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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What types of cosmetic procedures will help me look young?

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    I'm reaching age 40 and have more recently noticed a rapid change in my appearance. What can I do to look young?
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    Dr. Ehsan Jadoon

    Cosmetic Physician

    I am a Sydney based Cosmetic Physician. My speacial areas of interest are advanced facial and body sculpturing and recontouring using minimally invasibe medical and … View Profile

    General principles of looking good:

    1) Sun protection
    2) Healthy eating and regular excerice
    3) Stress free life style. No smoking
    4) Home based skin care routine
    5) Regular exfoliation of skin
    6) Cosmetic medical procedures like Anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, Platelet Rich Plasma, Collagen stimulation laser and light proedures etc  as and when required.
    7) Regular holidays!

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    Anonymous

    What happens to the face at age 70 and after, if you use dermal fillers and botox, do we become ugly like the Hollywood celebrities?

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    Dr. John Mahony

    Cosmetic Physician

    Dr John Mahony studied Medicine at Sydney University 1980-1984 graduating early 1985. Internship and residency years followed in the Illawarra, covering general medical and surgical … View Profile

    Good question

    In some respects we cannot know this perfectly. The cosmetic effect of Botox was discovered in 1987, published in 1992, and so we are only 22 years into this journey: we can't yet know the 30-, 40- or 50-year consequences.

    But patients who have been having these treatments for 20 years are none the worse for wear, as it were, so we can be pretty sure no problems will arise.

    Further, someone starting treatment today can be reassured that, should a 30-treatment-year problem be discovered in 2022, then patients starting in 2014 will be getting *plenty* of notice regarding what to watch for.

    There is a cohort 22 years ahead of you, dicovering it all for us.

    ……

    Regarding specifically the Hollywood celebrities, there is no doubt some of them look strange at 70, and others look just plain old at 70.

    Why is this?

    Because they are 70!

    Very very few people look really great at 70.

    Does a treated 70-year-old look better than an untreated 70-year-old? Probably. You would like to think so. But forgive them (and their doctors) if they don't actually look as though they are genuinely 25 when they are genuinely 70.

    Go easy on them. They want to stay in the game - let them.

    Hope that someone is as forgiving to you when you are 70.

    Becuse you will get there one day (you hope).

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    If doctors stick with long-lasting-but-ultimately-temporary fillers, then these fillers eventually fade away and cause no long-term problems that would make any 70-year-old, Hollywood or not, “ugly”.

    Don't worry.

    Carpe diem.

  • Dr Mark Edinburg

    Plastic Surgeon (Reconstructive & Cosmetic)

    Utilising my experience and passion for my chosen field of Plastic and Reconstructive surgery, I am able to combine my skills as a Specialist Plastic … View Profile

    Let’s face it - no one wants to look old. We all want to be our best selves, both inside and out and often, feeling good about ourselves in general, starts with looking refreshed, healthy and youthful.

    In my area of expertise, there is a wide range of Cosmetic Surgery as well as non-surgical treatments to assist you with looking more youthful. Cosmetic procedures and treatments, both surgical and non-surgical, can certainly help you look younger, but these need to be supported by a number of simple strategies which people often neglect. The first of these (and possibly one of the most effective anti-ageing “treatments” available), is protection from the harsh Australian sun. Sun damage can definitely age us prematurely and a good quality SPF, therefore, is a must. And just remember that not all SPF’s are created equal, so make sure you ask for advice from a medical professional to get the best SPF product for your skin.

    The second support for your skin is a regular skin care routine at home. This is essential for assisting and maintaining a youthful complexion – it will also ensure that you get the maximum benefit from any cosmetic treatments you have. Don’t be tempted to throw on just any old cream or lotion you see on special at your local supermarket or something you’ve seen advertised on TV as the ‘latest thing’. There are great cosmeceutical (medical grade) skin care products available in clinic that are backed by clinical trials which show real results. You need products which have active ingredients that create positive change in your skin, that nourish, protect and revitalise.

    There are a host of non-surgical treatments that help to keep you looking younger. These include fillers and wrinkle-reducing injections, lasers, Plate Rich Plasma (‘vampire facials’), skin needling, medical grade chemical peels and so on.

    For some concerns, nothing replaces surgery. For example, if your face is at the point where you have a lot of sagging and loose skin and you have that exhausted look about you, a cosmetic facelift procedure will give you back that youthful refreshed look that no non-surgical treatment can achieve. And then you can combine surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments…

    Confused? Well, that's because there is no one answer for everyone. And, as a consumer, it is really difficult for you to know what's right for you as there are so many options out there and, despite the flash marketing, some of the offerings just don’t achieve much at all!

    I generally find people need a combination of treatments and, at our clinic, we offer an individualised treatment plan for our patients. There is no one treatment to sort-everything-out-for-everyone. That's just not realistic. But discovering what treatments suit you and which ones provide the most benefit for your individual concerns can be very rewarding. And will certainly help you on the path to a more youthful-looking you.

    We achieve fabulous results in this area, and we have many happy patients. I suggest you do a bit of research - consult suitably qualified specialists, and, as a general rule, if it sounds too good (or cheap) to be true, it usually is.

    Hope this helps.

    Mark

     

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