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.

 

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