Turning back the years isn’t exactly an option, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t at least appear to knock a few off with the help of cosmetic surgery. Anti-ageing solutions are available everywhere these days, but few of them really work. At least with cosmetic surgery, you’re guaranteed results. If you’re hoping to stay youthful, here’s a list of some seriously good surgeries that you might want to consider:
- Face lifts: Yep, you guessed it – pretty much everyone has heard of the face lift. A face lift will reduce wrinkles and jowls, making your face appear younger, brighter, and fresher.
- Neck lift: Like a face lift… but on your neck! If you feel that the years have been unkind to your neck – and many of us do – then this might just be for you.
- Other lifts: You can also have a thigh lift, or an arm lift, or a breast lift, or a buttock lift… we do all kinds! A lift basically just tautens your skin to reduce wrinkles and sagging.
- Vaginal tightening: This might be for you if you’re concerned about how ageing has affected your sex life. Not only can this operation make sex more pleasurable for your partner, it can also make it better for you!
- Botox and fillers: If you’re looking for a simple fix, botox and fillers can soften the lines in your face and plump up your cheeks.
This is a lot of options – but try not to feel overwhelmed! If you just can’t make your mind up, then don’t worry: seeing one of our UK consultants is the best way to talk through your options and figure what procedure – or combination of procedures – is right for you.
Speaking for myself on my experience and outcome of both my surgeries I can truthfully and honestly say I’m very satisfied with the results of my tummy tuck and breast uplift and all that went with it.
I’m very happy to say I’m one sexy mumma now and I’ve changed in so many ways not only physically but mentally there is always gonna be doubts but I’m in no doubt with my decision and thanks to surgery I’m one happy bunny……:0)
Mrs D – Norfolk
If you’ve been keeping up with the gossip columns recently – who am I kidding? Of course you have – then you’ll know that Kim Kardashian is expecting – and the effects of her baby weight have already been published for the world to see.
Not long ago, she Tweeted pics of herself with new luscious lips which she said are her ‘pregnancy lips’, alluding to the fact that most women put on a little weight when they’re carrying a baby. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never heard of pregnant women gaining weight on their lips!
Speculators wonder whether she’s actually indulged in a little lip work; they certainly look much more plump than before, and this kind of effect can easily be achieved with the help of fillers.
While Kim looks utterly gorgeous with her new lips, we hope that she had the surgery before getting pregnant; most surgeons wouldn’t operate on pregnant women, even if the procedure is as routine as simply inserting fillers. If you’re thinking about treating yourself to some fillers, have them before or after pregnancy – not during!
At Secret Surgery, you may not know it but we also offer cosmetic dentistry! It’s not quite what you’d think of as surgery, but many people consider the appearance of their teeth to be just as important as that of the rest of their bodies, so we thought – why not include it?
If you’ve always been self-conscious about your teeth, or if you don’t feel comfortable flashing a pearly white smile, then cosmetic dentistry is definitely worth your consideration. We can offer:
- Dental implants, which are sturdy, durable and realistic replacements for lost teeth.
- Teeth whitening, which is a simple and affordable way to bring the shine back to your smile.
- Orthodontics – where we can straighten your teeth out.
Whatever your situation, don’t let bad teeth ruin your enjoyment of life. We’re here to help - just book a consultation and we can discuss all of your worries and concerns.
Yummy mummy makeovers were the big thing of the new millennium, and they’re not getting any less popular. Women are beginning to realise that having children doesn’t mean sacrificing good looks and tight tums!
The beauty of a yummy mummy makeover is that you can make it whatever you want: you can customise your makeover to target any areas that you think need work – whether you’ve got post-baby belly or thunder thighs. Some of the most popular procedures we deliver as part of yummy mummy makeovers are:
- Tummy tucks, to tighten up your abs after the surgery
- Liposuction, which can target any areas of fat that you haven’t managed to lose yet
- Lifts – you can have a lift just about anywhere, from your face to your thighs!
Combine one or two surgeries and who knows – you might be looking even better than you did before you had your baby!
With all the stresses of becoming a new mother, nobody wants the added worry of being self-conscious about their body. Treating yourself to a yummy mummy makeover is one way to truly reward yourself for the hard work you’ve put into pregnancy and childbirth!
Getting ready for surgery is not just a mental process, but also a physical one. It’s important to ready your body just as much as it is to ready your mind, and a big part of this is watching what you put into your body. This includes foods, drinks, and medications. Here are our top rules to remember before undergoing surgery:
- No smoking: don’t even use patches or chew nicotine gum. The nicotine in these products could slow down your healing process.
- Avoid certain painkillers, including aspirin, ibuprofen, and other NSAIDs. These can make yoru blood thin, which might cause more bruising.
- Don’t take herbal medications, either. These could react badly with our own medications.
- It’s always good advice to avoid alcohol before major surgeries!
If you follow these simple rules, you shouldn’t be caught out by any unnecessary risks in surgery! Good luck in your pre-surgery quest for good health.
If you’re considering a gastric wrap like so many of our patients, you might be wondering what questions you should ask your doctor or consultant before confirming the procedure. Making sure that you’re the perfect candidate for the role is very important before undergoing serious surgery. Here’s what you need to bring up with your doctor:
- Take along some photos of yourself showing a few different angles so that your doctor can assess your suitability for surgery. The way your weight is distributed will affect your risk levels with a gastric wrap.
- Tell your doctor if you’ve had a history of yo-yo dieting.
- Discuss your racial origin with your doctor. Those of Asian origin may be more at risk when undergoing gastric wrap surgeries.
- Tell your doctor about any other serious illnesses you have, including type 2 diabetes. These can affect how likely your surgery is to go well.
If you discuss all of these things and have a BMI high enough to be considered for the surgery, you’re well on your way to a successful gastric wrap operation. Of course, it’s important to remember that there is always a risk when undergoing any kind of surgery.
One thing we always tell people is that cosmetic surgery is still that – surgery. It’s a serious procedure and it shouldn’t be taken lightly. One of the best things you can do before jetting off for a glamorous surgery holiday here in Poland is to make sure that everything’s going to be ready at home when you get back.
This means prepping your home for some serious recovery time; even if you’re feeling OK when you get home, it’s always best to put your feet up and rest for a few days, to give your body time to heal and recover. This is why we recommend stocking up on ready meals or extra portions of home-cooked meals in the freezer – spending 60 minutes in front of the stove is not going to be ideal when you’re getting over surgery!
Make sure your home is tidy and that you won’t come home to lots of mess, laundry or dishes. If you’re living with friends or family, hopefully they’ll chip in to take the load off you when you get home, too.
We also recommend leaving yourself a few little extras to make your recovery time a little less dull – some DVDs and, depending on your op, a small box of choccies would never go amiss! Keeping comfy clothes or pyjamas handy will also likely come in use!
And, of course, you need to remember the important things – lots of painkillers, just in case, and the numbers of your doctors and nurses in the UK.
If you do all of this, your recovery time should be, at worst, manageable, and at best – maybe a nice bit off time off! To take the next step and receive a FREE personalised info pack and quote please visit www.SecretSurgery.co.uk or call 0843 289 4 982 or email Info@SecretSurgery.co.uk
The hospital us amazing and truly care about your well being.
If your not fit for surgery then they will not operate on you. No matter how much money you have.
I had my tummy done the first week, with 7 days to recover and then I had my boobies done. I’m so happy I’m thinking of getting my arms done next.
I trust Angela Secret-Surgery with my health and would all ways seek advise and support from Angela for any future ops…..
Mrs N from Surrey
If you haven’t heard about Angelina Jolie’s mastectomy yet, you must be the only one. The gorgeous starlet opted to undergo a double mastectomy when she found out that she was in danger of developing breast cancer – just like her mother.
Despite facing some criticism and tasteless commentary from some people, we think Angelina’s decision was incredibly brave. She made the choice to sacrifice something so personal in order to protect her own life and stick around long enough to ensure she sees all of her children through to adulthood. How can the decision be anything but laudible?
Of course, we should also be giving a big pat on the shoulder to Brad Pitt, who sounds like he has been utterly supportive throughout Angie’s ordeal.
We don’t yet know what Angelina’s doing for breast implants – but we’re sure she’ll look gorgeous anyway. Angelina Jolie has proved herself to be a true star – just as fabulous on the inside as she is on the outside!
We’ve recently seen some rather revealing pics of Hayden Panettiere which show her frolicking on the beach in her bikini. What we couldn’t help but notice was how buxom her breasts are looking these days, particularly in comparison to some pics taken back in 2009 when she was just beginning to become a household name.
The 23-year-old Heroes star seems to have gone up a couple of cup sizes in the past four years – and most of us don’t just grow bigger boobs overnight! She’s looking even more stunning now than she did in 2009, so we’re happy to see that she hasn’t been ashamed to indulge in a little surgery.
Boob jobs are becoming more and more popular every year, and it’s no wonder – it’s a relatively simple procedure, and who doesn’t want a nicer set? Go Hayden!
If you’ve always wanted to be treated like that star that you are, then our Secret Surgery VIP package is no doubt for you. Many people are concerned about undergoing surgery abroad because of the ‘lack’ of aftercare sometimes provided by overseas clinics – not with Secret Surgery.
Our VIP package ensures that you’re treated with the utmost care both before, during, and after your procedure. We’ve got top nurses and consultants all around the UK, and even after you come back home, we’ll make sure you’re well looked after.
This isn’t just in case anything goes wrong – though if it does, you’ll have someone to talk to straight away. It’s also so that you’ve got somewhere to go for support and concerns that you may have about recovery times following your surgery, or any other worries.
If you’re thinking of becoming a patient with Secret Surgery, consider our fantastic value VIP package… it’s the best you can get!
If you’re still umm-ing and ahh-ing over where to head for your summer holidays this year, why not consider making a special trip in 2013? The benefit of coming to us for your cosmetic surgery is that you get a holiday rolled in!
Why not book your surgery for a day or two into the trip, and spend the first day enjoying Wroclaw’s fantastic shops and bars? During June and July we regularly see temperatures in their high twenties – which means it’s dresses, skirts and t-shirts all ’round during summer!
You can also, of course, bring your partner or family along. It’s one way of ensuring you get the support you need while undergoing surgery, without feeling that you’re putting everyone else out – they’ll love being here just as much as you!
And, of course, can you think of a better souvenir to take home from the most memorable holiday ever than a new body? A tighter tummy? I can’t!
Weight loss surgery is immensely popular over here at Secret Surgery. We get so many requests for the procedures every year, and one of the most common things we hear is that our patients have been struggling with the decision of whether or not to have surgery for years.
One of the common misconceptions about weight loss surgery is that it’s, well, ‘giving up’. Or even the ‘easy route’ to weight loss. Well, this isn’t true, for a few reasons. How can weight loss surgery be giving up? Since when was making a decision – a really, really tough decision – to do something which is going to help you achieve a long-term goal, ‘giving up’? That doesn’t sound like giving up to me.
It’s not exactly easy, either. You don’t just have surgery and then carry on as before. It’s a life-changing surgery, and you still have to put in the effort to eat right and keep your body in shape even after you’ve had the procedure. This isn’t an easy fix: far from it.
What we tend to find is that the people who come to us seriously wanting weight loss surgery have tried everything else; this is their last resort. Frankly, that’s how it should be. If you’re thinking about weight loss surgery and you haven’t tried to achieve your goals through diet and exercise yet, then just pencil that in first.
Of course, if you have tried diet and exercise and found that you’re not getting anywhere, then you shouldn’t feel remotely ashamed about considering surgery. Losing large amounts of weight is very, very difficult – and due to metabolic differences, can be trickier for some of us than others. It’s not giving up to ask for help – it’s wise!
Wow, is it that time of year already? It feels like winter’s only just ended, and yet here we are – it’s nearly June! Three months of summer and sunshine are almost upon us, and I know what that means to me – time to get my bikini body ready!
If you’ve tried diet and exercise and find it’s not quite doing its job properly, then you might consider undergoing a little nip and a tuck to get your body in ship-shape ready for summer. Want to know what our most popular pre-summer surgeries are? Read on…
Liposuction. Yeah, you could’ve guessed this one. At Secret Surgery, we offer VASER liposuction, which is more efficient, clean and effective than more traditional methods. If you’ve still got a little bit of a fat that just doesn’t seem to shift no matter how hard you diet, then maybe liposuction is for you. We can target the areas of your body where you want less fat, and leave it in the areas you’re happy with!
Tummy tuck. Perhaps you’ve already lost the weight you need to for your bikini body, but this has left you with a little more excess skin than you’d like? Don’t worry – a tummy tuck can fix this. A tummy tuck can help a saggy tummy to look youthful, toned, and sexy once again.
Breast augmentation. If you’re concerned that you won’t be able to fill out your bikini bra like you may have been able to do in years long past, then maybe a breast augmentation is for you. Of course, you can also have your breasts reduced in size – and this might be an option if you want to fit into those sexy DD bikinis you’ve been spotting in shop windows recently.
Pectoral implants. This one’s just for the boys – if you’re feeling self-conscious about your lack of pecs this year – just get them implanted! You’ll be the talk of the town – and it might even guarantee you a summer of love for 2013!
Fancy any of these? Then don’t hesitate to give us a ring and get your beach body in shape just in time for your holidays! To take the next step and receive a FREE personalised info pack and quote please visit www.SecretSurgery.co.uk or call 0843 289 4 982 or email Info@SecretSurgery.co.uk
If you’re looking into a few different clinics when shopping around for cosmetic surgery, chances are you’ll meet up with a few surgeons and consultants along the way. Hopefully, you’ll also be asking them about what you can realistically expect to get out of the surgery – but what the surgeon responds to this is very important.
Surgeons who promise you everything – perfect results, straight away, every time – are setting you up for disappointment. One of the most important things in the cosmetic surgery industry is making sure you keep your patients’ expectations in check, and surgeons who say these kinds of things are not doing that.
Cosmetic surgery is still just that – surgery. It’s not easy, and it’s definitely not an easy option to the perfect figure. Surgery can make a big impact on your confidence and outlook, provided you and your surgeon share a mutual understanding of what we mean by ‘big’; it will also be tough, and often require a good length of time spent resting up and recovering!
Of course, you might just walk into a clinic with the right expectations, in which case your surgeon will tell you that your surgery will probably give you everything you want. But, in general, you should be aware that surgeons who don’t mention the risks and recovery time required by serious procedures are trying to sugar-coat cosmetic surgery for you, and I wouldn’t go near surgeons like that with a barge-pole.
A cheesy title! Forgive me. Breast reductions can be the best reductions, though – particularly if they go as smoothly as they can. Your best chances of having an easy surgery and a quick recovery come from knowing how to take care of yourself once you’ve had the procedure. Follow our easy tips and you’ll be just fine:
- Take painkillers after the op – but don’t take aspirin, ever, after undergoing a breast reduction.
- Be prepared to have swollen breasts for weeks following the surgery.
- Rest as much as possible, and limit your arm movements as much as you can.
- Get yourself a sports bra, and wear it day and night for at least two weeks following your surgery.
- Don’t exercise, but do try and move around as much as possible. Avoid lying still for long periods other than for sleep.
- Start arm movements and exercises around a week after your surgery
- Refrain from driving for at least two weeks – more, if you feel it’s necessary
- Don’t smoke for at least two weeks after your op
Of course, the biggest rule – the key one to remember – is to ALWAYS follow your doctor’s orders. It’s not just something your parents say, it’s really important! If you’re worried about taking care of yourself post-op, please don’t hesitate to sign up to our VIP aftercare package – there’ll be someone in the UK for you to rely on at all points following your surgery.
Well, nearly. We’ve still got tickets left for our mystery masquerade ball, which will be taking place on Saturday 28th September in Kent. To make up for the fact that you probably won’t be arriving in a magical pumpkin, we’ve got a red carpet and paparazzi prepared, and you can bring your own Prince Charming along!
It’s the perfect opportunity for interested readers to meet up with other readers – as well as us – and have a natter about all things surgery – and all things not! Make friends, get first-hand info on all of our procedures, and just generally have a ball!
It’s shaping up to be a night and a half, and we hope to see everyone there donning their best dresses and suits; I’m sure some of you might even want to buy a new dress for the night! (Well, it’s an excuse to tell the hubby, anyway…)
We really hope you’ll think about joining us for our magical masquerade ball. The night starts at 7pm, and tickets cost £75 per person. We’ll be meeting up at the De Vere Village Hotel, in Kent, who are also offering guests at the ball a special rate – £85 for a double room for the night. So, get your gladrags on and come and meet us!
To book tickets, please e-mail email@example.com, and state the names of the attendees, as well as your e-mail address! See you soon, we hope.
Yep, here it is – the last part in our exclusive Angela Chouaib interview. The gorgeous Angela was interviewed by the equally gorgeous Jenny Southan of Business Traveller, where she shared all of the juicy details about the ins and outs of Secret Surgery, as well as the cosmetic surgery holiday industry. Read on to find out which questions Jenny saved until last.
What advice would you give someone looking to tag on some time to a business trip for medical treatment overseas if they have never done it before?
Please do your research, ask all the appropriate questions relating to the procedure you are considering and make an informed choice. Secret Surgery does attract quite a lot of city Executives that never want a peer to find out they’ve had a nip or tuck; so by doing this away from Harley Street and recovering in a luxury hotel with business facilities it allows them to still stay connected with their business during the recuperation period.
What happens if something goes wrong during, or as a consequence of, your medical treatment overseas? What rights and protection do you have? Do you need special insurance?
Things might go wrong in surgery as we all know no surgery is risk free! but it happens rarely, and there should always be ways to fix or reverse any unexpected complications! The more you research your procedure and surgeon will allow you to make an informed choice. These are the kind of questions you should be thinking about asking in your consultation:
Are there back-up medical facilities available if I become ill during the procedure?
- Does the clinic have insurance to cover malpractice or errors?
- Which company is your insurance with, and what is the level of cover?
- Are further treatments due to complications covered in the original cost of my treatment?
- What is the surgeons complication rates?
- How is the Hospitals Infection control managed and monitored?
- Its really important to get the lines of communication open… Ask if anyone has had a similar procedure and experience a complication and what did the surgeon do to rectify it? Ask about healing stages, aftercare and associated timescales…
You can also take out a specialist Medical Travel Insurance Policy; see: http://www.medicaltravelshield.com/
Do you have to involve your GP when arranging medical treatment overseas?
GP Involvement is minimal – it is somewhat up to the patient to discuss this with them which we always recommend. We occasionally ask patients who present with medical conditions such as depression, blood pressure issues or diabetes to speak to their GP about their plans and get their GP’s advice/approval that they feel they are under control and suitable candidates.
Liposuction: we’ve all heard of it. But did you know there are different kinds of liposuction? As with any procedure that’s been around for years, new and improved technologies come along, and improve the options available to those who want to undergo surgery.
There are four most common kinds of liposuction – VASER lipo, which is what we offer here at Secret Surgery; laser assisted lipo; suction-assisted lipo; and power-assisted lipo.
VASER® ultrasound-assisted liposuction uses specially designed probes that deliver ultrasound waves into the fat layer to selectively target and emulsify (liquefy) fat. In other words, it’s safe, efficient, and effective. Unfortunately, not all cosmetic surgery clinics have adopted this newer method yet – though we have.
More commonly, you’ll be offered suction-assisted lipo. During this procedure, a cannula – a small suction probe – will be inserted under the skin to suck the fat out of the body. Unfortunately, this rather rough procedure can also damage other important tissues which risks leaving a ‘lumpy, bumpy’ tone behind and may mean a longer recovery period.
When you’re considering liposuction, you need to weight up all the pros and cons; while the take-up on VASER lipo isn’t as too high as yet, it’s proving to be, by far, the safest and most effective method. VASER lipo targets only the fatty tissues which you want to be rid of, leaving everything else safe and intact.
Yep, you heard right. For too long, cosmetic surgery has been seen as an industry aimed purely at women. But why? It’s not like we don’t want our men looking good too! If you’re a man and you’ve ever been feeling insecure about the way you look, then don’t rule out the option of surgery. We see plenty of men every day, and the vast majority of them have supportive wives and girlfriends looking forward to having a hunkier man at home with them!
We offer plenty of surgery options just for men – including pectoral implants – but we also see a lot of men who want the same surgeries that a lot of our lady patients want! This is fine – liposuctions, lifts, and tucks are not just for women. Men age in just the same way as us, and – even if most of them do seem to be able to eat like a horse without gaining weight – they do put on the pounds too!
We’d like to shake off the image of cosmetic surgery as a woman’s surgery. It’s not; and there’s nothing wrong – or feminine – about wanting to make yourself look the best you can be. What’s more, the bonus of our location in Poland means that you needn’t even tell your male friends that you’re going to have surgery; just tell them you’re on a lads holiday to Vegas – they’ll understand!
We recently featured part one of this exclusive interview in our blog. Today, we’ve got part two, and it’s even juicier! Jenny Southan interviewed Angela Chouaib, MD and founder of Secret Surgery, for Business Traveller. Here’s what she found out.
What kinds of procedures and treatment do people from the UK tend to go abroad for? What about people from the US?
The most of my patients fall into the 4 main procedures Tummy Tucks, Breast Lift, Breast Reductions and Face Lift – I believe this is the global trend in patient requests.
What are the advantages of going abroad for medical treatment?
In my personal experience I found it to be less sales driven and money orientated. The surgeon has that good old fashioned doctor/patient relationship where you are never seen as a walking cheque book and the really take the time to understand you long term expectations and manage these in a caring way. I personally couldn’t have afford a UK surgeon with the same level of expertise and standard of private hospital facilities that I accessed in the Poland.
What are the risks of going abroad for medical treatment?
At the core of my objectives at Secret Surgery is the desire to help other people achieve an equally positive safe experience of cosmetic surgery. Many risks are managed as effectively as possible for example we ask patients to remain in destination for 7-10 days post procedure, this allows the surgeon to monitor healing, wound management, remove stitches prior to discharging the patient as being safe to fly home. DVT is a big risk on long haul flights (which is why I don’t offer this) On short 1-2 hour flights we can be limit risk by methods such as herapin injections and recommending surgical support socks are worn.
How does the issue of language affect getting medical treatment abroad?
Many nations speak English as their second language and I actually find this a positive instead of seen as a language barrier as medical team a consultation stage take extra time to explain things in more detail than you may get in your native tongue and also this is explained in layman terms (no patient wants to hear long latin words) I haven’t had any real concerns from patient post operative that have identified a language barrier.
So there you are! We’re hoping that this interview will help to reassure any patients with worries about travelling abroad for surgery; there are a lot of common worries about quality and language barriers which our patients often raise with us, and hopefully Angela’s candid answers will put a lot of minds at ease.
Rebecca Mader, well-known for her role as Charlotte Lewis in LOST, has recently gone public with her feelings about plastic surgery. Despite being one of the most gorgeous actresses on TV – and British, to boot – Rebecca has said that she is insecure about her looks and has previously considered plastic surgery.
The 36-year-old former model said “There’s pressure all around from the media for beauty for every woman in the Western world. Whether it’s cosmetic surgery or losing weight, I think there’s a lot of pressure for women to be perfect in our society. It’s gotten better for me because I used to be a model, so it was worse in the fashion business than it is as an actress. I’m happier. I can be a little bit bigger and get away with it.”
We don’t think that Rebecca has had any work done yet, though it sounds like it’s only a matter of time before she decides to. And, of course, if she does – we won’t blame her at all. If I had natural looks like that, I wouldn’t want to see them fade away when I hit 50 either!
Lately, we’ve been producing a series of blogs on looking after yourself after some of our most popular procedures. Giving your body the time and space to recover properly after serious surgery is just as important as making sure your surgery is being performed by a top surgeon.
You’ll probably need an overnight stay in the hospital after eyelid surgery, and then perhaps a little longer based on your condition. You can also expect redness and swelling around the area of your eyelids – you don’t get this kind of surgery without a few after-effects! Here’s how to look after your eyelids after surgery:
- For the first couple of days, treat the incisions with ointment
- Place cold compresses over your eyes to reduce swelling
- Use eye drops to stop your eyes from drying out
- Avoid activities which may dry your eyes out; this includes reading,watching TV, and using a computer. Don’t wear contact lenses!
- Keep your head elevated as much as possible
Generally speaking, ‘normal life’ may resume around ten days after your surgery. For some people it might be a little earlier, and for some a little later. However, for a goof few weeks to a month after your surgery, you should avoid heavy exercise and wear sunglasses when possible to protect your eyes from the sun.
Eyelid correction is a serious surgery and it can take a while to recover – but don’t worry if it feels like it’s taking a long time. You will heal, and you’ll look fabulous when you do!