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May 2020

Plastic Surgery after Covid-19

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Southern Aesthetic Plastic Surgery is excited to advise that the outstanding response to coronavirus means that NSW Health has set an elective surgery target of 75% of normal by June 30. This means that patients whose surgery was postponed from April and May can now likely proceed with their operations. Patients who are currently booked in for surgery will be contacted shortly to advise if their date is confirmed. There are still restrictions on the number of procedures we can do per theatre list.

Fortunately, our rooms are now fully operational for face to face, virtual and non-surgical (skin care, injectables) consultations. We strongly advise contacting the rooms as soon as possible if you are thinking about surgery before August, as our theatre lists are close to full capacity to meet the backlog.

There are restrictions in the number of operations that can be performed in Sydney’s south for two reasons. NSW Health would like a buffer in case a second wave of the pandemic occurs. In addition, private hospitals have an agreement with NSW Health to help clear the backlog in the public hospital system.

While all categories of plastic surgery (item numbered and cosmetic) are now permissible, our hospitals will have final say about how they will regulate their capacity. Dr Sanki and Dr Kotronakis have had firm discussions with all our hospitals to put forward the points that

  1. No elective plastic surgery has been performed for 2 months
  2. Plastic surgery patients are healthy & low risk
  3. Plastic surgery patients do not require ICU
  4. Plastic surgery patients use little PPE/consumables
  5. Plastic surgery patients are often day stay or short stay

We are just as keen as our postponed patients to get the show on the road. We will stay in touch with our existing patient through regular emails, so please check your inbox!

Your safety is paramount. Our hospitals have been busily preparing increased hygiene and personal protective equipment measures to enhance your safety. It is important for you to maintain social distancing and isolation before and after your surgery. Surgery induces mild immunosuppression and you will be more susceptible to coronavirus in the perioperative period. We will continue to practise meticulous social distancing, viral cleaning between patients and increased spacing of appointments to protect our patients in the consultations in our rooms.

We are extremely proud of Australia’s magnificent response to COVID, and very grateful for the patience and understanding of our patients during this time. We look forward to returning to normal practice and view the easing of surgical restrictions as a wonderful first step.

Do I need body contouring? Three great reasons to consider it

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Do I need body contouring? Three great reasons to consider it

As with many cosmetic surgery options, one of the main questions that you’ll have right from the start is “do I need body contouring?” Is it the right option for what you want to achieve with your figure and health?

There are a few reasons that people opt for a body contouring procedure, and it’s important to realise that there are no “right” and “wrongs” here – the decision comes purely down to your own goals, and you can discuss those with your surgeon in advance to determine whether it’s the solution for you.

So, do I need body contouring?

Some of the main reasons that people turn to body contouring include:

1) Improving your sense of confidence

Many people feel self-conscious about their bodies, and body contouring is a low risk solution for those parts of the body that you’re most self-conscious about. Body contouring processes can be applied to just about every part of the body but it’s also possible to be specific about the area being treated. Body contouring is the ideal solution if there’s just one particular part of your figure that you’re not happy with.

2) It makes the exercise and diet worthwhile

People who lose a lot of weight fast tend to be unhappy with the results, as excess skin remains on the body in a way that isn’t aesthetically pleasing. With body contouring, it’s possible to remove that excess skin, and deliver the taut, healthy figure that you were aiming for with the diet and exercise in the first place.

3) Improve comfort and way of life

Excess and loose skin can be a source of extreme discomfort. Loose skin can lead to the accumulation of sweat between folds, chaffing that causes rashes andchronic skin infections. When others are out enjoying the Australian lifestyle, excess skin can make the hotter, Summer months, unbearable. Excess skin can hamper maintaining weight loss and enjoying your new fitness because it causes discomfort and discourages you from playing sport and being active. Removing that source of discomfort is important to then enjoying exercise and activities.

What does body contouring involve?

Once you’ve answered the question “do I need body contouring?” The next question is what would be involved. You can talk to your specialist plastic surgeon to get more of an idea of what the procedure would involve and the results that you can expect from it, but the more common body contouring procedures include:

  • – Breast augmentations or lifts
  • – Tummy tucks
  • – Upper arm lifts
  • – Inner thigh lifts
  • – Thigh lifts
  • – Lower body lifts

 

These are all areas where complications from rapid loss of weight tend to show most significantly, and they’re all areas of aesthetic focus on the body.

So, do I need body contouring? It’s a good question, and there are many factors in the answer. Talk to your friendly Southern Aesthetic surgeon today – our all-female team is sensitive to your needs, goals, and concerns. Contact us on 02 9186 8105.

Dealing with extreme weight loss challenges and your body image

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Dealing with extreme weight loss challenges and your body image

Extreme weight loss is usually a sign of a massive change in lifestyle, and it’s usually great for your health. Following extreme weight loss, you’ll be feeling better, and ready for more activity in your new lifestyle. You’ll also expect to look better, but unfortunately one of the significant extreme weight loss challenges is being left with excess skin, which can be unsightly and a source of disappointment after undergoing such a healthy lifestyle change. That’s where the team at Southern Aesthetic come in.

What is extreme weight loss?

If you’ve ever seen the advertisements promising “lose 10 points in 10 days” or “drop one dress size in a day,” then you’re looking at advertisements that promise rapid – or “extreme” – weight loss. These weight loss programs can range from “starvation diets” through to the use of diet pills or supplements, or extreme exercise routines. The best programs are usually a combination of the three – a significant reduction of calories, combined with exercise and supplements that block the absorption of fats or increase the rate in which the body burns fat.

Other times people turn to surgery to achieve extreme weight loss, and make use of gastric sleeves, bands or bypasses to surgically reduce the size of their stomach.

You should always consult with your doctor and/or a nutritionist before undertaking a rapid weight loss program. Among other things rapid weight loss can affect your energy levels and your ability to undertake your daily routine, and should be carefully planned for.
And you should be prepared for there to be excess skin left afterwards.

Overcoming the extreme weight loss challenges associated with excess skin

Of everything that you’ll deal with, the extreme weight loss challenges that can be the most distressing generally involve excess skin. It’s an odd irony that you’ll be at the best, healthiest weight that you’ve been at for years, and yet to look at you, you’d seem underweight. As though you no longer fit in your own skin. Overcoming these extreme weight loss challenges often calls for body contouring surgery.

Body contouring surgery is a simple set of procedures that includeupper and lower body lifts, arm lifts,thigh lifts, breast lifts and breast lifts with implants, as necessary based on the result that you want. Each time, it involves the creation of a wound and the removal of excess skin to “firm up” what is remaining in an aesthetically pleasing way. Depending on the procedure it can leave a visible scar and needs to be performed by experts in order to minimise the impact. Your plastic surgeon will discuss this and potential risks ahead of the procedure, though body contouring comes with limitedrisksin healthy patients.

Dr Sanki’s practice at Southern Aesthetic has long been focused on addressing the extreme weight loss challenges that patients face, including body contouring. Additionally, the all-female team that work here are sensitive to each woman’s needs. Our goal is to make sure you come out of your procedure with complete confidence, and ready to enjoy the massive weight loss and the benefits that it will bring your lifestyle.

For more information, or to speak to one of our team to start the conversation, contact us at 02 9186 8105 .

COVID-19

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Injectables, Skin Care and Peels during COVID-19

Hello Lovely Patients!
I’m hoping you’re all coping with our new “lifestyle”.It’s a challenging time – but one to keep us all safe and well. Here are some questions that may help to clarify what we can and can’t do at the clinic right now. I’ve included a strategy to help you do some home care skin treatmentsuntil I see you again!

Can I have any injectables (neurotoxin, fillers) at the moment?

No – unfortunately injectables are considered a nonessential service and their administration requires the patient and nurse to be within 1.5m of each other.

When will I be able to have my injectables treatment done?

The NSW response to COVID-19 has been impressive and successful, and we expect further announcements to loosen social restrictions within non-surgical procedures to be announced in May. We are optimistically taking bookings for May.

Will all non-surgical treatments be available?

We expect that non-surgical treatments will be phased in as social restrictions are slowly phased out. It is possible that we will start with upper face treatments eg cheek fillers and neurotoxin to forehead, frown lines and crows feet. Peels, facials and lower face injectables will become possible once non-essential industries are allowed to work again.

Will it be safe to have injectables while coronavirus is still in our community?

Southern Aesthetic Plastic Surgery is an ethical and sophisticated surgical clinic. We have put in place many screening, on site, patient and practitioner measures to reduce our patients’ risk. These measure together with the very low community levels of active virus, make coming into the practice for injectables very safe. Our safety measures include:

 

  1. Pre-consultation screening: Only present to your appointment if you have had no contact with someone who has had coronavirus AND you do not have a fever AND you do not have upper respiratory symptoms.
  2. Please enter the Southern Aesthetic office alone (leave the kids at home!).
  3. Patient appointments will be spaced out to maintain social distancing within the waiting room.
  4. Patients are asked to use alcohol hand gel on arrival and will be given a mask to wear.
  5. Our practitioners including myself, will be masked.
  6. Viral cleaning product is used on all patient surfaces after/before each patient.
  7. Practitioners and patients are to avoid touching their own faces during treatments.
  8. Please maintain 1.5m distance from reception staff who will process your payment and book your follow up appointments.

Can I have a skin consult during this time?

Yes you can contact the rooms on 02 95882494 and the reception staffwill organise a virtual consult with me free of charge.

Can I still buy skin care and do I have to come into the clinic to get it?

Yes! You can still buy any products from your skin care regime. We stock Southern Aesthetic Skin Care Range and Jan Marini Skin Care. Our clinic is still open to process payment and for you to pick up products in a safe way. If you prefer to stay in isolation, we can process payment over the phone and organise postage of your product to you.

Can I do extra treatments to my skin regime – at home?

Yes! We have several take home exfoliating masks and treatments that can be used at home to enhance your normal routine. These include the very popular Marini Holiday Exfoliator and we also have the Retinol Mask which is great for pigment and fine lines.
Coming into the drier months of Autumn, skin often requires more hydration. I often advise moving from serums to creams, which I can guide and advise you on this transition. And don’t forget your eye creams! The fragile area around your eyes require a much more delicate serum or cream and can make your face look and feel so much brighter.

I look forward to seeing you soon – stay safe and well!

Shanne Taylor RN

Southern Aesthetic Plastic Surgery