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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...

How long after acne medication can I have Fraxel laser treatment?

Acne can affect teenagers and adults of all ages; impacting their health, wellbeing and self confidence. Isotretinoin, also known as 13-cis-retinoic acid and sold under the brand name Accutane or Roaccutane (among others), is commonly used to treat severe acne.  Laser therapy isn’t recommended while patients are taking this medication, due to the skin sensitivities it causes. After coming off acne medication, patients often still have pits, blemishes, red bumps, box-car scars or general unevenness in their complexion. Fraxel Dual laser is a popular scar-reduction and skin-refining treatment for patients after they finish taking acne medication; not only does it refine residual scarring, but it also helps to regulate the skin and reduce pigmentation and congestion. How soon after finishing acne medication can I have Fraxel laser? Some studies show that laser treatment can be undertaken as early as one month afterwards, but in general, nonablative fractional laser therapy is deemed to be safest approximately 3 to 6 months after ceasing oral isotretinoin treatment.    What are the different types of acne scars? The Sharp Clinic’s skin therapist Diane Lehto says there are two different types of acne scars: acne scarring and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation. “Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation are dark spots where pimples used to be; hypopigmentation are light-coloured spots,” Diane says. “They can make your skin look patchy and uneven, and can be difficult to cover up with makeup or concealer. “The second type of acne scarring is a textural problem often referred to as ice pick scars, which look like small punctures or divots in the skin.” This occurs when a sebaceous oil gland develops an...

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...

Our top four melasma treatments

Melasma is a type of skin pigmentation, related to sun exposure and hormones. It occurs more frequently in women (often after pregnancy), but can also be seen in men. It is experienced by patients of all skin types, with most common location on the cheeks, upper lip, chest/neck and forehead. Due to our high sun exposure levels in Queensland, melasma is one of the most common skin condition complaints we see in our clinics. We have developed a range of scientifically proven therapies to effectively treat this persistent skin concern. Skin therapist Diane Lehto explains our treatment options below: 1. Sun protectionPrevention is always best, so sunscreen and sun protection are the most important aspects of our approach to keeping melasma under control. Daily sunscreen use is imperative, all year round in Australia. We recommend SPF50 and above.  View our range of high quality sunscreen products here. For those who like a quick two-in-one solution, we love our Synergie Mineral Whip makeup. 2. Microneedling with platelet rich plasma (PRP)If you are prone to melasma, even with great sun protection unfortunately you’re still likely to see it pop up, especially after hormonal changes or a summer holiday. Dermapen microneedling is a quick and easy way to exfoliate the superficial layer of the skin and stimulate healthy skin growth. We often combine Dermapen with PRP for a boost of collagen and to address fine lines and poor skin condition. 3. Fraxel laser therapyFraxel laser therapy is used to resurface the skin and peel the abnormal skin off so it can be replaced by normal non-sundamaged skin. If you have recurrent melasma, it might...

Question of the week: is Fraxel laser painful?

I’ve wanted to have laser resurfacing for many years for lines and pigmentation, but the images of crispy skin and stories of painful treatments has put me off. Does Fraxel laser hurt and is there any way to reduce the pain? - patient Deborah: One of the things I love most about Fraxel is that the technology has been industry-leading for around for two decades; it is proven and well-tested science that has stood the test of time and millions of treatments. Like most of the first rejuvenation lasers, it’s true that the first generation of Fraxel was known to have a sting, but the technology has been refined and that reputation is no longer valid. The ‘new’ Fraxel is not painful for most patients; a mild prickling sensation can be felt. We ensure patients are comfortable by applying a topical anaesthetic cream before the treatment and the machine now comes with a Zimmer device, which blows chilled air on the skin as the laser works, distracting nerve endings. I have personally used most of the other leading lasers, radio frequency and pulsed light machines on the market over the past 15 years and Fraxel is by far the most comfortable. It manages to achieve great results without being ablative, so you don’t get the discomfort, persistent burning sensation, hot spots or ‘crispy’ skin you describe. Fraxel downtime is quite brief in comparison to other lasers, and initially looks like sunburn and develops into a grainy ‘ground coffee’ appearance as the skin exfoliates - you can view pictures of this process on the video we posted here. The Fraxel The new Fraxel...

Guess to win!

Want to enter? 1. Estimate the number of bottles in the vase Deb is holding 2. Go to Facebook or @dr_david_sharp on Instagram and comment on the post with your estimate 3. The person who places the closest guess will recieve a $200 PRAHS Skin Voucher 4. Winner will be announced 12th of October 2018 Good luck! Terms and conditions: Voucher can be redeemed on any skin treatment with Deborah. Cannot be redeemed on surgical fees, surgical consultation or medical treatments. Not redeemable for cash or transferrable. Voucher valid until the 1st of January 2019. Please note the bottles in the image shown are for display purposes only, and do not contain any products. What's your Summer Skin Plan? Get started with a complimentary consultation with Deborah to discuss how wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, Fraxel resurfacing laser, micro needling or key active ingredients can help you reach your skin goals! click here to book...

Spring skin treatments

  Did you know that after a collagen-stimulating treatment, it takes about 6 weeks to start to see the results? That means now is the perfect time to start planning for summer holidays, skin-baring dresses and your party season glow! Begin by removing pigmentation and dead, lacklustre skin cells while strategically stimulating collagen with our rejuvenating medical skin treatments: - FRAXEL LASER - DERMAPEN MICRONEEDLING - REVOLUMISING DERMAL FILLERS - WRINKLE INJECTIONS - LIP ENHANCEMENT Kick start your summer skin with a proactive approach to healthy ageing and natural-looking results. Book a complimentary skin assessment consultation with Deborah for a treatment plan tailored to your skin goals by calling 3202 4744.   —————————————————————————————————————————– CLINIC NEWS 25% OFF LIP ENHANCEMENT INJECTIONS  Rejuvenate thin, dry or lined lips with our high quality dermal filler injections, using techniques that produce beautiful, natural-looking results. Topical anaesthetic is provided at no cost, for extra comfort. See in clinic for terms & conditions. DOUBLE CHIN INJECTIONS Unwanted fat under the chin can create a prematurely aged or heavy appearance. Double chin injections non surgically reduce fat, visibly refining the jaw line with 2-3 treatments - ask about our exclusive treatment packages! THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO BREAST AUGMENTATION Are you or someone considering breast augmentation surgery? Dr Sharp’s free surgery guide provides in depth information about this popular procedure; from implant selection and techniques through to the recovery and risks....

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...

Why we choose fractionated Fraxel laser

Fraxel fractionated laser resurfacing addresses 7 key facets of facial ageing Fraxel laser resurfacing was one of the first on the market, and over the decades has refined its technology, continuing to be a leader in the laser rejuvenation field. Modern day Fraxel is comfortable, quick and gets maximum results with minimal downtime. After the treatment, our patients begin to notice the following improvements in their skin; these changes continue in the weeks and months following their treatment, to achieve their final result: Reduction of precancerous sun damage (actinic keratosis) that can lead to sun cancer Pigmentation and sun spots are eliminated Fine lines and wrinkles are reduced Skin texture and condition is improved Facial, neck and chest/décolletage skin feels tighter Pore size is reduced Scars and stretch marks are improved Treatment intensity and depth is tailored to each individual patient One of the best aspects of Fraxel is its ‘dual’ function; which gives it the ability to be varied in intensity, allowing us to modify the therapy depending upon whether the patient’s skin is quite healthy, or requires extensive resurfacing - and how long they want their downtime to last. A low intensity treatment helps to remove superficial sun spots and pigmentation, with only a weekend of coffee-grain like shedding. While a more intensive treatment will lift extensive sun damage and address deeper lines, and will involve shedding for about 5 days. Your Fraxel treatment will begin with a thorough skin analysis with our dermal clinicians, who will assess your skin, discuss your desired result and advise of the best intensity to achieve this for you. The treatment doesn’t...

What is actinic or ‘solar’ keratosis?

An actinic keratosis (AK) is also known as a ‘solar’ keratosis. It has the appearance of a crusty, scaly growth and is caused by  damage to the skin from exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation; something we see a lot of in Queensland! Can it cause skin cancer? Actinic keratosis is considered a pre cancer because if  it’s left alone it may develop into a skin cancer, most often the second most common form of the disease, squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). What causes solar keratosis? Sun exposure! Queensland has the dubious title of the ‘skin cancer capital of the world’, having the highest rates of skin cancer thanks to our high year-round UV levels, outdoor lifestyle and the predominance of people with light skin colour in our population. The most common type of precancerous skin lesion, actinic keratosis appear on skin that has been regularly exposed to the sun or artificial sources of UV light, such as tanning machines. Where does actinic keratosis form on the body? They most frequently appear on exposed areas such as the face and body, including the scalp, ears, shoulders, neck, arms and back of hands. They can also appear on the shin, ankles and feet. Which skin types are more likely to develop solar keratosis? People who have fair complexions are more prone to AKs than are people with medium or dark skin. What does solar keratosis look like? They are often elevated, rough in texture and resemble warts or scabs. They often become red, and can range in colour from  light or dark beige, white or pink. They can also change colour. In...

Is Fraxel right for me?

Fraxel is suitable for all skin types and can treat a wide range of skin problems and signs of poor skin health, scarring and ageing. During your pre-treatment consultation with your clinician, your skin will be thoroughly assessed. We will also ask you what you want to achieve for your skin, so we can customise your Fraxel treatments with your ideal end result in mind. Here are some common questions we receive during these consultations: What parts of the body does Fraxel treat? Face Neck Décolletage/chest Hands Arms Legs Scalp Abdominal and limb scars and stretch marks Is it right for my skin colour? Fraxel laser rejuvenation is unique in that it can treat women and men of all skin colours and ages. Unlike some other lasers which are only indicated for specific skin types, Fraxel can treat both light and dark skin safely and effectively. What skin concerns does Fraxel treat? Sun damage and pre cancerous skin growths (actinic keratosis) Pigmentation and age spots - or ‘liver spots’ Fine lines and wrinkles associated with environmental damage and collagen depletion Acne scarring Melasma and blotchy discolouration of the skin Poor skin condition or dull complexion Enlarged pores Thin, crepey skin What results can I expect from Fraxel? Promotion of new collagen development More radiant skin Reduced acne scarring Reduced melasma and sun damage Overall more rejuvenated, luminous skin What can I expect during my Fraxel consultation? You will complete one of our Patient Information Forms, and we will ask you some questions about you medical history, previous treatments, lifestyle and skin goals. Fraxel might not be the best treatment...
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