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2019 Before and After Highlights: plastic and cosmetic surgery results

2019 was a big year for the hundreds of women and men that underwent surgery or treatments at our clinics in Brisbane and Ipswich! Here’s a small snapshot of some of the results our patients achieved this year, across breast augmentation, facelift, post weight loss or post pregnancy mummy makeovers, breast reduction, implant revision, abdominoplasty, rhinoplasty and blepharoplasty procedures - as well as non surgical transformations using cosmetic injectables, laser and skin therapies. Thank you to every patient that made 2019 such a special year! It was an honour to be part of your individual surgical journeys. A massive thank you also to the patients who kindly permitted us to share their results; being able to view before and after photos is an important component of most patients’ surgical research and we are grateful to those patients who enable this to happen. For more before and after photos or to discuss your surgical options in 2020, please get in touch using the form below or call 3202 4744. Happy New Year! In 2020 we hope you… call to book a consultation with Dr Sharp learn...

Lymphatic massage with HydraFacial boost

HydraFacial is a medical grade facial that combines lymphatic drainage with deep cleansing and pore extraction. In combination with your HydraFacial treatment, lymphatic drainage works to improve circulation, as well as detoxify, tone and firm skin. Gentle lymphatic massage can stimulate the opening of the lymphatic system, increase lymph flow and assist in the drainage of fluid and toxins. This can be integrated into your standard HydraFacial treatment to reduce puffiness and fluid retention, but it can also be used after facelift surgery to stimulate lymphatic drainage and optimal recovery. The lymphatic system is responsible for filtering our blood from toxins, bacteria and viruses. It also helps to drain and channel away swelling after surgery. It is therefore imperative we keep this defense mechanism operating well for a healthy immune system and our general wellbeing. The Sharp Clinic provides this treatment as part of our HydraFacial services.   The HydraFacial device uses high pressure suction applied in a specialised directional method to manually massage and drain lymph nodes. HydraFacial is a medical grade facial that combines lymphatic drainage with deep cleansing and pore extraction, before saturating the skin with treatment serums and finishing with intensive infrared. This is the only procedure that combines cleansing; exfoliation, extraction, hydration, antioxidant protection and red LED light therapy all in one. HydraFacial is different from any other facial in that it is a clinically proven treatment that is designed to work beneath the skin, rather than just ontop of the skin to produce instantly visible results that last. Each HydraFacial experience uses a series of HydroPeel tips with a unique spiral design, which creates a...

Considering surgery in 2020? Here are four things to think about…

Great surgical results are the coming together of good preparation, great surgical skills, optimal post operative recovery, good health/nutrition and mental wellbeing. New rules that came into play in recent years ensured that patients and their surgeons can’t rush into cosmetic procedures - which is a good thing! Planning ahead, taking the time to get informed and ensuring that you have considered your recovery process, financial costs and surgical goals, helps set you up for the best possible outcome, and an enjoyable experience along the way. Here are some questions that our patient coordinator, Katy, recommends patients ask themselves if they are considering surgery in 2020: What do I want to achieve?Ask yourself to articulate what you don’t like - and importantly - what you do like about your appearance. Think about the specific changes you’d like to see. Is there a certain look you definitely don’t want to achieve? And how do you expect having surgery will make you feel; both during and after the process? Consider whether you’ll be okay with the possibility that your results might be immediately visible (as is the case of breast augmentation) or could take a full year to reveal themselves, as rhinoplasty results can. Talk to a trusted person about your concerns or desires - and feel free to bring them along to the consultation with your surgeon; it might make you feel more comfortable, and can also help you remember what was discussed during your appointment! What is my ideal time frame for surgery?If you have your heart set on a specific time of year for your surgery, ideally, book your first consultation 4 - 6 months prior, especially...

How much do facelifts cost?

I’m interested in having a facelift but I’ve heard they are very expensive - and involve a long recovery. How much do they cost, and how long will I need to take off work? - patient Dr Sharp: In contemporary plastic surgery, facelift procedures fall on a spectrum of operations that can be performed to reduce deep folds around the mouth, mid face excess skin, an undefined jawline and sagging in the lower face and upper neck. Therefore some patients with early lower face aging only require a small amount of excess skin to be removed in front of - or below - the ear to see an improvement in the jawline definition they seek. These are commonly called ‘S’ lifts or mini lifts and are sometimes performed under local anaesthetic, or under general anaesthetic as day surgery. The procedure takes 1 to 1.5 hours and patients can return to work the following day, but most take a week off work until their sutures are removed. Generally, most facelifts involve some plication or detachment of the SMAS layer, so the underlying facial structure can be lifted and tightened. When this occurs, the surgery is performed under general anaesthetic and takes anywhere from 2.5 to 4 hours. Small drains are required for 24-48 hours and a support garment is worn following surgery. Most patients take at least 2 weeks off work to allow bruising and initial swelling to dissipate. Patients return to our clinic at intervals during the first 6 months for diligent post operative care. The total cost factors in the surgeon, surgical assistant, anaesthetist, hospital and theatre fees...

Lower face aging: what are my options?

I’m 55 and over the last 5 years I’ve noticed a rapid change in my lower face. In what felt like a very short amount of time, I felt like I aged very quickly. I still feel young on the inside, but on the outside I have loose skin around my jaw, jowls and the beginnings of my dad’s  turkey gobble neck! What are my options? - patient Dr Sharp: The lower face, jawline and upper neck commonly show the first signs of ageing; jowls, folds between the nose and mouth corners, slack skin around the jawline and thinning, sagging skin around the neck. Hence it’s a common focus area for our treatments and procedures. Non surgical options for early signs of double chin/neck and jawline sagging include dermal fillers, fat dissolving injections and strategic use of muscle relaxer or fillers. Surgical options include facelift or mini facelift surgery. Injectable fillers and muscle relaxers Dermal filler can be placed along the jawline or cheekbones to lift and firm the early signs of jowling. The cost will depend on the amount of filler required, and usually ranges from $1200 to $2400. Muscle relaxing injections to address muscle issues costs $12.50 per unit. We use only the highest quality dermal fillers and wrinkle injections. Read more about these treatments here. Under or ‘double’ chin fat dissolving injections We find most patients with mild to moderate deposits of fat in this area only require 3 treatment sessions to get great results. Fat dissolving injections are not rebatable through Medicare unfortunately, as they are considered a cosmetic treatment. Click here to read more...

In the media: Dr David Sharp plastic surgery

Dr Sharp was featured in the QT this month, discussing the tips, trends and pitfalls of plastic surgery in 2019. He said more Australians are undergoing plastic surgery as taboos fall and surgical advancements evolve. Below are some excerpts from the interview with QT Editor Shannon Newley:   Why I chose a career in plastic surgery… The reason I chose plastic surgery as a sub-specialty is because I love performing the full spectrum of procedures it offers. They are all rewarding because they effect positive change in patients’ lives in different ways. For example, blepharoplasty surgery provides an instant reward because the recovery is so quick and it’s a small operation that makes a big change, whereas post pregnancy abdominoplasty and breast lift surgery is rewarding – even though the recovery is longer – because it restores core strength and improves back pain, pelvic floor issues and skin irritations after a woman has given so much of her body over to having a baby. Future trends in plastic and cosmetic surgery We will see more interest in minimal downtime surgery such as lip lifts, mini-facelifts and procedures that combine fat grafting. For skin condition and improvement, there is a growing interest in medical grade lasers, micro-needling and PRP therapy to help stimulate the skin’s own natural responses. It’s a more holistic approach than we’ve seen in the past, and I think it’s going to achieve more natural, sustainable results for patients. Current trends in plastic and cosmetic surgery The interest in having cosmetic surgery is definitely still on the rise. This is because the taboos that previously existed around...

2018 Highlights: before and after plastic surgery with Dr David Sharp

It’s been a big year of operating for us - and we love nothing more than to look back through our patients’ surgical journeys and see the improvements they’ve experienced! From facelift and blepharoplasty through to breast augmentation, abdominoplasty and wrinkle injections - here’s a small selection of results from the thousands of procedures that Dr Sharp performed during the past 12 months. We love being part of every patient’s surgical journey, and witnessing the positive life changes that self improvement can bring; which often reach far beyond the physical transformations seen here. Thank you to all of our patients, for entrusting your care to us - and making us part of your 2018. A special thank you to those patients who generously permitted us to share their results, to help educate others about procedures they might be considering. Keep an eye out for more on our Facebook and Instagram pages! Considering surgery in 2019? The best results are planned ahead! Contact us to take the first step... learn more...

Question of the week: using liposuctioned fat for grafting

I want to have fat liposuctioned out of my thighs and stomach, and put into my breasts and face to fill out my sagging skin. Is it possible to do this instead of having a breast augmentation and facelift? - patient Dr Sharp: Patients also often ask if liposuctioned fat can be injected into other parts of the body, or ‘fat grafted’. The best way to explain my approach to liposuction and fat grafting is that liposuction is all about volume of fat, where as fat grafting is all about quality of fat! I often take small amounts of fat from the stomach or thighs and place these in the face to fill out areas that have experienced volume loss. Likewise, for slim women who lack fat across their chest to soften the appearance of their breast implants, I often graft small amounts of fat around the periphery of implants, to create a more natural look and reduce the visibility of implant rippling. Unfortunately it’s not an easy case of liposuctioning large amounts of stomach fat and using it to build breasts that are two cup sizes bigger. This is because liposuction technology aims to remove the maximum amount of fat with the least amount of physical damage to surrounding tissues. And the best way to do that is to break down the fat as much as possible before extracting it. This damages the fat cells and inhibits their ability to regrow when transplanted into another area; so it’s not considered to be ‘good quality’ harvested fat. One of the biggest downfalls of fat grafting is the fact that some...

Question of the week: facelift scars

Where are facelift scars located, and can they be positioned so that they are invisible to the eye? - patient Dr Sharp: I customise each facelift procedure to the individual patient’s anatomy and their age, degree of skin laxity and hair line. Most standard facelifts usually involve an incision inside the hairline adjacent to the temple, down the earlobe and around the back of the ear, tracking along the hairline down to the nape of the neck (as shown below by the dotted line). Sometimes the incision is shorter, especially in my shorter-scar Sharp Lift procedure, more common among people in their late 30’s and 40’s who want to redefine their jawline and remove early jowls. Wherever possible, incisions are placed within the hair or along the hairline, although this can be dependent upon the thickness of the hair, the position of the hairline (some people have receding hairlines, while others sit forward on the face) and how much skin is removed. How you scar is largely dependent upon your body’s natural predispositions; your ethnicity and genetics play a role in scar colour and texture. Due to neck movement and the pressure on incisions when lying down or turning your head, sometimes the scars behind the ears and along the hairline of the neck can be thicker and wider for the first 24 months, but once you reach the 2 year mark post operatively, most patients find their scars no longer look or feel prominent. We understand that scars are one of the most common aspects of facelift surgery that deter people from undergoing the procedure. It’s one of the first...

What is lip lift surgery?

The skin between the upper lip and nostrils is called the philtrum, and by slightly reducing its height, the upper lip is flipped out - without the ‘duck pout’ appearance that fillers sometime achieve while chasing this look. Lip lift surgery involves an incision in the fold under the nose and can be performed under local anaesthetic. As celebrities kiss goodbye to the over-inflated lip look, opting for more subtle pouts, we are finding that women are moving away from the high-projection filled look, and are looking at their entire oral region - seeking ideal proportions and a natural shape. Lip lift surgery is also popular in men who have previously concealed a disproportionately long philtrum with a mustache. Operating on this area in men requires an astute understanding of ideal male anatomy to ensure the procedure make the face more youthful and masculine. If demand in our Brisbane and Ipswich clinics is any indication, ‘lip lift’ surgery is growing in popularity among women and men who want to make changes to their lower face that lip fillers haven’t been able to achieve for them. The procedure involves an incision under the nose (usually discreetly located in the junction where the nostrils meet the upper lip). A small segment of skin is removed and the incision closed. The procedure results in a shorter distance between the lip and nose (this area of the face is called the philtrum), enhancing the cupid’s bow and helping the top lip roll outward more, making it appear larger and increasing the amount of pink (vermillion) lip showing. Lip lift performed under local anaesthetic is...

Dr David Sharp before and after photos 2017 highlights

This is a small selection of our before and after photos from 2017! Thanks to all the lovely patients who permitted us to share their images this year, to help educate others about plastic surgery and the outcomes that can be achieved. Our patients come in all shapes, sizes and ages - and from the young to the mature aged, we believe it’s important to provide insight into the ‘real’ faces of plastic surgery; everyday patients! Despite the fact that much of what we see on social media probably reflects otherwise, the average plastic surgery patient is not a size 8 model with perfect breasts, a blogger’s body or celebrity with deep pockets; they’re everyday people investing in their health, wellbeing - and aligning how they look on the outside, with how they feel on the inside. This video provides an insight into the spectrum of procedures Dr Sharp performs every week. Happy New Year to all of our amazing patients, and thank you for making us part of your journey in...

The Aston Baker Cutting Edge 2017 Highlights

The Aston Baker Cutting Edge Aesthetic Surgery Symposium has been running for 37 years and brings together some of the world’s leading aesthetic plastic surgeons. This year, Dr Sharp and practice director Liz Washington joined hundreds of plastic surgeons and their clinic teams to learn more about the innovative techniques for facial and body rejuvenation. The program featured 94 instructive surgical videos, 26 presentations, 13 expert panels and 8 debates. Dr Sharp loves being abreast of the latest advancements in plastic and cosmetic surgery, and these forums provide a valuable opportunity to hear about the techniques, trials, anecdotal experiences and standards from across the world. The overall message from the symposium was: aesthetic surgery has changed, and the over-stretched, over-enhanced, over-done look is a thing of the past. Progressive surgeons are working together to develop new techniques to approach cosmetic surgery to achieve a more balanced, proportionate and natural look than ever before. We thought some of our patients may be curious to hear more about the ideas discussed, so in these videos, Liz briefly covers some of the symposium topics that often arise in our discussions with patients. Fat grafting Fat grafting has been used for reconstructive purposes for many decades, but its use for rejuvenation and enhancement is still a relatively new concept, and something that surgeons are still experimenting with to perfect and hone the right technique for different areas of the body. We saw some exciting results from the panel, and of particular interest was ‘micro’ and ‘nano’ fat grafting for facial rejuvenation, which is providing not just volume replacement, but also dermal rejuvenation. The faculty also addressed the...
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