Welcome to Ignite Medispa

Wollongong Private Hospital, Level 7

Our Two Values: Integrity and Excellence

Dr. Niro Sivathasan welcomes you to Ignite Medispa, the world’s first Medispa with dental facilities inside a hospital.

Experience premium service led by Doctors (Cosmetic Medicine and Cosmetic Surgery) and Dentists (General and Cosmetic Dentistry), and supported Paramedical Staff (Wellness and Beauty).

Be Noticed, Not Known®.

The world-class Ignite Medispa

Covid-19 And Ignite Medispa

A strict ‘by-appointment-only’ policy is now in place, to minimise unnecessary interaction.

As per Ramsay Hospital procedures, screening upon entry into the hospital is now in place, to further ensure the protection of our staff and clients.

We are offering telehealth (Skype) consultations, in addition to face-to-face consultations. These video consultations may be booked through our website – click or tap here.

  • Clients are asked to enter alone from the side entrance to minimise contact with others;
  • We ask that you please call ahead as you are approaching the clinic;
  • Where possible, you will be taken straight to your treatment room or a private room;
  • Payments will be made in your treatment room, on a sterilised EFTPOS machine, to minimise waiting time in the reception area;
  • Our practitioners wear protective face masks;
  • All rooms and equipment will be thoroughly cleaned between clients.

PLEASE NOTE SERVICES TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS

All non-medical beauty services are currently suspended in the best interests and health of the community.

A Message from our Medical Director and Cosmetic Surgeon, Dr. Niro Sivathasan

Having formally launched in August 2019, Ignite Medispa® has been gaining momentum over the last few months.  We provide all manner of cosmetic medical services (e.g. injectables), cosmetic surgery (e.g. breast augmentation), and general and cosmetic dental services (e.g. Invisalign and Zoom teeth whitening), in addition to the beauty spa, wellness zone, and skin-care arm of the clinic.  

2020 is going to be an exciting time for the clinic and for our patients, and we hope to not just satisfy but, rather, exceed our patients’ expectations.  In order to do so, our consultations are honest and upfront and patients must be realistic and engaged with their care and wishes. For a smooth journey, patients must be frank about their health issues and must be compliant with medical advice. 

The obvious theme here relates to safety, and this is, for the most part, facilitated by education and integrity on the parts of the physician AND the patient, but also leadership on the part of the clinic overseeing the care provided.  Indeed, these values are integral to Ignite Medispa®, and I am delighted to say that as we offer a wider repertoire of procedures, we may all be confident that key investments towards quality outcomes shall have been observed. 

I wish you a happy and prosperous new decade! 

Dr. Niro Sivathasan, Medical Director

BSc (Hons), MB, BS (Lond), DRCOG, AesthMed Board Cert. (AAAM), GradDipAesthMed (UK), PGCert BA, MRCS (Eng), AFACP, DU (Paris), FCPCA, FFMACCS, FACCS, FASCBS. 

Our Values At Ignite Medispa®

Being a Competent Aesthetic Surgeon

Good surgical training is not just about how to operate, but also about how to be ethical and how to choose and manage patients and risks.  This cannot be taught overnight, and it is naïve to believe that those with surgical exposure only during university and as an intern/ RMO, are adequately equipped to operate on people beyond basic skin lesions.  This is an issue in many countries around the world, including Australia where there is, sadly, a lot of territorial squabbling – which, in part, is due to ‘all’ of the medical colleges of Australia being private bodies, unlike, the colleges in, for example, Britain and Canada which have a parliamentary charter and hence greater accountability.  Put another way, instead of working together, elements of different colleges fight for commercial supremacy amongst themselves and with other colleges, and it is patient safety which is then compromised during the mêlée. 

There is an incorrect perception that cosmetic surgery is elementary and has an extremely low potential for complications, although this does hold true compared with, for instance, emergency surgery in an acutely unwell person involved in a car crash.  The wider the base training (i.e. across different specialties and across different sub-specialties), the better the principles and knowledge of the doctor who shall be operating AND managing the patients; there is no argument to this. Indeed, whilst all surgery has risks, it is possible to proactively manage these by the careful matching of the patient or problem, to the correct surgeon or procedure, respectively.  Not all complications are equal, either (and Medicare has, sadly, become an area of abuse and rorting by many doctors in Australia). 

The expansion of showcasing on social media has meant that patients not only have skewed expectations, but many feel entitled.  So, the key here is for doctors to be more discerning with whom they elect to treat. Once the decision to treat has been made (noting that cosmetic procedures are not necessities), surgeons must equip patients with appropriate knowledge and ensure that the patient is capable of competently consenting to the procedure; this is more than just signing on the dotted line and is actually a process and not a standalone event.  The surgical journey doesn’t end there after the operation has been completed and the patient has been discharged from the hospital. Indeed, postoperative follow-up and guidance is necessary, and patients must communicate with their medical team until they have been discharged for that operative episode. 

Aesthetic surgery is the fusion of artistry, humanity, psychology (subjective by definition), and medicine (an imprecise science).  Accordingly, it is fitting to say that better surgeons are typically those who are, firstly, good physicians, and, even more importantly, those who are genuine and empathetic human beings.   

Dr. Niro Sivathasan, Medical Director

BSc (Hons), MB, BS (Lond), DRCOG, AesthMed Board Cert. (AAAM), GradDipAesthMed (UK), PGCert BA, MRCS (Eng), AFACP, DU (Paris), FCPCA, FFMACCS, FACCS, FASCBS. 

Reflections About The Cosmetic Industry In Australia

 There is no doubt that the cosmetic industry is booming around the world, and certainly in Australia.  Due to variations in regulations between jurisdictions and within jurisdictions, the standards of care provided by different businesses and clinics differ – and significantly so.  This means it is increasingly important for customers/ patients to do their homework and to ensure that they are happy with their consultation with the service provider.  

It is also appropriate for me to counsel that the more focussed a practitioner is on a particular service, the higher the likelihood of a positive outcome – and this is probably because the clinician knows whom or what ‘not’ to treat.  In fact, word-of-mouth referrals is a key predictor of a happy outcome for a patient, particularly in this era of exaggerated and fictitious online reviews, whether good or bad! So, patients must ask their doctor about their experience, and patients must do their homework about the treatments which they seek, particularly if they do not feel that their questions have been adequately addressed.

As a senior trainer for pharmaceutical companies, not only do I hear about some of the worrying stories involving clinics, but I also get to observe, first-hand, some shocking attitudes from all elements of the practitioner-spectrum; for instance, the use of cheap energy-based devices at dodgy beauty parlours and the over-dilution of anti-wrinkle injections at some branches of national cosmetic clinics, to the use of the same, unsterilised needle heads between patients (even at the hands of some physicians)!  Of course, patients do not know about such situations – even if relatively isolated – and money is made by businesses in unscrupulous ways. This is, naturally, not isolated to the healthcare industry, but most other endeavours do not pose a direct and considerable risk to the health of people, such as with blood-borne viruses. The take-home message here is that if patients are not comfortable with a practitioner (doctor, dentist, nurse, or beautician) or with a clinic, then the patient should not proceed with treatment there.

One thing that troubles many of us, pertains to the knowledge of the practitioners providing the service.  Conversely, postgraduate qualifications do not automatically equate to a considered hands-on application – and I say this as an educator/ trainer of the next generation of cosmetic physicians and surgeons, and despite having an extensive list of post nominals myself!  Things, obviously, do sometimes go wrong; such is the nature of both beauty interventions and medical procedures, and I’d submit that if a customer/ patient is not comfortable with this, then they should ‘not’ present for treatment in the first place. The only thing one may hope- and strive- for, is the quality of how an unexpected outcome is managed, and the mechanisms of reasonable support, therein.  This is why it is important to choose a reputable clinic, such as Ignite Medispa®.

Dr. Niro Sivathasan, Medical Director

BSc (Hons), MB, BS (Lond), DRCOG, AesthMed Board Cert. (AAAM), GradDipAesthMed (UK), PGCert BA, MRCS (Eng), AFACP, DU (Paris), FCPCA, FFMACCS, FACCS, FASCBS. 

Ignite Medispa NOW OPEN Level 7, Wollongong Private Hospital

 From facial rejuvenation treatments, and massage, to laser hair removal and so much more.

Providing you the best in total body lifting, breast implants, lifts and augmentation, cosmetic medicine, surgery and dentistry, including veneers and Invisalign. From facial, lip, and cheek fillers to anti aging and anti wrinkle treatments… we’ve got you covered at The SPA at Ignite Medispa® in Wollongong.

Ignite Medispa® gives you the high quality treatments you are seeking for changes in your body and your life along with the discretion and privacy you desire within a private, hospital setting.

Our Areas of Expertise

  • Anti Wrinkle
  • Skin Cancer
  • Buttock Augmentation And Buttock Implants
  • Skin Biopsy
  • Tummy Tuck
  • Breast Augmentation
  • Breast Reduction Surgery
  • Burns
  • Liposuction
  • Penile Augmentation
  • Face-lift
  • Otoplasty
  • Body Sculpting And More!