4 popular procedures – no surgery required

Minimally invasive procedures are the fastest growing sector of the cosmetic arena, and for good reason. From minor surgeries to non-surgical face lifting, there are several options for facial rejuvenation that don’t involve the downtime associated with surgery.

Sydney cosmetic physician Dr Buddy Beaini says minimally invasive options can help reverse the outward signs of ageing and delay surgery. ‘When selected appropriately and used in combination, minimally invasive procedures can make a patient look five to 10 years younger,’ he says.

Dr Beaini offers a range of light therapies, thread lifting procedures and injectable treatments at his MD Cosmedical Solutions clinics in Sydney’s CBD and Wahroonga, and Barton in Canberra. The combination of these modalities delivers an individualised approach to effectively address each patients’ needs and concerns. ‘With the advanced technology and techniques we have access to today, 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 minimally invasive procedures that can achieve significant results,’ Dr Beaini explains.

‘During consultation, I ask my patients to describe their main concerns and I will discuss with them a number of relevant treatment options, including the advantages, disadvantages, success rates, downtime and budget involved,’ he adds. ‘For those patients who are less specific, and are hoping to look younger, fresher, rejuvenated or “happier”, I make an assessment of how we can improve the patient’s overall image and appearance.’

Thread lifting

Thread lifting is suitable for those patients hoping to reverse the descent of facial soft tissue associated with ageing, or even to delay the need for a surgical facelift. It is a minimally invasive procedure used to lift the brow, face and neck, as well as reposition the cheeks, reduce the jowls and enhance the lips.

The procedure involves inserting dissolvable threads into the skin’s dermis. This triggers the production of new connective fibres and acts as a support structure, lifting and bolstering the tissue for an anti-ageing and rejuvenating effect.

When selected appropriately and used in combination, minimally invasive procedures can make a patient look five to 10 years younger.

‘I have been performing mini-facelifts and neck lifts with threads over the past two years and we have seen exceptional face lifting and rejuvenation results in more than 95 percent of our patients,’ says Dr Beaini. ‘Thread lifting is commonly used to address mid-face drooping, deep cheek wrinkles, deep nasolabial lines, excessive jowling and neck laxity. Other concerns include brow droop, facial asymmetry and loss of cheek positioning.’

Eyelid hooding surgery

‘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. The day surgery is performed under local anaesthesia, and can be used in conjunction with other treatments such as brow thread lifting, non-invasive skin tightening and laser skin rejuvenation.

Bat ear correction

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.

‘Any abnormality and asymmetry in facial appearance will attract attention, which is particularly relevant to individuals with bat ears,’ he says. ‘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.’

Vaginal rejuvenation

Dr Beaini is now offering a new non-surgical treatment for vaginal and bladder rejuvenation. The Aphrodite gynaecology treatment use laser energy to help improve gynaecological health, boost sexual satisfaction and relieve stress incontinence.

Women experiencing vaginal dysfunction – in the way of dryness or discomfort during intercourse, leaking of the bladder when sneezing, coughing or laughing, or persistent irritation and inflammation – often put the symptoms down to the inevitable effects of ageing. Now, with advancements in laser technology, the Aphrodite treatments can deliver a non-surgical method for rejuvenating the surrounding muscles and improving vaginal and bladder function.

Improving form & function

As a woman’s body experiences childbirth or as a result of natural ageing, the tissue surrounding the vagina can become weakened, resulting in a condition known as vaginal relaxation. This can be uncomfortable, and might lead to deterioration of the functionality of the vagina and decrease in sensations leading to sexual difficulties or dissatisfaction.

One such condition is vaginal atrophy, which is accompanied by a set of aggravating symptoms that tend to worsen over time. Symptoms include vaginal dryness, burning sensation, vaginal discharge, genital itching, burning with urination, and decreased vaginal lubrication during sexual activity. Aphrodite laser vaginal rejuvenation results in a tighter, more elastic and rejuvenated vagina, as well as enhancing the aesthetic appearance of the vaginal area.

Bladder restoration  

Stress urinary incontinence is the involuntary loss of urine caused by the weakened tissues supporting the urethra as a result of childbirth or the normal ageing process. It is a common and embarrassing problem for many women.

Aphrodite laser vaginal rejuvenation strengthens the tissues supporting the bottom wall of the urethra.

The non-surgical laser treatment is a hallmark procedure in the newly established field of cosmetogynaecology, offering a convenient walk-in, walk-out treatment that rejuvenates the vaginal tissues with minimal discomfort and downtime.

Dr Buddy Beaini and his team of medical practitioners will be able to advise whether Aphrodite is a solution for you.