Choosing your plastic surgeon

Tips from Dr. Sean Nicklin, a leading Sydney plastic surgeon on choosing a surgeon. Choosing a plastic surgeon that has the right credentials and expertise and that you are comfortable with is a key decision in planning for your surgery.


Ensure your surgeon has membership of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgery and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. This takes an additional 7 years of training and is your only assurance of plastic surgery expertise and high ethical standards.

Things to Consider

  • Did the surgeon thoroughly explore your reasons for considering surgery and your expected result?
  • Did the surgeon fully explain the procedure, its risks and alternatives?
  • Were you provided with concise written information on the procedure?
  • Did the Surgeon encourage you to consult with another plastic surgeon and to take your time in┬ámaking your decision?
  • The surgeon should never persuade you to undertake surgery or additional procedures.

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Exercise that’s hurting children

ACCIDENTS with exercise treadmills in the home are causing an increasing number of children to suffer serious hand injuries.

Thirteen children have been treated at Sydney Children’s Hospital at Randwick and the Children’s Hospital at Westmead so far this year. Only three children were hospitalised with treadmill-related injuries in 2001.

Pediatric surgeon and Kidsafe chairwoman Dr Susan Adams said two-thirds of injuries were “full thickness” or third-degree burns – caused by the friction effect of the moving treadmill – which can affect the long-term function of patients’ fingers and hands.

“The burn takes off all the skin right down to the tendons so a skin graft is required,” Dr Adams said.

Doctors attribute the exponential increase in injuries from treadmills to a rise in the number of homes with gym equipment.

Dr Sean Nicklin, a plastic surgeon at Sydney Hospital and Prince of Wales Hospital at Randwick, treated Tyson Farrar, 10, after he burnt his hand on a treadmill last year.

“While the treadmill was still going, he got off and stuck his hand under it to get [a] ball, and his hand got stuck,” Tyson’s mother, Denise, said. “He was screaming, ‘turn it off’, and as I went to turn it off, he pulled his hand out.”

Layers of skin were burnt off two of his fingers, an injury that required twice-daily dressings at hospital.

“Kids heal very quickly, so the burnt skin grew back, and luckily he will just have some scarring,” Nicklin said.

Of the 41 treadmill cases reported at the two children’s hospitals in the last six years, most were under school age, Susan Adams said. Close to 60 per cent were boys.

She warned parents to keep children away from treadmills and called for a safety mechanism to be installed that would automatically switch off the machine when any resistance was detected.

Tyson is back playing football and riding his motorbike, but he hasn’t been on a treadmill since the accident.