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May 25, 2023

Round Vs. Teardrop Implants

Breast augmentation involves placing implants in the breasts to enhance their size, shape and fullness. If you’ve been considering getting breast implants but don’t know the first thing about it — we’re here to help. There are many factors to consider when choosing breast implants, including the implant size, shape, ...
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How Much Does A Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Cost?

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From ageing taking its toll to giving birth and successfully losing weight, many people choose to invest in the tummy tuck procedure (Abdominoplasty) to change how their body looks and feels. 

A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is a procedure that surgically removes excess skin tissue and fat from the stomach and tightening the muscles of the abdominal wall. 

If you’re ready to  find out more information on a abdominoplasty, our article will answer one of the most-asked questions, “How much is a tummy tuck (Abdominoplasty)?” We’ll detail the costs incurred and whether it’s covered by Medicare and private health insurance.

Understanding the tummy tuck’s (Abdominoplasty) cost in Australia

Depending on the professionals you’ve chosen to work with and the type of abdominoplasty you’re most interested in, your tummy tuck’s (Abdominoplasty) cost can range from $10,000 to $30,000.

The factors that contribute to the cost of a tummy tuck (Abdominoplasty) in Australia include:

  • Surgeon’s fees
  • Anaesthetist’s fees
  • Hospital fees
  • Medication and medical tests
  • Dressings and support garments

For transparent pricing tailored to match your needs and level of care, contact The Lotus Institute to schedule a consultation for a tummy tuck (Abdominoplasty) on the Gold Coast with Dr Peter Widdowson. 

With over 30 years of experience in plastic, cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, you’ll be provided with a complete overview of the costs involved, what the procedure entails, what you can expect to feel on your surgery’s completion and how the team will provide you with exceptional aftercare for complete peace of mind. 

The cost of extended vs. mini tummy tucks (Abdominoplasty)

When undergoing a Abdominoplasty, various techniques are involved in achieving a tighter mid-core, whether you’re targeting an area of concern or want to treat your whole abdominals.

From reverse tummy tucks (Abdominoplasty) that remove excess skin from your upper abdomen and pull the skin tissue up to lower abdominoplasty that targets the lower belly, a mini tummy tuck (Abdominoplasty) — while still a complex surgery — requires a shorter procedure and may only need an overnight stay in hospital. With a shorter hospital stay and smaller treatment area, your mini tummy tuck (Abdominoplasty) on the Gold Coast may not cost as much as a full tummy tuck procedure.

On the other hand, extended tummy tucks (Abdominoplasty) involve wider incisions and remove considerably more fat and skin tissue than a full abdominoplasty. The cost may increase due to a longer operation, as well as an additional level of care and nights in the hospital.


Will Medicare and private health insurance cover my tummy tuck’s (Abdominoplasty) cost?

Medicare doesn’t contribute funds to any elective or aesthetic surgery. However, limited provisions enable it to provide some funding for your tummy tuck (Abdominoplasty) cost in Australia if it’s medically necessary and will improve your health. 

This may include post-partum patients under Medicare item number 30175 who are suffering from diastasis over three centimetres and experiencing moderate pain and other complications. Similarly, people who have lost significant amounts of weight — at least five BMI points whose excess skin tissue is impeding their life may be able to make a claim under Medicare item number 30177.

Few private health insurers cover elective surgeries, and those that do may restrict that level of care to their clients on their premium packages, and you may need to delay until the waiting period has expired. Those that do offer it may also require you to meet the qualifying criteria set by Medicare. For information related to your own circumstances, please contact your health insurer for detailed information.

Contact The Lotus Institute for a tummy tuck (Abdominoplasty) on the Gold Coast

If you’re looking for a plastic surgeon who can guide you through a abdominoplasty procedure with a superior level of care, The Lotus Institute can help you!

With decades of experience and board-certified training, we’re best suited to delivering cosmetic surgical procedures and non-surgical treatments to help improve any areas of concern. Contact us and book a consultation today, let us create a custom plan tailored to your needs.

How Much Does Facelift Surgery Cost?


Wrinkles are a natural part of ageing caused by genetics, sun damage and the skin losing its firmness and bounce due to a lack of collagen and elastin production. While some people might embrace and feel confident about these natural lines, others may want to choose to undergo a face lift surgery.

Excited to learn more? This blog will explain how a facelift procedure works and what to expect from facelift costs. 

What is a facelift procedure?

Our facelift and Minimally Invasive Face and Cervical Elevation (MIFACE) procedures tightens and removes skin on the face and neck. These procedures tighten the facial skin to remove signs of wrinkles, loose skin and other signs of facial ageing.

Who would be an ideal candidate for a facelift procedure?

If you’re uncertain if you’re the right fit for a facelift procedure, you might fit the criteria if you answer yes to the following:

  • Want to improve the skin elasticity and muscle tone in your face?
  • Experiencing a loss of skin tone, loose skin or contours around your neck or chin?
  • Are you in good health, following an exercise regime and maintaining a balanced diet?

If you’ve answered yes to any of the above, you may benefit from a consultation with our surgeon. 

What is included in the cost of a facelift procedure?

If you’re curious about the cost of a facelift procedure, it will vary based on your unique case and be influenced by various factors. These costs include:

  • Surgeon’s fees

After your initial consultation, we will discuss indicative pricing with you so you know what to expect. The surgeon’s fees will vary based on their expertise in facial surgery, qualifications, experience and professional recognition. And who better to choose than The Lotus Institute’s internationally acclaimed microsurgeon and reconstructive surgeon, Dr Peter Widdowson? With over 30 years of experience in aesthetic surgery enhancement, Dr Peter Widdowson will be there every step of the way.

  • Pre and post-operational care

A surgeon’s fees usually include a facelift’s cost of pre and post-operative care. Before your facelift, your surgeon will consult with you to discuss your medical history, allergies, and surgery goals. Our team will create a tailored treatment plan based on your needs and discuss the steps you should take before and after surgery and for recovery. Our expert staff will enquire about any medications and supplements you consume to ensure no contraindications with any drugs we prescribe. We will also recommend you stop smoking before and after your facelift for up to three months to avoid the increased risk of post-surgery complications. 

Our patient care and nursing staff will help you with post-op recovery. You will be advised to avoid exercise for six to eight weeks post-op, avoid heavy lifting for four weeks and avoid consuming alcohol. Your surgeon will discuss this in more detail during your consultation, which will be included in the cost of your facelift.

  • Anaesthetist’s fees

An anaesthetist monitors your vital functions during surgery and ensures your comfort before and after the procedure. The Lotus Institute’s highly trained anaesthetist will be there every step to ensure you remain comfortable and pain-free during your medical procedure. The anaesthetist’s fees will increase with the time their services are required.

  • Theatre fees

Most hospitals charge hourly, including operating theatre fees and hospital stays. Facelift procedure take a few hours to complete, while certain cases may require an overnight stay which will incur further costs. 

Book your facelift surgery at The Lotus Institute

The Lotus Institute is one of the Gold Coast’s most renowned plastic surgery clinics. Whether you opt for an aesthetic surgical enhancement procedure or non-surgical treatments, we have decades of industry expertise. 

We’ll develop a tailored plan specific to your needs. If you live in a regional area or cannot make your consultation in person, we can arrange a phone or video consultation with your Doctor for your convenience. 

If you have any questions, reach out to our knowledgeable team — they would be happy to assist.

Types of Injectables: Know the Difference

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What are the differences between the different injectable products offered by The Lotus Institute. This article covers the three main injectable products used by our cosmetic clinic – muscle relaxants, absorbable fillers and non-absorbable fillers.


What are muscle relaxants and how do they work?

Muscle relaxants are not used to fill lines. Instead, they work by temporarily stopping the muscles that create wrinkles from working, which has results in the softening of lines and helps prevent new lines from forming. The most common areas treated by muscle relaxants are mid forehead, frown lines, horizontal forehead creases and the crow’s feet or smile lines around the eyes. The results of muscle relaxants usually last three to four months. 

What are the main concerns with using muscle relaxants for reducing wrinkles on the face?

  • Appropriate selection of injection points
  • Possible drooping of the muscles


What are absorbable fillers and what are they used for?

Absorbable fillers are mainly used in fine lines on the surface of the skin, subcutaneously (under the skin) and in the deeper tissues of the face. This is why different thicknesses can be injected. The most common treatment areas are in the forehead, marionette lines and nasolabial folds to reduce lines, in the cheeks and lips to add volume and to reshape the nose, chin and jawline. The results of absorbable fillers usually last six to 12 months for products injected on the surface and up to two years for products injected deeply.

What are the main concerns with using absorbable fillers?

  • Infection
  • Absorbable fillers must be performed by experienced professionals for successful results


What are non-absorbable fillers?

Non-absorbable fillers are only used subcutaneously (under the skin), not on the surface layers of the skin. These fillers are often referred to as an injectable implant. The most common treatment areas are in the cheeks, jawline, chin, nasolabial folds and nose. The results of non-absorbable fillers usually last a minimum of five years+.

What are the main concerns with using non-absorbable fillers as an anti-wrinkle treatment?

  • Infection
  • Possible inflammatory response
  • Non-absorbable fillers may not be suitable for all patients, correct patient selection should be observed 
  • Non-absorbable fillers must only be performed by experienced, trained injectors in order ensure correct placement and that safe protocols are followed. 


To learn more about the most suitable facial anti-wrinkle treatment for you, contact The Lotus Institute on (07) 5509 4488.


Author: Nurse injector, Patricia Hampson

Revive7 Lash Serum is New to The Lotus Institute

Before and after pictures of lash serum

As the 2022 Clean Beauty award winner, Revive7 Science is committed to creating products that are scientifically proven, contain natural, clean ingredients with no negative side-effects, and are gentle enough for sensitive skin. 

What is in the  Revive 7 Lash and Brow Serum?

Revive7 Science has selected ingredients that supply nutrients and protein to the hair, hair follicles, and skin. These nutrients promote healthier, stronger hair, reducing breakage, and increasing volume.

Unlike other lower-quality eyelash growth serums, Revive7 does NOT contain Prostaglandin (an ingredient that changes iris colour). The Revive7 ingredient list only uses high-quality natural ingredients in the serum formula.

Established and formulated in 2012. Revive7 includes a unique ingredient called myristoyl pentapeptide-17. It is a plant-based antioxidant peptide that is often recommended to stimulate hair growth at the follicle.

Benefits of using the Revive 7 Lash and Brow Serum

Revive7 is compatible and safe for eyelash extensions. It doesn’t contain alcohol and won’t loosen the eyelash extension adhesive. In fact, for those who have eyelash extensions  it’s vital to apply a lash serum to keep the natural eyelash roots healthy as the extensions can cause a lot of damage to the natural lash roots.


Revive7 Science has become a leader in the industry, because it prioritises clean and ethical beauty. Key benefits of Revive7 include:


  1. An innovative Formula containing Biotin & myristoyl pentapeptide-17
  2. Natural Plant-Based Ingredients, Cruelty-Free
  3. 7 active ingredients ONLY
  4. NO Prostaglandin or Paraben Used
  5. Custom Blend of High-Quality Natural Ingredients
  6. 97% of the users saw results within 21 days
  7. Not Greasy or Oily
  8. No odour smell of Alcohol or Chemicals
  9. Not Tested on Animals 


5 Tips for Long, Healthy and Beautiful Lashes

From diet to nutrient-packed serums, here’s everything you need to know. We put our lashes through a lot on a daily basis. These delicate hairs are constantly curled, lifted, tinted and even extended, yet it often comes as a shock when we see a few stragglers on our cotton pads or in bathroom sinks. If you’re struggling to lengthen and strengthen your lashes, it may be time to take a more holistic approach.


From strengthening supplements to lengthening serums, such as Revive7 Science’s award-winning Revive7 Lash & Brow Serum, here are five ways you can start growing healthier and longer lashes.

1. Lash serum

If you’re eager to speed up your lash lengthening process, but in a natural way, it may be time to try a lash serum like the Revive7 Lash & Brow Serum. This new product was the winner of the Best Clean Beauty category in the 2022 Beauty Awards and has been clinically shown to improve the health and volume of your lashes. This clean, Canadian-made formula is made with seven natural and active ingredients, including hyaluronic acid, collagen, biotin and pumpkin seed extract. They all work together to repair any lash damage and supply nutrients and protein to your lash hairs, hair follicles and surrounding skin. Within seven to 21 days, you’ll see that your lashes are healthier, stronger, more voluminous, and less prone to breakage. Just apply it once or twice a day to your eyelid line—it’s as simple as that.

2. Nutrition

Just like your skin or nails, what you eat may also have an impact on your lash health, so make sure your diet is rich in hair-promoting proteins, such as eggs (biotin). It’s also important to ensure you’re getting sufficient vitamins A, E and C through fresh fruits and vegetables. For an extra boost, consider taking daily vitamins or supplements, as well. Niacin (vitamin B-3) has been proven to help improve blood flow to hair follicles which encourages hair length and fullness.

3. Skip lash treatments

Beyond what you apply or consume, give your lashes a chance to grow by skipping any lifting or extension treatments. While these may scratch your instant gratification itch by offering quick results, they may also be damaging and delay your growth. While you’re at it, make sure to also give your lashes a break from mascara once in a while.

4. Use clean makeup

We’re not telling you to stop wearing makeup entirely, but you may want to put more thought into what you’re applying to your lashes. Try investing in higher quality and clean mascaras, they’ll be less damaging to your lashes and may result in more length and volume over time.

5. Use gentle makeup removal

Finally, treat your lashes with the love and kindness they deserve! Stop aggressively scrubbing or rubbing your makeup off every night. Instead, invest in gentle and non-irritating makeup removers and lather with love, not anger.

To learn more about Revive7 lash serum and how it can help you achieve healthier lashes and brows, contact The Lotus Institute on (07) 5509 4488.

Is your surgeon qualified to be called a Specialist Plastic Surgeon?

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The term Plastic Surgery comes from the Greek word plastike (teckhne) or the art of modelling or sculpting.


Plastic Surgery on the Gold Coast is a growing industry for both men and women.  New techniques and advancement in the aesthetic industry has increased the number of men and women who want to undergo plastic surgery procedures. 

Dr.  Peter Widdowson, Director, at The Lotus Institute, on the Gold Coast, is a Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon with over 25 years’ experience in this specialised area. 

All plastic, reconstructive and cosmetic surgery is performed by our qualified Plastic Surgeons, Dr. Peter Widdowson who has extensive experience in cosmetic, plastic reconstructive and laser procedures.

Our Plastic Surgeons are members of a number of boards through their qualifications which include, Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons, (ASPS) Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons  (ASAPS) , American Society of Plastic Surgeon, British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) and Fellow of Royal Society of Plastic Surgeons (FRACS). Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (SACS).

Cosmetic procedures also come under the name of Aesthetic surgery, including Facial Rejuvenation (Face lift) Neck and Eye Lifts – including The Lotus Institute’s M.I.F.A.C.E procedure.

Our Plastic and Reconstructive surgeons perform an array of other procedures including Breast Enlargement, Breast Reduction, Breast Lift and Reconstruction, Otoplasty, Body contouring – Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), liposuction and body lift.



Plastic surgery training involves a broad scope of procedures to restore the body’s normal appearance and function, where cosmetic surgery training focuses exclusively on aesthetic procedures. Yet many plastic surgeons offer cosmetic procedures at their practice.

Plastic Surgeons qualify in:

  • Medical training
  • Surgical qualifications and recognition by medical boards
  • Surgery specialities (skills, expertise, and surgical study)
  • Technical expertise (ongoing education and advanced surgical technique conferences with leading plastic surgery experts)
  • Significant experience

Currently in Australia, it is legal for any doctor with a basic medical degree to perform surgery. However, only Specialist Plastic Surgeons have a minimum of 12 years medical and surgical education, including 5 years of specialist post graduate training in plastic and reconstructive surgery.

When making your decision in selecting your surgeon, remember that the Medical Board of Australia states that the “Specialist Plastic Surgeon” title can only be used by Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) approved specialist surgeons in the recognised specialty of Plastic Surgery.

There are many misunderstandings about plastic surgeons and cosmetic surgeons and their roles, with many patients mistakenly believing they are equivalent when they are not. Many plastic surgeons choose to focus on cosmetic surgery, which has led to the terms often being used interchangeably, but this is technically incorrect.

There are also medical practitioners in Australia, such as GPs, who legally call themselves cosmetic surgeons. However, many of the procedures they perform should only be done by a certified plastic surgeon. These misperceptions regarding the industry highlight the need for more patient education on the importance of credentials.

Dr. Peter Widdowson (Plastic Surgeon) here at The Lotus Institute on the Gold Coast are here to help you with answers to these misperceptions and will guide you through your surgical or aesthetic journey.

Please Call The Lotus Institute on the Gold Coast for your Plastic Surgery Consultation and Non-Surgical Consultations on (07) 55094488.


For qualifications of Dr. Peter Widdowson please click on the following link:

Breast Augmentation Mammaplasty on the Gold Coast

Breast Augmentation Mammaplasty On The Gold Coast

There are many different breast surgery procedures The Lotus Institute, on the Gold Coast can perform. Our goals are to give the patient the best possible advice and exceptional patient care.


A breast augmentation mammaplasty, or breast enlargement, is a surgical procedure designed to increase the size, shape or fullness of the breasts. Many patients will undergo this surgery for not only aesthetic reasons but also reconstructive medical purposes.

In the instance of a breast cancer, a mastectomy can be performed and as part of breast reconstruction a breast implant/s inserted into the chest to complete the reconstructive process. Another area where breast augmentation is used is for patients who have developmental abnormalities of the breast called tuberous breast. Implants are placed to complete the corrective process but also for symmetrising purposes.

A Consultation with our experienced Plastic Surgeon Dr. Peter at The Lotus Institute on the Gold Coast in Southport, is highly recommended to determine if you are a candidate for this procedure.


The type of implant and size will be discussed at your initial consultation. At a secondary complementary consultation, we will again reconfirm you implant choice prior to your surgery. This appointment allows time for us to verify the sizing and further requirements needed for your procedure.

In general, there are two types of breast implants – silicone gel or saline (made from sterile salt water). Silicone gel implants are more commonly used and available in round or teardrop shape.

It will be discussed with your surgeon at your consultation where the implants will be placed within the pocket of your breast tissue. They can be situated in two different positions relative to the breast tissue and the pectoral muscles that lies beneath or dual plane position which is: placing breast implants partially under both the breast gland and the pectoralis major muscle simultaneously


The recovery period from this procedure is an individual one, and you may experience affects from the general anaesthetic, some tightness in the chest area along with some general discomfort as your muscles adjust to the implants.

You will be given some pain medication and possible antibiotics post operatively.

You will require a carer for the first 24-48 hours as breast augmentation is performed under general anaesthesia and in most cases on a day surgery basis.

On the day of surgery, you will be discharged home with bandages and only in some cases depending on the individual, drainage tubes and will be back at The Lotus Institute within 48 hours after surgery for post operative care and removal of drains. At this time, you will have been given your post operative bra and the 2nd one optional for you at your first post operative appointment.

Our experienced Nursing Team are here to help you during your post operative period and this care is inclusive of your surgery costings.

Once your healing phase has begun and at the appropriate time during your wound care management, our Nurses will advise of scar therapies and gels available to assist with your scar healing.

A decision to have this procedure should be made when you are satisfied with the information you have received and believe that you are well informed.

To book your consultation for a Breast Augmentation Mammaplasty with our very experienced Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Peter Widdowson on the Gold Coast at The Lotus Institute in Southport, please call (07) 55094488.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should always seek a second opinion from a FRACS certified surgeon.

The 411 about your skin from A-Zinc!


A-Z for the SKIN

The skin is our body’s largest organ, made of water, protein, fats, and minerals. The skin protects us from germs and regulates body temperature. Nerves in the skin help us feel sensation such as hot and cold sensitivities. The skin also supports our vitamin D stores.  

The skin is made up of two main layers:  The Epidermis &  The DermisThe Layers of Skin

 The outer layer of the skin (epidermis) is mostly made up of flat, scale-like cells called squamous cells.  Under the squamous cells are round cells called basal cells.  The deepest part of the epidermis also contains melanocytes, cells that produce melanin gives the skin colour.

Regardless of our skin colour it is always important to have the appropriate sun protection such as SPF30 or higher . (Uberzinc by Synergie Skin is recommended with 21% Zinc Oxide with moisturising, healing, SPF & UVB protection)

Here at The Lotus Institute, we advise our clients and recommend products to help nourish, heal, moisturise, protect, hydrate, and exfoliate the skin. Our A-Z skin kit is one of our products recommended with the A, B, C serums, UltraCleanse cleanser and UberZinc for ultimate sun protection. This is a great sampler for patients who are new to Synergie but also makes for a terrific way to protect your skin while touring as the packaging is travel size.

It is always recommended we have regular skin checks with a qualified skin specialist to check for any sun damage, skin cancers or melanomas. It is a priority to attend to any skin issues due to sun exposure or other outside elements that may harm our skin. 


Skin in the Media

Recently Channel 7 aired a very important documentary called Skin Deep by Deborah Hutton. Deborah Hutton, media personality, who herself underwent skin cancer surgery to her face, talks about the importance of maintaining good skin health protecting the skin from the sun and UV exposure with simple steps such as wearing a hat and skin protection. Deborah Hutton talks with a diverse group of people, with different skin types to discuss their experience and journey, through exposure to the sun over the years, which attributed to their skin cancers. 

Skin cancers are not exclusive just to the older generation but also to younger Australians, where there has been a higher number of cases of melanomas in people from the ages of mid-twenties to mid-thirties in recent years. 

It is highly recommended to watch this documentary to learn more about the importance of your largest organ, the skin.  Please click on the link to watch this important documentary. 

Out of this documentary came the wonderful news, of a new hospital to be built in Melbourne for the further research, treatment, and study of melanomas. 

Skin Consultations 

At The Lotus Institute we provide skin consultations for our patients who have undergone facial procedures. During the skin consultation, we will recommend medical grade products to help aid in healing and scar management and continue to guide our patients through their post-operative period. We will also educate our patients on how to maintain good skin health.

Skin nutrition is also very important and a good diet high in antioxidants helps support the skin from the inside out.  Some of these antioxidants are:

  • Zinc
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Probiotics such as Yoghurt. Also fermented foods such as Sauerkraut, kimchi. 
  • Vitamin A

What we offer

The Lotus Institute performs many different skin and facial skin procedures. These include:

  • Skin Cancer Surgery
  • Face & Neck Lift Surgery
  • M.I.F.A.C.E (Face Lift)
  • Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)
  • Upper and Lower Blepharoplasty
  • Lip Lift (Upper Lip Reduction)
  • Mini-Facelift

At the end of May we introduced into the Face & Neck lift surgery an inclusive package of the A-Z Skin Kit from Synergie, two IPL Laser, Light Rejuvenation or two Laser Genesis treatments.  

Post operatively we can arrange a complimentary Skin Analysis to determine readiness for a tailored skin care regime that compliments your surgical experience with The Lotus Institute.

The Synergie Skin A-Z Kits consist of:

  • Vitamin A- which stimulates collagen to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Vitamin B- that hydrates and is an award-winning formula with 13% niacinamide and increases skin immunity.
  • Vitamin C- that is a non-acidic formula ideal for sensitive skin, and boosted antioxidant protection, brightens uneven skin tone and is lightweight and fast absorbing. It also supports collagen production and reduces fine lines.

These magnificent serums along with UltraCleanse and the ultimate skin protector, Uberzinc are included in the A-Zinc kit to set you on the right path to maintain good skin health, skin clarity and help in the anti-ageing process. 

Contact Us

Your skincare is important to us, and we are here to help you look after your precious organ. To learn more about non-surgical and surgical procedures, of the Skin, at The Lotus Institute or to book your consultation with Dr. Peter Widdowson our Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons, please call us on (07) 55094488.

Blog written by: Executive Assistant Dallis Pavey


Surgical Consultations for regional, interstate and international patients

gold coast plastic surgery

Patients have many different reasons to travel to the Gold Coast for surgery.  They may choose, the Gold Coast, because of the reputation of our Doctor, Dr. Peter Widdowson here at The Lotus Institute, in Southport.

Also, a patient may have had a recommendation from family members or friends who have had surgery by one of our surgeons. 

No matter what the reason, we travel with you on this journey.  The Lotus Institute team are here for your pre and post-operative appointments and answering your questions leading up to your surgery.

If you are unable to travel to your first consultation, we will arrange a phone /video consultation with your Doctor. However, all patients are required to receive at least one face-to-face consultation at least 7 days before the procedure. Once you have decided on a date for surgery, a face-to-face consultation will be necessary with your chosen surgeon. Your surgeon will decide at this consultation if you are ready to proceed to surgery. 

One of our Team will assist you with your pre op paperwork and pre-operative photos and will assist you with any questions you may have leading up to your surgery. 

In preparation for your consult, we do require that you send some photos through of the area/s of concern.  It may help that someone other than yourself take these photos.  The angles we require are front, both sides of the body, a ¾ view and a back view.

A referral from your GP is now required in order to provide medical information, regarding your procedure and outline any detailed medical history.  This referral may include a list of your medications and, previous information of any surgical procedures you may have had in the past.

We will also ask you to fill out a patient detail form and sign an informed financial return these to us.

Regarding weight loss surgery patients, we may require your present weight, height and BMI before a consultation is made as our surgeons will be able to determine if you are a good candidate for surgery for e.g. Bilateral Breast Reduction, Abdominoplasty, Brachioplasty, Thighplasty procedures.  Should any patients not meet the criteria, our surgeons will advise the best course of action towards achieving your goals and outcomes. 

Your length of stay on the Gold Coast after your procedure will of course depend on the type of procedure/s and the individual’s healing process.  It is recommended you stay at least 7-10 days after your discharge from hospital for a procedure such as Breast Surgery. 

For Facial surgery, Abdominoplasty, Thighplasty (Thigh lift), Brachioplasty (Arm Lift), these procedures require a 3-5 night stay and a minimum 10-14 days stay on the Gold Coast to ensure adequate healing time and for the opportunity for your surgeon to provide you with clearance before return home. 

We have some recommendations for hotels or apartments for you to stay and highly recommend you have someone accompany you for support and transportation to and from your post operative appointments. 

If you have no support with you, there are services available separate to The Lotus Institute , that we can recommend for you. These services are an additional cost to you, however there are some services offered should your procedure be medical in nature that may be covered by your Private Health Fund, dependant on your level of cover. 

After any sedation or general anaesthetic, you will need assistance for travelling from the hospital to your accommodation and it is highly advisable you have someone stay with you overnight after your procedure. You will need a support person to accompany you to appointments within 24 to 48 hours post operatively to our rooms.

We do hope this may answer some of your questions regarding travelling to The Lotus Institute on the Gold Coast for your surgical needs. 

Please call The Lotus Institute, in Southport, Gold Coast on (07) 55094488 to book your Consultation

The Lotus Institute Autumn Newsletter

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Welcome to our Autumn newsletter from The Lotus Institute,


There is no denying, it has been, a difficult couple of years for all. We are now trying to live with Covid and manage the best way we can and we praise the efforts of our medical teams and scientists and frontline workers for all their hard work and research into this virus and how to help us all live a normal life again.

At The Lotus Institute, our team would like to thank you, for your patience and understanding through these difficult times, when we have had, to cancel surgeries, change appointments, reschedule procedures and in some cases cancel all appointments for non-surgical procedures.

After difficult times, it is always wonderful to celebrate the different occasions that arise each year, such as Birthdays, Mothers day, Fathers day and Christmas. On the 14th of Feb 2022, we celebrated Valentines day with in-house specials and a few chocolate Hearts, were sprinkled around at Reception.


Georgia New Practice Manager - The Lotus Institute


On Valentines Day, we also welcomed to The Lotus Institute, Georgia, our new Practice Manager. Georgia has come from a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Administration background and has been an experienced Practice Manager for a number of years. Georgia is leading the team in a positive direction and some wonderful changes are already happening at The Lotus Institute from her excellent leadership. 




We have also said good-bye to our Receptionist Val, who came back to us again after a year in Bali, to now finally retire. Val has been with The Lotus Institute for over 20 years and we wish her the very best, in her new endeavors, as one never really retires, but continues on their next adventure in life. We also say goodbye to Rebecca, our Marketing Executive and we thank her, for her time here at the Lotus Institute and wish her nothing but the best for the future.

Along with Georgia arriving at The Lotus Institute, we also welcome Bree, our new Receptionist.  Bree is working efficiently as a member of the team and helping our clients with their appointment schedules and all the duties that come with the front desk.

Our Doctor, Dr. Peter Widdowson, continues to be busy, with consulting appointments and theatre lists and patients are attending post-operative appointments for  after  care with our wonderful Nursing Team, Bea, Cheryl, Jill and Gail.

We also have exciting news, with the launch, of our newly updated website and recommend a visit to the site, to see all the surgical and non-surgical procedures and frequently asked questions, answered. Please click on the link:

Also added to the website is our new App, The Podbean. The PodBean has the recent radio interviews,  done on the Byron Bay community radio station and the 4CBH community radio station on the Gold Coast.  It is definitely worth tuning into the Pod Bean.



We hope you enjoy our Autumn Edition Newsletter and The Team look forward to welcoming you to The Lotus Institute. 

Medicare to support Medical Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) for women experiencing muscle separation post pregnancy.

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From the 1st July 2022 Medicare item number 30175 will be available for women that are experiencing muscle separation of the abdomen as a result of pregnancy (for a medical tummy tuck procedure ((abdominoplasty)). There is criteria to meet as outlined by Medicare below:


The Criteria

As stated by Medicare: Radical abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), with repair of rectus diastasis, excision of skin and subcutaneous tissue, and transposition of umbilicus, not being a laparoscopic procedure, where the patient has an abdominal wall defect as a consequence of pregnancy, if:

(a) The patient:

(i) Has a diastasis of at least 3cm measured by diagnostic imaging prior to this service; and

(ii) has symptoms of at least moderate severity of pain or discomfort at the site of the diastasis in the abdominal wall during functional use and/or low back pain or urinary symptoms likely due to rectus diastasis that have been documented in the patient’s records by the practitioner providing this service; and

(iii) Has failed to respond to non-surgical conservative treatment including physiotherapy; and

(iv) Has not been pregnant in the last 12 months


Knowing if you are eligible

Once you have had a through examination and consultation with our plastic and reconstructive surgeons and they are satisfied you meet the eligibility for the 30175-item number (for tummy tuck ((abdominoplasty)), we can determine the best course of treatment for you, put together an accurate surgical plan and provide you with a precise quotation. This quotation will outline surgical fees and rebates from Medicare and Private health insurance (if applicable).

We recommend you seeing your GP should you feel, you may have some muscle separation and you are considering an abdominoplasty. Your GP can arrange an ultrasound prior to your consultation with us and provide you with a referral. This can assist you when seeing your chosen surgeon to gain the most out of your consultation.


Next Steps

Booking a consultation with Dr Peter Widdowson

You can contact our front reception team on 0755094488, email us at or contact us via our social media page on Facebook or Instagram to schedule an appointment and to find out more.

This is a huge win for all (Medicare eligible) women in Australia, as previously this tummy tuck procedure (abdominoplasty) was deemed cosmetic in nature. With the procedure having a medically attributed item number, it now means that the procedure is Medicare rebatable and that most (if not all) private health insurance companies (provided you have the right level of cover) will assist in covering some costs associated. The procedure will become more financially accessible in the private sector which we feel is fantastic news.

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Celebrating Our Mothers

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As is stated – Mother’s Day is a celebration honouring the mother of the family or individual, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on different days in many parts of the world, most commonly in the months of May and in other parts of the world in March.

It is a day for a mother to feel special and to share time with family. It is a day to celebrate the meaning of motherhood, honour the sacrifices and dedication of mums.

As mothers we do sometime forget about ourselves. We are always caring for others in the family, whether it be, our children, our parents, our partner and particularly making sure everything and everyone is on schedule with all their activities and the running of a home.

So, on Mother’s Day it is a time to reflect on you as a mother, woman and an individual. It is a time to feel special and thought of.

At The Lotus Institute we love to look after our Mum’s. We offer in-house specials and, for Mother’s Day we have a wonderful special – Synergie Skin – The Overnight Renewal Duo, with the newly formulated Reclaim.  It is known as ‘facelift in a jar’. Our Overnight Renewal Duo is priced at RRP $219.oo normally valued at $274.00.

Gift vouchers are available and please feel welcome to book a free Skin Consultation with us.  At your consult you will receive samples of our beautiful Synergie range, most suited to you including product knowledgeable and information into how best we can achieve ultimate skin health for you.

Please call The Lotus Institute on (07) 55094488 to book your Skin Consult and find out about our Mother’s Day Special and more. Peruse our website The Lotus Institute website:


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PodBean Radio interviews: FAQ’s with Dr Drew Cronin – Byron Bay Radio & 4CBH Gold Coast

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Introducing PodBean

We have a new app called Pod Bean on our Home Page of The Lotus Institute Website, which allows you listen to the interview with Dr. Drew Cronin on Byron Bay Community radio 99.9 FM and also on Gold Coast Community radio 4CBH on the Program Medical Matters by Dr Darryl Gregor.

Byron Bay and Northern NSW and the Gold Coast right up to the Sunshine Coast, have been in the news recently due to the terrible weather events and the flooding that has occurred, in this beautiful part of our Eastern Coastline.
As the flooding slowly starts to recede and the sun rises in the East shining down on our Communities, the International and Domestic travellers will return to the Coastal towns of Byron Bay, Northern Rivers and the Gold Coast and beyond.

A diverse cross section of people lives in these areas, including families, business and corporate people, celebrities such as the Hemsworth’s to name a few, especially in the popular coastal town of Byron Bay. Most importantly it is a community, and where our Chamber of Commerce member of this community, Phil Daly works on Bay FM 99.9 community radio in his segment Byron Business, People and Lifestyle.

Radio Interview

Recently, Dr. Drew Cronin was invited to talk to Phil Day, on Byron Bay 99.9 FM Community Radio, and on this segment, explained the importance of the difference between a Cosmetic Surgeon and a Plastic Surgeon. During the interview Dr Cronin also talked about weight loss surgery and body contouring.

People who lose a vast amount of weight have problems with their massive excess skin and folds in areas of the abdomen and other areas of their body. Dr. Cronin answers many of the questions that are asked about the procedures he performs, for eg: Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty), Thighplasty, Brachioplasty, breast lift (Mastopexy), Circumferential Lipectomy and Breast Reduction.

Dr Cronin also explains how one feels once they have lost all this weight and have these excess rolls of skin and how it makes them feel very self-conscious and unable to exercise and have problems with skin breakdown.
It is explained during the interview, how life changing it is for patients once they have had the weight loss surgery.

Dr. Cronin also talks on Radio regarding Skin cancers, particularly in coastal towns of Byron Bay and further up the coast to Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast where we have the best beaches but of course exposed to the harsh rays of the sun.

Please enjoy the interviews on our PodBean and many of your questions answered by our Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Drew Cronin, regarding many of the various procedures, such as Weight loss, Breast Surgery, Face Lift (Meloplasty) Neck Lift (Platysmoplasty), MIFACE , we offer at The Lotus Institute, Southport by Dr. Peter Widdowson (Director of The Lotus Institute) and Dr. Drew Cronin who are highly qualified Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons.

Click on the link to take you to PodBean : 

Common Body Lift Myths about Contouring Surgery: Busted!

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Body lift surgery after significant weight loss can be life-changing, especially if that weight loss has resulted in excessive skin, folds, and fat deposits. Here are some facts to consider before having body lift surgery: Realistic expectations are key – here are the most common body lift myths to consider before surgery.

Myth 1: Body lift surgery will make me look ten years younger

Truth: Every effort is made to restore the body back to the one that our patients’ once had. Our surgeons make the best recommendations based on a patient’s physical health, lifestyle and  also take into consideration expected surgical goals, expectations and outcomes., 

Myth 2: I will have no scars

Truth: Surgical intervention goes hand in hand with scarring. There are ways to assist scars through the post-operative healing phase. In addition, there are also treatment options available to maximise a good outcome for a scar, everybody heals differently! 

Myth 3: I’ll be able to wear all my favourite clothes right away

Truth: Give it time. Some of our patients’ favourite clothes might not fit immediately after surgery, there will be swelling. The new surgical contouring of the body, however, may mean that patients may not fit their clothes the way that they once did.

Myth 4: Exercise won’t help me with weight loss after body lift surgery

Truth: The list of bodily benefits from exercise is long. . Without exercise, patients’ will likely not lose the weight that they want to lose. With exercise, the results may be much faster.

Myth 5: I won’t have to diet after my body lift surgery

Truth:  Maintaining a healthy diet post-surgery will ensure our patients keep their bodies in its best possible state and look to safeguard surgery results.

Myth 6: I will be able to get right back to my usual activities after only a few weeks

Truth:  Patients are likely to have difficulties getting back to usual activities for a few weeks. Bruises, swelling and tenderness from surgery will require patients to take it easy and we encourage patients not to overexert themselves while in the early healing phases. The more that the body heals, the quicker patients will be able to regain momentum to return to normal daily activities. It takes time and patience to support the body after what is deemed a major and invasive operation.

Myth 7: I won’t have any type of pain following the body lift surgery

Truth: Following surgery, patients may experience muscular aches and pain along with some discomfort. This is to be expected post-surgery,  but, will dissipate quickly as patients recover


Body lift surgery is a very popular surgical procedure, it is designed to remove excess skin, redundant fat and tissue to contour various parts of the body. Typically, body lift patients are men and women who have experienced massive weight loss and desire removal of excess skin and tissue in order to feel confident in their own skin and regain a better quality of life. By learning about body lift myths, patients can make more of an informed decision about whether body lift surgery is right for them.

If you are interested in body lift surgery, make an appointment to see one of our Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons at The Lotus Institute.  We combine superior technologies with first-class care to achieve our goal of excellence in cosmetic, plastic and laser surgery. 

Abdominoplasty after Having Kids

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A woman’s body will go through many changes in one lifetime. The most life-changing and physically and emotionally transformative time of any woman’s life is during childbearing. It is a miracle and a joy. 

But there are things about the body that some may wish to keep the same. While it’s no easy feat for women to go through all the changes that happen to their bodies, there are plenty of solutions available these days to help them. 

This article will discuss how a woman can manage the changes and return or maintain the way they want their body to look. 

Here’s what you need to know about getting an abdominoplasty after having kids:

What is Abdominoplasty?

Abdominoplasty, or more commonly known as a “tummy tuck”, is a major surgery that tightens the muscles and removes the excess skin and fat of your abdomen. Many women find it difficult to get back to their pre-pregnancy shape and fitness after childbirth.  Even overcoming the lack of sleep and spare time in order to get back into serious exercise again, many women find that no matter what they do in the gym, their abdominal muscles and skin don’t retract back to their former place.

An abdominoplasty procedure can assist in this area by tightening the abdominal muscles and reducing the abdominal bulge, and removing the stubborn, stretched excess skin over the lower abdomen that is resistant to exercise. If considering abdominoplasty, it’s essential to be aware of your options and discuss the procedure with your surgeon. Make it a point to share your goals and preferences as well. This plays a role in your procedure.

There are several different types of abdominoplasty available out there. The two main types are the following:

Full Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

A full tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)targets the area above the navel and below it. The procedure begins with a horizontal incision just above the pubic hairline, down in the bikini line. Depending on the amount of loose skin, the incision could be longer or shorter and have a different shape. 

During a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) the loose skin and underlying fat is lifted off the abdominal muscles, and the muscles are repaired. The result is a tighter, smoother and flatter abdomen with no excess skin and removal of stretch marks underneath the navel.

Mini-Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

On the other hand, a mini-tummy tuck only targets the area below the navel. Since it is working on a relatively smaller area, the incision required will also be smaller. This procedure is recommended for women that have less loose skin and have a small belly.


In addition to a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) patients can also opt to get liposuction. It’s a cosmetic procedure that can be done with or without a tummy tuck, whereby stubborn pockets of excess fat are removed by suction through a small incision.  It may be a good option for patients that have good quality, tight skin and pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise.

What to Expect?

It’s important to wait a minimum of 6 months after childbirth before considering abdominoplasty.  You need to get back to as close as your pre-baby weight as possible, and allow the abdominal muscles and skin retract back to their ‘new normal’ position.  The results of surgery performed earlier than this can be impaired if the tissues continue to relax after the operation.

Use this time between delivery and surgery to re-start exercising and be back in good physical health. Of course, it’s important to note that everyone’s body is different and that you should consult with your doctor thoroughly before proceeding with the procedure.

Most patients will remain in hospital for a few days after surgery, with drains placed under the skin and application of compression garments.  When your pain is well controlled with oral medications, you are comfortable mobilising small distances independently, and your wounds are healing well, you will be fine to go home.  Ensure that you have someone at home that can assist you for the first week or so, until you are back on your feet.


An abdominoplasty can be an excellent solution to loose skin and weakened muscles as a result of childbirth. Of course, it’s important to remember that this is major surgery. To maintain the results, it’s important to delay consideration of abdominoplasty until after you have finished having children. The procedure results may be undone if followed up by another pregnancy.

If you want to improve your body post-pregnancy and childbirth through a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), we can help you. The Lotus Institute offers cosmetic, Plastic and laser surgery, as well as non-surgical treatments. You can trust our team of qualified and highly skilled surgeons, nurses, and staff to give you the best care possible. Contact us today to learn more about our services.

Anti-Ageing Secrets: 4 Benefits of a Face and Neck Lift

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Everyone experiences ageing. However, some people experience more changes than others. One of the most common signs of ageing is the loosening of the skin around the neck and face, producing a less youthful appearance.

There are many cosmetic procedures  available, including face and neck lift surgery, which can lessen the telltale signs of natural ageing. How can a face and neck lift be of benefit? 

1. Delays Early Signs of Ageing

In the later years, the skin may become loose. People are all too familiar with this problem as it becomes more visible with age progression. If a person  starts to experience this problem and it is becoming bothersome to them, a facelift might be a procedure worth pursuing.

During a face lift, the skin around the neck and face are tightened. Often surgeons use different techniques for the desired outcome for their patient. 

2. Provides Dramatic Results

A face and neck lift can offer dramatic results. The procedure will address the common problems of sagging skin. The process will also address stubborn fat deposits, wrinkles, and loose skin in the neck area.

The procedure works to tighten the skin around the neck and face,  looking to rewind the clock.

3. Short Recovery Period

The face and neck lift surgery is a common cosmetic procedure to undergo. The procedure is invasive however the recovery is tolerable with minimal down downtime and immediate results. This can all be dependant on the surgical technique used requiring longer or shorter recovery periods.. 

4. High Success Rate

Surgical face and neck lift surgeries can be a very successful procedure to undertake. Surgeons will look to determine if a patient is the right candidate and make recommendations for the desired outcome of the patient. A non-surgical approach in conjunction with a face and neck lift such as filler or antiwrinkle treatment can also look to be very complimentary. 


Sagging skin on the face and neck area can be addressed by a surgeon if determined a patient is the right candidate for the procedure, 

The Lotus Institute has highly experienced plastic and reconstructive surgeons in this field of cosmetic surgery. They are here to obtain the best results and outcomes possible for their patients. Our social media and website offer an array of before and after images for prospective patients to peruse. If you are interested in a face and neck lift or would like more information contact us to schedule an appointment today! 

6 Compelling Reasons to Choose Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

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The eye area is often the first to age among our facial features. Ageing in this area can feature heavy bags, saggy eyelids, dark circles and more. While cosmetic products are made to address these signs of ageing, sometimes they are not enough.

Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) has grown in popularity as a choice to address these signs of ageing. Below, we have compiled a list of reasons some people want to undergo eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty).

1. Greater Definition of the Eye Area

People in their 20s and 30s tend to have more clearly defined eye socket areas. But as we age, the eyes tend to become ‘puffier’ and lack definition. This can be an issue for women in particular.

Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) helps reverse this process and changes the contour of the eyelid, making the eye area appear more defined.

2. Bags under the Eyes

Fatty tissue in the area of the eye may become more prominent as we age. This tissue can be addressed by a small procedure called a lower blepharoplasty. A  small incision under the eyelid is made in the eyelid’s natural crease, scaring is well concealed this way and the excess tissue in the tear trough area is surgically removed. 

3. Dark Circles under the Eyes

Circular rings under and around the eyes can give an appearance of tiredness and often gauntness. These are common signs of ageing and are associated with losing fat under and around the eyes. The loss of fatty tissue under the eyes can be addressed with non-surgical components such as filler in the tear trough area along with the help of surgical options such as excess skin removal. 

4. Loss of Skin Elasticity

As the skin ages, it loses its elasticity. The skin around the eyes can often impair vision  Surgical removal of the excess skin can address this issue.

5. Eyelid Asymmetry

It is not unusual for a person’s eyelids to be asymmetrical In most cases, this is an aesthetic issue and does not affect how the eyes function. However, if any asymmetry becomes more pronounced or vision becomes impaired eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) can be performed.

6. Feel Confident

Ageing can take a toll on a person’s self-confidence. Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) can look to give a person a more refreshed and rejuvenated look. There are surgical and non-surgical options available or a combination of both. 


Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), upper or lower; is a relatively affordable procedure that can make a discrete impact on a person’s appearance. It’s not just for aesthetic reasons, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) can be also life-changing for a patient who has had impaired vision due to excess eyelid skin.

If you are interested in lower or upper eyelid surgery  (blepharoplasty) Queensland please contact The Lotus Institute.  We offer various surgical and cosmetic services, and we would be glad to help you in any way we can. Book an appointment with us to start your surgical journey.

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