Dr William Mooney is Australia’s leading ENT (Ear, Nose & Throat) Surgeon specialising in Rhinoplasty and Facial Cosmetic Surgery.

I began my career at a most interesting time in medical history. Advances in technology were beginning to have an incredible impact on how we could operate upon and medically treat our patients. I began as a general surgeon but decided to specialise in Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) surgery. From there I always had a plan to focus my career on head and neck cancer surgery and Rhinology.

After I set up practice I found myself seeing many nasal presentations and realised as well as improving breathing, the profound impact that the way people look and feel about themselves has on their personality and their potential for a happy life. At this point in time cosmetic nose surgery in Australia was still in it’s infancy.

Cosmetic surgery garners criticism from some quarters. I feel those critics should walk in the shoes of some of my patients and see how it has improved their lives.

Whether I am correcting a sporting injury or correcting a person’s feeling of self-worth, it’s an enormous responsibility and challenge. It is such a great joy to be an ENT surgeon and work on reconstructing such important areas of a person’s face.

It takes decades to develop the skills required for this delicate work. One of my many mentors and teachers, Professor Bridger made an enormous impact on my life, including with the saying:

“in the first part of your career you learn how to operate, then you learn when to operate, then you learn when not to operate.”

I began my career at a most interesting time in medical history. Advances in technology were beginning to have an incredible impact on how we could operate upon and medically treat our patients. I began as a general surgeon but decided to specialise in Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) surgery. From there I always had a plan to focus my career on head and neck cancer surgery and Rhinology.

After I set up practice I found myself seeing many nasal presentations and realised as well as improving breathing, the profound impact that the way people look and feel about themselves has on their personality and their potential for a happy life. At this point in time cosmetic nose surgery in Australia was still in it’s infancy.

Cosmetic surgery garners criticism from some quarters. I feel those critics should walk in the shoes of some of my patients and see how it has improved their lives.

Whether I am correcting a sporting injury or correcting a person’s feeling of self-worth, it’s an enormous responsibility and challenge. It is such a great joy to be an ENT surgeon and work on reconstructing such important areas of a person’s face.

It takes decades to develop the skills required for this delicate work. One of my many mentors and teachers, Professor Bridger made an enormous impact on my life, including with the saying:

“in the first part of your career you learn how to operate, then you learn when to operate, then you learn when not to operate.”

I’ve been interested in Medicine for as long as I can remember

I come from a medical background. My father was a wonderful, highly respected and accoplished paediatric ENT Surgeon. he was head of the ENT department at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne for 20 years. He was an innovator and introduced the first laser to ENT surgery in Australia in 1973. He used it to treat Laryngeal Papillomatosis, lesions in the voice box, that can kill children. It’s a terrible complaint; one particular child required 112 operations– every time effectively saving this boy’s life! Dad was inspiring, although the first time he took me into an operating theatre, aged 11, I fainted!

In HSC I topped the state in Latin, which later would make anatomy, where so many names are in Latin, much easier.

Dr William Mooney

I’ve been interested in Medicine for as long as I can remember

I come from a medical background. My father was a wonderful, highly respected and accoplished paediatric ENT Surgeon. he was head of the ENT department at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne for 20 years. He was an innovator and introduced the first laser to ENT surgery in Australia in 1973. He used it to treat Laryngeal Papillomatosis, lesions in the voice box, that can kill children. It’s a terrible complaint; one particular child required 112 operations– every time effectively saving this boy’s life! Dad was inspiring, although the first time he took me into an operating theatre, aged 11, I fainted!

In HSC I topped the state in Latin, which later would make anatomy, where so many names are in Latin, much easier.

Medical Training

Medical school took six years, with 40 hours of lectures each week. I chose Monash University because, at the time, I felt it was the more progressive of the two Melbourne Universities. I graduated in 1990 and won the Medical prize and the Surgical prize in my final year.

Then came my residency, a total of six years at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne. Although I tried many specialities, I kept being drawn back to ENT. I was simply fascinated with the depth and breadth of the specialty. It covered areas such as Neurosurgery, paediatrics, laryngology, head and neck cancer oncology as well as of course Rhinoplasty and Facial Plastic Surgery.

The only other speciality I was interested in was plastic surgery. However, it was a very different era to now, as the only plastic surgery I saw in the public hospitals was amputations, burn victims and other traumas. About the only elective cosmetic surgery was Otoplasty(ear), Rhinoplasty(nose) and Breast Augmentation, and in those days, only really in the realm of celebrities the super-wealthy.

When I decided to officially specialise in ENT Surgery, I joined the four-year intensive training program in NSW. My first placement was at John Hunter Teaching Hospital in Newcastle. This was an incredible hospital with an enormous throughput of surgeries, allowing me to really hone my skills on a variety of procedures from Paediatrics to incredibly delicate voice box operations. In my training I worked at some of the leading hospitals in the country including Prince of Wales and Prince Alfred. At the end of these four years, I qualified as an ENT surgeon, but prior to setting up private practice I made the decision to focus my future work on Rhinology and Head and Neck Cancer.

Dr William Mooney

Medical Training

Medical school took six years, with 40 hours of lectures each week. I chose Monash University because, at the time, I felt it was the more progressive of the two Melbourne Universities. I graduated in 1990 and won the Medical prize and the Surgical prize in my final year.

Then came my residency, a total of six years at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne. Although I tried many specialities, I kept being drawn back to ENT. I was simply fascinated with the depth and breadth of the specialty. It covered areas such as Neurosurgery, paediatrics, laryngology, head and neck cancer oncology as well as of course Rhinoplasty and Facial Plastic Surgery.

The only other speciality I was interested in was plastic surgery. However, it was a very different era to now, as the only plastic surgery I saw in the public hospitals was amputations, burn victims and other traumas. About the only elective cosmetic surgery was Otoplasty(ear), Rhinoplasty(nose) and Breast Augmentation, and in those days, only really in the realm of celebrities the super-wealthy.

When I decided to officially specialise in ENT Surgery, I joined the four-year intensive training program in NSW. My first placement was at John Hunter Teaching Hospital in Newcastle. This was an incredible hospital with an enormous throughput of surgeries, allowing me to really hone my skills on a variety of procedures from Paediatrics to incredibly delicate voice box operations. In my training I worked at some of the leading hospitals in the country including Prince of Wales and Prince Alfred. At the end of these four years, I qualified as an ENT surgeon, but prior to setting up private practice I made the decision to focus my future work on Rhinology and Head and Neck Cancer.

I love my work. Rhinoplasty, whether to fix a sporting injury, or the way a person feels about his/her looks, is the most intricate cosmetic procedure as it combines the treatment of both function and form, a delicate balance between medical science and artistry.

Dr William MooneyMBBS FRACS MAAFPS

Fellowships

Shadowing leaders in the field

Six months at the Australasian Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery in Sydney was critical to learn how to run a practice as most ENT surgeons go into private practice with a mix of public hospital appointments.

Then to London to work under two specialists famed in their fields.

David Howard (President of British Laryngological Association), is one of the best head and neck cancer surgeons, anywhere. Howard was very calm, steady and deliberate. He taught me an invaluable technique to ensure each operative step progressed the surgery forward in order to advance the operation. This was critical learning. It taught me to operate calmly, effectively and always with purpose.

Professor Valerie Lund is Professor of Rhinology at the Ear Institute, University College London and is an Honorary Consultant ENT Surgeon at the Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital (University College London Trust), Moorfields Eye Hospital, and University College Hospital. She is considered one of the greatest rhinologists in the world. She taught me the delicacy of the nose and the value of a more restrained approach – the balance of surgery and medicine. She probably operated on about one in eight of her rhinology patients, treating many of the others with medications and a conservative technique.

Dr William Mooney

Fellowships

Shadowing leaders in the field

Six months at the Australasian Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery in Sydney was critical to learn how to run a practice as most ENT surgeons go into private practice with a mix of public hospital appointments.

Then to London to work under two specialists famed in their fields.

David Howard (President of British Laryngological Association), is one of the best head and neck cancer surgeons, anywhere. Howard was very calm, steady and deliberate. He taught me an invaluable technique to ensure each operative step progressed the surgery forward in order to advance the operation. This was critical learning. It taught me to operate calmly, effectively and always with purpose.

Professor Valerie Lund is Professor of Rhinology at the Ear Institute, University College London and is an Honorary Consultant ENT Surgeon at the Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital (University College London Trust), Moorfields Eye Hospital, and University College Hospital. She is considered one of the greatest rhinologists in the world. She taught me the delicacy of the nose and the value of a more restrained approach – the balance of surgery and medicine. She probably operated on about one in eight of her rhinology patients, treating many of the others with medications and a conservative technique.

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In Paris I worked with Jean Abitol who at the time was the voice guru. He introduced me to the intricacies of the voice box and the micro instruments required. He also taught me the importance of the connection between psychology and laryngology: the important interplay between the voice and the mental health of his patients. Over time, I have extrapolated this learning to emphasise the importance of mind and body on all our patients. We now live in a time where we commonly see body dysmorphia, which is the anxiety around one’s appearance. This was my first insight into how important the stability of the mind is to the health of my patients.

In New York I spent time with Jatin P. Shah, known as the godfather of head and neck cancer surgery, at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre, the leading cancer centre in the world.

Then to the Lasky Clinic in Beverly Hills, which is focused on Rhinology and cosmetic facial surgery for the stars. LA was a different world! Up until this time was a rhinoplasty surgical technique called the Goldman Tip (reconstruction of the nose tip), which is fast and looks good, but long term has problems. It was an important lesson in what not to do. I still fix a lot of Goldman Tip’s to this day. Also, many of my patients were African Americans who wanted to reduce the width of their nostrils. I wasn’t happy with the techniques being used as dark skin scars easily, so developed an internal scarless alar base reduction technique, which we use to this day.

Dr William Mooney

In Paris I worked with Jean Abitol who at the time was the voice guru. He introduced me to the intricacies of the voice box and the micro instruments required. He also taught me the importance of the connection between psychology and laryngology: the important interplay between the voice and the mental health of his patients. Over time, I have extrapolated this learning to emphasise the importance of mind and body on all our patients. We now live in a time where we commonly see body dysmorphia, which is the anxiety around one’s appearance. This was my first insight into how important the stability of the mind is to the health of my patients.

In New York I spent time with Jatin P. Shah, known as the godfather of head and neck cancer surgery, at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre, the leading cancer centre in the world.

Then to the Lasky Clinic in Beverly Hills, which is focused on Rhinology and cosmetic facial surgery for the stars. LA was a different world! Up until this time was a rhinoplasty surgical technique called the Goldman Tip (reconstruction of the nose tip), which is fast and looks good, but long term has problems. It was an important lesson in what not to do. I still fix a lot of Goldman Tip’s to this day. Also, many of my patients were African Americans who wanted to reduce the width of their nostrils. I wasn’t happy with the techniques being used as dark skin scars easily, so developed an internal scarless alar base reduction technique, which we use to this day.

Moving home

Back in Australia

Initially I worked in Melbourne with Dad. Then in 2003 I was invited to join the practice of one of my surgical mentors, Professor Bridger, a head and neck cancer surgeon. It was a fortuitous decision because of the cultural diversity in western Sydney, as I learnt a huge skill set. I was exposed to patients of both sexes, with a great deal of trauma, sporting violence, reduction rhinoplasty, augmentation rhinoplasty, alar based reduction, and more.

Five years later I extended my practice to Bondi Junction. I now have 31 years of diverse experience as a practising doctor and 21 years as an ENT Surgeon.

I love my work. Rhinoplasty, whether to fix a sporting injury, or the way a person feels about his/her looks, is the most intricate cosmetic procedure as it combines the treatment of both function and form, a delicate balance between medical science and artistry.

Looking ahead

I plan to continue operating and performing surgery on my two main passions; Rhinology and Head and Neck Cancer Surgery.

Also very important to me is my philanthropic work, cancer and general work in the public sector, and my involvement in indigenous health and an outreach program with clinic visits to rural communities in NSW.

I am an active member of the ATSI (Aboriginal Torres Strait Island) ENT society, attend their meetings, am involved in research and attend remote clinics frequenty.

Research is important to me and as well as presentations for ATSI-ENT I am working on projects in Sydney. We are refining a Plasma-cartilage graft for rhinoplasty. I am also interested in the relationship between nasal obstruction and mental health which I am finding is a very real thing.

My chosen profession is both challenging and extremely rewarding. Rhinoplasty, in particular, is constantly evolving to produce better outcome, making it efficacious and beneficial to my patients.

This is an exciting medial sector where one never stops learning and growing. In April, 2018 while lecturing at the Rhinology conference in Perth (hosted by the Australian Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery) I was humbled by the array of talent and forward thinking by my peers. Australia really is at the forefront of best practice in the field of Rhinoplasty. It’s an honour to be operating among the top echelons of surgeons.

A huge advancement for the cosmetic industry is more thoroughly assessing the overall health of the patient, especially mental health prior to surgery. We now place a huge importance on lifestyle, naturopathy and the human psyche. Accommodating these holistic factors represents new thinking for traditional medicine and I am convinced they yield better long-term results for our patients.

We are living in an era of extraordinary scientific advancements. We now use better materials, better medicines and better anaesthetic techniques. These medical improvements help us care for our patients and achieve better results long term.

We are also moving away from conventional surgical techniques and developing less invasive, in clinic, injectable options. The younger generations are dictating this demand for better product, for less, with immediate results. While these cost-effective alternatives won’t always replace surgery, they fill a critical gap in the cosmetic market.

As a father of two children, I can’t help but become nostalgic about my own upbringing and the incredible impact my father’s career had on my career choices. I always impress upon them the things I have learnt: to be honest, meticulous and perform any task to the best of their ability. Whatever careers they choose, if they carry these motifs, I believe they will lead successful and honourable lives.

What My Patients Have Said

“100% impressed with my results. I still find to this day my nose looks completely different to my after shot that was taken a few months after my surgery. I wouldn’t change anything and have recommended family and friends to Dr Mooney as it was such an amazing experience.”

Bridgette

“I am very impressed with my results!!!!! I love it! Not only can I breathe now, but my nose looks natural which was a very important aspect of this decision. I can't thank Dr Mooney enough!!!”

Adrianna

“The most exciting aspect has been how happy my immediate family were with the results, saying that it made a huge difference but it didn’t change my face, I think that this is the result of having an excellent surgeon – who works with your facial features and your nose together, achieving a really natural result. I only wished that I had surgery years ago!”

Merrin
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