Dr Bryan Mendelson.
Bryan Mendelson is an internationally recognised authority on facial anatomy and facial ageing. His work appears in key plastic surgery textbooks and he has written over fifty scientific papers, several of which are considered classics in their field. He has also given over one hundred presentations, including keynote lectures and master classes, to plastic surgeons around the world.
In 2015, his original research into the anatomy of facial ageing was recognised by the classic anatomy textbook, Gray's Anatomy. Importantly for patients, this research has led to the development of highly advanced surgical techniques that provide individualised surgery, tailored according to each patient's requirements. The results are subtle, natural and lasting.
As a result of his work, Dr Mendelson has been invited to perform live demonstration facelift and eyelid surgery to audiences of surgeons in many major centres, including Milan, Cologne, Barcelona, Madrid, Istanbul, Dallas, Calgary, Bangkok, Moscow and Taipei and, in March 2016, St Petersburg, as part of a three day course based exclusively on his research and techniques.
He is a past President of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) and has been a Visiting Professor at twelve surgical conferences and teaching establishments, including the Mayo Clinic in the USA. He has been extensively recognised by his peers and is visited by many surgeons every year to learn more about his techniques.
Our face is integral to our confidence and sense of wellbeing as we go about daily life.
As our visible identity, it should reflect who we are inside. But sometimes it doesn't. Facial ageing often imposes a look of tiredness, even anger, when people don't feel that way at all. Many of my patients decide to have surgery for this one reason - ridding themselves of an aspect of their face that simply doesn't reflect who they are.
The result they receive must be natural, subtle and leave no sign of any surgery. It must also provide enduring benefits that last into the future. This is where the advanced understanding of facial anatomy becomes really important. Why? Because by operating on the deeper anatomical layers, the surgeon is working on the individual requirements of that particular face. The result is surgery that is tailored for each patient, which lasts because it has addressed the source of ageing within the deeper facial anatomy. Critically, there is no stretching of the skin.
To perform this surgery, the surgeon must have the anatomical training and skills in advanced techniques. But your face and future wellbeing should only be trusted to the best available – this is no place for short cuts or quick fixes. I suggest you look at our 'Before and After' page to understand our commitment to long term, natural results.
Finally, the level of personal care you receive after your surgery will be critical to your happiness. Aesthetic facial surgery is a very personal journey – your face is your identity after all – and that is the reason we really focus on your care and wellbeing in the days and weeks after surgery. I suggest you look at our page on 'Your Journey' to learn more about this.
I hope you enjoy reading about our approach to aesthetic facial surgery, which is based on many years of experience, and I look forward to possibly meeting you one day,Biologic Behavior of Hydroxyapatite Used in Facial Augmentation
Dr Bryan Mendelson's Book.
Bryan Mendelson's wonderfully readable book, 'In Your Face: The hidden history of plastic surgery and why looks matter', takes you on a personally guided tour into the real world of plastic surgery.
Full of amazing stories, the book spans the colourful and often controversial history of plastic surgery, from the first surgical description (600BC) to today’s most advanced procedures.
It lays bare the moving reality that plastic surgeons witness every day, as people struggle to live with a face that negatively affects their lives, whether through lack of proportion, disfigurement or the effects of ageing. As the many patient stories included in the book testify, good aesthetic surgery is about reclaiming life and living it to the full. It’s really about being human in a social world.
This is the true story of plastic surgery, shared with enthusiasm and insight from one of its most experienced and thoughtful practitioners.
DR BRYAN MENDELSON, A.M, FRCSE, FRACS, FACS
Dr Mendelson is in private practice at The Centre for Facial Plastic Surgery in Melbourne Australia. He graduated from Monash University Medical School, Melbourne, and Interned at the Alfred Hospital Melbourne. He trained in general surgery and plastic surgery at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota USA for six years and is certified by the American Board of Surgery and The American Board of Plastic Surgery. This was followed by a fellowship at the Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery in New York under Doctors Converse, Rees and Aston.
Dr Mendelson is known for his contributions on the surgical anatomy of the face. His several important anatomical findings are published in a series of classic papers, on the Surgical Anatomy of the Temple, the retaining ligaments of the orbit and Prezygomatic Space, the Surgical Anatomy of the Mid Cheek as well as the Surgical Anatomy of the Premasseter space and the Jowl. The terms Prezygomatic space and Premasseter spaces were introduced as well as the important surgical concept of Facial Spaces, which is now beginning to be appreciated by plastic surgeons.
This anatomical based approach to Aesthetic Surgery has led to numerous invitations to teach and lecture at teaching Courses and Congresses overseas. These include ISAPS Instructional Courses worldwide (12 times), at the Congresses of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery on 10 occasions, including being awarded the Raymond Villain Award for the ‘Best Scientific Presentation by a Visiting Physician’ (4 times). He has also been Guest Professor at the Chang Gung Aesthetic Conference, Brazilian Society (2 times), Guest Professor at SOFCEP, the French Aesthetic Society (3 times), and Guest Professor of the Japanese Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (3 times), as well as other societies such as the British Aesthetic Society, BAAPS and the Canadian Society as well as at renowned Instructional Courses, such as Baker and Gordon, Dallas Aesthetic Symposium, Cutting Edge Symposium, New York. Planas, Course in Barcelona, CAFTAS, Ghent.
He has performed live surgical demonstration of his anatomical based, Limited Dissection Composite Facelift on 15 occasions. Live Surgical Demonstrations were performed in Thailand, Spain, Canada, U.S.A, United Kingdom, Turkey, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Taipei & Russia
Dr Mendelson is a Past President of ISAPS, The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. In Australia he served on the Council of ASAPS for 6 years and delivered the Second ASAPS ORATION in 2007.
Dr Mendelson is one of the founding members and Head of the Faculty of the Melbourne Advanced Facial Anatomy Course (MAFAC). This renowned and intensive cadaver dissection teaching course, prepares surgeons to advance their understanding of facial anatomy to the level where they can comfortably and safely incorporate the benefits of recent advances into their clinical practice. The Course has been conducted on twenty three occasions in both Melbourne, Australia and at the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Meetings in New Orleans (2019), New York (2018), San Diego (2017), Las Vegas (2016), Quebec (2015), San Francisco (2014).
The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons held the 89th Annual Scientific Congress where Dr Mendelson was presented with the 2021 Excellence in Surgery Award.
Most recently, in June on the 2021 Annual Queen’s Birthday Honours List Dr Mendelson was awarded an Order of Australia for significant service to Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and to Medical Societies.
- AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SURGEONS October 1983 Fellow
- ROYAL AUSTRALASIAN COLLEGE OF SURGEONS June 1978 Fellow
- AMERICAN BOARD OF PLASTIC SURGERY April 1978 Diplomate
- AMERICAN BOARD OF SURGERY April 1976 Diplomate
- ROYAL COLLEGE OF SURGEONS, EDINBURGH June 1974 Fellow
- MAYO CLINIC 1977 Graduate in General and Plastic Surgery
Education & Training
- FELLOW IN PLASTIC SURGERY AND CLINICAL INSTRUCTOR IN PLASTIC SURGERY: July 1977 – February 1978 Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery New York University Medical Center
- RESIDENT & CHIEF RESIDENT IN PLASTIC SURGERY: July 1975 – June 1977 Department of Plastic Surgery, Mayo Clinic
- CHIEF RESIDENT IN GENERAL SURGERY: July 1974 – January 1975 Department of Plastic Surgery, Mayo Clinic
- SURGICAL RESIDENCY: Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota U.S.A. (Dept. of General Surgery)
- DEMONSTRATOR IN ANATOMY: January 1970 – December 1970 Monash University Medical School, Melbourne
- INTERNSHIP: January 1969 – January 1970 Alfred Hospital (Rotating Internship) Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
- MEDICAL: December 1968 Monash University Medical School Clayton, Victoria, Australia, Graduated M.B.B.S.
- PREMEDICAL: Wesley College, Melbourne, Australia
- HOSPITAL AFFILIATIONS: Epworth Cliveden Private Hospital, East Melbourne and The Centre for Facial Plastic Surgery, Toorak
These are Bryan Mendelson’s most recent appearances for 2015 to 2019. A complete list of his appearances and scientific publications are available here.
- November, 2019
Monaco, Monte Carlo (Composite Facelift) EuroMediCom, ISAPS
- March, 2018
Kiev, Ukraine (Composite Facelift) 4th ISAPS Visiting Professor Meeting
- January, 2017
Liège, Belgium (Composite Facelift) Aesthetic Dissection Course, ISAPS
- October 2016
Kyoto, Japan ISAPS 23RD WORLD CONGRESS OF ISAPS
Special Master Class
“The Anatomically Evolved Facelift. Why and how to use the anatomy.”
- June 2016
Mykonos, Greece ISAPS COURSE
Presentation 1. “Understanding Facial Anatomy”
Presentation 2. “The Limited Dissection Composite Facelift”
Presentation 3. “The under-appreciated importance of the facial skeleton in aging and its effective correction”
Presentation 4. “Controlled upper lid blepharoplasty using tarsal fixation”
- May 2016
Warwickshire, U.K. FACIAL AESTHETIC / OCULOPLASTIC SURGERY & RHINOPLASTY
Dissection & Lectures Cadaver Dissection and Lecture Course University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust, UK
- April 2016
Las Vegas, U.S.A AMERICAN SOCIETY OF AESTHETIC PLASTIC SURGERY: ASAPS THE AESTHETIC MEETING 2016
Panelist: Prevention of Recurrent Bands – Is Subplatysmal Surgery Necessary?
- April 2016
Las Vegas, U.S.A AMERICAN SOCIETY OF AESTHETIC PLASTIC SURGERY: ASAPS THE AESTHETIC MEETING 2016 XII (ABBREVIATED) MELBOURNE ADVANCED FACIAL ANATOMY COURSE
Head of Faculty Cadaver Dissection and Lecture Course“Staying Out of Trouble in Facial Rejuvenation: Locating the Facial Nerve Using Facial Spaces and Ligaments Anatomy – A Cadaver Workshop.”
- April 2016
Argentina, South America 46TH PLASTIC SURGERY ARGENTINIAN CONGRESS
Presentation 1)“Understanding Facial Anatomy for Plastic Surgeons”
Presentation 2)“The Anatomy of Facial Aging”
Presentation 3)“Limited Dissection Composite Facelift”
Presentation 4)“Augmentation of the Facial Skeleton in Facial Rejuvenation”
Presentation 5)“Tarsal Fixation blepharoplasty and Secondary Upper lid blepharoplasty”
- April 2016
Argentina, South America ISAPS ONE DAY SYMPOSIUM
- March 2016
St Petersburg, Russia (Composite Facelift) INNOVATIVE METHODS OF FACIAL REJUVENATION COURSE
Cadaver Dissection and Lecture Course Department of Plastic Surgery Post-Graduate Education St. Petersburg State I.P. Pavlov Medical University Head of Faculty
- February 2016
Auckland, New Zealand ICAPS
Bryan Mendelson is a past President of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS), the leading professional world-wide organization for Board Certified Plastic Surgeons practicing aesthetic surgery.
Formed in 1970, it has 2,400 members drawn from over 94 countries. The ISAPS charter was signed at the United Nations.
ISAPS was created to disseminate research and scientific knowledge amongst aesthetic plastic surgeons and to promote the highest standards. Amongst its many activities, ISAPS provides ongoing educational courses and symposia for plastic surgeons, drawing on the most highly respected practitioners and instructors from around the world.
Bryan Mendelson has had a longstanding involvement with ISAPS and remains an active and contributing member. He has been Chairman of National Secretaries since 2000.ISAPS Website >
International Society Of Asthetic Plastic Surgery
- IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT February 2008
- CHAIR Journal Operations Committee
- CHAIR China Task Force
- CHAIR ISAPS Nominating Committee
- PRESIDENT August 2006 – 2008
- PRESIDENT-ELECT August 2004
- NATIONAL SECRETARY FOR AUSTRALIA 1998 – 2004
- CHAIRMAN OF NATIONAL SECRETARIES since 2000
- SCIENTIFIC CONVENOR FOR AESTHETIC SURGERY AT IPRAS CONGRESS SYDNEY August 2003
- MEMBER OF THE EDITORIAL BOARD OF THE JOURNAL Aesthetic Plastic Surgery – since 2003
ISAPS CONGRESS FACULTY XXI CONGRESS
Geneva, September 2012
“The Premasseter spaces approach to Facelifting; A Minimal Dissection anatomical approach? Free paper:
“Importance of the superolateral orbital rim and its surgical improvement?
San Francisco, August 2010
- XIX CONGRESS Melbourne, February 2008 Presentations: “Use of the Premasseter Space in Cervico Facial Rejuvenation. Panel: Facial Rejuvenation
Rio De Janeiro, August 2006
Periorbital Anatomy as it Relates to Ageing and Rejuvenation.
Houston, August 2004
Facial Rejuvenation Breakfast with Experts
Istanbul, May 2002
Chairman of Panel:
Mid Cheek Master Class
Understanding Facelift Anatomy
Tokyo, March 2000
Mid Cheek Panel Master Class
Anatomy of a Facelift
New York, September 1995
Facelift Panel Panel Member
Fat Conservation in Lower Lid Blepharoplasty
ISAPS INSTRUCTIONAL COURSE FACULTY
Seoul, Korea, May 2007 Course 68:
Venice, Italy, June 2006 Course 67:
Cape Town, South Africa, March 2006 Course 66:
Sveti Stefan, Serbia and Montenegro, October 2005 Course 64:
Jaipur, India, November 2004 Course 63:
Lugarno, September 2003 Course 61:
Taiwan, November 2002 Course 60:
London, September 2002 Course 59:
Brazil, August 2001