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ISSUE 17 | SEPTEMBER 2011 33 Health and Beauty Health and Beauty


Dr Peter Laniewski MBBS FRACS (Plas) Dr Peter Laniewski was born in Sydney and graduated from the University of NSW in 1991. He has completed fellowships in General Surgery and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery before further specialty training at the prestigious Royal Marsden Hospital in London. There he worked with world leading plastic surgeons, consolidating an interest in breast reconstruction and cosmetic breast surgery. He received further training at some of the most exclusive institutions in London, refining his interest in rhinoplasty and surgical facial rejuvenation. He travels regularly to international scientific meetings, keeping pace with the latest surgical techniques.

Dr Laniewski is an active member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS).

I am 30 years old and have noticed that my skin is not what it used to be. I use good quality skin care but it doesn’t seem to do that much anymore. I am developing fine lines and my skin appears yellow and dull. I also have some pigmentation spots that I have never had before. What can I do to to clear up my skin and get rid of the fine wrinkles? JD


Everyone ages differently and this is largely dependant on genetics, however years of sun exposure and smoking can cause you to age a lot faster. There is never a one size fits all approach and depending on your desired results, combination therapy may be the way to go. “Combination therapy” refers to the use of good quality skin and sun care that contain medical strength ingredients of vitamin A and C, medical


Dear JD, Thanks for your question. In your 30’s your face does start to show the first signs of ageing.

grade exfoliation treatments such as microdermabrasion and AHA peels to treat pigmentation, anti-wrinkle muscle relaxant together with hylaronic acid filler injections to soften and eradicate fine lines, and LED therapy to boost collagen and restore facial volume loss.

I am 48 years of age and am really unhappy with my appearance. I spent many years of my life living by the beach and my skin is now very leathery and saggy. I look a lot older than I am. I am not ready to have a face lift yet, what can I do to make myself look younger and feel happy again. BD

Dear BD, Thanks for your question. Surgery is a very big step and not always the road that all my patients choose to take. Fortunately there are many other treatments that I can recommend that will give you improved skin quality and clarity and certainly help to address facial volume


loss which becomes apparent in your mid to late 40’s. Over the past few years a new range of volumising products have hit Australia. These products are all hyaluronic acid filler injections similar to the products used to plump up the lips. A combination of these products may be used in different areas of the face to create what can be described as “a liquid facelift”. This may not necessarily be a one off treatment depending on your particular concerns however once the treatment is completed you should be able to maintain the results for 12 -18months. I highly recommend a course of LED light therapy in conjunction with the liquid facelift. Not only does the LED therapy help to make the injectables last longer by stimulating blood circulation and collagen production it also breaks down areas of pigmentation of the face giving a clearer and more youthful complexion.

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