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Face Procedures

If you are considering reconstructive surgery for facial trauma, or facial cosmetic surgery such as rhinoplasty (nose reshaping), blepharoplasty ( eyelid surgery), otoplasty (ear correction) for microtia, contact our practice in Melbourne, Australia today.

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Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery
253 Wattletree Road
Malvern 3144
Victoria, Australia
Tel: +61 3 9508 9508
Fax:+61 3 9508 9588

At the Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery, we offer several facial aesthetic and reconstructive surgery procedures, including rhinoplasty, blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), and ear correction for microtia from our office in Melbourne, Australia.

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 redraped 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). Contact the Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery to find out if face and neck lift can benefit you.

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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. This procedure is best performed on individuals whose skin has not been noticeably affected by age, as this would require the more involved full face lift surgery.

Surgery is usually performed after creating tiny incisions in the hairline and inside the mouth. Both the muscles and skin tissues are then lifted, excess is removed, and what remains is sutured together to give you a more youthful appearance.

One of the major benefits of a mini face lift is that it focuses on improving a small area and therefore requires a shorter recovery period than a full face lift. Patients can return to daily activities within a couple days. To learn more about our mini face lift procedure, contact the Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery today.

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Endoscopic Brow Lift

Endoscopic brow lift is a minimally invasive surgery to reduce wrinkles and frown lines in the brow and forehead area. This procedure is ideal for younger patients who do not yet have wrinkles and therefore will not require excess skin to be removed.

Endoscopic brow lift surgery is performed using a tiny camera and television monitor. Only minimal incisions are necessary to insert the camera, allowing for minimal scarring and a speedy recovery.

This procedure can be performed by itself or in combination with other cosmetic procedures such as face lift or blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) for optimal results. At the Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery, our surgeons will be able to recommend the procedure or combination of procedures best suited to your needs.

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Lateral Temporal Lift

Not as complex as a full brow lift, but producing basically the same results with less recovery time, a lateral temporal lift is an ideal procedure for patients who want to reduce excess skin and creases around the eyes.

This procedure is typically performed with local anesthetic, and results are seen immediately. During surgery, an incision is made in the hairline, where it will not be visible. The skin is then tightened, excess skin is removed, and the incision is sutured.

Lateral temporal lift can also be combined with other plastic surgery procedures. Contact the Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery today to learn more.

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Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)

Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, is a procedure offered at the Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery that can tighten the skin around the eyes for a more youthful appearance. Blepharoplasty may even improve vision for those whose eyelids are drooping low enough to interfere with their eyesight.

Blepharoplasty may be performed on all four eyelids or only the top or bottom. During the procedure, one of our surgeons will make incisions into the natural creases around the eyes. For upper eyelid surgery, the incision will be made in the crease just above the eyelid. For lower eyelid surgery, the incision will be made just below the lashes. The surgeon will then remove any excess fat under the skin, trim off extra skin and muscles, and close the incisions with very fine stitches.

The results of blepharoplasty are usually permanent, so you can enjoy long-lasting results of a more youthful appearance and the increased confidence that comes with it. If you are interested in blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery, contact the Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery today.

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Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery)

Rhinoplasty, performed at the Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery in Australia, is a procedure that involves adjusting the size and shape of your nose to make it smaller, shapelier, and more proportionate to your other features. Rhinoplasty may also be performed to correct a breathing problem or deformity. At the Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery, our surgeons will spend time with you discussing your goals and defining realistic expectations.

During rhinoplasty surgery at our Australia practice, incisions are typically made inside the nostrils where they are not visible. In more complex procedures, however, an incision may be made across the tissue that separates your nostrils. The bone and cartilage is then sculpted to the desired shape.

When the surgery is complete, the nose will be put in a splint to hold its new shape, and nasal packs or soft plastic splints may also be used for stability. In most cases, patients may return home the same day as surgery and will begin to feel better within a couple days. However, patients will be unable to return to school or work for a week or two, as time is needed for the nose to heal.

If you are interested in rhinoplasty, contact the Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery in Australia for more information.

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Otoplasty (Ear Correction)

Otoplasty, or ear correction surgery, is a procedure most commonly performed on children between the ages of four and fourteen who want to reduce the size of their ears or set their ears back closer to their head.

During the otoplasty procedure, the surgeon will begin by making a small incision in the back of the ear. This provides access to the cartilage, which is then sculpted to the desired shape or angle. In other procedures, the cartilage is folded back to reshape the ear, excess skin is removed, and stitches are used to hold the new shape in place.

Microtia & Ear Anomalies

Otoplasty may also be performed to correct deformities of the ear such as microtia, a condition in which the ear lacks an external auditory canal. Microtia is treated at the Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery in Australia through reconstructive surgery using the opposite, normal ear as a pattern.

Children with microtia typically have hearing loss since there is no external canal in which sound can travel. However, surgical attempts to restore hearing should be postponed until reconstructive surgery is complete.

For a more detailed explanation of microtia and the surgery process, please click here.

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Chin Profile Alteration

Good looks are associated with a balance of facial features, including the chin. A small chin may be made more prominent to restore balance by either dividing the jaw bone and sliding it forward (mandibular sliding genioplasty) or by inserting a foreign implant over the jaw bone (augment mentoplasty).

These procedures are performed through a small incision, usually placed under the chin, resulting in a small scar and often transient numbness to the lower lip/chin area.

Occasionally, it is necessary to reduce a prominent chin and this is usually more complex, involving bone and dental work requiring hospitalization and the assistance of a dentist and/or maxillofacial surgeon.

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Reconstructive Surgery

For individuals who suffer from facial deformities as a result of a birth defect, or have suffered facial trauma, facial fractures, or severe wounds as a result of disease or accident, we offer reconstructive surgery procedures at the Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery. Our surgeons and staff are committed to providing you with exceptional care, so you can return to normal activities as soon as possible.

Cleft Lip and Palate

Cleft lip and palate occur during fetal development when the lip and roof of the mouth do not form properly. When there is a gap between the right and left sides of the lip, this is called a cleft lip. A cleft palate occurs when there is a separation between the right and left sides of the roof of the mouth. While these conditions may occur together, it is also possible for a child to be born with only a cleft lip or only a cleft palate. A child who suffers from one or both of these conditions will likely need plastic surgery to repair the defect.

Cleft Lip Surgery

Cleft lip surgery, offered at the Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery, is typically performed when the child is about 10 weeks old. During the surgery, an incision is made on either side of the cleft from the mouth into the nostril. The surgeon will then turn the dark pink outer portion of the cleft down and pull the muscle and the skin of the lip together, closing the separation. This will restore both muscle function as well as a natural appearance.

After surgery it may be necessary to use elbow restraints so the child does not rub the stitches. A scar will remain after surgery and will likely get larger and redder for a few weeks. However, over time, this scar will blend in with the shadows of the nose and upper lip and become less visible.

Cleft Palate Surgery

Cleft palate surgery, also offered at our practice in Melbourne, Australia, is more extensive than surgery for cleft lip, and for this reason, is typically performed when the child is about a year to a year-and-a-half old. The surgeon will begin by making two incisions in the roof of the mouth, one on either side of the gap. Tissue and muscle will then be moved from each side of the mouth and connected in the middle. With a complete palate, the child will be able to eat and speak properly.

Following surgery, medication may be administered to reduce pain and soreness. Since the child will not be able to eat or drink normally, an IV will be used to maintain fluid levels. Special instructions will be given for feeding during the first few weeks following surgery. It is important that these instructions are followed to enable proper healing. Elbow restraints may also be required to prevent the child from rubbing the stitches or aggravating the wound.

To learn more about cleft lip and palate surgery, contact the Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia today.

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Facial Trauma

Facial trauma, which may result from a motor vehicle accident, assault, or a sports injury, can be devastating to an individual. Facial trauma can change your appearance and affect your ability to function. It may include severe cuts, bruises, burns, muscle damage, and fractures. Facial trauma may also affect the way others interact with you or vice versa. At the Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery we can perform surgical procedures to improve your appearance and restore function to your facial muscles, minimising the long-term impact such accidents can have. Surgery can usually be performed the same day at the Stonnington Day Surgery centre.

Surgery is typically performed under local anesthesia. However, for children in need of surgery or adults with more severe injuries, a general anesthetic and fasting may be required. While surgery typically requires an incision, our surgeons are precise and take care to leave minimal scars, so that any evidence of surgery will be virtually undetectable. To find out how our surgeons can provide effective reconstructive surgery for your facial trauma, contact the Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery today.

Post-Traumatic Deformities

Injuries can affect our appearance, leaving behind scars or bone abnormalities, and can sometimes even impair function. This is not always due to an original improper treatment, but may be the result of a repair that simply changed over time. Plastic surgeons can often improve post-traumatic deformities using special tools and techniques.

For instance, our surgeons can revise or re-align scars, making them less noticeable. For larger depression areas or abnormal tissues, we can also inject fat or other compounds into your skin to make it even.

If you have suffered an injury and are currently experiencing post-traumatic deformity, you may be able to benefit from reconstructive surgery. Contact the Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery today to learn more.

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