doesn’t feel like a diet at all’
For some people, one cosmetic surgery procedure can lead to another…
Enter Kristina Rei. The 22-year old Russian nail technician became a viral sensation recently as reports of her record-breaking multiple lip enhancements spread across the internet. Starting when she was 17, Kristina has had 100 silicone injections in a bid to resemble her cartoon heroine Jessica Rabbit.
Kristina claims that the augmentations have helped “boost her confidence”, and that she is far from being done – in future, she plans to undergo not only more injections, but adjustments to her breasts, nose and ears. “I think I look fantastic and it makes me happy,” she is quoted as saying. “Sometimes strangers shout names at me in the street – like big lips – but I don’t care. I want to go more extreme. I want to look like a cartoon character. I am addicted to it. I love it.” (more…)
The Lowdown On Contracts
Contracts are always a pain. Companies don’t expect you to read pages and pages of jargon, so you end up signing on a dotted line for something you’re not 100% sure of.
When it comes to surgery, home or abroad, this is a risk you can’t afford to take.
Ask the surgery to provide a document that outlines every legal entitlement clearly, and make sure the agreed price is stated in there as well. Check it over, check it over again, and ask your friends and family to read through it too. Three points to look for are:
1. The Refund Policy – Make sure you’re able to get one. If you change your mind once you arrive, you’ll be upset if you’ve lost thousands of pounds for nothing. Even if you don’t have second thoughts, something else might come up that’ll stop you from going ahead. You never know what’s around the corner, so it’s important to know what options are open to you. Make sure you’ll receive a refund if the surgery doesn’t go ahead with the procedure; if the surgeon becomes ill or something happens to the building, you don’t want to be left out of pocket through no fault of your own. (more…)
Things to Ask the Surgeon
There are an endless number of questions to ask your chosen surgeon before the procedure. I can’t emphasise enough how important it is to ask away, because as well as being better prepared, you’ll find out how professional the surgery is.
If there’s any hint of frustration or hesitation in answering your questions, you know something’s not quite right with the surgery. This is your body, and your decision, so don’t settle for anything less than complete understanding. If you’re unclear of something, let them know. Here’s my personal checklist of questions you should ask the surgery, and the answers you should be getting in reply: (more…)
“When considering a procedure such as nose correction, one may be tempted to seek niche centres and facilities that deal especially with such specific treatments. With that being said, Secret Surgery’s relationship with surgeons the length and breadth of Europe should tell you all you need to know about our thoroughness. We list our operations not simply to provide a ‘catch-all’ solution to your each and every wish; but because our fully qualified practioners are experts at what they do. Browse our ‘Surgical Team’ page to read more about our dedicated staff.”
Things To Ask Yourself
Once you’ve thought about your procedure and found a reliable hospital abroad, you may think you’re ready to go ahead with the decision. You may have researched your country of choice and even calculated the costs, but you should still give the idea a once over before you opt for surgery abroad. There are always questions to ask yourself before jumping in at the deep end.
Do you really know everything about your chosen surgery?
Different materials and techniques are used across the world, so checking a UK website for guidance doesn’t always give the complete picture. You need to know everything you can about your surgery in particular: you don’t want to wake up afterwards to surprises of any kind. Ask, ask, and ask again….. (more…)
“Losing the stubborn fat from our midsections can often seem like an impossible task, and it’s no surprise tummy tucks are one of our most popular operations. Our guidelines will ensure you reap maximum benefits from your procedure. Unlike many European ‘Clinics’, our hospital’s staff concerns themselves with your health after the treatment has concluded. You will be under our surgeons control for 10 days while he ensures the restoration of your wellbeing.”
Choosing a Surgeon
Choosing a surgeon is always going to be tricky, because each and every country has different regulations. We’re not all capable of unravelling the medical jargon, and it can be difficult to gauge whether or not someone is fully qualified.
So what do you look for? Well, most other ‘surgery abroad’ guides will tell you to look for a GMC registered surgeon. Here at Secret Surgery however, we say think again.
Unfortunately, many surgeons abroad will use their GMC status as a marketing tactic, because they know it’s what UK patients look for when considering surgery. It basically means that the surgeon you’ve found is listed on the UK’s General Medical Council; it means he or she has completed a simple paper exercise. Your local GP is also registered with the GMC, but you’re not going to pop down and ask him or her for surgery any time soon for a boob job. (more…)
Choosing a Provider
When you choose to have surgery abroad, knowing where to go and how much you can afford is just the beginning. You need to pick the very best when it comes to medical providers too, and it can be tricky to know which company is right for you.
First off, make sure you feel comfortable with them. Any doubts, and you should probably look elsewhere. Of course you want to ask questions; of course you want to be reassured! If the company is becoming impatient or seems unsympathetic to your concerns, it’s probably safe to say that they’ll be as rushed when it comes to your surgery. (more…)
How Much Does It Cost?
One the greatest reasons for undergoing surgery abroad is the price. It’s definitely cheaper if you travel outside the UK, and not because surgeons abroad are any less capable. I underwent surgery myself in Poland and discovered that waiting lists were shorter and prices were more reasonable. Moreover, customer care was also exemplary.
So why is it so much cheaper abroad? Well, because almost everything is. You can expect to pay anywhere between £3000 and £4000 for a nose-reshaping (rhinoplasty) in the UK, and as little as £850 if you travel to India. In other countries you’ll pay somewhere in between, but it’s almost always cheaper than having surgery done privately in this country.
Of course, you may conclude that once you factor flights, accommodation and living expenses into the equation, you’ll end up paying out more overall, but this isn’t the case. The further abroad you travel, the more expensive your flights will be, but conversely your living expenses will become cheaper. (more…)
Breast enlargements are popular for a reason – but a woman’s desire to improve the size of her bust shouldn’t cloud their judgement when it comes to choosing where to have the operation.
Choosing a Clinic over a hospital, for example, is never a good idea. After all, what happens if complications occur during your procedure? You will have to endure a wait for an ambulance to transfer you to the nearest hospital.
The only way to ensure your safety is by going under the knife in a fully-equipped hospital like ours, where intensive care and trauma facilities are on hand in the unlikely event of a complication. We value your health and peace of mind just as much as you do.
It can be said that he can make dreams of a beautiful face and perfect body come true. Both men and women visit him – and he informs, advises and warns. Through correction of imperfections he gives his patients strength and confidence. Doctor Wojciech Wacłowicz, plastic surgery and child surgery specialist, agreed to answer some of our questions.
‘Cosmetic surgery is only a small element of plastic and reconstruction surgery, which I’ve been doing for 8 years. It is also the most emotional, sometimes even controversial, discipline. On the one hand, cosmetic treatments give youth back – at least its external attributes, thus fulfilling one of the oldest dreams of humanity. On the other hand, it is said that one should age in dignity, without correcting God’s work.’
‘Nowadays cosmetic surgery is able to do a lot. Development of new operation techniques, introduction of modern equipment and new materials – all this allows for great results in appearance correction. Cosmetic surgery can be applied to almost all body parts: neck, face, breasts, limbs and intimate areas. The type of treatment is adjusted for each patient individually. Some people look younger after only small cosmetic corrections, like botox or filler injections, for others the same effect might require a complicated surgery.
Are patients nowadays more willing to undergo plastic surgery? What affects their decisions?
For the past few years we’ve been observing important changes in the society regarding appearance correction treatments. Not long ago undergoing cosmetic surgery was kept secret. Patients would go to distant cities to have the surgery. Nowadays a healthy, young body is fashionable and so is visiting plastic surgery clinics. Is it good? This tendency is characteristic of our times. Apparently the quality of our life is improving, to feel more comfortable we buy new cars and clothes, so why not improve your appearance when it starts to bother us?
In many cases plastic surgery can remove appearance deficiencies which are sometimes difficult to accept by patients who have had to live with them since childhood. Ears sticking out is such an example. Many times I’ve dealt with young, charming women for whom that problem was such a nightmare that when I wanted to see their ears before the surgery, they were extremely nervous. The same women after the operation would put their hair into a ponytail and happily announce that she’d dreamt of such a hairstyle all her life. Such reactions are often accompanied by changes in the style of one’s clothes into a happier, bolder one. New strength and life can be observed in behavior. And in such moments I feel that plastic surgery is something more to me than a job, a profession. I feel that I’m a doctor of souls.
What are the dangers of cosmetic surgery?
When we talk about plastic surgery we shouldn’t forget that it is a type of surgery. When planning an effect we must take the risk into our account – complications are possible. Luckily, they are very rare, but are discussed in detail before an operation, during consultations. There is a group of patients who, because of their health, should be very careful about deciding on any surgeries. An interview with the patient is an extremely important moment. Sometimes one meeting is not enough to fully understand the needs and expectations of a patient. It must be established if they are realistic and feasible, or if they are a result of emotional disorders. If it’s the latter case, then I cannot help – the surgery won’t bring the desired effect, which is the patient’s happiness and satisfaction.
When you see a stranger, do you think what could be ‘corrected’ about him/her?
I never suggest in any way what could be corrected. The patient makes decisions. If he or she doesn’t know or isn’t sure, then we cancel the operation. It is the only such situation in patient-doctor relations, when it is the patient who tells the doctor what to do and what results are expected. I always explain in detail the surgery and possible achievable effect and only after the patient’s acceptance do we decide on the treatment.
What are the most common treatments?
The most common are ear corrections, breast corrections (both enlargement and reduction), face and eye wrinkle reduction, and so called modeling treatments like fat removal. It also depends on what’s fashionable – recently the number of patients deciding on intimate parts correction is growing, as is the number of men visiting plastic surgery clinics.
Where Should I Go?
Choosing where to go for cosmetic surgery abroad isn’t simply about choosing the destination where you fancy a holiday: different countries have varying reputations for excelling in specific surgical areas.
Take the Philippines for example, where British tourists flock to every year to receive competitively-priced dentistry. Or France, renowned for their expertise in bariatric – or weight-loss – surgery. Head over to Belgium, Germany or Spain for a variety of elective surgeries, or simply grab a short flight to Poland where the reputation for cosmetic procedures is excellent. (more…)
Why Surgery Abroad?
People have been going abroad for surgery for years, and the overseas industry just continues to grow. Maybe it’s because it’s cheaper, maybe it’s because it sounds exotic, but it could also be the fact that it is a safe and viable option.
There are always horror stories – of course there are – although most appear to be extreme cases that have become tales used to win UK consumers into staying on these shores. With some proper research and knowledge on your side, you’ll be ready to take that trip abroad for surgery. With the media’s inclination for sensationalising everything, you’ll be happy to learn that surgery abroad is not the nightmare some make it out to be. On the whole, the service is very professional and the aftercare is excellent.
There a few things you can do to empower yourself before surgery abroad, but there’s probably one thing to ask yourself above all other considerations: ‘Is surgery abroad right for me?’ No matter what the credentials of the clinic are, and no matter how much you want to have the procedure done; if you can’t cope with being away from home, and the thought of leaving your family at home distresses you, undergoing surgery abroad might not be the right option for you. (more…)
1 Year on….
Cosmetic surgery holiday specialists Secret Surgery Ltd will celebrate their one year anniversary on November 11. The company are set to launch a special offer to commemorate this milestone. Customers who book a procedure with Secret Surgery and pay the deposit in November will be treated, with their partner, to a luxury two-night stay at a UK hotel.
In its first 12 months, the company has helped over 150 customers access safe and affordable surgery abroad. A recent domestic VAT hike on plastic surgery is predicted to see that figure skyrocket in 2012. Though foreign plastic surgery constitutes a grey area in the minds of some, a clutch of glowing testimonials on treatmentabroad.com attest to Secret Surgery’s professionalism and growing reputation. (more…)
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Think of it: you’ve perhaps always despised your ears – the lobes are sideways, or your pinna is off centre maybe – and here is your chance for that discount surgery/ absolute godsend! Chances like these only come around maybe never! There’s just one major problem with your flawless plan however: cosmetic surgery is a serious undertaking. Surgery is painful, and can involve a lot of recovery time. It is completely irresponsible to offer a service such as cosmetic surgery online, without a consultation with a doctor, and even more irresponsible to sign up for the same. (more…)