Dr Mendelson is in private practice at The Centre for Facial Plastic Surgery in MelbourneAustralia. He graduated from Monash University Medical School, Melbourne, and Interned at the Alfred Hospital Melbourne, then became a Demonstrator in Anatomy at Monash University for a year. In 1971 he moved to the USA to train in general surgery and plastic surgery at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota for six years. There followed a fellowship at the Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery in Manhattan, New York under Doctors Converse, Rees, Aston and others. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery and The American Board of Plastic Surgery.
Dr Mendelson is known for his contributions on the surgical anatomy of the face. His several important anatomical findings are published in a series of classic papers, on the Surgical Anatomy of the Temple, the retaining ligaments of the orbit and Prezygomatic Space, the Surgical Anatomy of the Mid Cheek as well as the Surgical Anatomy of the Premasseter space and the Jowl. The terms Prezygomatic space and Premasseter spaces were also introduced.
Dr Mendelson is a founding member and Head of the Faculty of the Melbourne Advanced Facial Anatomy Course (MAFAC). www.mafac.com.au , which has conducted more than 14 Cadaver Dissection Courses in Australia and the USA. This anatomical based approach to Aesthetic Surgery has led to numerous invitations to teach and lecture at teaching Courses and Congresses overseas. The importance of understanding the facial layers and of the Sub-SMAS Facial Spaces, taught at the Courses is now included in the major Plastic Surgery texts (Neligan, Aston) as well as in the online version of the latest edition of Gray’s Anatomy.
He has performed demonstration of his anatomical based, Limited Dissection Composite Facelift on 14 occasions as well as on the Tarsal Fixation Technique of Upper Lid Blepharoplasty Surgical Demonstrations performed in Canada, United Kingdom, Turkey, Brazil, Germany, Taipei, Italy (x 2), Spain (x 2), Russia (x 2) & U.S.A (x 2).
Dr Mendelson is a Past President of ISAPS, The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. In Australia he served on the Council of ASAPS for 6 years and delivered the Second ASAPS ORATION in 2007.
Dr Mendelson has published on ‘Ageing of the Facial Skeleton’ and ‘The Long Term Results of Hydroxyapatite Augmentation of the Facial Skeleton’. Submitted publications are on the Biology of Hydroxyapatite and on a Series of 350 Hydroxyapatite Mid Cheek Augmentations.