Myth 2: Is a cosmetic surgeon the best person to perform aesthetic surgery because it isn’t reconstructive?It is not a commonly understood fact that cosmetic surgical procedures were developed from well performed and reliable reconstructive procedures to address problems in patients relating to trauma, deformity or cancer excision.As these procedures became more and more reliable, the application of these procedures to other situations and in particular for cosmetic indications developed. The procedures have then been further developed and researched to get us to where we are today.When performed properly it is not possible to separate aesthetic/cosmetic surgery from reconstructive surgery.A Specialist Plastic Surgeon is quite simply the most qualified person to perform your cosmetic surgery.Dr Mark Magnusson is the current President of the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and a member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons.Read More »
Considering cosmetic surgery is a big decision. Choosing a surgeon with a commitment to excellence is essential but in an industry with so much choice and is increasingly complex and confusing for patients, how do you know that your surgeon has this kind of commitment?Myth 1: One of the most common areas of uncertainty is whether a plastic surgeon and cosmetic surgeon are the same thing.The simple answer is no.There is certainty about what a Specialist Plastic Surgeon is. A Specialist Plastic Surgeon undertakes the same training as other Surgical Specialists, six years or so at university and then a further 8 to 12 years of supervised surgical training to train focused specifically as a Plastic Surgeon. Plastic surgery training includes both reconstructive and cosmetic procedures.A Specialist Plastic Surgeon is registered with the Australian Health Professionals Regulatory Authority (AHPRA) as a Specialist and the Specialty Field is Plastic Surgery.A Specialist Plastic Surgeon is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS). The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons is the only professional body recognised by the Australian Government and the Australian Medical Council to train surgeons (apart from the similar Colleges of Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Ophthalmology). Your surgeon’s qualifications can be independently verified.The Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons was established 40 years ago and its members are aesthetic plastic surgeons dedicated to excellence in patient safety, excellence in surgical outcomes and excellence in ongoing care. ASAPS members are Specialist Plastic SurgeonsThere is no separate specialty called “cosmetic surgery” recognised by AHPRA. Cosmetic surgery is considered an integral part of the specialty of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.A “cosmetic surgeon” who is not a Specialist Plastic Surgeon may have no formal surgical training or be practising outside the area of their specialist training which may bear no similarity to this field.Check the credibility and qualifications of your surgeon at these sites.ASAPS http://asaps.org.au/Dr Mark Magnusson is the current President of the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and a member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons.Read More »
Exciting new developments for Allure’s surgical patients.While Dr Magnusson is based in Toowoomba he will be adding a Gold Coast element to his practice. This gives Toowoomba patients an opportunity to consider surgery outside town for those with any concern about privacy and discretion. All of the pre-and post-operative care can be managed here in Toowoomba for these patients. Obviously, it is more convenient for people in our region to have their surgery with us here in Toowoomba and there are no changes to these arrangements.On the Gold Coast Dr Magnusson will be joining a long-standing friend and colleague, Terence Scamp at the Esteem Medi Spa, located at the Marina Mirage complex in Main Beach.Contact us now for more information on these exciting developments.Read More »
In the March 2017 edition of Toowoomba’s own Style Magazine, Dr Magnusson opens up about living in the Garden City. Dr Magnusson and his family have been Toowoomba residents for sixteen years…Read More »
For anyone undergoing elective or cosmetic surgery, it always helps to schedule surgery when you are in optimal health to maximise your surgical outcomes and reduce your recovery period.
Here Dr. Mark Magnusson and the team at Toowoomba Plastic Surgery have compiled our list of Toowoomba’s top workout spots to help potential patients and visitors to the region achieve optimal health and fitness levels and stay in shape for surgery.
1. Make a splash
Toowoomba Regional Council manages nine public swimming pools across the region so there is no reason not to make a splash in the town of Toowoomba.
Swimming is a great way to maintain overall fitness levels and is often a gentler alternative to high impact exercise to get back on track following surgery.
And with our warm weather climate here in Toowoomba, nothing is as refreshing as keeping cool on a hot day with a relaxing dip.
For pool locations, opening times and details, visit: http://www.tr.qld.gov.au/facilities-recreation/sport-recreation/swimming-pools-gyms
2. Walk it out
Walking is one of the simplest, most accessible and affordable ways to keep fit and healthy. Toowoomba offers a wide variety of walking tracks, from picturesque trails and parklands to fascinating historical precincts – there is something designed to suit everyone from the most rugged climber to the slowest of stroll ers.
For those that like to combine culture and fitness, stroll the streets of Toowoomba and take in the architectural ambience of the cultural and legal precinct, including significant buildings such as the Courthouse, Post Office, Empire Theatre, churches and historical hotels. Or discover our City’s early days at Mort Estate, Russell Street and Newtown.
For the more adventurous among us, there is an abundance of local scenic hikes to choose from. Why not tackle an energetic trek at Mount Tabletop, Jubilee Park, Redwood Park or Picnic Point Park to name a few?
For more information on Toowoomba walking trails visit: http://www.tr.qld.gov.au/facilities-recreation/sport-recreation/outdoor-sports/227-where-to-walk
3. Get Cycle Savvyc
Toowoomba is the perfect destination for the savvy cycler, with over 70 km’s of pathways, specifically designated mountain bike trails, a comprehensive road network and a purpose-built criterium track to cater for cyclists of all levels and abilities.
There are also a number of organised rides and bike events held in the City every year. Popular routes include the Toowoomba half loop for those building up their confidence, or the full city loop for the more established rider.
The perfect place for honing your cycling skills, Toowoomba’s cycling criterium track offers cyclists a safe recreation and training venue, with six different track configurations ranging from 350 m to 1.76 km.
A free public facility, the criterium track is a fantastic recreation facility for the whole community to use and enjoy, and a great way to build cycling skills, confidence, meet new people and stay in shape.
For more information on cycling in Toowoomba visit: http://www.tr.qld.gov.au/facilities-recreation/sport-recreation/outdoor-sports
Be a part of the CHANGE
The CHANGE project is a local initiative designed to incorporate healthy habits into daily life by providing programs to help you be active, eat and live well.
There are a number of fun, social, low-cost, outdoor fitness activities available through the CHANGE project at some of the best parks and recreation places across our city. Try your hand at anything from bootcamps, strollercise and boxing to tai chi, pilates and yoga. Active seniors and mums & bubs activities are also on offer.
As a part of The CHANGE, a free 5km run is held in Toowoomba each week. These are coordinated by enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers and you even have the option of having your run timed each week to help monitor your progress. Parkrun is a perfect way to experience Toowoomba, keep fit and active and socialise, as all participants are welcome to stay afterwards for a coffee and chat.
For more information on The CHANGE project visit: http://www.tr.qld.gov.au/community-business/educational/healthy-living-change-project/7537-be-active
So that’s our top tips for workouts in and around Toowoomba.
To learn more about successfulcosmetic surgery visit Toowoomba Plastic Surgery, complete a contact form cor call us on 1300 662 960.Read More »
Dr. Mark Magnusson and the team at Toowoomba Plastic Surgery understand that choosing to undergo any kind of cosmetic surgery is an intensely personal and private decision, and one that can have a dramatic impact on your life.
Here we share with you our tips for maximising the positive potential of this decision and ensuring a successful plastic surgery experience.
1. Prepare your mind
Mental preparation is key to a successful cosmetic surgery. You will look and may possibly feel different after the procedure. For many people, this can have a positive impact on many facets of your life including; self image, confidence and social interaction.
Friends and family may ask questions about your renewed appearance and you need to know how you will address these and how much information you would like to share. It is important to be mentally and emotionally prepared for the ‘new you’ and what this will mean in your everyday life.
2. Do your research
Having cosmetic surgery should be an informed decision. Many people aren’t aware that there is even a difference between a cosmetic surgeon and a plastic surgeon.
Many doctors have different ways of doing things and some specialise in certain types of procedures. Costs can often vary between specialists. Make sure you are armed with all the facts prior to surgery and choose a surgeon who makes you feel comfortable, confident and excited about the positive potential of your upcoming surgery.
3. Schedule surgery when you’re healthy
To give your body the best chance of recovery, try to schedule surgery when you are in optimal health. This will help you heal faster, give your immune system the best chance of a speedy recovery and get you back to normal life as soon as possible.
Remember some surgeries require a period of rest, downtime or restricted activity afterward so schedule your surgery when you are able to take a break from work and your usual responsibilities.
4. Increase your protein and vitamin intake
Protein has been proven to assist healing and is vital in building new tissue and blood vessels, repair injured tissue and increase cell production for wound repair. High quality sources of protein include fish, poultry, beans and legumes or lean cuts of meat.
It is also important to ensure you are getting enough vitamins and minerals to assist in effective recovery. Ensuring your body has enough essential elements such as Vitamin A, Vitamin C, zinc and copper will help fast-track your road to recovery.
5. Stay hydrated
On average it is recommended you drink between six to eight glasses of water each day, however this is especially important prior to surgery, to help cleanse and hydrate your body. As fluid intake can be reduced the day before some surgeries, maintaining high fluid levels in the lead up to surgery can help.
To avoid complications during surgery, be sure that you do not drink anything after midnight the night prior to your surgery, unless advised otherwise by your surgeon.
6. Avoid alcohol, smoking and certain medications
Although you may feel like celebrating your surgery with a glass of bubbles, it is strictly recommended not to drink alcohol for 72 hours before or after surgery. Most surgeons would recommend avoiding alcohol for one week prior and post surgery to achieve optimal results.
While smoking is never recommended, if you do smoke, try to abstain for at least two weeks prior to and following your procedure. Smoking inhibits wound healing as less oxygen is supplied to your body’s cells. In addition, smoking increases your risk of complications during surgery. In some surgeries, you may be asked to stop smoking up to six weeks prior to your procedure.
Many common and prescription medications are best avoided around the time of surgery so as to avoid any complications or counterproductive effects. Aspirin should be avoided as it is a blood thinner and can promote bleeding during surgery. If you are on any specialist medications, speak to your surgeon to find out the best course of action.
7. Build a strong post-surgery support network
Recovery following cosmetic surgery can be tough. You may not be able to resume normal activities for a while. So it is important you have a strong network of friends and family who can provide you emotional support, as well as helping you with practical things such as driving, household chores, physical activity and maintaining supplies.
Ensuring you are comfortable and well cared for will enhance a full and speedy recovery and maximise the positive potential of your plastic surgery experience.
8. Have realistic expectations
It’s important to have realistic expectations going into any cosmetic surgery. Invasive surgery will leave a scar, although there are many options to help minimise scarring and assist wound healing. The outcome of every procedure is different and results are often dependent on the individual patient, age, skin type and personal circumstances.
Your surgeon should equip you with all of the information about your procedure, including any risks or complications that may occur so you can be fully prepared for any outcome.
Understanding a patient’s motivations and helping them to achieve realistic expectations is a vital component in achieving successful outcomes. With a combination of communication, experience and knowledge, Dr. Magnusson and the specialist team at Toowoomba Plastic Surgery will work together with you to ensure best results.
To learn more about successful cosmetic surgery visit Toowoomba Plastic Surgery, complete a contact form or call us on 1300 662 960.Read More »
Sounding more like an exotic dessert or a medieval sporting event than a cosmetic procedure, blepharoplasty (otherwise known as eyelid correction surgery) is a popular procedure providing a long-term solution to droopy, tired eyes and aiding in specific vision impairments.
At Toowoomba Plastic Surgery in Queensland, Dr. Mark Magnusson and his specialist team deliver the standard of excellence you expect from experienced eyelid correction plastic (occuloplastic) surgeons anywhere in the world. Here we take a look at what to expect when considering cosmetic eye surgery.
What is Blepharoplasty?
Eyelid correction surgery gives a refreshed look to tired-looking eyes, by lifting and tightening the sagging skin of the upper and lower eyelids. Blepharoplasty creates a naturally youthful look to faces affected by premature ageing around the eye area.
The procedure can also address visual obstruction due to drooping eyelids or large skin folds overhanging the lid margin.
The procedure can be performed on the upper or lower eyelid in isolation or have both the upper and lower eyelids operated on at the same time.
Who should consider Blepharoplasty?
Reshaping and rejuvenation of the eyelid is generally performed in two types of patients; those wishing to undergo surgery for cosmetic reasons and those requiring surgery for a medical condition.
Blepharoplasty is performed for cosmetic purposes on anyone wishing to rejuvenate the eyelid region, reduce the size of the fold of extra skin on the upper eyelid, and reduce bulging caused by fat in the eyelids and fine lines of the lower eyelid.
On the other hand, people who have the fold of skin on the upper eyelid resting on their eyelashes and interfering with their vision, fall into the second category. This problem is usually exacerbated at the end of the day and when you become tired. It can be described as though someone is drawing curtains across your visual field and is known as Dermatochalasis (dermato meaning skin and chalasis meaning eyelashes).
Other patients may have a condition called eyelid ptosis. In this scenario the eyelid margin has dropped and is interfering with vision and may be on its own or in combination with dermatochalasis.
Patients who fall into the second category will receive a benefit from Medicare and their private health fund as this is classified as a medical condition.
What is involved in the procedure?
During a blepharoplasty procedure, excess skin and fat are removed from the upper and lower eyelids, through a small incision. The tissues supporting the eyelid structures are tightened to remove excess folds in the skin.
Does Blepharoplasty need to be combined with a brow lift?
In some cases, a lowering of the eyebrows (brow ptosis) may also cause sagging in the upper eyelids. Depending upon how advanced this condition is, it may be necessary to also raise the brow to achieve the desired effect on the upper eyelid.
If the condition is only mild, a good result can still be achieved by performing surgery on the eyelid alone, however patients can consider either a combined brow lift and eyelid procedure or a brow lift as an alternative. A brow lift has the added benefit of smoothing out the wrinkles on the forehead.
A confidential consultation with Dr. Mark Magnusson at Toowoomba Plastic Surgery can help you decide which is the best option for you.
How long will I take to recover?
Recovery from blepharoplasty usually takes between one and three weeks, with scar massage recommended from the second week following surgery, to reduce swelling and promote healing.
The good news is there is usually very little pain after the surgery, although patients can experience minor bruising and swelling for the first few days. There may be a feeling of eyelid tightness or eye dryness and sensitivity to bright light immediately after the procedure. Normal activity should be reduced for the first week to ten days during recovery, for the best long-term results.
Will there be any scarring?
The surgical incision for upper eyelid reduction will usually almost completely fade within six weeks. What generally remains is a faint scar that is barely visible because of its position, blending into your eyelids’ normal creases.
The incision for lower eyelid correction is either made inside the eyelid so it is not noticeable, or just beneath the eyelashes on the outside, which heals quickly and is hardly visible after the first few weeks.
What are the risks?
There is an incredibly rare chance that surgery to the eye area can cause blindness or vision impairment. According to medical literature this can occur in about 1:40,000 people. The specialist team at Toowoomba Plastic Surgery will speak to you about any risks or concerns you may have prior to surgery to ensure you are fully prepared.Read More »
Commonly known as Man Boobs, gynaecomastia is a condition involving an excess of breast tissue, affecting around 40 to 60 percent of all men. For many males, this condition can lead to discomfort and embarrassment and undermine confidence in personal and professional situations.
In many cases, gynaecomastia is caused by a hormonal imbalance, with those affected experiencing higher levels of oestrogen, which controls breast tissue growth. A decrease in testosterone levels in older men is another common cause of the condition.
Other contributing factors include certain drugs, both prescription and recreational (in particular the use of anabolic steroids), genetics and chronic diseases (especially kidney and liver disease).
Up to 90 percent of adolescent males experience some breast enlargement, although this is usually only temporary. In this age group, specialist surgeon Dr. Mark Magnusson usually recommends waiting for a period of time to see if this issue resolves on its own. However if the psychological disturbance is sufficient, we may proceed with surgery for some patients. As discussed, older men can also be susceptible.
Common issues associated with the condition include:
Cosmetic or psychological disturbance;
Discomfort and tenderness in the breast tissue; and
In rare cases, a suspected malignancy.
For men wanting to remove the burden of man boobs, male breast reduction is a popular surgical procedure that can have a profoundly positive effect on body image.
At Toowoomba Plastic Surgery, we apply different surgical methods based on the individual and their particular condition. For some patients we will consider liposuction as the most appropriate tool, others will have a surgical excision of the breast tissue alone, while still others can be best managed with a combination of both surgical excision and liposuction. In order to attract Medicare benefits, this procedure can only be performed in hospital.
The timing of surgery depends upon the size of the breast tissue, whether or not the condition has stabilised, whether there are other factors contributing to the development in an individual patient, as well as the psychological impact on each individual.
Some patients with fatty enlargement of the male breast may be suitable for Coolsculpting which does not require surgery.
The good news is most patients report discomfort after surgery, but not significant pain. As a precaution, long-acting local anaesthetic is injected during the procedure to minimise sensation during the first 24 hours after surgery. Pain relief medication can also be supplied for the early recovery period if required.
Removing the precise amount of breast tissue is a combination of science and art. The surgical removal of breast tissue may occasionally result in a relative depression in this location, a degree of asymmetry (difference from one side to the other) or an incomplete removal of the breast tissue. In rare instances, further surgery may be required, however this is uncommon.
It is important to have realistic expectations going into any cosmetic surgical procedure. Experienced and professional staff at Toowoomba Plastic Surgery will talk with you about what to reasonably expect of your post surgery body.
Male breast reduction surgery can create a firmer, flatter chest and lead to greater self-confidence. It must be kept in mind that as with all surgery, the aim is significant improvement and perfection can be an unrealistic expectation. In our experience, most patients who undergo this procedure are completely satisfied with their results.
To learn more about male breast reduction, visit Toowoomba Plastic Surgery, complete a contact form or call us on 1300 662 960.Read More »
Silimed/Sientra breast implants have been voluntarily withdrawn from distribution by the manufacturers in Brazil. This follows the identification of foreign particles on the surfaces of some devices (they make a number of devices not just breast implants) during a regulatory inspection and a subsequent temporary suspension of the CE mark required for distribution in Europe (they make a number of devices not just breast implants).
There is no indication at present that this represents a threat to the safety of any implanted patient and is precautionary pending complete investigation.
We are committed to the safety of all patients and are proactively remaining in touch with developments regarding further information as it comes to hand.
At Allure, almost all of our patients have Allergan implants and are NOT affected by these findings.
Investigations are ongoing and as you can see from the enclosed communication from one of the International Societies that Dr Magnusson is a member of, this is a worldwide precaution.
As further information comes to hand we sill keep you updated.Read More »
Our very own Dr. Magnusson was featured in the recent Aesthetic Medical Practitioner publication. Click here to read the PDF!Read More »
TOOWOOMBA PLASTIC SURGERY, Toowoomba
When considering a cosmetic procedure post-childbirth or following dramatic weight changes, it’s important to have all the facts so you can make a choice that best suits you and your body.
The quest for cosmetic enhancement can often be confusing, and at times overwhelming. The professional and experienced team at Toowoomba Plastic Surgery offers confidential consultations to anyone considering cosmetic surgery and help patients explore all of their options to find the right fit.
Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)
More commonly known as a ‘Tummy Tuck’, abdominoplasty is an increasingly common surgical procedure designed to address changes that can affect the lower abdomen as a result of age, pregnancy or weight loss after significant weight gain.
The causes for these changes are a combination of lost skin elasticity, excess of skin and fat and stretching of the muscle layer of the abdomen. For those of us slogging it out at the gym and counting the calories, no amount of diet and exercise can reverse these permanent changes, so a tummy tuck is the most viable option to provide real results.
These issues can be exacerbated in women who have had a caesarean section, as the loose abdominal tissues can fold over the scar creating a small apron, leaving many women uncomfortable and embarrassed. A tummy tuck can be very effective in reducing the lower abdominal bulge and address the changes due to lost skin elasticity and hanging skin.
Aims of surgery:
- Correct abdominal shape changes as a result of pregnancy, age, weight loss or prior surgery
- Improve the function of the abdominal muscles by correcting the stretch between these muscles
- Rejuvenate the appearance of the abdomen
- Improve hygiene in the case of the ‘apron’, as this may be associated with chronic skin conditions beneath the fold.
While this surgery will undeniably improve the shape and strength of your stomach and pubic area, some patients experience a prominent scar from the incisions made during surgery. Scarring depends on a patient’s skin type and the individual operation, with surgeons performing procedures aimed to minimise scarring and most scars fading over time.
Liposuction is a procedure to remove localised pockets of fat beneath the skin. The most frequently treated areas are the hip, outside thigh, inner thigh and flanks. Liposuction is a form of body contouring and as such, it is designed to improve the outline of your body, especially in clothing. Liposuction is not a weight loss tool.
Often patients will request if liposuction can be used to treat lower abdominal bulges. In short, the answer is no.
Liposuction is often not effective in treating conditions such as excess stretched skin, a loss of skin elasticity and changes to the muscles of the abdomen. Liposuction isn’t appropriate in many of these circumstances as it only addresses fat content. A tummy tuck is often the appropriate method of dealing with this problem surgically.
Patients request liposuction, as it is associated with small scars that are usually very difficult to find once completely healed. It is understandable that this has a greater appeal than the prominent scar associated with a tummy tuck.
However, liposuction can be combined with a tummy tuck for some patients, in order to reduce the length of the scar and obtain ‘the best of both worlds’ from the combined procedures.
It is important to have realistic expectations going into any cosmetic procedure. Experienced and professional staff at Toowoomba Plastic Surgery will talk with you about what to reasonably expect of your post surgery body.
It is important to work together with your surgeon to find the procedure that is right for you, however the final result will depend upon your body shape, age, fat volume and skin elasticity.Read More »