Dr Charles Serrurier’s February Body Lifts

WELCOME!

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This month, my newsletter is all about the lifts! As the year begins, it’s not always only our spirits that need to be lifted! And this is what I can help you with! At my practice, I offer many lifting options, whether it’s facial or body surgeries.

You will read about Breast Lift, Brow Lift, Face Lift, Arm Lift and Thigh and Buttocks Lift.

Of course, all the info will be concise so make sure to visit my website for more in depth explanations

Lastly, 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 1630or simply leave a comment on my Facebook page and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

 

BREAST LIFT

With age, pregnancy and breast feeding and fluctuation in weight, the ligaments and skin envelope which maintain the youthful shape of the breasts, stretch and elongate causing an unpleasant drooping of the breast on the chest wall.

This phenomenon is called ptosis and this is what the Breast Lift will correct.

How does breast lift surgery correct ptosis?
In order to reverse this drooping, I tighten the breast skin and reshape the breast tissue, which in turn will provide a more youthful shape with an improved nipple position. Also, did you know that I could reduce the diameter of your areola if you wish?

Breast Lift and Augmentation is a very common combination procedure!
If fullness and volume are important to you, an implant can be inserted during the breast lift to enhance size or firmness. This is a combination procedure called a Mastopexy Augmentation or Breast lift with additional implants.

Post-operative treatments too, can help reduce the visible scars quickly and effectively. I will discuss your initial reasons for wanting a breast lift and all the options available to you, and thereafter, will take care to ensure that you are satisfied with your new breast shape and scar treatment.

 

BROW LIFT SURGERY

Over time, frequent facial movements related to facial expressions can lead to a variety of lines and wrinkles in the skin. This is particularly true in the brow area where frown lines and forehead furrows may develop above the nose and across the middle of the forehead.

The brow lift, also known as a forehead lift, is a surgical procedure, which can eliminate lines and furrows in the brow and forehead area. At the same time, the eyebrows may be restored to a more elevated and youthful position and excess skin of the upper eyelids can be eliminated.

The result after a brow lift is a smoother forehead, lifted eyebrows, and an overall more youthful and refreshed appearance to the brow area.

Brow Lift surgery can improve a tired, angry or sad appearance that is often associated with an aged forehead. Specifically, the brow lift can correct the following:

  • Frown lines
  • Forehead furrows
  • Forehead creases
  • Drooping eyebrows
  • Hooding over the eyes

The best candidates for a brow lift are looking to improve aging in the brow and forehead area, are in generally good health, and have realistic expectations.

Other complimentary treatments including Botox®, Fillers and Restylane® Vital. These non-surgical options are available as non-permanent solutions to the position of your brow & forehead lines.

 

FACELIFT

At my practice, Facelifts are nearly as popular as Breast Augmentations, and I often combine Facelift surgery with other procedures.

Can’t I have Botox and fillers instead of a Facelift?
Although signs of aging eventually appear in all areas of the face, for many people the mid to lower face and neck tend to fare the worst. As skin and tissue lose elasticity, gravity begins to pull them downward.

This is the single most common reason for Facelift Surgery. These areas unfortunately cannot be treated appropriately with Botox and Fillers.

Having a surgical facelift will tighten and reposition sagging skin, wrinkled skin, and loose muscles to leave you looking younger and refreshed. The perfect procedure to boost your confidence in the long term and to start the year feeling fantastic!

The best candidate for a facelift is a physically healthy man or woman who is realistic about their expectations, and interested in improving sagging facial skin, jowls, and loose neck skin.

 

BUTTOCKS  AND THIGH LIFTS

Now onto the lower body lifts! The lower body lift is performed for patients that desire improvement of the thighs and buttocks, and it is more common in patients after excessive weight loss.

Unwanted excess tissue of the inner and outer thighs can be treated by direct excision of loose skin and subcutaneous fat to improve the contour.

Lateral thigh lift and buttock lift are types of body contouring that remove excess skin and fatty tissue from the outer thigh and buttock regions. Artistic and anatomical removal of this tissue can result in an improved appearance and silhouette.

I always like to emphasize that these procedures are not a cure for obesity, and is most appropriate for persons with localized excess skin and fat bulges that are inherited, or remain despite weight reduction and exercise. And unfortunately thigh and buttock lifts are not a cure for cellulite or stretch marks.

 

ARM LIFT

Arm Lift will be my last topic of the month. Arm Lift is a technique to remove excess hanging skin from the upper arms usually after substantial weight loss.

I perform arm lift surgery at my practice to remove the excess skin from the upper arms and reduce the circumference of the upper arms.

There are multiple ways to sculpt the arm, including Liposuction, Minimal Access Brachioplasty (axillary scar and liposuction) and Traditional Brachioplasty.

The best candidates for Arm Lift are people with sagging skin of the upper arms. You should be physically healthy, psychologically stable, and realistic in your expectations. Arm Lift will improve your arm contours and remove “Bingo Arms”.

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kind regards,

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Dr Charles Serrurier’s Advice: Plan Your Procedures

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This Blog is dedicated to those who are considering procedures and treatments. Many of you may be quite sure of what service you want – but the question is, at what time is it most suitable? Different procedures require different preparations and involve different amounts of recovery ‘down-time’. So I hope that the information below allows you to plan your year with a few key considerations that will make your life much easier – after all, your schedule is meant to work for you…

Plan your year to best suite your recovery
Procedures and treatments are chosen by each patient to when it suites them best. However, correct planning to ensure an easy and safe recovery should be priority and this blog should help do just that.

Early year: Jan – March
The beginning of the year it is a fantastic period to have procedures such as:

Both involve a relatively small period of down-time (usually 1 week) and both produce a younger, fresher, revitalized appearance – a great way to start of the year.

Brow Lines on one’s forehead deepen with age, eventually resulting in a misinterpreted expression of fatigue or hostility. The Brow Lift procedure will eliminate this problem and return your features to a naturally younger you.

Corrective eyelid surgery is popular due to the way natural results rejuvenate a face and remove years from your visible age. Combine that with minimal downtime and you can see why more and more of my patients are opting for this procedure.

 

Summer season: October – March
Speaking of the Summer Season – guess what the most popular procedure is just prior to the days of sunshine? Okay, so it is not that hard a guess, everyone wants to get ready for the beach, and why not have the body you desire to match that sexy bikini that you have been waiting for…

Breast Augmentation allows one to create the contours and add volume that one has always wanted. Breast augmentation is the most popular procedure in my practice and although recovery is not really an issue, booking a consultation time can be tricky, especially toward the end of the year. So please plan and book early.

Easter Holidays
If you do have a holiday planned within the year, this is often a good time for a Face-Lift, as they do require some recovery time. Easter holidays are normally a busy period for Face Lift and Rhinoplasty surgery. Face-Lifts can truly transform an appearance whilst working with ones natural jaw-line & cheek bones – if you are interested I suggest you have a read on my personal approach to the procedure

All year round treatments
If you are looking for some help staying revitalized through the year then fret not, Yana performs Facials with passion and care.

Facials clean exfoliate and nourishes the skin, promoting: Clear, Well-hydrated complexion, and can and help your skin look younger.

Fortunately, touch-up treatments and maintenance make-overs such as Botox and Fillers can be performed throughout the year because they have virtually no down-time – we can help you with these quick and easy treatments to keep you feeling great no matter what weather or season.

Botox can be used to target wrinkles by smoothing the skin and Dermal Fillers can rejuvenate your skin, correct wrinkles and replace volume – book a consultation to find out which one is suited to your goals.

Winter: May – July
If you are planning on having some Liposuction done or perhaps a Tummy-Tuck procedure it is often advised that you plan it such that your down-time is within the cooler months of the year – this makes it easier to cover the post-operative bandage corsets that will help you recover and also stay in bed to assist with immediate post surgical recovery… some patients have said that it has been great to have a winter were they actually got into better shape rather than gaining weight…

Both Tummy-Tucks and Liposuction  require more down-time than most procedures – so it is best to plan for them earlier rather than later. If you do take proper care of yourself, with my aid and guidance, both procedures can have phenomenal results without any complications.

I hope that this blog will help you decide on when it is best for you to make a booking, but if you would like to know more please do not hesitate to contact us so that you may be happy and comfortable with the schedule that you have set for yourself this year.

Kind regards,

Dr Charles Serrurier’s December Refresh & Redefine

Refresh & Redefine

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This month’s blog will touch on a number of procedures, please feel free to post your comments and ask questions.

Facials

A facial is one of the best ways to take care of your skin – it cleans exfoliate and nourishes the skin, promoting:

•Clear,
•Well-hydrated complexion, and can
•Help your skin look younger

Facial Rejuvenation

I have many patients that do not want to undergo surgery, instead, they chose to have Dermal Filler treatments to keep them looking young and refreshed with beautiful skin to reverse visible signs of ageing.

I only use gold standard Hyaluronic Acid Dermal Fillers in my practice. They offer the safest treatment plan, predictable results and are quick to perform – which means you can be back to your schedule in not time.

Dermal fillers give us options to:

– Rejuvenate your skin,
– Correct wrinkles and
– Replace volume

Are Dermal Fillers the same as Botox?

Dermal Filler treatments are the treatments for filling wrinkles from the inside out or treatments like plumping lips. Whereas, Botox is a toxin used to temporarily paralyze over used muscles or animated parts of the face – these constantly moving muscles create folds in the skin that turn into wrinkles.

Facial Surgery

Our Faces are the primary area of visual focus when interacting with one another, they are also made up of many different elements. Luckily, medical science has specialized, allowing you to target areas of improvement.

I offer:

  • Corrective Eye Surgery,
  • Mini & Full Face Lifts,
  • Cosmetic Nose Surgery and
  • Brow Lifts

 

The Body, Your Body, Make it match your Style

Unfortunately, we are not all blessed with fast metabolisms and no matter how much we diet and exercise we just can’t seem to reach our Body Type Goals, often these problem areas are further aggravated by the skin losing it’s elasticity over time. With these elements in mind, the following procedures were formulated:

Liposuction

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 is equally effective in both men and women. For more information please see:

Abdominoplasty

Abdominoplasty is an option in cases where excess fat, skin and sagging muscles have not been improved by diet and exercise. By this I mean you need to be close to your ideal body weight for a tummy tuck to be truly effective.

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? For more information please see:

Breast Surgery

Different bodies are suited to different kinds of treatments, I offer the following treatments:

Body Lifts: 

Buttock Lift

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. 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.

Arm Lift

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 in certain cases reduce the circumference of the upper arms.

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.

Thigh Lift? Yes we can help with that too.

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. 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.

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.

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Thank you so much for your support throughout the year, I hope to see you in the new year.

Kind regards,

Dr Charles Serrurier

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 Charles Serrurier January 2012 Newsletter

Dermal Fillers and Botox

Welcome back and best wishes for a fruitful 2012. I know I promised some feedback from my Breast Reconstruction Congress in Milan but with time so short to get this out on time I thought I would include it in February. I hope you don’t mind.

This month I decided to talk about Dermal Fillers and Botox. Reason being that we have all, most probably, overdone it through the festive season and this is a quick way to look and feel great for the New Year.

Botox and Fillers are common place procedures now and they go hand in hand with each other. Techniques too have evolved, so much so that we can now treat nearly any facial indication – at least temporarily.

I hope you enjoy.

Dr Charles Serrurier

Botox (Botulinum Toxin Type A)

Botox is without doubt the worlds most popular non-surgical tratment for wrinkles. Botox itself is works as a muscle relaxor – the principle being that if you cannot move the muscle causing the wrinkle then the wrinkle cannot appear.

In essence the substance is a purified protien and it has been FDA approved for Aesthetic use since 2002 – satisfying me to the products safety.

“A common name for a combination treatment of Botox and Fillers is called a Liquid Facelift”

Early indications only treated glabellar lines and crow’s feet but today Plastic Surgeons treat nearly every line or wrinkle on the face and even use Botox to reshape, re-contour or even alter specific facial features.

 The treatment is quick and relatively painless. On average we can use anything from 20 units to 50 units of Botox per patients to achieve the desired result.

The final result will only be visible after a few days and the treatment will last for approximately 4 months – when you will have to return to undergo treatment again.

 I often combine my Botox with Dermal Fillers for a better aesthetic result.

Dermal Fillers

Dermal Fillers like Botox are designed to treat wrinkles and lines, but in this case I inject Hyaluronic Acid (HA) into the skin to plum the wrinkle from the inside out.

The treatment is again very short and immediately after the treatment your skin may be red or a little swollen, this will subside within a few days. Dermal filler treatments are not permanent and the correction lasts approximately 9 months.

Dermal filler technique has advanced too and we can now not only treat nasolabial folds and plum lips, we can these days reshape noses, redefine jaw lines and improve the volume in your cheeks amongst a dozen or so other treatment options.

I only use FDA approved dermal fillers in my practice to ensure peace of mind when it comes to safety.

Also proving popular within the Dermal Filler portfolio is the idea of skin rejuvenation. Studies suggest that micro-droplets of HA injected into the skin greatly improve the quality and texture of the skin – this treatment is called Vital and is perfect for any age.

Needle vs. Micro Cannula

In many cases patients are wary of the needle and having to undergo an injection for treatment.
With regards to Botox injections we use a tiny 32 gauge needle (approximately the width of a human hair) and it is in fact the Botox itself that causes a stining sensation.

When it comes to Dermal Fillers there are different needle options for optimum results but now also a Micro-Cannula. The Micro-Cannula allows a full treatment from one entry point.
The Cannula is not advisable for all indications but where possible it offers a less painful treatment with less risk.

Of course in my practice you will always have everything explained to you in detail and each option will be decided upon to maximise your result both clinically and aesthetically.
I hope this newsletter stimulates some thought but also educates too.