Dr Paul Belt
Specialist Plastic Surgeon (FRACS; MBBS; FRCS)
Pacific Plastic Surgery Clinic
38 Misterton Street
Ph:07 3852 6800
Fx: 07 3852 6802
Suite 308, Level 9,
Nicholson Street Specialist Centre,
Greenslopes Private Hospital,
121 Newdegate Street,
Dr Paul Belt completed his undergraduate medical studies in Oxford University. He did his specialist Plastic Surgery training in Queensland. He has completed Fellowships in Oxford and London before commencing practice in 2005. He works publically at the Princess Alexandra Hospital as well as in private practice. His interests are Plastic, Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgery of the breast, body, and head and neck. He specializes in all forms of breast surgery, gynaecomastia,body contour surgery, rhinoplasty, facial aesthetic surgery (including MACS facelift), labioplasty, otoplasty, skin cancer treatment (including sentinel lymph node biopsy), tuberous breast, and pectus excavatum and carinatum conditions
Dr Belt is currently a Visiting Specialist at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, Greenslopes Private Hospital, Brisbane Private Hospital and the Pacific Day Surgery.
His specialist interests are: breast surgery (augmentation, reduction, mastopexy or breast lift, breast asymmetry, tuberous breasts and reconstruction), body contour surgery (e.g. after massive weight loss, abdominoplasty and male gynaecomastia reduction), labioplasty, facial rejuvenation surgery (inc. MACS facelift, rhinoplasty, blepharoplasty and fat grafting), treatment of skin malignancies and scar revision).
Professional Memberships and Associations
Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
Royal College of Surgeons of England
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I underwent a septorhinoplasty with Dr.Belt 12 months ago. He is extremely professional and made me very comfortable in his abilities. I'm very happy with the results and it was exactly what I had hoped for - a subtle correction to improve the overall appearance of my nose. In addition, the improvement to my breathing has been amazing! I have no hesitation in recommending Dr.Belt.
There isn't a lot on the internet about Dr Paul Belt in Brisbane, Queensland. In a day and age where many Doctors are very heavy with social media usage - Dr Belt doesn't go down this path. This can give the impression to some that because he's not "well known", he't not worth seeing.
This could not be further from the truth. I began my consultations with Dr Belt in 2014 and just had my first operation (a bilateral mastopexy) on Friday 28 July 2017. I will be going back to Dr Belt next year to have breast augmentation and a tummy tuck. I would highly recommend Dr Belt. He is professional, caring and thorough. He doesn't try to charm you or bullshit you. He tells it like it is and takes his work seriously. I trusted him implicitly and will have no problem trusting him again with my other surgeries.
The mastopexy cost about $4800 after Medicare rebate. Stayed overnight at Greenslopes Private Hospital. The surgery and recovery has been fine. The only negative is the hospital experience but this isn't Dr Belt's fault. It's good to be home resting and recovering. I cannot find fault with what he did. The results look amazing. I never thought it would be possible to make my breasts look like this. Extremely happy with the outcome.
Decided on dr belt after visiting many ps's in Brisbane. He actually listened to me. Such a professional. He was easy to talk to and ask questions and I Felt comfortable with him from the start . I only had my surgery with him yesterday but already love the results !
26yo Female, Septorhinoplasty. Brisbane, AU
One week ago I underwent a septorhinoplasty procedure by Dr Belt at the PA hospital. My primary motivation for this was to improve the appearance of my nose, which I've always considered, whilst not overly large or bumpy, to be quite bulbous; however I was also encouraged by the prospect of surgery enabling easier nose breathing.
Today the cast was taken off, and I'm thrilled with the results, which are already exactly what I was after. I've read that some people are quite shocked and sometimes disappointed by the swelling (even though it subsides over time) however I am extremely happy. My hope was to achieve a more refined version of my own nose, which I feel has definitely been accomplished. I love the results already, so I can't wait to see how my nose improves when the swelling subsides!
I found Dr Belt to be a extremely informative in his consultations. I have had consultations with other plastic surgeons prior to seeing Dr Belt and found that, whilst they're probably very capable, they were not nearly as informative as Dr Belt. In talking with me he answered all of my questions so that I didn't have to answer them. He was also very honest, outlining all risks and what he thought would needed to be performed for me to achieve my goals. He explained the entire procedure to me in lay mans terms, although with as much depth as someone with no medical experience could understand.
I was told the surgery went very well, and I recovered nicely. Everyone at the hospital also spoke very highly of him, which is what you like to hear when you're freaking out before going into an operating theatre!
All in all, I'm extremely happy and would recommend. Also should say I think his anesthetist is great, I was terrified going into surgery and he did a great job of distracting me!
I had a tummy tuck done by Dr. Belt as my stomach muscles had separated badly after pregnancy leaving me with a protruding stomach and a hernia in my belly button.
I can not fault Dr Belt!! He was always available to answer any questions or concerns. He came to visit morning and night while I was in hospital and his after care was terrific! He is so professional and particular and put me at ease from the very beginning. I had a minor set back due to my wound opening a little and getting infected but he was so quick to see me and get me back on the road to recovery. I could see he has a strong passion for what he does and it shows in his work.
My son had a very socially limiting genetic issue he needed help with. After completing several hours of research, we found Dr Belt via the Internet. From our first conversation, Dr Belt was amazing because he spoke 'teenager' from the minute he met my son and helped him understand his condition was very normal. The surgery Dr Belt completed to correct the condition was very neat and I don't believe anyone will every guess what needed correcting. In my opinion, this Dr saves lives by helping young people correct body image differences to make them more reflective of popular belief of what looks normal. :)
I underwent a Septorhinoplasty with Dr.Belt in May 2018. I'm extremely happy with the results - a subtle correction of some aesthetic issues which is exactly what I'd hoped for. In addition, the improvement to my breathing has been amazing. Dr.Belt is extremely professional and a talented surgeon. I have no hesitation in recommending his services.
Mentor Breast Implants
More out of curiosity than anything else I decided to make an appointment with a plastic surgeon to see what could be done about the asymmetry and loss of breast tissue I had since breast feeding two children and just getting older. My left breast was significantly smaller than my right one and my PS said he could use two different sized implants to improve this. My ps took photos of my breasts and was then able to show me what options I had going forward. After seeing these pics exaggerate my breast size and volume it was too tempting not to continue. As luck would have it he had a cancelation come up and I was able to have the surgery after only one more consult. I had Mentor/ textured/tall height/ moderate plus profile/ anatomical/ implants of differing sizes implanted sub muscular via inframammary approach. I am now 3 days post op and will continue to post updates on my progress. :)
8 Days Post Op
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Off all pain meds, finished course of antibiotics, sleeping better. Still feel very swollen under my arms.
What a difference a day makes! :-D. Finally feeling like the worst is behind me. Feeling assured everything is going according to plan after my visit with my ps to review progress. My left breast is still sitting high but as I measured with fingers the distance between the top of the breast and my collarbone I know it is slowly working its way down into the pocket as what was 1 finger is now two. Not taking any meds, not massaging, just resting walking gentler and doing still day to day chores at a snails pace! Very meditative, I realise just how much more I get done when I slow down! Tried sleeping flat in my back but found it to be too uncomfortable so still sleeping in my recliner. If you don't have one, get one if possible as I have found it to be invaluable!! Especially when I find I'm going to the toilet 2-3 times a night.
2 Weeks out - take two
Well I am really ready to start exercising again, shame my breasts are not. 4 weeks to go! I have thrombophlebitis in my left arm from the IV which is still quite painful and has hardened my veins all the way up to the elbow. Apparently this is quite common so something to be careful of, if you notice any tenderness in your IV have them move it right away. You don't need the extra discomfort on top of everything else if you can help it. Feeling a little less like a T Rex now but still loss of range of motion in my arms.
Feeling like a new person today! Went for a long gentle walk and feeling great for it. Put an extra bra on for support and it worked a treat. Back in bed lying mostly on my back but also on my side for a little time as well. So everything is moving in a good direction. My left implant is still sitting higher but swelling has reduced significantly on both sides especially under my arms this last week.
As soon as I started seeing surgeons while researching my tummy tuck, I got confirmation of my feeling that since having my kids there was something extra weird about my stretched-out belly button. Like a lot of women contemplating an abdominoplasty, I've got a small umbilical hernia that makes my belly button bulge slightly.
My surgeon, Dr Belt, has taken a very thorough and careful approach to getting my hernia repaired during the tummy tuck operation. His rooms have organised a general surgeon, Dr Steven Allison, to attend during the operation and repair my hernia using a little bit of mesh, and a couple of days back Dr Allison asked to meet with me, despite the fact that I won't see him again during or after the surgery or in hospital (unless something goes wrong and I end up with a black belly button, aka "Zombie Navel").
I liked Dr Allison a lot. He was kind and funny, and his only reason for meeting me was to ascertain that I was aware of the risk that my belly button might not survive the surgery. He said he hasn't lost one yet, but also explained roughly what can be done to create a sort of faux belly button if the worst was to happen.
All this is such a contrast to my experience meeting Dr Lily Vrtik for a consult a few days before I first met with Dr Belt.
Dr Vrtik was nice, though she seemed a bit rushed, and she came highly recommended to me by a close family member, who liked her a lot. On examining me, though, she noted my little hernia and told me that repairing it would be likely to kill it, while leaving it would give me a bulging out belly button in contrast to my newly taut tummy, and it would probably be visible through my clothes.
She went on to suggest that the easiest and best option would be for me to just agree before my surgery to let her remove my belly button altogether. She even said that nobody would ever notice that I didn't have a belly button! (STOP PRESS - I WOULD NOTICE!!!)
Initially, although saying that I was fairly sure I wanted to keep my belly button even if it was going to bulge out, I felt I could live with that outcome. I even booked in for the surgery with her.
But there were some niggling questions. Why had neither of the other two surgeons I'd seen said anything about my hernia being problematic to repair? If removing it altogether was really the best way forward, why had nobody else suggested it? When I told my husband about her remarks he seemed a bit non-plussed and said "I don't see why she couldn't get a general surgeon in? And if your belly button didn't cope with the repair, surely she could make you a new pseudo-umbilicus?" He's an anaesthetist so sees a lot of surgery; it was helpful to hear his point of view, because I too had been wondering why a plastic surgeon couldn't give me a mock-up belly button of some kind if that was necessary, but also wasn't sure if I was being unreasonable in my expectations.
On my husband's advice I sent Dr Vrtik an email asking for clarification about the hernia issues, but also decided to go ahead with my previously booked consultation with Dr Belt and ask him about how he would manage the hernia.
I'm so glad I kept that appointment! Dr Belt noticed the hernia immediately, organised for me to get an ultrasound to ensure his clinical assessment of it was correct (it was) and talked in detail about the way he would prefer to address it.
Unlike any of the other surgeons I spoke to, he wanted to use a general surgeon who has more experience than him with hernia repairs to attend during the operation and fix it. He carefully outlined the procedure and how my belly button's blood supply could be put at risk by the combination of the abdominoplasty and hernia repair surgeries. Basically, because the umbilicus is cut out at the surface for the tummy tuck and then cut into internally for the hernia repair, that can leave it deprived of blood circulation and ultimately kill it. So worst case scenario would be either removing it during the operation when they realised it wouldn't survive, or getting the repair done then having it turn black and rot post-surgically, requiring a revision. Eww, Dead Belly Button Walking!
He talked about the risks and benefits of the repair, and told me that if the worst came to the worst and my belly button couldn't be saved following the hernia repair he would make me a neo umbilicus - kind of a dimple in the right spot that wouldn't be exactly like a belly button but would fool a casual observer's eye into thinking I still had a belly button. Apparently the risk is small of this being needed, but more than anything else I was relieved that my surgeon "got" that having a belly button might be important to me!
All this was such a relief. I immediately knew Dr Belt was the right person to be doing this surgery, and cancelled my booking with Dr Vrtik.
To be fair to Dr Vrtik, she rang me to discuss my concerns with the hernia repair in more detail, which is when I told her I'd decided not to proceed with my surgery booked with her. I'm sure she's a brilliant surgeon (my family member was delighted with her results), and it may be that her remarks about my belly button being dispensable might just have been casual comments rather than indicating any lack of interest in getting my repair done properly. She didn't suggest using a general surgeon to do a repair, though, and that was really the clincher for me that made me feel so comfortable with Dr Belt's commitment to getting me the best outcome possible.
So anyway, that's the Saga of the (Hopefully Not) Doomed Belly Button, and now I just have to trust I won't see my poor, stretched out and mangled current belly button swapped for one that will turn up its toes and morph into Skanky Corpse Navel! Fingers crossed!
The procedure itself may have been fine and his bed side manner, though stiff was professional. However I was VERY disappointed in their decision to leave my facial stitches in for 12 days. ? What? (how was I to know better) Yes typically facial sutures are removed at 7days maximum. I have been left with very pronounced suture scars. Also I was given no after-care handouts either on the day of the procedure or on the day of having my stitches out. Having to go from memory was hard and i was not informed how long i was meant to leave the bandage on before i could replace it with a fresh one and so on removing it too soon i tore a scab and now have a large dent where it was. Overall perhaps there will be a slight improvement years from now when it fades but the time it has taken to heal and the money and the stress i am not sure yet if it was worth doing. (note. i can not remember the actual date of my appointment or the exact cost. it was in March some time, so it has been 8 months approximately and 600 is a close estimate for the scar removal + ($200 for botox))
Since April this year I started doing my research into this surgery, what surgeons, did I need a lift, what part of Queensland would I get them done in, how many cc, over or unders, what profile etc, cost, recovery time.
So many things went through my mind.
I had a few internet consults and two phone consults with different surgeons.
I ended up choosing Dr Paul belt. After our phone consult I just knew he would be my surgeon. He was very thorough and didn't make me feel pressured or rushed at all. I've had two face to face consults and one phone consult. The initial phone consult cost about $180 then all other consults are bulk billed which is great. I had my daughter with me for my first face to face consult and she was so noisy however he wasn't phased at all. He showed me my images on the vectra machine and even though he suggested tear drop implants was perfectly fine with my decision of wanting rounds. We are going with 350 left side and to even it our my right will most likely be 325cc as I have asymmetry. My nipples are above the crease therefore I do not need a lift at this stage. He seems very professional and caring towards not only me but my hubby also. Excited for my surgery
I highly recommend Dr Paul Belt. I had a lump removed from the side of my neck and he was recommended to me by the radiologist who did the ultrasound. I am so glad to I was given this recommendation and want to pass on the gratitude to him and his amazing and caring staff. Dr Belt was able to squeeze my appointment in asap, no long waiting periods and the procedure was done within a week of my initial consultation. He explained the procedure to me in detail and went through all aspects clearly and thoroughly. I was hugely impressed with his professional manner and caring concern during the procedure and again explained each step of the procedure. His staff have answered my many questions with sensitivity and all have been amazing.
I highly recommend Dr Belt. I honestly can not fault one aspect of the process. He was professional, honest, informative and my aftercare since surgery has been incredible. I have had many procedures over the years and never has a surgeon checked in on me (in hospital) on a daily basis, like Dr Belt did. He takes pride and care in his work, giving his details to contact him at anytime, responding to any questions I had immediately. I am blown away with my results and I’m extremely happy!! ( Thighplasty and brachioplasty). Any possible future surgery required, I will definitely be returning to see Dr Belt.
Dr Belt does great breasts. He has talent and is professional. I interviewed several surgeons and he was the only one that made total sense in everything he said. He may be good at other things but I know he is good at breasts. It has been 5 1/2 yrs since my surgery and everything still looks great.
Excellent Dr. Looking forward to having further procedures with him. He did my mastopexy on 28 July 2017. I cannot believe the results so far. It looks like something out of a magazine. He is a very caring Dr. Knows what he is doing and is extremely professional. I felt safe in his hands. Allows you to ask questions. Doesn't fluff stuff over, isn't abrupt or rude. I would highly recommend him.
I had two procedures through Dr Belt. This surgeon is a true artist in the work that he does and takes great pride in his work. These procedures a tummy tuck and breast reduction have been life changing for me. I have developed so much more appreciation and love for my body since the surgery.
I researched many surgeons before I chose Dr Belt he is very approachable and professional.
I was highly impressed with his pre and post procedure care as well as the final results. I highly recommend him!
Excellent, professional doctor. Had a series of lumps removed from beneath the scalp a couple of months ago. He was so precise my hairdresser commented that all the hair had grown back even though I was expecting the scar to prevent hair regrowth. Absolutely outstanding surgeon.
Very satisfied with the service and doctor Paul Belt very nice and he knows how to make his clients comfortable with intelligent conversation. I will recommend to anyone to visit doctor Paul Belt pacific plastic surgery
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Avoid in regards to Septoplasty or nose surgery. I required open technique and received closed. He even stated after the op that my nose was worse than he thought.
I wouldn t recommend Dr Belt to anyone. During my consultation, I felt rushed, not listened to and Dr Belt gave me only the minimum information about the procedure
Great job, great experience, highly recommended