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Surgical Procedures:

Liposuction



What is liposuction?

Liposuction (often referred to as ‘lipo’) is a surgical procedure done to remove unwanted fat from specific areas of the body. It also involves recontouring to create a more aesthetically pleasing body shape.

Some areas where patients commonly get liposuction done include the neck, breast, abdomen, upper arms, hips, thighs, knees and ankles. The procedure can be done on more than one area at a time, however your surgeon will follow the accepted guidelines regarding how much can be done in one session.

This surgery may help to solve the problem of irregular, localized accumulations of fat, however it will have minimal to no affect on general obesity, excess or loose skin, or any other body irregularities due to structures other than fat.

Realistic Expectations for the Procedure

While recovery is easy, patients should expect some initial drainage along with swelling, bruising and discomfort. Your compression garment will minimize this and assist in the retraction of any loose skin.
Some results are noted immediately, but your final shape and form will continue to improve as your swelling subsides.
The goal of the procedure is to improve body contour, establish more normal proportions between areas of the body and improve appearance both in and out of clothing.

What can successfully be treated with liposuction?

Disproportionate and localized accumulations of fat.
Body contour irregularities due to localized accumulations of fat.

What cannot successfully be treated with liposuction?

General obesity.
Excess or loose skin – without traditional resection.
A body contour irregularity due to structures other than fat (e.g. muscle weakness, bone intra-abdominal contents).
Persistent fat that is not responsive to SAL.

Possible Temporary Complications

Discolouration/swelling.
Discomfort (pain and sensitivity).
Numbness.
Lumps/irregularities.
Asymmetry.
Restricted activity.

Possible Permanent Complications

Scars (small).
Waviness-surface irregularities (unpredictable).
Pigmentation.
Asymmetry.


* Breast Reduction



What Is A Breast Reduction?


A breast reduction (also known as Reduction Mammoplasty) is a procedure done to reduce the size of a patient’s breasts. It may also improve the overall appearance or shape of the breast and help balance breast asymmetries, and help in treatment of physical complaints such as neck, shoulder and back pain experienced by many women with large breasts

Realistic Expectations for the Procedure

The goal of the procedure is to give the patient a smaller breast size and improved breast contour.
Any postoperative discomfort can be controlled with oral medication or a pain pump. Surgical drains may also be in place after the surgery, and will be removed at the discretion of the surgeon.
Stitches are usually removed 2 – 3 weeks later, as determined by the surgeon. Light activity may resume in less than 10 days after the surgery.

Possible Temporary Complication

Bleeding.
Infection.
Skin elasticity.
Nipple sensitivity or numbness.
Asymmetry.

Possible Permanent Complications

Scars.
Necrosis of the skin (death of skin cells).
Discolouration.

* Breast Augmentation



What is Breast Augmentation?

Breast Augmentation is a surgical procedure whereby saline or silicone implants are inserted either above or below the chest muscle of the patient, to enlarge the breast size.
The implant is composed of an outer, flexible, silicone shell and filled with either saline or silicone gel. Implants come in various sizes, profiles and shapes to meet the individual needs of each patient.

Realistic Expectations for the Procedure

While breast implants will enlarge the breasts, the surgery will not alter underlying basic defects in breast shape and form. A noticeable difference in the size, shape or orientation of the two breasts is considered normal and is actually the rule.
Stitches are removed within 1 – 2 weeks after the surgery and light activity can resume within 7 days, as determined by the doctor.

Possible Temporary Complications

Infection.
Bleeding.
Asymmetrical breasts.
Loss of sensation.
Sagging of already large breasts.

Possible Permanent Complications

Capsule formation.
Impeded breast-feeding function.
Thinning of the breast tissue.


* Tummy Tuck



What Is A Tummy Tuck?

A Tummy Tuck, formally known as Abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure done to tighten overly stretched abdominal muscles and skin to achieve a smoother, flatter stomach. It’s an invasive procedure from which full recovery can take 3 – 6 months.

Realistic Expectations For The Procedure

During the procedure, an incision will be made in the lower abdomen, in the bikini line so that the scar will be well hidden. After the desired amount of skin and fat below the belly button have been removed, the new tummy is sutured into place and drains are placed under the skin, exiting below the incision.

Because of the invasive nature of the procedure, it may take weeks or months to feel like your old self again. Sutures are usually removed after 2 – 3 weeks and a supportive abdominal binder should be worn for up to 6 weeks.

There is a possibility that it could take several months for swelling and bruising to completely heal, but patients should be able to resume some activity one week after the operation. Light exercise and daily movement will aid recovery during this time.

What Can Successfully Be Treated With A Tummy Tuck?

-       Excess or sagging skin after a major weight loss.
-       Overly stretched abdominal muscles (most common in women after pregnancy).
-       Stretched abdominal skin that will not respond to exercise.

What Cannot Successfully Be Treated With A Tummy Tuck?

-       General obesity may be helped, but cannot be completely solved with this procedure.

Possible Temporary Complications

-       Infection
-       Bleeding
-       Fluid accumulation under the skin
-       Swelling
-       Discolouration
-       Altered sensation/numbness in certain parts of the stomach
-       Blood clots

Possible Permanent Complications

-       Heavy scarring
-       Altered belly button appearance

Smokers are more likely to have post-operative complications.


Mastopection



What Is Mastopection?

Mastopection is too improve the posture of droopy breast through different kinds of invasive and non invasive surgical procedures . It can be done in combination with breast enlargement (Augmentation) should it be necessary

Realistic Expectations For The Procedure

The surgery will be done in a hospital and should require no more than one day’s stay. After that, it should take 6 weeks for swelling to subside, with full recovery being achieved 3 months after the operation.

Scars may take up to a year to heal completely, but there should be no scarring thereafter.

Possible Temporary Complications

-       Swelling

Possible Permanent Complications

-       Light scarring


Non Surgical Procedures:

Botox



What Is Botox?

Botox is short for Botulin Toxin, but the non-invasive procedure of getting Botox involves the doctor injecting very small quantities of Type A of the toxin into specific facial muscles in order to treat wrinkles in that area, leaving smoother, younger-looking skin.

Realistic Expectations For The Procedure

Injecting Botox into facial muscles blocks the nerve impulses of these muscles. This means the muscles will largely stop contracting, and will therefore eliminate wrinkles, without stopping normal function of the muscles.
This is a non-invasive procedure, but it can take longer to recover from than other injectable fillers. It is also not a permanent procedure.

After treatment, avoid extreme facial expressions and alcohol consumption. Do not rub or massage area for 24 hours. Do not lie down or do strenuous exercise for four hours. Avoid extreme sun exposure, UV light, freezing temperatures and saunas for two weeks.

What Can Successfully Be Treated With Botox?

-       Crow’s feet (and other wrinkles in the eye area)
-       Frown and other forehead lines
-       Lines around the mouth
-       Upper lip lines
-       Excessive sweating of the armpits or soles of feet.

What Cannot Successfully Be Treated With Botox?

-       Excess or sagging skin.
-       Any permanent changes the patient wishes to make.

Possible Temporary Complications

-       Tiny bumps or marks around the injected area.
-       Results may take a while (up to 14 days) to show up properly.
-       Slight pain or bruising around the injected area.
-       Headaches or nausea in the week following the procedure.

Possible Permanent Complications (very rare for this procedure)

-       Muscle drooping or weakness.


Fillers



What Are Injectable Fillers?

Fillers are wrinkle-removing injections, designed to subtly reduce the signs of aging. They are most commonly administered to the patient’s face to restore lost volume, and have been called “liquid facelifts”, because they offer many of the benefits of a surgical facelift, without the long recovery time.

Realistic Expectations For The Procedure

Filler procedures are performed in the doctor’s office and will most likely be preceded by an anaesthetic cream or a local anaesthetic injection. The injection site might swell immediately after the filler has been injected, but this will resolve itself in the hours after the procedure, soon achieving the desired result.
It is therefore recommended not to schedule anything important right after your filler injection and rather to give the injected area a few hours (minimum) to a few days to recover.
Filler injections are not permanent anti-aging solutions, as the body will gradually digest the filler.

What Can Successfully Be Treated With Fillers?

-       Lips can be made fuller and plumper.
-       Regular wrinkles and lines that appear from facial movements (e.g. smiling or frowning) can be softened.
-       Smoothing out of other fine lines.

What Cannot Successfully Be Treated With Fillers?

-       Excess or sagging skin.
-       Any permanent changes the patient wishes to make.

Possible Temporary Complications

-       Swelling (most common in the lips, and with first-time patients)
-       Bruising
-       Local infection
-       Redness

Possible Permanent Complications

-       As the procedure is not permanent, these complications are very rare.