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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...

Considering surgery in 2019? 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 practice director, Liz, recommends patients ask themselves if they are considering surgery in 2019: 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...

2018 Highlights: before and after plastic surgery with Dr David Sharp

It’s been a big year of operating for us - and we love nothing more than to look back through our patients’ surgical journeys and see the improvements they’ve experienced! From facelift and blepharoplasty through to breast augmentation, abdominoplasty and wrinkle injections - here’s a small selection of results from the thousands of procedures that Dr Sharp performed during the past 12 months. We love being part of every patient’s surgical journey, and witnessing the positive life changes that self improvement can bring; which often reach far beyond the physical transformations seen here. Thank you to all of our patients, for entrusting your care to us - and making us part of your 2018. A special thank you to those patients who generously permitted us to share their results, to help educate others about procedures they might be considering. Keep an eye out for more on our Facebook and Instagram pages! Considering surgery in 2019? The best results are planned ahead! Contact us to take the first step... learn more...

Medicare plastic surgery changes: will they impact you?

Medicare has announced significant changes to plastic surgery item numbers on the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) that will be effective from the 1st of November 2018. If you do not have item numbers listed on your informed financial consent document, this news won’t impact your costs. This will impact rebates and health fund coverage for patients with certain item numbered procedures, so if you are having plastic surgery from the 1st of November onwards, it’s important to be aware of these changes and read on. What does this mean? Some MBS item numbers are being abolished altogether, while others will have a tighter eligibility criteria. If we have issued you with a quote that lists an item number, this quote is only valid for surgery performed up until the 31st of October 2018.
 Dr Sharp’s fees are not changing, but some rebates are, and so for surgery that’s planned from the 1st of November onwards, we will need to provide you with an updated quote based on the final version of the new Medicare item numbers. Which procedures are impacted? This list covers some popular procedures involved, and is not comprehensive: otoplasty: must be performed before the age of 18 or costs will increase by approximately $2,500 blepharoplasty: an optometrist or ophthalmologist will need to confirm that your excess eyelid skin obstructs your vision - if you don’t meet the criteria, costs may increase by approximately $2,500 breast reductions and lifts (mastopexy): in you don’t satisfy the criteria, costs will increase by approximately $3,000 - $6,500 (depending on inpatient stay) removal and replacement of breast implants: if you don’t satisfy the...

GOOD THINGS TAKE TIME

There are some inconvenient truths when it comes to plastic and cosmetic surgery that should be part of the decision making process when considering surgery. Behind the exciting before and after photos - and happy outcomes - there’s a massive amount of discipline, patience and consideration that goes into each procedure. Healing takes time. Scarring doesn’t always behave as we want it to; in each body it can evolve, change and mature differently. Recovery can be painful. Friends and family can be judgemental. Surgery can trigger anxiety. And if you are aiming for perfection, you will always be disappointed (in life, and in surgery). Some patients find it easy. We had a visit this week from one of our beautiful patients, who had undergone a breast reduction with Dr Sharp three months ago. She wanted to let us know she’d breezed through the entire process - felt great after surgery, bounced in for all of her post op appointments and patiently waited for her results to settle in. But the same procedure for another patient can be a difficult journey overwhelmed by anxiety and uncertainty - which is why it’s important to embark upon surgery with an open mind and an understanding that the process can be a marathon rather than a sprint. Over the years we’ve noticed some commonality between patients who enjoy the process of surgery, and the results they achieve in the end: They have reasonable expectations They have sensible expectations of how their body will heal and recover from surgery. If their bodies don’t behave exactly as they imagined it would after surgery, they nurture it and...

A Contemporary Approach to Breast Reduction Surgery

Excessively large breasts create both physical and psychological problems, including severe neck and back pain, bra strap indentations, skin irritations and embarrassment. Today, breast reduction surgery is widely accepted as a solution to treat ‘macromastia’; but our mature-aged patients tell us it was not alway so. Previously, breast reduction surgery was considered taboo and embarrassing, and often hidden from family and friends. [Left, before and after breast reduction with Dr Sharp]. Thankfully times have changed, and the social environment in which women undergo plastic surgery has evolved. Although it offers cosmetic improvements, breast reduction surgery also follows reconstructive principles and techniques, involving flaps and medical indications - that is, it is considered medically required due to the health benefits it brings. This means that the procedure is listed on the Medicare Benefits Schedule and in most cases, an item number applies to the procedure. Women are able to claim a rebate on some of their costs, both via Medicare and their health fund, if applicable. This has been one of many contributing factors that have seen breast reduction surgery rates increase significantly. As these rates have increased, surgical techniques have been refined and improved. Dr Sharp is skilled in modern breast reduction techniques, enabling him to treat breasts of all sizes. By employing advanced techniques, Dr Sharp is able to help patients achieve physical relief from the weight of exceptionally heavy breasts, while creating a natural looking, rejuvenated overall appearance. Breast reduction surgery requires an astute aesthetic eye as well as extensive expertise in both cosmetic and reconstructive breast surgery. Dr Sharp takes pride in being able to offer this procedure to patients seeking to alleviate the physical and psychological...

Dr David Sharp before and after photos 2017 highlights

This is a small selection of our before and after photos from 2017! Thanks to all the lovely patients who permitted us to share their images this year, to help educate others about plastic surgery and the outcomes that can be achieved. Our patients come in all shapes, sizes and ages - and from the young to the mature aged, we believe it’s important to provide insight into the ‘real’ faces of plastic surgery; everyday patients! Despite the fact that much of what we see on social media probably reflects otherwise, the average plastic surgery patient is not a size 8 model with perfect breasts, a blogger’s body or celebrity with deep pockets; they’re everyday people investing in their health, wellbeing - and aligning how they look on the outside, with how they feel on the inside. This video provides an insight into the spectrum of procedures Dr Sharp performs every week. Happy New Year to all of our amazing patients, and thank you for making us part of your journey in 2017!...

The Aston Baker Cutting Edge 2017 Highlights

The Aston Baker Cutting Edge Aesthetic Surgery Symposium has been running for 37 years and brings together some of the world’s leading aesthetic plastic surgeons. This year, Dr Sharp and practice director Liz Washington joined hundreds of plastic surgeons and their clinic teams to learn more about the innovative techniques for facial and body rejuvenation. The program featured 94 instructive surgical videos, 26 presentations, 13 expert panels and 8 debates. Dr Sharp loves being abreast of the latest advancements in plastic and cosmetic surgery, and these forums provide a valuable opportunity to hear about the techniques, trials, anecdotal experiences and standards from across the world. The overall message from the symposium was: aesthetic surgery has changed, and the over-stretched, over-enhanced, over-done look is a thing of the past. Progressive surgeons are working together to develop new techniques to approach cosmetic surgery to achieve a more balanced, proportionate and natural look than ever before. We thought some of our patients may be curious to hear more about the ideas discussed, so in these videos, Liz briefly covers some of the symposium topics that often arise in our discussions with patients. Fat grafting Fat grafting has been used for reconstructive purposes for many decades, but its use for rejuvenation and enhancement is still a relatively new concept, and something that surgeons are still experimenting with to perfect and hone the right technique for different areas of the body. We saw some exciting results from the panel, and of particular interest was ‘micro’ and ‘nano’ fat grafting for facial rejuvenation, which is providing not just volume replacement, but also dermal rejuvenation. The faculty also addressed the...

Can I Breastfeed After A Breast Reduction?

Research shows that when women who have had a breast reduction are compared to a group of women of similar weight who haven’t had a breast reduction, their breastfeeding rates are about the same (approximately 65%). It is important to remember that breast reduction surgery involves the nipple being moved to a new position, which can result in disruption of the nerve supply to the nipple and areola. It can also disrupt the milk glands and milk ducts.   % can breastfeed However, it’s important to note that nerves can regrow, albeit slowly - and glandular tissue can develop during pregnancy. In most cases, we find this occurs and patients are able to breastfeed successfully. If you are having a breast reduction and plan on breastfeeding in the future, you should discuss this with your surgeon. [Left: breast reduction before and after surgery with Dr Sharp]....

5 things to think about before you have a breast reduction

In a recent interview, 18 year old actress Ariel Winter described her breast reduction surgery - which took her from a painful 32F cup size to a 34D - as “an instant weight lifted off my chest, both literally and figuratively”. [right: before and after breast reduction surgery with Dr Sharp] With breast sizes increasing, breast reduction surgery has also grown in popularity along women and men. Between 1997 and 2013, the number of breast reductions rose by 157%, according the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. The increase is not just due to increasing cup size, but also because people are becoming more informed as to what their options are, more people have private health insurance - and the stigma that was once associated with plastic surgery has dissipated. Dr Sharp recommends that people considering breast reduction surgery should consider five things before undergoing surgery: 1. The impact of pain or discomfort caused by large breasts Carrying extra weight on your chest can cause significant discomfort. Ariel Winter said the physical pain is what ultimately led her to choose surgery. Typically felt in the lower back, neck or shoulders - as well as headaches and chest pain - the discomfort of large breasts often necessitate the use of regular painkillers. Chronic pain can impact a woman’s ability to undertake healthy physical activity, their sleeping patterns, sex life and also their mental health. A study published in 2013 found that patients who underwent breast reduction surgery not only experienced less pain, but also a significant improvement in the quality of their sleep and their ability to exercise. On a 100-point...

Breast size and exercise: are your breasts a barrier?

If just the idea of a vigorous session of lunge-jumps makes you protectively clutch your breasts in pain, you aren’t alone. Nearly one in five women feel that the size of their breasts is an obstacle for exercise. Research conducted by the University of Portsmouth in 2014 revealed that 17% of surveyed women said their breasts discouraged them from participating in physical activity. Breasts were ranked the fourth highest barrier to exercise after “lack of energy, time constraints and health reasons”. Researchers found that breast size ranked above other obvious barriers, such as the cost of exercise or access to facilities. Many of Dr Sharp’s breast reduction patients have experienced chronic skin irritations, chaffing and sometimes infections or bleeding of the skin under the breasts due to excessive breast size, with these problems often being exacerbated by exercise. Large breasts can also cause chronic back and shoulder pain, compounding the discomfort involved with exercising. But it is because of these factors why exercise is so important for large-breasted women - a fact that frustrates many of our patients, who want to exercise to help build up core strength and posture, but are held back by the limitations that breast size imposes on their activity. Selecting the right sports bra can reduce the impact of exercise on breasts and surrounding tissues, but for some women, breast reduction surgery is the only way to reduce the strain that their breasts place on their bodies. Breast reduction surgery can also provide a sense of weight literally being ‘lifted’ off the chest, so that breathing feels easier and lighter when exercising. While patients are encouraged to undertake gentle...

More than skin deep: the health benefits of plastic surgery

People seek out plastic surgery for a myriad of reasons. For some, it’s the correction of a trauma, accident or genetic deformity - for others, it’s reconstructive surgery for skin or breast cancer; replacing what previous surgery has taken away. Others want to restore what time has take away; growing old gracefully - and retaining a ‘natural look’ while ensuring they look as good as they still feel on the inside. [Right: before and after breast reduction surgery with Dr Sharp]. The health benefits of plastic surgery often go unmentioned in the world of glossy magazines that focus purely on cosmetic improvement, looking beyond the ‘skin deep’ image to see significant functional benefits, including: Rhinoplasty: can improve breathing and snoring Blepharoplasty: can improve vision Breast reduction and tummy tuck (abdominoplasty): can improve back and neck pain Non surgical treatments such as cosmetic wrinkle injections can also have little-known medical benefits, such as reducing headaches and treating excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis). Plastic surgery alone will not improve your confidence or self esteem; but it can be one of many decisions people make to improve their self image and align the face (or body) they see in the mirror with how they feel on the outside. Elevated self esteem is associated with improved self confidence, which can have a powerful influence over relationships, job prospects and social networks; something noted by London economics Professor Daniel Hamermesh in his research into the link between appearance and employment. Although plastic surgery is often thought of as nip-and-tuck procedures that are purely driven by aesthetics, it can also be a powerful tool to resolve functional problems and...