We offer a new skin tightening procedure, Thermage® , at the Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery, as well as treatment for melanoma and other types of skin cancer. Contact our Australia practice today to learn more.
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Individuals who want to rejuvenate their skin and enhance their appearance without undergoing a facelift may be interested in a treatment such as soft tissue enhancement or Thermage®. At the Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery in Australia, we are proud to offer plastic surgery procedures as well as these alternative treatments to meet the needs of all our patients.
Keeping your skin healthy is extremely important to your overall health as well as your appearance. Continual exposure to the sun and harsh chemicals can damage your skin, putting you at risk for melanoma and other types of skin cancer. In Australia, as a result of the sunny climate and fair-skinned population, almost half of all adults will likely be affected by skin cancer at some point in their lives. Fortunately, however, 95 percent of skin cancers can be cured with treatment. We offer treatment for all types of skin cancer, including melanoma at our practice in Australia.
Thermage® is an exciting new procedure now available in Australia at the Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery. Thermage® provides the results of a facelift, without surgery. This non-invasive procedure uses ThermaCool™ technology to evenly heat the underlying layers of skin while protecting and cooling the outer layers. By heating the deeper tissues, Thermage® immediately begins to tighten the skin and increase collagen production. The result is healthier, smoother, and younger looking skin.
Treatment lasts between 30 and 90 minutes and requires no anesthetic; theoretically, you could therefore have Thermage® completed on your lunch break. As the collagen in your skin increases, your skin will continue to tighten, allowing results of your treatment to appear gradually within two to six months. Results of Thermage® can last up to two years, which is longer than most fillers. To learn more about Thermage® treatment, contact the Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery in Australia today.
Skin resurfacing is available to patients for the treatment of fine lines and wrinkles as well as pigmented, blotchy, or dry skin. Skin resurfacing can also be used to treat scars from acne, chicken pox, and pigmented lesions.
Skin resurfacing is performed using an IPL laser, the latest fluorescent technology from Harmony for facial rejuvenation and removal of brown marks. IPL uses a fluorescent flash lamp with filters to block out unwanted wavelengths of light.
The laser is a powerful beam of light, which can be used to remove skin cells in a very precise and controlled manner. Laser resurfacing of the skin removes the outer cells, allowing regeneration of new skin with improved complexion, texture, and tone. However, while it will improve blemishes, it does not remove all types of skin spots or lines.
Laser skin resurfacing may be performed under local or general anesthetic and is typically a day procedure. Approximately two weeks are required off work to allow the areas to heal. The skin may stay red (erythema) for some weeks, and makeup will be required to enable you to return to work and other social activities.
Only state-of-the-art skin care products are used in our programs. We are proud of our range of Dermaclear products developed specifically for our harsh Australian environment to protect and rejuvenate your skin. Iontophoresis, a process using small electric currents to increase penetration of our products across the skin barrier, may be used to enhance results.
Skin resurfacing may be performed in conjunction with any of the other facial surgery procedures we offer. To learn more about our skin resurfacing procedures, contact the Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery today.
Soft Tissue Enhancement
There are many methods available to your surgeon to improve the appearance of your face aside from a full face lift or rhinoplasty. Such improvement may involve our skin care specialist. Excessive frowning, or crow’s feet, can be helped with injectable muscle relaxants. Deep wrinkles that develop in the forehead, between the eyes, beside the nose, or around the mouth can be improved by injecting these creases with a substance that will fill them out and raise them so that they are more level with the adjacent skin. These substances can also be used to provide increased volume and definition in lip augmentation.
There are two filler options for soft tissue enhancement. The filler can be a small amount of your own body fat, taken from another area of your body, and may provide a permanent improvement in appearance, depending on how much of your body fat you keep long-term. Other fillers, which are engineered in the laboratory, can be used and are provided in small syringes for injection directly into the area required. However, this provides only a temporary improvement lasting up to 12 months.
Soft tissue enhancement may also be achieved using small implants designed to augment the shape and projection of the chin and cheekbones. These implants are designed in several shapes and sizes to suit all needs. For more information on soft tissue enhancement, contact the Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery today.
Skin Cancer Removal and Reconstruction
The Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery treats many types of skin cancer. To treat skin cancer requires the removal of the affected skin. This procedure is usually performed under local anesthetic. In most cases, stitches are used to close the wound, leaving a straight-line scar. However, for certain areas of the body or larger cancers, a skin graft may be necessary.
Unfortunately, once you have been diagnosed with skin cancer, you are at a higher risk for developing further cancers. Therefore, it is important that you have frequent check-ups to ensure that the cancer does not come back.
Types of Skin Cancer
There are three main types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), and melanoma. All three of these cancers generally require surgical intervention and ongoing surveillance.
Basal cell carcinomas are the most common and least aggressive form of skin cancer, typically developing on the face, ears, neck, scalp, shoulders, or back. Since they are visible on the outer layer of skin in the form of a reddish patch, shiny bump, open sore, pink growth, or scar-like mark and continue to grow only in their original location rather than spreading elsewhere in the body, a one-time treatment to surgically remove the infected area is all that is necessary.
Squamous cell carcinomas are more aggressive than basal cell carcinoma, and may result from excessive exposure to the sun or to certain chemicals. Some squamous cell carcinomas have the ability to spread to other areas of the body such as the lymph glands. This typically occurs if the cancer is larger or has been growing, untreated, for a long period of time. Treatment involves surgery to remove the cancer and close monitoring of the lymph glands in the area.
Melanoma is the most aggressive form of skin cancer, but also the least common. If not detected early, melanoma may spread to the surrounding lymph glands or other organs. To treat melanoma, the affected skin needs to be surgically removed, along with a rim of normal skin surrounding the infected area. Tests, including a chest x-ray, blood test, sampling of lymph glands, and CT scans may also be performed to ensure that the cancer did not spread elsewhere. Even if the tests bring up no results, the patient should be monitored for the next few years to confirm that the cancer has not come back or spread. To learn more about treatment for melanoma or other types of skin cancer, contact our Australia practice today.
Removal of Non-Cancerous Spots
Most spots or blemishes on our skin are not skin cancer. However, they may still be of concern to you because of their unsightly appearance, or because you might be worried that they could become cancerous. Many people have spots removed under these circumstances. Removal of these spots can usually be performed under local anesthetic as a day procedure. Remember that after removal of a spot, a small scar will remain in its place, but this is usually less noticeable than the original spot. Some thin spots can be removed with IPL or a laser, which can leave virtually no scarring. Your surgeon can discuss which form of treatment is best for you.
Blemishes that are the result of burst vessels or thin veins in the skin can also be treated with a special vascular laser. This laser targets only the blood vessels and leaves the skin untouched, meaning that there is no scarring. We provide this service through our affiliation with the Stonnington Laser and Vein Clinic. The procedure is performed without need for anesthetic or hospitalization, and there is no time away from activities.
The development of microsurgery more than 30 years ago revolutionised the practice of plastic and reconstructive surgery. For the first time, surgeons had the equipment and techniques to successfully re-attach severed body parts such as fingers, as well as to move body tissue into areas that had been destroyed by trauma or cancer. The early successes with these techniques were quite rightly considered extraordinary. However, with the improvement in equipment, as well as in the skill and knowledge of microsurgeons, success with these procedures is now a common event, although still not guaranteed.
The microsurgical procedures performed at the Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery include the transfer of abdominal tissue for breast reconstruction after mastectomy, the transfer of tissue to cover large wounds resulting from major trauma, and the re-attachment of severed body parts such as fingers, thumbs, limbs, and ears. These are complicated and lengthy procedures, requiring expert planning and a proper understanding of what is involved. Your surgeon will discuss at length all the details of your particular operation, including the long-term outcome and the likelihood of success.
All of the surgeons at the Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery have great experience in microsurgery and can provide excellent care to those patients requiring this specialised type of service. To learn more about the microsurgery procedures we offer, contact us today.
Wound and Scar Management
Our plastic surgeons have expertise in wound healing and management. With a variety of dressing and techniques at our disposal, we can promote effective healing of anything from a simple post-operative scar to a complex, chronic wound.
Our surgeons will provide you with expert advice on how you can positively influence the outcome of your wound. Depending on the type and severity of the wound, this may include anything from maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle to resting, gently massaging the scar, or wearing compression bandages. Once your scar has healed, it is important that you avoid excessive exposure to the sun, as this can permanently pigment the damaged skin.
To learn more about how you can maximise the cosmetic result of your wound with rapid and effective healing, contact us today.
At the Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery, our skin aestheticians perform fractional resurfacing utilising both ablative and non-ablative devices. The Fraxel SR1500 is a non-ablative means of resurfacing, utilizing an Erbium Fiber laser which is scanned across the treatment site. The laser delivers an array of microscopic beams which create tiny zones of thermal damage which ensures that the skin remains intact and subsequently recovery time is relatively rapid. Fraxel is able to improve skin texture/color via it’s resurfacing affect while it simultaneously induces new collagen formation as a result of its deep thermal affect. The Fraxel treatment is therefore used to treat a variety of skin anomalies including pigmentation (photodamage/melasma), poor skin texture, general skin rejuvenation, fine lines/wrinkles and scars including acne and surgical. Body areas can be treated just as successfully due to Fraxel’s high safety profile. 3-6 treatments are recommended to achieve optimal results.
The Pixel device also resurfaces via the fractional principle however utilizes an Erbium:YAG laser which is ablative. Essentially the zones of thermal damage are larger in diameter and thus evoke slightly more obvious skin exfoliation whilst maintaining a residual thermal affect to potentiate new collagen synthesis. Again 3-6 treatments are recommended and body areas are safe to treat. This laser requires no pre-treatment anaethesia whereas a topical numbing agent is applied prior to Fraxel. Degrees of redness, swelling, sunburn sensation and rough skin are normally anticipated responses to fractional resurfacing the duration of which is determined by the aggressiveness of the treatment.