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Meet our theatre team

Dr Sharp is fortunate to be supported by an amazing team of surgical professionals, including skilled anaesthetists and nurses, at Greenslopes Private Hospital, Southbank Day Hospital and St Andrews Ipswich Private.  Surgery can be an exciting - and slightly nervous - moment for most patients, and so it’s nice to see some familiar faces when you arrive at theatre! Step inside Dr Sharp’s theatre at Southbank Day Hospital to meet anaesthetist Dr Rob Miskeljin and assistant Sr Emily Gaeta - two team members who will greet you when you arrive and walk beside you during your surgical journey.  Our anaesthetic team also includes Dr Tim Sampson and Dr Paul Scott.  Thanks to the team at Southbank Day Hospital for giving our patients an insight into what they can expect on the day of surgery!  Ready to experience the gold standard in surgical care? Contact us below Name*Email* Phone*Message*CAPTCHACommentsThis field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged. This iframe contains the logic required to handle Ajax powered Gravity...

What makes a surgeon a ‘surgeon’?

Confused by the different titles used by plastic, cosmetic and aesthetic surgeons in Australia? You aren’t alone. The results of a survey commissioned by the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons were released today, highlighting widespread concern and confusion around the misuse of the title ‘surgeon’. According to the survey, 93% of Australians agree that it would be easier for patients to distinguish qualified surgeons from doctors, if medical professionals were to only use their Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) title.   92% of Australians believe that a patient’s safety is put at risk when a doctor performs surgery without having completed surgical training.   86% of Australians agree it is wrong that doctors without any surgical training are allowed to call themselves surgeons.   81% of Australians agree that the title cosmetic surgeon implies the doctor has completed surgical training.  77% of Australians are in support of calls to ban the term ‘cosmetic surgeon’, to help patients separate doctors from qualified surgeons.  A loophole in the current regulatory framework allows doctors who are not registered as Surgeons by AHPRA to title themselves ‘Surgeons’ and advertise cosmetic surgery. The survey of over 2,000 Australians is the latest addition to mounting evidence pointing to the need to restrict the title of ‘Surgeon’ to only doctors registered as specialist surgeons by AHPRA.   ASAPS President, Dr Naveen Somia said the peak body is calling on the Council of Australian Governments (COAG), through the review of the National Law to mandate all medical practitioners to use their official AHPRA title and restrict the title Surgeon to only those registered as Surgeons by AHPRA.  “The title...

New health fund tiers: what do they mean for you?

Private health insurance is a significant investment for most Australians, with 55% of us covered by some policy. Often, insurance products are complex and difficult to understand and compare. You might have recently heard from your health fund regarding new policy changes that will commence this year. In an attempt to simplify health insurance, the government has introduced a new tier system, in the hope that it will ensure consumers know what they’re covered for, when they buy a particular policy. It’s hoped that these new changes will provide more clarity for consumers - and less unpleasant surprises when it comes to claiming for procedures. This may also impact your coverage for certain Medicare item numbers. The private health insurance reforms will bring in a new system for categorising hospital products, breaking policy cover up into gold, silver, bronze or basic cover. All hospital-based treatments have been organised into 38 categories, based around different body systems, for example: ‘ear, nose and throat’ or ‘bone, joint and muscle’. Each new hospital policy will fall under one of four product tiers: gold, silver, bronze or basic. Each product tier will cover a specific number of categories in a private hospital: Basic – very little if any cover in private hospital Bronze – low cover (18 categories of services) Silver – medium cover (26 categories of services) Gold – full or top cover (all 38 categories of services) Policies that cover more than the minimum requirement will be called a ‘plus’ policy, for example ‘bronze plus’ would cover some additional benefits, above a standard bronze policy. Also, member will now be able to choose to...

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...

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...

What is lip lift surgery?

The skin between the upper lip and nostrils is called the philtrum, and by slightly reducing its height, the upper lip is flipped out - without the ‘duck pout’ appearance that fillers sometime achieve while chasing this look. Lip lift surgery involves an incision in the fold under the nose and can be performed under local anaesthetic. As celebrities kiss goodbye to the over-inflated lip look, opting for more subtle pouts, we are finding that women are moving away from the high-projection filled look, and are looking at their entire oral region - seeking ideal proportions and a natural shape. Lip lift surgery is also popular in men who have previously concealed a disproportionately long philtrum with a mustache. Operating on this area in men requires an astute understanding of ideal male anatomy to ensure the procedure make the face more youthful and masculine. If demand in our Brisbane and Ipswich clinics is any indication, ‘lip lift’ surgery is growing in popularity among women and men who want to make changes to their lower face that lip fillers haven’t been able to achieve for them. The procedure involves an incision under the nose (usually discreetly located in the junction where the nostrils meet the upper lip). A small segment of skin is removed and the incision closed. The procedure results in a shorter distance between the lip and nose (this area of the face is called the philtrum), enhancing the cupid’s bow and helping the top lip roll outward more, making it appear larger and increasing the amount of pink (vermillion) lip showing. Lip lift performed under local anaesthetic is...

Spring skin treatments

  Did you know that after a collagen-stimulating treatment, it takes about 6 weeks to start to see the results? That means now is the perfect time to start planning for summer holidays, skin-baring dresses and your party season glow! Begin by removing pigmentation and dead, lacklustre skin cells while strategically stimulating collagen with our rejuvenating medical skin treatments: - FRAXEL LASER - DERMAPEN MICRONEEDLING - REVOLUMISING DERMAL FILLERS - WRINKLE INJECTIONS - LIP ENHANCEMENT Kick start your summer skin with a proactive approach to healthy ageing and natural-looking results. Book a complimentary skin assessment consultation with Deborah for a treatment plan tailored to your skin goals by calling 3202 4744.   —————————————————————————————————————————– CLINIC NEWS 25% OFF LIP ENHANCEMENT INJECTIONS  Rejuvenate thin, dry or lined lips with our high quality dermal filler injections, using techniques that produce beautiful, natural-looking results. Topical anaesthetic is provided at no cost, for extra comfort. See in clinic for terms & conditions. DOUBLE CHIN INJECTIONS Unwanted fat under the chin can create a prematurely aged or heavy appearance. Double chin injections non surgically reduce fat, visibly refining the jaw line with 2-3 treatments - ask about our exclusive treatment packages! THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO BREAST AUGMENTATION Are you or someone considering breast augmentation surgery? Dr Sharp’s free surgery guide provides in depth information about this popular procedure; from implant selection and techniques through to the recovery and risks....

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...

Why we choose fractionated Fraxel laser

Fraxel fractionated laser resurfacing addresses 7 key facets of facial ageing Fraxel laser resurfacing was one of the first on the market, and over the decades has refined its technology, continuing to be a leader in the laser rejuvenation field. Modern day Fraxel is comfortable, quick and gets maximum results with minimal downtime. After the treatment, our patients begin to notice the following improvements in their skin; these changes continue in the weeks and months following their treatment, to achieve their final result: Reduction of precancerous sun damage (actinic keratosis) that can lead to sun cancer Pigmentation and sun spots are eliminated Fine lines and wrinkles are reduced Skin texture and condition is improved Facial, neck and chest/décolletage skin feels tighter Pore size is reduced Scars and stretch marks are improved Treatment intensity and depth is tailored to each individual patient One of the best aspects of Fraxel is its ‘dual’ function; which gives it the ability to be varied in intensity, allowing us to modify the therapy depending upon whether the patient’s skin is quite healthy, or requires extensive resurfacing - and how long they want their downtime to last. A low intensity treatment helps to remove superficial sun spots and pigmentation, with only a weekend of coffee-grain like shedding. While a more intensive treatment will lift extensive sun damage and address deeper lines, and will involve shedding for about 5 days. Your Fraxel treatment will begin with a thorough skin analysis with our dermal clinicians, who will assess your skin, discuss your desired result and advise of the best intensity to achieve this for you. The treatment doesn’t...

Research indicates confusion over ‘surgeon’ qualifications

According to a report in the February issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, a study undertaken by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) has revealed widespread confusion around the titles ‘plastic surgeon’ and ‘cosmetic surgeon’. In Australia, the Medical Board only recognises the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) as the training body for qualified surgeons. Upon completion of this training, the surgeons display the letters FRACS as their credentials, the ‘F’ standing for ‘Fellow’. However many doctors who have not undergone RACS training and examination, still openly call themselves ‘surgeons’, despite not having RACS qualifications. Cosmetic surgery is no different to other surgery; it carries a risks of infection, complications, nerve injury and adverse anaesthetic events. And yet the study results showed significant misperceptions about the qualifications needed to perform this type of surgery: 87% of respondents believed that surgeons must have special credentials and training to perform cosmetic surgery, or to advertise themselves as aesthetic/cosmetic/plastic surgeons. More than half of respondents were unsure about the training needed to become a board certified plastic or cosmetic surgeon. Most respondents stated their discomfort with specialists other than plastic surgeons performing surgery to improve their appearance. Here are some facts to help clarify the status of ‘cosmetic’ and ‘plastic’ surgeons in Australia: Plastic surgeons are also called ‘plastic, reconstructive and cosmetic - or aesthetic - surgeons’ because they have undergone advanced training in major public and private hospitals under a traineeship with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in plastic, reconstructive and cosmetic fields of surgical study; under the supervision and mentorship of experienced and RACS qualified surgeons. This training process...

Beast the festive season bulge

You’d have to be superhuman - or super anti-social - to completely avoid the overload of food, drinks and excess that is synonymous with the festive season. The combination of food high in sugar, salt and fat, along with the occasional sugary drink or alcoholic beverage - followed by hot lazy days - often sees the unwelcome expansion of love handles and spare tyres that looked, and felt, much smaller a few months ago. Certain areas of the body - such as the abdomen, flanks and back, naturally lend themselves to fat accumulating. Once these pockets of fat have formed, it can be difficult to eliminate them, even with a healthy lifestyle. It’s enough to make those new years resolutions of getting fit and healthy seem like a pipe dream. After you’ve finished adjusting your belt up a notch or diving into your comfy pants, consider some small, easy steps you can begin taking this week to get your body back to where you’d like it to be. Even the most stubborn of fat can be budged with the combination of a sensible diet, moderate physical activity and SculpSure fat removal. By now we all know the key to a healthy diet - but it’s a matter of sticking to it! Plenty of water, fresh vegetables and fruit, moderate amounts of lean protein and low-GI grains. If you are grocery shopping on a budget, try a local farmers market for great deals on fresh fruit and vegetables to last the week. For a reminder of what you should be looking for on your plate, click here or here. If joining a...

Behind the scenes at Vogue Magazine’s cosmetic event

Vogue Australia invited Dr Sharp to join industry experts at their inaugural Queensland cosmetic event this month. Vogue editor-in-chief Edwina McCann introduced the event, which saw over 200 people fill the Versace Hotel’s grand ballroom for a day of seminars and interactive workshops with the speakers. Dr Sharp spoke about facial cosmetic surgery, discussing face lift, rhinoplasty, otoplasty, chin implant and blepharoplasty procedures, while Dr Raja Sawhney discussed breast augmentation, reduction and lift surgery. Dr Christopher Leat shared the latest advancements in cosmetic injectables and Dr Shoban Manoharan, a specialist dermatologist, talked about the incredible results laser therapy can achieve. Dr Franck Page provided an insight into the world of cosmetic dentistry and dental implants, while Grant Power from Giorgio Armani revealed the iconic brand’s latest release of transformative makeup tools. Dmitri Papas from Papas + Pace finished the day off with the magic of the perfect cut. From plastic surgery through to aesthetic dentistry, the medical professionals all had the same message for those considering cosmetic improvements; attaining a ‘natural look’ is the gold standard we should all be aiming for! Here’s a behind the scenes glimpse of the event.     Photo credit: Whisper &...
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