Facial Cosmetic Procedure

Rhytidectomy in Melbourne

Your face projects an image to your family, friends, colleagues and strangers about who you are, how you think and feel. It is your identity!
There are many types of facelift and facial treatments available. Whether you are interested in enhancing facial features or looking for a refreshed look, the options are many. However, no one size fits all and artificial results can result from inadequate treatment selection. Moreover, most non surgical and minimally invasive procedures have limited results, overdoing them is not the solution.

Dr Rodrigo Teixeira is a specialist plastic surgeon in Melbourne. Dr Rodrigo’s approach to facial surgery respects your identity and who you are, by enhancing facial features and improving facial harmony. He aims to achieve beautiful natural results to restore your image.

Facial Rejuvenation is a broad term that includes surgical and non surgical treatments.  Minimally invasive procedures are an option for moderate improvement and have the advantage of quick recovery. However, some of those treatments require ongoing maintenance, like injections and fillers. Finally, rhytidectomy offers more profound and long lasting results.

Non Surgical facial treatments

Plasma Pen Treatment
Plasma Pen Treatment

You may already have a skin care routine that you like and want to keep. Otherwise your journey may start with skin care treatment to improve the quality of your skin. In addition, skin care is part of the surgical treatment protocol, so you can maximise your results.

Dr Rodrigo has introduced Plasma Pen to his practice. Plasma Pen advanced technology delivers low frequency of plasma arc. It is a non-surgical alternative for moderate skin tightening and skin lifting. It is especially popular for eyelid and brow lift treatments.

Nonsurgical Treatments available at MIPS:
Fractional resurfacing
Acne treatment
LED therapy
Photodynamic therapy
Skin needling
Skin peels

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Fillers and fat grafting

Facial fillers are very popular and widely offered. It is quite appealing to have immediate improvement at a lower cost and quicker recovery. On other hand, results are not as durable and may require ongoing maintenance.

Facial fat grafting or lip remodelling, uses your own fat tissue that is removed from other parts of your body. The fat is carefully harvested and processed before injection with fine cannulas. That process optimises fat quality and fat survival to achieve more predictable and consistent results.

Fat grafting may be repeated, but it is a long-lasting procedure that does not require maintenance.
Fillers and Fat Grafting are not risk free and there can be complications. It is important to know the risks involved before having treatment.

Facial surgery

Facelift - Before and After

Facial features may undergo gradual changes due to the ageing process, your lifestyle and heredity. Surgery can restore your image by smoothing the texture of your skin and reshaping the underlying facial tissues. With so many providers and treatments on offer, it can be difficult to know where to start. Dr Rodrigo is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon (about Dr Rodrigo). He will be able to perform a facial assessment and take into consideration your characteristics and expectations. He will help you find the right treatment. In doing so, common points to consider are:

Facial Proportions
Facial Analysis

Facial balance and facial proportions: the face is subdivided in anatomic and subatomic regions. Each unit can also influence the appearance of the neighbouring areas. For instance, a prominent nasal dorsum (large hump) makes the distance between the eyes seem smaller. Likewise, a small chin may make the neck look less defined.

Ageing: we are all affected by ageing, an irreversible relentless process of tissue degeneration, which results in loss of elasticity, stretching of the skin and weakening of suspensory ligaments.

Volume loss and displacement: ageing also causes fat deflation (fat loss) and fat displacement. For instance, the malar (cheek) fat pad deflation and drop will contribute to eyelid ageing.  Furthermore,  it reduces cheek projection and cause skin folds along the jaw (jowls) as well as skin folds.

The aim of cosmetic facial surgery is to improve your appearance safely. It requires careful consideration and thoughtful selection of treatments in assessing the patient’s needs. As a result, cosmetic surgery is tailored to the individual. Surgical treatment can focus an specific area, such as eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), nose job (rhinoplasty), upper face (brow lift and temporal lift), mid face lift, lower face lift and, neck lift. It can also be a combination of surgical and non surgical treatments, depending on your areas of concern.


Modern facelift

The original facelift (rhytidectomy) as described over 40 years ago involved hidden incisions in the hair, in front and behind of the ear. It relied on skin tightening only, and often produced unnatural and short-lasting result. Facelift techniques have evolved dramatically. Modern techniques focus on deeper tissues for tightening and supporting the face. This special layer of tissue is called SMAS (smas lift) in the face, and platysma in the neck. Furthermore, more advanced facelift include deep plane facelift and composite facelift.

Dr Rodrigo Teixeira will be perform a full face assessment and discuss the best facelift option to address your concerns. Sometimes the combination of different treatment modalities may enhance the final result of you facial cosmetic treatment. See our rhinoplasty page…

Things to consider before facelift

Facial surgery may not be for everyone. Talk to your medical practitioner and consider the following:

  • Your medical practitioner can only work with the existing skin and soft tissues. The facial skeleton also ages in the form of bone loss. So there are limits to how far you can rejuvenate your face.
  • Best age for facelift – Some procedures like eyelid surgery, temporal lift or brow lift may be indicated before having a full facelift of the midface and neck. In addition, fillers and injections may also improve your appearance non surgically. Consider facial fat grafting for fine and long lasting results.
  • Facelift cost – consider the cost of treatment. Generally, cosmetic facial surgery does not qualify for rebates from Medicare or private health insurance companies. Also, it is important to have some extra savings available or consider hiring surgery insurance.
  • Smokers are at increased risk of complications. To decrease the risk of complications, and for your general health and wellbeing, try to quit smoking before having surgery.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you have the option to seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner. Recovery time and treatment results will vary from patient to patient and depend upon a variety of individual patient factors.

You should receive information about potential risks, complications and side effects. Despite your surgeon’s experience, the medical literature recognises that complications may occur even with the best surgical care.

Facelift risks and complications

It partially depends on your circumstances such as your medical history, previous treatments or operations, the medical facility where the procedure is undertaken, the training and experience of your surgeon. In addition, there are risks with medications, anaesthetic, surgery and during recovery. Some of the general complications are allergic reactions, severe swelling, bleeding, infection and blood clots. Similarly, there are specific complications. For example: pathologic scars, skin necrosis and wounds, facial asymmetry, facial nerve weakness or facial nerve palsy, under and over-correction. To minimise risk and complications in facial surgery, it is important to have a clear surgical plan, safety checklists and good communication.

Likewise, it is important to fully comply with medical instructions, attend appointments and communicate any concerns early on.
Dr Rodrigo has a special interest in facial surgery. He has experience in craniofacial surgery and cleft lip surgery, as well as reconstructive facial surgery for the treatment of skin cancer. He will provide you with adequate follow up and care and his work speaks for itself.

MAFAC 2019 - Dr Rodrigo Teixeira
Dr Rodrigo at the Melbourne Advanced Facial Anatomy Course 2019

Find your facial plastic surgeon

The best facelift surgeon is one that makes you feel comfortable and communicates well with you.  He /she should understand your complaints and be realistic about outcomes. Look for well trained surgeons. There are excellent surgeons, facelift experts in Melbourne, make sure you check their qualifications. Facial surgery requires in depth knowledge of the intricate facial anatomy, appropriate training and experience with proven surgical techniques.

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