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Weird Therapies and Procedures

Fringe if not bizarre cosmetic procedures abound, with questionable professional ethics only matched by gullibility of some patients. Women considering genital enhancement surgery should first consult the following paper just published online: http://whv.org.au/static/files/assets/ca7e9b2f/Women-and-genital-cosmetic-surgery-issues-paper.pdf A short excerpt from this article follows:   Women and Genital Cosmetic Surgery. Women’s Health Issues Paper No. 9, February 2013 Page 1 © Women’s Health Victoria 9.1 Reduced sensationIt…

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Non-invasive Body Contouring alternatives to Liposculpture

  While patients and cosmetic doctors enthusiastically embrace non-invasive technologies as alternatives to liposculpture, a recent review article seems to suggest that, to date, outcomes from these technologies are either only fair to modest or simply disappointing. Focused ultrasound and cryolysis seem to hold the most promise thus far but patient expectations should be realistic before committing to rather expensive treatments that may…

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Tear Trough Filler Trend Continues

As 2012 draws to a close we continue to observe that “Tear Trough” filler injection continues to emerge as the new go to procedure for facial enhancement: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/13/fashion/tear-trough-fillers-may-help-under-eye-shadows.html?_r=0 These procedures remain complication prone and require an advanced appreciation of the underlying anatomy and technique if unhappy results are to be avoided. My wonderfully talented colleague Dr Naomi…

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The Anatomy of The Tear Trough-Why This is a Difficult Treatment Challenge

There are numerous instances of unhappy patients after tear trough filler injections. There seems to be a sound anatomical explanation for this. Injection of a filler deep to the muscle (as is the popular recommendation) is veritably impossible as the “overlying” muscle is firmly attached to the underlying bone in this target area (see below). In other…

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Another Study Supports Liposuction Safety Under Local Anaesthesia Compared To General Anaesthesia

Combination Cosmetic Surgeries, General Anesthesia Drive AEsLaura Newman, MAFebruary 9, 2012 — The use of general anesthesia, the performance of liposuction under general anesthesia, and a combination of surgical procedures significantly increase the risk for adverse events (AEs) in office-based surgery, according to reviews of statewide mandatory AE reporting in Florida and Alabama. More than…

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Is There a Non Surgical Face Lift That Works?

Every now and again one encounters a facial plastic surgeon who has a keen appreciation of the limitations and pitfalls of formal surgical face lifting. We see patients who have had face lift surgery with disappointing and unnatural outcomes. For the non or minimally invasive surgeon it can prove difficult or sometimes impossible to subsequently perform our facial procedures where the anatomy is…

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Her Majesty The Queen-Could We Have Retarded The Aging Process?

With minimally invasive and non-invasive techniques it seems certain that the advanced changes of ageing in our lovely queen  (as seen  in the following inventive You Tube link) may have been retarded or minimised. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8nJhG1xE5o&feature=em-share_video_user The Queen over time demonstrates the ageing phenomenon of tissue involution at all facial levels with bone loss, muscle loss, fat loss, sub-cutaneous tissue loss/laxity and…

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Excellent results depend more on the surgeon than the equipment

In cosmetic procedures, pleasing outcomes are achieved by the talented surgeon/proceduralist and not necessarily by the brand of equipment or product used. An excellent piano can enhance a great pianist’s performance. However a mediocre pianist cannot generate a great performance even on the best of pianos. Technology and pharmaceutical filler companies  may well claim that their particular laser or filler generates exceptional cosmetic results. The truth is that excellent outcomes are in the hands of the proceduralist. It…

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Medical Aesthetics Incorporated

With the growth of corporate medical cosmetic clinics expanding dramatically here in Australia, one reads with surprise that in California USA (that epicentre of cosmetic surgery) regulations on who can own and run a medical clinic are quite tough. For example regarding the “Corporate Practice of Medicine” : The following types of medical practice ownership and operating structures also are prohibited:…

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Cosmetex Cairns 2012 Conference

It is almost 2 weeks since our annual conference “Cosmetex”in Cairns.http://www.professionalbeauty.com.au/2012/05/04/article/Cosmetex-2012-Kicks-Off/POBKUHOCNQ.html  http://www.professionalbeauty.com.au/2012/05/08/article/Impressive-Attendance-at-Cosmetex-2012/SPOZSNKYFX.html It was great to experience the warmth of topical Queensland and the camaraderie of our colleagues. At last I have found time to report on the conference for this blog. The Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery and its associate organisation the Cosmetic Physicians Society of Australasia are to…

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