FAQ

Does a breast reduction or lift mean my breasts will stay the same size for the rest of my life?
Mostly, as long as you stay the same size and weight, but not if you put on excessive amounts of weight. Also with the onset of menopause breasts can grow but this is usually associated with weight gain.

Can I drive my car with power steering straight after surgery?
No, handling a steering wheel, even with power steering, can put strain on the incisions. You should not drive for at least two weeks after surgery.

Will I need to wear a special type of bra?
You may need a surgical bra to support your breasts. Your doctor might instruct you to wear a bra day and night for the first four weeks. As the swelling goes down, the size and shape of your breasts will change, so it’s best to wait until your new breasts have settled before purchasing bras. The bra worn for the first month will be supplied by the nurses at your first postoperative visit.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Breast Enlargement” tab_id=”1433752277-2-66″][vc_column_text]How long can I expect to be off work?
For the average women doing non-strenuous clerical-type work, you should generally be able to return to work approximately five to seven days after surgery. If your job requires heavy lifting or similar strenuous activities it will be longer. This is something you must discuss with the doctor, since each woman and her situation is different.

How long will my stitches be in?
The stitches used are usually self-dissolving, and do not need to be removed. Occasionally sutures that do not dissolve are used and will need removal about 7-10 days after surgery. There can be loss of nipple feeling after this surgery.

How much sensation will be left in my nipples after surgery?
Sometimes this may be temporary loss of feeling which is transient. More infrequently a permanent degree of loss of feeling can occur. In most cases, however, normal sensation should gradually return over a six to twelve month period. It should be anticipated that there will be some patches of skin numbness, particularly on the inner and lower portions of the breast but these are normally temporary and will disappear after about six months.

Is this breast operation dangerous?
Any surgery carries some risk, however, surgeons doing breast implants in modern surgical facilities do not consider it dangerous. You should check your surgeon and anaesthetist’s skills and credentials as well as those of the surgical facility to ensure the minimum of risk possible.

Can breast implants cause cancer?
In the hundreds of thousands of cases where breast implants have been used, there have not been any reported cases where cancer was attributed to the implant.

Does the implant prevent breast feeding?
No, the implant is usually placed either between the breast gland and the pectoral muscle or under the muscle and does not interfere with the normal functioning of the milk ducts.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Breast Lift”][vc_column_text]How long can I expect to be off work?
For the average woman doing non-strenuous clerical-type work, it is generally around than one week after surgery before you may be able to return to work. For other types of jobs, however, which may require heavy lifting, it may be longer. This is something you must discuss with the doctor, since each woman is different.

How long will my stitches be in?
Stitches used are usually dissolving and these will not have to be removed. In the event that sutures need removal, this is done between seven to ten days after surgery.

How long will it take for the swelling to go down after surgery?
Although swelling is minimal after breast repositioning, there will be some puffiness. You can expect most of this to be gone after one month.

How long must I wear a special bra for after breast repositioning (mastopexy)?
For the first month after surgery, you must wear the non-stretchable bra, both day and night. This will be supplied by nurses at your first postoperative visit. You should remember, though, now that you have a breast of relatively normal volume, this will always require a good bra support to reduce the degree of sagging. Gravity over the years takes its toll, and any breast of reasonable volume will eventually show some degree of droop without good support; sometimes even with good support!

How is the size, shape and position determined?
This is discussed at the preoperative visit. The more information you give to your surgeon the more likely he is to achieve your objective.

How will I feel?
Naturally you may feel “woozy” as the anaesthetic wears off. You may feel some soreness, swelling or discomfort, but this is quite natural. You may also feel tired and exhausted after surgery, but this and the soreness is normal and will last only a short while.

How long will it be before I can start normal activities?
Following surgery, your surgeon will give you specific instructions regarding your participation in everyday activities, athletics and sexual relations. Generally it is one month before you can engage in normal sporting activities.

Will I be able to breast feed?
This depends on your potential before the operation and the style of operation you decide on after discussion with the doctor.

Will I have feeling in my breasts and nipples?
There may be reduced feeling right after surgery. With few exceptions, experience shows sensation in both areas will improve in a few months although there is a small risk of loss of sensation.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Body Contouring”][vc_column_text]How much scarring can I expect?
This procedure has been such an advance in surgery because it can alter the body contour significantly with minimal scarring. Generally there is one incision approximately 1cm long for each area treated. Given time the scars will fade and as far as possible the tiny skin incisions are placed as far as possible in the natural body areas.

Are the results permanent?
The effects of Liposuction are permanent. This procedure sculptures away the number of fat cells from a particular region and the remaining fat cells do not multiply to take their place. Consequently once the operation has been performed to change the body shape the proportion remains the same even if there is weight gain subsequently.

Gaining weight however after surgery may adversely affect the result. If you do gain weight; you’ll tend to gain it more uniformly and not just at the former bulges.

How long will the bruising last?
The bruising usually starts to settle after a week and is fading well by two weeks. It may, however, take six weeks for all the bruising to resolve. When the figure fault is sculptured away, the fullness in the area is temporarily replaced by swelling which resolves slowly. It is understandable therefore that the patient may underestimate the improvement in the first few weeks and wonder if the operation has been successful. Individuals vary greatly, but the average healing time for skin and soft tissue is about 3 months, with subtle improvements occuring over 6-12 months.

Will there be much pain?
The amount of pain felt varies from individual to individual, depending on one’s pain threshold. Generally, areas treated with Liposuction are tender to pressure but there is usually no excruciating pain when resting in bed.

There may be a feeling of stiffness when moving about but most of the pain subsides after a few days. It is not a particularly painful operation as the muscles are not disturbed except when suction is performed on large areas of the abdomen. It is then sometimes painful to sit up for the first few days.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Tummy Tuck”][vc_column_text]How much pain will I experience?
There will be some bruising and a moderate amount of pain from sore muscles (similar to that of a caesarean). It can take seven to ten days to gain full mobility because of the tightness and pain.

How long will it take to recover?
Usually between two and three weeks is required off work, with the first couple of days spent in a semi-sitting position in hospital to take tension off the cut. Strenuous activities, such as gym work or heavy lifting, are out for at least six weeks.

I have a fat stomach. Do I need a liposuction or a tummy tuck?
Liposuction will only help localised fat deposits in cases where not too much extra skin is present, and skin is elastic enough to contract. A tummy tuck is more suitable if the abdominal wall has stretched, leaving a loose fold of excess skin and fat, plus some muscle weakness associated with a potbelly. Your surgeon will advise which procedure, or a combination of the two, will produce optimum results.

Will I be left with a very obvious scar on my tummy?
The scar is low down on the abdomen, it can generally, but not always, be hidden by underwear or a swimming costume. Sometimes large scars appear to worsen within the first six months of healing, and may take nine to twelve months to become flatter and normal in colour. Some patients heal with raised, red scars (sometimes called keloid scars) and these will take longer to settle. Sometimes several years.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Eyelid Surgery” tab_id=”eyelid-surgery”][vc_column_text]Is it paintul?
We all fear pain and have different thresholds at which we perceive pain. Your eyelids may feel tight and stinging as the anaesthesia wears off, but any associated pain is usually mild and should easily be relieved by mild analgesics.

What is the recovery time?
Bruising and swelling varies from person to person-it is maximum in the first three days and usually settles over seven to fourteen days. Healing is a gradual process and your scars may remain slightly pink for six months or more. Scars vary greatly from person to person, but all go through an initial red itchy stage via a pink nodular to a leathery stage at about six to eight weeks, before fading to a thin nearly invisible white line.

How long will the new look last?
The positive results of your eyelid surgery-the more alert and youthful look-will last for years. Your eyes will look fresh and with a smoother improved eyelid contour-ladies will be able to better highlight their eyes with makeup.

Will everyone know I have had my eyelids done?
It is usual to feel apprehensive about undergoing a surgical procedure to improve appearance. The usual dilemma is that on the one hand you want to recapture youth and look great, but on the other hand you do not want people to think that you have had surgery to achieve it, fearing that you are vain. The real situation is that in our society we are all vain and care about how we look-our hair styles, clothes etc. The vast majority of people are not discerning and surprisingly they will not notice even quite marked changes to facial appearance.

When should I have one and how long will it last?
There is no specific age that is best for eyelid surgery-we all age differently according to individual genetics and environmental influences-sun exposure, skin care and smoking. In my experience the more youthful look is maintained when eyelid surgery is performed on the younger patient whereas in the older patient whilst perhaps a more dramatic change is noted, deep furrows and wrinkles have already made their permanent mark and need to be accepted as they cannot be totally eradicated by surgery.

The best candidates for eyelid surgery are men and women who are physically healthy, psychologically stable and realistic about their expectations. Most are in their mid-thirties or older, but if droopy, baggy eyelids run in your family you may decide to have eyelid surgery at a younger age.

How long will my new look last?
On average you can expect from six to ten years of improvement. Unfortunately the ageing process is relentless and after a period of years you will again develop ageing facial features including a recurrence of inelastic skin around the eyelids and perhaps weakened eyelid muscles-whilst usually only a minor recurrence, further improvement can be obtained by a redo of your eyelid surgery or other associated surgery such as brow lift.

Another misconception is that you may age faster once you have had eyelid surgery-this is not true and although ageing continues post surgery, it is not at an increased rate.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Facelift” tab_id=”facelift”][vc_column_text]What can I expect to look like?
If you stand in front of a mirror and lightly pull the skin up and back in the temples and in front of the ears, you will get an indication of what a facelift will achieve. The aim is a harmonious well-rested fresh look from forehead to neck whilst maintaining normal facial expression. A facelift and ancillary procedures will achieve this but not all wrinkles, furrows and folds will disappear – especially if they have been longstanding and permanent skin damage has occurred over the years.

How much bruising can I expect?
The amount of swelling and bruising varies and is maximum in the first 3-4 days and gradually settles over the next 2-3 weeks with the blue to yellow skin staining of bruising settling in this time. Make-up is a marvellous invention and this coupled with the fact that your stitches are inconspicuously placed within your hairline and about your ears (usually easily covered with hair) will allow you to venture out usually within two to three weeks post surgery – your sutures (stitches) are all out in this time frame.

How long will it take to recover?
Although you will look presentable 2-3 weeks after surgery, an average healing time for skin and soft tissue is about three months. During this time your scars will go through the usual healing processes – initially appearing red and itchy, then red and lumpy, pale and lumpy, leathery and then soften to normal skin colour and texture. Individuals vary greatly in this time frame but generally improvements in results occur in a subtle way over 6-12 months.

At what age should I consider having a facelift?
There is no ‘best’ time in terms of age. It depends on a number of factors such as quality of skin and the nature of the problem. People often think they need a facelift, when in fact ancillary procedures, such as browlift, eyelid surgery or skin resurfacing, may be more appropriate.

How many years younger will I look after my facelift?
A facelift doesn’t necessarily make you look younger, it makes you look better for your age. The idea is not to look too different, but rejuvenated. Although your face will age again, you always maintain the benefit of having had the procedure performed.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Browlift” tab_id=”browlift”][vc_column_text]How much pain will I experience?
The foreheadplasty operation is usually not excessively painful and mild to moderate pain relieving medication is all that is necessary. If extreme pain is felt after the operation, it may be due to bleeding under the forehead skin. This should be reported to your surgeon. Headache can be experienced post operatively. This headache rarely lasts more than 24 hours.

It is quite common for some numbness or itchiness to be present on the forehead and scalp following surgery. This could take some weeks to months for this to settle.

When can I return to work?
Most patients are able to return to work after 7-10 days.

When should I have Foreheadplasty and how long will it last?
There is no specific age that is best for forehead surgery. We all age differently according to our individual genetic makeup and the environmental influences of sun exposure, skin care and smoking. In my experience, the more youthful look is maintained when foreheadplasty is performed on the younger patient. In the older patient where perhaps a more dramatic change is noted, deep furrows and wrinkles have already made their permanent mark and need to be accepted as they cannot totally be eradicated by surgery.

The best candidates for forehead surgery are women and men who are physically healthy, psychologically stable and realistic about their expectations. Although there are many factors determining the overall individual result, on average you can expect six to ten years of improvement. Unfortunately, the ageing process is relentless. After a period of years you will again develop ageing forehead features with recurrence of some of the problems that you were concerned with at the initial consultation. Further improvement may be obtained by a redo of your foreheadplasty operation.

How long does the bruising and swelling last?
Bruising and swelling usually reach their ‘peak’ within the first 72 hours, gradually settling over the next few weeks. Bruising may drain downwards into the upper eyelids, lasting for the following 10 days. Residual swelling however, may be present for up to 6 weeks.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Nose Reshaping” tab_id=”nose-reshaping”][vc_column_text]How much pain will there be?
We all have different thresholds at which we perceive pain, and some discomfort will be experienced with nose surgery. However, it is usually only mild to moderate and should be relieved by analgesics. Cold packs placed on the eyes and sitting in an upright position will also help minimise pain.

Will there be any scarring?
A “trade off’ of any surgery is some scarring. The quality and the appearance of scars varies widely with the individual’s healing process, the position of the scar on the nose, and the degree of stretching placed on the scar.

The rhinoplasty operation can be done entirely through small incisions inside the nose, or by adding an incision across or at the base of the nostrils.

Although your surgeon will use his expertise and experience to hide and minimise any scarring, wth some operations the scar, however small, will always be visible and with some areas of the body there is an unpredictable healing response of the scar.

Scars are always visible, they always take time to mature and the degree and quality of a scar can never be guaranteed.

Are there any side effects?

It is important that you are aware of some of the more common side effects that can accompany rhinoplast surgery, including bleeding, swelling and bruising, skin problems and headaches.

What is the likelihood of complications?
Although infrequent and unexpected, possible complications can occur, including infection, bleeding from nasal vessels, nasal obstruction, decreased sense of smell, dark circles under the eyes and allergic conditions.

Despite your surgeon’s best efforts and the best surgical care, medical literature recognises that complications do occasionally occur, despite optimal care and patient co-operation. It is most important that you take time to thoroughly read the additional information which will be provided to you about this procedure. You should also discuss with your surgeon any concerns you may have about the risks and possible side effects, including your expectations and what can and cannot be achieved.

When can I return to work?
Cosmetic surgery is real surgery and you can not expect to have nose surgery and look and feel your best overnight, as the healing process takes time.

The amount of bruising and swelling varies, but normally there will be some noticeable bruising and swelling around the eyes and cheeks for up to a fortnight. A splint will be placed on the nose for approximately eight days. You wil be up and about in a couple of days and most patients return to work in a week or two. There will be some residual swelling which will not be noticeable to others and usually takes six months or more to subside. Our beauty therapist is available to help you to look as good as possible during the early post-operative period.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Ear Surgery” tab_id=”ear-surgery”][vc_column_text]How much pain is there?
There is always some pain in the ears after surgery. This is usually of a throbbing nature similar to an infected or traumatised finger. If there has been a general anaesthetic the soreness is usually felt soon after you wake. However, if a local anaesthetic has been used, there will be no soreness for approximately 4 to 6 hours.

During the 8 days the bandages are on it will be a little difficult to hear normal conversation as the yellow wool dressings do go into the opening of the ear canal.

The pain and soreness usually settles in approximately 48 hours. After that time itching under the bandages is common.

How long is recovery?
We recommend wearing a bandage loosely over the ears at night for the first week after the dressings have been removed as this will help prevent any problems with rolling over and accidentally “flipping” out the new ear position.

It will be noticed that the ears are a little swollen and a little bruised even after the bandages are removed at eight days. This bruising usually settles quickly within 48 hours if it is present but the swelling can take several weeks to fully settle. It will also be noticed that the ears are quite tender if bumped and that the rim of the ear is numb. This will begin to settle after four to six weeks but will not fully settle for twelve to sixteen weeks following surgery. This is a normal consequence of the ear setback operation.

When can I exercise again?
It is also advised that any contact sport be avoided for one month although non-contact sports can be engaged in approximately three weeks after surgery.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Skin Resurfacing” tab_id=”skin-resurfacing”][vc_column_text]What conditions can be treated?
Changes associated with ageing and sun exposure (photoaging) such as; fine lines, wrinkles, rough blotchy appearance of skin, and deepening of expression lines are all suitable for treatment with the carbon dioxide laser or chemical peeling. These effects are not only accelerated by sun exposure but also by smoking, alcohol and pollution. Other conditions that can be treated include acne scars, chicken pox scars, irregular surgical scars, pigmented lesions and moles.

What areas can be treated?
The most commonly treated areas are around the eyelids, mouth, forehead and cheeks.

When can I return to work?
Approximately two weeks is the usual length of time off work for most facial areas but makeup will be necessary when returning to work to reduce the visible redness of the skin once it is healed.

Will there be any scarring?
A ‘trade off’ for any laser resurfacing is the possibility of some scarring. However, any scarring is usually the result of delayed healing, as with infection. The incidence of scarring following laser resurfacing is very low.

Although your surgeon will use his expertise and experience to minimise any scarring, with some patients scarring may occur. It can be either flat or lumpy, the area involved is usually very small and superficial and any scarring will usually resolve with time and other treatment.

In spite of the precision of the laser and modern chemical peel formula and the care taken by the surgeon, scarring may still occur on very infrequent occassions even when skin healing has been normal.

Are there any side effects?
It is important that you are aware of some of the more common side effects that can accompany skin resurfacing, including residual lines, infection, severe itching, prolonged redness, hyperpigmentation or depigmentation (loss of skin colour) and noticeable pores.

Although thousands of resufacing procedures have been performed, it is important that you take time to thoroughly read the additional information which will be provided to you about this procedure.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Chemical Peel” tab_id=”chemical-peel”][vc_column_text]How much time will I miss from work?
Most people take 5-7 days to heal from an average chemical peel. During the healing process there is no pain, but the skin looks as if it has had severe sunburn. Therefore, most patients choose to stay home during this healing time.

How soon can I resume my normal outdoor activities?
Anyone who has had a chemical peel is more sensitive to sunlight for at least six to eight weeks after their peel.During this time it is very important to protect the new skin with sunscreens, hats and the avoidance of strong sunlight.

Can chemical peels be performed on other areas of the body besides the face?
Most people have similar ageing and sun damage changes on the neck, chest and hands as are present on the face. Fortunately, chemical peels can be performed successfully on these other non-facial areas as well.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Skin Care & Beauty” tab_id=”skin-care-beauty”][vc_column_text]Do I need to use a 30+ sunscreen in winter?
Yes. Even in winter, particularly in our harsh Queensland climate, just 10 minutes of unprotected sun exposure can cause permanent sun damage. People can receive sunburn from water, sand and snow reflection.

Can I reduce facial lines and improve sun-damaged skin?
There are certain pro-active measures you can take to minimise sun-damaged skin.

As most damage is caused to the surface layers of the skin, facial peels can remove some of the dead skin layers to expose the underlying skin and give the skin a more youthful appearance.

Obviously everyone’s skin is different, with varying degrees of sun damage, so a personalised approach is needed. A gentle lactic peel is simple and effective with no recovery time needed.

For a more intensive treatment the Lotus Institute recommends a non-toxic chemical peel to penetrate the deeper layers of the skin – again the depth will depend on the individual requirements. The skin can take between four and seven days to recover from this type of treatment. With all peels no sun exposure or little makeup is recommended during the recovery process to help achieve optimum results.

The Lotus Institute also suggests preparing the skin with a four to six-week regime using products that contain glycolic acid and retina A prior to the treatment – again an individual skin analysis will determine the most suitable products. Home care products and ongoing monthly treatments will provide a more youthful appearance.

Do I apply a sunscreen before my daily moisturiser?
A moisturiser should be used before the sunscreen allowing about 5 to 10 minutes for the cream to be absorbed before using the sunscreen.

What causes the most damage to the facial skin?
Many factors can affect the condition of the skin, the most damaging being smoking and the sun (particularly during summer). Other factors include excessive stress and alcohol, poor diet, pollution and air conditioning. It’s therefore important to stop smoking, protect our skin with adequate sunscreen, use a good skin care range with antioxidants, have a balanced diet and drink plenty of water.

How do I know what skin care products I should be using?
The Lotus Institute offers complimentary skin consultations with qualified beauty therapists to ensure you are using a regime best suited to your skin type. Age is not indicative of the products or ranges you should use.

Do men need a specific skin care routine?
Unlike women, men receive regular skin exfoliation through shaving. There are certainly products and treatments that are recommended to improve men’s skin.