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Breast Augmentation Mammaplasty On The Gold Coast
Jun 17, 2022

Breast Augmentation Mammaplasty on the Gold Coast

There are many different breast surgery procedures the Lotus Institute, on the Gold Coast can perform. Our goals are to give the patient the best possible advice and exceptional patient care. BAM A breast augmentation mammaplasty, or breast enlargement, is a surgical procedure designed to increase the size, shape or fullness of ...
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The 411 about your skin from A-Zinc!

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A-Z for the SKIN

The skin is our body’s largest organ, made of water, protein, fats, and minerals. The skin protects us from germs and regulates body temperature. Nerves in the skin help us feel sensation such as hot and cold sensitivities. The skin also supports our vitamin D stores.  

The skin is made up of two main layers:  The Epidermis &  The Dermisskincare

 The outer layer of the skin (epidermis) is mostly made up of flat, scale-like cells called squamous cells.  Under the squamous cells are round cells called basal cells.  The deepest part of the epidermis also contains melanocytes, cells that produce melanin gives the skin colour.

Regardless of our skin colour it is always important to have the appropriate sun protection such as SPF30 or higher . (Uberzinc by Synergie Skin is recommended with 21% Zinc Oxide with moisturising, healing, SPF & UVB protection)

Here at The Lotus Institute, we advise our clients and recommend products to help nourish, heal, moisturise, protect, hydrate, and exfoliate the skin. Our A-Z skin kit is one of our products recommended with the A, B, C serums, UltraCleanse cleanser and UberZinc for ultimate sun protection. This is a great sampler for patients who are new to Synergie but also makes for a terrific way to protect your skin while touring as the packaging is travel size.

It is always recommended we have regular skin checks with a qualified skin specialist to check for any sun damage, skin cancers or melanomas. It is a priority to attend to any skin issues due to sun exposure or other outside elements that may harm our skin. 

 

Skin in the Media

Recently Channel 7 aired a very important documentary called Skin Deep by Deborah Hutton. Deborah Hutton, media personality, who herself underwent skin cancer surgery to her face, talks about the importance of maintaining good skin health protecting the skin from the sun and UV exposure with simple steps such as wearing a hat and skin protection. Deborah Hutton talks with a diverse group of people, with different skin types to discuss their experience and journey, through exposure to the sun over the years, which attributed to their skin cancers. 

Skin cancers are not exclusive just to the older generation but also to younger Australians, where there has been a higher number of cases of melanomas in people from the ages of mid-twenties to mid-thirties in recent years. 

It is highly recommended to watch this documentary to learn more about the importance of your largest organ, the skin.  Please click on the link to watch this important documentary. 

Out of this documentary came the wonderful news, of a new hospital to be built in Melbourne for the further research, treatment, and study of melanomas. 

Skin Consultations 

At The Lotus Institute we provide skin consultations for our patients who have undergone facial procedures. During the skin consultation, we will recommend medical grade products to help aid in healing and scar management and continue to guide our patients through their post-operative period. We will also educate our patients on how to maintain good skin health.

Skin nutrition is also very important and a good diet high in antioxidants helps support the skin from the inside out.  Some of these antioxidants are:

  • Zinc
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Probiotics such as Yoghurt. Also fermented foods such as Sauerkraut, kimchi. 
  • Vitamin A

What we offer

The Lotus Institute performs many different skin and facial skin procedures. These include:

  • Skin Cancer Surgery
  • Face & Neck Lift Surgery
  • M.I.F.A.C.E
  • Ear Surgery
  • Upper and Lower Blepharoplasty
  • Lip Lift
  • Mini-Facelift

At the end of May we introduced into the Face & Neck lift surgery an inclusive package of the A-Z Skin Kit from Synergie, two IPL Laser, Light Rejuvenation or two Laser Genesis treatments.  

Post operatively we can arrange a complimentary Skin Analysis to determine readiness for a tailored skin care regime that compliments your surgical experience with The Lotus Institute.

The Synergie Skin A-Z Kits consist of:

  • Vitamin A- which stimulates collagen to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Vitamin B- that hydrates and is an award-winning formula with 13% niacinamide and increases skin immunity.
  • Vitamin C- that is a non-acidic formula ideal for sensitive skin, and boosted antioxidant protection, brightens uneven skin tone and is lightweight and fast absorbing. It also supports collagen production and reduces fine lines.

These magnificent serums along with UltraCleanse and the ultimate skin protector, Uberzinc are included in the A-Zinc kit to set you on the right path to maintain good skin health, skin clarity and help in the anti-ageing process. 

Contact Us

Your skincare is important to us, and we are here to help you look after your precious organ. To learn more about non-surgical and surgical procedures, of the Skin, at The Lotus Institute or to book your consultation with Dr. Peter Widdowson or Dr. Drew Cronin our Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons, please call us on (07) 55094488.

Blog written by: Executive Assistant Dallis Pavey

 

Surgical Consultations for regional, interstate and international patients

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Patients have many different reasons to travel to the Gold Coast for surgery.  They may choose, the Gold Coast, because of the reputation of our Doctors, Dr. Peter Widdowson and Dr. Drew Cronin here at The Lotus Institute, in Southport.

Also, a patient may have had a recommendation from family members or friends who have had surgery by one of our surgeons. 

No matter what the reason, we travel with you on this journey.  The Lotus Institute team are here for your pre- and post-operative appointments and answering your questions leading up to your surgery.

If you are unable to travel to your first consultation, we will arrange a phone /video consultation with your Doctor.  Once you have decided on a date for surgery, a face-to-face consultation will be necessary this is your pre op Consultation with the chosen surgeon. 

Your surgeon will decide at this consultation if you are ready to proceed to surgery. 

One of our Team will assist you with your pre op paperwork and pre-operative photos and will assist you with any questions you may have leading up to your surgery. 

If this pre-operative consultation cannot be done 3-4 weeks prior to surgery, another phone Consultation will be necessary, followed by a face-to-face Consultation 1-2 days prior to your surgery. 

In preparation for your consult, we do require that you send some photos through of the area/s of concern.  It may help that someone other than yourself take these photos.  The angles we require are front, both sides of the body, a ¾ view and a back view.

A referral from your GP is recommended to provide medical information, regarding your procedure and outline any detailed medical history.  This referral may include a list of your medications and, previous information of any surgical procedures you may have had in the past.

We will also ask you to fill out a patient detail form and sign an informed financial return these to us.

Regarding weight loss surgery patients, we may require your present weight, height and BMI before a consultation is made as our surgeons will be able to determine if you are a good candidate for surgery for e.g. Circumferential Lipectomy, Bilateral Breast Reduction, Abdominoplasty, Brachioplasty, Thighplasty procedures.  Should any patients not meet the criteria, our surgeons will advise the best course of action towards achieving your goals and outcomes. 

Your length of stay on the Gold Coast after your procedure will of course depend on the type of procedure/s and the individual’s healing process.  It is recommended you stay at least 7-10 days after your discharge from hospital for a procedure such as Breast Surgery. 

For Circumferential Lipectomy, your stay in hospital is around 7 days, and you would be required to stay on the Gold Coast for a minimum of 14 days post op. 

For Facial surgery, Abdominoplasty, Mummy Makeover, Thighplasty (Thigh lift), Brachioplasty (Arm Lift), these procedures require a 3-5 night stay and a minimum 10-14 days stay on the Gold Coast to ensure adequate healing time and for the opportunity for your surgeon to provide you with clearance before return home.. 

We have some recommendations for hotels or apartments for you to stay and highly recommend you have someone accompany you for support and transportation to and from your post operative appointments. 

If you have no support with you, there are services available separate to The Lotus Institute , that we can recommend for you. These services are an additional cost to you, however there are some services offered should your procedure be medical in nature that may be covered by your Private Health Fund, dependant on your level of cover. 

After any sedation or general anaesthetic, you will need assistance for travelling from the hospital to your accommodation and it is highly advisable you have someone stay with you overnight after your procedure. You will need a support person to accompany you to appointments within 24 to 48 hours post operatively to our rooms

We do hope this may answer some of your questions regarding travelling to The Lotus Institute on the Gold Coast for your surgical needs. 

Please call The Lotus Institute, in Southport, Gold Coast on (07) 55094488 to book your Consultation

The Lotus Institute Autumn Newsletter

AUTUMN NEWSLETTER

Welcome to our Autumn newsletter from the Lotus Institute,

 

There is no denying, it has been, a difficult couple of years for all. We are now trying to live with Covid and manage the best way we can and we praise the efforts of our medical teams and scientists and frontline workers for all their hard work and research into this virus and how to help us all live a normal life again.

At The Lotus Institute, our team would like to thank you, for your patience and understanding through these difficult times, when we have had, to cancel surgeries, change appointments, reschedule procedures and in some cases cancel all appointments for non-surgical procedures.

After difficult times, it is always wonderful to celebrate the different occasions that arise each year, such as Birthdays, Mothers day, Fathers day and Christmas. On the 14th of Feb 2022, we celebrated Valentines day with in-house specials and a few chocolate Hearts, were sprinkled around at Reception.

 

 

On Valentines Day, we also welcomed to the Lotus Institute, Georgia, our new Practice Manager. Georgia has come from a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Administration background and has been an experienced Practice Manager for a number of years. Georgia is leading the team in a positive direction and some wonderful changes are already happening at the Lotus Institute from her excellent leadership. 

 

 

 

We have also said good-bye to our Receptionist Val, who came back to us again after a year in Bali, to now finally retire. Val has been with The Lotus Institute for over 20 years and we wish her the very best, in her new endeavors, as one never really retires, but continues on their next adventure in life. We also say goodbye to Rebecca, our Marketing Executive and we thank her, for her time here at the Lotus Institute and wish her nothing but the best for the future.

Along with Georgia arriving at The Lotus Institute, we also welcome Bree, our new Receptionist.  Bree is working efficiently as a member of the team and helping our clients with their appointment schedules and all the duties that come with the front desk.

Our Doctors, Dr. Peter Widdowson and Dr. Drew Cronin, continue to be busy, with their consulting appointments and theatre lists and patients are attending their post-operative appointments for their  after  care with our wonderful Nursing Team, Bea, Cheryl, Jill and Gail.

We also have exciting news, with the launch, of our newly updated website and recommend a visit to the site, to see all the surgical and non-surgical procedures and frequently asked questions, answered. Please click on the link:  https://www.lotus-institute.com.au/

Also added to the website is our new App, The Podbean. The PodBean has the recent radio interviews, Dr. Drew Cronin has done on the Byron Bay community radio station and the 4CBH community radio station on the Gold Coast. Dr. Drew Cronin answers many Questions, regarding weight loss surgery, the difference between a Plastic and Cosmetic surgeon, and many other procedures that may interest you. It is definitely worth tuning into the Pod Bean.

Please click on the link: https://www.lotus-institute.com.au/team/dr-drew-cronin/

 

We hope you enjoy our Autumn Edition Newsletter and The Team look forward to welcoming you to The Lotus Institute. 

Medicare to support Medical Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) for women experiencing muscle separation post pregnancy.

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A WIN!

From the 1st July 2022 Medicare item number 30175 will be available for women that are experiencing muscle separation of the abdomen as a result of pregnancy (for a medical tummy tuck procedure.) There is criteria to meet as outlined by Medicare below:

 

The Criteria

As stated by Medicare: Radical abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), with repair of rectus diastasis, excision of skin and subcutaneous tissue, and transposition of umbilicus, not being a laparoscopic procedure, where the patient has an abdominal wall defect as a consequence of pregnancy, if:

(a) The patient:

(i) Has a diastasis of at least 3cm measured by diagnostic imaging prior to this service; and

(ii) has symptoms of at least moderate severity of pain or discomfort at the site of the diastasis in the abdominal wall during functional use and/or low back pain or urinary symptoms likely due to rectus diastasis that have been documented in the patient’s records by the practitioner providing this service; and

(iii) Has failed to respond to non-surgical conservative treatment including physiotherapy; and

(iv) Has not been pregnant in the last 12 months

 

Knowing if you are eligible

Once you have had a through examination and consultation with our plastic and reconstructive surgeons and they are satisfied you meet the eligibility for the 30175-item number (for tummy tuck), we can determine the best course of treatment for you, put together an accurate surgical plan and provide you with a precise quotation. This quotation will outline surgical fees and rebates from Medicare and Private health insurance (if applicable)

We recommend you seeing your GP should you feel, you may have some muscle separation and you are considering an abdominoplasty. Your GP can arrange an ultrasound prior to your consultation with us and provide you with a referral. This can assist you when seeing your chosen surgeon to gain the most out of your consultation.

 

Next Steps

Booking a consultation with Dr Peter Widdowson or Dr Drew Cronin

You can contact our front reception team on 0755094488, email us at lotus@lotus-institute.com.au or contact us via our social media page on Facebook or Instagram to schedule an appointment and to find out more.

This is a huge win for all (Medicare eligible) women in Australia, as previously this procedure (tummy tuck) was deemed cosmetic in nature. With the procedure having a medically attributed item number, it now means that the procedure is Medicare rebatable and that most (if not all) private health insurance companies (provided you have the right level of cover) will assist in covering some costs associated. The procedure will become more financially accessible in the private sector which we feel is fantastic news.

Celebrating Our Mothers

As is stated – Mother’s Day is a celebration honouring the mother of the family or individual, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on different days in many parts of the world, most commonly in the months of May and in other parts of the world in March.

It is a day for a mother to feel special and to share time with family. It is a day to celebrate the meaning of motherhood, honour the sacrifices and dedication of mums.

As mothers we do sometime forget about ourselves. We are always caring for others in the family, whether it be, our children, our parents, our partner and particularly making sure everything and everyone is on schedule with all their activities and the running of a home.

So, on Mother’s Day it is a time to reflect on you as a mother, woman and an individual. It is a time to feel special and thought of.

At The Lotus Institute we love to look after our Mum’s. We offer in-house specials and, for Mother’s Day we have a wonderful special – Synergie Skin – The Overnight Renewal Duo, with the newly formulated Reclaim.  It is known as ‘facelift in a jar’. Our Overnight Renewal Duo is priced at RRP $219.oo normally valued at $274.00.

Gift vouchers are available and please feel welcome to book a free Skin Consultation with us.  At your consult you will receive samples of our beautiful Synergie range, most suited to you including product knowledgeable and information into how best we can achieve ultimate skin health for you.

Please call The Lotus Institute on (07) 55094488 to book your Skin Consult and find out about our Mother’s Day Special and more. Peruse our website The Lotus Institute website: https://www.lotus-institute.com.au/.

 

PodBean Radio interviews: FAQ’s with Dr Drew Cronin – Byron Bay Radio & 4CBH Gold Coast

RADIO INTERVIEW WITH DR. CRONIN BYRON BAY RADIO and 4CBH COMMUNITY RADIOS

Introducing PodBean

We have a new app called Pod Bean on our Home Page of The Lotus Institute Website, which allows you listen to the interview with Dr. Drew Cronin on Byron Bay Community radio 99.9 FM and also on Gold Coast Community radio 4CBH on the Program Medical Matters by Dr Darryl Gregor.

Byron Bay and Northern NSW and the Gold Coast right up to the Sunshine Coast, have been in the news recently due to the terrible weather events and the flooding that has occurred, in this beautiful part of our Eastern Coastline.
As the flooding slowly starts to recede and the sun rises in the East shining down on our Communities, the International and Domestic travellers will return to the Coastal towns of Byron Bay, Northern Rivers and the Gold Coast and beyond.

A diverse cross section of people lives in these areas, including families, business and corporate people, celebrities such as the Hemsworth’s to name a few, especially in the popular coastal town of Byron Bay. Most importantly it is a community, and where our Chamber of Commerce member of this community, Phil Daly works on Bay FM 99.9 community radio in his segment Byron Business, People and Lifestyle.

Radio Interview

Recently, Dr. Drew Cronin was invited to talk to Phil Day, on Byron Bay 99.9 FM Community Radio, and on this segment, explained the importance of the difference between a Cosmetic Surgeon and a Plastic Surgeon. During the interview Dr Cronin also talked about weight loss surgery and body contouring.

People who lose a vast amount of weight have problems with their massive excess skin and folds in areas of the abdomen and other areas of their body. Dr. Cronin answers many of the questions that are asked about the procedures he performs, for eg: Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty), Thighplasty, Brachioplasty, breast lift (Mastopexy), Circumferential Lipectomy and Breast Reduction.

Dr Cronin also explains how one feels once they have lost all this weight and have these excess rolls of skin and how it makes them feel very self-conscious and unable to exercise and have problems with skin breakdown.
It is explained during the interview, how life changing it is for patients once they have had the weight loss surgery.

Dr. Cronin also talks on Radio regarding Skin cancers, particularly in coastal towns of Byron Bay and further up the coast to Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast where we have the best beaches but of course exposed to the harsh rays of the sun.

Please enjoy the interviews on our PodBean and many of your questions answered by our Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Drew Cronin, regarding many of the various procedures, such as Weight loss, Breast Surgery, Face Lift (Meloplasty) Neck Lift (Platysmoplasty), MIFACE , we offer at The Lotus Institute, Southport by Dr. Peter Widdowson (Director of The Lotus Institute) and Dr. Drew Cronin who are highly qualified Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons.

Click on the link to take you to PodBean :https://www.lotus-institute.com.au/team/dr-drew-cronin/ 

Common Body Lift Myths about Contouring Surgery: Busted!

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Body lift surgery after significant weight loss can be life-changing, especially if that weight loss has resulted in excessive skin, folds, and fat deposits. Here are some facts to consider before having body lift surgery: Realistic expectations are key – here are the most common body lift myths to consider before surgery.

Myth 1: Body lift surgery will make me look ten years younger

Truth: Every effort is made to restore the body back to the one that our patients’ once had. Our surgeons make the best recommendations based on a patient’s physical health, lifestyle and  also take into consideration expected surgical goals, expectations and outcomes., 

Myth 2: I will have no scars

Truth: Surgical intervention goes hand in hand with scarring. There are ways to assist scars through the post-operative healing phase. In addition, there are also treatment options available to maximise a good outcome for a scar, everybody heals differently! 

Myth 3: I’ll be able to wear all my favourite clothes right away

Truth: Give it time. Some of our patients’ favourite clothes might not fit immediately after surgery, there will be swelling. The new surgical contouring of the body, however, may mean that patients may not fit their clothes the way that they once did.

Myth 4: Exercise won’t help me with weight loss after body lift surgery

Truth: The list of bodily benefits from exercise is long. . Without exercise, patients’ will likely not lose the weight that they want to lose. With exercise, the results may be much faster.

Myth 5: I won’t have to diet after my body lift surgery

Truth:  Maintaining a healthy diet post-surgery will ensure our patients keep their bodies in its best possible state and look to safeguard surgery results.

Myth 6: I will be able to get right back to my usual activities after only a few weeks

Truth:  Patients are likely to have difficulties getting back to usual activities for a few weeks. Bruises, swelling and tenderness from surgery will require patients to take it easy and we encourage patients not to overexert themselves while in the early healing phases. The more that the body heals, the quicker patients will be able to regain momentum to return to normal daily activities. It takes time and patience to support the body after what is deemed a major and invasive operation.

Myth 7: I won’t have any type of pain following the body lift surgery

Truth: Following surgery, patients may experience muscular aches and pain along with some discomfort. This is to be expected post-surgery,  but, will dissipate quickly as patients recover

Conclusion

Body lift surgery is a very popular surgical procedure, it is designed to remove excess skin, redundant fat and tissue to contour various parts of the body. Typically, body lift patients are men and women who have experienced massive weight loss and desire removal of excess skin and tissue in order to feel confident in their own skin and regain a better quality of life. By learning about body lift myths, patients can make more of an informed decision about whether body lift surgery is right for them.

If you are interested in body lift surgery, make an appointment to see one of our Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons at The Lotus Institute.  We combine superior technologies with first-class care to achieve our goal of excellence in cosmetic, plastic and laser surgery. 

Abdominoplasty after Having Kids

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A woman’s body will go through many changes in one lifetime. The most life-changing and physically and emotionally transformative time of any woman’s life is during childbearing. It is a miracle and a joy. 

But there are things about the body that some may wish to keep the same. While it’s no easy feat for women to go through all the changes that happen to their bodies, there are plenty of solutions available these days to help them. 

This article will discuss how a woman can manage the changes and return or maintain the way they want their body to look. 

Here’s what you need to know about getting an abdominoplasty after having kids:

What is Abdominoplasty?

Abdominoplasty, or more commonly known as a “tummy tuck”, is a major surgery that tightens the muscles and removes the excess skin and fat of your abdomen. Many women find it difficult to get back to their pre-pregnancy shape and fitness after childbirth.  Even overcoming the lack of sleep and spare time in order to get back into serious exercise again, many women find that no matter what they do in the gym, their abdominal muscles and skin don’t retract back to their former place.

An abdominoplasty procedure can assist in this area by tightening the abdominal muscles and reducing the abdominal bulge, and removing the stubborn, stretched excess skin over the lower abdomen that is resistant to exercise. If considering abdominoplasty, it’s essential to be aware of your options and discuss the procedure with your surgeon. Make it a point to share your goals and preferences as well. This plays a role in your procedure.

There are several different types of abdominoplasty available out there. The two main types are the following:

Full Tummy Tuck

A full tummy tuck targets the area above the navel and below it. The procedure begins with a horizontal incision just above the pubic hairline, down in the bikini line. Depending on the amount of loose skin, the incision could be longer or shorter and have a different shape. 

During a tummy tuck, the loose skin and underlying fat is lifted off the abdominal muscles, and the muscles are repaired. The result is a tighter, smoother and flatter abdomen with no excess skin and removal of stretch marks underneath the navel.

Mini-Tummy Tuck

On the other hand, a mini-tummy tuck only targets the area below the navel. Since it is working on a relatively smaller area, the incision required will also be smaller. This procedure is recommended for women that have less loose skin and have a small belly.

Liposuction

In addition to a tummy tuck, patients can also opt to get liposuction. It’s a cosmetic procedure that can be done with or without a tummy tuck, whereby stubborn pockets of excess fat are removed by suction through a small incision.  It may be a good option for patients that have good quality, tight skin and pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise.

What to Expect?

It’s important to wait a minimum of 6 months after childbirth before considering abdominoplasty.  You need to get back to as close as your pre-baby weight as possible, and allow the abdominal muscles and skin retract back to their ‘new normal’ position.  The results of surgery performed earlier than this can be impaired if the tissues continue to relax after the operation.

Use this time between delivery and surgery to re-start exercising and be back in good physical health. Of course, it’s important to note that everyone’s body is different and that you should consult with your doctor thoroughly before proceeding with the procedure.

Most patients will remain in hospital for a few days after surgery, with drains placed under the skin and application of compression garments.  When your pain is well controlled with oral medications, you are comfortable mobilising small distances independently, and your wounds are healing well, you will be fine to go home.  Ensure that you have someone at home that can assist you for the first week or so, until you are back on your feet.

Conclusion

An abdominoplasty can be an excellent solution to loose skin and weakened muscles as a result of childbirth. Of course, it’s important to remember that this is major surgery. To maintain the results, it’s important to delay consideration of abdominoplasty until after you have finished having children. The procedure results may be undone if followed up by another pregnancy.

If you want to improve your body post-pregnancy and childbirth through a tummy tuck, we can help you. The Lotus Institute offers cosmetic, Plastic and laser surgery, as well as non-surgical treatments. You can trust our team of qualified and highly skilled surgeons, nurses, and staff to give you the best care possible. Contact us today to learn more about our services.

Anti-Ageing Secrets: 5 Benefits of a Face and Neck Lift

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Everyone experiences ageing. However, some people experience more changes than others. One of the most common signs of ageing is the loosening of the skin around the neck and face, producing a less youthful appearance.

There are many cosmetic procedures  available, including face and neck lift surgery, which can lessen the telltale signs of natural ageing. How can a face and neck lift be of benefit? 

1. Delays Early Signs of Ageing

In the later years, the skin may become loose. People are all too familiar with this problem as it becomes more visible with age progression. If a person  starts to experience this problem and it is becoming bothersome to them, a facelift might be a procedure worth pursuing.

During a face lift, the skin around the neck and face are tightened. Often surgeons use different techniques for the desired outcome for their patient. 

2. Provides Dramatic Results

A face and neck lift can offer dramatic results. The procedure will address the common problems of sagging skin. The process will also address stubborn fat deposits, wrinkles, and loose skin in the neck area.

The procedure works to tighten the skin around the neck and face,  looking to rewind the clock.

3. Boosts Confidence

Ageing can take a toll on a person’s self-confidence. A face and neck lift has the potential to provide a patient with a more refreshed and rejuvenated appearance. This can assist a person in revealing a more confident self. 

4. Short Recovery Period

The face and neck lift surgery is a common cosmetic procedure to undergo. The procedure is invasive however the recovery is tolerable with minimal down downtime and immediate results. This can all be dependant on the surgical technique used requiring longer or shorter recovery periods.. 

5. High Success Rate

Surgical face and neck lift surgeries can be a very successful procedure to undertake. Surgeons will look to determine if a patient is the right candidate and make recommendations for the desired outcome of the patient. A non-surgical approach in conjunction with a face and neck lift such as filler or antiwrinkle treatment can also look to be very complimentary. 

Conclusion

Sagging skin on the face and neck area can be addressed by a surgeon if determined a patient is the right candidate for the procedure, 

The Lotus Institute has highly experienced plastic and reconstructive surgeons in this field of cosmetic surgery. They are here to obtain the best results and outcomes possible for their patients. Our social media and website offer an array of before and after images for prospective patients to peruse. If you are interested in a face and neck lift or would like more information contact us to schedule an appointment today! 

6 Compelling Reasons to Choose Eyelid Surgery

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The eye area is often the first to age among our facial features. Ageing in this area can feature heavy bags, saggy eyelids, dark circles and more. While cosmetic products are made to address these signs of ageing, sometimes they are not enough.

Eyelid surgery has grown in popularity as a choice to address these signs of ageing. Below, we have compiled a list of reasons some people want to undergo eyelid surgery.

1. Greater Definition of the Eye Area

People in their 20s and 30s tend to have more clearly defined eyesocket areas. But as we age, the eyes tend to become ‘puffier’ and lack definition. This can be an issue for women in particular.

Eyelid surgery helps reverse this process and changes the contour of the eyelid, making the eye area appear more defined.

2. Bags under the Eyes

Fatty tissue in the area of the eye may become more prominent as we age. This tissue can be addressed by a small procedure called a lower blepharoplasty. A  small incision under the eyelid is made in the eyelid’s natural crease, scaring is well concealed this way and the excess tissue in the tear trough area is surgically removed. 

3. Dark Circles under the Eyes

Circular rings under and around the eyes can give an appearance of tiredness and often gauntness. These are common signs of ageing and are associated with losing fat under and around the eyes. The loss of fatty tissue under the eyes can be addressed with non-surgical components such as filler in the tear trough area along with the help of surgical options such as excess skin removal. 

4. Loss of Skin Elasticity

As the skin ages, it loses its elasticity. The skin around the eyes can often impair vision  Surgical removal of the excess skin can address this issue and make the eyes appear much more youthful.

5. Eyelid Asymmetry

It is not unusual for a person’s eyelids to be asymmetrical In most cases, this is an aesthetic issue and does not affect how the eyes function. However, if any asymmetry becomes more pronounced or vision becomes impaired eyelid surgery can be performed.

6. Feel Confident

Ageing can take a toll on a person’s self-confidence. Eyelid surgery can look to give a person a more refreshed and rejuvenated look. There are surgical and non-surgical options available or a combination of both. 

Conclusion

Eyelid surgery, upper or lower; is a relatively affordable procedure that can make a discrete impact on a person’s appearance, If not just for aesthetic reasons, eyelid surgery can be also life-changing for a patient who has had impaired vision due to excess eyelid skin.

If you are interested in lower or upper eyelid surgery in Queensland please contact The Lotus Institute.  We offer various surgical and cosmetic services, and we would be glad to help you in any way we can. Book an appointment with us to start your surgical journey.

How to Know if You Are a Candidate for Body Contouring

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The number of Australians undergoing body contouring procedures has continued to rise significantly over the past decade. Patient’s may seek surgery for a number of different reasons; they may have undergone massive weight loss and be encumbered with rolls of excess skin, struggled to ‘bounce back’ after pregnancy, or may just have stubborn pockets of difficult to shift weight.

There are a range of different body contouring procedures and adjuncts available to tailor for each patient’s unique concerns or body issues.  Common areas include:

  • Abdomen 
  • Arms 
  • Breasts
  • Thighs
  • Buttocks
  • Hips
  • Face
  • Neck

Our surgeons provide a comprehensive consultation with you prior to your body contouring procedure. This will allow you to discuss what results you hope to achieve and give you an idea about whether you are a good candidate for body contouring surgery.

The Ideal Candidate for Body Contouring

There are non-surgical and surgical body contouring options. However, patients with more significant concerns or skin laxity will likely require surgery in order to achieve their desired results.  Due to their nature, not everyone may be a candidate for such treatments.

Our surgeons will evaluate you and talk to you about your overall health in your consultation, but to  give you an idea if you are a potential candidate or not, here are four  indications that you might qualify for body contouring surgery:

Your Current Weight Is Close to Your Goal Weight

You should be at your goal weight before undergoing body contouring surgery. Body contouring is not a weight loss procedure, and is most effective in patients after they have reached a healthy goal weight, and maintained it for 3 months.  The final results are far superior, and the risk of surgical complications such as infection, seroma and wound breakdown are significantly lower.  Also, patients that lose further weight after having body contouring may find that they once again have loose, sagging skin.

You Have Excess Skin after Significantly Losing Weight

 When your body stores excess fat, your skin becomes stretched to accommodate it. Carrying that excess weight for many years before losing it again means that often skin has lost its elasticity, and sags lower on the body as the fat stores are deflated.   Patients may notice that they have stretch marks or striae on their skin, particularly in the areas in which they held most of their weight.  These are essentially scarred areas where the skin has stretched faster and further than it can tolerate, and connective scar tissue has grown in between adjacent areas of the skin.  Under a microscope, the skin of these patients will also exhibit numerous tiny areas of scar tissue, which has limited capacity to retract after massive weight loss.  Surgical removal of the excess skin is the only proven method of fixing the problem of skin laxity in these patients.

Your maintain good nutrition and overall health and fitness.

Body contouring procedures can be large, long procedures that require the surgical dissection and excision of large amounts of tissue, and leave long scars that need to heal.  Patients that have lost huge amounts of weight, particularly those that have so after undergoing bariatric surgery,  need to make sure that they are not deficient in the essential vitamins and nutrients required to recover and heal after such a surgery.  In the first two weeks post-operatively, patients will require higher than usual intake of iron, protein and calories to assist with their recovery.

You Are Not a Smoker

Smoking is one of the most significant risk factors for impaired wound healing, infection and delayed recovery.  Patients considering body contouring procedures need to have quit smoking, including nicotine replacement therapies, at least 6 weeks before their surgery, and need to maintain their abstinence from nicotine for at least 6 weeks post-operatively.  The risk of complications is so high in fact, that most surgeons would not offer body contouring procedures, particularly large procedures such as a body lift, to patients that are actively smoking.

How to Expect the Best Body Contouring Results

Before undergoing body contouring surgery, it’s important to set realistic expectations. You have to understand the following:

  • Communication is crucial between you and your plastic surgeon.
  • Body contouring is not intended to provide weight loss.
  • Some body contouring procedures take time to show their final results.
  • There are risks when undergoing body contouring surgery.
  • There are limitations to what body contouring surgery can do.

Conclusion

Body contouring is a procedure that aims to improve the shape of your body by removing unwanted areas of fat or skin through surgical means.  Your surgeon will be able to establish if you are a suitable candidate for body contouring surgery.

The Lotus Institute combines experienced and respected Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons with first-class care, providing our patients with the ultimate cosmetic, laser, and plastic surgery experience. You have done the hard work in losing the excess weight. Let us help you shed the excess skin through the power of body contouring. Schedule an appointment with us today!

4 Things to Do Before A Chemical Peel

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What is a Chemical Peel?

A chemical peel is a solution, applied to the skin, that removes the outer layer of cells for the skin to rejuvenate the surface of the skin. Chemical Peels can be very mild (fruit acid peels), to moderately deep (phonal peels), depending on this skin problem that needs treatment.

There’s nothing like a good chemical peel session to rejuvenate the skin and maintain your youthful beauty! Humankind may not have discovered the fountain of youth or developed a serum to reverse the signs of aging, but a chemical peel is pretty close to the aging solutions portrayed in films and television.

Chemical peels have been instrumental to the increased self-esteem, boosted confidence, and sheer happiness in many people’s lives. Through this restorative cosmetic procedure, you can improve your skin’s appearance, treating fine lines, sun damage, pigmentation, acne, and more.

The Process Behind the Magic

No one can deny that the results from these chemical peels may as well have been done with pure magic, but the procedure involves something a little less mystical. To improve your skin, a chemical peel works with the help of acids formulated in a powerful exfoliating solution to raise the skin’s acidity.

Once the skin’s pH has been raised, the cells forming the “glue” will loosen, removing the dead skin. The healthy skin underneath is revealed with the dead skin removed, giving that natural, youthful glow. 

Preparing for a Chemical Peel

A chemical peel is something to look forward to—you have another chance to bring out your natural beauty and look more youthful and radiant! Once you’ve set up your appointment with a skilled professional, you’re all good to go, right? Well, not exactly.

No matter the kind of peel you’re going to get, you must prepare your skin. Preparing your skin for the peel will have a smoother and more even surface, making it more receptive to acid penetration. Two weeks before your appointment, make sure to do the following:

1. Avoid Exfoliating

To avoid unwanted irritation and side effects, you must avoid exfoliating your skin at home at least one week before the peel. Since a chemical peel is a form of exfoliation, you may end up over-exfoliating your skin, leading to adverse results.

2. Keep Your Face Bare

Simply cleaning your face before the peel isn’t enough to keep it clean—you must also avoid using any makeup products so that your face is as clean as possible. Give your skin time to breathe; let it detox.

3. Stay Hydrated

While you should always ensure that your body is well hydrated, your skin must be well-hydrated on the day before your cosmetic procedure. Besides drinking water, make sure to avoid using any skincare products that could be drying.

4. Steer Clear of the Sun

In the weeks before the peel, treat the sun as your enemy. Of course, you need a healthy dose of vitamin D, but it can also damage your skin, which isn’t good if you’re getting a chemical peel. To ensure that the chemical peel responds well to your skin, avoid the sun as much as possible, wear sun protection, and apply a good layer of sunblock. 

Conclusion

Although a professional will be performing the cosmetic procedure on you, it doesn’t mean that all you have to do is wait for your appointment day to arrive. To get the best results, you must do your part in ensuring that you end up with healthier and more youthful skin after the procedure. With sufficient preparation and the best skin expert, you’re sure to look younger and healthier after the procedure!

If you’re thinking of getting a chemical peel to improve your skin, you’ve come to the right place! Here at The Lotus Institute, we combine superior technologies with first-class care to provide the best cosmetic procedures. Request a consultation today!

How IPL Can Help Make You Look More Youthful

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Often as you age, you can start to develop certain attributes that you haven’t had before due to the skins natural aging progression. Whether it’s sudden brown spots or wrinkles forming, it’s understandable if you start to feel a little insecure about your skin.

Visible signs of aging can be a tough pill to swallow for some, especially when they’re still in their youth, early on. It is possible for such features to develop on your skin even before you’re in your 40s. If you want to change up your appearance and seem more youthful, there are several cosmetic procedures that can help.

Intense pulsed light or IPL treatment is one that stands out. Known as a “photofacial”, this procedure ensures that your skin can produce collagen, which allows your overall skin texture and pigment to even out. Results can vary, but it can be extremely effective in giving you back that younger-looking face. Aging can be such a wonderful thing, but the signs do not have to be seen in your skin.

Here’s how IPL can help out:

Lighten Sunspots

Sunspots often appear on your face and upper body in the form of little brown spots. They are a lot larger and more prominent than freckles, standing out significantly from your own skin colour. This feature, which is a product of uneven hyperpigmentation, is mostly developed due to UV exposure and staying out in the sun for prolonged periods.

IPL treatment, which uses light beams, focuses on the skin cells of the sunspots when targeted. As that area is lit, the skin cells causing the dark pigmentation is attracted and destroyed. The sunspots should lighten as the body recovers any lost skin cells. The new and generated tissue may be enough to fully eliminate the brown spots scattered on the skin.

Smooth Out Fine Lines

Fine lines and wrinkles are some of the first signs of aging that can develop in the skin. This can also come as a result of sun exposure, but other factors like genetics, weather, facial expressions and more. How much collagen your body produces can also influence the appearance of lines.

Some often don’t like how deep-seated the lines appear to be, but IPL can help in softening and smoothing them out. IPL’s main effect is to improve the collagen production of your skin. Once it kicks starts your cells, the skin should start to repair and start to look a little more youthful than before.

Lessen Facial Redness

Facial redness can be a little unbecoming, especially if it’s the condition of certain areas of your skin all the time where you don’t blush when using makeup or in some cases have a condition called Rosacea which cannot be cured with any laser or light source, however, its appearance can be improved.

Redness on the skin is associated with aging as blood vessels often start to become more apparent as people get older. IPL helps in neutralizing the colour in the same way that it does with the sunspots. Breaking down those significant tissues should reduce how red your skin looks.

Conclusion

IPL can be rather helpful in tackling different signs of aging. After a procedure, you’ll be able to enjoy your youthful-looking skin. Don’t forget to properly take care of your face and body so as to keep sunspots, fine lines and redness at bay.

Interested in getting certain cosmetic procedures? The Lotus Institute in Australia uses superior technologies and first-class care to carry out cosmetic, plastic and laser surgery. Contact us today.

7 Unmistakable Benefits of Laser Genesis Skin Therapy

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Scars from acne and acne itself have a way of making your skin look a lot older than it is. Large pores and uneven texture also contribute to your skin woes, which is why you might be using a lot of skin care products in an effort to fight the signs of aging. Luckily, there’s a better solution to all of that.

Laser Genesis treatments are on the rise, and not just among celebrities. Unlike invasive procedures, Laser Genesis is a non-invasive treatment for those struggling against unsightly marks, wrinkles, or large pores. It’s even being used for acne scarring. Here’s why you should include it in your anti-aging routine today!

1. Reverse Sun Damage

Skin damage from the sun has been linked to numerous signs of aging, from wrinkling to large pores to a dull appearance. Laser Genesis treatments boost the production of new collagen and reduce the appearance of uneven pigmentation. By targeting the pigment in the skin and breaking it down, the lasers can help clear up the discolouration associated with scars. They also stimulate the production of elastin and keratin, which helps to smooth out your skin and make it appear younger.

2. Reduce Fine Lines and Wrinkles

Laser Genesis can help smooth out fine lines and wrinkles by promoting collagen production. By stimulating the body’s production of new collagen, the lasers can help to diminish the appearance of existing fine lines and wrinkles. The treatments also help to boost elastin production, which keeps skin firm and resilient. This provides an excellent solution for those who are looking for an alternative to invasive procedures.

3. Restore Moisture to the Skin

Due to the fact that it can help to promote collagen, elastin, and new skin cell production, Laser Genesis treatments can also help to restore moisture to your skin. This is perfect for those with oily or dull complexions, as it can help reduce the appearance of large pores and oily skin. Your skin will be smoother, softer, and will have a more youthful glow to it.

4. Improve Skin’s Complexion

When you’re struggling with acne scarring and other skin issues, it can take a toll on your self-image. Laser Genesis treatments help to improve your skin’s complexion and make you feel better about your appearance. The laser treatments will help smooth out texture issues, soften fine lines and wrinkles, and reduce discolouration. When you feel better about your skin, it’s easier to present yourself with confidence.

5. Reduce the Appearance of Acne Scars

Acne scars are another big problem for people struggling with acne. Laser Genesis can reduce the appearance of acne scars by targeting the dark pigment associated with acne and breaking it down. This reduces the appearance of the scar and restores the natural skin tone, providing a smoother and more even appearance.

6. Reduce Pore Size

If you have large pores, Laser Genesis can assist in the reduction of their appearance by up to 70%. The treatment boosts collagen production, which can help plump up the skin and fill in pores. This can help make your skin look smoother, younger, and more vibrant. Instead of only targeting the discolouration, the Laser Genesis treatments can get to the root of the problem.

7. Boost Skin’s Firmness

Laser Genesis works to boost the skin’s elasticity and firmness, which can help to add a youthful glow to your skin. Fewer wrinkles, brighter skin and a smoothed completion aids you in looking younger and in turn more confident in yourself and your skins’ appearance.

Conclusion

Laser Genesis is a popular treatment among celebrities, and it’s easy to see why. It’s a non-invasive treatment that can provide you with the same results as invasive procedures without the same cost, risk or (downtime). If you’re looking for an affordable alternative to invasive procedures, Laser Genesis is a safe and effective solution for your acne scarring and skin issues.

If you want to look and feel good again with your body, The Lotus Institute is here to help. As leaders in cosmetic, plastic, and laser skin surgery procedures, we provide personalised care throughout the procedure and even well into your recovery. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

How to Know if You are a Good Candidate for a Browlift

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People can enhance so many of their features. One of the more prominent parts of the face, like the brows, also has its own number of cosmetic procedures. Brow lifts, whether done surgically or non-surgically, can assist with improving the appearance of your face. Pairing it with other procedures like hairline reduction and eyelid surgery can bring forth a desirable result. 

However, just because the result is attractive doesn’t mean you should go through with the procedure immediately. There are several criteria that you need to review and assess before gaining a Plastic Surgeons approval to go through a brow lift. Here’s a guide to checking how good of a candidate you are for a brow lift:

Consider Your Age

Age isn’t the most important factor, but it’s best to start contemplating this aspect. Most brow lift candidates are usually in their 40s, 50s and 60s. While people in their 20s are 30s are also welcome to try the brow procedure, especially if they feel like their brows seem too heavy.

Worry lines in between the brows are often seen as signs of ageing, which is why they’re more likely to appear on an older person. However, such facial features can still exist due to a variety of reasons, such as genetics and frequent expressions. A low brow can appear as heavy eyelid skin, giving a tired look or even reduce vision.

Check Your Health

Any cosmetic procedure should involve an evaluation of your health, as certain treatments may cause unseemly effects if you have any underlying or preexisting medical conditions. Going through with a brow lift should make you feel and look better.

This step of understanding your health is imperative to people who regularly smoke and drink, alongside those who are going through pregnancy. It’s best to ensure your overall well-being above everything else before going through with the procedure.

Look at Your Skin Quality

Skin is one of the most important traits when it comes to figuring out whether you’re a good brow lift candidate or not. Having visible lines and sagginess in the brow area is usually because of less elasticity in our skin as we age.

Brow lifts remove the excess tissues that are causing the sagging, but it may not be a one and done solution depending on the problem areas you want to correct. Consult your Plastic Surgeon on how to best achieve the results you’re looking for while considering your current skin quality.

Seek More Information

The last thing about being a brow lift candidate is to be as informed and open-minded as possible during the consultation and actual procedure. Going into plastic surgery without no information as to what’s going to go on or the potential alternatives you could take wouldn’t be ideal.

Instead, do your research in advance. You may find different kinds of brow procedures that are less invasive that you would want to try out. Allow your cosmetic surgeon to educate you on the process and answer any queries about it.

Conclusion

A brow lift can be such a great way to ensure that your facial features are the exact way you want them to be, no matter what age you’re at. Learn if you’re a viable candidate for the treatment and look forward to making changes that’ll make you feel more confident.

Interested in cosmetic procedures? The Lotus Institute in Australia combines superior technologies with first-class care to provide cosmetic, plastic and laser surgery. Get in touch with us today!

Why Do Nipples Point Down After Breast Augmentation Surgery?

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Every woman’s body is different. And that includes how they recover after a surgical procedure such as breast augmentation.

Most Plastic Surgeons will tell you that the final surgical outcome of a breast augmentation will not be seen until several months post-operatively.  

Research has shown that there can be significant variability in the amount of swelling a woman experiences after breast augmentation surgery. Some women experience swelling that lasts for several weeks after the operation, sometimes making it difficult to wear clothes that cover their breasts. Other women do not experience as much swelling, allowing them to return to regular activities in the immediate postoperative period.

Now to help shed light on the common question, “What happens to the nipples after breast augmentation surgery?”, here are some of the things a woman should know.

Sensitivity

Unlike other areas of the breast, the nipple is particularly sensitive. This is because it has a high density of nerve endings that, after breast augmentation surgery, are stretched beyond their former limits. This may result in heightened sensitivity in the nipple. You may have feelings of irritation and discomfort, particularly when you apply pressure by wearing tight bras that pinch the nipples.

Retraction

It is also common to experience short-term nipple retraction for about 2-3 weeks. The nipples may flatten, retract, and become smaller than before. This is not a sign of delayed healing, but a response from the body to the trauma of surgery.

The nipples may retract at the beginning of the healing process but will return to their original size and appearance in a few weeks.

Size

Your upper chest and nipple size will increase considerably as a result of breast augmentation. Depending on the size of your implant, the diameter of your areolar may also stretch wider, although the size of the nipple itself will usually stay the same.

Position

In certain cases, the nipples may look and feel odd because of the position they are in after the operation. Patients that have tight skin in the lower half of their breast between their nipple and their breast fold, particularly if choosing a large implant, may have the implant ‘ride high’ for the first few months after their surgery.  As the nipple remains in its normal position, it may be located on the underside of the implant, and therefore point slightly down.

Over time, under the weight of the implant and with the effects of gravity, the lower breast skin will gradually stretch to accommodate the implant, and the ‘drop and fluff’ phase occurs.  As the implant sits in a new, lower position, the nipple will be on the most projected part of the implant and point forwards again.  This process can typically take up to 3 months.

Conclusion

Breast augmentation is a procedure that involves the placement of breast implants behind the breast to increase their size, projection, and give them a more attractive shape. As every woman’s body is different, every surgical recovery is unique and that includes the final outcome.

Considering breast augmentation in Queensland? The Lotus Institute combines first-class surgical and nursing care to achieve our goal of excellence in cosmetic, plastic and laser surgery. Let us help you achieve the results you want to see in your body. Schedule an appointment today!

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