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Your Weight, Weight Loss and Cosmetic Surgery

  • Your Weight, Weight Loss and Cosmetic Surgery

    Mummy Makeovers and more.

  • Fabulous fifties!

    Is fifty really the new forty?

  • Ethnic Rhinoplasty

    Balance and Harmony of Features, The Challenge of Ethnic Rhinoplasty

  • Operation Restore Hope

    20 Years On - Still Going Strong

  • A Letter from Dr Hodgkinson

    Scientific Meeting in 2015

  • Your Weight, Weight Loss and Cosmetic Surgery

    Mummy Makeovers and more.





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    Plastic Surgeons have had a major role in reshaping the female and male body after weight gain and weight loss ever since the specialty began nearly 100 years ago. After weight loss, the most common procedures are those to remove loose skin such as the tummy tuck or body lift, the arm lift, the breast lift or reduction, etc. After weight gain, they tend to be more gender specific as women and men tend to carry fatty deposits in different areas.

    Before and After Liposuction by Dr Hodgkinson

    For men, the predominant areas of concern are the chest, “man boobs” (gynecomastia), the abdomen and “love handles”.

    For women the problem is usually genetic in such areas as the hips, thighs, buttocks, are very resistant to diet and exercise. For younger women the frustration of shopping for different sized clothes, having to buy “separates” and swim wear phobia lead them to consider liposuction/ liposculpture as an answer for their frustrations. Cankles is another area of concern to women and no amount of dieting can change your ankles. Of course pregnancy and the often resultant weight gain are major contributing factors to negative change in the female figure                

    After pregnancy, women usually have had their abdominal muscles stretched out and their breasts are drooping due to a loss of elasticity in the skin from the rapid changes in the size of the glands.  Surgery to correct the effects of pregnancy became commonly known in Los Angeles in the early 2000’s as the “mummy makeover” and the name has stuck both in the US and the English speaking world. Rapid return to a normal figure after delivery occurs in a minority of patients and is often accompanied by stretch marks in the abdomen. The “mummy makeover” is a combination of breast lifting or enhancement (sometimes with implants), liposculpture and a tummy tuck of varying degrees. Combined together these procedures can be performed anytime from 6-12 months after the birth of a child to restore a woman’s shape, get her back in her wardrobe and restore her confidence.

    Before and After Mummy Makeover:
    Mastopexy with Breast implants and Tummy Tuck
     by Dr Hodgkinson


    Fabulous fifties!

    Is fifty really the new forty?

    We always hear that fifty is the new forty and while our number of years on the planet has not changed, our attitudes toward ageing and our lifestyles certainly have.  No longer at 50 do women become square shaped grandmothers dressed in black who only wear orthopaedic shoes.  With women in the workforce and active in their communities and interests as well as in their families and relationships, women are still vital at 50, 60 and 70 and some even longer! Our changes in attitude, however are not always mirrored in our faces which do belie the rigours of 50 or more years of time, stress and sun damage which leads many women (and men) to look at cosmetic surgery to rejuvenate their facial features.


          Before and After Facelift by Dr Hodgkinson

    Non-surgical treatments such as injectables and RF technology with Infini alone are usually enough to maintain a fresh appearance in the 30’s and 40’s but from 50 onwards surgical intervention is generally required. Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is usually the first procedure that people seek as they age and often this is accompanied by facial surgery such as a face or neck lift. These procedures aim to take away that tired and haggard look that can come with age and make you look not only fresher & more attractive but enthusiastic as well. Some psychologists have suggested that facial rejuvenation surgery is a way of dealing with the “midlife crisis”.  Maybe it is a way of preventing it?

    Ethnic Rhinoplasty

    Balance and Harmony of Features, The Challenge of Ethnic Rhinoplasty

    Just as one size does not fit all, one nose does not suit all as well. A masculine nose is very different from a cute nose and so too is an Asian nose different from a Middle Eastern one. What makes any face attractive to others is the way in which we perceive both the balance of the features as well as the harmonious way in which they fit together in our perception of them as authentic – not plastic or contrived.

    Before and After Ethnic Rhinoplasty
    and Neck Liposuction by Dr Hodgkinson

    In our multicultural society, it is wrong to use a cookie cutter approach to plastic surgery and give everyone a cute nose which will look obviously operated on. It is critical that the surgeon have not only the surgical expertise but the artistic capacity and cultural sensitivity to make sure that each nose is in balance and harmony with the patient’s other features as well as their ethnicity so that the effect is both attractive and natural.

    Operation Restore Hope

    20 Years On - Still Going Strong

    Operation Restore Hope (ORH) has always been an important part of the culture here at the clinic and day surgery.  Dr Hodgkinson retains the belief that his skills as a plastic surgeon to restore form and function carry with them the responsibility to help others in need who without charity surgery would not be cared for.  It was after years of volunteering in countries around the world from Guatemala and Mexico to India and Nepal that he settled upon the Philippines and founded Operation Restore Hope more than 20 years ago. 

    Dr Hodgkinson with a young patient and her mother;
    who he had operated on 20 years earlier

    From its humble beginnings and its first mission to Cebu where 17 cases were performed, the charity has grown to what it is today performing more than 200 cleft lip and palate operations a year for less fortunate children.  Despite its growth, ORH has stayed committed to its first home in Lapu Lapu in Cebu where they continue to serve this community, watching their little patients grow up, go to school and lead happier and fuller lives.  This in and of itself has been a far greater reward than any of the volunteers could have imagined.

    Operation Restore Hope is unique in that it still operates 100% with volunteer help from its doctors and nurses to the administrators and accountants so that no dollar goes to overheads or salaries.  This has kept the average cost per life changing operation down to $500.  Please consider making a tax deductible donation or becoming a member for only $20 per year to make sure that ORH can continue to bring smiles to the faces of as many children as possible.   Please phone 02 9362 7480 or email us now at orha@operationrestorehope.org These children need your help.

    A Letter from Dr Hodgkinson

    Scientific Meeting in 2015

    Scientific Meetings in 2015

    A Letter from Dr Hodgkinson

    Being one of the most senior plastic surgeons of Australia and having published extensively in the world surgical literature, I am often asked to present papers around the world usually on facelifts, rhinoplasty and body contour surgery as well as the psychological aspects of surgery.

    I just returned from the American Alpine Workshop in Sun Peaks, Canada where 100 great short papers from 25 of the world’s greatest plastic surgeons were presented. I was very honoured to be included and to present my 4 papers which I think were well received and gave rise to many questions and much discussion. This year I have also been invited to attend high level plastic surgical meetings and workshops in Seville Spain, Istanbul, Turkey and Montpellier, France. Being “on top of the game” means a responsibility to publish scientific papers, to attend conferences and deliver papers when asked and to accept the privilege to teach at such a high level.

    A major feature of the Alpine Workshop was an update on and an honest discussion about problems that can occur in Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery. Paramount to achieving a good result in Cosmetic Surgery is choosing a patient with realistic expectations, without a hidden agenda and with a positive attitude towards life.

    Unfortunately too many patients are seduced by low price entry level surgeons, many of whom are not Plastic Surgeons or are recent graduates in plastic surgery and do not have the experience required for many of the situations which present at their practices.  Thus they unwittingly operate on unsuitable candidates with a predictably poor result. Sadly in plastic surgery as in all things it is buyer beware.