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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...

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...

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...

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...

Question of the week: what are cohesive gel or form stable breast implants?

I want silicone implants for my augmentation, but I’m confused about the difference between gummy bear, cohesive gel and form stable implants. How do I choose the safest? - patient Dr Sharp: It’s good to hear you are thinking about these factors and how they may impact your breast augmentation surgery, as they are important pre operative considerations! Essentially all of the implants you mention come from the same ‘family’ of silicone implants. Implant manufacturers use words such as cohesive gel, form stable silicone and gummy bear implants to describe variants of the same thing; breast implants that contain a silicone that maintains its shape and consistency inside the body - and has a solid (rather than liquid or runny) consistency. This kind of silicone has been successfully used for many years - and in millions of patients. Most specialist plastic surgeons in Australia use modern implants that contain this gel. Breast implants are very strong and ruptures aren’t common, but even when cohesive gel implants do rupture, the gel stays inside the implant - hence the term ‘form stable’. Silicone implants have dramatically changed over the past 40 years; the original silicone gel that was used as early as the 1970s, consisted of a liquid gel. If the outer layer of the implant ruptured, the liquid would leak into the body. In 2006, cohesive gel implants became available in the United States. You may have heard them referred to as the “gummy bear implant”. The big difference between a liquid gel and cohesive gel is that the cohesive gel stays in one solid form if cut or ruptured, mimicking a gummy...

Question of the week: what is a Keller funnel and why does it make breast augmentation surgery safer?

My friend has had a breast augmentation and said her surgeon used a funnel to insert her implant and make her surgery safer. Does Dr Sharp use a funnel, and if so, how does it make the surgery safer – and does it cost extra? - patient Dr Sharp: It’s great to hear you are thinking about these factors before your breast augmentation surgery, as they are an important pre operative considerations. The Keller funnel is an implant delivery system for inserting breast implants into the surgical pockets; a clear funnel shaped tool that allows for easier insertion of the breast implants into the chest cavity without over-handling of the prosthesis. The Keller funnel was a game-changer in breast augmentation, alleviating the need to insert breast implants by hand, and offering three key advantages: Decreased breast implant contact Being able to use additional anti-bacterial measures with a Keller funnel reduces the risk of breast augmentation complications. It offers less risk of damage to the breast implant during insertion, helping to minimise the risks of pre-insertion damage to the breast implant product by reducing the  need to manually handle the breast implant. Excessive manual handling of implants has been identified as a potential factor in the compromise of the implant shell, reducing the longevity of the implant. Easier breast implant insertion The Keller Funnel’s clear polymeric surface is also believed to help make it easier for the insertion (and potentially orientation) of some types of breast implants. The clear funnel allows for greater visibility of the breast implant at all stages of the implant insertion; assisting surgeons with breast implant placement for cosmetic and plastic surgery breast enlargement procedures. The funnel’s low friction coating allows...

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...

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...
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