This month in my newsletter I will be talking about the surgeries available to mothers at my practice that are designed to counteract the physical effects of childbearing and to enhance your appearance after time has left its mark.

Of course, if you are interested and would like to book an appointment with me to find out more about breast lift or any other procedure, feel free to phone on 011 875 1630

And for more info on all the procedures I perform visit my website: www.drserrurier.co.za

mummy makeover

Looking great after child birth

There are many options for you whether you would like me to work on your breast, perform a tummy tuck or a liposuction. I still would like you to be close to your ideal body weight and also suggest that you should have completed your family before undergoing any “mummy makeover.”

As a new mum, seeing your body changing and looking different after childbirth can be somewhat traumatic. Some women bounce back beautifully but they are the lucky few. I am here to make you feel like yourself again and most importantly to make you feel happy and comfortable with your body.

Through the mummy makeover you can choose to undergo as many or as few procedures as you want and these procedures available to you are customized to match your wishes and specific condition. I also want you to keep in mind that these procedures are not necessarily invasive surgeries: They can simply be cosmetic improvements, like skin rejuvenation using fillers or Botox.

Sometimes it can be the smallest change that makes all the difference and simply a little Botox can make you feel top of the world

Breasts and post-pregnancy…

The loss of volume gained during pregnancy will cause the breasts to appear somewhat empty.
We can correct this easily with Breast Lift or Breast Augmentation procedures.

Breast augmentation is a great way for me to re-create lost volume via the insertion of a very natural looking implant. Breast augmentation is performed to increase the size and fullness of the breast.

Breast Lift will improve the droopiness as well as the position of the nipple.

Through breast lift surgery – I can tighten the skin, improve the shape and firmness of your breasts and restore their proper position on the chest.

Breast reduction surgery is a procedure that minimizes a woman’s breast size by removing fat, tissue, and excess skin. Breast reduction will reduce the extra breast mass and create mode elegant but also more comfortable breasts, giving your upper body more balance.

Liposuction and tummy-tuck

Another common surgery after childbirth is the tummy tuck. The tummy is the area of the body that undergoes the most transformation during pregnancy as it expands to allow more space for the growing womb.

Undergoing a C-section will usually impair the muscles of the abdominal wall. This means your tummy will battle to get tight again and bounce back to what it looked like before your pregnancy.

An abdominoplasty can be very effective in reducing the bulge caused by excess skin and fat, and loose abdominal muscles. The result is a flatter, firmer and shapelier abdomen.

Liposuction is a procedure that can be done to better contour diet resistant localized fatty deposits, but only provided the skin tone is good (no stretch marks) and the muscle tone is good.

During pregnancy your body stores fat and changes shape to accommodate the foetus and this shape can be hard to lose post childbirth.

The great thing about liposuction is that it can target many different areas such as:  inner thighs, outer thighs, love handles, arms, buttocks and much more.

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Dr Charles Serrurier

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon

Suite A9,

Life Fourways Hospital

Cedar Road & Cedar Avenue West
TEL: 011 875 1630
FAX: 011 875 1631

WEBSITE – http://www.drserrurier.co.za
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This month, my newsletter is about abdominoplasty in my practice. You might also have heard of this procedure under the name tummy tuck.

I want to give you some insight to help you know more about this very common procedure that I often perform in my practice on both men and women

To find out about all the procedures I perform, remember to visit my website: www.drserrurier.co.za

“Abdominoplasty is a great option but should remain a last resort” 

However, before you start reading this newsletter, I would like to insist on the fact that undergoing an abdominoplasty is in no way a quick fix for obesity.

I want you to keep in mind that there is no short cut to looking and being healthy.

I hope you enjoy what follows!


Tummy tuck: Who is it for?  

The main goal for me when I perform an abdominoplasty is to remove sagging skin and excess fat from the middle and lower abdomen.

Additionally, I may tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall to give your tummy an overall leaner and flatter appearance.

I see many women who come to me after pregnancy or weight fluctuation. These changes have caused their muscles and skin to stretch so much over time that their body cannot resume to normal especially after a caesarean section. Tummy tuck is then a wonderful option to tighten these muscles and remove the excess sagging skin. The results are usually very good.

I also see older people in my practice whose abdominal skin has lost elasticity. Loss of muscle tone and even mild obesity can contribute to an unsightly and protruding abdomen but you need to know that a tummy tuck should be a last resort and not a quick fix to improve you figure.

In my opinion, the best candidates for a tummy tuck are healthy who have excess, diet and exercise resistant, fat in the abdominal area as well as loose skin and/or weakened muscles.

Something to remember…

Sometimes some people think they need an abdominoplasty when in fact, liposuction might give them better and more appropriate results. Of course, upon our first meeting, I will assess which procedure is best suited for your needs. 

What is the recovery like?

After your tummy tuck or mini tummy tuck, the abdomen will be swollen and tender. Moderate pain can be expected for a couple of days. Pain will decrease as healing progresses. Pain and discomfort are controlled with medication that I will prescribe.

Your day surgery or hospital stay will vary from several hours to about two days, depending on the extent of abdominoplasty.

You should arrange for someone to stay with you at least for the first day after you go home and preferably for a few days after your tummy tuck as a few movements such as lifting will have a negative impact on your operation. Together we will discuss post-operative care and limitations and I will give you rules and guidelines for a perfect recovery.

I may recommend that you use a support garment or girdle at the end of the tummy tuck or during the healing period. Usually the garment is worn for two to six weeks, depending on need.

Most people take about ten days off work after an abdominoplasty. Healing is usually complete within a few months.

Did you know? 

A mini tummy tuck is an option I resort to when the excess skin and fat are mostly below the belly button. As its name suggests, it is a less complex surgery during which less skin and fat are removed. Also, the incision is smaller and I don’t need to move the belly button.

Abdominoplasty is the one of the most popular plastic surgeries for women, but I must say that more and more men coming into my practice to undergo a tummy tuck. Women tend to undergo this procedure post pregnancy, when getting your body back becomes more a priority

If you are a good candidate for a tummy tuck, additional combination surgeries such as liposuction also may be a great way for you to get more out of your surgery.

→Abdominoplasty is often considered as a cosmetic procedure, it may be partly a reconstructive procedure that is necessary to correct abdominal abnormalities caused by pregnancy, trauma or obesity such as tumors or hernias.

Dr Charles Serrurier 

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

Suite A9,
Life Fourways Hospital

Cedar Road & Cedar Avenue West
TEL: 011 875 1630
FAX: 011 875 163 Dr Charles Serrurier
BLOG – drcharlesserrurier.wordpress.com



Happy new year to you all and I wish you all a prosperous 2013. Coming back to work after a holiday is for some a nightmare, but for me it is an exciting affair. There will be new challenges and much interesting work to be done.

I am thrilled to talk about Liposuction in this January newsletter! Did you know that liposuction is surprisingly a popular month for cosmetic surgery?

“Liposuction is a great combination procedure”

Also, liposuction is a procedure that I find most people want to add as a combination procedure.
I.e. Have your facelift and include some liposuction or a breast augmentation with additional liposuction.

I hope you enjoy the topic, remember you can also stay in touch via my facebook page or website www.drserrurier.co.za


Is liposuction right for you?

First things first! Liposuction is NOT a weight reducing procedure and ideally, patients should be within their healthy body weight for height range (BMI 19-25).

This cannot be stressed enough. Ideally we want to shape and remove stubborn, diet and exercise resistant fat with liposuction.

Any one or combination of the following conditions may indicate that you are a good candidate for liposuction surgery:

  • Areas of fat deposits that are out of proportion with the rest of your body and do not go away with diet and exercise
  • Diet Resistant fat
  • Areas with minimal amounts of excess skin (Liposuction removes fat not skin) and good skin elasticity.

We will discuss this in more detail during the consultation process, we will also talk about your aesthetic needs, if you want combination surgery and of course the surgical risks.

It is extremely important to be fully informed.

→ Basic Liposuction technique involves the removal of fat via a hollow metal tube (cannula) that is passed through the fatty tissue. A common liposuction approach is called Suction Assisted Liposuction (SAL). This technique involves the removal of fat by attaching a pump that generates a vacuum.

Before your liposuction surgery

During the initial consultation, you may be asked to look in a mirror and point out exactly what you would like to see improved.
Knowing and understanding your needs is part of achieving your desired result.

Pictures may be taken of you, especially if the areas that will be treated are on your posterior aspect (back, buttock, etc.). This will help me understand your expectations and determine whether they can realistically be achieved.

A determination of the elasticity of the skin will also occur during the consultation. I have to know I can achieve what you need.

A discussion concerning your ideal weight and realistic weight will most likely occur during the consultation. Plans such as future pregnancies, etc. may be also discussed. These simple but often overlooked questions can radically effect your long-term results.

The amount of fat removed at any one session is restricted to 2,5 – 3 litres; this is to minimise the chances of postoperative complications. This is another reason why we want you to be close to your ideal weight.

What is recovery like?

Liposuction surgery is usually performed as a day case. If this is the case, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery and to stay with you for the next 24 hours as precaution.

You will be uncomfortable for the first few days. Pain medication will keep you pain free but having help around the house is highly recommended.

If you are undergoing large volume liposuction, I will recommend you be hospitalised for the night.

Physical activity should be restricted for the first 24 hours post operatively for all Liposuction cases. Just because the pain medication will have you feeling well doesn’t mean you should be up and about.

After the first 24 hours, light exercise is encouraged but strenuous exercise should not be resumed for at least 4 weeks.

Post operatively Liposuction patients are required to wear a support garment for approximately 6 weeks to help minimise swelling and bruising, and to maintain the aesthetic result.

I estimate that it will take 6 months for all the swelling to subside and the final result to become visible. That said Liposuction has superb results and an incredibly high patient satisfaction rate.

 Make an appointment now if you would like to discuss your Liposuction options.

Dr Charles Serrurier 

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

Suite A9,
Life Fourways Hospital

Cedar Road & Cedar Avenue West
TEL: 011 875 1630
FAX: 011 875 1631
FACEBOOK  Dr Charles Serrurier

WEBSITE: http://www.drserrurier.co.za