Looking for real results without the downtime of surgery? We reveal the small treatments that can deliver big improvements.
Looking younger does not mean that hardcore surgery is your only option. With ever-evolving aesthetic advancements, minimally invasive procedures have become the go-to for improving facial aesthetics and reversing signs of ageing.
Whether you wish to look younger, fresher, rejuvenated or ‘happier’, there’s a range of less invasive surgical treatments that can rival the results of more complex surgery.
Sydney cosmetic physician Dr Buddy Beaini calls on an array of light-based devices, thread lifting procedures and injectables in his clinics to tailor results to the individual patient.
“During the consultation I ask my patients to describe their main concerns. I then outline the advantages, disadvantages, success rates, downtime and budget involved with a number of relevant treatment options,” says Dr Beaini.
“Patients of all ages have been treated, with excellent results,” he says. “With the current advanced technology and techniques, facial rejuvenation has developed dramatically, giving patients the options to look and feel younger without the need for major surgery. In particular, thread lifting, blepharoplasty and bat ear correction (otoplasty) are less invasive procedures that can achieve significant results.”
Dr Beaini believes that when used correctly, minimally invasive procedures can reverse the outward signs of ageing. “When selected appropriately and used in combination, minimally invasive procedures can make the patient look five to 10 years younger, and a lot happier,” he says.
1. Thread Lifting
What is it?
This is a minimally invasive way to lift the skin on the face to achieve a younger and more contoured appearance and counter the inevitable effects of gravity. Threads can be used to lift the brow, face and neck, as well as reposition the cheeks, reduce jowling and enhance the lips.
Dissolvable threads are inserted into the skin’s dermis, or support structure, to trigger the synthesis of collagen and elastin at the site. The threads act as scaffolding for the production of these new connective fibres, lifting and bolstering the tissue for an anti-ageing and rejuvenating effect.
“I’ve been performing mini-facelifts and neck lifts with threads over the past three or so years, and have seen exceptional lifting and rejuvenation results in more than 95 percent of our patients,” says Dr Beaini.
Thread lifting is suitable for those patients hoping to reverse the descent of facial soft tissue associated with ageing, or to waylay the need for a surgical facelift. It is performed under local anaesthetic, and incurs some mild swelling and possible bruising post-procedure.
“Thread lifting is commonly used to lift and improve mid-face drooping, deep cheek wrinkles, deep nasolabial lines, excessive jowling and neck laxity,” Dr Beaini explains. “Other concerns it targets include brow droop, facial asymmetry and loss of cheek positioning.”
What is it?
“When we look at an individual’s face, our attention first focuses on the eyes, and any abnormality or asymmetry,” Dr Beaini explains. For this reason, blepharoplasty – or eyelid hooding surgery – can achieve significant results in rejuvenating the entire face.
The procedure involves excising excess fat and skin from the upper and/or lower eyelids to open the eyes for a fresher, more alert appearance. Dr Beaini performs this as day surgery under local anaesthesia. It can be used in conjunction with other treatments such as brow thread lifting, non-invasive skin tightening and laser skin rejuvenation.
“If you have droopy, tired and ageing eyes, the first impression is that you’re sad, tired or unwell,” says Dr Beaini. “Eyelid surgery is a very effective and long-term solution and automatically has the effect of revitalising the entire face.”
3. Bat ear correction
What is it?
Bat ear, or prominent ear correction, is a non-surgical ear pinning procedure that restores facial symmetry by reducing prominent ears permanently.
“Any abnormality and asymmetry in facial appearance will attract attention, which is particularly the case for people who have bat ears,” Dr Beaini explains.
Dr Beaini offers a permanent non-surgical treatment to correct and reshape protruding ears (bat ear correction). He performs the procedure with a mild sedative and local anaesthesia; no hospitalisation, general anaesthetic or surgical incisions are required.
“These patients were born with this problem and, in most cases, are burdened with underlying emotional issues relating to the appearance of their ears. The joy and relief they experience once their ears are corrected makes this treatment extremely desirable,” he says.
Where to get it
MD Cosmedical Solutions
Ph 1300 885 808