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The Sushruta Oration November 2016.

Bryan Mendelson delivered the 2016 Sushruta Oration, the most prestigious oration of the Association of Plastic Surgeons of India, at its 51st annual conference in New Delhi. The Oration recognises the lifetime achievements of the speaker, and is named in honour of the ancient Indian physician, Sushruta, who described plastic surgery procedures in the 6th century BC.

The topic of the Oration was Understanding Facial Anatomy: the Lips and Lids.

How to avoid plastic surgery


RESCU had a chat with Dr Bryan C Mendelson from the Centre for Facial Plastic Surgery in Melbourne to find out how to spot and avoid the “too good to be true” plastic surgery options.

Plastic surgery deals with the very soul of a patient, which is why it has been called ‘surgery of the psyche’ – it has as much of a mental and an emotional impact on your life as it does physical.

This is because, without sounding overly clichéd it can truly change a person’s life and the way they perceive and interact with the world around them. This is why it is imperative to ensure your plastic surgeon has your best interests at heart and offers the best care before, during and after your procedure.

It is an incredibly personal decision to pursue plastic surgery, meaning it is vital that you trust your surgeon fully to put your wellbeing first and to safely deliver the results you are after.

The task of finding the right surgeon for you can be overwhelming and the process from decision to procedure can be a long one. Not infrequently we see patients who take two years or more from initial consultation to surgery. It’s a journey and there is no right or wrong way to embark on it. What is most important is that you arrive at your ‘destination’ safely and with fantastic results.


Do your due diligence and research as much as you can. Read reviews from reputable websites, ask your GP for their recommendations, visit the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons and review their members (they have a tool that can search their member database across Australia).

I also recommend scheduling consultations with several surgeons in person before you make a final decision. Do not just simply buy into marketing hype. Along with experience and credentials, it is incredibly important that you go with a surgeon with whom you have a natural rapport and in whose presence you feel completely at ease.

Of course the best kind of research is finding a trusted friend or family member who is satisfied with their own surgical results.

Unfortunately though, people don’t tend to talk openly about having facial aesthetic surgery – it’s still stigmatised in our society to an extent and a conversation that’s largely not had even between the closest of friends.

Aesthetic vs Cosmetic

There tends to still be some confusion about the difference between aesthetic and cosmetic surgery and to be honest, the difference is subtle. The way I like to communicate it is that cosmetic surgery is merely the superficial improvement of features while aesthetic surgery produces a quality result that pleases the senses.

A quality aesthetic plastic surgeon is equipped with the technical and artistic skills and experience to operate on the internal support of the face, which goes far and beyond just the stretching and tightening of the skin. Clearly the aim of quality surgery is to bring facial contours back to where they were before and it’s the work you cannot see that will determine the longevity of results.

Well trained plastic surgeons have a deep and comprehensive understanding of anatomy and the knowledge that provides the skills to they need to work with each individual’s bone structure; this compares to the non-expert cosmetic surgeon who may have a standard, one-size-fits-all” approach. These skilled surgeons also have a strong aesthetic eye and are able to mould the face and appearance to ensure any surgical work creates a natural balance to the existing features.

You get what you pay for

Sir Frederick Henry Royce, co-founder of Rolls-Royce, once said “the quality will remain long after the price is forgotten.”

For example, a Chanel bag will cost a dear sum of money initially, however it will wear extremely well and its worth will be apparent for years to come. In contrast, a lesser quality handbag made with cheaper materials and craftsmanship will wear quicker over time; you will likely find yourself having to purchase another bag before you know it.

The same goes for plastic surgery; every procedure should produce impeccable results and be considered a long-term investment in restoring and maintaining one’s natural, attractive and youthful facial definition. In saying this, if something seems too good to be true, it usually always is and when it comes to plastic surgery, there are no quick fixes that are worth the risk.

You have to live in your face and body for the rest of your life. And to do so happily and with no adverse effects is priceless. Finding an experienced, qualified surgeon that you are comfortable with is imperative, whatever the cost.

Dissecting the Facelift

UK publisher BB Publications have released this first of its kind book bringing together the different facelift techniques and approaches gathered from the most respected and highly skilled surgeons around the world. Featuring 260 pages of images, essays and drawings, Dr Mendelson’s contribution focusses on his methodology and approach to the Limited Dissection Composite Facelift, for which he is renowned.

Dr Mendelson’s unique narrative has the ability to take the reader on a journey, and in Dissecting the Facelift, he takes us into the operating theatre and highlights the importance of precise anaesthesia to minimise bleeding and post-operative bruising. Dr Mendelson’s expert understanding of facial anatomy, especially facial spaces and the deeper layers of the face, gives him a highly sought after knowledge of successful facelift techniques.

Dr Bryan Mendelson… Australian Surgeon Chosen

Dr Bryan Mendelson is widely regarded as one of Australia’s pre-eminent facial plastic surgeons and was recently the only aesthetic Plastic Surgeon from Australia chosen to contribute to the hugely anticipated surgical book, Dissecting the Facelift.

Previous Publications and Presentations

Not being new to publishing his findings and work, Dr Mendelson has written over 50 scientific papers and delivered over 100 presentations to industry professionals in cities all over the world. His original research into facial ageing was recognised by the premier anatomy book, Gray’s Anatomy. He also authored a book, In Your Face, about why looks are important and which is on bookshelves of surgeons all around Australia and indeed the world.

First to Introduce the Latest Non-Surgical Treatments

Released this month, Dissecting the Facelift is already a book considered essential to any plastic surgeon who wants to be at the forefront of the industry. You can find Dr Mendelson based at The Centre for Facial Plastic Surgery in Melbourne where he is often the first to introduce the latest nonsurgical skin therapies and products from around the world to complement or as stand-alone treatments.

To get a digital version of Dissection the Facelift click here, or order a hard copy through Amazon.

About Trish

Trish is a plastic surgery blogger. She is passionate about wellbeing, health and beauty, and doesn’t mind a little bit of ‘help’ from the amazing cosmetic and beauty procedures that are available today. Trish spends her days talking to women and men who are looking for suggestions and advice on procedures that are available to them. Cutting through the sales pitch and hype, a downto- earth response on general information is what you will get.

International Teaching Engagements June – December 2016.


Bryan is travelling to seven countries this year, presenting master-classes, keynote presentations and performing live demonstration surgery at conferences in St Petersburg, Buenos Aires, Auckland, Las Vegas, Warwickshire UK, Mykonos, and Kyoto.

In Mykonos, Greece, in June 2016 is presenting four papers to ISAPS members; Upper Eyelid surgery; Understanding the Role of Bone Loss in Facial Ageing – and its Correction; Understanding Facial Anatomy and The Limited Dissection Facelift Technique.

In June he is also travelling to Italy to learn about leading edge facial techniques that use stem cell technology.

In Kyoto, Japan, in October 2016, he will be presenting a special ISAPS (International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery) master-class on ‘The Anatomically Evolved Facelift.’

He will be keynote speaker at the ISAPS symposium on the Gold Coast in October, on the subject of Facial Augmentation and Rejuvenation of the Face using Hydroxyapatite.

In May, the hugely successful three-day course ‘Bryan Mendelson: Innovative Methods of Facial Rejuvenation’ held in St Petersburg was completely sold out, with 130 surgeons travelling to attend his lectures on facial anatomy and ageing and to observe his facelift and eyelid (tarsal fixation) technique, and his use of hydroxyapatite for facial augmentation.

Contributor to Gray’s Anatomy.

Gray’s Anatomy is the most famous anatomy text in English, constantly in print and updated since 1858. It remains the most generally used anatomy text for teaching – so well known that its name (with a different spelling) was used for the popular TV series.

In November 2015, Bryan Mendelson became one of a handful of Australians ever asked to contribute to this classic text. The request from the editor of Gray’s Anatomy was in recognition of Bryan’s important, original research into facial anatomy and the anatomical changes that occur in the face as humans age.

His commentary, The Anatomy of Facial Ageing, appears in the 41st edition of Gray’s Anatomy, published online in 2015.