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March 2022

What Are the Different Types of Body Contouring Surgery?

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Body contouring is a broad expression that describes tailoring of skin and excess fat to any part of the body to improve appearance. For patients who have lost a lot of weight through bariatric surgery or diet or exercise, body contouring also has functional benefits as it removes excess skin that is imparing movement. Body contouring surgery usually tackles excess skin and weight of the tummy, back, buttocks, thighs, and arms.

So, what are the most common types of body contouring surgery? Here is what you need to know:

Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
Tummy tuck is a surgical body contouring procedure to tighten skin, fat and the muscles around the abdomen. The main goal is to help you get back to shape and regain the abdominal strength you are aiming for. Tummy tuck can help address concerns such as:

  • Unsightly sagging or bulging of the tummy, especially after having children or significant weight loss
  • Failure to improve tummy contour despite weight loss and exercise
  • Thrush and sweatiness at the abdominal fold
  • Difficulty in finding clothes that fit the tummy well

Thigh Lift

Thigh lift surgery combines two procedures. The loose skin in the inner thigh is addressed with a ‘medial thigh lift’ and the outer thigh loose skin is addressed with an abdominoplasty or body lift.

Brachioplasty (Arm Lift)

Arm lift surgery involves removing the loose skin that hangs down from the upper arms when they are held away from the body. An arm lift improves the contour of your arms by removing loose, excess skin at the dependent portion of your arm. An alternative to arm lift surgery is liposuction, which is the process of removing excess fat from the arms, but it will not remove or tighten loose skin.

Bra-Line Lift

Bra-line back lift surgery, also called upper back lift, or back lipectomy is suited for patients with excess back skin after major weight loss. This procedure removes loose or sagging pockets of unwanted fat on the back, it corrects and contours the upper back area in the bra strap area.

Mastopexy (Breast Lift)

Breast lift surgery reshapes and lifts breast tissue, which can often be loose after weight loss. This procedure is also common for male patients who suffer significant excess skin at their chest to gain a more masculine appearance with chest skin wedge excisions. Breast lift surgery can help address concerns including:

• Self-esteem
• Discomfort when not wearing a bra
• limitations in what clothing and bras you are able to wear
• Itchiness and heat at the fold of your breasts

A consultation with an experienced plastic surgeon is the safest place to get advice regarding which body contouring surgery is suited for you. If you are looking for body contouring Sydney services, get in contact with our qualified team at Southern Aesthetics.

How Long Does It Take To Recover From Mohs Surgery?

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Mohs surgery is a highly effective treatment for the removal of certain types of skin cancer lesions. It is a two-stage skin cancer treatment that offers the highest rate of long-term cure for most Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC), and Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC), with minimal damage to the surrounding tissues.

When undergoing Mohs surgery at Southern Aesthetics, your surgeon can check that all cancer cells have been removed at the time of surgery, therefore increasing the likelihood of a cure, and reducing the need for additional treatment.

What happens after the skin cancer has been removed?

Post-surgery, you will be left with a surgical wound, your reconstructive plastic surgeon will repair this wound in one of the following ways:

  • Skin closure into a sutured line
  • Application of a skin graft
  • Rearrangement of tissues using a flap repair
  • Spontaneous granulation

At Southern Aesthetics, our goal for reconstructive surgery post Mohs surgery is to restore the contour of your facial structures to minimise the effects of skin cancer surgery. We utilise the finest techniques to ensure that you look as though you never had surgery.

So, how long does it take to recover from Mohs Surgery?

Mohs Surgery is usually day surgery, meaning you have your procedure and go home on the same day. Most patients will go back to work one or two days after the operation, this would be with carefully placed dressings on the face and body to make going back to work as easy and as comfortable as possible.

You can expect minimal discomfort after Mohs surgery, as pain can usually be managed well with paracetamol (Panadol). However, if your surgery is more extensive, our anaesthetist will devise a comfort plan for you.

The first post-op check, dressing change and stitch removal is done within a week of surgery, at this point most people will have Vaseline or silicoen oil on the wounds. If you wish to wear makeup it can be applied over the wounds after 10-14 days. We also recommended that no strenuous activity should occur for two weeks post-surgery, as this can compromise the reconstruction, and will lengthen your recovery time.

Sutures are usually removed five to ten days post-surgery. At Southern Aesthetics, we follow you through the post-operative period to make sure that your skin is healing well, and to determine if any additional procedures are necessary.

We recommend that you keep regular follow-up examinations with your dermatologist, as this will ensure early diagnosis and treatment of skin cancers. Mohs surgery is recommended as the treatment of choice for high-risk non-melanoma skin cancers in specific areas such as the eyelids, nose, lips, ears and scalp, and other areas of the face and body because of its exceptional cure rate.

At Southern Aesthetics, our plastic surgeon Ilias Kotronakis has the finest training and techniques to ensure that cancers are completely removed and that the cosmetic result is as subtle as possible. For more information regarding our Mohs Surgery Sydney services, contact us on 02 9186 8105.

Can Breast Reduction Enhance My Lifestyle?

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Many women suffer from back and neck pain, restricted mobility, as well as rashes and discomfort caused by uncomfortably large breasts.

Breast reduction surgery has a high success rate and has become a very popular choice by women who are looking to regain confidence and an enhanced lifestyle. The Australian Bureau of Statistics data indicated that breast reduction procedures have increased more than 20 percent over the past few years, improving the lives of thousands of women per year.

Breast reduction surgery can certainly enhance and improve your life, but it’s important to go into it for the right reasons, and make sure that it will deliver on your objectives. As responsible healthcare providers, our surgeons at Southern Aesthetics, Dr Amira Sanki, and Dr Ilias Kotronakis, have been able to help many women achieve a better lifestyle by performing breast reduction surgery, and we take a highly consultative approach to the procedure, to ensure that you are comfortable with what the procedure will involve and the potential outcomes.

Breast reduction surgery is a both a functional and an aesthetic operation. From a functional point of view, the operation can improve your quality of life as back, shoulder and neck pain are improved. It also makes exercising and other normal day-time activities easier to perform. From an aesthetic point of view, it provides a lot more freedom of choice for clothing that women can wear and offers a boost of confidence they can wear their outfits with.

As this is generally not an urgent procedure, you should undergo breast reduction surgery when you are best motivated and physically fit for the procedure. The cosmetic result and your health for an anaesthetic are adversely affected if you smoke or are obese, so we would recommend you look at addressing those first, if possible.

What can you expect after the surgery?

The main goal of breast reduction surgery is to maximise your body’s comfort and appearance, and to get you back to your active lifestyle. Most patients prefer to stay in hospital for one to three nights. Despite the duration of the operation, most women describe that their recovery was much better than they anticipated. On waking, you will find that you have dressings over your incision wounds and in some cases, thin, plastic drain tubes attached to the skin adjacent to your breasts.

The skin incisions are closed with dissolving stitches that lie under the skin. At first the wounds will be pink. Over time the scars usually fade to white lines. Having a fully qualified plastic surgeon open and close your incisions means you will have the finest technique in your surgery. However, the quality of your scars is also a function of your skin type and genetics.

After the procedure, most women are usually able to drive after one week and can work back at their desk after two weeks. We recommend not to perform any strong exercise for six weeks, to allow your wound to heal so that you can get the best possible cosmetic result.

At Southern Aesthetics, our surgeons will listen to your concerns and goals when determining if breast reduction surgery is right for you. Dr Amira Sanki and Dr Ilias Kotronakis both have vast experience and finest training in breast reduction surgery Sydney can offer. They are committed to giving their patients the safest and best treatment available.

Our friendly and experienced team are always at hand to help you, for more information about breast reduction surgery, call Southern Aesthetics on 02 9186 8105.

Is Body Contouring Surgery Right for Me?

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Have you experienced major weight loss which has resulted in loose skin around the stomach, thighs, breasts, and arms? If so, you may be asking, “Is body contouring surgery right for me?’.

What is body contouring?

Body contouring is a broad term that refers to any procedure that enhances your silhouette. There are many forms of body contouring procedures, and they can be both surgical and non-surgical. However, surgical procedures tend to produce better and long-lasting results.

Due to the nature of a surgical procedure, not everyone is an ideal candidate. The right patient for body contouring is well-researched, has realistic expectations, is at their ideal body weight, and has a genuine problem of loose skin, and excess fat in areas that they don’t like.

At Southern Aesthetics, our experienced plastic surgeons will look at your health history and conduct an assessment to determine if body contouring is right for you. In general, these are the signs that may indicate that body contouring should be considered:

You have excess skin following major weight loss

Losing weight requires dedication and hard work, and if you have put in the effort to lose weight, it can be frustrating to see stubborn loose skin that doesn’t respond well to diet or exercise. Body contouring procedures such as abdominoplasty can eliminate unwanted skin. It is also a good way to address pockets of fat and saggy skin after pregnancy.

You have reached your goal weight

The ideal candidate for body contouring follows a healthy, well-balanced diet and exercises regularly. It is recommended that even after your treatment, to continue these healthy habits to maintain your results.

Tummy Tucks and Liposuction can help slim your thighs and create a smooth and sleek profile. However, the ideal patient should already be at their ideal weight. This allows the treatment to have the best impact and transform and sculpt your figure into the one you have always wanted.

You have positive and realistic goals

Undergoing body contouring surgery is a personal decision, and it should only be done if you want it. It is important to remember that body sculpting is not a way for you to meet the aesthetic goals that someone else has for you, it is a way for you to meet your goals that you have for yourself.

Be sure to visit an experienced plastic surgeon to know if you are at your ideal body weight, and if the risk of surgery is worth going ahead. The ideal patient is someone who heals nicely, has a fair amount of loose skin, and underlying muscle separation. It is also vital that they have the time to rest and recover after surgery.

At Southern Aesthetic, we provide an effective means of body contouring surgery Sydney-siders trust. We recommend that body contouring should only ever be performed in an accredited hospital and that you should carefully consider your choice of surgeon. Your surgery at our practice will be performed by Dr Amira Sanki, and Dr Ilias Kotronakis, who are fully qualified plastic surgeons. We are committed to giving our patients the safest and best treatment available.

Our friendly and experienced team are always at hand to help you, for more information about body contouring surgery Sydney, call Southern Aesthetics on 02 9186 8105