Help For Heavy Eyelids And New Skin Lab At CRSC Offers 1 Hour Rejuvenation Treatments

Second World Congress on Cosmetic Surgery a Great SuccessUncertain world environment proves no barrier to international delegate attendance

A Letter from Dr HodgkinsonDr H gives a cosmetic surgery update after the New York conference

The Doctor is in!What can I do about my heavy eyelids?

New Skin Lab at the CRSC now offers 1 hour rejuvenation treatmentsThe Skin Lab at the Cosmetic and Restorative Surgery Clinic offers a number of office-based procedures that can be performed within one hour.

Operation Restore Hope Needs Your Support Today!Fundraising efforts become critical as Operation Restore Hope prepares to return to the Philippines in February 2002.

Second World Congress on Cosmetic Surgery a Great Success

Uncertain world environment proves no barrier to international delegate attendance.

The second World Congress on Cosmetic Surgery was a great success in spite of the uncertain world environment.

There were over 160 delegates from over 20 countries in Asia, Europe, North and South America and even Africa. More than 48 surgeons presented their advances, achievements and experiences to the assembly, making the four day Congress highly educational as well as enjoyable.

Dr Hodgkinson, wearing his presidential medallion, is seen here at the dinner flanked by proud staff members of the Cosmetic and Restorative Surgery Clinic

Dr. Hodgkinson opened the Congress with a presidential address and later presented four papers on: ‘breast lifting, reduction and reconstruction – indications for use of the peri-areolar incision’, ‘chest wall deformity and breast augmentation’, ‘nose reshaping using the olecranon bone graft’ and ‘use of the endoscopic browlift in conjunction with facial rejuvenation surgery’.


A Letter from Dr Hodgkinson

Cosmetic Surgery Update
For our last newsletter of the year, I am proud to tell you that the Second World Congress of Cosmetic Surgery, over which I presided in conjunction with Professor Shu from Japan, was a resounding success. With guests from over 20 countries, we truly had a world overview of cosmetic surgery.

There seems to be a general increase in requests for procedures, especially for fillers like non-permanent injectibles and also anti-wrinkle injections. We have certainly noticed this in our practice, with both Dr Campion and myself injecting these temporary fillers and reducing wrinkles with anti-wrinkle injections.

However, patients do want more permanent results, and facelifting, browlifts and eyelid surgery are in particular demand as the recuperation period over Christmas and New Year approaches.

I wish you all a happy Christmas , New Year and vacation time. With the recent international events making our lives so uncertain, it is a time to reflect on the importance of our loved ones and the many bonds and friendships we have established over the years.

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: What can I do about my heavy eyelids?

A: Some of our Asian patients don’t have an upper eyelid fold when their eyes are open and would like to have a “double eyelid” fold.

The surgical procedure that creates the best, permanent result involves making an attachment between the levatar muscle that lifts the eyelid and the skin of the eyelid.

Caucasian and Asian patients have a natural attachment, but it is usually much lower in Asian eyes, so may not be noticeable when the eyelid is open.

It is very important to make the fold the correct height. If a Caucasian height is chosen it may look unnatural for an Asian so a midheight is usually best.

Twilight sedation is used so the patient can open their eyes during the procedure to ensure the folds are absolutely symmetrical.

Call us at the Clinic to learn more or learn more in our Procedures section and check out our Patients’ Before and After Gallery.


New Skin Lab at the CRSC now offers 1 hour rejuvenation treatments by Dr Margot Campion, Cosmetic Physician

The Skin Lab at the Cosmetic and Restorative Surgery Clinic offers a number of office-based procedures that can be performed within one hour.

1. Anti-wrinkle injections to smooth and relax muscles in the forehead and the sides of eyes (crows’ feet).

Anti-wrinkle injections take 3 to 4 days to start working and a week for the full effect. You may have a bruise and a small amount of swelling. The injections last four to six months and gradually wears off. The procedure takes approximately 20 minutes and the cost is somewhere between $300.00 and $450.00 depending on the amount of areas that you want covered.

2. A non-permanent injectible is an injectable filler which can reduce folds and wrinkles and enlarge or restore lips.

It is a natural product which comes in the form of a clear gel. Local anaesthetic cream or injection numbs the area and non-permanent injectible is placed under the skin with an instant effect. It is gradually broken down over time. Non-permanent injectible is excellent for folds which occur from the edge of the nose to the corner of the mouth (nasolabial) and folds that follow from the corners of the mouth to the chin. Lips can be increased in size and enhanced by outlining the vermilion border. Non-permanent injectible is more popular than Collagen due to the low incidence of allergy reactions and the longer lasting effects. It takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes to perform and lasts four to six months. The cost of non-permanent injectible is around $275.00 to $445.00 depending on the amount of volume and the amount of area to be covered. Swelling and a small amount of bruising are possible after non-permanent injectible which usually resolves within a couple of days.

3. Microdermabrasion is a treatment for skin on the face, chest and neck.

Fine crystals abrade across the skin reducing the dead cell layer and an inbuilt vaccum removes the debris and crystals as well as stimulating the skin and enhancing cell turnover. It is an excellent deep clean for skin. The best results occur when it is performed in a series of sessions for example 3 to 5 sessions at approximately one to two weeks. The skin is cleansed, microdermabraded and then moisturised. It is popular with patients who are preparing for an event and wish to have their skin looking rejuvenated and clean. The effect is enhanced if the patient is using skin products with glycolic acid or Retin-A which helps reduce the build-up of dead cells on the skin. Microdermabrasion costs approximately $100.00 to $120.00 and it takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes to perform.

4. KTP laser for broken capillaries on the face.

This laser targets broken vessels on the face and nose. Local anaesthetic cream is used and protective goggles are worn. The effect can be instant. The area will need icing after treatment and in some cases, a touch-up is required. This procedure is quick and effective and may be performed during a lunch hour. It costs around $350.00 and Medicare rebates may apply. The procedure takes from 20 minutes to one hour to perform depending on the amount of capilliaries and/or vessels treated.

5. Chemical peels.

The Skin Lab offers a series of chemical peels ranging from light glycolic peels to Jessner peels to TCA peels which can be performed by Dr Hodgkinson in the operating room. The chemicals in these peels, peel the skin and encourage new skin growth. As a result, the new skin has a fresher appearance and is more even in pigment with less freckling. The skin should first be assessed to determine the most appropriate treatment for you. A series of light office based peels is often a good way to start. Also, you may receive more benefit from the peel if you prepare your skin with glycolic acid products which can be suggested to you during the skin consultation. The cost of a peel is between $200.00 to $2000.00 depending on the type of peel.

6. Oxygen Therapy.

This is a form of facial performed by our beauty therapist, Helen Labi. Your face will be prepared with an exfoliant, cleansed and moisturised. Then oxygen infused with vitamins A, C and E plus 47 trace minerals is sprayed across your skin. The skin feels very clean and rejuvenated after this treatment. There is no discomfort or down time. Several sessions over several weeks are ideal. It costs between $120.00 to $130.00.

7. Lymphatic Drainage

This is a massage also performed by our Beauty Therapist, Helen Labi and is an excellent massage for patients in the post-operative period. Particularly popular with patients who have had facelifts, neck lifts or liposuction, the massage helps drain fluid buildup and stimulates healing under the skin. The cost may be between $60.00 to $95.00 depending on the length of time of the massage and for optimal results can be performed weekly.

8. Skin Consultion.

If you are troubled by acne, uneven pigmentation on your skin or just generally feel your skin needs rejuvenating why not make an appointment with our cosmetic physician, Dr Margot Campion for a full assessment of your skin and advice regarding products that would suit and enhance it. The consultation takes about 20 minutes and costs around $50.00. Medicare rebates may apply.


Operation Restore Hope Needs Your Support Today

Dr Hodgkinson about to give the gift of hope to a young Cebuano girl by correcting her lip on her birthday.

Fundraising efforts become critical as Operation Restore Hope prepares to return to the Philippines in February 2002.

Children are already being screened in Paranaque in Metro Manila and Lapu Lapu in Cebu in preparation for the team’s upcoming trip to the hospitals.

As always, their need will outstrip our aid but never our tireless enthusiasm for our cause, to try and make sure that these children with repairable birth defects and deformities such as cleft lip and palate have a chance in life too.


You can become a Member of Operation Restore Hope! Just fill out the coupon below with your details and we will send you an application form. Membership not only helps us pay for the children’s operations but is a show of support for Operation Restore Hope to keep going. Annual membership is only $10 and there is a one time application fee of $10.

Operation Restore Hope is a registered charity in New South Wales.