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Thinking about anti-wrinkle treatments or dermal fillers? Ricky tells us about his awesome experience at VIE Institute on the Sunshine Coast…
Have you been thinking about trying anti-wrinkle treatments or dermal fillers, but haven’t been brave enough to take that step? Ricky is a 25 year old photographer who decided 3 years ago that he no longer needed to put up with his frown lines that made him look...read more
Niamh Corduff: Hi Trish. I'm Niamh Corduff. I'm a plastic surgeon based out of Geelong. I also work up in Melbourne too. My career has taken me now, as I'm getting older, into the injectable field, the non-surgical treatment of women's faces basically. I work for...read more
TRISH HAMMOND: Great, well I'm really excited because I'm here today with Joelinda. Joelinda is actually from Brisbane and she has got a fantastic story to share. I really wanted to get Joelinda; we've been trying to and fro to make sure that we're both available at...read more
“I will lose weight!” – a familiar resolution we hear every new year. Unfortunately, sometimes the more determined we are to lose weight, the more we are tempted to eat! There are more than a few of us who have, at one stage or another, wondered if surgery might be an...read more
Ageing is an inevitable part of life but we rarely discuss how ageing affects penile tissue. The fact is, penile tissue ages too; the blood vessels and nerves responsible for erection and performance become narrower and less sensitive to stimulation. This is known as...read more
Geoff Barnett: Hello, I'm Dr Geoff Barnett. I work at Cosmetic Surgery for Women in Hawthorn, Victoria. But recently since my addition there we've taken on some aesthetic surgery for men as well. Trish has asked me to talk to you a little bit about facelifts today....read more
Finally an Australian website with absolutely everything you need to know to make the most informative decision about plastic surgery! I love this site and the fact that it’s not developed or owned by doctors but by real people who have experienced the benefits and understand everything that comes with having plastic surgery. Reading through the plastic surgery hub, for the first time I truly feel proud of my surgery and the decision to make myself better. Thank you, now I know where to go for answers.J. Fry
People work a lot by word of mouth, but in addition the internet is a great source of information. However you’ve got to realise that the internet is only as good as the people that put the information on there. I’ve seen remarkable mistakes made from believing the things that are read online. With the Plastic Surgery Hub, it’s being supported by plastic surgeons and the information provided there is much more reliable.
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Welcome to the Plastic Surgery Hub
At the hub we’ve compiled lots of information describing the various cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures and the risks that can be involved. This information is designed to help you with your decision making.
We believe that surgery is a serious matter that shouldn’t be entered into lightly. We definitely do not think that a decision to have surgery should be influenced by a cheap procedure or the lure of an overseas holiday. It simply makes no sense to increase your risks.
Now you’ll be very surprised to know that in Australia any doctor is allowed to perform plastic surgery… such as a breast augment, or a face lift… Now, I don’t know about you, but for me this would be totally unacceptable.
If I’m going to have a procedure as prominent as a facelift or a boob job, then I want to make sure that the doctor is a qualified surgeon, with specialised training in plastic surgery. Nothing less would do.
The single most important advice that I can give you is to make sure that your doctor is a trained surgeon.
If you decide to proceed and go ahead with the surgery we’d love to hear about your experience, and I’m sure many other readers that are contemplating similar surgery and are having similar concerns and experiences would love to hear about it too.
Must Hear Advice
The single most important decision when having a procedure is to decide who your consulting physician will be. At the Plastic Surgery Hub we believe you should initially consult with 2 or 3 practitioners so that you can see who you feel most comfortable with. It will also enable you to do price comparisons.
At your consultation, it is extremely important that you clarify the following 3 things:
- The doctor’s qualifications and experience.
- The quality of the facility where the operation is going to be performed.
- The level of the after surgery care that will be available to you.
To confirm your doctor’s qualifications, check that they are a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons. If they are, then they can display the initials “FRACS” up to their name: F-R-A-C-S.
Now, if they are qualified plastic surgeons, they should have undergone additional specific training in plastic surgery at the Royal Australian College of Surgeons. This will enable them to advertise themselves as a plastic surgeon and be a member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons, or ASPS.
The qualifications of your surgeon are really important. The surgeons in our directory are the most highly trained and qualified surgeons in their field. We recommend that you consult with these surgeons. You can view them in the directory by clicking the “find a practitioner” tab at the top of this page.
Good luck with everything. If you need any further help, don’t hesitate to contact us.
A breast augmentation is a procedure that can increase the size of your breasts to enhance their shape and aesthetic appearance. Also known as a boob job or mammoplasty it usually involves implants and lifting your breasts to give a perkier, more uplifted and fuller appearance.
Breast implants increase the size of your bust. The question often asked: which is better – Saline or Silicone breast implants?
What are Saline Breast Implants?
Saline breast implants are actually made of silicone on the outside but filled with saline or salt water. They are inserted first and once in place are filled with the sterile salt water.
What are Silicone Breast Implants?
Silicone breast implants are also encased in a silicone shell but are filled with liquid silicone – a thick, sticky fluid similar in consistency to human fat but is in fact a plastic gel.
Fat Transfer to the Breasts
Fat transfer for boob jobs is a more organic approach to increasing breast size as it involves the transfer of the patients’ own fat from more fatty areas to the breasts and does not require the use of any foreign material to be inserted into the body.
A breast lift is also known as a mastopexy and is usually requested by women whose breasts have sagged with time due to gravity, or who have endured the unflattering side effects of motherhood. Other women may seek advice for a breast lift if they have experienced extreme weight loss, which has left their breasts ‘droopy’.
Breast reduction is also known as reduction mammoplasty and is a procedure to reduce the size of your breasts. It can assist in alleviating back pain, discomfort or embarrassment from oversized breasts.
Breast Implant Revision
Breast implants may need revision for various reasons including rupture, rippling, movement of implant and more. Generally, implants last for years, however occasionally they may need replacing or removing.
Breast removal is performed as part of the treatment for breast cancer, or as a preventative measure.
A mummy makeover involves a combination of two or more procedures to assist women to regain their bodies after bearing children. The procedures usually considered in a Mummy Makeover can include breast lift/augmentation, tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), buttock augmentation, liposuction or thigh lift, but basically any procedure with intention to restore a woman’s body to what it was before childbirth. These procedures are usually performed in the one operation, under the one general anaesthetic which can assist in reducing the recovery time and give a more complete outcome at the one time.
Also known as a nose job, rhinoplasty is a procedure to alter the shape or size of your nose to improve its appearance, structural abnormalities or function (for those with breathing issues).
Commonly known as a tummy tuck this is an operation that flattens the abdomen by removing excess skin and fat, and tightens muscles in the abdominal wall.
A tummy tuck can be ideal for a number of reasons including the after-effects of pregnancy, ageing or extreme weight loss. Any of these can cause skin in the stomach area to become weak and lose its elasticity, leaving it to sag and look unattractive.
Liposuction can also be known as lipoplasty, liposculpture, fat sculpture or suction assisted fat removal. Liposuction can be performed on almost any area of the body including the most popular areas; stomach, hips, buttock, thighs, arms and neck. It is best for shaping and contouring and is not able to remove large amounts of fat or cellulite and should not be considered a weight loss tool.
Blepharoplasty is an operation to remove excess skin or wrinkles (“crow’s feet”) around the eye area. It can help to open the eyes and improve vision. Blepharoplasty can also mean the removal of the pockets of fat that often gather and store underneath the eyes.
Buttock augmentation, also known as a butt lift, is a very popular procedure at the moment that is performed in order to create a more rounded, lifted appearance to your bottom, or bum. It involves liposuction of fat from other areas of your body to inject into your bum to give it a fuller appearance.
The lesser known medical term for a face lift is Rhytidectomy and is performed to remove wrinkles and fine lines, signs of ageing, and excess skin which becomes stretched over time and loses its elasticity. The usual places where you can find skin like this is under the eyes, around the mouth, under the chin and around the jaw line. A good facelift can bring a more youthful and hopefully natural appearance back to the patient.