DR SERRURIER MARCH NEWSLETTER: PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS

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This month in my newsletter, I will be talking about problems and solutions. I often see patients who are bothered by a certain aspect of their body and either do not know what to resort to or choose the wrong procedure. I am here to help you decide on the best option and make the best out of your surgery.

If there is anything else you would like to know or something in particular that you would like me to explain, phone my rooms on 011 875 1630 or simply leave a comment on my Facebook page and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Lastly, make sure to visit my website for more info on all the procedures I offer at my Fourways practice!

BREASTS PROBLEMS

Problems:

  • You have saggy breasts
  • You desire more cleavage
  • There is a significant difference between one breast and the other
  • You are self-conscious about breasts
  • You feel that larger more perky breasts would make you feel more attractive and improve your self-confidence
  • You have a hard time finding clothes that fit because of discrepancy between your breasts and your buttocks

Solution: Breast Lift!
Based on your answers to the last post, you may or may not also require a breast augmentation at the same time.

After breast lift surgery, you will notice that your breasts are firmer and higher. This will help to improve your confidence and self-esteem. Many patients are happy with the results and report that they feel younger looking and more ‘feminine’.

My Breast Lift page is full of informative resources

Why would I need to combine Breast Lift surgery with Breast augmentation?

Breast lift does not increase the size of your breasts although they may appear larger due to the fact that they are higher and firmer looking. The exception to this is if you have combined this procedure with breast augmentation surgery to enhance volume.

Problems:

  • Your breasts are causing you severe psychological distress, are affecting your physical health or your ability to do exercise.
  • You are experiencing backache, neck and shoulder ache.
  • Your clothes don’t fit properly
  • You do not like the way your breasts affect your overall appearance: large breasts can make you look unbalanced and have a big impact upon your appearance in general. Your breasts are out of proportion with the rest of your body. You feel that you are ‘top heavy’ and this can affect your self-confidence.
  • You do not like being subject to inappropriate comments or attentions from the opposite sex.

Solution: Breast Reduction!

The main benefits are smaller, lighter and firmer breasts. They will be in proportion to the rest of your body. This also means no more physical discomfort such as backache or neck ache. The areola (the brown circular area round the nipple) can also be made smaller and better proportioned as well.

For Breast Reduction at my practice, click here

Breast reduction results in one of the most dramatic changes to physical appearance.

  • Your clothes will fit better;
  • You will no longer have physical discomfort
  • Or have to endure unwanted comments about the size of your breasts. This is usually a particular issue for teenage girls.

Problems:

  • You consider your breasts to be too small and would like to increase their size.
  • You feel less than feminine as a result of having small breasts.
  • Your breasts lost firmness, shape and volume after pregnancy
  • Your one breast is smaller/bigger than the other
  • You feel bigger, firmer breasts will give you a more youthful appearance

Solution: Breast Augmentation!

This highly requested surgery will have you feeling happier with your appearance, and will improve self-confidence and well-being. Breast Augmentation is the most requested surgery in my practice and in most cases women are looking for increased size with upper pole fullness.

Visit my breast augmentation page for more info!

The decision to undergo breast augmentation is a highly personal one and all that matters are how you feel about the results. If the results match your expectations then it has been a success.

It can give you a younger looking appearance but it is not a ‘fountain of youth’! As with any form of cosmetic surgery you need to have realistic expectations about what it can do.

STUBBORN FAT PROBLEMS

Problems:

  • You are bothered by excess fat deposits – located anywhere on your body – that don’t respond to diet or exercise.
  • You feel your body is disproportionate (but not necessarily overweight)

Solution: Liposuction and Liposculpture!

The results after liposuction surgery are instantly noticeable. You will have a firmer and more contoured appearance, which will improve your sense of well-being. The effects of liposuction are permanent, which means if you do increase your body fat, then it will NOT return to those areas you had treated.

Liposuction in more detail? Head over to my website!

Liposuction is especially beneficial to those patients who have undergone weight loss surgery. It can remove those last remaining pockets of fat. This will dramatically improve your appearance.

Liposuction can also be combined with other procedures such as abdominoplasty.

However I need to insist on the fact that Liposuction is not a solution to the problem of obesity or weight loss in general.  Also, it is not an effective treatment for cellulite.

Problems:

  • You have recently had a baby and wish to tighten loose skin that has stretched as a result of your pregnancy.
  • You have increased amounts of skin laxity or looseness from the belly button down to the pubic region
  • You have excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen and are looking to tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall to flatten your abdomen

Solution: Tummy Tuck!

During this surgery, I remove excess skin and fat from the waist, which cannot be shifted by diet and exercise alone.

There are three types of abdominoplasty:

  • Complete abdominoplasty
  • Partial or ‘mini’ abdominoplasty
  • Extended abdominoplasty

But don’t worry; together we will discuss which one is best for your needs and characteristics.

Tummy tuck results are impressive: You will have a firmer, toned and flatter abdomen. If you had some lower abdominal bulge as a result of pregnancy then this will also be corrected. This also includes stretch marks! Your waist will appear slimmer and this tighter, youthful abdomen will boost your confidence and self-esteem.

Would you like to find out more about Tummy Tuck at my practice?

Problems:

  • You do not like the way their nose looks and have been troubled by one or more of its features?
  • You are concerned about the following?
  • Damage to your nose caused by an accident or injury
  • Congenital defect
  • A nose that is too small or too large
  • Excessively flared nostrils
  • An enlarged, drooping or thickened nasal tip
  • Crooked or off-centre nose

Solution: Rhinoplasty!

Rhinoplasty is performed for a variety of reasons which can include increasing or reducing the size of the nose; changing the nasal tip or the bridge, removing any unsightly humps or bumps and making the nose straighter or narrower.

The nasal tip itself can be rotated upwards or downwards, projected forwards or backwards or enlarged or decreased in size. The cartilage, bones and sometimes the soft tissues of the nose are reshaped.

After your rhinoplasty, your nose will be more natural looking and will complement your appearance. Whether larger, smaller or reshaped, you will look and feel better.

The vast majority of my patients are happy with the results of rhinoplasty.

If you would like to read more about this procedure, make sure to visit my website.

I hope you enjoyed this newsletter about various problems some of my patients encounter and the solutions I offer at my Fourways practice. Of course, I spoke about a few surgeries only so make sure to phone my rooms on 011 875 1630 if you would like to book an appointment or simply make an inquiry, we are here to help you!

You can also find me on Facebook and on Twitter.

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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 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

WEBSITE – http://www.drserrurier.co.za
FACEBOOK – Dr Charles Serrurier
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DR CHARLES SERRURIER’S FEBRUARY 2013 NEWSLETTER -ABDOMINOPLASTY-

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!

Charles

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
Fourways
2055
TEL: 011 875 1630
FAX: 011 875 163 Dr Charles Serrurier
BLOG – drcharlesserrurier.wordpress.com

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
BLOG – drcharlesserrurier.wordpress.com