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It just got easier to fit your anti-wrinkle injections, lip augmentation or skin rejuvenation into your busy schedule. The clinic is now open late on Thursdays and Saturdays for all cosmedical treatments.
With two new treatment specialists available to provide for all your non-surgical treatments, we are better able to service our clientele at times that best suit them. Come in to have your treatment with Hannah or Deborah and mention this page to receive 10% off your first treatment.

Hanna Blore

Hannah has a reputation for producing real results with the natural look we all want. She brings with her years of experience in all anti-wrinkle injections, injectible fillers as well as in Thermage, KTP Laser, Microdermabrasion, Chemical Peels and the highest level of training in INFINI, the new to market skin needling with fractional RF technology. Make an appointment with Hannah’s so that she can work out a treatment program that is best suits your needs and budget.

Deborah Howell

Deborah, is not only a cosmedical treatment specialist but a highly trained surgical assistant with more than 15 years in operating theatres. Deborah’s focus is on anti-wrinkle injections and INFINI, as well as providing treatments such Microdermbrasion, KTP Laser and Thermage. Deborah combines her caring nature with her extensive anatomical knowledge gained from years in theatre to deliver quality results to her clients.

PUBLISHED 24/09/13

Why more men are going under the knife

Dr Hodgkinson was interviewed recently, and the article how now been published by both the Sydney Morning Herald and T he Age. The author, MJ had this to say:

Recently, I read a disturbing story from the US outlining the most popular and strange surgeries American men are opting for, including chest and lip hair transplants and scrotum reductions. Curiosity prompted the question: is the increase in male cosmetic surgery due to the overwhelming pressure felt from the airbrushed body-beautiful images in the media? Or is it because the decision is more than skin deep?

Anthony Lamb, a 34-year-old IT professional from Sydney’s CBD, ? recently underwent a cleft lip revision and rhinoplasty, to correct a defect from birth. While Lamb lived a “normal” life – a good job, good friends and relationships – his physical appearance left him withdrawn and insular.

“I didn’t want to live the last half of my life like the first.? There was no defining moment that prompted my decision; it was a gradual build-up” he says. “After years of repression and angst, it was within my power to fix this. I fought internally against feelings of vanity but, in the world we live, the way we look does influence our career and social opportunities.” There are no regrets, but Lamb admits the results have been underwhelming. “I still catch my reflection and pause, thinking, is that really me? Now I just look like everyone else.” Lamb knows his next challenge is to build his confidence. “Don’t put the onus on the surgery changing your life; it’s YOU that needs to make the changes. But this surgery has undoubtedly given me the confidence I needed to make them.”

Sean Henderson is a 44-year-old healthcare professional from Sydney’s Woollahra. As a younger man he was athletic and fit but, after a messy divorce and swapping lifestyle for career, Sean found his 170-centimetre frame tipping the scales at more than 140 kilos. He was required to undergo medicals each year for his job, and his GP’s concern was growing. So he hit the gym – only to gain more weight. After seeing a number of doctors ?Henderson was finally diagnosed with an acute hormonal imbalance. Once treatment was administered he dropped more than 50 kilos in 20 months but was left with a large amount of loose skin. “I’ve always been a confident guy. I was remarried and my new wife had no issue with my physical appearance but, as a dad and a man, I wanted to be able to live a healthy and active life.” Henderson underwent liposuction first, removing five kilos of fat. Six months later he had a lipectomy to remove the large saggy belt of skin from his abdomen. “I did this for me. It was my reward to myself to remind me of what I’ve achieved. Now, when I take my shirt off, I wear my scar like a badge of honour,” he laughs.

Dr Darryl Hodgkinson, a leading cosmetic surgeon with more than 30 years’ experience, performed both procedures. He reveals why Australian men are opting for surgery and what the most popular procedures are among our local lads. “Changing or rejuvenating the face is definitely something Australian men are taking advantage of in increasing numbers,” he says. “Rhinoplasty [nose jobs] and liposuction [including ab-sculpting, man-boobs and love-handles] are my most popular ‘male’ surgeries. But procedures like genital surgery I won’t touch. There is too much psychology behind that!”

Hodgkinson’s other popular procedures include lip, brow and facelifts, cheek and chin implants and otoplasty (ear re-shaping).

He says today the ratio of male to female patients is even. “It’s 50-50. Men feel the same pressure of wanting to age gracefully and are tortured by the same insecurities women have about how they look.” So what’s the average age of men undergoing cosmetic enhancement? “The core of my clientele is around 40, successful and takes pride in his appearance,” Hodgkinson says. “There is also the ethnic sub-groups and younger men in their late teens or early 20’s who come to me for rhinoplasty.” If you are considering any type of cosmetic surgery, Hodgkinson recommends asking lots of questions. “The first question to ask yourself when considering surgery is: Why? Do I need it? Can I afford it? Who am I doing it for and what’s my motivation? Is it for me, my partner, my popularity or confidence?” When it comes to selecting the right surgeon, the most important thing is rapport. Hodgkinson urges people to think about how comfortable they feel with their doctor.

“You don’t want a sales pitch; you wants results – medical imagining, reality testing. Ask if what they’re promising you is achievable?”

Know the risks. While good surgeons will take every precaution, things can still go wrong. “You need to know what the risks are, what complications can arise and what the associated costs are,” Hodgkinson says. Lastly, he recommends: “Don’t rush. Take your time. Make sure you have a great support person through the process. And don’t forget to follow up, post surgery.

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Published August 2013

Dr Hodgkinson attends ICAPS meeting in Singapore

Dr Hodgkinson recently attended the ICAPS scientific meeting in Singapore. This international conference of aesthetic plastic surgeons is a senior group of plastic surgeons dedicated to cosmetic surgery who meet annually to discuss current issues and controversies in cosmetic plastic surgery and make mission statements in relation to these topical issues. Aesthetic surgeons from Singapore, Brazil, Hong Kong, Turkey, Switzerland, Jordan, Mexico, Spain and Germany all met to discuss a wide range of plastic and cosmetic procedures such as facelifting, fat grafting, lipolysis, rhinoplasty, body contour surgery and body implants. The convocation of these highly knowledgeable and ethical cosmetic surgeons was invaluable, enabling me to share the fruits of this meeting with my patients thereby affording them information that is internationally recognised rather than “hype” that is often only available on the internet and highly marketed procedures which may be ineffective, too temporary or have not been evidence based and peer reviewed.

Published 13 May 2013

Implant on Trial

Mr Jean Claude Mas, the founder of the implant manufacturer, PIP (Poly Implant Prothese) is facing trial in Marseilles, France along with his deputy, the quality director, the technical director and products chief of the now defunct company which was shut down in March 2010 after the use

of non-authorised silicone gel was discovered sparking a worldwide health scare.

For more information click on the following link

Published May 2013

Dr Darryl Hodgkinson – Keynote speaker at Cosmetex 2013

Dr Hodgkinson recently lectured in Melbourne to a group of 600 attendees at the Cosmetex Meeting in Melbourne. Cosmetex 2013 is the largest Scientific Congress in Australasia devoted exclusively to Cosmetic Medicine and Cosmetic Surgery.

As the aim is to provide registrants with an exciting, high quality educational experience, Dr Darryl Hodgkinson again provided a number of key note addresses that included:

  • Contour Restoration of the Upper Limb using Solid Silicone Implants
  • The Modified Fogli Approach to Total Neck Rejuvenation – Is the Submental Incision Necessary
  • The Management of Chest Wall Deformity in Patients Presenting for Breast Augmentation
  • The Eurasian Nose – Total Autogenous Reconstruction

Demand for these services is high and innovation in both techniques and products continues to rapidly evolve. Dr Hodgkinson provided a wealth of knowledge to other participants as part of his ongoing commitment to the practice of plastic and cosmetic surgery.

Dr Hodgkinson is seen at the National Gallery of Victoria with his newest acquisition, a stunning post modern sculpture of a deer, made from spherical glass balls – STUNNING!

Published April 2013

Car Parking Update

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There are three parking spots dedicated to patient drop off and pick up and brief consultation at the Double Bay Day Surgery. Because of the temporary restrictions of parking in Double Bay due to the expansion of Kiaora Place, parking is at a premium and the available parking spaces for patients have been increased.

Also the parking lot on Cross street, has excellent parking all day for $5.00 for early birds and just $3.00 for two hours. As you can see the map shows it is only a few minutes walk away.

Published 5th April 2013

17th IPRAS Meeting
(International Confederation for Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery)
Santiago, Chile February 21st – March 1st 2013

IPRAS, the International Confederation for Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, is the world’s largest body of plastic and reconstructive surgeons, representing over 30,000 plastic surgeons worldwide in over 100 countries. The annual general meeting is held every four years and this year, the host city was Santiago, Chile, which attracted over 2,500 plastic surgeons and a very large trade show with all the latest instrumentation and non-surgical innovations.

I was honoured to represent Australia as a Faculty Member, giving two lectures on Facelifting and chair another session of multiple papers on facial cosmetic surgery.

IPRAS is unique in assembling the best minds in plastic surgery in one place every four years and upon attending the meeting, we gauge where our strengths are in Australia and what we can learn from other highly skilled plastic surgeons. Because Australia has such a limited sized population, our expertise in many areas can be limited by demographics. Those of us interested in aesthetic surgery of different ethnic backgrounds, especially Asian and Middle Eastern, find the expertise presented by Asian and Middle Eastern plastic surgeons, of particular significance and value to our patients when we return home.

Regarding cleft lip and palate sessions, which I attended, I confirm that early surgery does not necessarily lead to a better result as regards the cleft lip closure and that attempting early surgery on the cleft nose is, in fact, detrimental to long-term results of cleft surgery. The N.A.M. program (Nasoaveolar Moulding Program) is particularly useful for wide clefts with very distorted noses but requires very regular follow-up and dedicated orthodontic teams which is not always available in Western Cultures. Fortunately, the Operation Restore Hope N.A.M. program has taken off well at the Children’s Hospital in the Philippines. It is supported by Australian private donors to Operation Restore Hope and is under the direction of myself and Dr Taps Gurango, a Cranio-Facial Surgeon in Manila.

The worldwide obesity epidemic, set to cost us Australia120 billion dollars in health expenditure yearly is a worldwide phenomenon and has created almost a subspecialty in plastic surgery. The removal of excess folds of skin which remain after 20 to 30 kilograms of weight loss, is necessary to obtain an optimal result in these unfortunate patients. The skin of the abdomen and thighs has lost its elasticity and needs to be trimmed surgically; this of course, results in quite extensive scarring. Especially rapid weight loss from bypass bands and sleeves, can leave a patient metabolically and nutritionally deficient and this does increase the danger of a surgical intervention. Belt-line surgery or complete circumferential resection of skin is often needed.

My team at the Double Bay Day Surgery, performs this surgery regularly; also trimming the arms and thighs but never performing the longitudinal incision in the inner thighs which is very ugly and can never be completely obliterated or camouflaged. All the other scars are hidden in brief clothing but do take time to heal. Fading of scars over time, leads to gratification of the patient.

In breast surgery, most attention seemed to be concerned with breast lifting and augmentation procedures occurring at the same time and it is well recognised that this type of surgery has increased complications. Again, unfortunately, these patients will significantly droop later on, because of their poor skin elasticity and ptosis tends to reappear. Interestingly, from the psychological point of view, women have deemed that bigger breasts are much better (the bigger, the better) and were thought to be more desirable by men; however, this appears to be a misconception from the male point of view. There is also a strong move to try and resist the ‘too big” breast implant which stretches the normal skin envelope and results in misplacement and palpability of the breast implants and long-term problems and thinning of the tissues. Although manufactured in Brazil, the foam covered implant has not gained universal ground in South America and several Argentinian plastic surgeons I spoke to, were not enthusiastic about it. New technology such as 3D imaging for prospective patients and volumetric MRIs assist in planning for patients undergoing various procedures and considering that 60% of patients who present for breast surgery are assymetrical, this is a technological advantage, which I hope to include into my practice soon.

In facial plastic surgery, there was enthusiasm for lesser procedures under local anaesthetic; however the results are both limited, modest and short-term – very minor improvement is all that is achievable. My two papers were well received and referred to by other surgeons at the meeting. My paper the Modified Fogli Technique for Neck Lift, will be published again this year and presented in Singapore, France, China and Uruguay. It is nice to be recognised.

The topic of Medical Tourism was obviously one which had much appeal to such an international audience. Dr Michael McGuire, past president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS – U.S.A.) pointed out that there were considerable risks to be appreciated by patients who contemplate overseas surgery. Long plane trips predispose patients to thromboembolism (clots). When a patient arrives in a foreign country, there is a time difference, disorientation, language difference and often food discrepancies. On meeting the plastic surgeon for the first time, there is no way to establish a proper relationship prior to the surgery and the relationship is purely technical with little recognition of the psychological component implied in all cosmetic surgical procedures. The ability of the nurses and anaesthetists is unknown and their training and procedures are likely to be different from what we expect in Australia. Infections which may occur could be from organisms that are uncommon in Australia and if a problem occurs when a patient returns home, there is little recourse and the local plastic surgeons are unlikely to want to become involved in those kind of problems. Facilities in other nations are often not licensed and accredited as they are in Australia, although in Australia, there are still many that are not accredited. Costs are mainly hidden as patients need to have an accompanying person with them and follow up if needed, will require another overseas trip, airline flights and time off work. The thrill of a cheap procedure will be much more transient than the long-term anguish of a poor result. Although the unbelievable savings seem to be a “draw card” to patients initially, the lack of follow up is distressing in the long-term for patients and plastic surgeons alike. Especially with breast implants, the need to deal with problems in the future, is trivialized by the over enthusiastic surgical broker whose incentive is purely a commercial one.

This brief summary of the 17th IPRAS meeting from my point of view, is quite helpful to our practice in Double Bay. I also had the privilege of being a guest lecturer at the B & S Clinic in Buenos Aires at the invitation of Dr Guillermo Blugerman in his large multi-specialty clinic. I caught up with the senior president of the Argentinian society, Dr Jorge Herrera. My two weeks in South America, gave me a host of tips to improve our patient care and emphasized that our clinic in Double Bay, is indeed world class.

Plastic Surgeon
M.B. B.S. (Hons) F.R.C.S. (C) F.A.C.S. F.A.C.C.S

Dr Hodgkinson speaks at ISAPS’ 21st Biannual Scientific Meeting
Geneva, Switzerland 4-8 September 2012

The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) holds a scientific meeting in different continents every two years. This year it was hosted by ISAPS’ now past President Jan Poell in Geneva in his native Switzerland. An international surgical faculty representing over 40 countries and 200 surgeons presented lectures, video sessions, case presentations , symposia and panel discussions to more than 1400 international delegates. Dr Bryan Mendelson and I were the Australian faculty members and both of us lectured in the same session on facelifting. Dr Bryan Mendelson is a world leader in aesthetic facial anatomy and has contributed significantly and uniquely to this field over the last 20 years. His beautifully illustrated lectures continue to advance the educational experience of every surgeon.

The emphasis of the society and this meeting was on education and innovation. My main interests are rhinoplasty (surgery to reshape the nose) and facelifting and on day two we were treated to presentations by Dr Gruber from California, USA and Dr Gubisch from Stuttgart, Germany who shared unique solutions to difficult problems in rhinoplasty surgery. Fat injection to restore volume in the face was a very hot topic and there were many presenters who showed their work with fat which they are using when the face ages by deflation. Other symposia were on eyelid surgery and eyebrow surgery, stressing the need for natural results rather than the over-operated post-operative look. The South American and Central American surgeons discussed buttock aesthetics and buttock implants which are very popular there while the Asian surgeons concentrated on eyelid surgery in which they have a unique perspective. My own paper on total neck rejuvenation in face lifting presented a new concept to the audience and I received some encouraging comments from my international colleagues.

To share our experiences with such a prestigious faculty from all over the world is a unique experience and provides a great boost for any surgeon who makes the effort to attend or prepare papers for these international meetings. To be invited to be on the faculty was indeed an honour. The next ISAPS biannual meeting is in Brazil in 2014 and this will be hosted by Dr Carlos Uebel, ISAPS’ newly elected President whom you see in the picture with me and some other international surgeons who attended this year’s ISAPS meeting.

Published 13th September 2012

Fab over 50- Cosmetic Surgery May Be the Answer For You

Read this woman’s account of her experience with plastic surgery, from saying ‘absolutely no way’ to ‘I want to look my best’!

Dr Hodgkinson is an ASPS board certified plastic surgeon. He is an expert in facial rejuvenation and has been performing the operation for 30 years.

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Dr. Hodgkinson Speaks at the Annual ACCS Meeting in Cairns

Dr. Hodgkinson recently delivered a paper at the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgeons (ACCS) Annual General Meeting in Cairns, Cosmetex 2012, on his new innovations in facelifting having just published his latest article on neck rejuvenation and platysmaplasty in the respected journal Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Hodgkinson says the ideal age for a woman to consider having a face and necklift is around 50. Facelifts, however, are also commonly performed from the mid 40s onward; Dr Hodgkinson’s oldest patient to date being 84.

Published May 8, 2012

MRIs for Gel Implants

Before and After Breast Augmentation with 350cc partial subpectoral smooth round saline implants

Australian Medicare will cover MRIs to determine if a PIP silicone gel implant has ruptured or not. This is a one year offer only. Australian Medicare does not cover for assessment by an MRI of other gel or polyurethane implants.

The MRI is the gold standard of X-ray to determine whether a gel implant has ruptured or not. It is generally expensive, about $500.00 to $600.00.

Recently reported High Resolution Ultrasonics (HRUS) is just as effective as an MRI and much cheaper. If worried about the status of gel implants, the first thing to do is have an HRUS. Saline implants which I generally prefer and use, do not need any studies to determine whether they have ruptured or not- a big advantage.

Published April 23, 2012

A Special App for You!

The Clinic is excited to announce the launch of the new App, Natural Look: beautiful at any age. The Natural Look App is a free App that helps you discover the possibilities to look your best. The App includes loads of fantastic features including education on what happens as we age, some helpful tips & advice on ageing and comprehensive information on a number of non-surgical facial rejuvenation options available at the clinic.

There is also a great game ‘Older? Younger?’ where you can see photos of women of all ages and guess who is younger! Learn and have fun- even challenge your friends via Facebook to play the game.

Download the Free App Today!

There are two ways to download the app

  1. Go to the Apple App Store and search ‘Natural Look’ and then enter the clinic’s password ‘CRSCAPP’
  2. Use your QR scanner on your iPhone to scan the QR Code to be taken to the App Store, search ‘Natural Look’ and enter the clinic’s password ‘CRSCAPP’

We’d love you to download the Natural Look App and come in for a consultation to discuss your individual facial rejuvenation possibilities.

Published April 2, 2012

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