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Eyelid Surgery Aftercare – What You Can Expect On The Treatment?

Knowing what to do in the hours, days and weeks after eyelid surgery can help you to recover faster. It’s vital that you follow your surgeon’s post-operative care instructions so that you continue to heal quickly and you can get back to your life again. Let’s take a look at what you can expect during your eyelid surgery aftercare period.

 

Eyelid Surgery Aftercare: The Do’s And Don’ts

Make sure someone else is available to drive you home after the procedure. Ask your surgeon when you can expect to be able to drive again. It’s quite likely that you may need someone to help you at home for a day or two afterwards.

Make sure you follow a balanced diet. It’s easy to become constipated if you are sedentary or deviate from your usual routine. Make sure you drink lots of fluids, walk every day and think about including some additional fibre in your diet to avoid constipation.

Only take the pain medication that your surgeon gives to you, and take it as directed. Do not use paracetamol for pain relief, unless advised by your surgeon. Exercise the necessary precautions when taking medication: you should not drive or operate heavy machinery.

You should also prepare to eliminate alcohol for at least three weeks after your surgery, whether you are taking medication or not. Alcohol contributes to fluid retention and swelling so it is not recommended after eyelid surgery. 

Avoid smoking and make sure you are not around other people who are smoking. Smoking presents a real risk to recovery, as it can slow it down, and also puts you at increased risk of infection after eyelid surgery. 

Make sure you sleep with your head elevated for at least three days after your surgery. This can help to reduce the swelling.

 

Eyelid Surgery Aftercare: Caring For Your Wounds

expectation eyelid surgery aftercare bondi junctionRemember to apply sunscreen whenever you are going outside, of at least 30 SPF. Do not expose your scars or incisions to the sun for at least a year. Wear large sunglasses and a hat to protect your eyes if you must be in direct sunlight. You should exercise these cautions for at least a year after your blepharoplasty.

Clean your incisions every day with soap and water. Inspect them for any signs of infection.

Cold saline compresses can help to reduce pain and swelling and are especially effective in the first 24 hours after your procedure. 

You will need to wait for at least two weeks before you can resume wearing contact lenses so make sure you have backup glasses if this applies to you. You can wash your hair the day after eyelid surgery.

 

Eyelid Surgery Aftercare: What To Expect Afterwards

Sometimes it is necessary for the eyes to be covered by a bandage for the first night. You can expect to experience the maximum discomfort in the days following your eyelid surgery but this should improve as time passes. 

You may experience temporary swelling, bruising, dryness, itchiness and burning of your eyes in the days following the procedure. Your surgeon may prescribe some artificial tears to bring relief to burning or itchy eyes.

It is also normal to experience some discharge from your eyes for up to a week after a blepharoplasty. 

Once you have started healing you may still experience sensitivity to light, blurry vision or double vision.

Bruising and swelling may be present for up to two weeks post-surgery.

Healing may take place slowly and you may see a slight pinkness on your incisions for up to six months after your blepharoplasty. Sometimes little whiteheads may appear over the stitches, if this is the case, your surgeon will be able to remove them.

Once your stitches have been removed and most of the incisions have healed you can start thinking about wearing makeup again. Stitches are usually taken out after five to seven days.

Your eyes will feel more tired than usual after eyelid surgery. That means you’ll need to limit screen time and reading.

When can you go back to work? Everyone is different but most patients find that a ten to 14 day recovery period is sufficient for them to return to work. You may still have some bruising around your eyes after two weeks, but make-up can usually camouflage any residual bruising so it isn’t noticeable to other people.

When can you resume physical activity? It’s best to check your physical activity levels with your surgeon. Walking is fine to do but you will need to restrict anything strenuous like aerobics, jogging or cycling for two to three weeks.

 

Eyelid Surgery Aftercare: When To Get Help

If you notice a worsening of swelling or bruising or a new onset of symptoms that were not present previously you should contact your surgeon immediately.

If redness increases on the incision or you experience an increase in pain that doesn’t respond to pain medication, you should contact your surgeon.

Side effects from medication also need to be reported to your surgeon. You may notice a rash, headache or have nausea or vomiting.

Any discharge that is yellow or green or any bleeding from the incisions should also be reported. Discharge from the incisions could be a sign of an infection that requires treatment.

 

For more advice on eyelid surgery aftercare or how to heal and recover faster after eyelid surgery please contact us for a confidential appointment: (02) 8599 7161.

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Anti-Ageing – This Is What Are Dermal Fillers Used For

Dermal fillers give you the chance to pause the effects of ageing and to address skin concerns such as fine lines, creases and wrinkles, as well as to plump up, add volume to the facial contours and resurface skin that has been affected by scarring. Now more popular than ever, fillers have become an indispensable tool in the modern woman’s beauty kit. If you’ve been considering this skin treatment, let’s take a closer look at what are dermal fillers used for, so you can make an informed decision.

 

What Are Dermal Fillers?

Fillers are soft, gel-like substances that are made from natural or synthetic compounds and which are injected into the skin. Most dermal fillers work on a mechanical basis in the sense that they insert volume into flatter and depressed areas of the skin. 

 

What Are Dermal Fillers Used For?

Because fillers flesh out and plump up flat or depressed areas, this makes them suitable for

  • Ironing out fine lines, creases and wrinkles
  • Adding volume to areas of the face that have lost mass, such as the cheeks or lips
  • Redefining facial contours such as the jawline
  • Plumping up depressed areas of the skin, such as those affected by acne scars

Other types of fillers can be used to stimulate the body’s own production of collagen.

 

How Dermal Fillers Can Be Used On The Facial Area?

One of their most common purposes is to build up the volume in parts of the face that have been affected by premature ageing. On the face, the most common areas for dermal fillers to be injected into include: 

 

Marionette lines

These are the lines that run from either side of your mouth to the corners of your chin. These lines become more pronounced as we age, becoming deeper and more prominent, and may give the person a sad look. Using dermal fillers to make them more superficial means they are significantly less noticeable.

 

Nasolabial folds

These are the lines that run from your nose to the perimeter of your lips. They may be enhanced if you are a smoker.

 

uses what are dermal fillers used for bondi junctionBetween the eyebrows

The space between the eyebrows, at the top of the nose, may develop a semi-permanent double or triple fold, that could make it appear as though you have a constant frown on your face.

While this area is suitable for Botulinum toxin, it also responds very well to dermal fillers.

 

The undereye area

If the troughs below your eyes look sunken and are making you appear tired all the time, the area can be restored with dermal filler treatment.

 

Adding Facial Volume

Dermal filler has become more popular for its ability to add volume to the face. As we get older it is quite normal to experience some volume loss, as muscles become slacker and the skin loses some of its natural elastin.

Volume can be added to different areas of the face including

  • The cheeks: Dermal filler can be used to heighten the cheekbones, and to add volume to the cheek area.
  • The lips: When performed by an experienced and qualified aesthetician, fillers can be used to redefine and add volume to the lips.
  • The chin and jaw: the bottom of the face may benefit from adding contours through dermal filler to reverse the signs of ageing.
  • Addressing acne scar: Skin depressions that have developed as a result of acne scarring and the under-production of collagen may benefit from dermal filler injections. By injecting filler into the depressed areas, your aesthetician can smooth out your skin texture, and boost your skin’s natural collagen production to minimise the development of future acne scars.

 

What Dermal Filler Cannot Achieve?

Fillers are effective at addressing the premature signs of ageing but they cannot address sagging skin, nor can they tighten loose skin. If these are concerns you would like to address, you may be advised to consider an invasive procedure such as a facelift, to tighten and firm up the skin.

Also, remember that the effects of fillers are temporary or semi-permanent and will not last forever. Depending on the number of fillers you have had, where they were injected and how thick they were, the effects may only last for between six and 24 months before you need a top-up treatment. This is because fillers are typically made up of naturally occurring substances that are reabsorbed by the body. Your aesthetician will be able to advise you on the longest-lasting filler types for your skin concern.

 

How Do Fillers Differ To Botulinum Toxin?

Botulinum toxin and dermal filler are not the same, although both are injected into the skin. Botulinum toxin is created from the Botulinum toxin and it works by inhibiting the nerve cells in the muscles that it is injected into. This means that the muscle does not receive the signal to frown (or crease) and does not move, which would result in the folded or creased effect.

It is possible to combine Botulinum toxin treatments with dermal filler. 

Botulinum toxin is used most successfully in very specific areas of the face: between the eyebrows, on the horizontal lines that can develop on the forehead and lines that develop around the eyes. It works on dynamic wrinkles, or wrinkles caused by movement and not the static wrinkles that can develop as a result of sagging.

 

To find out more about what are dermal fillers used for, or if they can benefit your skin please contact us for a confidential appointment: (02) 8599 7161.

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Facial Exercises To Reduce Wrinkles – Simple Way To Help Look Younger

Whether lockdown has interrupted your skin anti-wrinkle treatment or not, doing facial yoga can help you to prevent wrinkles before they develop. In much the same way that yoga exercises keep the muscles of your body toned and strong, so too can facial yoga tone and strengthen the muscles of the face to make them less susceptible to sagging and wrinkles. If you haven’t tried it already, here are some facial exercises to reduce wrinkles and keep you feeling your most radiant.

 

What Is Face Yoga?

Facial yoga gives you a workout for your face. This type of beauty routine contains a selection of simple exercises that have been designed to lift, tone and strengthen the muscles in the face and neck. This enables a stronger foundation for the skin to sit against and, when practised regularly, can help to stop the development of wrinkles and fine lines.

 

Why It Works To Prevent Wrinkles?

As we get older, the muscles in our face and body become weaker. This is important because there are actually 57 muscles in the face that contribute to a younger-looking complexion. Over time, this manifests as a loss of volume as the supply of fat cells under the skin decreases. In addition to this, the skin slows down with its production of collagen and elastin, two vital components that keep our skin looking fresh, young and healthy. As the muscles of the skin shrink and the skin is unable to shrink with it, the result can be sagging, loose skin.

Through regular practice of face yoga, you can boost oxygen and blood supply to the muscles in the face. This enables deeper detoxification and gives your skin the ingredients it needs to replenish and stay youthful.

Does it really work? Well, one pioneering study of a small group of women found that dedicated facial yoga exercises resulted in study participants being perceived as between three and five years younger than they actually were.

 

How To Do Facial Exercises To Reduce Wrinkles?

Because your facial muscles cannot actively lift weights themselves, you will need to use your fingertips to perform this anti-wrinkle treatment. Pulling on your skin is not a good idea, so you do need to make sure your complexion and fingertips are well moisturised before you begin.

Each workout is recommended to be done for thirty seconds and should be repeated three times a day for optimal results.

 

Anti Wrinkle Treatment For The Eye Area

To tone the muscles of the eyelid, you should place your index fingertips on the outer socket of your eye (which is over your smile lines), to build resistance. Contract your eye muscles gently until your eyes are almost closed. Squint your eye muscles for a second and then relax.

Place three fingertips on your temples and close your eyes as you gently pull the skin back. Hold this for two to three seconds and then release.

 

Prevent Wrinkles In Your Cheeks

ways facial exercises to reduce wrinkles bondi junctionWhen cheeks are plump and full they give the illusion of youthfulness. Place your fingertips on either side of your nose.

Scrunch your nose up as you press down with your fingertips. Over time this action can soften the nasolabial folds between your nose and mouth.

Next, place your fingertips on the apples of your cheeks, pressing firmly into your cheekbones. Keep your eye muscles relaxed as you smile. Hold this for two seconds and release.

 

Prevent Wrinkles And Boost Your Lips

Stronger muscles around your mouth can give the illusion of fuller lips. Position your index fingers at the corners of your mouth and then pull them slightly apart from one another. As you do this, try to pout your lips as if you are giving someone a kiss. Pull your lips together as hard as you can, and hold this position for a few seconds before releasing.

 

Anti Wrinkle Treatment For A Stronger, Younger Neck

A strong jawline and neck contribute to a younger-looking appearance. To do these facial exercises to reduce wrinkles, sit up straight and tilt your head backwards. Place your lips together and make an exaggerated chewing action while you stare at the ceiling. You should be able to feel the muscles in your jaw and neck working hard.

As you are doing this, press your tongue into the roof of your mouth. With your tongue still in position, slowly lower your head back down, towards your neck. Hold your head in this position for a few seconds and then release it.

 

An Anti Wrinkle Treatment For The Forehead

You can prevent wrinkles from settling in your forehead by sitting comfortably upright and then lifting your eyebrows. Hold them up for a second and then release. Look at your ears and try to push them back. Alternate this exercise with lifting your eyebrows for a second.

 

Other Lifestyle Choices To Be Aware Of

There are plenty of simple hacks you can apply to delay the development of wrinkles in addition to face yoga:

  • Stay well hydrated as dry skin tends to wrinkle easier
  • Always use sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher
  • Always cleanse your face and remove your makeup before going to bed so that your skin can rejuvenate while you are asleep.

 

To find out more about facial exercises to reduce wrinkles or which treatment can assist you with anti-ageing please contact us: (02) 8599 7161.

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What To Expect After Dermal Fillers? Your Guide For A Safer Treatment

Thanks to minimal downtime when they are professionally done, dermal fillers are fast eclipsing more invasive plastic surgery procedures in their popularity. While recovery times differ between patients, most people can resume their daily activities straight after their injections, with a few minor side effects. If you are thinking about smoothing your complexion or adding volume to your face, let’s first check out what to expect after dermal fillers.

 

What Are Dermal Fillers?

Also known as injectables, dermal fillers are gel-like substances that are injected into the skin using fine needles. They add volume so they are used to fill in lines, creases and wrinkles, depressions caused by scars and to add volume to the contours of the face such as the cheeks, lips and jaw. 

The most commonly used substance in dermal fillers is hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally occurring substance that stimulates the body’s own production of collagen and elastin.

It is also possible to other substances in fillers:

  • Collagen
  • The fat from your own body
  • Polylactic acid
  • Botox 

 

What Are The Risks And Side Effects?

Despite being used quite commonly by people of different age groups, fillers aren’t suitable for everyone. Patients who have the following conditions may not be suitable candidates for injectables:

  • A history of developing scar tissue
  • Certain autoimmune diseases
  • Patients with inflamed or infected skin
  • Severe allergies or food allergies
  • Patients who have previously had severe allergic reactions

If you are a smoker or are a bleeding risk, dermal fillers won’t be recommended.

procedure what to expect after dermal fillers bondi junctionBecause there is a chance of compilations it’s essential to work with a registered and experienced medical professional. Your personal risk factors need to be evaluated before any treatment can be done. Some important considerations include

  • Whether you are taking blood-thinning medication
  • Whether you have an allergy to collagen from cows 
  • Whether you have a chicken allergy.

Fat transfer injections may be a better option if allergies are a concern, as they are tolerated better by the body. They do last longer than hyaluronic acid dermal filler and typically only need to be replaced every 12 months on average. Between 30 and 50% of the volume will be reabsorbed by your body over time. For this treatment, fat is generally harvested from the abdominal area, as this fat is less likely to be reabsorbed.

Some other possible complications may include

These complications can generally be managed with ice and gentle massage to the affected area. If you experience any of these side effects and have concerns, please contact your plastic surgeon. 

Following your surgeon’s post-treatment care instructions is essential to minimise any complications. If you use fat from your own body as a dermal filler it may take you slightly longer to heal and recover.

 

What To Expect During The Dermal Filler Procedure?

You will have a consultation with your plastic surgeon or aesthetician where you detail your dermal filler expectations. Your surgeon will advise you on how many fillers will be required, and what your maintenance treatments will entail. Any plastic surgery alternatives can be discussed.

 

Does Dermal Filler Hurt?

A topical numbing agent will be used to make the procedure more comfortable. Some temporary discomfort may be experienced once the anaesthesia has worn off but this is generally mild.

Using very fine needles ensures that no scars form at the dermal filler injection sites.

Certain areas of the face (such as the lips) are more sensitive, so you may experience more discomfort or swelling in those.

 

What To Expect After Dermal Fillers?

Your results should be visible straight after having your dermal filler, and certainly, once the swelling has subsided, you will be able to see how effective they are. If you have had Botox injections, your results will take three to four days to become visible, and the full effect can be seen 10 to 14 days after your treatment.

  • The longevity of your dermal fillers will depend on a number of factors but most patients tend to have top-up treatment every four months to two years.
  • Most activities can be resumed straight after your dermal filler procedure but you should avoid strenuous physical activity for the first 24 to 48 hours.
  • You should avoid extreme temperature fluctuations in the first 24 hours including sauna and steam rooms.
  • Make sure you keep the area clean, according to your surgeon’s instructions and do not wear makeup.
  • Any pain or discomfort in the first 24 hours can be managed with paracetamol, but this should subside by the following day.

 

Is Dermal Filler The Right Procedure For You?

Dermal fillers are a practical alternative to more invasive plastic surgery procedures like facelifts. They can also be used in conjunction with other plastic surgery procedures like eye lifts, brow lifts and nose jobs.

If you would like to 

  • smooth out fine lines, creases or wrinkles
  • Plump up depressions or scars
  • Minimise the appearance of lines around the nose, eyes or mouth
  • Add volume to your cheeks, lips or jaw

Then dermal fillers could be the right treatment for you.

 

To find out more about what to expect after dermal fillers, or which treatments could benefit your skin concerns, please contact us for an appointment: (02) 8599 7161.

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Vaginal Rejuvenation Recovery – What To Expect After The Procedure?

Vaginal rejuvenation treatments give women a chance to change the appearance and tightness of the vagina. A combination of childbirth and ageing can cause the vaginal muscles to become more relaxed however working with an established and experienced plastic surgeon for a vaginal rejuvenation procedure can address these issues. Let’s take a look at the procedure and what you can expect from vaginal rejuvenation recovery.

 

What Is Vaginal Rejuvenation?

Also known as a vaginoplasty, vaginal rejuvenation surgery can be performed for cosmetic and functional reasons. A labiaplasty procedure can reduce the size of the labia minora. Other procedures that may be performed on the vagina include

  • Clitoral unhooding: to remove the tissue surrounding the clitoris
  • G-spot amplification: collagen is injected into the front wall of the vagina in order to increase sensation

You should discuss your concerns and issues with your plastic surgeon so that the most appropriate treatments can be recommended. It’s possible that more than one procedure may be required, depending on your description of symptoms.

Vaginal rejuvenation surgery may be an option if you:

  • Do not like the appearance of your vagina
  • Want to reduce the size of the labia minora (the inner lips of the vagina)
  • Feel looseness in your vagina during sexual intercourse 
  • Experienced decreased sensation during sexual intercourse

Vaginal rejuvenation can be performed by laser or surgically.

 

Vaginal Rejuvenation Recovery: What To Expect After The Procedure 

Your plastic surgeon will give you step by step recovery instructions, which you should follow carefully. All patients heal differently but on average you should expect a six week recovery period to apply. 

Ideally, taking a week’s rest or leave from work is ideal. While you may be able to resume your daily activities soon after the procedure, rest and relaxation are best for recovery and healing.

The anaesthetic should wear off by the afternoon after your surgery and it will be possible to move around but you should take care not to put pressure on the surgical site. This means no heavy lifting or strenuous activity for at least 24 to 48 hours.

expectation vaginal rejuvenation surgery bondi junctionApplying a cold compress, ice pack or packet of frozen peas to the surgical area may help to control any swelling and bruising.

You should wear comfortable and loose-fitting clothing to minimise friction and pressure to the area.

Most patients can resume their usual activities 72 hours after the procedure but again, you should take care to ensure there is no friction to the vaginal area.

Most patients can drive two days after vaginal rejuvenation, as long as they are not taking any narcotics or medication that may cause drowsiness.

You can expect a six week period of pelvic rest, which means you should abstain from sexual activity and not use tampons during this time. You should also avoid swimming (especially in public places) and baths during this period.

Rigorous physical activity and exercise should also be avoided during the six week recovery period.

 

Vaginal Rejuvenation Recovery: What Are The Possible Side Effects? 

All surgeries carry some degree of risk and the particulars should be discussed with your surgeon. Complications from vaginal rejuvenation surgery may impact your recovery time and healing and need to be taken into account before making any decision.

Some of the potential side effects include

  • Loss of sensation (this could be temporary or permanent)
  • Scarring. Although the incisions are internal and are kept small, it is possible for scar tissue to develop, particularly if this is something you are susceptible to.
  • Infection at the surgical site
  • Persistent pain or discomfort

 

Because conversations about genitals are only starting to become more mainstream now, it’s important that you engage openly with your surgeon before moving ahead with vaginal rejuvenation surgery. Some of the questions you could ask include

  • What are my individual risk factors and possible complications?
  • What are the benefits of vaginal surgery?
  • Am I likely to experience a loss of sensation?
  • Could the procedure enhance my ability to orgasm?
  • Am I being realistic about my expectations of vaginal surgery?
  • Could I achieve my objectives without surgery?

 

How Much Does Vaginoplasty Cost?

The cost of your vaginoplasty procedure will depend on what you would like to have done and whether you choose surgery or a laser procedure. Your surgeon will prepare a treatment plan which will include a cost estimate as well as any alternative options available. If your vaginoplasty is medically necessary there is a chance it may be covered in part or in full by private health insurance, depending on your policy details.

Some examples of when vaginal rejuvenation may be medically necessary include

 

To find out more about vaginal rejuvenation recovery and what you can expect before, during and after surgery, please contact us: (02) 8599 7161.

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How Long Does Otoplasty Take? Find Out More About Otoplasty Treatment

Also known as ear correction surgery, otoplasty is the process of reshaping or adjusting the position of the ears. An otoplasty procedure is usually carried out between the ages of four and 14, however, it can also be done if you are an adult. It’s important to note that all surgeries are different and can be tailored to your unique needs. In this post, we will try to answer the question ‘how long does otoplasty surgery take’ so you know what to expect from your otoplasty procedure.

 

What Is Otoplasty?

Otoplasty is ear surgery that is performed to change the shape or alter the position of the ear. This also includes surgeries on the cartilage and ear lobes. Sometimes babies are born without ears or lose them through injuries later in life. Otoplasty can reconstruct and build ears for patients.

Other common reasons for ear surgery include

  • Small or cupped ears
  • Correcting a downward or forward folding ear tip, known as lop ear
  • Adding curves and natural-looking folds and creases to ears that do not have them, known as shell ear

Ear surgery is frequently performed to pin back ears that protrude. While this is an effective way of moving the ears closer to the head, it’s important to note that they may still move slightly over time. 

 

How Long Does Otoplasty Surgery Take?

The length of time your procedure will take will depend on its complexity and the amount of work to be done. Sometimes more than one procedure will be performed, and this will be reflected in its duration. On average you can expect to be operated on for between one and three hours, but your surgeon will confirm this closer to the time.

The surgery can be done under local or general anaesthetic, and again this will be determined by the complexity of the procedure and the age of the patient. Often children will be put under general anaesthetic but teenagers and adults may have local anaesthetic. 

 

What To Expect During Ear Surgery?

procedure how long does otoplasty take bondi junctionMost of the surgery is performed behind your ears and the incisions are small so scarring is generally not a concern.

Once the incisions have been made your surgeon will do the necessary pinning or cartilage reshaping. Once this has been done the incisions are closed up with stitches.

 

What To Expect After Ear Surgery?

It is important that you keep the wound clean and dry, and follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions carefully. 

You can expect some swelling and a little bleeding from the wounds in the first few days. It’s also normal for the wounds to feel a bit itchy as they heal. Try not to touch or scratch your ears during this time.

You will probably be given a headband to wear around your head for two weeks. It’s important that you do this as instructed

When lying down make sure you elevate your head so that blood does not pool and place pressure on the wounds.

Make sure you have easy to wear clothing that fits comfortably around your head so you do not bump your ears when dressing and undressing.

It’s probably best to sleep on your back too, so your ears do not come into contact with your pillow.

You will also probably skip washing your hair for a few days so that the shampoo does not irritate your wounds as they heal.

It will also be recommended that you abstain from strenuous exercise for a week or two while you recover. You will discuss this in more detail with your surgeon, as it will be dependent on the procedures you have had done.

You can expect to resume your usual day to day activities like work and school a few days after your surgery, with a few restrictions.

Numbness and tightness around the site could be present for up to a month after your surgery but it should improve thereafter. 

 

What Are The Risks And Complications Of Ear Surgery?

Otoplasty surgery risks are rare but complications can occur and your risks should be discussed with your surgeon. The most common concern that patients have is the ears returning to their position, however, this is only likely to occur if the sutures break. Should this occur, you should contact your surgeon immediately.

Managing your surgical risks also includes ensuring you work with an experienced and skilled surgeon who has had success with otoplasty procedures in the past. Ask to see before and after photographs and try not to make a decision based on cost alone. The skill and quality of the work are more important.

It will take a few days before you can return to work or go back to school and you should heal quickly with each passing week. After a month, your wound should be almost completely healed and you will be able to resume exercise if you have followed your surgeon’s post-operative care instructions.

 

 

If you want to know more about how long does otoplasty take or how to prepare for your procedure, please contact us: (02) 8599 7161.

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Skin Needling Benefits – What To Expect On The Treatment?

As we get older, the skin slows down its production of collagen and elastin, leading to wrinkles and fine lines, sagging skin, stretch marks and more pronounced scars. Skin needling offers a minimally invasive way to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, rejuvenate your skin and address a number of concerns. Let’s take a look at some of the major skin needling benefits for the face and body and how you can harness them. 

 

What Is Skin Needling?

The process of skin needling creates tiny punctures or micro-injuries that force the skin to repair and heal itself. This increases blood flow and reduces cellular damage, enabling you to remodel scar tissue and boost the skin.

Also known as micro-needling or collagen induction therapy, this procedure can be carried out on the face, neck and body. The needles are very fine and not like those used for injections. Many aestheticians also use topical numbing cream to make the procedure more comfortable. 

When the needles create injuries on the surface of your skin, they stimulate a healing response, which includes the production of growth factors such as collagen and elastin. They also enable your skin to absorb more of your skincare products.

Experts say the effects of skin needling on a par with deep chemical peels, laser treatments and dermabrasion but the procedure is much less invasive as it doesn’t remove them.

 

What Are The Major Skin Needling Benefits?

 

Microneedling Poses Anti-ageing Benefits

The stimulation of collagen and elastin production has a range of anti-ageing benefits for the face. These include plumping up areas that have lost volume such as around the mouth and cheeks. It also smoothes out fine lines, creases and wrinkles and can reduce the size of enlarged pores. It can improve the appearance of sagging skin and contribute to a more even skin tone as well as address sunspots. 

 

Reduce The Appearance Of Scars

While microneedling can’t erase major scars, it may help to improve the appearance of superficial scars, such as those caused by acne. Microneedling can boost skin volume in depressed areas, improving the appearance of ice pick scars. 

 

Improve The Appearance Of Stretch Marks

Skin needling can also be used on the body, specifically to address the appearance of stretch marks that are caused by weight gain or pregnancy. While they may not disappear entirely, regular micro-needling sessions can help to fade stretch marks away as the skin replenishes after each procedure. 

 

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Address Pigmentation

Microneedling has been shown to be effective at managing skin pigmentation, especially sunspots associated with ageing. 

 

Get More From Your Beauty Products

In addition to boosting the blood flow to your skin, which gives you that internal glow, microneedling makes little puncture wounds on the surface of your skin. These holes allow for greater penetration and absorption of your beauty products, further contributing to your natural glow. 

 

Skin Needling Works On Every Skin Type

This is important because there are a number of skin treatments that are not suitable for darker skins, such as laser resurfacing. 

 

The Results May Be Noticeable For Up To A Year

Depending on your skin concern and the number of treatments you have, some patients experience skin needling benefits for up to a year after their last treatment. 

 

Does Microneedling Hurt?

 

While everyone has a different threshold for pain, skin needling is not considered a painful experience. Skin numbing cream can be applied to make the experience more comfortable however if you do have concerns about the pain, it might be a good idea to take over the counter pain medication 30 to 60 minutes prior to your session.

Skin numbing cream will desensitise your skin so you will just feel pressure while your surgeon is working on your treatment.

Skin needling is considered a safe procedure when performed by a trained and skilled aesthetician.

 

What To Expect After Skin Needling: Redness

The most notable side effect after microneedling is skin redness. For most people, this goes away a few hours after the treatment but for some patients, it may persist for up to 24 hours afterwards and may feel like a sunburn.

It is also normal to experience some itchiness, bruising and photosensitivity post-treatment. 

 

What To Expect After Skin Needling: Some Sensitivity?

It’s important to follow your aesthetician’s guidance for post-treatment care. This will include 

  • Avoiding direct sun exposure immediately after your treatment
  • Using sunscreen with a sun protection factor of 30 or higher
  • Using post-treatment products as directed by your aesthetician
  • Avoiding harsh and abrasive cleaning substances
  • Avoiding excessive exercise
  • Drinking lots of water
  • Not shaving for the first 12 to 24 hours
  • Not swimming in chlorinated water, have a spray tan or have cosmetic tattoos for the first 48 hours after your treatment.

 

How Long Do The Effects Last?

This depends on the person in question and their skin concerns, as well as what you expose your skin to afterwards. On average it can take between six to eight weeks to fully realise the benefits, but they may be visible for up to a year after your treatment. Skin needling is cumulative and each treatment results in the production of more collagen, so the more treatments you have, the better the results.

Skin needling presents a minimally invasive way to stimulate your skin’s natural collagen and elastin production. To find out more about skin needling benefits or whether the procedure is suitable for your skin concern, please get in touch with us: (02) 8599 7161

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Vaginal Rejuvenation Procedure – How Does It Work & What to Expect?

Women who want to increase the tightness of their vaginal muscles or reduce the size of the labia minora can now have a vaginal rejuvenation procedure to boost confidence and increase sexual pleasure. Childbirth and weight changes can have an impact on the strength and tone of the muscles of the vagina, causing laxity and reducing sexual pleasure. For some women, vaginal laxity can also cause incontinence and bladder issues as well as pain during sexual intercourse and problems with bowel movements. Let’s take an in-depth look at vaginoplasty and the benefits it offers.

 

What Is Vaginal Rejuvenation?

For many years women have kept quiet about the problems associated with vaginal laxity. But as these dialogues have opened up so too has the demand for vaginoplasty procedures. Vaginal rejuvenation can be performed surgically or by laser and during the procedure, the muscle at the back of the vagina is made shorter in order to reduce the diameter of the vagina. 

Vaginal rejuvenation can be performed to

  • Tighten the vagina for increased sexual pleasure 
  • Tighten the muscles in the vagina to assist with bladder control and bowel movements
  • Reduce the size of the labia minora (the inner lips of the vagina) for a more aesthetically pleasing appearance

While kegel exercises and perineal education may be beneficial for some women, not all women can tighten their pelvic floor and improve the tone of the vagina through exercise alone.

 

What To Expect From A Vaginal Rejuvenation Procedure?

Vaginal rejuvenation can be performed under local or general anaesthetic. The procedure is quite efficient and usually takes around an hour to complete however you may be kept longer for observation

In a surgical procedure, the muscles at the back of your vagina will be shortened and stitched together again using dissolvable stitches. Once the incision has healed any scars will be inside the vagina and not visible. If there is excess skin or vaginal lining, it will be removed. There will be some swelling, bruising and bleeding post-surgery but this will improve in the days following the procedure.

You may find it difficult to walk so you will need to take some time off work to rest and recover.

Results are usually noticeable two to three weeks after a vaginal rejuvenation procedure. you will be able to resume sexual activity four to six weeks later

 

Laser-assisted Vaginal Rejuvenation

Laser-assisted vaginal rejuvenation procedures are non-surgical and non-invasive and do not require anesthesia.

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This means there are no stitches and no scarring and your recovery time is much faster. The procedure is also quicker and can be done in 15-minute sessions. Patients usually have three sessions over a two or three month period and return once a year for maintenance procedures.

While you will be able to return to work after laser-assisted vaginal rejuvenation procedures you are advised not to exercise for the first 24 hours. You should also avoid sexual intercourse for at least five days after the procedure.

 

Preparing For A Vaginal Rejuvenation

If you are going to be having an anaesthetic you should avoid food and drink for 10 hours prior.

Make sure your home is prepared for you to rest, and that you have some help at your house so you can recover properly. You’ll need to take some time off from work. Discuss this with your surgeon ahead of time so you have an accurate idea of what to expect.

You will also need to avoid sexual intercourse the day before your surgery so that your vaginal tissue is not disturbed.

You will need to have a pregnancy test as vaginoplasty cannot be performed on pregnant women. Your surgeon may also request that you have a PAP smear, blood tests and/or submit samples.

 

What To Expect After Vaginoplasty?

It’s really important that you follow your surgeon’s recovery instructions so you can speed up healing and avoid complications.

 

Manage swelling, tenderness and bleeding post-surgery

Swelling and redness should only be present for around a week after your procedure. If it lasts longer than that you should speak to your surgeon. An increase in bleeding should also be reported to your surgeon.

 

Monitor yourself for signs of an infection

Because of the incision, it is possible for an infection to develop if you do not care for your wound properly. If you notice an increase in swelling or redness or an unusual discharge it could be a sign of an infection.

 

What Complications Should You Be Aware Of?

Any surgical procedure carries some degree of risk, which needs to be managed accordingly. It’s important that you disclose your full medical history to your surgeon, as well as any medications you might be taking.

 

How Much Does A Vaginoplasty Cost?

The cost of your vaginal rejuvenation will be presented as a total amount and will comprise your surgeon and assistant surgeon’s fees, the anaesthetist’s fees, the cost of hospital admission as well as the costs for your follow up consultations post-surgery. 

 

To find out more about how you could benefit from a vaginal rejuvenation procedure please get in touch for a confidential appointment: (02) 8599 7161.

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Exploring the Benefits of Microdermabrasion for Your Skin

A minimally invasive and increasingly popular skin procedure, microdermabrasion offers a host of benefits if you want to make your complexion smoother and refine your pores. It can be used to cleanse and clarify the skin to reveal a more youthful complexion by reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. It can also be used to improve the appearance of sun damage, enlarged pores and scars caused by acne. If you suffer from acne breakouts, microdermabrasion can help to reduce inflammation and control oil production. In this post, we will explore some of the benefits of microdermabrasion and why it’s a treatment that should feature in your self-care regime.

 

How Does Microdermabrasion Work?

Skin microdermabrasion is effective because it removes dead skin cells, revealing a layer of fresh skin underneath. The diamond tip of the buffing tool is combined with vacuum suction, which sloughs away dead skin cells, going deeper than superficial exfoliation. It is also possible to use a crystal buffing tool for microdermabrasion.

 

Why Everyone’s Talking About Skin Microdermabrasion?

Younger, fresher looking skin doesn’t need invasive procedures and surgical intervention, thanks to the benefits of microdermabrasion. While the procedure can be used to address a number of skin concerns such as acne, scarring, the signs of premature ageing and enlarged pores, it can also be adopted as a maintenance treatment to keep your skin in optimal condition. By improving lymphatic drainage and boosting blood flow, microdermabrasion benefits include

 

So What Are The Benefits Of Microdermabrasion For Your Skin?

 

Get a healthy glow

Skin microdermabrasion boosts circulation and blood flow to your skin. This means it receives more nutrients and oxygen, boosting elasticity and contributing to a radiant glow.

 

Boost cell renewal

Getting older means that cell renewal slows down, particularly in the skin. This can leave your complexion looking tired. Microdermabrasion boosts cell renewal and collagen production, leading to a younger-looking complexion.

 

Reduce the size of enlarged pores

Using microdermabrasion can clear blocked pores as well as reduce the size of enlarged pores. Even though pore size is largely hereditary, the size of your pores can be enlarged by factors such as inflammation and excessive oil production. By keeping the pores clean and dirt-free you can control oil production and shininess, as well as inflammation.

 

Smooth out the appearance of fine lines and creases

When your skin is not exfoliated well, dead skin cells can settle into the creases created by wrinkles, enhancing their appearance. By exfoliating the dead cells away, you can improve the appearance of wrinkles. 

It’s important to note that microdermabrasion will not address all skin concerns associated with ageing as it cannot tighten sagging skin. It works on the outer layer of your skin.

 

Improve product absorption

When your skin is healthy and in good condition, it absorbs more of your skincare products. Make the most of your investment in good skincare and take advantage of microdermabrasion benefits. 

 

Control acne breakouts

By controlling oil production, boosting circulation to the skin, refining and cleaning pores so they trap less dirt, microdermabrasion can help you to manage acne breakouts.

 

Improve the appearance of scars

expectation benefits of microdermabrasion bondi junctionMicrodermabrasion can improve the appearance of sun damage, acne and scars through exfoliation, to reveal a brighter and smoother complexion.

Microdermabrasion treatment only removes the top layer of skin, so if you have deeper scars you may want to discuss alternatives such as chemical peels or laser resurfacing with your aesthetician. 

 

Microdermabrasion is gentle on dry skin

Even dry skin needs exfoliation but many products may cause sensitivity. Microdermabrasion can help you to overcome this if you suffer from dry skin.

 

Microdermabrasion is convenient

Skin microdermabrasion is minimally invasive and generally comfortable when it is performed by an experienced and registered aesthetician. Patients do not have to worry about downtime or recovery and you will be able to return to your daily activities straight afterwards.

 

It can be customised for your skin type

You will need to go for regular treatments to realise the full benefits of this treatment. Your aesthetician will discuss the number of sessions you would need to have to address your skin concerns, and how frequently you should have them. 

You can also choose from a number of different packages that have been designed to accommodate different needs.

 

How Does Microdermabrasion Feel?

It is generally not necessary to have a local anaesthetic before a microdermabrasion treatment, however, you may find your skin feels a little sensitive afterwards. You may look a little flushed afterwards due to the removal of the skin layers and as a result of boosted circulation. Aloe vera and water are used to cool the skin and speed up skin renewal. You will be advised to use sunblock with a high sun protection factor or avoid the sun after your treatment as it will be photo-sensitive. 

 

What To Expect From The Procedure

Your procedure will begin with a double skin cleanse and scrub to get your skin ready for your microdermabrasion treatment. Depending on the package you choose, your treatment may also include steaming as well as a lymph drainage massage, face mask and recovery cream. Some packages may also include a chemical peel to maximise the benefits of the treatment. 

 

If you’d like to hear more about the benefits of microdermabrasion for your skin type, it’s best to make an appointment and speak to a professional. Please contact us for a confidential appointment: (02) 8599 7161.

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Should I Get A Nose Job? Understand These Criterias If You’re Qualified

A nose job or rhinoplasty surgery can be done to reshape or repair damage to the nose. There are certain eligibility criteria to be met if you are asking the question ‘should I get a nose job’. The best way to find out if you are a suitable candidate is to have a consultation and assessment with a suitably qualified and experienced plastic surgeon. Let’s take a look at some of the factors that might influence you having a nose job.

 

When Is A Rhinoplasty Effective?

There are certain conditions to be met, related to the physical appearance and functioning of the nose. A nose job can 

  • Correct breathing difficulties
  • Correct injuries or the effect of trauma to the nose
  • Correct a deviated septum
  • Open up the nasal passages (known as a septoplasty)
  • Treat damage done by an infection or cancer

A nose job can also be undertaken for cosmetic changes to the appearance of your nose, usually the size or shape of it. Patients may request to straighten their nose, address a bump, alter the bridge or bulb of the nose.

 

Should I Get A Nose Job?

Your surgeon will need you to meet some suitability criteria before you can be admitted for a nose job. Some of these include

 

You Must Be Over The Age Of 18

It is important that you wait until you are at least 18 because the bones of your face are still growing until that point, and a surgeon cannot operate if you are still growing. In the event that you are not over the age of 18 but insist on rhinoplasty, you will be referred for a psychological assessment and will need to wait out a three-month cooling-off period first.

 

You Must Be Healthy In Body And Mind

In order to have any surgery, your body needs to be strong and healthy so that you heal and recover quickly. You also need to have a strong mind and not be experiencing any kind of body dysmorphia as this can lead you to make decisions you might regret later on. You also need to be mentally prepared for the fact that the surgery might not turn out the way you want it to, and that you might need to have revisional surgery done.

 

You Must Be Prepared To Wait

While the actual surgery takes only an hour or two, depending on the complexity of your procedure, you should know from the outset that it can take up to a year for your nose to settle completely into its new size and shape.

 

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You Must Be Prepared To Deal With The Recovery

It takes a while for all the bruising and swelling to subside after a nose job and even though the worst of it will probably have calmed down seven to 10 days after your procedure, you may still have some puffiness and swelling around your nose and under-eye area for a few months.

 

You Should Not Be Allergic To Anaesthetic

In order to have rhinoplasty, you need to be sedated and so you should tolerate anaesthetic well without having an adverse reaction.

 

You Should Be A Non Smoker

Patients who smoke have an elevated chance of complications following nose jobs. You should have quit smoking for at least two weeks prior to your surgery and you should not smoke in the recovery period either.

 

You Should Not Be At Risk Of Medical Complications

If you are a bleeder or suffer from a chronic health condition or a medical condition that impedes your body’s ability to heal itself, a rhinoplasty would not be advised.

 

You Should Be Aware Of All The Possible Complications And Risks

Any kind of surgery carries some element of risk and a nose job is no different. Manage your own expectations by getting familiar with what could go wrong

  • Heavy bleeding can be expected
  • An infection at the surgical site that requires antibiotic treatment
  • Bruising and swelling at the incision site
  • Slow healing
  • Keloids (raised or visible scars). Even though most incisions are made inside the nose, you might end up with a more visible incision scar
  • Numbness in your nose or behind your front teeth
  • Impairment of your sense of smell
  • Dark skin under your eyes for up to six months
  • Narrowing of airways which can affect your breathing

 

So, Should You Get A Nose Job?

If you are unhappy with your nose and have rationally evaluated the pros and cons of the procedure, you should also

  • Be in general good health and be fit
  • Have a strong and healthy mind
  • Tell your medical practitioner about any and all medication you are taking
  • Be unhappy with the size and shape of your nose
  • Not have a chronic or unmanaged health condition
  • Not have a condition that interferes with your body’s healing ability
  • Be a non-smoker or in the process of quitting
  • Have the time and space to dedicate to full recovery
  • Be over the age of 18
  • Weigh up the risks and complications against the reward of the procedure
  • Have an idea of what your nose will look like after the procedure
  • Be comfortable with the cost of the procedure

 

If you have read this checklist above and are still asking yourself ‘should I get a nose job’, it’s probably time to make an appointment to chat to a professional. Please contact us for a convenient appointment: (02) 8599 7161.

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