We love introducing to you the wonderful surgeons we find. We are so blessed in Australia to have some of the most amazing surgeons, and we have found another hidden gem in Sydney. We’re not sure how we haven’t come across Dr William Mooney, who is a Facial Cosmetic & Rhinoplasty Surgeon based in his gorgeous Bondi Junction clinic before now; however we were lucky enough to ask Dr Mooney some questions to get to know him a bit better and to understand how he came to be such a well-respected and talented surgeon with happy patients everywhere!
PSH: Dr Mooney, tell us a little about you…
Dr Mooney: I am an ear nose and throat surgeon originally from Melbourne who specialises in two very different disciplines: head and neck cancer and rhinoplasty.
Dr Mooney: I surf most days a week at Bondi or Tamarama and splurge on heli-snowboarding once a year with my brother. I love the theatre, Sydney’s eclectic restaurants and I also collect modern Australian art.
PSH: What is something unique about you?
Dr Mooney: I love deep house music and listen to it.. not too loud.. when I operate!
PSH: Where did you grow up?
Dr Mooney: I grew up in Melbourne but have been living in Sydney for 20 years.
PSH: Where did you study?
Dr Mooney: I went to Xavier College in Melbourne and then studied medicine at Monash University. My ENT (Ear, Nose, Throat) training was in the New South Wales program and my post fellowship training was in London, Paris, New York and L.A.
PSH: What inspired you to be a surgeon?
Dr Mooney: Dad was a surgeon and I used to go to ward rounds with him on Saturday mornings when I was a kid. I remember being initially horrified, but then amazed by what he could do. I am very proud of his achievements.
PSH: When did you first start practicing as a surgeon?
Dr Mooney: I returned from my studies and set up practice in 2002. Since then I have performed thousands of procedures, both functional and cosmetic… and both!
Dr Mooney: Every case is a challenge in one way or another. I performed an outreach program regularly for ten years for indigenous Australians in the Northern Territory. Some of the post trauma noses up there were mind blowing! But the biggest challenges for me are the big head and neck cancer cases I do at Prince of Wales Hospital in Randwick. These cases are the hardest, as removing the tumor is the primary concern, but reconstructive planning must be tailored according the deficit that remains.
PSH: What has been your biggest career milestone to date?
Dr Mooney: Last week I went to my 25 year medical reunion.. a quarter century as a doctor! It was a most delightful evening because I loved catching up with my old uni friends, but best of all, ALL of them were happy with their careers.
PSH: You perform many different cosmetic surgery procedures, which is your favourite – and why?
Dr Mooney: I focus on the face and in particular rhinoplasty. Our clinic has a very high throughput of cases and personally I perform 250-300 hundred cases a year. Some are straightforward, some are extremely difficult.
PSH: What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Dr Mooney: There is a moment, a look on a patient’s face which says “I’m happy doc!” It is the moment I know the operation has been a success and I love that moment.
Dr Mooney: Four rules I suggest:
- Do your research, and go to someone reputable;
- Aim for a natural look;
- Work within your budget;
- Have realistic outcome expectations.
If you follow all these rules you can’t be disappointed.
PSH: What advice would you give someone who is under the age of 18 and looking to undergo cosmetic surgery?
Dr Mooney: I only perform surgery for those under 18 in extreme cases: noses that are grossly deformed, or for example, kids with prominent ears that are being bullied severely.
PSH: Do you provide any support for patients after surgery?
Dr Mooney: All surgery is a process, not a just a procedure: the pre-operative planning and post-op care are as important to good outcome as the operation itself.. so yes, I always provide this for patients.
Thank you Dr Mooney for taking the time to talk to us! For anyone in Sydney looking to have a consult for any facial plastic surgery procedure you can see more information on Dr Mooney here, or you can phone his clinic directly on 02 9389 4497.