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What do they mean when they say ‘beauty’ over ‘ageing’?

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Ageing gracefully is about choosing graceful beauty, every decade of a women’s life sees structural changes of the face from the skin down to the bone. For instance, attempting to restore a 50-year-old woman’s face to look like her 20-year-old daughter would seem unharmonious as it disrespects the anatomical changes that a woman’s face is going through.

We believe that plastic surgery should enhance the beauty that our patients already have. At Southern Aesthetics, we ensure that when our patients undergo plastic surgery, it assists in helping them age more gracefully whilst maintaining their youthful beauty.

Here are the most common types of plastic surgery that enhance facial beauty:

Face Lift

A facelift surgery is an operation that tightens facial skin and the underlying muscles. Facelift is a term used to describe a combination of procedures including cheek, eyelid surgery, brow, and neck lift. All these surgeries can be performed separately or together.

Brow Lift

A browlift re-positions and recontours the eyebrows so that they youthfully frame the eyes. A browlift is the term given for many different operations that enhance the appearance of the forehead, eyebrows, and eyes by smoothing wrinkles, repositioning, and reshaping the eyebrows and lifting heavy skin and the outer corner of the eyes.

Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid surgery addresses the aging of the eyelids, which can improve vision and provide a fresher, brighter and more youthful appearance. The signs of ageing around the eye are anatomically complex, however they can display a dramatic and impressive improvement with surgery.

Neck lift Surgery

Neck lift surgery elevates and tightens the skins and the underlying platysma muscle to restore the youthful angle of your neck and sharpen the jawline. All necks age with time, and some age more quickly, which can seem out of proportion with the person’s character. A neck lift is often performed in unison with a facelift to maximise the patient’s improvement in their appearance.

For more information regarding beauty enhancements with plastic surgery, contact Southern Aesthetics, the finest plastic surgeon The Shire locals can trust, on 02 9186 8105.

The History of Plastic Surgery

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The plastic surgery procedures that we see in modern day medicine have evolved over thousands of years. We have witnessed the enhancement of technologies, and the fine tuning of operations.

Here is an overview of the rich history of plastic surgery:

Ancient Egypt

Plastic surgery is at least as old as Ancient Egypt, it came prior to things like anaesthesia and antiseptics by several periods. The Edwin Smith Papyrus is the oldest known medical text that discusses surgical reconstructive procedures after trauma. The reconstructive efforts of the ancient Egyptians gave birth to rhinoplasty, and therefore the text is usually considered to contain the earliest known mention of plastic surgery.

World War I and World War II

Plastic surgery operations have been present for thousands of years to reconstruct people’s faces after trauma. However, the specialty became better defined during World War I and World War II, to help give soldiers back their dignity by restoring the appearance of their face and functioning of their limbs. From this era came the idea that plastic surgery restores body positivity and confidence by improving function as well as appearance.

Many of the modern operations that are undertaken to improve appearance were also born out of operations to reconstruct cancer and trauma. For example, fat grafting was initially devised to fill the defects in peoples faces after explosions had caused major damage to their facial features. In modern plastic surgery, fat grafting is used to enhance women’s breasts, buttocks and faces.

Modern Plastic Surgery

Plastic surgery really started to transform in the 1960’s and the 1970’s, as there were many significant scientific developments during this time. Silicone was a newly found substance that was growing in popularity as a staple for particular plastic surgery procedures. Initially, silicone was used to treat skin imperfections, then, in 1962, Dr. Thomas Cronin created and unveiled a new breast implant devise that was made from silicone. Over the next decade or so, silicone implants continued to be developed for use in various parts of the face and body.

Plastic Surgery Today

It was in the 2000’s that cosmetic surgery saw a rise in popularity, and medical advances have made impossible procedures possible. Due to modern day communications and technologies, we are now able to view information about any kind of plastic surgery procedures from the comfort of our own homes. Currently, the most current trend in plastic surgery is to move towards less invasive procedures designed to warn off any visible signs of aging, including the use of facial wrinkle fillers, most notably, Botox.

At Southern Aesthetics, we are dedicated to keeping the history of plastic surgery alive by achieving outstanding results for our clients. For further information contact Southern Aesthetics, the plastic surgeon the Shire locals trust on 02 9186 8105.

Can I get rid of my breast lift scars?

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The one long term issue that concerns patients thinking about breast surgery is the scaring. Scars after breast lifts will always be present and never completely disappear. However, there are modern creams and techniques that can be used in order for the scars to become barely visible.

How can I reduce scaring after breast augmentation?

Seek a Specialist Plastic Surgeon

First and foremost, it is vital that you carefully consider your choice of surgeon. An experienced surgeon will have good surgical techniques that will reduce the risk of complications known to cause scaring. By choosing a specialist plastic surgeon, you are receiving the very best in surgical techniques and materials, as well as proper guidance and advice on how to look after your wounds post-surgery.

Use Silicone Sheets and Scar Gels

Silicon sheets help hydrate recent incisions. Silicone scar gel and sheets have significant evidence to show they reduce scarring by flattening scars and reducing their redness. Silicone sheets are recommended in non hairy areas that are flat as they gently stick and contour to the wound. They can be used to reduce itchiness and pain right after surgery, and you can continue to use them for a few months.

Scar gels are silicone-based products that can be used without bandages. You can use these after the incisions heal. The main purpose of scar gels is to help reduce the size and colouring of the scars. They are colourless and have a texture similar to baby oil.

Intense Scar Treatments

For scars that are looking thick and pink, we can offer a course of steroid injections or provide referral to an expert dermatologist that offers laser scar management.

At Southern Aesthetics, our specialist plastic surgeon offers the highest level of skills and training in  breast augmentation surgery Sydney locals can trust.  Our surgeon Dr Amira Sanki has extensive experience and training in breast augmentation, including the most advanced and up to date techniques. She is devoted to providing her patients with the safest and best treatments available.

For more information contact Southern Aesthetics on 02 9186 8105 and one of our friendly staff will be able to assist.

What you need to know about breast augmentation and future health?

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Breast augmentation surgery gives a highly satisfying result, with an instant improvement in your appearance and self-esteem.

There are many reasons why women consider a breast augmentation including:

  • You would prefer your breasts to be a larger cup size.
  • Your breasts have shrunk or sagged after pregnancy or breast feeding.
  • The sizes of your breasts are uneven.

Do breast implants last forever?

Breast augmentation surgery gives a highly satisfying result, with an instant improvement in your appearance and self-esteem. While we use the highest quality breast implants available and meticulous surgical technique, it is still possible for problems such as capsular contracture, infection, malposition, and leaks to occur.

These problems can vary from minor to significant enough to require further surgery and even replacement or removal of your implants. Scientific studies have estimated that 25% of women will require revisional implant surgery within ten years of their primary breast augmentation.

Can I still undergo regular breast screenings?

Women with breast implants can have regular screening mammograms. The radiographer will use special techniques to obtain a clear x-ray regardless of the type of implant and where it is inserted. It is also important to note that breast cancer has never been associated with implants.

Can I breastfeed after breast augmentation?

Implants are placed behind the milk glands or under the chest muscles, which does not affect milk supply. Ensure you discuss breastfeeding with your surgeon prior to any surgery so your surgeon can adjust their technique to help maintain your ability to breastfeed.

Our breast augmentation Sydney surgeons, Dr. Amira Sanki, and Dr. Ilias Kotronakis are fully qualified Plastic Surgeons. For more information about breast augmentation and future health, contact Southern Aesthetics on 02 9186 8105 and one of our friendly staff will be able to assist.

Skin Cancer Treatment at A Plastic Surgeon

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Did you know that Australia has the highest incidence of skin cancer in the world? It is estimated that two thirds of people living in Australia will be diagnosed with skin cancer before the age of 70.

Fortunately, skin cancers are readily amendable to treatment in their early stages. At Southern Aesthetic, our patients’ skin surgery can be performed under local anaesthetic in our Kogarah location.  However, all our patients are also offered the option of surgery under sedation or a general anaesthetic to complete their skin cancer treatment in one of our Sydney hospitals.

Patients requiring skin cancer surgery desire 2 things:

  1. A cure
  2. To look good after the procedure is over to move on as if nothing occurred.

Plastic surgeons have both interests at heart – to remove the tumour completely whilst preserving the natural appearance of your face.

Dr Ilias Kotronakis also offers Mohs’ micrographic surgery in conjunction with a professional dermatologist. This is a two-stage skin cancer treatment that offers the highest rate of long-term cure for most SCC or BCC’s with minimal collateral damage to the surrounding tissues. It is the best skin cancer treatment option available in Sydney for patients with tumours affecting aesthetically sensitive parts of their body, for example the nose or eyes.

At Southern Aesthetics, we are dedicated to providing excellent after-care for our patients, including would management and dressings, as well as long-term scare management.

Skin cancer treatment Sydney is of a very high international standard. Plastic surgeons have unique training and techniques to ensure that cancers are completely removed and that the cosmetic result is the most subtle it can be. We will guarantee that every effort is made for you to look as though you have never had surgery.

For more information about skin cancer treatments at a plastic surgeon contact Southern Aesthetics on 02 9186 8105.

How many plastic surgeries can be done at once?

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A lot of people after achieving major weight loss desire to have multiple procedures completed.  The most common operations requested by these patients are abdominoplasty, and mastopexy (breast lift). Brachioplasty, face and neck lift and thigh lift surgery are operations that take a significant second place to abdominal and breast procedures.

How many procedures can be completed at once?

The limitation on how many procedures can be done at once comes down to the safety and comfort of our patients. Clinical trials show that it is crucial to keep the operations less than six hours, due to risks of blood clots, reduction in body temperature and pressure sores. Ideally, operations that are combined involve adjacent areas of the body, such as the abdomen and breasts or arms and breasts.

Therefore, this allows for a person to usually have two areas operated on at once, such as a mummy make over (breast surgery and tummy tuck) or arm lift and breast surgery.

Recovery from multiple surgeries

Limitations also come down to recovery, it does not make sense to complete an arm lift and thigh lift at the same time as it will increase recovery time and decrease the level of comfort and mobility. For example, we recommend procedures such as belt lipectomy and thigh lifts to be completed as stand-alone operations as they generate scars in locations of the body that make it uneasy to move if another part of your body is also recovering from surgery.

Patients who have experienced easy recoveries from other operations such as, hernia repair, gastric sleeve, and caesarean section, can usually tolerate a combination of procedures well. Other factors that allow the prediction of good recovery from longer procedures include high pain threshold and positive attitude.

As a leading female plastic surgeon Sydney can offer, Dr. Amira Sanki understands the difficulties women face when seeking professional surgical opinion. Her surgical expertise ensures that women are well cared for before, during and after the surgeries.

For more information on how Southern Aesthetic can help you achieve the most out of your procedures, contact us on 02 9186 8105 and one of our friendly team members will be able to assist you.

What are the most common types of plastic surgery?

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Plastic surgery continues to grow in popularity each year, with over 200,000 procedures taken place in Australia annually. Plastic surgery is a broad specialty that focuses on using the finest surgical techniques to restore and enhance the face and body.

There are several cosmetic surgery procedures that both women and men can choose from to make them feel more confident and comfortable with their appearance.

Here are the most common types of plastic surgery:

  • Eyelid Surgery: Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) addresses the signs of aging, which can improve vision and offer a fresher, brighter and more youthful appearance and opens their eyes.
  • Breast Reduction Surgery: Breast reduction is surgical reshaping and removal of breast tissue to improve the appearance of your breasts and reduce their size. It is a commonly requested procedure as breasts that are too large can interfere with the active and busy lifestyles women lead.
  • Breast Augmentation: There are many reasons why women consider breast augmentation including, preferring your breasts to be a larger cup size, if your breasts have shrunk or sagged after pregnancy or breast feeding or if the sizes of your breasts are uneven.
  • Tummy Tuck: Plastic surgery after extreme weight loss such as abdominoplasty or tummy tuck is a surgical procedure to tighten the skin and muscles of the abdomen. Abdominoplasty may assist you to get back into the shape and abdominal strength you are aiming for.
  • Liposuction: Liposuction is an effective technique for patients who are already at their ideal body weight but desire to remove subcutaneous fat in areas of good skin tone to contour and slim parts of the body. It is often used in conjunction with other surgical procedures such as a tummy tuck to create natural results and soften the junction between operated and non-operated parts of the body.

It is imperative that you carefully consider your choice of surgeon, at Southern Aesthetic Plastic Surgery we establish plans tailored to your preferences and body type so that you can get the most out of your procedure.

For more information contact us on 02 9186 8105 and one of our friendly and experienced team members will be able to answer any questions.

Will I experience swelling after breast augmentation surgery?

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Breast augmentation is an operation that can give women the breast size and shape they desire and improve confidence in their appearance.

Most breast augmentation surgery is performed as day surgery and you will instantly see your result. As with any plastic surgery, you should expect a recovery period to help recuperate from your operation.  Once you are through that recovery period life goes back to normal.

What can you expect after breast augmentation surgery?

At Southern Aesthetics we provide a detailed comfort plan to ensure that your recovery is as pain free as possible. Breast augmentation surgery is a significant procedure, if you are unable to organise someone to take you home and care for you on the first day, then it may be best to spend one night in hospital to assist with recovery. Most people that have breast implant surgery can drive, return to work, and gently start exercising after one week, and get back to full exercise after six weeks.

Patients should understand that swelling is a normal response to any kind of surgery, and the duration of swelling after breast augmentation surgery is usually up to three months.  It is important to remember that the joy and benefits of the procedure outweigh the time needed to recover.

What to look out for?

Breast augmentation surgery provides instant improvements in your appearance resulting in a higher self-esteemand a satisfying result. At Southern Aesthetic Plastic Surgery we use only TGA approved, high quality breast implants and meticulous surgical technique. It is important to know that problems such as infection, malposition, capsular contracture and implant leaks can still occur. These issues can vary from minor to significant enough to require further surgery or even replacement or removal of your implants. Breast implants, like any implant in the body (such as joint replacements or pacemakers), will require revisional surgery to maintain the result. If problems with your implants occur, contact your plastic surgeon so they can determine the best course of action to correct the issue.

At Southern Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, our surgeons will listen to your concerns and goals when determining whether breast augmentation surgery is the best course of action. Dr Amira Sanki and Dr Ilias Kotronakis both have extensive experience and highest training in breast augmentation surgery Sydney can offer. They are committed to giving their patients the safest and best treatment available.

Our friendly and experienced team are always at hand to help you, for more information about breast augmentation surgery Sydney, call Southern Aesthetics on 02 9186 8105.

Does plastic surgery hurt?

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Two of the main concerns patients have when considering plastic surgery are the duration of their recovery time and pain management. At Southern Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, our utmost priority is to ensure our patients feel comfortable during and following their procedure to help them get back to their normal life as soon as possible. Every patient obtains a detailed comfort plan designed by their anaesthetist to ensure their recovery is as pain free as possible. All of our patients receive close follow up with phone calls and post-operative consultations with their surgeon to ensure that their recovery is on track.

When undergoing any plastic surgery procedure, local anaesthetic is placed into the wound area to provide comfort that lasts for up to the first 24 hours. For people having procedures that are longer than 3 hours, a patient controlled analgesia system is also organised so that you can self-administer your pain relief instantly. Once at home, patients are prescribed  a combination of slow release and immediate pain relief. A good level of pain relief allows you to be more active and sleep well. A thorough comfort plan helps you to get back to normal activity and feel like yourself again.

Each body is different and recovers at its own pace. Our surgeons will listen carefully to your personal experiences with past procedures and take the utmost care to ensure you are comfortable and reassured while you recover. At Southern Aesthetic Plastic Surgery we always schedule regular check-ups after surgery to monitor your progress.

Patients should not put up with significant pain, it is important to use any painkillers prescribed after the operation to assist with pain relief. Over the counter medications that can also help relieve pain are regular paracetamol and anti-inflammatories.

After undergoing any surgery, we recommend taking time off to fully rest while your body and immune system recuperates. It is vital to avoid strenuous exercise after surgery for six weeks, as this can slow down recovery time and put you at risk of health complications.

It is important to carefully consider your choice of surgeon, you should opt for the plastic surgeon the Shire local’s trust. At Southern Aesthetic Plastic Surgery we establish plans tailored to your preferences and body type so that you can enjoy a speedy and restful recovery.

For more information contact us on 02 9186 8105 and one of our experienced team members will be able to answer any questions.

Cosmetic surgery is growing in popularity – what are people having done

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Cosmetic surgery is on the rise as more people than ever before look to boost their self-confidence and improve their health and looks. In fact, a recent study by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery shows that the cosmetic surgery market will reach nearly $67 billion USD by 2026. That means lot of cosmetic surgery is being done at the moment, and we here at Southern Aesthetic will walk you through some of the most popular procedures.

Check out four of the most popular cosmetic surgeries below:

Breast reduction is also on the rise and makes up 18 per cent of plastic surgeries. People are more active than ever before, and large breasts can hamper a busy lifestyle. Many women get this surgery to reduce back, shoulder and neck pain. It also helps women exercise, find better fitting clothing, and can eliminate rashes or thrush under breasts.

Another popular cosmetic surgery is the tummy tuck, which is great for those that want to improve a sagging tummy. This is most popular for people that have experienced significant weight loss or have had children. Most people that have this have failed to improve the tummy contour despite exercising. It also fixes thrush and sweatiness at the abdominal fold and helps them find clothes that fit well. Abdominoplasty can also help people get back into shape and up their abdominal strength by removing loose skin and tightening the abdominal muscles.

Facelifts are also a common procedure that is done. This is to combat both chronological aging and photoaging, which is due to environmental factors like the sun. A facelift tightens facial skin and the muscles underneath. It’s a broad term that is also used by many to describe a number of procedures such as eyelid surgery, brow and neck lifts. They can often be done in one go. People often get it done if they have sagging skin, sunken cheeks or have a face that appears overweight.

Of course, breast augmentation is also a popular procedure that is done to enlarge a woman’s breasts or adjust their look. Common reasons it is done include upgrading to a larger cup size, reshaping after the changes caused by pregnancy, or breast feeding and evening out the sizes of both breasts.

These are just a few of the many different plastic surgery procedures we offer at Southern Aesthetic. Get in touch today and learn about how we can help create a better you.