Unless you have been drinking from the fountain of eternal youth, wrinkling, sagging and loosening of the skin on your face and neck begins to make you look tired, worn and aged. These age markers can also be exacerbated through sun damage, smoking and other lifestyle factors.
The team at the Melbourne Institute for Plastic Surgery have not found a magic tonic for youth, but the experienced, professional and caring surgeons can offer a variety of surgical and non-surgical anti-ageing options for your face and neck.
Face and Neck Lift
As we age our skin begins to sag, often making us look tired and worn. With a face and neck lift procedure offered at the Institute; it is easy to retain a more youthful appearance. A face and neck lift will reduce signs of aging by repositioning and tightening the excess skin and muscles of both the face and neck to define the jaw line and diminish facial wrinkles.
Surgery is typically performed by making incisions in front of and behind the ear, leading into the hairline on either side of the head. In some cases, a small incision is also made under the chin. The skin is then lifted, and both the skin and underlying muscles are tightened, and any excess is trimmed. The skin is then re-draped and held in place by fine sutures.
Face and neck lift can be performed alone or accompanied by other surgical procedures including liposuction, brow surgery, or blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery).
Mini Face Lift
A mini face lift is an alternative to traditional face lift surgery for individuals who want to focus on specific problem areas, such as parts of the neck or mid face. Surgery is usually performed after creating tiny incisions in the hairline and inside the mouth. The muscle and skin are lifted and removed. This is a great option as it requires a shorter recovery period (a few days) than a full face lift. The result aims for a more youthful appearance.
Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)
Eyelid surgery may be performed on one or all four eyelids and can tighten the skin around the eyes for a more youthful appearance. Incisions are made in the crease above the eyelid and the surgeon will remove any excess fat under the skin, trim off extra skin and muscle and close with very fine stitches. The results are usually permanent giving long lasting results.
Endoscopic Brow Lift
This minimally invasive surgery reduces wrinkles and frown lines in the brow or forehead. Surgery is performed using a tiny camera and tv monitor. Minimal incisions are required resulting in minimal scarring and a swift recovery.
Individuals who want to rejuvenate their skin and reverse the signs of ageing without undergoing a surgical procedure. The professional team at the Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery offer procedures including Thermage laser and soft tissue enhancements in the form of injectables such as Botox, dermal fillers and fat grafting.
Thermage provides the results of a facelift, without surgery. It works by heating the deeper tissues, and immediately begins to tighten the skin and increase collagen production. Thermage treatments are typically 45 minutes for eyes or face and you will notice results from just one treatment. The result is healthier, smoother, younger looking skin. Thermage can be used to treat:
The Eyes: The upper and lower eyelids targeting hooding, fine lines and the brow line.
The Face: Thermage smooths lines and wrinkles and remodels collagen for the overall health of the skin. Thermage has no down-time and results can last up to two years.
Soft tissue enhancement
Injectable treatments target the effects of ageing and achieve a more youthful look. Taking only a matter of minutes, soft tissue enhancements are a cost effective, efficient and results oriented technique to tighten your skin. Treatments at the Medispa at Melbourne institute of Plastic Surgery include dermal fillers and anti wrinkle injections.
Dermal fillers are fast, administered via a series of tiny injections with instantly visible results. Fillers are available in temporary and semi-permanent options. Perfect for bringing back a feeling of volume and plumpness to enhance the contours in your skin and soften creases and tighten wrinkles, reversing ageing signs. There is no down time with this procedure. Temporary fillers can consist of Collagen, Hyaluronic acid, Calcium hydroxylapatite and the synthetic material Polylactic acid. The semi-permanent filler option is called PMMA (polymthylmethacrylate). Depending on your pain tolerance, injections have the potential to be uncomfortable or painful. Results can last anywhere from 6 to 18 months dependant on the type of filler used. Dermal fillers are often used in combination with anti-wrinkle injections to smooth out lines and wrinkles and rejuvenate the face.
Inhibitors: Anti-wrinkle injections
Inhibitors target facial muscles and once injected the product begins to relax muscles responsible for lines and wrinkles ageing the face. The cosmetic nurse injectors at Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery are experienced in administering the botulinum toxint. The sensation may feel like a small bite or sting and leave a mark that will subside in 30 – 60 minutes. With no down time, clients can immediately return to their day. The smoothing anti-ageing effect is noticeable in a few days and peaks around one month after injection. The muscle relaxing properties last for three to four months.
As a part of the high quality, professional, client focussed care; the Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery now offers the Medispa experience. The dermal therapists in the Medispa will meet with you to discuss your skin concerns and your skin goals. Following on from this consultation the therapists will plan a treatment regime for you and offer you the best non-invasive, non-surgical treatment to most effective reach you goal. In some instances, it may just be one form of treatment or in others you may achieve the best result through a combination of procedures.
Take the first step to a more youthful appearance with a 30 minute complimentary skin consultation with the Medispa team or a consultation with our surgeons. Discuss your skin concerns and desired results. The team will work with you to create a tailored treatment plan just for you and will determine the procedure/s needed.
For more information on anti-ageing options for your face and neck and to arrange a consultation at visit the Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery at Malvern, complete a contact form or call us on 03 8692 5566.