Facelift remains a popular operation despite the proliferation of minimally invasive treatments such as Botox or Fillers. It is a more permanent solution to correct the features of ageing such as jowling, loss of the jawline, cheek prominence or neck angle, and wrinkling of the skin. It is often discussed when Botox

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Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons typically undertake 6 extra post graduate years of supervised training prior to receiving their specialist fellowship qualifications.  Before exiting training they undertake arduous exit exams after which they can call themselves a specialist surgeon.  They will then often undertake a further 2 years of fellowship training either

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Cosmetic Surgery Overseas?

Having surgery overseas remains popular, primarily because of cost savings. However, it is a case of buyer bewares.  There are many potential problems with having your surgery overseas.  These include the inability to verify the training or qualifications of both treating surgeons and hospitals. There is the problem of a

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The difference between Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon and a Cosmetic Surgeon?

Cosmetic Cowboys are a problem in Australia and around the world. Any doctor can call themselves a cosmetic surgeon under current legislation in Australia.  The Australian College of Cosmetic Surgery is a self-appointed body that confers qualifications without adequate supervised training or formal examination.  They are not recognised as a specialty

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The John Fawcett Foundation

Dr Timothy Cooper is visiting Bali in early June to perform reconstructive surgery. We have a number of patients visiting from Sumba, an island to the south of Bali. They have disabling burns scars because of limited treatment options in Sumba. Burns reconstruction can be very difficult, yet satisfying when

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When to replace breast implants?

Women commonly present with this dilemma. The incidence of implant failure with modern implants is low but can be difficult to detect clinically. My recommendations include an ultrasound every 2-3 years. It is quite accurate, low cost and doesn’t involve radiation. I don’t subscribe to simply replacing implants every 10

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Gynaecomastia (Man Boobs)

Gynaecomastia is a common presentation in males and it can vary in degree of severity. It is commonly associated with puberty and weight gain. It can be associated with steroid use and is common in body builders. Screening tests rarely show any abnornality. Treatment is relatively straightforward. It involves minimal incision

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