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While the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic has varied for many, it is likely that you have transitioned to a new normal of lockdowns, Zoom calls and the now ubiquitous face mask. Signing into work may mean staring down a webcam or masking up, so now more than ever all eyes are on, well, the eyes.

For those whose focus has shifted upwards on their face and want to explore a cosmetic enhancement, we have listed five common eye procedures you may wish to consider.

Eyelid Rejuvenation Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

This procedure is commonly performed to target hooded upper eyelids and protruding ‘pads’ underneath the eyes that can leave you looking tired or impact your vision.  For upper eyelids, your surgeon will work to adjust the eyelid fold to sit parallel to the upper lashes, minimising any skin or fat removal that can lead to an unnatural result. A similar approach is taken for the lower eyelids when removing ‘pads’ from under the eyes, the result should leave you with a more rested and youthful appearance. These procedures can be performed together, or in isolation, both offering a relatively quick and simple way to see dramatic improvements.

Canthoplasty

Often referred to as ‘almond eye surgery’, a canthoplasty is performed with the goal to reshape the lateral canthus or the outer corner of the eye. The most common desired result is a more upturned, elongated cat-eye shape, correcting the down-turned eye shape that can be associated with sleepiness or aging. This is achieved by tightening the lower eyelid, removing sagging or excess skin to give the eye a larger and brighter appearance, with no winged eyeliner required.

Wrinkle Relaxers

The least invasive way to refresh the upper half of the face is by relaxing, or smoothing out, the expression lines of the forehead and the delicate skin surrounding the eye. Several small injections of wrinkle relaxer can be precisely injected into target areas to block the signal from the nerve in the facial muscle, stopping them contracting and in turn, relaxing the lines that appear more and more with age. You will require no downtime after injections, so your video can stay switched on in your next Zoom call.

Tear Trough Fat Injection

Your undereye circles, or tear troughs, are often associated with looking youthful, fresh and well rested. This area can appear dark and hollowed out naturally, or with age, but adding volume back into the area using targeted fat injections is an effective way to refresh your overall appearance. Less is more here, a natural result will have you looking well rested, not puffy.

Mid Face Lift

Aging goes beyond skin wrinkles alone, there are changes that happen gradually to the deep ligaments and muscles of the face that can’t be refreshed with non-surgical enhancements. If you are seeking an enhancement that addresses the deeper structure, you may consider a face lift for a natural looking, long-term change. For those stuck staring at the top-half of their face, sometimes a tight ponytail just doesn’t cut it. There are mid face lift options that address your mask-free territory, the upper two thirds of the face. There is an endoscopic option for this procedure that only requires a few, small incisions or more traditional alternatives that can be used based on your individual desired outcome and needs.

Learn more about the full range of eyelid surgery procedures Dr. Mark Lee offers or book in a free consultation to discuss what’s right for you.

 

You have likely seen someone on social media, tv or in the magazines recently that look frozen and unnatural, this could be due to excess fillers. With the rise in popularity of this treatment, the number of clinics offering this service has surged. Unfortunately, this can mean some clinics provide the service without their staff having sufficient training in facial anatomy.

In this article we’ll cover some of the risks associated with dermal fillers, how to choose the right provider, what to expect from the procedure and the benefits when it is administered correctly.

Choosing the right plastic surgeon

Choosing the right plastic surgeon is critical to achieving natural, long lasting results. At Mark Lee Specialist Plastic Surgeon, our dermal fillers are administered by highly experienced, accredited and registered nurses and overseen by one of our plastic surgeons.

Before the procedure we offer a comprehensive consultation, which assesses your suitability for the treatment. We analyse your face, discuss your treatment goals and ask about any medical conditions you may have or any medications that you may be taking. We then determine the best product for your treatment and address any concerns that you may have.

Choosing the right procedure

Dr Mark Lee works closely with each of our patients to ensure we provide the right procedure to achieve the desired results. For example, a non-surgical nose job, could be a great option for some depending on their desired results. However, if this is not administered correctly it can cause disproportionate widening of the nasal bridge – dubbed Avatar nose.

Other procedures that we often see go wrong are overfilling of the chin resulting in an unnatural, sharp chin, overfilling of the forehead which removes natural contours, and filler fatigue. To avoid filler fatigue which requires patients to have frequent top-ups to avoid saggy looking skin, as well as other complications, choosing the right surgeon who tailors the treatment to your skin and unique concerns is vital.

What to expect during the procedure

Depending upon the extent of your treatment, the procedure will last anywhere from a few minutes to one hour. The area will be cleaned and a topical anaesthetic or an injection of local anaesthetic will be administered to numb the treatment area. Then a precise amount of hyaluronic acid filler will be injected beneath the skin. The treatment area is then massaged and the results are evaluated. If needed, additional filler will be added.

After the procedure, you may experience some mild redness, stinging, swelling or bruising on the treatment area. This is temporary and should subside within a few days, with most patients able to resume normal activities, such as work, immediately afterwards. In some cases, you may be asked to refrain from strenuous exercise for 48 hours following the treatment.

Possible Risks

When considering both surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures, it’s critical to understand what you are committing to, including all of the benefits and risks associated with the treatment. In rare cases, dermal fillers have caused some individuals to become blind or have a stroke. This occurs when the injection hits the blood vessel and blocks it. Other complications include allergic reactions, vascular complications, scarring, asymmetry, inflammation, and bump formation.

The benefits when administered correctly

There is a reason that dermal fillers are one of the most popular facial rejuvenation techniques out there today. When administered correctly, the results are immediate, they smooth out your wrinkles and re-volumise your face. Patients often look significantly younger after their treatment, yet still natural and like themselves, with the results lasting anywhere from six to eighteen months.

To learn more, view our 3D simulation on Hyaluronic Acid Fillers or book in for a free consultation with Dr Mark Lee to discuss your individual needs

The entire human body is covered in hair. While most of the time hair is fine and not overly noticeable, many of us, both men and women, have darker more obvious hair in places that we simply don’t want it. Whether it comes down to hygiene or personal appearance, excess body hair is considered by those who have it as a bit embarrassing and downright annoying to manage, especially on the legs, arms, underarms, chest and back.

Luckily for us, IPL hair removal treatments have become the norm when it comes to types of hair removal techniques. No longer do women have to speedily shave their legs every day and incur those painful nicks and cuts, nor do men have to endure the awkward and sometimes painful experience of a back wax. With an IPL treatment, men and women can say goodbye to discomfort and irritated skin.

IPL or Intense Pulsed Light, is a type of hair removal treatment that can permanently reduce the growth of hair over time. Here at Mark Lee Plastic Surgeon in Perth, our nurses use the Cutera ProWave IPL system, which harnesses a tailored light source to target hair follicles which absorb the light, thus disabling the follicle.

Because hair grows in cycles and not all hair on the body is at the same stage at any one time, it can take multiple IPL treatments to effective reduce the growth of hair. The quality of the IPL treatment also depends on the thickness and colour of the hair and the amount of hair follicles, but generally speaking it usually takes between four and six treatments to achieve a significant reduction of hair.

The advantages of IPL hair removal include:

  • IPL treatments are best described as a hot flicking sensation, that settles quickly post treatment
  • IPL is one of the safest and most tested methods of permanent hair reduction
  • IPL is a quick treatment that will not prevent you from undertaking your normal daily activities post treatment
  • IPL is suitable for numerous areas of the body, from the small space of the underarms to the large area of the back
  • The most advantageous reason to choose IPL is its ability to permanently reduce hair growth

Have you been thinking about IPL as a possible treatment for hair removal? Come and talk to us at Mark Lee Plastic Surgeon in Perth, we use the latest ProWave hair removal technology available on the market.  We offer a complimentary, no obligation consultation with our cosmetic nurse at our Perth location to discuss IPL and other hair removal treatments that we offer. Call us on 9382 3340 or click here to contact us for further information regarding IPL.

The world of high-tech hair removal procedures has been booming for some time now and the popularity of these treatments is set to grow with continuous advances in technology. Here at Dr Mark Lee’s clinic, IPL (intense pulsed light) hair removal procedures are some of our most highly requested treatments so we wanted to take a closer look at exactly what IPL hair removal is and some things you should know if you are considering a hair removal treatment.

How does IPL hair removal work?
At our clinic we use the Cutera ProWave hair removal system which uses an infrared light to target the base of the hair follicle. The intense pulsed light is absorbed by the pigment in each hair follicle and converted into heat, thus damaging the root of the follicle and affecting its ability to grow.

When will results from IPL hair removal show?
After each IPL hair removal treatment there is typically a 10% to 15% reduction in hair growth. It is important to point out that hair actually grows at different rates and it goes through three distinct phases; growth, regression and resting. The ProWave hair removal treatment works by disabling the hair that is in the growth phase at the time of the treatment. Since other hairs, even in the same area of the body, may not be in the same growth cycle, additional IPL hair removal treatments may be required to disable all of the follicles in the treatment area.

Who are the best candidates for IPL hair removal treatments?
As we mentioned previously, IPL hair removal works the most effectively when the infrared light is absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicle, and much like heat being attracted to you when you wear black clothes, IPL is attracted to darker hair follicles. While lighter hairs can be treated with IPL, more treatments are typically required when compared to darker haired patients.

Advantages of the ProWave hair removal system
There are two features of the Cutera ProWave IPL system that put it ahead of other hair removal technologies. Firstly, the ProWave hair removal system operates at the highest infrared wavelength frequency available on the market, above 770 nm, which is considered to be the optimal level in order to achieve hair removal. Secondly, the ProWave’s output spectrum has three distinct programs that customise the wavelength and pulse width so that each treatment is specifically suited to each individual patient.

Have you been thinking about IPL as a possible treatment for hair removal? Come and talk to us at Mark Lee Plastic Surgeon, we use the latest ProWave hair removal technology available on the market. We offer a complimentary, no obligation consultation with our cosmetic nurse to discuss the IPL and hair removal treatments that we offer. Call us on 9382 3340 or click here to contact us.