We’re as guilty as the rest of the British media for occasionally speculating that some celeb or other has indulged in a little surgery – but, hey, we’re hardly going to be critical about it, are we? However, it’s interesting to wonder whether celebs really are a good advertisement for cosmetic surgery.
When celebrities have plastic surgery and it goes well, there isn’t a lot to say. We praise their good looks and move on with our lives – and a lot of the time, it’s difficult to tell whether they’ve even had surgery, because the change is so seamless and natural. This is definitely the case with younger celebs; who knows if Vanessa Hudgens’s nose is real or not? What’s more – who cares? It looks great!
Of course, good celebrity surgery isn’t the kind which is often discussed in the media. A lot of newspapers and magazines like to draw our attention to the surgery that’s gone wrong, rather than the surgery that’s gone right. This means that the occasional botched boob jobs and overly-luscious lips get a lot of press, while all those thousands of procedures which go off without a hitch don’t!
Cosmetic surgery mistakes can happen to anyone, it’s true. However, in some cases – and, I suspect, moreso with celebrities – it’s the fault of the surgeon and the clinic. If your client comes to you with a request which you know is going to look ridiculous – or keeps requesting breast enlargement after breast enlargement – then it’s your job, as the consultant, to step in. We don’t offer surgery to those who clearly won’t be helped by it – and a lot of these ‘celebrity botch jobs’ are the result of people working in the cosmetic surgery who just can’t say ‘no’.
We hope that some of you remember, next time one of these stories appears in the paper, that this isn’t a common occurrence in this industry. In the meantime, we’ll try and remind everyone that plenty of totally gorgeous celebs opt for cosmetic surgery all the time – and come out of it looking even better. So, cheers to them!
It seems that one way many divorcees are doing this is by treating themselves to a bit of cosmetic surgery; and, to be honest, why not? At first sight it might seem like a knee-jerk reaction to the shock of divorce, but actually it’s a very sensible decision to make – particularly if you’ve been pining after a little nip and a tuck for years.
It’s not all about showing your ex just what he’s missing, though; it can be scary being back in the dating game for the first time in years – or even decades – and who would blame you for wanting a little confidence boost to help you get back into the swing of things?
The important thing to remember is that when you make the decision to have cosmetic surgery, it’s a decision for life. It’s not something to rush into. But also, don’t worry if secretly you know that a recent break-up is partially what’s fuelling your desire for surgery; that’s totally normal! Splitting up from a long-term partner can bring some positives: it gives you the chance to be you again, whoever that might be!
Angela Chouaib, MD and founder of Secret Surgery, gets asked about multiple procedures on a regular basis – ‘Can I get a tummy tuck with a boob job?’ or ‘How about a labiaplasty with breast implants’? The truth is, any surgeon could perform even ten procedures on a patient in one go, and you could have yourself a full body makeover! But Secret Surgery do not, and will not, do that. Here’s Angela Chouaib explaining why.
At Secret Surgery, we work to the highest standards and take the greatest care to ensure our patients’ safety. If that means that we don’t offer certain options to our patients, then… that’s how it goes! Just think of us as your cosmetic surgery parents – we know what’s best. There are six main reasons why multiple procedures are a BAD idea:
1. It’s not a good idea to keep anyone under general anesthetic for that many hours.
2. Post-surgery, the pain would be unbearable – trust me, nobody would want that!
3. A tired surgeon isn’t a good surgeon; the longer a surgery goes on for, the less alert and concentrated your surgeon will be. They can’t nip out for a coffee break halfway through your procedure!
4. Letting a surgeon concentrate on one specific procedure is more likely to mean really good results in one area than an overall average result across your body.
5. The more areas we operate on, the more you are at risk of complications during healing.
6. Bacterial type varies in different parts of the body, and we don’t want to take the risk of cross-contamination – which we would be doing if we performed multiple surgeries!
We all know that waking up with a whole new body is a nice idea; but it’s just not safe. If you’re offered multiple surgeries at another clinic, please stop and make sure you’re not being offered ease and convenience at the cost of your own health. Remember – good things come to those who wait.
It’s a another video blog day! One lovely patient of ours has recovered a video blog all about her experiences with Secret Surgery; and if you can’t watch the video, we’ve transcribed her blog below!
“I had breast surgery through Secret Surgery in Poland and it was absolutely brilliant. I mean, I couldn’t really afford to have it done in the UK, so I did my research on the internet and I found that http://www.SecretSurgery.co.uk was the best one out there.”
“I mean, the clinic in Wroclaw is amazing; it was really clean, and the surgeon I had was wonderful, and they take really good care of you. All of my dressings were changed daily, and I’m advised on all of the procedures that were there to follow.”
“Aga is the Polish interpreter, who will be looking after you during your stay here, and she is very efficient I think. The general standards there were better than they were in the UK.”
“Angela, who arranged the trip, did a fantastic job with every attention to detail. Everything just went so well and smoothly.”
“I’m so glad that I found the SecretSurgery.co.uk and I’m so glad I met the doctor and Aga – they were absolutely brilliant. I couldn’t fault a thing. So many many thanks to Angela for helping me have my dream with Secret Surgery!”
We all know that patient reviews are the best way to ensure that your chosen cosmetic surgery clinic delivers what it offers – so here’s some wise words from Aggie, a previous patient of ours at Secret Surgery.
Did it take you a while to decide on Secret Surgery? “After many months of research, I narrowed down a few clinics and eventually went with this one.”
And what did you think of the service with Secret Surgery? “From my first enquiry to the day I left, I was in good hands. I never had to worry about a thing. I was collected from the airport, taken to the hospital, and everywhere in between.”
Were you pleased you went abroad for surgery – what were the staff like? “Very, very professional, very clean, polite and friendly, and worth every penny! With the medical care in the UK was the same as out here, but it’s not.”
And what about now – after the operation? “Almost six weeks after my operation, I’m so so happy with the results. I will be going back again soon for more work; the doctor was great, and he was there every day to check that I was OK and in no pain. It was all perfect, and I had no complaints at all.”
High praise indeed! Any final words? “Aga is a diamond! She’s the lady that will organise everything for you. She’s the best! Thanks all so very very much.”
How did your Secret Surgery story start? “My girlfriend and I decided to book breast implants with Secret Surgery because we felt secure and positive with the info we were go by Angela Chouaib when we met at the Bridge Wood Hotel. Everything was well organized on her behalf with flights, travel and places to go.”
“When we both arrived, we were taken to our hotel by Jack, the taxi driver, and as we were too early to check into our apartment, Jack arranged our luggage to be put in a hotel nearby as he was friends with concierge at the hotel.”
“The apartment was very up-to-date and very spacious, and when we go back again I will request the same one – as it was very well designed! The next day, we were met by Aga, who picked us up, and took us to the hospital for our consultation. I had just lost my mobile phone on the plane, and she kindly gave me a spare to use which was so helpful!”
Was everybody friendly? “Both Jack and Aga were very polite and talkative, and they both spoke brilliant English. We then met the surgeon, who was very understanding, and we were both glad that it was him that was going to do the surgery as he was very humble!”
“I felt that the surgeon was great with my girlfriend, and he made her laugh when he checked up on her from time to time, and he spoke to me personally to say how glad he was to have done the surgery. The nurses were lovely to me, and even took time to print me out a tram map so I could travel to and from the hospital from my apartment.”
And what of Poland? “The Polish people are very helpful if you get lost, but the older generation tend to expect you to move out the way for them out of respect for elders, no matter if you have the right of way or not – so don’t take it personally if you bump into people out there!”
And one final question… will you be visiting us again? “The operation was a success and I would definitely go again. My best advice to anyone who is going is that you double check everything that you think is necessary by asking and being persistent, as the hospital is a very busy place and if you don’t speak up you may not get asked about all of your special requirements. I’m willing to speak to anyone about what I might need – money, restaurants and travel.”
“I will be going again soon to have teeth veneers done, and another reason to go back as I feel in love with the restaurants and buildings and scenery out there!”
We’ve got another Secret Surgery Story today, this time coming from a young patient who came to us for a boob job – and a little lipo. Here’s her story.
“I wanted a boob job and a little vaser liposuction, but couldn’t afford the 7-8K I was quoted at Harley Street. So a friend of mine recommended contacting Angela from Secret Surgery after she met her at a conference.”
“I contacted Angela and I’m really glad that I did, it’s totally changed my life for the better. She helped me out so much and she arranges the flights, the apartment, the hospital transfers, and as well as the surgery I even had a wonderful personal assistant in Poland called Aga.”
“Everything was thought about in advance and included. The price was around three grand less and the service was better than I could have ever imagined.”
“I would recommend Secret Surgery to anyone. In fact, I do recommend Angela to everyone that mentions cosmetic surgery. Thank you Angela, and a huge thanks to the wonderful doctor for his treatment. Keep up the wonderful work that you do at Secret Surgery dot co dot UK.”
A fascinating story appeared on the Shanghai Daily news site the other day, warning about the dangers of buying your own silicone implants. Reportedly, a female university student in Shanghai purchased a 35 yuan – or $5.50, for those of us who understand American money a little better than Chinese money – silica gel implant, which she then took to the hospital, asking the surgeons there to reshape her nose with it.
It’s all well and good to laugh – after all, who knows what you’re buying online when you purchase a nameless, unbranded ‘implant’ – but if the doctors had not refused, this woman could have suffered some serious consequences!
You can’t just go sticking anything inside your nose, bum, boobs or cheeks and hoping it’ll plump you up without causing any damage. At Secret Surgery, all of our silicone implants are made to order, after being measured for the patient. Not only does this mean that our implants are clean, safe and reliable, but they’re also tailored to fit you. We often find patients who are asking for breast implants have asymmetrical breasts and need two different sizes of implant, anyway.
In other words, just in case you ever get tempted: don’t buy implants online! No doctor in their right minds will operate with those, because they’re dangerous, risky, and – frankly – unsafe. The Shanghai university student should count her lucky stars that her surgeon did refuse to use the implant she had bought, or she might have ended up with a painful and expensive post-op infection!
We’re back with more info from Sacha about the procedures she underwent with Secret Surgery in April. Sacha was here for three surgeries – a breast reduction, tummy tuck, and cosmetic dentistry – and today she’s going to tell us more about her experiences with a breast reduction at Secret Surgery.
“I was supposed to have my breast reduction on the 18th of April, five days after my tummy tuck. This didn’t end up happening because when I went back into the hospital for my reduction, I was told on the morning that the operation couldn’t go ahead because my blood levels weren’t right yet.”
“At first I was disappointed, but then I thought to myself that this doctor obviously cares about my health – and it’s not all about the money. After that, I was happy to wait.”
“I was there for another 10 days, which was fine, because my insurance covered all the extra costs for travel and accommodation and Angela helped me with everything. I got back to the hotel and Googled what foods I needed to eat to get my bloods back up, and religiously stuck to that list! Ten days later, my blood levels were fine, and I underwent my breast reduction.”
“The time I spent in Wroclaw was great – the city is clean, beautiful and historic – very different to what I expected! I’m so glad I went with Secret Surgery, and would definitely say that Secret Surgery is the company to use when having cosmetic surgery.”
It’s really wonderful to be able to post such positive experiences. We’ve got more from Sacha coming up in the next few weeks, so hang tight!
We all – occasionally – feel that our love lives could do with a bit of a kick, I’m sure, but I can’t be the only one who has heard someone say “I just don’t quite enjoy it the way I once used to”. If pleasing your partner starts feeling like a challenge, rather than a pleasure, it’s maybe time to start thinking about why this is.
A recent study has claimed that women with breast implants get more pleasure in bed than they did before they had their enhancements, according to the Daily Mail. The paper also reported that US chat show host Bethenny Frankel agrees, having spoken recently about her own experiences with breast enhancements.
“After having gone from an 32A cup to a 32FF, all of a sudden, the part of my body that had always been an embarrassment to me, became something that I was proud of and could feel confident while being with a partner.” said Ms. Frankel. “It is not just about the ability to impress a man. It’s about feeling self-confident within, which enables you to enjoy a sexual experience more freely and uninhibited.”
According to a survey by RealSelf.com, 61% of women found they were having more sex after their enlargements, and 70% of women admitted their satisfaction from sex had increased. The truth is, cosmetic surgery isn’t just about feeling more confident; it’s about being able to relax, enjoy yourself, and loosen up.
Angela Chouaib, MD and founder of Secret Surgery Ltd., says that “Cosmetic surgery is all about making you feel more at ease in your own skin. Whether that helps you to perform well at work, in bed, or at home – or all three – is up to how you feel about yourself. It’s not about being bigger; it’s about being you.”
First up, it looks like Nicole’s had her botched boob job fixed; the superstar actress Nicole Kidman had some pretty obvious botched boobs back in 2007, and she’s clearly had them re-done just in time for Cannes. Along with her buxom new boobs, a lot of commentators have speculated that Kidman’s also been making good use of fillers and Botox.
Other sources seem to think that Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria has also splashed out on a little surgery recently, with extra fillers used to plump up her face and cheeks. I’d say she doesn’t need it, but given I haven’t seen the ‘before’ pics – maybe she does!
Finally, Kylie Minogue has also made headlines, with speculations about fillers and Botox, too. This comes on top of the old news of a brow lift a few years ago – at 43, it’s no surprise that Kylie looks as good as she does with a little helping hand from plastic surgery.
Angela Chouaib, MD and founder of Secret Surgery Ltd., has said that “The 65th Cannes Film Festival seemed to be full of beautiful people, and I’m sure plenty of them have indulged in cosmetic surgery before – it’s been clear for many years that we’ve got Hollywood’s endorsement!”
Photos of a Ukranian model who has transformed herself into a real-life Barbie have surfaced on the internet this week, as the world wonders whether these amazing images are the results of plastic surgery, Photoshop, or simply good genes.
Valeria Lukyanova is a 21-year-old with everything: a slim, fit body and a wrinkle-free face. But has she gone a little too far? In the images that can be seen of her online, Valeria’s face is bordering on looking plastic, which perhaps explains her moniker of ‘Ukranian Barbie’.
With a tiny waist, buxom breasts and luscious lips, it’s difficult to believe that it can be all natural, though the model’s figure has left even expert cosmetic surgeons a little in the dark about what procedures she may have undergone.
Plastic surgeon Dr. John Di Saia writes on his blog that “Looking over her MySpace images, I really don’t see much… In the image above I see a moderate sized boob job… on a thin Ukranian woman with a thin waist that I’d bet was God-given. Her nose had probably seen some work although I’d wager she might have more. Some of the images appear to feature facial fillers, or maybe that is just Photoshop.”
It seems opinions are split over the Ukranian Barbie – but what do you think? Beautiful lady or plastic princess?
If you are interested in surgery of any sort its Important you are provided with all the information to allow you to make a fully informed decision. To take the next step and receive a personalised info pack and quote or FREE telephone please visit www.SecretSurgery.co.uk or call 0843 289 4 982 or email Info@SecretSurgery.co.uk
This week, the world’s been thinking about Hayden Panettiere’s breasts; what makes this different from last week, however, is that we’re wondering why they suddenly look so buxom; has Hayden enjoyed a growth spurt overnight, or perhaps she’s indulged in a bit of surgery?
Photos of the 22-year old actress playing tennis in her bikini show her once-modest chest to looking more generous than ever. The star’s new curvy figure has attracted attention from both the press and cosmetic surgery professionals.
Dr. Anthony Youn told The Enquirer that “her breasts appear to have gone from an A to a C, judging from the photos’ – showing that even experts have got their eye on Panettiere’s new look.
Whatever the girl’s been doing, I’m impressed; her bouncy new breasts complement her petite figure, giving her some much-needed curves and losing the cutesy image she’s been known for. Panettiere’s finally looking less like the girl next door and more like the sexy young woman we’ve all known she could be.
Secret Surgery’s MD and founder, Angela Chouaib, has commented that “Hayden Panittiere’s new boobs look great, and they’ve definitely improved her figure. Whether ladies are interested in breast augmentation to reduce or increase their cup size – or just a bit of tweaking to improve perkiness – it doesn’t matter; what’s important is finding the right size that makes you look and feel great.”
So why all the fuss about getting a boob job? One simple reason: it’s all about your happiness. We don’t just deal with women who would like to go up a cup-size; we serve a vast range of clients who elect for a boob job for numerous reasons.
It’s amazing how many people hear the word ‘boob job’ and think of vacuous silicon-enhanced celebs. Cosmetic surgery is not about enhancing women to the point of absurdism. Here are just three reasons why you may opt for breast surgery, and no, pursuing a career as a glamour model isn’t one of them.
Number one: weight loss. With obesity levels rising in the UK, it’s an amazing feat to shed those stones and pounds. After all that hard work, you’ll feel fantastic on the inside, but what of your body’s adaptation to the weight loss? Well, many women find that putting on the pounds increases their breast size. The downside to this is that the excess skin remains once their breasts have diminished in size.
Number two: breast feeding. Bundles of joy and boob-wreckers: yes, feeding your children au natural will have noticeable and unfortunate downsides. It’s beautiful and wonderful, but once they’ve started to develop their first teeth, your breasts may feel the pinch.
Third? Ageing. We’ve all heard the jokes about everything travelling South, but in this day and age you don’t have to be a hostage to the force of gravity. With many of us maintaining an active sex life even into old age, breast surgery can boost your self-esteem and enhance his sex drive.
Angela Chouaib, MD and founder of Secret Surgery Ltd says “Whether it’s a breast uplift, or mastopexy, all of these changes can be rectified with ease. Skin excess can be cut off, the gland lifted, and the nipple repositioned, giving you the firm and perky breasts that you once knew so well. You can opt for implant insertion during the same procedure if you choose, but the size of your breasts is completely up to you. It’s not about achieving an DD cup size: it’s quality over quantity, and your happiness over anyone else’s”.
To take the next step and receive a personalised quote and free consultation please visit www.SecretSurgery.co.uk or call 0843 289 4 982 or emailInfo@SecretSurgery.co.uk
The embarrassment at being unable to find bras or bikinis of the right size in regular clothing outlets, combined with the self-consciousness that often comes with being chestier than most have led women to consider reducing the size of their breasts.
These are not the only reasons breast reduction surgery is suddenly more popular, however. A new method of breast reduction that does not involve a scalpel has recently been pioneered in the UK.
To date, this new method has been successfully performed on over 80 patients. It requires less downtime, and of course there is no scarring.
The procedure is a modification of traditional liposuction, in which a thin metal tube is inserted into the fat layer below the skin using a tiny incision.
The procedure is not suitable for women who have lost a lot of weight and have loose skin or stretch marks on the breasts, as reducing volume will exacerbate these problems. Women with a strong family history of breast cancer are also not suitable for this procedure. For other large-breasted women however, it may be worth paying more to have less.