Sunday, 31 March 2013

Mini Tummy Tuck Case Study

This case study is based on a 44yr old mother, who has two children.
Her skin became floppy and loose after her two pregnancies and she was unhappy with her newly acquired thick waist and fat deposits on her knees, thighs, buttocks and hips. Despite healthy eating and exercise her post pregnancy body shape persisted.

A mini tuck and liposculpture was discussed and decided upon. Liposculpture was used to contour the abdomen and a skin pull was performed to tighten up the skin in that area. The thighs, knees, buttocks, hips and waist are sculptured into slimline curves with the assistance of Liposculpture. Her before and after images can be viewed here -
It is important to remember that a mini tuck doesn't replace a traditional abdominoplasty and it's not suitable for people with large areas of excess skin or where the stomach muscles need repairing.
The mini tuck is extremely popluar and gives a safe, beautiful and efffective way of treating the 'in between patient'.

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Liposculpture Versus Mini Tuck

Having a baby is a joyful experience but the small bulge and loose skin that can be left behind is not! Sometimes no matter how much you exercise or eat sensibly that bulge just won't budge and that loose skin won't bounce back. 
Is Liposculpture the answer? No, while liposculpture is perfect for reducing the excessive fat in the tummy area, it won't help to contract the loose skin.
No matter how skilful the surgeon is and how smoothly the liposculpture is performed the natural healing process will produce scar tissue (this is completely normal) and the outcome will be a dimpled, irregular looking surface. This is due to the scar tissue anchoring itself to the looser skin and to the underlying muscle in a haphazard way, creating a hail damaged appearance.
This is where the mini tuck comes in. As I previously mentioned this is a much smaller, less invasive surgery, where the loose skin is gathered solely by liposculpture undermining which guarantees that the blood supply to the skin stays strong and withdraws excess fat at the same time.

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Mini Tummy Tuck

What is a mini tummy tuck?

A mini tummy tuck is an alternative to the invasive abdominoplasty (a major tummy tuck) that is often not an option due to the significant downtime required after the procedure and the large scar it leaves behind.

A mini tummy tuck is a smaller, less invasive procedure and has far less downtime and scarring. An incision is made on the pubic hairline, about 5cm in length longer than a caesarean scar, the skin is then tightened and removed from the flap area. The scar is normally completely concealed in the bikini line and the belly button is left untouched so a natural look can be maintained.

Patients can leave the same day as the procedure and because the abdominal muscles are left untouched in the procedure the downtime is far less because lifting and exercise is not restricted. 

Sunday, 10 March 2013

More on P-ure breast implants special netted coating

P- ure implants have a netted coating that gives the implant some special qualities which I refer to as the “Velcro effect” and the “lattice effect”. Here I have discussed in further detail the two qualities that make P-ure impants stand out form the rest.
The Lattice Effect is a little more complex than the velcro effect but put simpily; when normal smooth or textured implants are put in the chest, the chest forms what appears like a thin plastic bag round them called a ‘capsule’. The plastic bag is made up of scar tissue or collagen. If the capsule is disturbed, the fibres of the bag contract and it tightens round the implant making the breast go hard and deforming the shape. This is referred to as ‘Capsular Contracture’ and is the number one complication with breast augmentation.
When a P-ure coated implants are put in the chest the collagen fibres coil around the surface, creating a netting. If it is disturbed it will only tighten miniscullay around the separate strands of netting as opposed to around the whole implant which prevents capsular contracture and leaves the breast soft.
The Velcro Effect is very easy to understand. The bodies natural healing tissue grows into the netting on the implants surface and holds it firmly in place. The implant performs like an inner bra that supports its own weight and keeps the breast tissue firm as well. The result is that P-ure implants actually prevent the breast from sagging.
The Velcro Effect also helps avoid other complications like active breasts (which is excessive movement under the muscle) implant migration and rotating of teardrop implants.
These benefits of P-ure implants means the cleavage won't move apart with muscle movement, the implants won't sag and the breasts will remain soft. 

Saturday, 2 March 2013

More about Facelifts

Wondering what age a facelift should be performed? These days facelifts are being performed at a younger age. The reason is, when you are younger there is more elastin and collagen in the facial tissue and so the lift will last longer.
Women in their 40-50's feel, act and have the lifestyle of women previously in their 30's, however their facial appearance doesn’t mirror the way they feel. This is another reason why facelifts are performed at this time, so their face can match the way they feel. Another reason why women are having facelifts younger is due to the advancements of the surgery itself, they last much longer and therefore women don’t have to wait until they look older before they have a facelift. This means the results can be seamless and more of a maintenance of their youthful looks rather than a more obvious, dramatic change if done later on.
I tailor facelifts to the individual but in general I perform a muscle 'SMAS' lift which firms and of course lifts the face. If I tighten at a muscular level it allows the attached skin to be lifted without any pulling on the skin. This type of facelift produces the most natural appearance. By lifting the muscle it means that the lift will last much longer and the procedure is less invasive. Incisions are hidden in the creases of the skin and in the edge of the hairline where they are concealed.