Breast Cancer, Part 1

Breast Cancer

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According to the South African National Cancer Registry, one in 29 women in South Africa will be diagnosed with breast cancer.

Early detection saves lives and that is why I am continuing the campaign through November.

What is the difference between Normal Cells vs. Cancer Cells?

Normal body cells grow, divide into new cells, and die in an orderly way. In an adult, most cells divide only to replace worn-out or dying cells or to repair injuries.

Cancer cell growth is different from normal cell growth. Instead of dying, cancer cells continue to grow and form new, abnormal cells. Cells become cancerous due to damage to our DNA. This damage may be inherited or occur within ones’ lifetime.

DNA is in every cell and directs all cellular actions. In a normal cell, when DNA gets damaged the cell either repairs the damage or the cell dies. In cancer cells, the damaged DNA is not repaired, but the cell doesn’t die like it should. Instead, this cell goes on making new cells that the body does not need. These new cells will all have the same damaged DNA as the first cell does.

Different types of cancer can behave very differently. For example, lung cancer and breast cancer are very different diseases. They grow at different rates and respond to different treatments. That is why people with cancer need treatment that is aimed at their particular kind of cancer.

The difference between Benign VS Cancerous Tumors

Not all tumors are cancerous. Tumors that aren’t cancer are called benign. Benign tumors can still cause problems – they can grow very large and press on healthy organs and tissues. But they cannot grow into other tissues. Because they can’t invade, they also can’t spread to other parts of the body (metastasize). These tumors are almost never life threatening.

What is the difference between Invasive and Non-Invasive breast cancer?

Invasive breast cancer – the cancer cells break out from inside the lobules or ducts and invade nearby tissue. With this type of cancer, the abnormal cells can reach the lymph nodes, and eventually make their way to other organs (metastasis), such as the bones, liver or lungs.

The abnormal (cancer) cells can travel through the bloodstream or the lymphatic system to other parts of the body; either early on in the disease, or later.

Non-invasive breast cancer – this is when the cancer is still inside its place of origin and has not broken out. Lobular carcinoma in situ is when the cancer is still inside the lobules, while ductal carcinoma in situ is when they are still inside the milk ducts.

“In situ” means “in its original place”. Sometimes, this type of breast cancer is called “pre-cancerous”; this means that although the abnormal cells have not spread outside their place of origin, they can eventually develop into invasive breast cancer.

What are the Breast Reconstruction options?

Remember, I shall be updating the blog with more information throughout the month, you can also find me on Facebook

DR SERRURIER’S OCTOBER NEWSLETTER

DR CHARLES SERRURIER OCTOBER 2013 NEWSLETTER

WELCOME!

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In my practice, breast augmentation surgery is hugely popular and I always try my best to give my patients great results and utmost satisfaction. With summer on its way, plastic surgeons do see an increase of breast surgery requests but there are many things you need to know and ask before making the final decision.

Before getting on with this month’s newsletter, I need you to know that my patient’s health and safety are my priorities and I always guaranty that silicone, and all the implants I use for all the breasts surgeries, are extremely safe and have undergone extensive research and testing.

I hope you enjoy what follows!

About the implants…

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You will see, upon consultation for your breast augmentation surgery that breast implants vary greatly in shape and size. Silicone implants are the most popular as they feel more natural than saline implants. I am not saying that saline implants are hazardous but there have been complaints linked to deflation.

Textured vs. Smooth

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Breast implants can be textured or smooth.

Most implants used in my practice are textured because research suggests that this is what gives the best rates of long term complications. It is thought that by choosing textured implants, we lower the chance of scar tissue forming around the implant.

In the past the shell of the smooth implants has been slightly softer; you will feel it less through the skin and tissue but this is no longer the case.

Please don’t be overwhelmed, I will take the time to discuss this with you in details so that you fully understand the procedure and its outcome.

Placement and incision options

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During a breast augmentation surgery, there are 3 placement options: behind the muscle, in front of the muscle or half under the muscle and half under the bust. But because each patient is unique and wishes for different results, I will decide what’s best for you upon our one on one consultation.

During your consultation, I will advise you on the implant placement depending on your soft tissue characteristics and cosmetic desires.

With regard to the incisions (and thus, implant insertion sites), there are 3 different options:

. Under the fold of the breast (the infra mammary fold)

. Around the nipple

. Through the armpit

Each has their advantages and disadvantages: I personally prefer the infra-mammary fold or the periareolar but of course I will explain the pros and cons of each incision and answer all your questions before we make the final decision.

What is the recovery like?

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The breast augmentation recovery does vary from one patient to another, but I usually advise my patients to take one week off work in order to get a good quality break and allow the breasts to heal nicely.

Expect your breasts to be swollen and tender and to experience some discomfort for a few days after the op.

After 5 or 6 days, the mild bruising will have disappeared but the swelling may remain for 3 to 5 weeks after the surgery.

Full recovery should normally be complete 6 weeks after the breast augmentation surgery.

Light activities can be resumed 2 days after the breast augmentation surgery but you must wait one whole week before resuming regular activities. I always insist that strenuous activities have to be avoided for 4 weeks in order not to impair the healthy recovery.

When it comes to exercise after a breast augmentation, I cannot stress enough how important it is to take it easy as certain movements can damage the operation’s results if done too soon after the surgery.

Remember you can get more information by visiting my Facebook page or website www.drserrurier.co.za

DR SERRURIER’S SEPTEMBER 2013 NEWSLETTER: FACIAL REJUVENATION

WELCOME

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Welcome to my September newsletter! This month in my newsletter I want to talk about skin rejuvenation. In my practice I see many patients who tell me they will never ever undergo surgery but they still want to slow down ageing and have younger, fresher looking skin.

This is why they choose to have Dermal fillers and Botox injections. This month I will give you some insight about these two very popular treatments.

They are the perfect way of removing years from your face without having to experience pain or recovery. It is quick, safe and predictable, with a very high satisfaction rate from my patients.

Remember to follow my Facebook page and for extra information on all the treatments and procedures I offer, head over to my website www.drserrurier.co.za !

Dermal fillers

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Dermal fillers give us options to:

  • Rejuvenate your skin,
  • Correct wrinkles,
  • Replace volume and
  • Can provide good insight to possible surgical outcomes – should that be the route you are considering.

I have many patients that in no way want to undergo surgery, and that is fine, they chose to have Dermal Filler treatments to keep them looking young and refreshed with beautiful skin to reverse visible signs of ageing.

Restylane Vital is skin rejuvenation treatment option that combines superbly will with Facelift surgery or as a treatment on its own. This treatment inlvolves injecting the pure, crystal-clear hyaluronic acid gel into the skin in micro-droplets with an extra-fine needle.

The results are a fresh, natural and more youthful appearance plumping up your skin from within and encouraging the formation of new collagen. You will enjoy a  long-lasting, natural and safe improvement to your skin by gradually releasing its benefits over several months.

The natural action of Hyaluronic acid is to attract moisture to the skin. As the molecule degrades it attracts more and more moisture to maintain Hydrobalance in the skin.

Extra hydration means thicker and plumper skin and therefore less wrinkles… Making it the perfect wrinkle treatment.

The most popular Dermal Filler treatment areas are:

  • Laugh lines
  • Lip outline
  • Lip volume
  • Wrinkles
  • Liquid face lifts
  • Skin rejuvenation (Restylane Vital)

Immediately after treatment with dermal fillers, you may look a little red. Sometimes clients can see small raised nodules at the treatment site; this is a normal reaction and will subside within a day or so.

BOTOX

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What is the difference between Botox and Dermal Fillers?

Dermal Filler treatments are the treatments for filling wrinkles from the inside out or treatments like plumping lips.

Botox is a muscle-relaxing agent derived from Botulinum toxin that reduces wrinkles and fine lines by temporarily relaxing the muscle. The theory is very simple: Stop the muscle from forming a wrinkle and thereby eliminate it.

The most common area of treatment is frown lines of the forehead. But Botox may also be used to treat numerous areas including:

  • Crow’s feet
  • Excessive sweating
  • Migraines

Unlike Restylane and Teosyal, which treat deep wrinkles, Botox can be used to treat fine lines and wrinkles on the face, especially the brow area and the “crow’s feet” around the eyes.

Expect each Botox treatment to last approximately 4 months and it takes about 15 minutes to complete the procedure. If it is your first time getting Botox, it might take a little longer because I will need to examine and explain as much as possible for you to feel safe and comfortable.

What happens during a Botox treatment?
First I will mix the Botox powder with saline to create the botox solution. Then I use a very fine needle to inject the toxin into the overactive muscle. It sounds simple but placement and technique do play a role so always work with a trained plastic surgeon who understands facial anatomy.

How long before you’re able to see results from Botox?
Do not expect to see the results immediately after a Botox procedure as they usually start being noticeable 2 to 5 days later, when the toxin takes effect.  

Did you know?

Not many people know this but it is possible for me to combine Botox and fillers. This is called a Liquid Facelift and works so beautifully as the two products complete each other really well. This procedure is a great way for me to mimic facelift results yet there is no recovery whatsoever and it also enables you to fix different problem areas in one session.

Some of my patients come for Dermal Filler treatments to test the results before opting for more permanent surgical options. If this a potential reason for undergoing Botox and dermal filler treatments I will not perform surgery until the product has completely degraded from the treatment site.

Of course you can simply opt for the surgery too; the choice is entirely yours. Remember to visit my website www.drserrurier.co.za for additional surgical information.

Lastly, did you know that dermal filler treatments can be done quickly in my rooms, but also in combination with surgery under anaesthetic? Simply ask me if this is something you are considering.

I hope you have all enjoyed this newsletter on skin rejuvenation at my practice. Remember to follow and like my Facebook page and share all the info with those around you!

DR SERRURIER’S AUGUST NEWSLETTER

WELCOME

This month is the last of winter and so begins the rush of cosmetic procedures that the year-end brings. Everyone starts to think about the beach and their bodies and start to plan their cosmetic surgeries.

Being that there is such a spike in cosmetic procedures from September to December in the practice, we thought we’d see what procedures were most popular and compare that with international trends.

A fun topic, but also some differences between my rooms, South Africa and the rest of the world.

Interesting thoughts on most popular procedures:

  1. They are mostly breast cosmetic procedures
  2. All of them will add confidence to a personality
  3. There is a 90% – 10% women to man ratio, which is growing

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INTERNATIONAL STATS

What is the number 1 international procedure?

The 2012 international most popular cosmetic procedure was: Breast Augmentation
This surgery regained top spot after being knocked into 2nd in 2011 – come back tomorrow to find out what was number 1 in 2011.
Silicone implants have only recently been made legal in the USA and this could be a reason for their rise in numbers.  Match that with more competition liposuction results with non-invasive procedures like Coolsculpt and Vela shape and you could see why Liposuction would be down.
Though quicker and easier than liposuction, these non-invasive technologies yield much less dramatic results, so it will be interesting to see how they fare next year.
Internationally Botox is number 1 too skyrocketing from 2,619,739 procedures in 2011 to 3,257,913 procedures in 2012 (recorded stats from the US)

In the UK the stats reveal some interesting differences to Dr Serruriers’ practice, with some obvious similarities.

In the UK, women accounted for 90.5% of all cosmetic procedures in 2012 with a total of 39,070 procedures. The top ones in 2012 were:

  • Breast augmentation – down 1.6% from last year but still the most popular procedure for women
  • Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), up 13% to become the second biggest procedure for women
  • Face/Neck Lifts were third place for the third year running, with 5,324 procedures
  • The number of breast reduction and rhinoplasty procedures for women dropped – down 7% and 11% respectively
  • Fat transfer replaced liposuction as the 7th most popular procedure for women in 2012. Liposuction saw a 14% decrease
  • Brow lifts increased by 17% on last year

Male cosmetic surgery

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Gynaecomastea is number the top male surgery, but liposuction and facelift surgery are growing in popularity.

Blepharoplasty is a very popular surgery in men, as many men undergo corrective eyelid surgery as women.

Blepharoplasty can be performed in the rooms as an outpatient procedure and it offers a quick recovery. It is little wonder that has double-digit growth in the practice. 

The total number of surgical procedures worldwide is projected to be 8,536,379 and the number of non-surgical procedures is estimated at 8,759,187  – bringing the combined worldwide total of surgical and non-surgical procedures performed by qualified plastic surgeons to: 17,295,55

Did you know that the most cosmetic procedures are performed in these countries:

  1. The United States
  2. Brazil

Did you know in South Africa 70% of all the cosmetic procedures are performed between September and December?

It makes sense that most cosmetic and aesthetic procedures are performed on women between 25 and 44 (approx. 62%) but another approx. 16% is performed on women between 45 and 54. 

THE STATS AT DR SERRURIER’S PRACTICE

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Dr Serruriers cosmetic surgery practice profile actually matches closely with Brazil, their top 7 procedures are:

  • Breast Augmentation
  • Breat Reduction
  • Breast Lift
  • Blepharoplasty
  • Tummy Tuck
  • Facial Fat Transfer
  • Liposuction

This does make sense somewhat given our similar climates and love of the outdoors.

Most, if not all of these cases, also combine with some form of aesthetic medicine.

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As an aesthetic treatment Botox is still number 1 in Dr Serruriers’ practice with dermal fillers a close second. They are often done in combination and also win combination with cosmetic surgery.

Men have a growing interest in cosmetic surgery with growth in Dr Serruriers practice throughout the surgical indications:

Breast reduction surgery at Dr Charles Serruriers’ rooms have not dropped as they did in the UK and Dr Serruriers rooms did not buck the liposuction trend as did the UK, as it is listed as a most popular combination treatment.

In many cases Dr Serrurier combines cosmetic procedures with Liposuction to maximise theatre time and results. For marginally more your results can be exponentially better – but this needs to be discussed with him during the consultation process.

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Blepharoplasty is the highest gainer of all of Dr Serruriers cosmetic procedures.
Cosmetic eyelid surgery:

  1. Brightens the face,
  2. Removes that tired looks
  3. Takes years from your visible age

Although the majority of Dr Serrurier’s patients are women, it is exciting to note that there is a large range of ages represented through the practice.

I hope that you enjoyed this newsletter, remember to phone my rooms on 011 875 1630 if you wish to book an appointment of would like to know more about the procedures I perform at my Fourways practice. Also, remember to follow my Facebook page to stay up to date with my monthly info!

Finally, make sure to visit my website for more info on the procedures and treatments I offer www.drserrurier.co.za

DR SERRURIER’S JULY 2013 NEWSLETTER: WINTER SURGERY

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WELCOME

Welcome to my July newsletter!

This month, I have decided to talk about winter as the perfect season for surgery, in particular, for liposuction and tummy tuck.

Maybe you had no idea that seasons did matter when talking about recovery or comfort post op but they do and I always highly advise my patients to taking these external aspects in considerations in order to have the best experience possible.

I am thrilled to give you some insight and knowledge on how these procedures work and how it can help you feel better in your own skin.

Thinking about going under the knife, but not sure when the best time for plastic surgery may be? The autumn and winter months are some of the most popular times for surgery, so you may want to book a consultation now.

WHY IS WINTER THE IDEAL SEASON FOR SURGERY?

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Here are some reasons why:

If liposuction or a tummy tuck is your intended procedure, would you really want to do it at the beginning of summer, the swimsuit season, the time for halters and shorts?

Winter recovery is easier

Many people are hesitant to undergo procedures like breast augmentation or a tummy tuck because of the time it takes to recover. Unfortunately, there’s not much of a way around this issue. But in winter you can wear layers of clothing, enjoy snuggling in bed during recovery and also have your results ready for show when the summer season rolls around.

Of course you can always choose a non-surgical procedure like Botox injections or dermal fillers year round as the recovery is practically zero.

For best recovery you will be instructed to take it easy and spend much of your time indoors for a few days. This alone makes the cold, winter months a better choice.

And, once you are able to go outside and move around again, wearing layers of clothes or accessories to hide any post-surgery garments, dressings or scars would be completely normal.

Medical reasons for winter recovery

Another good reason to undergo surgery in winter:  If you have a stressful job or life and have been thinking about having a procedure, this could be the perfect opportunity to have a “staycation” and recover.

This means you won’t be longing for the outdoors, be tempted to hit the town and more likely to follow post-surgical instructions. Medically this is the best.

Winter is also a great time for plastic surgery because patients can cover up bandages in layers of clothes.

Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.

Basically, winter is the best season to have plastic surgery, no matter what procedure you are having done but especially for long-recovery body surgeries like:

  • Liposuction and
  • Tummy tuck.

Amongst the ideal winter procedures, this month I want to talk about liposuction and abdominoplasty which are notorious for being the most appropriate surgeries during the cold months, as the recovery is the longest for these procedures.

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LIPOSUCTION

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First up is liposuction, which is a popular procedure at my practice and one that can help sculpt the body by removing unwanted fat from specific areas, including:

  • Abdomen
  • Hips
  • Buttocks
  • Thighs
  • Knees
  • Upper arms
  • Chin
  • Cheeks
  • Neck

Although liposuction is no substitute for a healthy diet and exercise, liposuction can remove stubborn areas of fat that does not respond to traditional weight-loss methods.

Liposuction surgery may be considered to treat areas of excess fat in the stomach, buttocks, hips, love handles, saddlebags, thighs, calves, ankles, breasts (including male breasts), back, arms and neck.

Liposuction recovery:
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. Take the time and rest, you and the result will benefit from it.

After this, light exercise is encouraged but strenuous exercise should not be resumed for at least 4 weeks. Now you can see why winter is a great time for liposuction recovery?

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

Yes, they are not the most flattering garments but when you consider the surgery and your desired outcome the garment is a small sacrifice. As mentioned before, winter clothing will help hide all the unflattering post-surgical garments until you are fully healed.

It takes at least approximately 6 months for all the swelling to subside and your final result to be revealed. So now you ask me when I think the ideal time for liposuction surgery is? Autumn!

Plan your surgery and you will be able to reveal your new body at the first sign of summer.

ABDOMINOPLASTY

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Now, onto abdominoplasty (also called tummy tuck), which is the one of the most popular plastic surgeries, for women, but more and more men are coming to my practice to undergo the tummy tuck procedure.

Women tend to undergo this procedure post child rearing, when getting your body back becomes more of a priority. And it is another great winter procedure!

Did you know that if you are a good candidate for a tummy tuck, additional combination surgeries such as liposuction also might be a great way for you to get more out of your surgery?

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

The recovery is longer than most cosmetic procedures and this extended recovery makes it a perfect winter surgery.

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.

They may look unsightly but they benefits are well worth the additional discomfort. As with liposuction, winter clothing can help you hide the post-surgical garments and keep you as comfortable as possible.

Downtime after a Tummy Tuck surgery?
Most patients take between one and two weeks off work after an abdominoplasty. This is simply to recover, not necessarily to be back on your feet, although a minimum of one week off work would aid in the healing process.

Again winter time is easier to just stay indoors and relax in bed: perfect healing conditions! Healing is usually complete and the final result is visible within a few months.

 

DR CHARLES SERRURIER JUNE 2013 NEWSLETTER : BODY LIFT PROCEDURES

Welcome to this month’s issue!

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What we will be covering this month:

  • Introduction
  • Buttock lift
  • Thigh lift
  • Arm lift

This month, my newsletter is all about body lift procedures: thigh lift, buttock lift and arm lift.

These contouring and tightening surgeries give my patients wonderful and long lasting results.

I am thrilled to give you some insight and knowledge on how these procedures work and how it can help you feel better in your own skin.

Remember to visit my website for more info on the procedures and treatments I offer www.drserrurier.co.za

“You need to know: Body lift procedures are in no way and alternative to getting in shape the healthy way”

THIGH LIFT

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A thigh lift reshapes the thighs by reducing excess skin, and in some cases fat, resulting in smoother skin and better-proportioned contours of the thighs and lower body.

Incision patterns vary based on the area or areas to be treated, the degree of correction and patient and surgeon preference. One common technique I use for a thigh lift is to place the incisions in the groin, extending downward wrapping around the back of the thigh.

This way, the incision can be easily hidden by most types of clothing and swimsuits, we definitely don’t want the scarring to be a determining factor in making you more comfortable in your own skin.

During your thigh lift, the underlying tissue matrix will be reshaped and tightened, and skin will be reduced and re-draped. This is how we get results to offer you a more proportionate and smoother body contour

You may qualify for a minimal incision medial thigh lift that involves an incision only in the groin area. I will, of course, determine what’s appropriate.

Improving the contours of the outer thigh during a thigh lift may require an incision extending from the groin around the hip. Through these incisions Dr Serrurier will tighten tissues for a smoother, better-toned lower body contour.

The tighter contouring resulting from a thigh lift is apparent almost immediately, although initially obscured by some swelling and bruising which is completely normal post-procedure.

BUTTOCK LIFT

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Its main purpose is to improve and/or remove excess, sagging buttock and thigh skin that has developed as a result of weight loss, aging and gravity, or genetics. It is important to note that these procedures are in no way an alternative to exercising or dieting.

Buttock lift surgery at the practice is typically performed as an outpatient procedure with the use of general anaesthesia. The procedure can also be performed as part of a body lift or as part of a circumferential abdominoplasty.

Often buttock lift, like tummy tuck and thigh lift surgery, is combined with liposuction for optimal results.

There is not one overall approach used for buttock lift surgery. I will tailor a method that will best suit your body shape and the amount of skin and fat to be removed. Together upon your first consultation we will discuss your specific characteristics and expectations in order to determine what the best approach is.

In general, the buttock lift incisions are made at the waist or slightly below the waist. After the incision or incisions are made, excess skin and fat is detached from the soft tissue and removed. The skin is then tightened and closed in layers.

The results of buttock lift surgery are visible almost immediately, but it may take several months for your final results to fully develop. A buttock lift does not add volume or shape to your existing buttocks, but it can give it a sleeker, more toned appearance.

Full recovery from buttock lift surgery usually takes four to six months. While swelling and bruising usually subside within two to three weeks. It is crucial that you follow Dr Serruriers’ post-surgical instructions when it comes to your recovery.

Dr Serrurier will recommend that you avoid any strenuous activity and exercise for up to three months following your buttock lift surgery. Follow-up appointments are the best way to ensure long-lasting results from buttock lift surgery.

ARM LIFT

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If you are unhappy with the way your arms look and wish to remove some diet resistant fat and tighten the skin, I can help you thanks to a procedure called arm lift or Brachioplasty.

This is an increasingly popular procedure in both men and women, for those self-conscious about “bingo arms”

The purpose of the Arm Lift is to remove the excess skin from the upper arms and reduce the circumference of the upper arms.

You may be a candidate for an upper arm lift if you have sagging skin on the upper arms. Upper arm tissue can relax with age, genetics, gravity and weight loss, and most people are self-conscious about it.

After their Brachioplasty, patients usually report:

  • A more youthful appearance and thinner contour to the arms.
  • Reduction of flabbiness, extra skin and fat, in the upper inner arms.
  • Greater confidence and comfort in clothing
  • Long-lasting results.

In order to remove the unwanted skin during your arm lift, an incision is made that may run from near the elbow into the underarm. Dr Serrurier will place the incision in the most inconspicuous location (inner arm toward the back), where the tissue can be best tightened.

The scar unfortunately will be visible, but that should not be a deciding factor, especially with the advancements in scar treatments of today.

After the arm lift operation, you will experience some degree of bruising, swelling, tenderness and/or numbness, which is completely normal. Drains may remain in place for about three to seven days (case dependant).

Dr Serrurier will limit your activity for 5 -7 days following surgery and you should avoid strenuous activities for about four to six weeks.

DR CHARLES SERRURIER MAY NEWSLETTER: MUMMY MAKEOVER

MUMMY MAKEOVERS  

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

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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.

Remember to follow me on Facebook and “Like” my Facebook page. This is where I will post daily updates about all the treatments and procedures I offer at my Fourways rooms.

Dr Charles Serrurier

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon

Suite A9,

Life Fourways Hospital

Cedar Road & Cedar Avenue West
Fourways
2055
TEL: 011 875 1630
FAX: 011 875 1631

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DR CHARLES SERRURIER APRIL 2013 NEWSLETTER -FACIALS-

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WELCOME! 

This month, I would like to talk about facials at my practice. They are performed by my therapist Yana and are such a wonderful option when it comes to taking care of your skin and making sure you are giving it a great treatment with long-term benefits.

I will be talking about the very nature of facials and why they make such a huge difference to the quality of your skin!

Remember to visit my website for more info on the procedures and treatments I offer www.drserrurier.co.za

 I hope you enjoy what follows!

Charles

“Yana, the therapist, often recommends that you come for a professional facial every 4-6 weeks in order to target skin issues specific to you”

What are facials?   

A facial is one of the best ways to take care of your skin, especially when it’s given by an experienced, knowledgeable therapist like Yana.

    • Even tone and PH balance of skin
    • Hydrating effect
    • Anti-ageing benefits

Facials are a wonderful option when it comes to occasional skincare for they encourage hydration, which is a key factor when it comes to ageing.

These are perfect treatment options for cosmetic maintenance and to enhance your facelift results.

Something to remember…

Yana can treat various skin problems on the face, neck and décolleté with a facial designed for your skin type.  But then going for a facial once in a while is not enough for your skin to look great all year long.

How is a facial performed?

How will Yana conduct the facial consultation?

A facial should begin with a consultation. Yana will have you fill out a form that has questions about your skin concerns, your diet, how much water you drink, drugs and supplements you take, and products you are currently using.

Before starting the facial treatment Yana will cover your eyes and looks at your skin through a brightly lit magnifying lamp.

She will then determine your basic skin type (dry, oily, combination, sensitive or normal) and skin conditions (acne, blackheads, whiteheads, aging, sun-damage, dehydration, etc.) after that she will choose the appropriate products and treatments.

At the end of the facial, Yana will most likely apply a toner/serum or/and moisturizer and sunscreen if it is daytime. She will also end the session by telling you how you can take better care of your skin and she will recommend some products that will help the results from the facial last longer.

The B.T Micro device 

The bt-micro™ is the latest rage in hand held professional technology and combines ultrasonic peeling with patented micro current and ultrasound penetration capabilities. It is a wonderful tool that will leave you with a cleaner, firmer skin. This is the perfect addition to our facial treatment regime.

The BT-micro™ is applied to the skin in upward, peeling motions. The exfoliation process with the BT-micro™ should take no more than 4-6 minutes. The results are amazingly clear and smooth skin that is ready to accept strategic topical products!

Here are the main Benefits of this procedure:

  • Cleanses and exfoliates for rejuvenating skin
  • Improves congested and blemished skin
  • Stimulates circulation of skin cell renewal
  • Tones facial muscles & hydrates the skin
  • Relaxes and reduces stress
  • Healthy circulation for cell renewal
  • Increase oxygen to the skins

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
Fourways
2055
TEL: 011 875 1630
FAX: 011 875 163 Dr Charles Serrurier
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DR CHARLES SERRURIER MARCH 2013 NEWSLETTER -BREAST LIFT-

BREAST LIFT  

This month in my newsletter I will be talking about Breast Lift. It is a common procedure at my practice so I thought I would give you a better understanding of this procedure: What it does, the techniques I use and what the recovery is like. 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

Also, remember to visit and to “Like” my Facebook page regularly for even more facts about the procedures I perform!

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

What can breast lift do for you?

After pregnancy, weight loss, breastfeeding or the mere process of ageing, the breasts tend to lose volume and droop, the skin surrounding the breasts stretches and the breasts lose their shape. This is completely normal. Sagging (ptosis) causes breasts to get a flattened and elongated shape as well as the nipple/areola to point downward.

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. If need be, I can also reduce the size of the areola and give your nipples a more youthful and pleasing position. Breast lift alone will not add any volume but if we feel it would be beneficial, I can insert an implant at the same time. The procedure will then be called: augmentation mastopexy.

Together during the first consultation we will discuss your wishes, I will examine your breasts while taking into account many factors such as the degree of sagging, your skin elasticity, your nipples’ position but also your breasts’ volume and symmetry.

Some of my patients wish to have an implant inserted as well as the breasts lifted in order to add some lost volume. It is up to you and we will discuss this option together.

My Breast Lift techniques

Regarding the technique I will use, it all depends on your breasts’ characteristics but also your desired outcome. The incisions vary according to various factors such as the amount of lifting but also the nipple repositioning, the elasticity of your skin and other factors that we will discuss together.

→Some of my breast lift patients have small breasts that do not show much sagging. This is when I choose to go for short-scar surgery, like the ‘doughnut’ or peri-areolar mastopexy where the incisions are circular, around the areola.


→When there is severe breast ptosis and a very large degree of lifting is required, I opt for a very common technique involving three incisions in the shape of an anchor.

This is the classical breast lift incision that goes around the areola with a vertical and a limited horizontal incision in the crease beneath the breast.

Your recovery

It roughly takes me 2 to 3 hours to complete breast lift surgery. After your surgery, you will wear a surgical bra over a small gauze bandage. A few days post op I will remove the gauze but you will still need the support from a post-surgical bra for a few weeks.

This non-wired support will assist with healing and the final result.

I usually advise my patients to take one to two weeks off work off after the surgery in order to allow for an optimal recovery. You will be sore and I recommend no heavy lifting or exercise for 6 weeks post op – this is just to ensure a satisfactory result.

The breasts reach their final shape and feel approximately three months after breast lift. But you need to know that aging and gravity that cause sagging can unfortunately not be avoided. It is a natural process that it part of ageing. For most of my patients, a breast lift is however a one-time procedure; but if another lift is necessary, the same incisions can usually be used.

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

Fourways
2055
TEL: 011 875 1630
FAX: 011 875 1631

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