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Anti-Aging Therapy And Microscopic Micrograft Hair Replacement

   
Operation Restore Hope flies again to help heal kids’ lives

Operation Restore Hope returns to the Phillipines this month (February, 2000) for its annual surgical mission to help children in Cebu in the Visayan Islands.

A Letter from Dr Hodgkinson

Cosmetic Surgery and the GST – like everyone in Australia we are wondering what will be the effect of the G.S.T. on our medical practice.

The Doctor is in!

No-one likes having a double chin (“turkey neck”). But young or older, you can usually do something about it.

Roaccutane – is it as good as they say, and what do I need to know?

Dr John Doyle, Dermatologist, responds to your queries about this powerful acne treatment.

Microscopic Micrograft Hair Replacement now available at the CRSC

The most effective, and also the most exacting to execute, technique for replacing hair, Microscopic Micrografting, is now available at the Clinic

Oxygen Therapy- 21st Century Skin Care

Now you can get this advanced anti-ageing therapy at the CRSC, with Clinical Aesthetician Helen Labi.

Welcome, Margot: New GP joins the CRSC team

Physician’s Elite Rx now available from us here in Australia!

 

Operation Restore Hope flies again to help heal kids’ lives

Operation Restore Hope returns to the Phillipines this month (February, 2000) for its annual surgical mission to help children in Cebu in the Visayan Islands.

This year the team is comprised of nine surgeons, with five anaesthetists and seven nurses as well as one paediatric physician. The team will be based as usual in Lapu Lapu City. Over a two week period they expect to operate on more than 100 children with birth defects and deformities who have been pre-registered in addition to the many others who always present themselves at the hospital for treatment during the mission. Help always welcome. Operation Restore Hope is always looking for extra resources. To find out how you can help restore hope to these children, please phone Kim or Katherine on 02 9362 7400.

   

A Letter from Dr Hodgkinson

Cosmetic Surgery and the GST

Like everyone in Australia we are wondering what will be the effect of the G.S.T. on our medical practice. We know at this point that cosmetic surgery will not be G.S.T. exempt. With the introduction of this tax in July 2000, all patients will have to pay an extra 10% for G.S.T

We would hope that other costs can be kept reasonable for our patients but already we are finding that prices seem to be rising as a prelude to the G.S.T. introduction. In order to maintain the highest possible standards of care, our practice has an extensive inventory of highly sophisticated equipment that includes endoscopic, ultrasonic and laser equipment, all of which has to be serviced and all of which bear the brunt of the G.S.T.

Many patients who are considering having surgery should probably consider having their procedures prior to the introduction of the G.S.T. because it is more than likely that they will save considerably by doing this.

Sincerely yours,
Dr Darryl J. Hodgkinson

M.B. MS. (Hons) F.R.C.S.(C) F.A.C.S.

   

Dr Hodgkinson answers your questions

Q: I have a sagging neck, but do I need a facelift?

A: No-one likes having a double chin (“turkey neck”). But young or older, you can usually do something about it. From late teenage years, some patients notice the hereditary feature of a chubby fat neck. Just checking your relatives gives you the clue this is not going to go away with diet or exercise. Liposuction is generally highly effective for these fatty accumulations up to the age of about forty.

After 40 years, men and women who are aging relatively normally note laxity of skin and the sagging of muscles under the chin. A mini-lift is the treatment of choice at this age and can result in a “firming” and tensioning of the underlying muscles of the upper neck. After about 45 years of age, fat and sagging skin combine to make the problem more severe, and usually a neck lift or facelift is performed. Results can be quite striking in improving your appearance.

Mini-lift

Before and After

 

Roaccutane – is it as good as they say, and what do I need to know?

Dr John Doyle, Dermatologist, responds to your queries

 

Q: I have heard so much about Roaccutane and acne. What is Roaccutane?

A: Roaccutane (isotretinoin) is a tablet that has been developed from Vitamin A for severe acne. It is also available under the trade names of Accure and Oratane.

Q: Is it a dangerous medication?

A: The main concern with Roaccutane is that it must not be taken by any woman who is or is likely to become pregnant. It can interfere with the normal development of the baby in the uterus. However, it is perfectly safe for a woman to become pregnant 6-8 weeks after the medication is stopped. Most dermatologists will suggest a three to six month interval after stopping Roaccutane before becoming pregnant.

Q: Why must I have blood tests?

A: The standard treatment program includes baseline pregnancy tests, liver function tests and cholesterol. It is unusual to see any significant change in the blood tests. but occasionally there may be elevation of the liver tests and cholesterol.

Q: How long is the treatment?

A: A normal “course” of Roaccutane will last 6-8 months depending on the daily dose.

Q: Does Roaccutane cure acne?

A: While Roaccutane is not a cure for acne, most patients will obtain a major improvement in their acne. This improvement often lasts indefinitely, but approximately 10% of all people treated with Roaccutane will need a second course.

Q: Is Roaccutane only for teenagers?

A: Many adults with chronic, scarring acne not responding to oral antibiotics have been successfully treated with Roaccutane.

Q: Is the medication expensive?

A: Roaccutane can only be prescribed by dermatologists. It is available as a Pharmaceutical Benefit on a special prescription costing approximately $20.00 per box. A 60 kilogram individual will need six boxes.

Speak to your doctor if you feel you may require special therapy for your acne.

   

Microscopic Micrograft Hair Replacement now available at the CRSC

The most effective, and also the most exacting to execute, technique for replacing hair, Microscopic Micrografting, is now available at the Cosmetic and Restorative Surgery Clinic in Double Bay, performed by Dr George Kerry.

In 1996, Dr Kerry was amongst the first Australian cosmetic surgeons to introduce microscopic micrografting into his practice. His surgical career spans 22 years and he has frequently been featured on television.

Male pattern baldness before micrografting. New hairline after 1000 micrografts Microscopic micrografting involves transplanting your own living, growing hair as a permanent solution to baldness. Using microscopes, rather than simply the naked eye, each hair unit is given the best possible chance of surviving and growing to create a natural hairline.

How does Dr Kerry perform microscopic micrografting?

Under twilight sedation, Dr Kerry removes a strip of your permanent hair from the back of your head. These hairs contain the genetic programming for your permanent hair – even when they are transplanted to the balding parts of your head, their programming ensures they will grow for the rest of your life.

Transplanting a natural grouping of hair follicles gives a natural result.

Using the microscope, these naturally grouped hairs are trimmed to a teardrop shape, preserving all of the important structures to ensure that the new hair will survive and grow. These micrografts of hair are carefully inserted into your balding areas, to come as close as possible to recreating your natural hairline. Within a few weeks, your new hairs will begin to grow and will stay where they have been placed. You will see the final results of your micrografting within 3-6 months. Microscopic micrografting offers many clear benefits over traditional micrografting and other methods of hair replacement.

Using the stereo microscope, Dr Kerry and his team are able to:

  • cut around the natural shape of each hair unit, preserving the oil glands, fat and tissue around the hair bulb-these structures allow each hair the best possible chance of survival
  • harvest up to 20 per cent more hair from the same area.
  • see and handle the hair structures more clearly, resulting in less damage
  • clearly identify hair units that contain only one hair and use these one-haired micrografts around your hairline, giving you the most natural possible look.

The advances offered by microscopic micrografting can help most men and women wanting hair replacement, and they may be especially beneficial for you if:

  • you have a large amount of hair loss
  • you have had previous hair replacement surgery
  • your new hair needs to be transplanted into scar tissue, and must be given the best possible chance of survival to cover scars from previous face lifting, endoscopic brow lifting or burns
  • you don’t have a lot of donor hair.

  1. Adriana had diffuse hair loss on the top of her head.
  2. Six months after receiving grafts her hair is coming through.

  1. Before micrografting Munir had severe scarring from burns received at age 2 years.
  2. After 2000+ micrografts, Munir’s scarred scalp was no longer evident – a truly life changing experience.

Want to know more? Call us at the Clinic for further details.

   

Welcome, Margot: New GP joins the CRSC team

Dr Hodgkinson and the Cosmetic and Restorative Surgery Clinic welcome Dr Margot Campion, GP. Dr Campion is performing KTP Laser treatments for unwanted veins to the face as well as injecting Collagen, non-permanent injectibles and anti-wrinkle injections at the Clinic. She will also be assisting Dr Hodgkinson in assessing patients’ health both pre- and post-operatively.

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Oxygen Therapy- 21st Century Skin Care

Oxygen is the single most important molecule for life, it is responsible for the health and maintenance of every cell in the human body including skin cells.

A reduction in the availability of oxygen to the cells consequently results in the acceleration of the ageing process. Oxygen therapy introduces pure oxygen gas to the skin at the cellular level using a unique submicronic delivery system to allow safe passage of oxygen, vitamins and minerals into the skin thus improving the strength of collagen and elastin fibres and promoting wound healing.

The amazing regenerative and healing properties of the oxygen molecule make this therapy optimal for treating the skin, post-laser resurfacing and pre- and post-operative care for any facial surgery that has been performed. Furthermore, by utilising the proven antibacterial properties of the oxygen molecule, the treatment is extremely effective in the fight against acne.

Please feel free to make an appointment for a complimentary consultation to discuss the benefits of this treatment which can be customised depending on each individual’s needs. Contact Helen Labi, our Clinical Aesthetician, at the Clinic.