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2019 Before and After Highlights: plastic and cosmetic surgery results

2019 was a big year for the hundreds of women and men that underwent surgery or treatments at our clinics in Brisbane and Ipswich! Here’s a small snapshot of some of the results our patients achieved this year, across breast augmentation, facelift, post weight loss or post pregnancy mummy makeovers, breast reduction, implant revision, abdominoplasty, rhinoplasty and blepharoplasty procedures - as well as non surgical transformations using cosmetic injectables, laser and skin therapies. Thank you to every patient that made 2019 such a special year! It was an honour to be part of your individual surgical journeys. A massive thank you also to the patients who kindly permitted us to share their results; being able to view before and after photos is an important component of most patients’ surgical research and we are grateful to those patients who enable this to happen. For more before and after photos or to discuss your surgical options in 2020, please get in touch using the form below or call 3202 4744. Happy New Year! In 2020 we hope you… call to book a consultation with Dr Sharp learn...

Implant selection and your breast profile: tailoring with augmentation

French slope, ski jump, full and voluptuous or bolt-ons? Breast augmentation results are often spoken about in terms of size, but the desired profile of a breast is equally as important to consider when selecting your implants. During the planning stage of your augmentation, your plastic surgeon will take into account the shape of your existing chest anatomy, as well as your overall body type and height. A patient who is slim and long is usually best suited to a proportionate breast enlargement that compliments her elongated look. Conversely, a shorter statured woman might find that widening the upper chest with implants that add too much volume to the sides of the body, exaggerates her short appearance. Breast augmentation surgery should do more than create beautiful, big breasts, it should compliment and enhance, creating an overall improvement to the shape of the body. When patients visit Dr Sharp’s Brisbane and Ipswich clinics for breast augmentation consultations, one of the first things he seeks to learn from them is what shape they desire; a very natural size, projection and profile - or a breast that appears very full, or even round. Along with their body shape, this forms the basis of his surgical plan. “Different implants can produce a natural look, a round appearance - or something in between - based on the implant choice and surgical technique,” Dr Sharp says. The two key considerations Dr Sharp makes when selecting an implant with his patients takes into account:       Your natural breast anatomy Little differences you might not notice; like a shorter nipple-to-breast-fold distance, asymmetry or a lack...

Report: Australian Breast Device Registry

The Australian Breast Device Registry (ABDR) has released their Annual Report, detailing 3,544 reconstructive and 9,337 aesthetic breast procedures performed in public and private hospitals during 2018 and a total of 10,762 reconstructive and 29,206 aesthetic procedures from 2012 to 2018.   The report provides important insights into procedures and implant details, surgical techniques, complications and revision rates on data from 37,000 patients. Established in 2015, the ABDR is a world-leading registry service led by Monash University, with the support of Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). Surgeons are able to voluntarily submit information about the implants they place in patients. This enables patients to have a central national point of registration for their implants, while also facilitating the monitoring of prosthesis’ safety profiles and enhancing quality of care for breast implant patients. Each of Dr Sharp’s patients have their implants registered (it is free of charge), but can choose to opt out of the registry if they wish.   Australia wide, 514 surgeons operating at 280 hospitals and day surgeries had contributed data. Key findings included: • The total number of procedures captured by ABDR in 2018 was 13,718, including 3,544 reconstructive and 9,337 aesthetic procedures. • At the end of 2018, 37,603 patients had procedures captured by the ABDR, an addition of 11,990 in 2018. • 74% of breast implant procedures were registered (up from 65% in 2017 and 44 % in 2016)....

Considering surgery in 2020? Here are four things to think about…

Great surgical results are the coming together of good preparation, great surgical skills, optimal post operative recovery, good health/nutrition and mental wellbeing. New rules that came into play in recent years ensured that patients and their surgeons can’t rush into cosmetic procedures - which is a good thing! Planning ahead, taking the time to get informed and ensuring that you have considered your recovery process, financial costs and surgical goals, helps set you up for the best possible outcome, and an enjoyable experience along the way. Here are some questions that our patient coordinator, Katy, recommends patients ask themselves if they are considering surgery in 2020: What do I want to achieve?Ask yourself to articulate what you don’t like - and importantly - what you do like about your appearance. Think about the specific changes you’d like to see. Is there a certain look you definitely don’t want to achieve? And how do you expect having surgery will make you feel; both during and after the process? Consider whether you’ll be okay with the possibility that your results might be immediately visible (as is the case of breast augmentation) or could take a full year to reveal themselves, as rhinoplasty results can. Talk to a trusted person about your concerns or desires - and feel free to bring them along to the consultation with your surgeon; it might make you feel more comfortable, and can also help you remember what was discussed during your appointment! What is my ideal time frame for surgery?If you have your heart set on a specific time of year for your surgery, ideally, book your first consultation 4 - 6 months prior, especially...

Breast implant safety update: the TGA announcement

In recent months the Therapeutic Goods Administration have undertaken an enormous amount of work, commissioning internal scientific reviews, meeting with external advisory groups, liaising with overseas regulatory authorities and research groups to advance public safety on sound scientific evidence for breast implant safety. We welcome news today that following the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s (TGA) thorough review of breast implants sold in Australia, they have taken a range of regulatory actions to address BIA-ALCL risks.  We are also pleased to advise that the high quality implants Dr Sharp uses (Mentor and Motiva) are not involved in any of the suspensions or voluntary recalls resulting from the TGA’s investigations, due to their low incidence of complications and BIA-ALCL rates.  All surgery carries risks, and patient safety is front of mind in every decision we make; as such, breast implant risks have been addressed by Dr Sharp in our clinics for years, with: the use of high quality micro and nano textured implants Dr Sharp taking the Macquarie University 14 Point Plan Pledge  use of the Australian Breast Device Register for all breast implant procedures performed by Dr Sharp  to promote patient awareness, the risk of BIA-ALCL is always included in the informed consent and consultation process with Dr Sharp. We believe that every patient deserves to be fully informed, and so this has been part of our practice, since long before it was recommended or required.  Even if you have macro textured breast implants, the TGA says removal is not required Breast Implant Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) is very rare. Evidence based recommendations are that removal of breast implants is...

What I wish I’d known before I had breast augmentation surgery…

Breast augmentation surgery is now one of the world’s most commonly performed cosmetic surgery procedures. There are over 60,000,000 implants currently implanted in women around the world. Despite being a popular procedure, there are some important factors and considerations to make when undergoing breast augmentation surgery. We are very up front about costs, credentials, implant benefits, risks and recovery.  We frequently receive enquiries from women who have had breast augmentation surgery elsewhere in the past and wish to have their surgery revised. We’ve collated the most common “what I wish I’d known” statements below. It’s important to ask questions and get as much information as possible (and read it carefully) the first time around, to ensure an optimal outcome: 1. What are my surgeon’s credentials? Did you know, in Australia, any doctor can legally call themselves a ‘surgeon’ even if they haven’t undergone the Medical Board recognised training with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. If your doctor calls themselves a surgeon and isn’t on this list, they aren’t a qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeon. Specialist plastic surgeons undergo extensive training in surgical safety, infection prevention techniques and implant selection to ensure a low risk of infection. To further increase patient safety in breast implant surgery, a 14-Point-Plan has been developed by Specialist Plastic Surgeons to minimise the risk of bacterial contamination of an implant and improve outcomes. Specialist Plastic Surgeons are committed to lifelong learning in breast implant surgery to update their skills and knowledge continually, ensuring they are equipped with the latest skills and technological advancements. 2. What is the safety profile of my implants and what are their warranty...

Textured implant update

The TGA are reviewing textured implants. Not all textured implants are the same; there are different types of textured surfaces (macro, micro and nano) and each carry different safety profiles.   No decision has been made to suspend or cancel the implants Dr Sharp uses.   When a textured implant is required to achieve a specific result that a patient desires, in consultation with the patient, either Mentor Siltex (microtextured) and Motiva (nanotextured) implants are used.   The latest research shows that the Mentor microtextured implants carry a 1 in 86,029 chance of developing BIA-ALCL. If you have textured implants or are considering them, we understand recent news might raise some questions and concerns for you and your loved ones. Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of the women Dr Sharp operates on.   Current literature and real world evidence shows that the risk of developing BIA-ALCL differs between different textured implants and has been shown to be rare with the implants we use. Motiva are relatively new to the market in Australia and are nano textured, meaning their surface has been created to specifically avoid the causes of BIA-ALCL. Mentor breast implants are supported by long term clinical data, including three 10 year prospective clinical trials.   If I have textured implants, do I need to have them removed? If you have no symptoms, you do not need to have your implants removed. What are the symptoms of BIA-ALCL? The common presentation is fluid swelling around the breast implant and in the space between the implant and breast implant capsule – called a ‘late...

IS MODERN BREAST AUGMENTATION SURGERY SAFER THAN EVER BEFORE?

Is breast augmentation surgery considered to be a safe procedure? Specifically, are modern breast implants safer than the implants used in the past and is there anything I can do to make sure my surgery is as safe as possible? - patient Dr Sharp: It’s great to hear you are thinking about these factors before your augmentation surgery, as they are important pre operative considerations. I only offer procedures that I believe are safe and ethical; if it’s a procedure that I’d caution my family against having, I will not offer it to my patients. Breast augmentation surgery is a safe surgical procedure, if you use a qualified plastic surgeon, opt for high quality implants and promptly seek medical advice if you have any concerns regarding your breasts in the future. With new-generation implant options and surgical techniques, breast augmentation today is safer than ever and can help women achieve the natural look they want while also improving their breast shape and volume. While there are many different factors that contribute to ideal results and a safe outcome, there are four key benefits of modern breast augmentation surgery. Modern implants Decades of research suggest that breast augmentation surgery is safe when performed by a qualified plastic surgeon using quality implants and best practice surgical techniques. The implants I use are filled with cohesive gel silicone, which means that even if a traumatic injury was to result in a rupture, the silicone maintains its shape and usually stays within the implant capsule. These implants also feature nano or micro texturing, which balances our desire to minimise the risk of implant migration...

How many breast augmentations are performed around the world annually?

Breast augmentation surgery is one of the most common procedures requested in our Brisbane and Ipswich clinics. Figures released by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons in November 2018 show that 1,677,320 breast augmentations were performed internationally in 2017. Number of breast augmentations performed annually - Annual Global Aesthetic Survey, ISAPS 2017 Breast augmentation continues to be the most popular plastic and cosmetic surgery procedure around the world, and in Australia. In our clinics, it is closely followed by abdominoplasty, facelift, breast reduction or breast lift and blepharoplasty surgery. call to book a consultation with Dr Sharp   learn more...

Breast implant safety update

France’s ANSM (their equivalent of Australia’s TGA) recently decided to prohibit the use of 13 macro-textured and polyurethane coated implants from six manufacturers. In Australia, the TGA has asked textured implant suppliers to provide detailed information and samples of their implants for analysis before considering whether to suspend or ban the products. Our clinics do not use ‘macro’ textured implants; the two implant brands that we currently use are not included in France’s ban list; we chose our implant brands based on their very high quality standards. The TGA announcement has caused understandable concern among women who have had breast augmentation surgery, with many wondering if their implants are safe, or require removal and replacement. The brand we predominantly use had its certification mark (CE) renewed by the European Union only two months ago, and carries the lowest rate of complications - such as BIA-ALCL and capsular contracture - partly due to the quality of its ‘micro’ coating. Among other factors, breast implant related lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) has been linked to ‘macro’ textured breast implants. Due to their quality, the ‘micro’ textured implants we use are some of the more expensive on the market in Australia, but we believe the additional investment is worth the cost, offering unparalleled safety - and peace of mind. What does this mean? Now more than ever, it’s important to: Know the brand and type of implants your surgeon uses Dr Sharp use Mentor and Motiva implants. Being able to identify the type of implant your surgeon uses is an important part of your pre-surgery education and informed consent. We believe patients deserve to know the brand of the implant...

RETURNING TO EXERCISE AFTER BREAST AUGMENTATION SURGERY

“I would love to have a breast augmentation, but I’m worried about the impact it will have on my daily exercise routine, and the muscle tone loss or weight gain I will experience during the downtime. How soon after surgery can I return to working out, and are there any restrictions?” - patient Dr Sharp: It’s great to hear you are thinking about these factors before your augmentation surgery, as they are important pre operative considerations. After breast augmentation surgery you will spend about one week not doing much - you will be able to do basic tasks like showering, getting a drink or chilling on the couch, but not much more than that! During the following week, you’ll return to tasks like making your bed, going for light walks, cooking a meal or driving a car. The most challenging restriction for many of my breast augmentation patients is the requirement to not lift anything over 2kg for at least 6 weeks after surgery. And that doesn’t mean returning to bench pressing 10kg or lifting a toddler at 6 weeks and 1 day post op! Even at the 6-8 week post operative mark, it’s important to ease back into your exercise routine and tasks like shopping, cleaning and lifting small children. Listen to your body and if you experience pain, discomfort or swelling, cease the activity for another 2 weeks and ease back into it. Upper body workouts or things like rock climbing or ergo work will need to wait much longer than 6 weeks, but in the interim there’s other activities you can do to retain your fitness. We...

In the media: Dr David Sharp plastic surgery

Dr Sharp was featured in the QT this month, discussing the tips, trends and pitfalls of plastic surgery in 2019. He said more Australians are undergoing plastic surgery as taboos fall and surgical advancements evolve. Below are some excerpts from the interview with QT Editor Shannon Newley:   Why I chose a career in plastic surgery… The reason I chose plastic surgery as a sub-specialty is because I love performing the full spectrum of procedures it offers. They are all rewarding because they effect positive change in patients’ lives in different ways. For example, blepharoplasty surgery provides an instant reward because the recovery is so quick and it’s a small operation that makes a big change, whereas post pregnancy abdominoplasty and breast lift surgery is rewarding – even though the recovery is longer – because it restores core strength and improves back pain, pelvic floor issues and skin irritations after a woman has given so much of her body over to having a baby. Future trends in plastic and cosmetic surgery We will see more interest in minimal downtime surgery such as lip lifts, mini-facelifts and procedures that combine fat grafting. For skin condition and improvement, there is a growing interest in medical grade lasers, micro-needling and PRP therapy to help stimulate the skin’s own natural responses. It’s a more holistic approach than we’ve seen in the past, and I think it’s going to achieve more natural, sustainable results for patients. Current trends in plastic and cosmetic surgery The interest in having cosmetic surgery is definitely still on the rise. This is because the taboos that previously existed around...
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