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Most people think of going under the knife when they hear a mention of ‘cosmetic surgery.’ However, while some desired changes require an invasive procedure, such as breast augmentation or liposuction, some cosmetic procedures don’t.
Non-surgical treatments are growing in popularity because they are often minimally invasive, don’t require anesthesia, and can usually be done in the clinic. Treatments like fillers, relaxants, and laser procedures can be done in a matter of minutes, with little pain and no downtime at all!
Here are some of the many benefits of this type of cosmetic procedure:
Recovery from a non-surgical procedure is much faster than recovery from surgery. In many cases, people can return to work, go out to dinner, or engage in other activities the same day or the next day. This is because non-surgical procedures are often performed in the clinic without anesthesia.
Those considering a non-surgical cosmetic procedure may be tempted to save money by finding a less experienced technician or a less reputable clinic. While this may be tempting, the buyer should beware.
Non-surgical treatments are rising in popularity because they are often minimally invasive, quick, and effective. However, many less scrupulous businesses will provide sub-standard service or charge more than they should.
The length of a non-surgical cosmetic procedure is often much shorter because the operations are usually measured in minutes instead of hours or days.
Usually, non-surgical procedures can be done in the clinic, with little preparation and downtime. Therefore, people need only a couple of hours off work to complete the process.
Treatments which require surgery and anesthesia can often be costly. Anesthesia alone can cost several thousand dollars! Moreover, surgeons’ fees can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars.
In contrast, non-surgical treatments are often far more affordable, albeit with a higher price tag than other, less invasive treatments. Non-surgical cosmetic procedures do not use anesthesia and can usually be done in a doctor’s office, eliminating the need for hospitalisation or overnight stays during the recovery period.
Non-surgical treatments are often better in the long run than surgical procedures. This is because the results from non-surgical procedures are often more natural and can be customised to the client.
In addition to this, many non-surgical procedures can be done numerous times to achieve the client’s desired results. For example, laser skin resurfacing can be done several times to even out skin tones, tighten pores, and bring about a glow.
Non-surgical cosmetic procedures are becoming more and more common because many people find them a viable, less invasive alternative to surgery. However, be sure to do your research when seeking out a professional to perform a non-surgical treatment, and have realistic expectations regarding the outcome of your procedure.
If you want to enhance your beauty with non-surgical cosmetic procedures, spoil yourself at The Lotus Institute! We offer a comprehensive range of cutting edge non-surgical anti-ageing options so that you can achieve your desired results. Book an appointment today!
People strive to achieve the ultimate skincare routine, one that can slow down the effect of time on their appearance. But everyone goes through the natural course of aging, which can reflect on the skin as it loses elasticity, brightness, and muscle tone, primarily on the neck and face.
Some can experience premature aging due to environmental factors, stress, and a poor lifestyle, making one look and feel older than their true age. Other factors that can speed up your skin’s aging process includes the following:
If you’re one of those people who want to maintain your youthful glow, then some of the most effective ways to preserve the smoothness and suppleness of your appearance are to undergo a Minimally Invasive Face and Cervical Elevation (MIFACE).
A MIFACE is a type of facelift developed by The Lotus Institute’s leading plastic surgeon Dr. Peter Widdowson, which aims to tighten the facial skin, reduce the visible signs of aging, and iron out unwanted wrinkles.
One of the biggest problems of skin aging is the lost elasticity and muscle tone in your face and neck; that’s why MIFACE is not your ordinary cosmetic surgery since it’s designed to restore the tightness of your muscles and pulling sagging skin all in one surgical procedure.
1. Remove Double Chin
Not all signs of aging appear as wrinkles, dark spots, or fine lines—some can find insecurity in their double chin, which isn’t restricted to weight gain. A double chin can also appear when the neck sags, so the folds can often look frustrating for many clients. MIFACE can help tighten the skin around your neck and remove the excess skin, allowing you to exposure your neck with greater boldness in your natural beauty.
2. Reduce Deep Wrinkles
Wrinkles often occur due to a lack of collagen production as we age, but MIFACE can turn back the clock by removing the fine lines that form between the nose and mouth, along with the deep wrinkles surrounding the mouth and chin. The best part? You can address the sagginess discretely since MIFACE is a facelift procedure that leaves no visible scarring.
With that in mind, MIFACE strives to deliver natural-looking results so you can become more confident in your unique beauty. While it won’t completely alter your appearance or bring back your youth, MIFACE can still do wonders in reinvigorating your look so you can gain back your self-esteem!
A MIFACE procedure can also be combined with other facial rejuvenation procedures such as blepharoplasty (upper and/or lower eyelid tuck) lip lift of Co2 laser (to rejuvenate the skin surface).
If you’re thinking of getting a MIFACE, head over to The Lotus Institute. The Lotus Institute combines premium technologies with first-class care, helping us achieve our goal of excellence in plastic, laser, and cosmetic surgery.
Our team of qualified plastic surgeons has extensive experience in cosmetic surgery, ensuring that you reach your aesthetic goals. Book an appointment with us today!
As people age, their skin naturally loses its elasticity, leading to drooping or ‘ptosis’. This is particularly noticeable on the face. The elasticity of the skin of the eyelids is typically lost first, which results in an older and more tired look. If you are disturbed by drooping eyelids, bags, or dark circles beneath your eyes, eyelid surgery might be an option for you.
Blepharoplasty, otherwise known as eyelid surgery, is a surgical procedure that removes drooping skin from the upper eyelids and bulging bags underneath the eyes. The results ca be significant, patients can look younger, more alert and rejuvenated. It can also help those with impaired vision owing to loose skin obscuring their view.
Blepharoplasty does not remove fine lines and wrinkles of the forehead, or lift sagging brows. These issues can be addressed with brow lift procedures, skin resurfacing and other cosmetic procedures.
Blepharoplasty is performed under general anaesthesia or local anaesthetic with sedation, depending on the patient’s specific condition and needs. The upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both may be operated on in the one procedure.
Upper eyelid surgery involves an incision being made along the natural crease in the eyelid to remove excess fat and skin, and tighten the muscle that contributes to a tired or weary appearance. Lower eyelid surgery usually involves making an incision directly under the lower eyelashes, within the lower eyelid to remove excess fat and tighten sagging skin.
Eyelid procedures typically take between one and two hours to perform, depending on the degree of the repair required, the surgical method employed and other considerations.
Eyelid surgery can be combined with other cosmetic treatments such as a facelift, neck lift and brow lift safely.
All surgical treatments include risks and the possibility of complications. Risks and consequences of blepharoplasty include bleeding, trouble shutting the eyelids, double or fuzzy vision, edema and temporary asymmetry.
To achieve a positive outcome, it is critical – and we cannot emphasise this enough – to consult with an experienced and board-certified plastic surgeon to guide you through the process and provide you with a smooth operation.
As long as you’re in excellent health and without any eye-related medical issues like chronic dry eye and glaucoma, you’re considered a suitable candidate for blepharoplasty. Most people who opt for this procedure are over 35, although you may have it sooner, especially if your family genetics gives you naturally baggy or drooping eyelids.
You may have other underlying conditions that would preclude you from the procedure. This is why it’s essential to schedule a consultation should you desire to have eyelid surgery done.
Eyelid surgery gives the eyes a more rejuvenated and youthful appearance. Post operative patient satisfaction levels are typically very high. Scars are well concealed in the natural fold of the eyelids, making them extremely difficult to see.
The effects of blepharoplasty should continue for 10-15 years or more, but it is important to remember that while procedures like blepharoplasty can ‘wind back the clock’, they don’t turn it off.
Blepharoplasty is an extremely effective procedure for patients burdened with excess, sagging skin of the eyelids. For those with visual disturbance from this excess skin, Blepharoplasty can be covered by medicare and private health insurance.
Are you considering upper or lower eyelid surgery? We can help! The Lotus Institute in Southport provides excellent cosmetic, plastic and laser surgery with the help of their experienced specialist Plastic & Reconstructive surgeons and experienced and caring nursing staff. Contact us today!
Aging results from smoking, poor diet, sun exposure and hereditary traits, which become more evident as the years pass. Moreover, your skin won’t produce new cells as fast as before (as you age). As a result, your skin becomes less elastic and more prone to dryness.
This blog lists several proven natural beauty tips and anti-ageing skin treatments for beautiful skin later in life. Here are some of them:
Using products with at least seven per cent zinc oxide and an SPF 30 or higher will help protect you against the sun’s harmful ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. You should also reapply sunscreen every two hours when you’re outside and exposed to sun rays. Sun damage can cause significant changes to your skin, such as fine wrinkles and uneven skin tone.
Smoking produces harmful effects on your skin and entire well-being. Moreover, it prematurely ages your skin, making you look older than you are.
When your body receives proper nutrition from a good diet, it helps your body repair skin. In addition, making sure that you drink the recommended amount of water daily helps hydrate the skin from the inside out.
In addition to using sunscreen, you should also stay out of the sun when it’s at its strongest, which is between ten in the morning and two in the afternoon. If you need to step outside, be sure to wear long-sleeved shirts, pants, protective hats and sunglasses. Sun damage can materialise as freckles, age spots and blotchy complexions.
If your skin is showing signs of premature aging, here are some treatments you can have to address this issue:
This particular skin therapy is an innovative and technologically-advanced treatment that promotes vibrant and glowing skin in men and women. Skin conditions typically linked to premature signs of aging and sun damage can now be treated and help you regain a youthful appearance.
Laser Genesis can help you get rid of excessive redness, uneven skin texture, large pores and fine line wrinkles without risking unwanted side effects like bruising and excessive skin irritation. This procedure is scientifically proven to produce new collagen in the skin, especially when the recommended treatments, six in total and spread four weeks apart, are followed.
The Limelight treatment, an intense pulsed light (IPL), is a new, non-invasive approach to skin rejuvenation. It improves skin tone and surface imperfections related to aging and photodamage.
It is an ideal treatment for your face, neck and lower neckline that show signs of redness, brown spots and telangiectasia or tiny veins. Light brown spots, in particular, respond well to this treatment. It’s best to take up to three sessions to see visible results. If you have excessively sun-damaged skin, you may be recommended additional treatment.
Dermapen skin micro-needling or collagen induction therapy is a treatment for skin resurfacing that is effective for all skin types. Dermapen is an incredible treatment for rejuvenation, anti-aging, fine lines and wrinkles. It can effectively improve the appearance of all forms of scarring and pigmentation.
These treatments can help reverse significant and early signs of premature aging. Protect your skin by following recommended treatments and natural beauty tips that keep your skin in a youthful glow later in life.
The Lotus Institute provides a combination of superior technologies and first-class care to achieve our goal of excellence in cosmetic, laser and plastic surgery. Our qualified plastic surgeons have extensive experience in performing cosmetic procedures, and they are assisted by our highly skilled team of nursing and patient care staff. We’re excited to help you achieve the healthy skin and youthful glow you desire! Get in touch with us for IPL and Laser Skin Rejuvenation today!
Breast Augmentation is still the most commonly performed cosmetic procedure in Australia. Many women aspire to an increased breast volume, and whilst there are other surgical options available, placement of a silicone breast prosthesis is currently still the option that yields the best, most predictable, and most reproducible results. However, patients that undergo breast augmentation need to limit physical activity in the weeks after their surgery in order to heal properly and obtain the best result.
Patients often inquire about when they can start exercising again post-operatively, and how then can optimise their long-term surgical outcome.
Staying in shape and recovering quickly starts with the breast augmentation surgery itself. Consider the implant size you desire and discuss with your surgeon how it will relate to your body size and chest dimensions. Selecting an appropriate sized implant will minimise your risk of complications and extended recovery time.
Where the implant is placed will also impact your recovery time and aesthetic outcome. Most Plastic Surgeons in Australia will place the implant under the pectoralis muscle, or a variation of this called ‘dual plane’. This will provide better soft tissue coverage for the breast implant, and a better aesthetic outcome, but can increase the post-operative recovery time.
Minimising movement of the arms and shoulders for the first few weeks is extremely important. In previous years, surgeons would advise patients to begin aggressive massage of their implants immediately after surgery, moving them around to create what’s termed a ‘mega-pocket’, allowing what were typically smaller, soft silicone implants to move around under the breast tissue. This technique has largely given way to the ‘hand-in-glove’ dissection performed by most surgeons today, whereby a larger implant, selected to match each individual patient’s shape, size, and desired outcome, is placed into a tight pocket dissected to exactly match the implants dimensions. Immobilisation allows your body to form scar tissue around the implant, holding it in the ‘perfect’ position long term.
During this time it is important to have assistance around the house. You may not feel confident driving a car for at least a few days after your surgery. Forward planning including having meals prepared and frozen, ensuring there’s nothing around the house that needs doing, and booking some time off work post-operatively is crucial.
After around one or two weeks, you can start to introduce a bit of exercise alongside a healthy diet. Light walks and activities that are a little less strenuous are a good way of staying in shape, and maintaining sanity. Nothing that leads to sweating though, as the surgical wounds can still become infected at this point in your recovery.
Patients can take a bit more liberty with their physical activity three to four weeks after the surgery. Running, swimming, and other stressful endeavours are off the table, but doctors may recommend aerobics and other exercise routines instead. Focus more on the lower body to allow the chest to heal further.
At around 6 weeks post-operatively you should be able to restart your regular exercise regime. By this stage your wounds should be healed and you will be comfortable using your upper body. Be sure to gradually ease into upper body weights and ensure that exercises are comfortable and that you recover well before increasing resistance.
It can be exciting to have your chest fully healed as you return back to more upper body workouts again. Just be sure to get the approval of a medical professional before you throw yourself into the gym and other endeavours. When all that’s said and done, you can continue working on and maintaining your shape.
Breast augmentation can be a great boost to your physique and improve your self-esteem. However, it’s important to stay safe and be a little cautious while enhancing your figure. Nothing should ever be at the expense of your well-being, after all.
Eyeing to get breast augmentation surgery? The Lotus Institute in Australia combines superior technologies with first-class care, offering cosmetic, plastic and laser surgery procedures. Get in touch with us today!
Breast implant removal has become a very common surgical procedure for women in recent times. Many patients present with health concerns relating to breast implants and associated disease, or may have suffered complications after having their implants placed many years ago. For many women, their greatest concern is their post-operative appearance and breast aesthetic. The surgeons at The Lotus Institute see many women with these concerns each week.
This procedure is essentially the opposite of breast augmentation, and involves removing breast implants or revising their shape and size. Breast implants are not designed as ‘lifetime’ devices – the vast majority of women that undergo breast augmentation will need revisionary surgery at some point, either to remove or replace the implants, or to re-position the breast back over the front of the implant.
Breast implants may need removal for a variety of reasons. They may rupture or leak silicone, cause an aggressive inflammatory response and tissue contraction, or become infected or colonised with bacteria. They may also move over time from their original placement, or patients may just decide that they don’t want them anymore for either lifestyle considerations or health concerns.
Breast implants can be removed either with or without a lift. In both procedures, the implant and its surrounding capsule (the scar tissue formed around the implant) is removed through your existing incision from your initial augmentation procedure. This is called an explant and Capsulectomy. The Capsulectomy can be performed as an en-bloc (which means all-together) procedure, where the entire capsule is removed as a single piece with the implant contained inside it. This may be preferred for implants that have ruptured or have other issues. Patients with smaller implants, more breast tissue, and no breast ptosis (or drooping) may be able to undergo explant and Capsulectomy without breast lift and still have a favourable cosmetic outcome.
For patients that have large implants, a small amount off their own breast tissue, or a degree of breast ptosis, your surgeon may advise undergoing a breast lift (or mastopexy) at the same time as your explant procedure. This allows the surgeon to reposition the nipple back onto the middle of the remaining breast and remove any of the now excess skin after the implant has been removed. It is designed as a single procedure to remove an unwanted or symptomatic pair of breast implants and maintain a youthful and pleasing breast aesthetic.
Recovery from breast implant removal surgery varies somewhat between patients. Typically, patients without a lift report a similar timeframe of recovery to that from when they had their initial breast augmentation surgery. Pain medication is usually not required by the end of the first week. Patients that also have a lift are usually back at work, driving a car, and performing their usual daily activities at 2 weeks. It is advised to avoid exercise for 6 weeks post-operatively.
All scars take 12 months to become completely mature, and breast surgery scars are no different. Surgical scars are taped for a period of 6 weeks to avoid stretch, and then massaged for 6-12 weeks afterwards on the advice of your surgeon. All patients wear a post-op compression bra for the first 6 weeks post-operatively, and can go back to wearing normal bras after then.
Breast reduction and Breast implant removal is now common, with many women having this procedure for various reasons. Our Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons Dr Widdowson and Dr Cronin are experienced and knowledgable in this area, having performed hundreds of these procedures. If you are considering explant surgery, book in for a consultation at The Lotus Institute.
Sometimes, deciding which procedure is the most appropriate for your situation can be confusing and daunting. One of the most commonly asked questions by patients is “Do I need a breast reduction, or just a lift?”. This article aims to clear up some of this confusion for you.
Typically, women’s concerns regarding their breasts fall into two categories :
Often women will have concerns relating to both their size and shape and may need combination procedures. The following is a broad outline of available treatments for issues with breast size and shape.
1. If you are happy with the size of your breast and happy with the shape of your breast:
2. If you are happy with the size, but not the shape of your breast:
3. If your breast is too small, and you’re happy with the shape of your breast:
4. If your breast is too small, and the breast tissue is descended off the chest wall:
5. If your breast is too big, and causing issues with neck and back pain, or rashes in the folds under the breast:
As can be seen from above, the question of breast lift vs breast reduction is ultimately made depending on whether the patient has an excess of breast tissue or just an excess of breast skin requiring excision and lift. Both of these operations can potentially be medicare rebatable and covered by Private health insurance in certain situations. Your Plastic Surgeon is the best person to advise you in this regard.
After deciding which procedure is most suitable for their desired outcome, the second most commonly asked question is “What kind of scar do I need to have”. Broadly speaking, the surgical scars routinely performed for Mastopexy and Breast Reduction procedures are the “Donut”, the “Lollipop” and the “Anchor” Scar.
The “Donut” or peri-areolar scar is where the only skin incision is around the nipple area. It is useful for patients that have a good breast shape, but want to lift the nipple position a small distance (maximum of 2cm). As it does not allow the removal of much excess skin, it cannot be used in Breast Reduction Surgery patients or those that require a more aggressive type of lift. If the surgeon attempts to remove too much skin and close the wound with a donut scar, the remaining tissue has a tendency to pull against the nipple, potentially stretching the areolar, and causing a large, “cookie” nipple deformity.
The “Lollipop” or circumvertical scar is similar to the “Donut” in that the scar surrounds the new nipple position, and then extends vertically down onto the chest wall. This incision type allows for excess skin and breast tissue to be removed in a vertical column on the breast, and for the nipple to be raised several inches on the breast. It is appropriate for women who may have excess breast width, but no excess breast height, or for women that have tuberous breast deformity with only a small amount of skin between the nipple and the breast fold (where the breast attaches onto the chest wall).
The “Anchor” or Wise pattern scar is similar to the “Lollipop”, but with a transverse scar in the breast fold. This incision type allows for removal of excess breast skin both vertically and horizontally (which is the majority of breast lift patients), and for the nipple to be raised by up to 20cm on the breast. It is the most appropriate incision type for breast reduction patients that have excess width, height, and projection of breast tissue, and need large volumes of breast tissue removed. The only ‘extra’ scar from the Anchor incision is the horizontal scar, which sits directly in the breast fold, and is the one that is never seen by the patient.
There are a variety of different surgical procedures and combinations of procedures available for patients seeking breast rejuvenation surgery. Within these categories, there are also many ways to tailor these procedures to each patient in order to best achieve their desired result. Sometimes the names of procedures can be confusing to patients, and the types of scars and incisions required can cloud the decision-making process. At The Lotus Institute, our Specialist Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons Drs Cronin and Widdowson are here to listen to your desired outcomes from breast surgery and work with you to formulate the most appropriate, personalised surgical plan. If you’re considering any type of breast rejuvenation surgery, come and see us today.
Breast Augmentation is currently still one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed in Australia. Last year, approximately 20,000 patients underwent breast augmentation. But how to choose the correct breast implant when there are a variety of options ; in shape, size, projection, type, texturing, and manufacturer.
Patients will often ‘do their research’ for hours before having a consultation with their surgeon, and may already have formed ideas about what implant may be right for them. Commonly, patients will have seen photos of other patients on Facebook or Instagram with a certain look, and will think that choosing the same implant will provide the same result. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple.
The first rule to understand is that an implant alone will not determine what your breast will look like after an augmentation. Your final result is a combination of the implant you choose, and what your breast looks like before your operation. All women are shaped uniquely, including their breasts. Women have different heights, shoulder widths, breast shapes, breast volumes and nipple positions. It’s not possible to expect two women with different breasts to get the same outcome with the same implant.
Another common misconception is that anatomical or ‘teardrop’ implants give a ‘natural’ look, and round implants give a ‘fake’ or ‘enhanced’ look. Again, it’s not that simple. Round silicone implants come in different cohesivities, or levels of firmness. A large, firm implant placed in a patient without much of her own breast tissue will look ‘enhanced’. A smaller, softer implant placed in a patient with a reasonable amount of her own breast tissue will simply enhance the existing contour of the breast.
So how to choose between round and teardrop shaped implants? In order to fit a round implant, a patient’s breast needs to follow two simple pre-requisites. Firstly, the breast plate, or the area of the chest that forms the base of the breast, needs also to be round. Women that are very tall and lean may have a breast plate that is taller than it is wide. Conversely, women that are shorter, or relatively broad chested, may have a breast plate that is wider than it is tall. Neither of these women will fit a round implant – it will either be too tall or too wide for them. As they are not bound by the geometry of being round, tear drop shaped implants have a variety of different heights for each base width, meaning there’s size to fit women that are relatively taller, or shorter, for the width of their chest.
The second pre-requisite relates to nipple position. As the most projected part of a round implant is in the centre, so too must the nipple be in the middle of the breast mound. For women that have a nipple position below the centre of the breast mound, particularly those that seek breast augmentation to address deflation after having children, choosing a round implant may lead to a nipple that sits on the under curve of the implant, and therefore points down towards the ground. Teardrop implants have a point of maximum projection below the midpoint of the implant, meaning the lower part of the breast is pushed forward by the implant more than the upper part, and the nipple is still on the most projected part of the breast, and pointing forward.
Finally, breast implants aren’t like balloons, whereby they increase in all dimensions equally as they increase in volume. They aren’t that simple. Implants have different base plate diameters (or in the case of teardrop implants widths and heights) designed to fit the breast plates of the vast majority of women. Within each base plate width, there are a variety of projections, or how much the implant ‘pushes’ the breast forward. A round implant with a 12cm baseplate, for example, can have volumes of 275cc, 340cc, 400cc or 510cc depending on the degree of projection. Also, the biggest determinant of an implant’s volume is not its projection but its baseplate diameter. A high projection implant with a baseplate of 11.5cm is 355cc. A less projected, moderate projection implant with a baseplate of 12.5cm is larger in volume at 380cc.
So when looking at a photos of another woman that has the result you’d like with 350cc implants, for example, you also have to consider:
Before you can assess whether the same implant would yield the same effect.
Finally, there is an upper limit to the volume of an implant that can be placed for any woman. The first limiting factor is the size of the breast plate. Selecting an implant with a baseplate that is too large can lead to implants that push out into the armpits, or touch in the middle. Seperate to the size of the breast plate, a patient must also have enough skin to lie over the top of the implant. Whilst skin has a varying degree of elasticity, it cannot be stretched infinitely, and there needs to be enough skin between the nipple and the level of the infra-mamamay fold (where the lower part of the breast comes back onto the chest) to cover the lower half of the implant. If an implant that is too large or projected for the patient is selected, two things can happen ; either the implant sits too high on the chest wall and the nipple points down, or the implant pushes below the level of the fold, leading to a double-bubble deformity, where the fold cuts into the implant and it bulges out again underneath.
The take home message is this : The selection of the right implant for you is not as simple as choosing the same one as someone else that has the outcome that you’d like. Photos are useful though, as they help give your surgeon an indication of the ‘look’ that you’re after. Descriptions of your surgical goals such as cleavage position, breast width, projection, contour, or bra size are helpful. Ultimately the right implant for you is the one that attains these goals for you.
The Lotus Institute offers various breast surgery options to help patients achieve their desired results. For more information, please contact use today to book your consultation.
In your quest to rejuvenate aging or damaged skin, you’ve probably come across the two methods: chemical peel and laser resurfacing. Both approaches have been praised for helping people transform their skin to look better and brighter after treatment.
Chemical peels and laser resurfacing treatments are known to reduce fine lines, treat wrinkles, relieve sun damage, reduce certain types of acne, and more. People have all gushed about having incredible results afterwards. But with such similar end goals, what exactly is the difference?
As someone who wants to enjoy these benefits yourself, you want to go with the better option. Is one better than the other? The difference between the two methods will mostly depend on your end goals. Of course, the tools and techniques employed are different. But determining which method is superior will rely on what you want to achieve and consultation with your doctor.
A chemical peel is a simple cosmetic procedure. It can cost around a few hundred dollars, depending on your needs. During treatment, they ‘peel’ or essentially exfoliate damaged skin. To do this, they use a chemical solution—like glycolic acid, trichloroacetic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid, or carbolic acid (phenol). This is to help the skin peel off. The skin that emerges from underneath can look fresh and smooth with fewer wrinkles and damage.
This method is known for removing deep imperfections. It can be effective in fixing the lines around the mouth or things like crow’s feet. However, it’s important to note that chemical peels are not suitable for fixing deep wrinkles. There is a chance that it may cause dryness and itching.
In terms of maintenance, people that have undergone the treatment must avoid scratching at all costs. This may lead to peeling more skin off and irritation. You should only use mild moisturisers and sunscreen to keep the itching and dryness at bay. During post-operative care time, the nurses will guide you through this process
Recovery time for this method depends on the level of your chemical peel. For a medium peel, you can expect the healing time to take from 7 to 14 days. If you’ve undergone a deep peel, it will take about two weeks, give or take a few days, to heal. However, you should expect to experience some continued redness for at least a few months.
Laser resurfacing is applicable if a Co2 laser is applied in-hospital. This method can cost you around $2,000 to $4,500 for a full face, depending on the laser technique you choose. This method reduces acne marks, wrinkles, age spots, blemishes, and the like.
During treatment, light and heat are used to improve skin texture, tone, and colouration. Laser resurfacing identifies and targets portions of your skin. That portion is exposed to light and heat in a controlled manner—it triggers a healing response and produces new skin.
Laser techniques can be categorised into two: ablative and nonablative. The ablative technique damages the top layer of skin, requiring more healing time. Meanwhile, nonablative is gentler—heating the top of the skin without damaging the skin—making healing faster. The average healing time can take up to one to three weeks.
However, there are some risks to laser resurfacing. It can lead to permanent lightening or darkening of the skin. You might also have to deal with redness for a long time. You’ll be guided by the post operative care team, given by your doctors and nurses.
So, is one better than the other? The answer depends on your personal preference and goals, along with consultation and professionals in the field. There is a difference between downtime and cost, and those factors could be more important in deciding what procedure is right for you.
Decide which method you’re more comfortable with and go from there. After consultation with your doctor, they will help you decide the procedure most suitable for your skin type.
If you are looking for ways to improve your skin and body, we can help you. The Lotus Institute offers cosmetic, plastic, and laser surgery, as well as non-surgical treatments such as less invasive skin peels by our in-house beautician. 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.
The beauty industry has drastically evolved throughout the decades, with the emergence of new technologies pushing the boundaries of what is possible. Thanks to the latest innovation in cosmetic surgery, anyone can enhance their beauty, boost their self-esteem and improve their quality of life.
Beauty may not be skin-deep, but the impact of performing cosmetic procedures on one’s external appearance is significant, profoundly affecting people’s lives. Refinements in surgical techniques have improved outcomes for the vast majority of patient concerns in varying different areas of the body.
“But what if I want to have multiple cosmetic surgeries at once?”
Many patients present with concerns in multiple areas of the face or body, which necessitate more than one type of procedure. Fortunately, it is possible to undergo multiple cosmetic procedures simultaneously. In fact, by opting for undergoing several procedures at once, you get to enjoy these advantages:
The great thing about having multiple procedures in the one operation is in shared recovery time. Since you only need to undergo one surgery, you’ll have a single recovery period, as opposed to multiple recovery periods after each smaller procedure.
Cosmetic procedures can be expensive, as costs include surgeon fees, anaesthetic fees, and hospital fees — sometimes totalling many thousands of dollars depending on the procedures undertaken. Undergoing several procedures in the one anaesthetic makes the process more time efficient, reducing the total cost significantly.
Although there are several advantages to having multiple cosmetic surgeries performed at the same time, it is not without risks. Before going ahead with combining surgical procedures, patients need to be aware of the potential risks associated with longer operative times.
Combining multiple procedures necessitates a longer anaesthetic time and operative time. Longer anaesthetics can be associated with more nausea and overall down time, and longer operative times have been shown to increase the post-operative risk of complications such as infection, bleeding, DVT and wound breakdown. Your surgeon is the best person to discuss the percentage risk of any of these complications.
Performing multiple procedures in the one operation may lead to a single, longer and more difficult recovery than doing multiple shorter, targeted procedures. Patients may require more pain relief for surgery in multiple areas, or even a period of in-hospital recovery. It may be longer before you are able to perform your usual daily activities, such as driving or working.
The ability to surgically alter or enhance areas of concern has certainly improved the confidence and self-esteem of patients. However, when patients present with multiple concerns requiring more than one procedure, they need to be aware of the benefits and risks associated with combining these procedures into a smaller overall number of seperate operations. Your Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon is uniquely trained and experienced in explaining and balancing these risks on a case by case basis.
If you’re considering improving your appearance through cosmetic surgery or cosmetic procedures, you are in safe, skilled, and experienced hands with the Specialist Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons at The Lotus Institute. Our highly trained and experienced surgical, nursing, and patient care staff are dedicated to ensure that you receive the best possible outcome. Connect with us today to learn more!
There are many cosmetic procedures that help women feel a little more happy and comfortable in their skin. Breast augmentation, which helps in transferring your body fat to your chest area, is just one of the many surgeries to help women feel more confident in their bodies.
Fat transfer breast augmentation, or autologous fat transfer, first occurred in the 60s, but the process has been refined extensively since. Many women find safety and security in these procedures that allow them to reimagine and reshape their figures.
If you’re curious about undergoing the procedure, here are some of the most important things to know:
Breast augmentation with fat transfer is open for any person who would like to transfer the fat in some parts of their body to their chest in order to increase their cup size. Women who are born with asymmetrical breasts, or those that develop asymmetry after pregnancy or cancer treatment are perfect candidates.
It’s best to speak about whether you are suitable for fat transfer breast augmentation. Your Plastic Surgeon may recommend the use of breast implants instead of transferring the fat via liposuction and transfer depending on your situation.
The process begins with a consultation and examination by your Plastic Surgeon. If suitable for the procedure, an operation date will be scheduled. The procedure is performed under general anaesthesia, so you are completely unaware for the duration of the operation. Areas of ‘donor fat’ are marked and prepared, and the fat is removed by liposuction. It is then washed and processed until only pure, viable fat remains for grafting.
After processing of the fat, your Plastic Surgeon will make small incisions around the perimeter of the breasts. The extracted fat is injected into the breast tissues in multiple passes to gradually increase volume until the desired size is achieved. The incisions are then sutured closed. The procedure is performed as a day surgery, meaning patients can safely go home after a period in recovery.
Fat transfer is a safe procedure that has been used for decades to augment various areas of the body, however like any procedure it carries certain risks. General risks that are common to any procedure include the risks of anaesthetic, infection and scarring. Specific risks to fat grafting include contour defects after surgery to both the donor and recipient areas, and the risk of fat loss, or fat necrosis.
Recent refinements of the techniques of fat harvest and purification have helped minimise the risk of fat loss, and recent evidence suggests that on average, approximately 70% or more of the transferred fat should be retained in the breast long-term. Multiple studies have also proven that fat transfer does not increase the risk of breast cancer, even in patients that have previously had breast cancer.
Autologous breast augmentation aims to increase the volume and improve the shape and curvature of the breasts. The areas from where fat was taken till also be decreased in size. The operation is designed to create mild to moderate changes in breast volume, but ultimately depends on your own anatomy and the Plastic Surgeon that you entrust your procedure with.
Recovery from fat transfer breast augmentation is estimated at one to two months. Women who undergo this surgery need to limit any physical activity for a period of 6 weeks post-operatively to optimise healing and the percentage of fat that is retained in the breast.
Learning more about fat transfer breast augmentation can be quite an eye-opener for interested parties who want to try out the procedure. If you’re interested in improving the shape and increasing the size of your breasts without the use of implants, fat transfer may be suitable for you.
Interested in getting a fat transfer? The Lotus Institute combines superior technologies with first-class care to achieve our goal of excellence in cosmetic, plastic and laser surgery in Australia. Contact us today!
We all want perfect skin. However, not everyone is blessed with great skin genes. For others, they’ve experienced horrible pubescent acne that has left marks and scars even up to their adulthood. Fortunately, cosmetic procedures such as microneedling can greatly improve your complexion.
Microneedling is an excellent option for laser skin resurfacing because it improves fine lines, acne scars, wrinkles, trauma, skin volume loss and the colour and tone of your skin. This procedure is minimally invasive and has a short recovery period. Read on as we discuss more about microneedling and its positive effect on your complexion.
Microneedling, also known as collagen induction, creates microscopic wounds on your skin to stimulate your body’s collagen and elastin production. These primary ingredients keep your skin firm, clear and wrinkle-free, as well as aid in the healing of your skin. As you enter your mid-20s, your body produces about 1 percent less collagen per year. As a result, your skin’s aging process goes downhill beyond this point.
When collagen and elastin are stimulated, they correct the defects you want to correct. In addition, microneedling can help with issues such as acne cicatrices, premature fine lines and wrinkles, trauma cicatrices, loss of skin volume and skin discolouration.
In addition to stimulating collagen and elastin production, the micro-needle creates small canals that allow topical gels, creams and serums to penetrate deeper into your skin and be more effectively absorbed.
To give you a clear picture, we will walk you through the microneedling technique.
First, a cosmetic professional or their assisting nurse will apply a topical numbing cream to the treatment area. They will also explain to you the ingredients in the cream before beginning your microneedling procedure. Second, after one hour, a microneedling device will be applied to your face area by area. And in as quick as 45 minutes, your first appointment will be done.
Afterwards, expect to experience mild redness immediately till at least up to 3 days, but keep in mind that no downtime is required. Moreover, a series of three treatments spaced about a month apart is ideal. Severe discolouration may necessitate six to eight appointments.
It is advisable to stay indoors after each session to allow your skin to breathe and recover fast.
Think of your skin as one of your best investments. With a better complexion, you gain more confidence and carry yourself better as you attend classes in university, accomplish your tasks at work, socialise on weekends and achieve overall satisfaction with your appearance. So, don’t hesitate to reach out to a dermatologist or cosmetic professional when you’re ready to take this step. In drastically improving your skin, you also improve your quality of life!
Are you considering undergoing cosmetic procedures? The Lotus Institute located at the Gold Coast specialises in first-class cosmetic procedures. With our highly skilled staff and latest surgical techniques, our primary goal is to achieve your desires. Call us today and make your appointment!
Many people develop insecurities if their arms seem to have a lot of unnecessary jiggle to them. Excess arm skin has been dubbed a lot of names, such as bat wings, bingo wings and tuck shop lady arms. It can degrade a person’s confidence to a point where they don’t want to expose or see their upper arms. This can be particularly difficult in hot climates such as QLD.
Sagging skin in that area can be difficult to correct and define. It is resistant to exercise, as the excess skin becomes more pronounced as subcutaneous fat is lost. The only definitive, successful way to achieve a lasting improvement in the appearance of this area is a brachioplasty procedure.
A brachioplasty, commonly referred to as an arm lift, is a plastic surgical procedure that tightens the arm and reduces it’s circumference by excising the excess skin. An arm lift does involve surgery. Here’s a general look into the process:
As an arm lift does involve surgery, it’s important to take the proper precautions to ensure your safety. Patients need to quit smoking 6 weeks prior to surgery as this can impair healing. You need to be at your goal weight and have remained there for a period of at least three months.
Arm lift preparation will also include a routine pre-operative assessment and measurement. Expect your doctor to check your medical history for any possible health conditions that would make the surgery unsafe for you or contribute to an increased risk of post operative complications.
Plastic Surgery procedures, like all surgical procedures, contain risks, and an arm lift is no exception. All patients that undergo brachioplasty will replace the excess skin with a surgical scar. There is a small, but present, risk of post-operative infection, bleeding, seroma, or poor scarring. Choosing an experienced surgeon with an interest in body contouring procedures helps mitigate these risks, but they can still potentially occur.
Be sure to have an in-depth look into the procedure and the expected results. Compare the typical results of your surgeon to others, particularly on patients that appear physically similar to your own situation. During your consultation, be sure to ask questions of your surgeon to learn more about brachioplasty and address any concerns about proceeding with an arm lift procedure.
A brachioplasty procedure begins with your surgeon measuring and marking where the incisions will be placed. Incisions are typically placed towards the inside or back of your arms in order to best conceal your future scars. The incisions and their markings are subject to change depending on the doctor’s assessment of where your skin excess is most pronounced.
The procedure is performed under general anaesthesia. The excess arm tissue and skin is excised and the remaining skin closed under appropriate tension, re-creating the desired contour of the upper arm. The procedure takes approximately 2 hours, and when performed in isolation can be done as a day procedure.
Arm Lift results by Dr Drew Cronin
Upon discharge from surgery, you will be provided with post-operative analgesia and antibiotics. You will also be placed in a post-operative compression garment for your arms. Appropriate post-operative follow up is key to a good recovery. You will have regular review with the nursing staff, and your scars will be taped for up to 6 weeks post-operatively to optimise your scarring outcome. After this point, it is safe to begin gentle massage of your incisions with a scar cream.
Once fully healed, your arms will look much thinner and firmer. There is a significant improvement in shape and contour. Simply put, the bingo wings will be no more. Proper maintenance is needed to keep the tightness in your skin, but it’s set to last for a long time. By maintaining a healthy weight, the surgical results should last long-term.
A brachioplasty procedure is the most effective, long lasting treatment for patients encumbered with unsightly excess upper arm skin. Performed correctly, it can help to improve the confidence of patients that are embarrassed about the appearance of their arms.
Considering an arm lift? The Lotus Institute in Southport provides excellent cosmetic, plastic and laser surgery with the help of their experienced specialist Plastic & Reconstructive surgeons and experienced and caring nursing staff. Contact us today!
People have changed their attitudes towards plastic surgery, and fortunately, more people are becoming open about going under the knife to enhance their features.
Getting a face and neck lift are the most common plastic surgery procedures today. People who notice visible signs of skin ageing usually get this treatment to pull back their faces and bring back their youthful appearance. However, facelifts aren’t limited to aesthetic reasons; some doctors also recommend this procedure for necessary facial reconstruction on some patients.
But just like any medical procedure, there are some risks involved, so it pays to know more about the treatment before you proceed with surgery. With that being said, we’ve compiled everything you need to know about facelifts—the different types, how they work, and the potential risks you may experience.
A facelift surgically corrects and improves signs of skin aging in a patient’s neck and face. Although this is often done due to aesthetic reasons, some surgeons perform medically necessary facial reconstruction as well.
A neck and facelift are performed for several reasons, such as:
Minimally Invasive Face and Cervical Elevation (or MIFACE), developed by The Lotus Institute’s very own Dr Peter Widdowson, provides an alternative to a full facelift and targets just the neck and lower face. It can be performed under general anaesthetic with just a day stay in hospital needed to complete the operation.
Complications of a facelift may vary depending on your case. Some can be serious and life-threatening, while others are mild and due to recovery. Generally, some patients may experience some anesthesia and allergic reactions that may trigger breathing issues. Some may experience bleeding, blood clots, and infections.
As for complications, some may experience a change in skin colour or contour, some temporary damage to the nerves controlling your facial structure, fluid collection beneath your skin, hematoma, numbness, persistent pain, and more.
Neck and facelifts, even if you’re going through a minimally invasive procedure, can still be complicated. That’s why it’s important to speak to a reputable surgeon and ensure that the proper steps are being taken to guarantee a smooth operation. Not to mention, they’ll guide you through recovery, mitigating the risks and complications in your surgery’s outcome.
If you’re thinking of getting a neck and facelift, head over to The Lotus Institute. The Lotus Institute combines premium technologies with first-class care, helping us achieve our goal of excellence in plastic, laser, and cosmetic surgery.
Our team of qualified plastic surgeons have extensive experience in cosmetic surgery, ensuring that you reach your aesthetic goals. Book an appointment with us today!
Many women attribute their self-confidence to the way they look. Women could be petite or tall, skinny or curvy, light-skinned or dark-skinned, but they will ultimately rely on their self-image to determine their own definition of beauty. While some are set in their own ways, other women prefer to get professional treatments, such as breast augmentations.
The size and form of a woman’s breasts have a significant impact on how they see their bodies. Others also get breast augmentation to address lost volume and shape due to either age or pregnancy. Breast augmentation and breast lift operations are two of the most frequent methods for addressing breast-related problems. Now, let’s discuss how to distinguish them.
Breast augmentation (augmentation mammoplasty) is a form of cosmetic surgery that involves inserting implants to improve a woman’s breast size, shape, and “perkiness.” Implants come in a variety of sizes, and this procedure is desired for many reasons.
Beyond its aesthetic benefits, many women select this surgery to restore their breasts after illness or disease, pregnancy and breastfeeding, as well as weight loss and aging.
If you’re considering breast augmentation, make a final decision by assessing the following:
The size of the implant will be determined by the size and fullness you desire, as well as your individual breast, chest, and body size. The form or type of the implant chosen will be determined by your current shape and desired look.
Incisions in the natural lower crease of the breast (infra-mammary), along the lower border of the areola (peri-areola), and in the armpit (trans-axillary) are the most common. Seek the advice of your doctor and allow him or her to explain the benefits and drawbacks of these methods.
Anesthetic risks, bleeding, infection, alteration or loss of nipple and breast sensations, implant malposition, scarring around the implant (capsular contraction), and potential revision surgery are all possible unintended consequences of this treatment.
It’s also worth noting what it can’t be used for. Breast augmentations will not raise nipples or repair or elevate severely drooping and sagging breasts. In fact, it may aggravate already sagging breasts.
A breast lift (mastopexy) lifts and reshapes the breast and areola by removing extra skin, restoring the breasts’ young firmness.
In contrast to breast augmentation, which focuses on increasing breast size, a breast lift (mastopexy) aims to elevate and enhance the form and look of the breasts and nipples. The main concept is to reintroduce the “perk” element to the breasts and improve their natural appearance without implants.
When it comes to your breasts, it might be helpful to be realistic. You must decide if you want larger and fuller breasts or perky and symmetrical breasts. You may want to restore a youthful and firmer appearance yet keep your breast size.
Do not disregard what your authentic self is saying to you. We understand how easy it is to be swayed by other people’s remarks and views about your appearance. However, if you decide to have breast augmentation or a breast lift, be sure that the main reason is to provide you with comfort and enhance your self-confidence.
Remember that you get what you pay for. The cost will vary depending on the nature of the procedure, insurance coverage, and so on. So, think about the value of the procedure, too. Weigh in on the pros and cons, and ask yourself if this is all worth it.
Finally, both treatments come with certain risks and possible side effects. During your appointment, your surgeon can go through the risks associated with your choices. If you have any concerns, such as what to expect, don’t be hesitant to ask questions and allow your doctor to guide you through the entire process.
Although common, breast surgery is a serious procedure to which you have to give a lot of thought. You must be certain about your decision—that it will bring you joy and satisfaction. It also helps to be aware of the potential risks.
Are you considering getting breast augmentation? The Lotus Institute on the Gold Coast in Southport specialises in first-class cosmetic procedures. With our highly skilled staff and latest surgical techniques, our primary goal is to achieve your desires. Call us today and make your appointment!
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