Monthly Archives: August 2015
The eyes are one of the most expressive and defining features of our face. This feature communicates our age – with the result that we sometimes look older than we truly feel.
A host of factors such as our genetics, skin type and environmental elements like sun damage, can cause eyelids to sag, droop and become heavy and puffy – creating that ‘fatigued’ or ‘aged’ look we are looking to avoid.
The ageing process also plays a huge role. Muscle layers beneath our eyelid skin weaken and sag as we age, and fat deposits shift in response to weakened tissues, causing puffiness and bags under the eyes.
Additionally, changes occur in the skin itself. The collagen and elastin that provides support to the skin break down over time, causing the skin to lose elasticity and become lax.
But it’s not all bad. There are numerous options available to address these issues. One of these is Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty), which can be performed either on the upper eyelid or lower eyelid – or both. The surgery process involves removing the excess skin and fat, tightening the muscles, and smoothing out lines and wrinkles near the eye region, for a more youthful-looking you. My patients often report that their eyes and face look more open and lively after the surgery.
So what’s the difference between an Upper and Lower Eye Lid Surgery? How do you know which one you need?
Tummy Tuck Surgery (Abdominoplasty) is one of the most popular procedures at the Eden Institute and patients often come to me with a myriad of questions prior to surgery. I always welcome these questions because it is so important for patients to be well informed and 100% comfortable with their decision before proceeding with surgery.
Below are the top 4 questions I get asked for Tummy Tuck Surgery:
1) How long do I need to wear the binder garment after Tummy Tuck Surgery?
My recommendation is 6 weeks. After the first 3 weeks post Tummy Tuck Surgery, you can reduce the amount of wear per day. Ultimately my recommendation will vary patient to patient. Whilst it may seem like a hassle to wear this garment every day, most of my patients are grateful to have the support through those first few weeks and it can impact on your recovery process and final results. These garments can be hand washed or washed on delicate cycle and they dry quickly, so most patients find the process quite manageable.
2) How soon after Tummy Tuck Surgery will it be before I can start exercising again?
Generally as a rough guide, you can resume usual activity after 4-6 weeks post Tummy Tuck Surgery. Of course, you can start with walking before that. I always stress though, whilst exercise is a healthy activity and one to be encouraged, pushing the limits before your body is ready (after surgery) will only slow down your recovery process. It’s essential that you give yourself a reasonable rehabilitation timeframe and ease back into exercise or sports in a controlled and sensible manner. This is why it’s so important to listen to your doctor’s advice, as each patient’s recovery will be unique and thus recommendations on when to resume exercise would need to be tailored accordingly.
Time to come out of winter hibernation and herald the arrival of spring – the perfect time for a skin makeover!
At Eden’s MediSpa we offer a number of treatments that can help combat the signs of ageing, leaving your face feeling fresh, brighter and more youthful. Here are three ways you can step into spring looking more radiant.
Smooth Your Skin
Winter can wreak havoc on our skin, leaving it dry, dull and lifeless. Get back your youthful glow, boost hydration, improve skin tone and texture with medical-grade smoothing treatments at Eden’s Medispa.
Try Dermastamp (Skin Needling), a non-invasive, vibrational stamping device that uses fine needles to reinvigorate the skin. Dermastamp can stimulate and promote the body’s natural production of collagen and elastin, reviving your complexion whilst targeting a host of skin issues such as scarring, pigmentation and fine lines. There are different types of skin needling on the market. Dermastamp needs to be done in a clinic, and can be done in conjunction with other treatments.
– BY DR EDINBURG
Your nose is the defining central characteristic of your face, with its size and shape greatly impacting the way you look. If you feel your nose isn’t doing your face justice, it can severely affect your self-esteem. If this is a consistent concern for you, Rhinoplasty (Nose Job Surgery) can be a viable option to look into.
One of the most common requests I get from patients is that they want a smaller nose. A nose that is too bulbous, has an over-projected tip, a nasal hump or is too large can detract from an otherwise attractive face. Nasal bump reduction is one of our most commonly performed procedures and can result in a dramatic change to a person’s appearance while still maintaining a natural profile.
One Size Does Not Fit All
While there are definitely aspects that make a technically great nose, taking into consideration proportion, balance and symmetry, ultimately there is no one perfect nose. One nose does not fit all and no two noses are alike. It’s essential that your surgery is uniquely and individually tailored to suit your face.
When it comes to anti-ageing and looking your best, surgical procedures and non-invasive treatments are options to consider however it’s also imperative to have an effective at-home skin care routine. One that sets the foundation for healthy, youthful-looking skin and can maximise any MediSpa treatments you may choose to have.
Did you know that not all skincare products are created equal? There is a difference between medical-grade skincare products vs. regular products you find in the supermarket or department store. Each of us has different skin, and, as a consumer, it is difficult for you to know what to put on your skin.
Here are three reasons why you should invest in medical-grade skincare:
1. Medical-Grade Skincare Contain Stronger Concentrations Of Anti-Ageing Ingredients
The key difference between medical-grade and store-bought skincare lies in the product ingredients and formulations. Medical-grade skincare typically contains active ingredients in higher concentrations for maximum results. For example, Vitamin A, which is designed to reduce the appearance of fine lines and large pores, as well as stabilise sebum production, is often found in anti-ageing skincare products. However you’ll generally find that supermarket and department store skincare will include Vitamin A in its milder form – also known as Retinyl Palmitate/Acetate, whereas medical-grade skincare products will typically contain a higher-level form of vitamin A called Retinol. As a result of including highly efficacious ingredients in stronger concentrations, medical-grade skincare is ideal for targeting specific skin concerns like ageing skin, pigmentation, lines and wrinkles, Rosacea…etc. at a deeper level with guaranteed results.
Eden Practice Nurse Helen and Practice Manager Debbie at CoolSculpting University
The Cool Way To Eliminate Fat – By Eden’s Practice Nurse, Helen
At Eden Institute, both Dr Edinburg and the team are committed to staying abreast the latest scientific research, innovations and technologies within the Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery realm, in order to continuously extend our knowledge and training, so that we can better service our patients.
Recently, Eden’s Practice Manager, Debbie and I attended a two-day workshop at CoolSculpting University in Pleasanton, San Francisco, where the worldwide headquarters of Zeltiq (the makers of CoolSculpting) are based.
CoolSculpting is a revolutionary non-invasive treatment designed to eliminate stubborn fat with no surgery or downtime. Developed by Harvard scientists, the procedure utilises an innovative cooling process to freeze selected fat cells on common areas of the body such as the hips, abdomen and thighs etc. Once targeted, these fat cells are then naturally processed and eliminated by the body over time, resulting in permanent fat reduction. Patients can expect to see up to 20-25% in visible fat reduction after three months of treatment – once the fat cells are gone, they are gone for good.
At Eden, we introduced CoolSculpting to the practice last year and have since seen incredible results and positive feedback from our patients. As a result, we have brought on a second CoolSculpting machine this year!