Dr Bernard Beldholm
M.B.B.S., B.Sc (Med), FRACS, FACCS
Dr Bernard Beldholm is a specialist cosmetic surgeon. The path to this was a demanding and highly complex one with the letters after Dr Beldholm’s name representing over 11 years of rigorous training. Following completion of his basic medical studies and qualification as a medical doctor, Bernard underwent specialist surgical training in a wide range of surgical fields such as plastic surgery; ear, nose and throat (ENT); urology; neurosurgery and vascular surgery. Next, an advanced traineeship in general surgery offered extensive experience ranging from difficult trauma procedures to elective surgery. Having completed the Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) specialist qualification, Bernard undertook a further two years training with the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery (ACCS). The ACCS is the only College in Australia offering formal training and accreditation in cosmetic medicine and surgery. Along with its demanding academic program, the College provided opportunities for him to operate with prominent plastic surgeons while introducing him to a strict Code of Conduct designed to protect patients. This Code is the only one of its kind in Australia. Dr Beldholm is a fellow of the ACCS, thereby being able to use the post nominal FACCS.
Stringent examination in Cosmetic Surgery
When considering which surgeon to go to for your Cosmetic or plastic surgery it is very important to be confidant about the training that this doctor has had.
Dr. Beldholm has always been passionate about cosmetic surgery and is now fully dedicated to this expanding field. In addition to completing the very intense and difficult exams required to gain his FRACS he has also completed specific examinations in Cosmetic surgery to demonstrate his knowledge and skill in this area.
Dr. Beldholm has completed and passed the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery examinations. He has also sat a Viva Voca (examination of knowledge in front of 5 plastic and cosmetic surgeons) which he has passed. He sat an examination in cosmetic medicine (fillers, muscle relaxants, liposuction, and dermal therapies) which he passed. In total Dr. Beldholm has sat and passed 3 examinations and practicals specific to cosmetic surgery and medicine.
There are only a handful of Surgeons in Australia and to Dr. Beldholm’s knowledge only 2 surgeons in NSW that have gained a FRACS as well as a FACCS fellowship.
What’s the difference between cosmetic and plastic surgery?
Many people use these terms interchangeably, but there are important differences in these terms.
Cosmetic surgery is concerned with improving the aesthetic appearance of a person, either by reversing the signs of ageing or changing the way they look. In recent years this speciality area has grown and diversified into a multidisciplinary field. For example, it was a dermatologist who developed the tumescent liposuction technique (the surgical suctioning of fat deposits from specific parts of the body). Ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialists now also perform a variety of nose jobs (rhinoplasty). And, with many new techniques developed each year, current cosmetic interventions now range from head to toe, including treatments such as anti-wrinkle injections, face and breast lifts, tummy tucks, major body lifts and liposculpture.
Plastic surgery deals with things that are actually wrong with people, treating the aftermath of pathological conditions like diseases, burns, cancer, birth defects and accidents. Skin cancers and related flaps is a large area in plastic surgery. As there are no cosmetic surgical operations done in public hospitals, plastic surgeons’ training generally does not include this component. Instead, to receive cosmetic surgery training after finishing their public hospital training and gaining their FRACS qualifications, plastic surgeons normally need to do a fellowship in cosmetic surgery somewhere overseas. As these fellowships can be of variable quality, some plastic surgeons elect not to undertake any specific cosmetic surgery training prior to operating in this area.
Adding artistry to expertise
However, to be an outstanding surgeon was only ever a part of Bernard’s aspirations. He wanted to help all his patients achieve the best result they could from cosmetic surgery and Bernard realised this needed an artist’s eye for creating beauty as well as a surgeon’s knowledge and technical skills. He therefore set out to enhance his artistic skills. This included attending sculpture classes and undertaking hours of sketching. He also developed his photographic skills to the point where his work was accepted for sale on istockphoto.com, a professional photography website.
More than 10 years later
Today, Dr Beldholm performs several hundred cosmetic surgery operations per year. He is fully committed to cosmetic surgery giving all his attention and time to this specialty. He does no longer work in the public system as he found that he could not give 100 per cent to his private patients. Once he left the public system more than 2 years ago he has been able to further his training in cosmetic surgery, present at conferences and be available for his private patients. Committed to patient safety, he chooses the least invasive procedures that minimise the impact of surgery and undertakes continuous medical education in his chosen discipline.
Dr Beldholm is an associate lecturer at the University of NSW and has co-authored a number of articles for the ANZ Journal of Surgery and the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. He regularly attends ACCS conferences where he is a speaker on a wide range of topics.
Constant improvement is the key to superior results
This is why Dr. Beldholm is constantly learning. In addition to presenting on many cosmetic surgery topics he also attends several conferences and courses throughout the year to make sure that the treatments that he provides are the most up to date.
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Latest news regarding what Dr Beldholm is doing
Practical and review courses in cosmetic surgery
- Advances in Brow Lifting Techniques in combination with Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy. Master Class. Dr Accardo, Sydney, 7 June 2012
- Latest Advances in Brow Lifting, Mid Face, Lower Face and the new absorbable thread techniques in Neck Lifting procedures. Symposium, Sydney, Dr Accardo, 6 June 2012
- Allergan Total Face Transformation in 3D; Thursday 12th April 2012, Sydney
- Allergan Power of 3 Masterclass; Lip enhancement, Total Fave Rejuvenation, Consultation Skills; Full day course; Sunday 11th March 2012, Sydney
- Facial Assessment, Prioritisation and Planning Masterclass using The Total Face Transformation in 3D programme; Full day course; Sunday 19th February 2012, Sydney
- Cosmetic Injectable Course. Sydney; 13 Feb, 2012
- New developments in Thread lifts. “Promoitalia Revitalizing Threads”. Mara Aesthetics; Gold Coast; 12-13 January 2012
- Juvederm Filler and injectable training Session, 39 Grosvenor St, Bondi Jct, NSW 2031 24 Nov 2011
- Juvederm Filler and injectable training Session, 120 Mt Pleasant St, Maitland, NSW 2320, 8 Nov 2011
- Restylane training Session, 120 Mt Pleasant St, Maitland, NSW 2320, 11 Oct 2011
- Juvederm Filler and injectable Course, Sydney, 10 Oct 2011
- Cosmetic Injectable Course, Allergan, 28 Sep 2011
- Liposuction “Tumescent Liposculpture Basic Workshop – Hands On training” 3 day work shop, 17-19 April 2010
- Review course in Cosmetic Surgery, Sydney NSW 12-14 February, 2010
- Liposuction Advanced Workshop 2-4 May 2009, 3 full day course, Sydney
- Liposuction Basic Workshop 13-15 March 2009, 3 full day course, Sydney
- Several courses done in injectables botox, juvederm and Restylane; 2009 to 2010
Publications and presentations in cosmetic surgery
- Beldholm, B.R. “New Trends in Abdominoplasty Using Liposuction”. JOURNAL OF COSMETIC SURGERY & MEDICINE | VOL 7 NO 1 2012
- Beldholm, B.R. “Necrotising Fasciitis”. Journal of cosmetic surgery
- Presentation;”Smoking bad for beauty and surgery”; COSMETEX 2010
- Presentation;”Fat grafting still in its infancy”; COSMETEX 2010
- Presentation;”Pneumothorax after breast augmentation recognition and treatment”; COSMETEX 2009
- Beldholm, B.R. (1st author), Lee A U, A simple endoscopic technique for retrieving a long foreign body from the stomach. ANZ Journal of Surgery. 77(7):560-1, 2007 Jul
- Beldholm, B.R.(1st author), Lee A U, No laughing matter, MJA, 185(11/12):606 , 2006 Dec
- Beldholm, B.R.(1st author), P. Grant, C Manganas, Surgical experience with post infarct left ventricular free wall ruptures, ANZ journal of surgery, 75(suppl.): A35, 2005 May
- Beldholm, B.R.(1st author) et al, Comparison of subareolar and peri-tumoural injection of radiocolloid or blue dye in identifying sentinal lymph nodes, ANZ journal of surgery, 75(suppl.): A32, 2005 May
- Beldholm, B.R.(1st author).,Dr. F. Bonar, Comparison of using patent blue dye and technetium 99M in identifying sentinal lymph nodes, ANZ journal of surgery, 75(suppl.): A32, 2005 May
- Beldholm, B.R(1st author)., Wilson, M., Gallagher, R., et al. Reconstruction of the trachea with a tubed free radial forearm flap. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, 126(2):545-50, 2003 Aug
Cosmetic Surgery Conferences
- COSMETEX 2011
- COSMETEX 2010
- COSMETEX 2009
- 81st Annual Scientific Congress, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Malaysia 6 – 10 May 2012
To book an initial complimentary and obligation-free consultation with any of the Specialist Cosmetic Surgery team, contact us today.