Dr. John Flynn
— Cosmetic Surgeon

“Cosmetic surgery is highly rewarding, and helping patients feel positive is very important; particularly when there is a skin cancer or birth mark that they have no control over, and we can apply aesthetic principles to fix it.

It’s important that patients have realistic expectations, and aim to achieve a subtle, conservative look. Although media may encourage exaggeration, sometimes it’s physically impossible, and is usually regrettable.

One of my passions is definitely teaching. I am dedicated to passing on my skills and knowledge to our next generation of doctors.”

Dr. John Flynn
— Cosmetic Surgeon

“Cosmetic surgery is highly rewarding, and helping patients feel positive is very important; particularly when there is a skin cancer or birth mark that they have no control over, and we can apply aesthetic principles to fix it.

It’s important that patients have realistic expectations, and aim to achieve a subtle, conservative look. Although media may encourage exaggeration, sometimes it’s physically impossible, and is usually regrettable.

One of my passions is definitely teaching. I am dedicated to passing on my skills and knowledge to our next generation of doctors.”

Dr. John Flynn is a highly respected member of the Australian cosmetic surgery community, with an impressive career spanning over 40 years.

He grew up in Brisbane where he attended the University of Queensland Medical School, graduating in 1976 with a Bachelor of Medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery.

After a broad medical education and early training in general surgery, Dr. Flynn set up a practice on the Gold Coast concentrating on Skin Cancer and Cosmetic Surgery. He travelled to the US to complete a Fellowship program in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and also obtained Board certification by the American Board of Laser Surgery.

Over the past 30 years, Dr. Flynn has become a renowned cosmetic and laser surgeon, conducting thousands of surgeries including Cosmetic Surgery, Cosmetic Surgery, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and liposuction procedures.

Concentrating on facial surgery and the removal and treatment of difficult skin cancers, Dr. Flynn has dedicated much of his career to developing minimally invasive facial rejuvenation techniques, which are now widely used in Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia and the USA. He is a leader in the development of thread techniques, and frequently runs training courses in facial contouring. He is also a contributing author to texts on cosmetic surgery.

Dr. Flynn is a Past President and CEO of the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery, and held the esteemed title of Chief Censor. He is actively involved in education, training and governance of new industry training standards.

With a passion for teaching and passing on his knowledge to the next generation, Dr. Flynn spends significant time teaching trainees of the College, running Workshops for doctors and speaking internationally at industry conferences.

Dr. Flynn’s expertise makes him a well-regarded consultant to pharmaceutical companies on product development. His research into adverse events in cosmetic surgery and proper treatment strategies has been featured in product information and risk management profiles internationally.

 

Dr. Flynn established and is the Publisher of the Journal of Cosmetic Surgery & Medicine – a peer reviewed Journal circulated worldwide.

Experience

I had a rather ordinary upbringing in Brisbane, becoming School Captain in my senior year of High School before going on to study medicine at the University of Queensland Medical School in the 1970s.

While practicing in a broad range of medical fields, I spent time in general surgery and quickly developed a passion for the immediacy of results and positive impact cosmetic surgery has on the lives of patients.

I’m a big believer in learning from my predecessors, and spent significant time training in the US and UK to enrich my experience in dermatology and laser surgery.

In the mid-1980s, I set up a Cosmetic Surgery and Skin Cancer Clinic on the Gold Coast.

In addition to performing thousands of breast augmentations, breast lifts, abdominoplasty and lipoplasty, I have dedicated much of my career to facial surgery and the treatment of skin cancers. It can be very upsetting to have a birth mark or cancer on the face, and the delicacy of skin requires careful treatment. However, the results can have a hugely positive effect on the patient and their quality of life.

I have developed a number of minimally invasive facial rejuvenation techniques (including thread techniques), which are now widely used in Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia and the USA.

I’m passionate about teaching and passing on my skills to the next generation. During my time as Chief Censor at the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery, I was actively involved in education, training and the creation of new industry training standards. I retired from this office in 2016 but my commitment to training and education continues. I often have the privilege to conduct workshops for doctors, speak at international conferences, and contribute to texts on cosmetic surgery.

With over 40 years of experience behind me, I also consult on pharmaceutical product development and offer expertise on proper treatment strategies. My research in this area has been featured in product information internationally.

I actively seek to share as much knowledge as I can with the medical community, and established a peer reviewed Journal (the Journal of Cosmetic Surgery & Medicine) which is circulated worldwide.

Approach

I enjoy helping patients achieve a better quality of life by treating cosmetic conditions that cause distress.

The fact that you can see results quickly is highly rewarding, and helping patients feel positive is very important; particularly when there is a skin cancer or birth mark that they have no control over, and we are able to fix it.

 

It’s also important for patients to have realistic expectations, and aim to achieve a subtle, conservative look. There is an art to balancing the expectations of the patient and the realism of what can be achieved. And though media can drive us to desire exaggerated results, it’s mostly regrettable.

 

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