck and along the jaw line and deep smile lines in the mid face are ideal candidates for face lift surgery.  Whilst the average patient age is 50’s and 60’s the surgery can be performed on both older and younger patients.  Techniques are modified according to age, condition of skin and individual needs and expectations of each patient.

It is essential that candidates for a face lift are in good physical and emotional health and that you start your experience with realistic expectations and the desire for personal improvement, not perfection.

Contact us if you would like to find out more about face lift surgery or visit our website and view face lift procedure in 3D

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.

Like to know more?

Download our free Rhinoplasty Report


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Recently, Mr Mutimer was recognised by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, receiving the RACS International Medal.

The RACS International Medal is awarded to a Fellow who has provided a lasting contribution of an exceptional nature over a long period of time in the delivery or development of surgery for underprivileged communities overseas.  Keith is pictured here receiving his medal from RACS President, Tony Sparnon.

This has topped off an incredible month where Mr Mutimer was also appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM,) announced in the recent Queen’s Birthday Honours.


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After a huge effort from all Victorians, restrictions are now easing in Melbourne. We would like to say a heartfelt thank you to all of our patients who have been so accommodating and understanding during this time. 

For those with a scheduled appointment or anyone thinking about visiting Brighton Plastic Surgery - we are open, surgery is happening and we are now able to see a wider range of patients. All our covid safe systems remain and we ask that you still only bring essential support people to any appointments, wear masks and of course, there is covid screening on arrival. We are also continuing with telehealth. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call us on 9592 0522.

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Brighton Plastic Surgery is a medical facility and remains open. If you have an appointment or surgery booked, these are still going ahead. We will keep you updated should there be any changes. 

For all appointments at Brighton Plastic Surgery, please only bring essential support people. Please also note that depending on the time, they may be asked to kindly wait in the car during your visit. If you have any questions  please don't hesitate to call us on 03 9592 0522.