Adelaide Plastic Surgery

GP Information Regarding Facial Plastic Surgery

Facelift and Neck Lift
Facelift and Neck Lift

Otoplasty

Prominent ears (sometimes called bat ears) occur in approximately 5% of the Australian population. The condition usually occurs because of impaired folding of the cartilage, which provides shape to the ear. Studies have shown that surgery to improve the appearance of children’s prominent ears provides significant psychological benefits and improved sociability.

Treatment
Otoplasty can be performed safely any time after 7 years of age. This age is chosen as the ears are almost fully grown, and importantly the child is mature enough to have some insight in to the procedure.

Surgical—Refer to a Plastic Surgeon.
Usually performed as a day case under general anaesthetic, however in adults it can be well tolerated under local anaesthetic.

Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty

Heavy excess upper eyelid skin can give a tired and grumpy appearance. It may also cause a rash under the skin fold, and visual obstruction. In some cases this procedure may attract a Medicare and Private Health Insurance rebate.

Investigation
Usually no investigation is necessary. 

Treatment
Very minor early upper lid heaviness may sometimes improve with a chemical brow lift.

Surgical—Refer to a Plastic Surgeon.
Surgical blepharoplasty is the definitive treatment, usually performed as a day surgery procedure. It may be performed under local anaesthesia, IV sedation, or general anaesthesia.

Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty can be purely for cosmetic reasons, or to correct the results of injury and to relieve airway obstruction.

Investigation
Xray or CT may be required prior to consultation if the problem is either injury or obstruction.

Treatment
Surgical correction of septum, size and or shape of the nose is possible.

Surgical—Refer to a Plastic Surgeon.
Surgical rhinoplasty is the definitive treatment, usually performed as a day surgery procedure.

Straightening crooked noses often requires a more complex procedures. Patient expectations need be realist as it can be very difficult to fully correct such cases, especially if they have been crooked for a long period of time.