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June 2022

Surgical Vs Non-Surgical Body Contouring Procedures

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When it comes to modern plastic surgery, you have a variety of options. However, when it comes to surgical vs non-surgical body contouring how do you choose the right procedure suited for your needs? While you may think it is best to pursue a non-surgical solution, there are situations that call for traditional plastic surgery.

So, without further ado, here are some tips to help you figure out if surgical or non-surgical body contouring is the best option for you:

Surgical Body Contouring

Liposuction is the most well-known body contouring procedure that provides immediate results by suctioning unwanted fat our through small incisions. Although the procedure is invasive, it is also very safe, reliable, and reproducible. Patients love the great results from liposuction as recovery is quick, and the results are immediate. Liposuction is often used in conjunction with other body contouring procedures such as tummy tuck, or neck lift, to create natural results and soften the junction between operated and non-operated parts of the body.

Many patients are surprised at how quickly they can get back to doing normal activities after liposuction. The procedure usually requires about a week of recovery before patients can return to light activity, and after six weeks they can perform more strenuous activities.

Non-Surgical Body Contouring

Non-surgical treatments can yield small to moderate improvements in skin tightening. The benefits of non-surgical treatments are that they have little to no downtime and are usually less expensive than surgery. The disadvantage is the limited scope. The ideal patient for non-surgical treatments is when they have a small about of skin lucidity in a problem area. However, the other disadvantage is that they often require repeated treatments. After several treatments, the cost can be similar to an operation. With non-surgical procedures, a lot of the time, you receive what you put in, meaning along with the procedure yourself, to see drastic results, you must change your lifestyle by exercising often and eating well.

So, how do you choose the right option for you? There are a few factors to consider, including:

    1. Your lifestyle

Ensuring you have time for post-operative recovery is vital. You must consider if you want a speedy recovery with more pronounced results. In general, the more invasive the procedure, the longer the recovery, but also the better, and more long-lasting result.

    1. Your expectations and goals

If you desire dramatic results from your procedure, then traditional plastic surgery may be the better option. Direct removal of the fat allows surgeons more control over the result, vs. a non-surgical treatment which depends on the body to flush away unwanted cells and may only result in a subtle improvement.

    1. Your health

Patients must be at their ideal weight and in good health for any surgical body contouring treatment, especially for treatments that require anaesthesia.

    1. Advice from your surgeon

If you are not certain what procedure could be right for you, speak to your local doctor or specialist plastic surgeon. If you are still weighing up the options, asking for advice from an expert is the best path to take. A plastic surgeon will evaluate you medically, determine your goals, and make personalised recommendations.

At Southern Aesthetics, we will always be honest and will let you know if we believe that surgery is the right path for you. We provide customised body contouring surgery Sydney services, to suit the individual patients needs. Contact us on 02 9186 8105 for more information.

What to do if you suspect that you may have skin cancer?

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Skin cancer is by far the most common type of cancer and if you know what to look for, you’ll be able to spot warning signs of skin cancer early. Discovering skin cancer early, makes skin cancer much easier to treat.

If you notice any abnormalities on your skin that doesn’t go back to normal looking skin over a six-week period, you should make an appointment with your general practitioner who can then determine if it is worth a second opinion from a specialist plastic surgeon. A plastic surgeon will take your history and examine your possible skin cancer – they can then recommend a formal diagnosis with a biopsy usually done under local anaesthetic in their office.

The symptoms of skin cancer are a new or changing lump on your skin. These include:

  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) which commonly looks like a small scaly patch of skin that doesn’t improve with moisturiser. SCCs can occur anywhere on the body but have a predilection for areas of sun exposure on the arms, legs, and face. If left untreated, SCCs can invade along and through nerves, lymphatics, and bone.
  • Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) which looks like a pale pink nodule and can sometimes bleed and itch. BCCs grow slowly but deeply and can penetrate through to bone.
  • Melanoma which looks like a dark mole that has recently changed shape or colour. Risk factors for developing a melanoma include a history of previous skin cancers, blistering sunburns as a child, a family history of melanoma and numerous dysplastic moles.

It is important to remember that all skin cancers may not look like these descriptions. Also look for:

  • Any new spots
  • Any spot that doesn’t look like others on your body
  • Any sore that doesn’t heal
  • Redness or new swelling around the border of a mole
  • Colour that spreads from the border of a spot into surrounding skin
  • Itching, pain, or tenderness in an area that doesn’t go away or goes away then comes back
  • Changes in the surface of a mole: oozing, scaliness, bleeding, or the appearance of a lump or bump

Skin Cancer Treatment Sydney

At Southern Aesthetics, our experienced plastic surgeons can diagnose skin cancer usually by clinically examining the concerning spot. However, in cosmetically sensitive areas and when the diagnosis is uncertain, a small biopsy will be performed under local anaesthetic. We also offer Mohs Surgery, which is a two-stage skin cancer treatment that provides the highest rate of long-term cure for most SCCs and BCCs with minimal damage to the surrounding tissues. The goal of our surgeons is to remove the skin cancer completely whilst preserving the natural appearance of your face.

If you suspect that you may have skin cancer, call Southern Aesthetics on 02 9286 8105, and book a consultation with one of our experienced skin cancer surgeons today.