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MBBS - Manipal University, India
FRCS - Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, UK
FRACS - Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Aust.
PhD - University of Louisville, USA

Dr Somia is President of the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery where excellence in surgery and patient safety are the focus. He is a member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons and The American Society of Plastic Surgery.

Between 2009-2011 Dr Somia served as Deputy Chairman of the Breast Implant Registry, a National Government Health and Safety Initiative.



Dr. Somia's training in Plastic Surgery in Melbourne included Geelong Hospital, Monash Medical Centre, Western Hospital, Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute and Austin Hospital. Dr. Somia completed the final two years of his training in Sydney where he trained at Prince of Wales, Sydney Children's Hospital, Westmead and Royal North Shore Hospital.



Dr. Somia completed a Cosmetic Surgery Fellowship Accredited by American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, working with Dr. Foad Nahai and Dr Rod Hester at Paces Plastic Surgery, Atlanta. He also completed an Eyelid Surgery (Oculoplastic) Fellowship under Dr. Sonny McCord and Dr. Mark Codner in Atlanta.

Dr. Somia was awarded a PhD for his 3 year research into Eyelid Reanimation using implantable micro electrodes and the study of Eyelid Movements. This helped Dr. Somia develop a passion for Eyelid Surgery .



Dr. Somia has won numerous awards for his research both in Australia and in the US. Amongst them is the 2003 Marshall Prize in Surgical Training at Monash University, Melbourne. Dr. Somia’s research earned mention in the Highlights of the American College of Surgeons Annual Meeting, was nominated as a Finalist at the American Society of Biomechanics and won two Best Poster Awards at Research Louisville.


New advances in science and technology are driving changes in Plastic Surgery. Dr. Somia keeps abreast of new advances by scientific research and attending conferences, workshops and symposiums that allow him to incorporate recent advances into his practice to benefit patients. Dr. Somia takes an active interest in the teaching, training and mentoring of Australia’s future plastic surgeons, a role that he enjoys.



Dr. Somia is a published author of several scientific papers in Plastic Surgery. These studies can be found at the US National Library of Medicine as well as the following leading Plastic Surgery journals.

  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Annals of Plastic Surgery
  • Journal of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery
  • Microsurgery
  • Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery
  • American Journal of Hand Surgery
  • British Journal of Hand Surgery
  • Journal of Hand Surgery
  • Journal of Investigative Surgery
  • ANZ journal of Surgery
  • Artificial Organs
  • Clinical Biomechanics
  • Journal of Biomechanics
  • Surgical Forum of the American College of Surgeons

Role of the Endoscopic Brow Lift in Forehead Rejuvenation 
by Somia N. and Nahai F. 

A Chapter in the book ‘Facelift’ by Claudio De Castro (Ed)

Recent Blog Posts

Exercise for Lipoedema

Exercise for Lipoedema

Its true, for women with the painful fat disease Lipoedema exercise is a challenge.  Why bother if diet and exercise have little effect on the lipoedema fat?    Exercise may seem like a waste of time.   

There are however benefits to including regular exercise as part of your lipoedema management plan.  Besides the obvious health benefits for your heart and blood sugar levels, for lipoedema patients exercise can help to reduce inflammation, keep the lymph system pumping, strengthen your muscles and boost confidence and mood.   

Below we will look at various exercises to help you manage lipoedema and have some fun.

Where possible wear your compression when exercising (except for vibration plates). Start off slowly and keep it light, don't engage in high impact or intense exercises which can cause inflammation. 

To find out what to eat for lipoedema click here.  

3 Steps To Party Ready

3 Steps To Party Ready

This year has flown by and its the holiday season once more.   Its time to catch up with old and new friends.     Look and feel your best with these 3 non surgical steps to party ready.     

Prepare For Surgery

Prepare For Surgery

So you've done your research and have decided to proceed with surgery.   What now?  Sit back and relax?