Before and after male chest and abdomen liposculpture

Liposuction for men

Liposuction, or liposculpture, for men is surprisingly common and represents about 25% of my liposuction practice.

The most common areas treated in men with liposuction are abdomen, male chest, and love handles.

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Want dermal filler without the bruising?

Dermal filler, or Juvederm is one of my favourite tools to rejuvenate the face. I love the way it smooths lines or lifts sunken areas to make you look more youthful, while retaining a natural appearance.  I like that it doesn't affect movement of your face so your expression remains unchanged. The one downside of dermal filler is that it can cause bruising. With the busy lives we all lead now, the downtime associated with bruising is sometimes unacceptable. Now, with the use of a "blunt cannula" we can freshen your face with dermal fillers with minimal risk of bruising. A great result, without the downtime.

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Aching, tired or heavy legs?

It's probably varicose veins

Aching, tired or heavy legs are very common particularly at the end of the day or after exercise or prolonged walking.  Many people think this is normal but it usually means you have varicose veins.  With varicose veins the one way valves that keep blood moving from the legs back to the heart don't work properly and this causes blood to pool in the lower legs.  The resulting stretching of the abnormal varicose vein causes the aching.

If you have these symptoms it is best to see a phlebologist (vein doctor) and have an ultrasound scan to assess whether treatment is necessary.  Modern treatments like endovenous laser and ultrasound guided sclerotherapy are simple and don't require anaesthetic or time off work.

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Acne scarring

Acne scarring

Fraxel Dual is the best treatment

There is currently no better treatment for acne scarring than Fraxel Dual.  This is a fractional resurfacing laser which has minimal downtime and significantly reduces acne scarring and improves the texture of skin and reduces pore size. 

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Flying and ankle swelling (oedema)

Is it varicose veins? Do you suffer from swollen, puffy feet and ankles whenever you fly long haul?

Flying and ankle swelling (oedema) commonly occur in people with underlying varicose veins.

The valves inside the veins do not work properly and this is exacerbated by prolonged sitting.

Activating the calf muscle pump by getting up and walking or doing in-flight leg exercises can help but the wearing of Compression Stockings is the most efficient way of helping reduce leg swelling (oedema).

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Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery Conference Hobart

Palm Clinic attends ACCS conference Hobart April 2011

The Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery held its annual scientific conference in Hobart, Tasmania in April. Palm Clinic was represented by Dr John Barrett and Dr Sam Dunn. We are pleased to report that Palm Clinic is offering all services at the forefront of cosmetic surgery. As always a few fine tuning tips were useful particularly regarding volumising of the face with dermal fillers, and liposculpture.

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Visible Hand Veins?

Dermal fillers for more youthful hands

Many women hate the appearance of visible hand veins or hands that look bony.  This occurs because of loss of fat on the backs of the hands or because of translucent skin.  Both issues are easily treated with dermal fillers such as Juvederm.  The fillers provide volume which makes the hands appear younger and masks the unsightly veins.

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Pillow face?

Wrinkles worse on one side of the face?

Ever wondered why you have more wrinkles on one side of the face?  Over many years of sleeping on one side of the face (usually facing away from your partner) the lines become entrenched and noticeably different to the other side.

You can try sleeping on the other side of the bed or sleep with support for the neck so that you tend to sleep in a neutral position.

Failing that the lines can be treated with dermal fillers and volumising.

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What is the cost of liposuction?

The costs of liposuction vary enormously depending on a number of factors:

1.  Your weight and height.

2.  The area you want to have treated. This is really important because liposuction can vary between small intricate areas through to large surface areas like the abdomen, hips and inner thighs for example.

3.  Whether a general anaesthetic is required - I use the tumescent (local) anaesthetic technique which does not carry the GA cost.

4.  Whether the procedure is carried out as a day stay procedure or not.  All my procedures are half day only so there is no additional hospital cost.

Because of these variables I like to quote the cost of liposculpture at the initial consultation so I can give you an accurate cost rather than a guess over the phone.  For those who live outside Auckland I can provide an estimate of cost if you send photos to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Varicose skin changes

Varicose eczema and varicose ulcers

Brown pigmentation of the skin, swelling (oedema) and dry, flaky or itchy skin (eczema/dermatitis), are all signs of damage to the skin of the leg from varicose vein disease.  In the advanced stages of varicose veins the skin can break down completely and cause a varicose ulcer.

Varicose eczema tends to be very resistant to treatment with usual steroid creams.  Varicose ulcers require frequent specialised dressings, correction with compression hosiery and take months to heal.  If the varicose veins are treated these problems will resolve relatively quickly.

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Consulatation at Palm Clinic with Dr Sam DunnConsulatation at Palm Clinic with Dr Sam Dunn

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