The Mid-Face Lift For More Youthful Look
Lancome launch at the CRSC!
A Letter from Dr Hodgkinson
The Doctor is in!
The Midface Lift
Now Your Doctor Can Refer You Online
Operation Restore Hope At Work All Year Round
Dr. Hodgkinson welcomed Lancôme to the Cosmetic & Restorative Surgery Clinic for the launch of their new product ‘Résolution D-Contraxol’.
Also on hand to greet the good news of this new anti-wrinkle cream were the media and the VIP’s of the beauty industry.
For the launch, Lancôme had David Grant Special Events transform the garden at the clinic into a hi-tech media set surrounded by many chic and cosy corners in which to enjoy the champagne and nibblies.
Distinguished Paris visitor
Dr. Veronique Delvigne of Lancôme travelled all the way from Paris to tell those assembled about how this innovative product with 11 patents pending is going to help combat the superficial skin contractions that can lead to the Lancôme development of wrinkles.
Dr. Hodgkinson welcomed the work Lancôme is doing and noted that appropriate skin care is an important adjunct to surgery in checking the visible signs of ageing.
Dr. Hodgkinson also stated, however, that people serious about stopping the hands of time might be able to delay surgery with good lifestyle habits and skin care but that eventually they must give in to either the signs of time or surgery.
Dr. Veronique Delvigne of Lancôme
with Dr Hodgkinson
Cosmetic Surgery Update
I recently was a guest Lecturer at the Anti-Aging World Conference held in Paris where 2000 attendees heard 3 days of lectures and saw demonstrations of the latest techniques in anti-aging medicine and cosmetic facial surgery. My lecture of mid-face rejuvenation was very well received by my European colleagues, many of who plan to visit our Double Bay Clinic later this year.
Although ‘anti-aging medicine’ is a poorly understood term encompassing hormonal replacement and lifestyle enhancement, cosmetic surgery is well established as the primary way to enhance one’s self-image. The misintegration of body and cognizance that occurs when one is fit and healthy but looks old and tired can be reversed with cosmetic procedures.
Besides operative procedures, the greatest advances have been with injectables: anti-wrinkle and non-permanent injectible fillers. Dr. Patrick Trevedic from Paris expressed great caution when “permanent” fillers were to be used due to the lack of knowledge of long-term results, although Aquamid had a >95% satisfaction for both physician and patient in Dr. Trevedic’s short follow-up study of 200 of his patients.
A general consensus from our European colleagues is that injectables, while they have a low rate of unpleasant side effects, they should still be taken seriously enough as to be performed only by qualified medical practitioners.
This is the view we have always taken at the Cosmetic & Restorative Surgery Clinic, where Dr. Margot Campion and myself perform the injection of anti-wrinkle and fillers such as non-permanent injectible and Aquamid.
Lasers and peeling for skin rejuvenation were also discussed. These procedures, which are already well established at our Double Bay Clinic, need to be re-emphasised as they have great benefits while being less invasive and can be performed on an outpatient basis or even on a walk-in and walk-out basis in some instances like microdermabrasion.
The anti-aging meeting was a great success not only for the industry but also for our clinic endorsing our well recognised leadership in cosmetic medical and surgical procedures.
Q: What is the difference between a rhinoplasty and a nose job?
A: The recent expose on Michael Jackson aired on television drew much comment on rhinoplasty. Certainly the fear of many patients seeking rhinoplasty is of ending up with a nose with that obviously operated-on look so they are tagged as having had a ‘nose job’.
Too much tissue taken out of the tip of the nose, too great a reduction of the dorsum or bridge of the nose and an inappropriate respositioning of the nasal bones, all by inexperienced surgeons are the usual causes.
Another common cause is the use of plastic in the nose. These ‘plastic implants’ are common amongst Asian patients and are rarely successful in the long term. Part of Michael’s problem is the exposure of plastic (probably silicone) in the nose.
Before and After
A more youthful look with minimal scars Sydney cosmetic plastic surgeon Dr Darryl Hodgkinson explains how facial anti-ageing surgery for the cheek area is relatively new and gaining good results. Jodi Thiessen reports.
If you look at facial rejuvenation over the last 20 years, one of the first things we established was rejuvenation of the neck by working with the submental fat pad and the SMAS (superficial musculoaponeurotic system),” recounts Dr Darryl Hodgkinson. “But no matter how you controlled the SMAS, you couldn’t do anything about the naso labial folds. Then the brow lift became popular, but still the area between the eyes and the mouth couldn’t be addressed.”
Soft tissues from the cheek start to fall down with age and create deeper naso labial folds, a flattening of the mid face and a square appearance to the shape of the face. “Sometimes when you critically looked at the patient’s before and after photos after a facelift, yes they may look better but the midface is often still falling down.” explains Dr Hodgkinson.
By the early 90s facial implants were helping fill and lift the mid third of the face quite successfully, then when endoscopes were developed for cosmetic surgery purposes there became an opportunity of accessing this area and being able to lift it.
“The problem has always been the technical difficulty of moving from the upper third of the face into the mid third – there are facial nerves between the two,” says Dr Hodgkinson. “The use of the endoscope didn’t eliminate this technicality.” However, what it did do is allow for smaller incisions to be made in the temporal area. “Now we use a procedure where we use an incision inside the mouth and identify the structures from inside the mouth and cheek,” explains Dr Hodgkinson. “Then sutures are directed up and suspended into the temporal region, accessed through small incisions hidden in the hairline.”
This gives the cheek area a lift deep underneath the skin. At the same time, a cheek implant can be placed if the patient wants more volume.
Before and After a Midface Lift
“The surgery is similar for both because you free up the area just the same as if you are putting an implant in but then you put sutures underneath to suspend the cheek up,” says Dr Hodgkinson. “No skin is removed and the tissues, over time, attach to the bone and are permanent and you don’t see or feel the sutures because they are at the bone level.”
” There are very few risks with this technique. The main complication is that the suturing might break, but to minimise this it is held into place for 7-10 days with tape,” says Dr Hodgkinson. “There’s always a risk of partial damage to the facial nerves but this is rare and I’ve never seen permanent damage to a nerve.”
This technique of giving the mid face a lift re-establishes the inverted cone appearance of the face rather than the square appearance that develops through mid face sagging from age. It also smoothes nasal labial folds that have been created through this sagging. Elevated cheeks shorten the junction between the lower eyelid and the cheek, which result in a more youthful appearance.
(Reprinted from Australian Cosmetic Surgery Magazine)
If your doctor is online (usually the case these days) he can now refer you direct to Dr Darryl Hodgkinson by using the secure online referral form on the Cosmetic and Restorative Surgery website.
This form provides an easy way to send us the details we need together with any special notes your doctor wishes to add and is completely confidential, being hosted on our secure server.
This facility is just one of many online resources we have provided for our patients and doctors on the newly extended CRSC website.
A range of resources available
The Patients Centre, for example, provides online versions of the various consent forms and pre- and post-operative protocols covering all the many procedures (36 of them!) we offer.
In the Form Centre in the Patients Centre we also offer a Patients Quality Control Survey where you can give us your feedback; and necessary registration and profile forms you can fill in – or just have a look at – before you come for your appointment. These online previews are a great timesaver, and provide you with the opportunity to get an overview of the procedures.
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