Aesthetic Surgery (incl. Blepharoplasty & Tummy Tuck)
Plastic surgery for those facial and body issues that you just want fixed. Whether for cosmetic reasons or reconstruction after a condition, aesthetic surgery can help you gain the confidence you desire, or the confidence you want to gain back.
Blepharoplasty (Upper Lid)
For redundant upper eyelid skin. Depending on how much redundant (loose) skin you have, this eyelid surgery may or may not be covered under Australian Medicare. This cosmetic procedure may be carried out to improve the appearance of your eyelids by re-draping the skin that obscures or blocks your peripheral vision. As a result of this loose skin problem, you may find that "puffy eyes" and/or "eyelid heaviness" may be an issue. All of these can contribute to a person's ageing features and hence, a blepharoplasty may restore (to some extent), some of your youthful appearance. This procedure however, cannot lift your eyebrows if they are sagging, or get rid of crow's feet or dark circles - which are often concurrent concerns.
Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
Your skin and muscles around the abdomen may become stretched or separated for a variety of reasons - eg. pregnancy, ageing, extensive weight gain/loss, or previous surgery. A tummy tuck (full abdominoplasty or mini tummy tuck) may be used to improve the shape and tone of your abdomen by removing sagging excess fat and excess skin. A separation in your six pack (Rectus Abdominis) muscles can also be repaired during this operation for added strength. The result is a flatter, firmer and more shapely contoured abdomen. Patients often come seeking this procedure also because of chronic dermatitis, irritation and infection under the large skin fold.
If you have a significant amount of excess and redundant thigh skin (very common from extensive weight loss), this procedure may be beneficial to you. An incision is planned over the inner aspect of both thighs and excess sagging fat and skin is removed in order to achieve a tighter shape and contour.
Brachioplasty (Arm Lift)
Brachioplasty may be of help to you if excess and redundant arm skin (around the triceps area) is your main concern. This excess sagging fat and skin is removed via an incision over the back of your arm in order to achieve a tighter shape and contour - similar to a thigh lift to the lower limb.
What you can expect - Surgery, Recovery and Post Operative
Both the procedure and recovery time will depend on the condition being treated, the area being operated on and the complexity of the surgery being performed. Your recovery time will also depend on your job/home situation. You will be adequately prepared during your consultation by your plastic surgeon, so that you're clear on what's involved and what your recovery is likely to be like. Completely tailored to the surgery you'll be undergoing.
These cosmetic operations may not be suitable for you at this present time if you are:
(i) An active smoker
(ii) Excessively overweight
(iii) Suffering from any significant pre-existing medical conditions
These factors can put you at a higher risk of experiencing the below complications and thus have a much less desirable aesthetics outcome.
Every surgery carries some degree of risk. These will be explained and discussed with you during your initial consultation, if you are considering to proceed with any surgery. Some of the possible general complications may include:
- Wound infection or breakdown (requiring dressings and/or antibiotics)
- Pain and discomfort around the wound sites
- Haematoma (blood clot which may require evacuation)
- Bleeding (which may necessitate blood transfusion)
- Deep vein thrombosis (a blood clot in the leg, which in rare occasions, may travel to the lungs and become life threatening)
- Hypertrophic, stretched or keloid scar
- Anaesthetic complications depending on local or general anaesthetic (which will be addressed by your anaesthetist)
Medicare Eligible Services
Abdominoplasty and Blepharoplasty may be covered under Medicare (Australia). Visit us for a consultation and speak to your surgeon about your condition and history, and we'll be able to tell you if you are eligible. This can significantly reduce both your hospital and surgical costs of these treatments.