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Are Anti-Wrinkle Injections Safe?

December 20th, 2017

Anti-wrinkle injections are used to reverse different signs of ageing by relaxing the muscles that cause the formation of some types of wrinkles. Whether you are trying out this treatment for the first time or have been receiving anti-wrinkle injections for years, you may have some concerns about the safety of the procedure. Fortunately, My Cosmetic Clinic has plenty of facts about these treatments that can put your mind at rest, as well as advice on how to be sure your anti-wrinkle injections are as safe and effective as possible. EVERY MEDICINE HAS SOME SIDE EFFECTS, FORTUNATELY THE SIDE EFFECTS OF ANTI-WRINKLE INJECTION ARE UNCOMMON AND SELF-LIMITING AND USUALLY LOCALIZED TO THE TREATED AREA.

The Science Behind the Procedure

The active ingredient in anti-wrinkle injections is a purified protein that relaxes the muscles it targets. When used in the cosmetic realm, this treatment addresses wrinkles and lines on the face that appear when you consistently make certain facial expressions. These creases are known as dynamic wrinkles, which first appear only when the expressions are made. However, over time the lines can become permanent additions, making you look much older than you feel. The medication in the injection affects the way nerve impulses are delivered to the muscles, which prevents the muscle from contracting. By easing the muscle activity that causes these wrinkles, we can smooth them away completely without compromising your ability to smile, frown or squint quite naturally. The results are only temporary, which means you will need to repeat your treatments regularly to maintain your more youthful look.

Medical Treatment First

Anti-wrinkle injections were first approved in Australia in July 1999 for medical reasons, rather than cosmetic purposes. They were not used as aesthetic treatments until 2002. Currently, anti-wrinkle injections are approved in Australia as a treatment for the following:
  • Chronic migraine headaches in adults
  • Blepharospasm (uncontrollable eye twitching) in patients age 12 and over
  • Primary hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
  • Frown lines between the eyebrows and crow’s feet (fine lines in the outer corners of the eyes).
Because this medication is used for a wide range of concerns, patients seeking it for cosmetic reasons can be confident that it has been thoroughly assessed and tested for both safety and efficacy.

TGA Approved

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) is the branch of the Australian Government Department of Health responsible for approving and regulating medical devices and medications. The agency makes decisions to approve these medical products after extensive testing and clinical research, providing Australians with peace-of-mind in knowing the products they use are as safe and effective as possible. While no medical treatment is without any risk, consumers can rest assured that the benefits will outweigh the risks in most cases when products are used properly and according to a physician’s direction. TGA has approved anti-wrinkle injections for the purposes listed above and continues to monitor the substances for additional concerns. Currently, TGA notes, “The post marketing experience with (anti-wrinkle injections) has been extensive, and it is unlikely that there are unsuspected toxicities associated with its use.”

Targeted Results

One reason anti-wrinkle injections are considered relatively safe is that when delivered, they target the muscles involved in causing the wrinkles without migrating to other areas of skin and tissue. While there is some danger the formulation will diffuse once it is injected, the risk is rare when the treatments are performed by an experienced injector. Considering that the medication is often used to address even the most delicate eye conditions, you can rest assured your cosmetic injections will remain in the targeted location without causing unwanted side effects.

Choosing Wisely

While anti-wrinkle injections do have a long track record of safety, their popularity has opened the door to more physicians and other providers offering the treatment. The increase in availability makes it that much more critical that you choose your injector wisely to ensure experience and expertise are present to minimise your risks and ensure the safest treatment possible. Never settle for injections offered by a less experienced provider simply for convenience or cost-savings. The value you receive with an experienced injector will far outweigh any other benefits offered by these less qualified offices. Anti-wrinkle injections have been around for decades and boast an excellent safety record in both the medical and cosmetic realms. To learn more about these treatments, contact My Cosmetic Clinic today on 1300 85 49 89.
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Benefits of Liposuction

December 20th, 2017

Liposuction is a surgical procedure that trims away stubborn areas of fat to sculpt a smoother, sleeker body contour. At My Cosmetic Clinic, we typically recommend this method to men and women that have achieved a healthy, stable weight but have isolated bulges that do not respond to exercise or diet efforts. The procedure removes the fat cells from the body, producing a slimmer profile that will remain as long as you do not gain additional weight. There are many good reasons to consider liposuction at My Cosmetic Clinic, as this procedure offers a variety of potential benefits for the right patients.

The Lowdown on Liposuction

Liposuction uses tiny tubes called cannulas and negative pressure to suction excess fat cells out of a treatment area. The cannula is inserted using micro-incisions and may be placed in a variety of locations to ensure a smooth, natural result. Once the fat is removed from the body, it cannot return provided the weight is maintained. However, weight gain after liposuction could affect the outcome of your procedure.

Minimally Invasive

Liposuction is considered surgery, which means it involves anaesthesia and incisions. However, it is much less invasive than other body contouring treatments, such as a tummy tuck. Unlike more extensive procedures, liposuction is performed as a day surgery, using tumescent local anaesthetic and twilight sedation. The elimination of general anaesthesia also reduces the risks associated with this treatment as well as the downtime needed after the procedure. Liposuction allows you to fully meet your body contouring goals over the long term with minimal disruption to your daily life.

Little Discomfort, Downtime or Scarring

While there is some discomfort associated with liposuction, it is a much more comfortable procedure than other types of body contouring surgery. Patients feel sore for a few days after the surgery, which can be managed efficiently with oral pain medication in most cases. Most of our patients are back to activities within about a week. Because the incisions used for liposuction are small, visible scarring after the procedure is uncommon. You enjoy a smoother body contour without noticeable signs you had a surgical procedure performed.

Multiple Treatment Options

Liposuction is a versatile treatment that may address nearly any area of the body where you have isolated fat deposits that haven’t budged by your own efforts. Some of the most common areas where liposuction is performed include:
  • Midsection
  • Hips and flanks
  • Inner and outer thighs
  • Knees and ankles
  • Neck and chin
  • Arms
  • Buttocks
No matter what area needs a bit of trimming, you can likely have liposuction to eliminate the bulge and smooth the profile.

Customisable to Your Needs

From the area where it is performed to the amount of fat removed, liposuction can be tailored to your precise needs and desired results. When pursuing this procedure, it is essential to select a cosmetic surgeon that is experienced in all types of liposuction to ensure your surgery will be both safe and successful. Dr Ansari has performed many liposuction procedures and will take the time and care to ensure your results meet your needs and your expectations. In some cases, that might mean removing less fat to achieve a natural, beautiful result. In addition to assessing your contouring needs, Dr Ansari will evaluate the condition of your skin to determine whether it will smoothly form to the new contour after treatment. He may also recommend skin excision after your liposuction surgery is he is concerned that loose skin might be a problem once the fat is removed.

Long-Lasting Results

We are born with a set number of fat cells that do not increase in number except in extreme situations. Once we remove a select amount of fat cells from your treatment area, they will not return. However, if you gain weight after liposuction, the remaining cells might enlarge. If your weight loss has plateaued and you still have a few localised areas of fat you would like to eliminate, liposuction may be the right option for you. Contact My Cosmetic Clinic on 1300 85 49 89 to schedule your consultation with Dr Ansari today.
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Saline or Silicone: Making the Choice

December 20th, 2017

Breast augmentation provides you with the curves you have always wanted to round out your body contour. This procedure is highly customisable to the precise desires and body proportions of each woman to ensure natural, beautiful results. To achieve that goal, there are many choices you will need to make to create the breast enhancement plan that is tailor-made for you. With an extensive selection of implants available, My Cosmetic Clinic has the information you need to make the best choices for your procedure.

Saline Implants: The Original Choice for Breast Augmentation

Saline implants were the first to be introduced to women as a means of enhancing the size and shape of the breasts. These devices are crafted of a silicone shell, which is filled with a sterile saline solution once the implant is placed inside the chest. There are different benefits of saline implants:
  • Adjustment of the implant inside the breast may result in a better result
  • The unfilled shell does not require as long of an incision for placement
  • If the implant ruptures, the saline solution will be safely reabsorbed by the body
  • A rupture will be visible on the outside of the breast almost immediately
The main reason women do not choose saline implants more often is because they tend to be harder than their silicone counterparts. The harder exterior can lead to a more unnatural look and feel, which may make women feel self-conscious both in their appearance and during intimacy with their partner.

Silicone Implants Offer Natural Look and Feel

When silicone implants were introduced in Australia, they quickly became a popular choice over saline implants for the majority of women. In fact, as many as 90 percent of breast augmentations performed in this country may involve silicone implants. These devices also consist of a silicone shell, which comes pre-filled with a silicone gel. Numerous benefits are associated with these implants:
  • Both round and teardrop-shaped implants are available to fit every woman’s physiology
  • Variety of size and profile options help you achieve your personal cosmetic goals
  • Natural look and feel make it difficult, if not impossible, to detect the presence of an implant
  • Lower risk of complications like capsular contracture and visible breast rippling
  • No noticeable changes to the breast in the event of an implant rupture
One drawback to silicone implants is that a larger incision is needed to place the implant since it comes pre-filled. Because you are unable to detect a rupture by appearance alone, it is also recommended that women with silicone implants undergo an MRI if they suspect a rupture might have occurred.

Introducing Foam Silicone Implants

In 2008, silicone implants were taken to the next level with the introduction of the polyurethane foam-covered gel implants. These implants also contain a silicone gel, but the outside of the shell is coated with a thin layer of polyurethane foam. Also known as “furries,” these implants boast an even lower rate of capsular contracture than other silicone devices. They also feature a reduced likelihood of migration or rotation within the breast tissue, which is another common reason for revision surgery.

Making the Right Choice

With so many options in breast implants today, how do you know which implant will meet your needs best? Dr Ansari will take ample time to assess your situation and discuss your cosmetic goals to help you choose the implants that will provide you with the best outcome. While most of our patients end up with silicone implants, Dr Ansari offers the full range of implant choices to ensure all his patients get the exact results they want. If you would like to add size and curves to your figure, perhaps breast augmentation is the solution for you. To learn more about this surgery, contact My Cosmetic Clinic today on 1300 85 49 89 to schedule your consultation with Dr Ansari.
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Anti-Wrinkle Injections: How often is too often?

March 15th, 2017

Are natural facial movements leaving undesirable lines on your face?

No matter how good our genetics, environment or lifestyle may be, our skin isn’t designed to keep wrinkles at bay and does not have the ability to sustain youthful, wrinkle-free skin. Anti wrinkle injections are a fast, effective and affordable solution to combat the skin’s ageing process.

Anti-Wrinkle Injections: How often is too often?

At My Cosmetic Clinic we suggest having anti-wrinkle treatments regularly but not excessively nor should treatments be too sparse. It's important to keep in mind that there is a fine line between having anti-wrinkle injections 'too often' and 'not enough' If you plan your treatments at regular intervals, rather than wait for the product to completely wear-off, the results and effects of anti-wrinkle injections will last longer. That being said, having treatments too frequently may cause muscle resistance. You should space your treatments at least 10-12 weeks apart, depending on the product used, the facial area treated, and your body’s ability to absorb the injected material.
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