Cosmetic Surgery For Male And Microdermabrasion Is Available At CRSC

Male Cosmetic Surgery in demand
Cosmetic surgery for men is fast becoming as widely accepted and sought after as its female counterpart

A Letter from Dr Hodgkinson

Dr H visits Taiwan and meets up with experts on restorative surgery. A big boost in interest in Operation Restore Hope means a 50% expansion in 2001

The Doctor is in!

Feel competitive but don’t look it? Men can have facelifts too – and they work!
Dr H tells all…

Can any cream really improve my skin?

Dr John Doyle, Dermatologist, responds to your queries about getting rid of those wrinkles

Microdermabrasion comes of age

Dr H believes the new Precision Dermabrader at the CRSC means the process is ready for prime time

The CRSC is expanding!

New consultation rooms to provide added facilities for patients

Philippines award for Dr Hodgkinson

An award from the Mayor of Lapu-Lapu City for the Operation Restore Hope founder

Free GP Seminars
Continuing educational opportunities for General Practitioners at the CRSC

Dr H speaks at Looking Good Expo
Dr Hodgkinson was the featured speaker on cosmetic surgery

CRSC team runs City to Surf 2000!
The Fab Four complete the 14K!

Male Cosmetic Surgery in demand

Dr Hodgkinson comments on this growing trend

Cosmetic surgery for men is fast becoming as widely accepted and sought after as its female counterpart.

Before and After

I recently spent an absorbing morning with Mr Vitek Czernvszyn who wrote a very interesting feature article on 16th July 2000 in the Telegraph noting the growing number of male patients seeking cosmetic surgery.

At the CRSC, our interest in male surgery goes back 20 years ago when in Southern California we saw a number of men, especially those involved in the movie industry, seeking to maintain their personal image through cosmetic surgery.

The advent of liposuction and body implants opened up a huge avenue for men to improve their physical appearance. Of course, we still strongly support a sensible nutritional and exercise program for all men as a primary aim.

I recently had a patient from the United States who is working in Australia for whom I performed body liposuction and chest wall implants. 

The response from his girlfriend has been “Wow, you really have a hard body!” without, of course, the knowledge that he actually had pectoral implants in place. The patient is absolutely delighted not only with his own personal appearance but also with the response from his good lady. In my opinion, there will be a dramatic increase in males having facelifts in the future, There is now virtually no stigma in men trying to improve their appearance this way. In fact, nowadays preserving and upgrading one’s appearance is expected, not the least at senior executive level.

There is also a large gay community in inner Sydney who are showing the way in maintaining their physique and appearance. Approximately one third of the male patients I operate on are gay and they are usually a highly responsible group of patients who appreciate our attention to detail.

A Letter from Dr Hodgkinson

Tales from Taiwan
In July 2000, I had a great opportunity to visit the plastic surgery unit at the Chang-Jung Hospital in Taiwan. This is the largest plastic surgical unit in Asia with 125 beds devoted to plastic surgery.

Their main strength is in the management of children with cleft lip and palate deformities, and it was exciting to see the live surgery by the master technicians at the centre. Through my Asian contacts, we have had a big boost in interest in Operation Restore Hope and are expanding our commitment to the Philippines by 50% next year.

We are planning to provide surgical services to nearly 200 children and are most grateful for any financial support for our mission. When you consider that all the doctors and nurses give their time free of charge and Operation Restore Hope has to supply all equipment and soft goods used by the mission, you can imagine just how huge a financial and temporal surgical commitment this is.

I really appreciate my patients’ and our referring doctors’ support in this matter.

Sincerely yours,
Dr Darryl J. Hodgkinson
M.B. MS. (Hons) F.R.C.S.(C) F.A.C.S.

Dr Hodgkinson answers your questions

Q: I want to look just as competitive as I feel – what can I do?

A: Men are feeling the pressure of ageing, not only feeling less enthusiastic and fatigued by the age of 50 but generally looking that way. Encouraged by the success of rejuvenation surgery in women, about 40% of my practice is now comprised of men.

By the age of 50, normal ageing in men can result in a sagging of the jowls, a double chin and a very aged, tired, bedraggled appearance.

However, most 50 year olds do not regard themselves as old and to maintain their vitality, they turn to the gym, nutritional awareness, less smoking, antiageing medicines, and yes, facelifts.

Male Facelift

Before and After



Q: Can any cream really improve my skin?

Dr John Doyle, Dermatologist, responds to your queries

A: Most advertising implies major improvement in lines and wrinkles with the simple application of a particular product for 7 or 14 days. Most of us realise that the claims are optimistic even if the material is “dermatologist tested”. However, there is the wish that something simple may iron out the damage from age and sunlight. Moisturisers and sunscreens are important to use on a daily basis but the amount of improvement is modest at best.

Q: Is Retin A cream any better than the rejuvenating creams produced by cosmetic companies?

A: Retin A cream contains tretinoin or vitamin A acid as the active agent. A number of years ago it was noticed that adult women using Retin A for acne developed smoother skin. Subsequently, a number of detailed scientific studies were performed to demonstrate that tretinoin led to the production of new collagen and elastic tissue in aged and sunlight damaged skin. Tretinoin is most effective for fine textural changes that most Australian women begin to develop in their early thirties. There will also be a degree of improvement in the irregular pigmentation that occurs with age and sunlight exposure. Tretinoin can also be used to “condition” the skin before chemical peels.

Q: What are the side-effects of Retin A?

A: Tretinoin should not be used by any woman who is pregnant or breast feeding, but the main side effect is dryness. This can be overcome by using a low concentration of tretinoin, applying a small amount and using the cream less frequently. If the skin becomes a irritated or chapped (especially in patients with very fair or sensitive skin) it will sunburn more easily. It is normally suggested that the tretinoin be applied at night. Improvement will not be noticed for at least 3 to 6 months, but many women (and men) have successfully used Retin A cream for years.

Q: Where do I obtain Retin A?

A: Retin A is available only on prescription. The active agent tretinoin is also available in Retrieve and Stieva A creams, also prescription items. A number of cosmetics contain Retinols. These products are also derived from vitamin A but have not undergone the extensive scientific studies performed on tretinoin.

Dr John A. Doyle MB, BS, FRACP, FACD, DIP American Board Dermatology


Microdermabrasion has now truly come of age

by Dr Darryl Hodgkinson

I have been involved in performing Microdermabrasion for 15 years and it is only now that I believe we have an instrument that is appropriate for the physician’s office. Many of the microdermabraders have been fairly “soft”, with treatment being delivered by different medical clinics and beauty therapists.

Our Microdermabrader – the Precision Microdermabrader – is the state-of-the-art machine which I believe will produce an intermediate result between full laserbrasion and chemical peel. In this way, it is possible to reduce the pigmentation of the skin and smooth the skin, obviating the necessity to take too much time off one’s usual daily activities and work.

The cost of the treatments is $1,000.00 for three treatments and as a special introductory offer there is a 10% discount with the coupon offered below.


Dr Margot Campion used the Precision Microdermabrader on a patient.

Dr Margot Campion, Gail Farrugia and our nurses Kim and Vicki will be involved in the delivery of this excellent non-invasive procedure.

Our Clinic is expanding!

In the next few months, you will see building activity going on at the Cosmetic and Restorative Surgery Clinic, Double Bay.

Our building will be expanded with three new rooms to provide further facilities and offer our patients the optimal in treatment and personalised care. We appreciate your understanding if there is any slight inconvenience during our building phase which we hope will be completed by the end of the year.

The new extension will be built here at the back of the Clinic.

Philippines award for Dr Hodgkinson

Dr Darryl Hodgkinson holds the award recently bestowed upon him by Mayor Weigel of Lapu-Lapu City in Cebu, the Philippines, for his good works as founder of Operation Restore Hope.


Continuing Education Seminars for General Practitioners 2000

Wednesday 30 August 2000

Skin Cancer Lesions: Recognition and Treatments

Presenter: Dr John Doyle, Dermatologist

Wednesday 11 October, 2000

Treatment of Lacerations, Wound Care and Management of Scars

Presenter: Assoc. Prof. Gordon Fulde (presenter to be confirmed)

Wednesday 6 December 2000
Breast Surgery: Augmentation and Reduction

Presenter: Dr Hodgkinson


All Seminars are 6pm- 8.30pm
Venue: The Cosmetic and Restorative Surgery Clinic, 20 Manning Rd, Double Bay

4 CME points each seminar
(subject to review by RACGP)

Light Supper provided

Dr Hodgkinson speaks on cosmetic surgery at Looking Good Expo

Dr Hodgkinson received a warm and responsive welcome when he addressed the audience at the recent “Looking Good” Exhibition held at Fox Studios in Sydney. Invited to speak as the authority on Cosmetic Surgery, he gave a comprehensive overview of current procedures, outlined both their advantages and negative aspects, and commented on the realistic results to be expected from them. After his address, he was deluged with questions from many people who had heard him speak.

Dr Hodgkinson addresses the audience at the Looking Good Expo.

Operation RestoreHope Team compete in City to Surf run

Kim, Nina, Sally and Cidell, four of our Operation Restore Hope team that participated in this year’s City to Surf run in Sydney in July.