Mini- & Full- Facelifts

 

After liposuction, breast augmentation, blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), breast reduction and rhinoplasty, facelifts are the sixth most requested cosmetic surgery procedure, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

This is echoed in my practice. I often combine Facelift surgery with other procedures.

If you would like to find out more about facelift surgery at my practice, phone my rooms on 011 875 1630 or have a look at my website and remember to keep an eye on my blog where I upload new articles regularly  – any easy way to stay up-to-date is to subscribe.

 

Who Would Benefit from a Mini / Full Facelift Procedure?

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.  It is to be noted that both men and women are equally interested in Facelift surgery.

 

The full Facelift is well suited to you, if you have:

  • Excess or sagging facial skin
  • Deep facial creases
  • Facial fat pockets drooping
  • Or if you look tired, sad and angry even when well-rested

 

Most patients undergoing full facelifts are over the age of fifty.  If you are in your 50s or 60s and have a traditional (full) facelift, your face will age slower, from the point of where it has been reset, and you’ll look at least 10 years younger.

 

There is obviously more recovery needed from undergoing a full facelift, than when compared with a mini-facelift.
The mini facelift is appropriate for younger people who are starting to show early signs ageing like droopy jowls, or people who have already had a lift, but once again are showing some signs of sagging.

 

Mini facelifts generally erase three to eight years from your face. After a Mini facelift you will continue to age naturally and the procedure can be repeated in the future.

You may also opt for a full face lift in the future. However, during your consultation I will determine which facelift is best for you.

Irrespective of your age, you can expect a facelift to improve your appearance. You should appear younger, with a well-rested, healthy look. People should ask you if you have been on sabbatical…

 

Combining Facelift surgery with Blepharoplasty surgery will also enliven your eyes. I do offer Blepharoplasty surgery at my practice. Take a look at this blog post for more info

 

The truth is, the younger you are the longer you can expect the facelift results to last.
If you are older, you will experience a more dramatic improvement, however, there is also a greater possibility of tissue rebounding. This is due to loss of skin elasticity. We can try to improve skin elasticity with dermal filler injections of fat fills, but we can talk about this during your appointment.

 

 

Males Seeking Mini / Full Facelifts:

Technically speaking, a male facelift is not all that different from a female facelift. There are, however, some gender differences that affect the position of the incisions and facelift recovery

Facelift key Differences: Women vs. Men

  • Men have thicker skin
  • Bleeding risk is higher in men
  • Men have more hair follicles on their face
  • Incisions may be harder to mask in men
  • Pulling skin back may move hair follicles; affecting shaving

 

Personalising each Facelift:

The incisions in front of and behind the ear from the facelift are usually not noticeable. For each individual case, I will make some adjustments to ensure patient satisfaction.

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How  are Surgical Facelifts Performed?

Having a surgical facelift will tighten and pull together the sagging skin, wrinkled skin, and loose muscles to leave you looking younger and refreshed. This procedure will reshape the aging face by repositioning the underlying tissue and tightening the skin.

Techniques of today have made Facelift surgery more predictable, safer. And give a far more natural look.I can perform a full face and neck lift, a neck lift alone, or a modification of either procedure depending on your specific needs.Techniques today allow for individual surgical approaches and I will be able to determine exactly what kind of surgery is best suited for your specific characteristics.

The facelift results of today are far superior to those of a few decades ago. In the past, a facelift mainly involved pulling the skin tighter, which created an unnatural, tight appearance.  We want to avoid that “tight windblown” look now by repositioning fat pads, adding fat  and tightening ligaments in the face for a more natural and long lasting result.

 

Redefining Facelifts:

I like to focus on restoring the underlying muscle and tissues to their more youthful position, for results that are natural-looking, beautiful, and long lasting.

The modern facelift can:

  • Re-create a clean, defined jaw line
  • Restore the more youthful contours of the cheeks
  • Smooth and firm wrinkled, sagging skin in the lower face and neck

 

Will there be Visible Scarring?  & What is the Recovery Like?

During a traditional facelift, an incision is made in front of the ear extending up into the hair or hairline. The incision stretches downward in front of the ear, comes around the ear lobe and then upward behind the ear. It then ends in the hair or hairline behind the ear. This incision is placed in the hairline to hide the scars and make your surgery almost invisible.

Following facelift surgery, you would spend the night in the hospital. Pain is uncommon, but I will prescribe medication to ensure your comfort. However, my years of experience and research have helped me develop innovative techniques to minimize tissue trauma and allow for a shorter, more comfortable procedure and recovery.

Generally speaking, for most of my facelift surgery patients the recovery period is within 10 -14 days. For neck lifts, and short scar mini-lifts, the recovery can be even faster.

 

I hope you enjoyed these daily facts as much as I enjoy sharing them with you! Remember that I would really like to hear your thoughts about any kind of procedure or treatments so do not hesitate and post your questions or comments – any easy way is to connect via Facebook or visit my website.

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The Best of Rhinoplasties

 

Rhinoplasty, also known as nose surgery or “nose job,” is the process of using cosmetic surgery to reshape the nose. It is a surgical procedure that can alter the size and/or shape of the nose, as well as relieve some breathing problems.

It is a misconception that all Rhinoplasty Surgeries are for cosmetic purposes; many people require medical intervention to assist in breathing and/or reconstruction from trauma.

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Read more about what’s available at my Fourways practice here www.drserrurier.co.za and contact me via phone or email for more details or to schedule a consultation. My office can be reached at 011 875 1630.

 

WHO IS RHINOPLASTY FOR?

Rhinoplasty can be purely cosmetic or can be used to correct physical problems (such as breathing problems).  In most cases we, plastic surgeons, treat the aesthetic aspect and work with ENT surgeons to correct physical nasal issues.

Amongst the aesthetic problems that I can address:

  • Nose width
  • Nose length
  • Profile issues
  • Large or uneven nostrils
  • Crooked noses.

 

During your first consultation with me, you will be asked to provide a detailed description of how you wish to improve the appearance of your nose and what you are hoping I can do for you.

There will be obvious limitations but being open and honest is part of obtaining your desired result.

I can change the appearance of your nose in amazing ways, but you need to know that I will still be limited by the unique features of your nose, it’s internal and external structure.

Common requests from my patients include:

  • Making a nose smaller,
  • Reducing the bridge of the nose,
  • Narrowing the nose,
  • Making changes to the nasal tip,
  • Lifting a droopy nose
  • Revising a previous rhinoplasty

 

If you do not like the way your nose looks and are willing to undergo a surgical procedure, and if you are in good physical and mental health, then you are eligible for a rhinoplasty consultation.

 

Most rhinoplasty surgeons prefer to wait until an individual has completed his or her growth spurt. This means age 15 or 16 for girls, and a little later for boys. That said, I will hardly ever operate on such a young patient.

This is a big surgical procedure with long term results, it is important that the decision be made as an adult taking into account limitations in future surgery.

 

 

WHAT HAPPENS DURING RHINOPLASTY SURGERY?

During the rhinoplasty surgery incisions are made inside of the nose including a small incision made on the underside of the nose between the nostrils. This allows me to perform an “open rhinoplasty”.

 
→What about the scars?The scars are well hidden and will almost be invisible once healing is complete.
 

I often decide upon the open rhinoplasty approach because it allows me greater visibility of the internal nose structures. Swelling and bruising however lasts longer with open rhinoplasty. I will discuss his approach with you based on your specific case.
Closed rhinoplasty is a surgical approach to alter the shape of the nose where minimal alteration is required. Often recovery is quicker and swelling is less using this approach but I only prefer this method for common rhinoplasty complaints:

  • Remove a bump from the bridge of the nose
  • Elevate the tip of the nose

 

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE RECOVERY

After Rhinoplasty surgery you will notice significant swelling and bruising. I always warn my patients that swelling and bruising can last between 1 and 6 weeks for closed rhinoplasty, and longer for open rhinoplasty.

A splint will be applied to the dorsum of your nose that will have to remain in place for at least a week. Once the splint is removed however, the change to your nose will be immediately visible.

80% of the swelling, after Rhinoplasty, will lessen within 6 weeks. The remaining 20% may require up to a year but this remaining swelling is barely noticeable and is mostly internal; during this healing period the nose will become more refined.

Most patients, post Rhinoplasty surgery, are able to return to work any time between 7 to 10 days after their Rhinoplasty. Strenuous activity is limited up to six weeks, so too is exposure to the sun and extreme heat. This is more to allow additional time for healing and preserve the cosmetic result.

In some cases, after the Rhinoplasty, the tip of the nose can be numb for a few weeks. This is completely normal and will resolve within a few weeks without treatment.

Expect to see good results after about four weeks, but the final results are commonly seen after about 9 to 12 months. I always tell my patients that sometimes, minor changes and improvements occur even months after rhinoplasty.

Rhinoplasty results are permanent but, patients are to remember ageing may affect the results. This is of course natural ageing and has nothing to do with the overall Rhinoplasty result.

I hope you enjoyed this newsletter?! Remember that I would really like to hear your thoughts about any kind of procedure or treatments so don’t hesitate and post your questions or comments on my Facebook page and I will do my best to respond as soon as I can!

Also, remember our website has more info and don’t hesitate to phone our rooms on 011 875 1630to book an appointment!

 

 

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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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 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
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