In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic the federal government announced that all elective surgery will be suspended, until further notice, from 11:59pm on 1st April 2020. This is to ensure vital resources can be reallocated to support the public health system in their effort to tackle the pandemic. While this decision has an impact on our practice, Dr Hunt and his team are fully supportive of these measures as it is extremely important to flatten the curve and tackle this pandemic for the good of all Australians.
What does this mean for our patients?
If you have surgery booked with Dr Hunt on or before 1st April 2020 and your procedure has a Medicare item number, then your surgery will go ahead as planned. Any procedures that don’t have a Medicare item number and any procedures booked after 1st April 2020 are now postponed and will be rescheduled as soon as it possible and safe to do so. If you had a procedure booked after 1st April 2020 a member of Dr Hunt’s team will be in contact with you to go through your options.
Dr Hunt will still be conducting consultations; however, these will now be online. Dr Hunt has several channels that patients can use to set up their consultation with him. These range from video calls via Facetime, Skype and Zoom as well as a good old-fashioned phone call. If you would like to book in to talk to Dr Hunt, please fill in this contact form and a member of the team will be in touch. Alternatively, please call 02 9327 1733.
In very urgent and exceptional circumstances Dr Hunt can see patients in person. However, we request that if this is the case then the patient attends the consultation alone to comply with social distancing requirements.
Dr Hunt’s practice nurse will also be available via phone and email to assist you with any questions you may have and to offer ongoing support. If you require post-operative care, such as the removal of stitches or drains, we will arrange an in-person appointment for you. Again, we ask that you come to this appointment alone, to comply with social distancing.
Due to the current restrictions on non-essential services we have suspended all cosmetic injectable appointments for the time being. We will notify patients as soon as these restrictions have been lifted and will reopen our cosmetic injectable appointments as soon as it is possible and safe to do so.
We are closely monitoring the situation and will be posting more updates for our patients as soon as we are aware of any changes. Please keep an eye on Dr Hunt’s social media channels for ongoing updates.
For more information about Covid-19 in Australia, click here.
We appreciate your understanding during this difficult time, please feel free to contact us should you have any questions or concerns. Stay safe.
Coronavirus and Plastic Surgery
In light of the current Covid-19 pandemic Dr Hunt would like to provide some information and reassurances to his patients.
The Covid-19 pandemic is constantly changing, and Dr Hunt and his team are monitoring the situation on a daily basis. The health and safety of our patients is a top priority and we will notify patients of any major changes as soon as these arise.
To guarantee the safety of our patients and team members, we kindly ask that you do NOT come to our clinic:
- If you have travelled overseas in the last 14 days
- If you have had contact with someone who is unwell, has confirmed Covid-19 or is confined due to possible Covid-19
NSW Health have advised that some elective surgeries may need to be cancelled or rescheduled as a result of Covid-19. If you have travelled overseas in the last 14 days, it is likely your surgery will be postponed until 14 days after you returned to Australia. If you have been in close contact with a person with confirmed Covid-19 your surgery will be rescheduled as soon as is practical after the 14-day exclusion period has lapsed.
We know that the current situation can cause concern about booking surgery. We would like to assure our patients that if surgery is cancelled due to the illness of Dr Hunt’s team or the hospital is unable to operate, you will be able to reschedule your surgery, as a priority, once normal conditions are restored.
If you fall ill, please notify us as soon as possible and we will try to find alternative dates for your surgery.
Dr Hunt is still consulting with his patients in both Sydney and Wollongong. We would like to advise any patients who have travelled overseas in the last 14 days to reschedule their appointment. We have ample amounts of hand sanitizer in the clinic and kindly request all patients use this as soon as they enter the building.
If you have booked a consultation or surgery with Dr Hunt and think you may be impacted by Covid-19, please call the practice on 02 9327 1733 and a member of the team will be able to provide you with more information.
We are closely monitoring the situation and will update this page, as well as current and upcoming patients with any major changes.
For more information about Covid-19 in Australia, please click here.
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Dr Hunt Rated in Top 3 Best Plastic Surgeon’s In Wollongong
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Sydney plastic surgeon Dr Jeremy Hunt explains more about a deep plane facelift and its benefits.
If you have been researching different facelift techniques then you have probably heard of the term ‘deep plane facelift’, but do you know what this actually means or entails?
Facelifts can be performed at different depths ranging from skin only to SMAS, more commonly known as the “deeper plane”.
A deep plane facelift is potentially the most powerful option when it comes to facelift surgery, and often has the most natural, rejuvenated look and the longest lasting results.
This technique has become increasingly more accepted as it has been shown to have minimum downtime with potentially less complications than the other techniques.
For Dr Hunt a deep plane facelift is his preferred choice for facial rejuvenation as it provides a more youthful look without the appearance of having undergone a facelift.
A deep plane facelift is achieved by operating below the SMAS level. This allows maximum elevation of the fat pads, with minimum tension on the skin resulting in finer scars and minimum downtime.
The deep plane facelift can be combined with other facial procedures such as a platysmaplasty, more commonly known as a neck lift, eyelid surgery in the form of an upper or lower blepharoplasty and brow surgery in the form of a brow lift.
In Dr Hunt’s experience patients do not want to change the appearance of their faces, instead they want to rejuvenate their look and a deep plane facelift is perfect to achieve this result.
If you’re considering facial rejuvenation surgery, book your one-on-one consultation with Dr Jeremy Hunt today to see how he can help you.
Facelift Frequently Asked Questions
It’s a common assumption that a facelift often gives the appearance created by “a wind tunnel” where the skin is pushed back giving a tight, over exaggerated look. The media and a handful of well-known celebrities who have had facial surgery only fuel this assumption, however if a facelift is performed correctly, the results should be subtle giving a fresh-faced and rejuvenated look.
Rather than in a wind tunnel where the push is backwards towards the ear, facial rejuvenation should correct the effects of gravity and needs to be in an upward direction. It can be hard to understood why so many bad facelift results exist when logic says that the tissue needs to be lifted upwards and not backwards. However, the look of being over-tightened still persists in so many patients and surgeons’ practices.
Dr Hunt believes a good result for one of his facelift patients is when they walk into a room and their friends and family think they look fantastic. They may receive questions asking if they’ve changed their hairstyle or been on holiday, but people certainly won’t have any indication that they’ve had a facelift. To Dr Hunt, this is the result that every one of his patients deserves and expects.
Understandably, people who are considering face lift surgery will have numerous questions about the procedure, what are the different options and what results can they expect? Dr Hunt answers some of the main questions he is asked on a regular basis by his facelift patients.
How long does a facelift last?
Different surgical rejuvenation procedures will carry different degrees of power and, put simply, the deeper the plane the facelift is performed in, the longer the result will last.
S-lifts or skin-only lifts will not last as well as a deep plane facelift will.
Dr Hunt expects the results of deep plane facelifts to last at least 10 years and he has patients who look better 10-12 years after their facelift than they did before the procedure was performed.
For this reason, a deep plane facelift is Dr Hunt’s preferred choice when considering and assessing patients for facial rejuvenation.
Can a facelift be combined with other facial procedures?
A full assessment is required when patients come to Dr Hunt for a facial rejuvenation procedure and this ranges from the neck through to the face, eyes and the brows.
If patients are seeking a rejuvenation of all these areas, then a neck lift could be performed at the same time as a facelift and this is a very common combination in Dr Hunt’s practice.
Eyelid surgery or brow surgery can be added as needed, and each procedure is tailored to patient-specific needs and requirements.
Is a facelift better than a thread lift?
A thread lift is commonly used in patients who need minimal rejuvenation. However, as patients age and require more significant rejuvenation procedures, the facelift should become the procedure of choice.
It is important for Dr Hunt to be able to offer a full spectrum of facial rejuvenation, ranging from the use of injectable fillers through to thread lifts and the more powerful facelift techniques.
Are facelifts sutitble for weight loss patients?
One of the signs of ageing is a loss of volume in the face and often patients who have undergone significant weight loss, be it through diet and exercise or weight loss surgery, will show premature signs of ageing in the face due to a lack of volume. Therefore a facelift can help to restore the volume and rejuvenate the face after significant weight loss.
These patients are often rejuvenated by a facelift or neck lift and it allows them to see the person that they feel they are as opposed to seeing the signs of their significant weight loss.
Does fat grafting happen with all facelifts?
The signs of facial ageing can include a loss of volume and potentially a drop or descent in the tissue.
For different patients, these factors will have different degrees of significance and fat grafting is often performed at the same time as a facelift to address both loss of volume and drop in tissue.
Some patients will choose fat grafting alone as their procedure of choice, whereas others will decide a facelift alone is their preferred option.
in Dr Hunt’s practice, approximately 50% of the patients undergoing a facelift will also undergo fat grafting at the same time to achieve the best result possible.
How do I improve the texture of my skin?
Skin care is a very important part of facial rejuvenation and is a major part of Dr Hunt’s consultation process with his patients.
Signs of ageing to the face can include changes to the skin’s surface and texture through to fine lines, pigment changes, loss of volume and descent of tissue over time.
Surgical procedures will rejuvenate volume and laxity of tissue issues, however a medical grade skin care program in combination with a form of resurfacing may also be needed to address the texture of the skin.
Each patient is an individual and it is important to assess each of the components of the face, ranging from the skin through to the fat and the muscles to ensure each patient gets the best results possible.
Sydney plastic surgeon Dr Jeremy Hunt discusses the different types of face lift surgery and the results they can achieve.
More and more people are choosing to undergo facial surgery to turn back the clock and give themselves a fresher more rejuvenated appearance. A face lift aims to reduces lines and tighten sagging skin on the face that has lost its natural elasticity due to ageing. A face lift should be subtle, achieving a rejuvenated look rather than looking unnatural, tight or pulled back.
Traditional Face Lift
A traditional face lift tightens the facial muscles and removes any excess fat from the underlying facial tissue. An incision is made along the hairline, starting at the temple and running down behind the ears and into the hairline. Scars usually fade quickly until they are barely visible, and the positioning of the incision means most scarring will be hidden by the hairline.
SMAS Face Lift
A SMAS face lift targets the lower two-thirds of the face and mainly addresses sagging skin, excess fat, jowls and loss of volume in the cheeks.
A MACS (minimum access cranial suspension) is less invasive that a traditional face lift as it requires much smaller incisions and offers a much quicker recovery time. The incisions are much smaller, with the tightening of the facial muscles and removal of fat performed through these small incisions.
When researching a surgeon it is always important to see examples of real results from their past patients. Click here to view face lift before and after images from Dr Hunt’s previous face lift patients. If you’re considering facial surgery, book a one-on-one consultation with Dr Hunt to see how he could help you.
October is breast cancer awareness month; an annual campaign that helps to increase awareness of the disease through education and support.
Know Your Breasts
Excluding non-melanoma skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among Australian women. While survival rates continue to improve for women with breast cancer in Australia – the overall 5-year survival rate for breast cancer in females is now 90% – it is still important to be breast aware and know what signs to look out for. Dr Hunt explains how regularly you should check your breasts, some of the important changes to look out for and when you should see a doctor.
It is important to check your breast for any changes on a regular basis. You know your breasts and your body better than anyone else – if you notice a change it is important to seek medical advice as soon as possible. Make sure you check your breasts at different times of the month. Your breasts can change during your menstrual cycle, so it is good to know how they may feel or change as a result of this.
It is also common for your breasts to change during the menopause and it is recommended for women over the age of 50 to attend regular breast screens. In fact, Australian women aged between 50-74 are invited to access free mammograms every 2 years via the BreastScreen Australia program.
Breast Cancer Symptoms
Many changes in your breasts aren’t a result of breast cancer, but it’s always important to see your doctor as soon as you notice any of these changes:
- A new lump, or lumpiness particularly if it’s only in one breast
- A change in shape or size of your breast
- Pain that doesn’t go away
- Changes to the nipple, such as redness, inversion, ulcers or crusting
- Nipple discharge that is not milky or bleeding from the nipples
- Change to the skin on your breast, such as redness or dimpling
Getting used to how your breasts feel means you’re more likely to know what is normal and when something might be wrong. If you would like to learn more about breast cancer, including symptoms, diagnosis and treatment please click here.
If you have had breast surgery to treat breast cancer, then you may be considering breast reconstruction surgery. Reconstructive surgery is complex and must be tailored to your specific needs. The type of surgery you have – lumpectomy, mastectomy, node removal – will have a big influence on the type of reconstructive procedure you require. Dr Hunt will thoroughly explain all the options to you, and you will find a welcoming and supportive environment.
Last week the TGA announced its review of textured breast implants and we would like to provide our patients with some more information regarding this announcement.
The TGA announcement refers to a rare form of lymphoma (ALCL) and the most recent data shows the risk of this rare lymphoma varies from 1: 1,000 up to 1: 86,000, depending on the type of textured surface of the implant. It is also important to note that ALCL is not a breast cancer.
As over 90% of breast implants used by Dr Hunt have been micro textured implants, it is important to highlight the difference between macro and micro textured implants. The risk of ALCL with micro textured implants is 1: 56,000 to 1:86,000, compared to macro textured implants which currently stand at 1: 1,000 to 1: 10,000. Therefore, the grouping of all textured implants into one category does not accurately reflect the risk of ALCL.
ALCL is generally observed in women 7-10 years after their surgery and often presents as a swelling or a lump. To date, there have been 96 cases reported in Australia and the TGA has advised that the majority of these cases were cured by removal of the implant.
What does this mean for our patients?
It is important to note that the TGA announcement does not suggest that those patients who have textured breast implants require any immediate medical attention. The TGA states that “because BIA-ALCL is rare, experts do not recommend removal of breast implants where there are no problems with the implant.”
We recommend that patients should monitor their implants with regular ultrasounds – something we have always encourage patients to do. There is no suggestion that these implants need to be removed at present. If you are concerned about your breast implants, particularly swelling or hardening, then you should seek medical advice from your GP, or if you had your surgery with Dr Hunt you can contact us on 02 9327 1733.
Need more information?
The Australia Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons has released a statement providing more information on the TGA and textured implants. To read the statement, click here.
Dr Jeremy Hunt featured on the Inside Aesthetics podcast where he discusses face lift surgery.
You can listen to the full episode right here.
Cosmetic surgery is becoming more normal that ever before and the trends that were once so strong in the 1990s and 2000s are starting to see steep declines. We all remember famous figures such as Jodie Marsh encouraging a new found following for bigger breasts. However, recent studies reveal a growing number of women requesting more modest sized implants over the last five years, with the average size now shrinking to a C cup.
This new wave of breasts seems to be a favourite in Hollywood too, with celebrities such as Sienna Miller, Jennifer Aniston and Jennifer Lawrence all sporting more natural silhouettes on the red carpet. After admitting to press in 2014 that she had a 34DD breast augmentation, Victoria Beckham has now had her procedure reversed, scaling down to a 34B.
Dr Jeremy Hunt commented: “Many of our customers are requesting more natural looks when considering non-surgical and cosmetic surgery procedures. This has been a particularly pronounced increased in requests for more modest breast implants“.
It is no secret that both the media and clinics such as Dr Jeremy’s have noticed an uptake in cosmetic procedures, but these procedures are now natural-looking requests. This new outlook changes the way in which women are approaching breast augmentation are being encouraged to approach this in a new manner too. Overall, it is appears to be a healthy change that many practitioners would argue is long overdue.
It has recently been reported in the United States on Fox 13 that there is a trend towards teenagers undergoing plastic surgical procedures with the blessing of their parents so as to avoid bullying.
We will all be aware of the difficulties of cyber bullying and the power of social media in terms of establishing a young person’s personal self-esteem.
There does seem to be a trend with a Florida surgeon, Dr Jennifer Walden, stating she has seen a 30% rise in teenage plastic surgery over the last 10 years.
Certainly the trend towards patients undergoing procedures at a younger age increases in Australia, though at this stage any child under the age of 18 it is recommended do not undergo any elective cosmetic surgical procedure without the consent of their parents.
Dr Jeremy Hunt