MARCH 2012 NEWSLETTER Education of the patient

I am proud to be representing both Health Intelligence Magazine and Everything Aesthetic as a member of their respective Advisory Boards – the reason for this is because of a passion of mine to educate patients about what surgeries are right for them and why some procedures are nothing more than money making scams.

In my middle of the month blog I spoke about patients knowing their implants and this month I want to give you a heads up on my article for Health Intelligence Magazine on the latest advancements on Tummy Tuck Surgery.

“A safe and happy patient is a safe and happy doctor”

I always want to be making a positive difference to your cosmetic and reconstructive options, so any feedback is always greatly appreciated.

I hope you enjoy.

Dr Charles Serrurier

What is Tummy Tuck surgery or Abdominoplasty?

The Tummy tuck is a surgical intervention to correct poor skin quality, excess fat and/or lax muscles in the stomach area. What we want to achieve during Tummy Tuck surgery is a flatter and smoother profile in the stomach by removing excess fat and skin and repairing stretched abdominal muscles.

Sounds simple? How is the surgery performed?

Well, first things first Tummy Tuck surgery is anything but simple. The case is done under general anaesthetic and will require significant time in theater. That said we get extremely good results and even more satisfied patients.

The incisions are similar to that of a cesarean section incision and well hidden below the underwear line.

Depending on your personal surgical specification the skin and fat will be lifted from the abdominal muscle wall. The excess skin and fat will be removed, the muscles will be tightened with sutures and the remaining skin will be stretched to the incision and you will have a new flat stomach.

Of course, each patient is different and in some cases there will be different approaches, but these will all be discussed with you during the consultation

Predictable results

As the Tummy Tuck surgery is so popular the surgery has undergone much advancement to improve the predictability of your result.

Technique

Today there are many different techniques to accommodate your body classification. We can use:

  • Traditional Abdominoplasty
  • Mini Abdominoplasty

(a smaller procedure where less skin and fat is removed via a smaller incision)

  • Sliding Umbilical surgery

(this is where we do not need to resite the belly button)

  • Resiting the Umbilicus

(used for significant surgeries where the belly button needs to be repositioned

Your surgical approach will depend largely on your classification and of course your desired expectations.

Classification

Over time we have developed a surgical classification for body types to help with surgical procedure:

  • Abdominal shape
  • Fat deposit location
  • Muscle laxity
  • Skin quality

All these elements play a significant role in the aesthetic result of your surgery. These criteria dictate a safe, effective and predictable surgery.

Realistic Expectations

Discussing your expectations will play a key role in your satisfaction post procedure. Dr Serrurier will discuss with you all the possibilities and limitations for his surgical approach based on your classifications.

An open honest approach to successful surgery and an ongoing relationship is what you will find at Dr Serrurier’s Fourways rooms – be sure to make an appointment should you have any questions.

Liposuction and Abdominoplasty: Recent research suggests that combining Abdominoplasty with Liposuction will give a far more satisfactory result than just Abdominoplasty alone. The two procedures in one improve aesthetic result and significantly reduce cost on undergoing both procedures. The one drawback is a longer recovery period.

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon
MBBCH (Wits), FCS Plast. Surg (CMSA) PR. N0. 0304131                                             

Suite A9, Life Fourways Hospital
Cedar Road & Cedar Avenue West
Fourways
2055
TEL: 011 875 1630
FAX: 011 875 1631

FACEBOOK – Dr Charles Serrurier
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