Even MORE press coverage for us! This week, the lovely Julie Atkins Lancaster was featured in Woman’s Own magazine in a segment about her experience with cosmetic surgery abroad. Julie underwent a tummy tuck with us after losing lots of weight and giving birth to her three children by C-section. She’s a very brave lady, and she decided to tell the rest of the UK about her experience with us – and it sounds fantastic!
We’re always happy to hear when our patients tell us about how happy they are with the work we’ve done, and when it gets shared with the world like this – well, we’re over the moon. Julie deserves all the attention she gets for looking absolutely gorgeous!
You can pick up the issue of Woman’s Own magazine already, it’s the July 22nd edition and Julie’s spot is featured on the cover and inside. we hope that this article helps a lot of women to make the brave decision to go through with surgery – because, at the end of the day, being happy with your body is the most important thing about your body. Whether you’re big, small, or just right – be happy!
So, go on – read all about Julie’s fantastic tummy tuck and weight loss with Angela from Secret Surgery!
It’s bikini season, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s afraid to get her bingo wings out on the beach! You know what I mean – those horrible, flabby bits of skin underneath your upper arms that just about everyone seems to have? It’s not fair!
There are a few exercises you can do to try and get your arms in shape for summer, though. Ten push-ups a day every day are said to help you reduce those flabby bingo wings, but if you’re looking for something a little faster, you might want to think about an arm lift.
An arm lift can rid of you of the excess skin which causes bingo wings, and can target the arm in a way that exercise never will. We basically make a small incision in the upper arm, remove some excess fat and tissue, and tighten up the skin in that region. It’s a simple way to get rid of bingo wings, and it’s a very popular procedure!
Angela Chouaib, MD and founder of Secret Surgery Ltd., says that ”At Secret Surgery Ltd, Arm Lift Surgery is more common now than ever as people are becoming more weight and image conscious. We offer safe, cosmetic surgery with highly skilled surgeons in state of the art facilities allowing you total peace of mind throughout your experience.”
We first met Matthew Perry when he played Chandler Bing, the lovable joker in Friends. That was two decades ago, and Matthew has suffered from middle-aged spread just like the rest of us have. He appeared on a US chat show, Ellen, in the past week, after which apparently some of his own friends teased him about his weight!
Speculators reckon Matt might be thinking of going under the knife to get rid of a few of the extra pounds he’s put on, and we wouldn’t blame him if he did. He’s still an attractive man, but his career hasn’t exactly taken off since the end of Friends. Perhaps shedding some of the excess weight will help him to land those roles?
Of course, we hope Matt doesn’t make this decision just because of what his friends say! He should be opting for surgery because it’s what he wants for himself. We’d recommend some liposuction and possible a tummy tuck depending on how much excess skin is left after his weight loss. Of course, a good diet and exercise won’t go amiss either.
It’s summer, and over here we’ve had a little burst of sunshine this week. There’s no better time to crack out the dresses, skirts and shorts and hit the beach – or the park. But it’s not that easy, is it? Sometimes it’s not so hard to get your skin out when you’re more of a thunder thighs than a leggy lady, but that doesn’t have to be the case.
As summer arrives, the popularity of thigh lifts over here at Secret Surgery slowly rises every year. Why is that? Well, it must be something to do with the hot weather. Whether you’re heading to Majorca to enjoy the sun and sand in your bikini or you just want to wear your best dress to the neighbour’s BBQ this summer, thigh lifts are a fantastic way to make sure your legs look the part in any clothing.
Some women go for thigh lifts because age hasn’t been kind, and everything’s a little lower down than it used to be, and some might have lost bags of weight – congratulations if this is you! – but ended up being left with a little too much skin and flab in all the wrong places. Not to worry – whatever your reason, it’s all easy to fix.
So don’t let your thighs get you down this summer – perhaps 2013 will be the first year you really rock those skirts with the confidence you’ve always wanted?
Yes, you heard it right – a dog! Obie, a super cute and super brave little dachshund, has recently undergone a tummy tuck.
Don’t worry, we love animal rights as much as the next person – this tummy tuck wasn’t exactly cosmetic. Obie lost an impressive 37lbs and was left with excess skin, which was making him uncomfortable. As you might know, dachshunds have low tummies, and skin rubbing against the ground can cause discomfort.
“He’s always had the personality where you can really tell he wants to interact,” Nora told Fox News in the US. “He wants to get around. So now that he can it’s pretty exciting. He’s just getting to be a dog.”
Last we heard, Obie was recovering from his operation in Portland, Oregon. Fingers crossed that Obie’s recovery goes off without a hitch!
Tell us where it all began. My story started in March 2007 when I had a RNY Gastric Bypass surgery for super morbid obesity. At my heaviest I weighed 26st 10lb or 180 kg. I struggled to walk, move around in general and my life had come to a stand still at 38 years of age.
And where does Brett come into it? I have two children and I noted my son Brett was also starting to put weight on and I blamed myself as a parent for poor food choices resulting in my son ballooning to 17st 10lb and a size 44 waist at 16 years of age. When my son saw the weight dropping off me following my surgery, he too took drastic action and started dieting and exercising. In 6 weeks he dropped to 10 stone 12lb and a size 28 waist. Within a year of my surgery I had dropped 84kg but both my son and I were left with a large apron of skin. We both applied for funding in 2008 to our local PCT for cosmetic surgery but were refused funding.
How did you find Secret Surgery? Six appeals and four years later I came across Angela Chouiab, the managing director of Secret Surgery, via a discussion group on Facebook. Angela had experienced weight loss surgery and funding issues herself in the UK and had gone to Poland for her own surgery in 2009. From the onset of talking to Angela you knew she was a genuinely caring, empathetic person who was eager to help.
What convinced you to go with us? I initially got a quote from Angela for myself in 2012 but was anxious about going abroad for surgery because of the media portrayal of surgeries abroad. However after further discussions with people on the secret surgery group and the outstanding support Angela offered to patients, I decided to book for my son and I go to to Poland on the 6th February 2013.
Was it difficult making all the arrangements? Angela arranged everything for us down to the last detail and was available night and day for any questions or anxieties I had. My son and I flew to Wroclaw on the 6th February and was met by our driver Jack who spoke perfect English. He took us to our apartment that Angela arranged for us. Having somebody to sort out every detail for you takes the stress and pressure out of trip.
How did everything go once you had arrived here? The apartment was lovely, clean and tidy. We received a call from Aga who was the translator and support for us in Poland and arranged for us to cone into hospital on the 7th Februrary 2013 for our surgeries. Obviously I was doubly anxious because my son was having surgery too and I wanted everything to go well for him. Aga was lovely and beautiful with it and introduced us to DR Waclawawowicz who looked at our tummies and gave a realistic and honest account of what was achievable through the procedure. He advised that my son would also benefit from vaser liposuction to his hips to achieve an amazing result.
What did you think of the hospital? The hospital was AMAZINGLY clean to a standard I have never seen in the UK. I was shown my room and Dr Waclawawowicz agreed to come and visit us later to answer any questions. Aga Poprawska and the staff all made us very welcome including the lovely Hanna Gregorowicz who booked us in and made us both feel welcome.
Did you feel supported during your stay? Yes! Angela also put me in touch with other ladies from the UK prior to flying out so that we could all meet up and support each other. This was really useful for me as both ladies Cara and Carolynn were at different stages post op which helped me see what my son and I would be experiencing very soon. Our room was 120% clean and beautifully welcoming.
How did the surgery itself go? We spent the day settling in and were told every step of the way what would happen. My son opted to go for surgery first and he was told when, how long this would take, that he would be put in recovery next to me which reassured him. I was also reassured by Dr Waclawawowicz prior to my surgery that Brett’s surgery had gone well, which reassured me prior to going into surgery. I woke in recovery next to my son and we were both cared for overnight by a lovely nurse overnight who came hourly to change dressings, empty drains and administer pain killers.
And after the op? We then returned to our room the following day to recover. Throughout this time Aga continued to visit and support us night and day and Angela rang daily to check how we were and to update the support group of our progress. On day two post surgery Jack collected us and took us back to the apartment collecting medication from the pharmacy for a small fee.
How are you doing now? We are now on day 4 post op. we have had a trip back to the hospital for dressing changes and met by Aga and Dr Waclawawowicz who were pleased with our progress. We are overjoyed at the results so far and are so thankful to everyone at Secret surgery for everything they have done for us.
Oh, lovely! Anything else you’d like to tell our readers? Dr Waclawawowicz and Aga even came and sat with us in the patients lounge for 30 minutes just talking about our experiences, where would you get that service in the UK? Although our journey is still ongoing I can honestly say that I would not hesitate coming back to Poland through Secret Surgery for any future surgery. Angela, Aga, Hanna and Dr Waclawawowicz are now my friends and I hope to remain in touch once back in the UK. You have all contributed to positively changing my son and my lives and feel overwhelmed at the life changes this surgery will bring to our lives. Thank you so much!
Today, Carole is here to tell us about her experience with Secret Surgery. Carole came to us for a tummy tuck first, and then came back for liposuction to complete her new look. You can read her story below.
How did it all start? After having a tummy tuck 5 weeks prior to my lipo it was time to go back to Poland for round two of my transformation. I had lost 8 stone in weight and my legs were a baggy, saggy mess!
And what did you want to have done? I was due to have lipo on the front, inside and rear of my thighs as well as around my knees. The first stage (front & inside of thighs) was supposed to have been done 5 days after my tummy tuck but due to my blood levels falling below a safe limit for surgery, I had to reschedule for all the Lipo to be done in March. As much as I was disappointed, I was also pleased that the surgical team were not willing to gamble with my health.
That’s good, and what about when you got here? March came and we arrived in Poland to 5 inches of snow, my medical was at the hospital on the same day and my bloods were normal… Phew! The morning of my operation Dr W came and asked me to show him exactly where I wanted the fat taken from, I showed him the areas that were a problem to me and he drew on these areas.
How were you feeling before the op? I was an emotional wreck before I went to the operating theatre, I couldn’t stop crying. I don’t know why I got myself so worked up, maybe it was because I knew it was an epidural and I wasn’t going to be asleep. After a few deep breaths and a good talk to myself I managed to calm down and was taken to the theatre.
How did it go? After my pre-med and sedation, I suddenly found that I had slept 2/3rds of the way through the operation. When I awoke Dr W was finishing off my legs and I was shown the fat they had taken out.. Yuk!! but it was very interesting to see.
Oh wow! And afterwards? I was taken to recovery where I stayed overnight, I was extremely sore and very swollen and thank God I had pain killers to help me cope with the pain. The next few days were very painful and I found myself walking Like John Wayne, sitting was difficult especially on a hard surface like the toilet! I didn’t sleep for long intervals for as soon as the painkillers wore off, I need more.
Did you heal quickly? It’s incredible that after about 4-5 days I was walking slowly into the town square, although still in pain I was able to cope with it. I found the recovery for this procedure was a lot quicker than the tummy tuck and I was able to get back to work a couple of weeks later. My legs are still a little bruised and swollen in places 4 weeks post op, but my support wear helps keep my legs secure and I can cope quite well with everyday life and work.
Excellent. Any final comments? I am just beginning to get back to exercise and although taking it slowly, I am getting there. I have had a great experience with secret surgery and the staff from the company and the medical staff in Poland. I am now saving for my 3rd procedure next year. Thank You to everyone concerned.
Cara recently came to Poland to undergo a tummy tuck with us. In this candid interview, she has told all about the ups and downs of her surgery. All in all, she definitely seems pleased, although her tale might ring true with anyone who worries about feeling lonely or scared during their stay.
How does your story start? I started looking at surgery long before I lost all my weight, I joined slimming world and went on to lose 9 stone, not being happy with the loose skin I visited the doctors only to be turned away, he also told me at this point that no amount of diet or exercise would ever get rid of that skin.
How did you hear of us? Six-ish months ago I came across Secret Surgery after someone told me about it, I thought I would go and have a nose around, but I never dreamt I would would ever be able to afford to get it done. That being said I contacted the company, sent them my pictures and got a quote – it was actually cheaper than I had ever imagined. I spoke with my husband and we soon decided to book in with the company for 5 months later, giving me time to save for the op.
And what happened in February? On Feb 3rd 2013 we headed for Bristol where hubby and I spent the night for our anniversary before heading to the airport the next day early. I checked in and the hubby and I went and got a bite to eat and a drink… I was so scared – I have never flown before! Left hubby and went through all the security checks, I was frisked when I went through but hey I guess it’s all part of the experience. It was soon time to board the plane, I arrived in Wroclaw, Poland 15 mins early, collected my luggage and went outside where I was met by the taxi driver Jack – he is such a lovely man.
Where did Jack take you? I was taken straight to the hospital where I was met by Aga, I filled out all the forms and then I met Dr W for the first time for a consultation and he asked me what I wanted done and what my expectations were. I said that I wanted to lose the flap of skin and gain a belly button and then I would be over the moon. I also had an ECG during this time which they told me they wanted to repeat later as apparently I was tacky cardic, I was extremely nervous though, I have never felt so scared in my life.
Did you feel better later? I was shown to my room where I got the chance to relax and calm down, later that day another lady joined my room she was Polish but lives in Germany but spoke English so we got chatting, I guess this kind of made me take my mind off the op, later that evening they came and took blood from us both and gave us an injection to prevent blood clots etc… I was also taken by a nurse for my 2nd ECG which I never did hear the results of. I was told my op wouldn’t be till lunchtime the next day. And that I was to go nil by mouth from midnight.
What happened on the day of the op? The next day I got up had a shower in the special soap they give you and donned the very fetching gown, the nurses came in soon after came in to insert an I.V. in my hand – ouch – I was actually very shocked that they got the I.V. in my hand as nobody usually manages to and I usually end up with it in my arm. I then had a long relaxing wait till my op. While waiting I got a visit from the lovely Carol, another Secret Surgery lady, while she was there I was given my pre-meds. At around 2pm I was taken to theatre… And the next thing I knew I had woken in recovery, the doctor came to see me and informed me that I had a nice new flat stomach – I was so pleased!
And after the op? The next day I was taken back to the room and I met my new stomach for the first time, I was all smiles! Thursday, my drains were removed and I was discharged back to the apartment where all my shopping had been delivered too.
It sounds like you enjoyed your time here? I was so glad I went over when two others ladies had gone over and that we were put in touch, as I went over on my own and I think maybe I would have felt a little lost in translation. I went home on the Monday after a final dressings change at the hospital. I had had my stitches removed back home here on Wednesday, the lady kept saying to me tell me if I hurt you, with a numb stomach I couldn’t feel a thing lol.
Would you go again? All in all I had an amazing experience. Would I do it again? Maybe, but not on my own.
Today, Rachel from Wolverhampton is here to tell us about the rollercoaster ride she’s gone through in losing ten stone and finding herself again after many years! How did her experience with Secret Surgery go, and – will she be coming back?
Tell us how it all started? At a fraction under 22 stone and only 35 years old, I was miserable. I had two herniated discs in my spine, I could barely stand… even walking around the supermarket was just too painful. It wasn’t a life – I had to do something about it, so in April 2011, I had a Gastric Bypass, and it was the start of my new life.
And then what happened? Fast forward 18 months, I’m 10 stone lighter, much healthier, but stuck in what can only be described as a deflated, wrinkly old fat suit. I still felt ugly, and ashamed, and I knew what needed to be done, so I started looking for surgeons on the internet… this is where I found Angela and Secret Surgery.
Great – did you find our Facebook group? I joined the Facebook group, which I have to say, is one of the best things ever. I had the chance to talk to other ladies, and even some men who had the procedures I was interested in. I looked at the amazing results they were getting and I knew it was the right decision to make, so I sent my photos, explained what I wanted to be done, got my report back, and booked. From start to finish it was all so easy, not having to worry about a single thing, other than getting to the airport on time. Everything is done for you – flights, accommodation, transfers… the most stressful thing is working out what to pack!
And you liked the staff, didn’t you? Jack, the lovely taxi driver, is great, and so helpful. The beautiful Aga can’t do enough to help, and Dr W is a genius also, very funny and approachable, which is something you don’t get with a lot of surgeons!
But what of the hospital? The hospital is lovely, small enough that you don’t feel lost, and very very clean. The only thing I will do differently is bring my own food to the hospital next time – they don’t seem to understand breakfast, and I for one can’t do bread, cheese and tomato first thing in the morning!
And the accommodation? The apartments are lovely, light airy, and comfortable, close to the town, and ideal for Tesco, which is just a 10 minute walk up the road, great for some light exercise after surgery.
Fantastic! Any final comments? My results are amazing and I couldn’t be happier. I am happy and more confident, something which I haven’t been in years, and it has given me the boost I need to have further surgeries to fix the problems associated with huge weight loss. I really cannot recommend Secret Surgery enough, I tell everyone who will listen…I cannot wait to head back in March for my next two procedures!
Undergoing a tummy tuck might not make you quite as tough as Frodo and Gandalf, but in our opinion, it certainly is an epic journey of its own. Joanne came to Secret Surgery for a tummy tuck recently, and today’s she going to share her journey – and all of its highs and lows – with us.
Let’s start at the beginning. “My journey started in May 2010 when I discovered that my blood pressure was so high I was at risk of having a stroke. This was due to me being six stone overweight – I was a size 22 and weighed 15 stone! The next day I joined a slimming club and in six months had lost three stone, which in turn led to me starting to exercise and then running.
And can you tell us what happened the next year? “In May 2011 I had hit my target weight and was now a size 14; me being me, that was not good enough and I continued running every day. By August 2011 I had slimmed to a size 10 , and had a fantastic new man in my life!”
Well that’s great – isn’t it? “But this weight loss, being big for 10 years and having two kids had taken its toll. I had loose skin on my tummy which hung down and looked like a deflated balloon! I was desperately unhappy with my body yet again.
So how did you hear about us? ” One of my friends had had the same problem, and she told me she had booked surgery with a company called Secret Surgery, in Poland. She showed me the Facebook group, and I read all the positive reviews, and felt totally reassured by these. She came back from her surgery a different woman! The results were fantastic, and I decided then and there that this was the company for me.”
What was your experience of Secret Surgery like? “From the first time I contacted Secret Surgery, they were totally professional in every way. Angela, the founder, was so helpful, my fight and accommodation were booked for me, and I was put in contact with two other ladies having the same op in the same week! It was a fabulous idea – we talked to each other on the closed Secret Surgery site and got excited together! Everyone else at the hospital – Aga and Dr. W. in particular – was great.”
And… what we’re all waiting for – the op? “I was taken down to the operation room by the nurses, and made to feel totally at ease. When I woke up, a few hours later, my every need was catered for. Pain relief was excellent, and I had a very comfortable night’s stay. I was transferred back to my room the next day and met up with my surgery buddy, my dressings were changed every day, and Dr. W. answered any questions I had!”
And after the op? “A couple of days later I was driven to my modern, homely apartment by Jack, the Secret Surgery driver. He was a wonderful and charming man – and knew Wroclaw like the back of his hand. We stayed in the apartment for five days, with my dressings changed at the hospital every day and visits from Aga and Dr. W reassured me that everything was well. In my last few days, I was well enough to sightsee around the city, and I said my goodbyes to Aga and Dr. W.
One final question: are you pleased you went? “I am 100% happy with the results of my op! I cannot thank Secret Surgery enough for changing my life and making the whole thing so easy. They are a professional, friendly company who I would have no hesitation in recommending. I will keep in contact with any concerns in my recovery – though I’ve got none yet!”
If you’ve ever considered a tummy tuck – STOP. Stop reading surgery sites, and start reading real life stories of how people, just like you, have come to Secret Surgery for a tummy tuck. Today, Paul’s going to tell us all about his wife’s tummy tuck with us – why not spend a few minutes finding out what a tummy tuck is really like?
How did it all start? “In July last year we finally started to look at options for my wife having her tummy tuck. After looking at the prices in the UK I decided to have a look at surgery abroad. I trawled the Internet and found many companies offering services. I contacted a few and received at best hit and miss replies.”
And how did you find Secret Surgery in all of this? “One company kept cropping up and finally late one evening I phoned secret surgery ltd. After having a lengthy conversation with wonderful Angela i knew instantly that this was the only choice to make.”
What happened next? “We received detailed information at all times, kept fully informed of all arrangements and costs and had any questions answered quickly and honestly. The support we received up until departure was amazing. On arrival in Poland we were amazed by the extremely high standards in the hospital.”
Oh? A lot of people feel worried about going abroad for surgery – but you were pleased with the facilities? “Extremely clean, in fact spotless, all the staff helpful friendly and also all spoke English. And then to Dr W. A true professional, honest, charming and funny! But most of all, after seeing my wife’s results a truly talented surgeon. Every aspect of the hospital stay was superb.”
Great news. Any final words about your experience with Secret Surgery? “Angela and secret surgery arrange everything for you, you can genuinley sit back and let them arrange everything from flights, accommodation, an assistant in Poland (thanks Aga!) in fact anything!! I cannot thank Angela enough for everything she has done. Her absolute dedication to achieving perfection and 100% customer satisfaction is beyond words. She is there all the way through, and is an honest and genuine person whose passion to help others achieve there own goals is truly remarkable.”
Our very special video blog today is from a little girl who wants to tell us all about her mummy’s yummy mummy makeover! Here’s her opinion on just how yummy her makeover was:
“I wanna say a great big thank you – to YOU, to YOU – yes, you, Secret Surgery. You made my mummy even yummier! Even yummier than ice cream with chocolate sauce or chocolate pancakes!”
That’s pretty yummy then! A mummy makeover is designed to improve all those bits that get a bit worn during pregnancy – the tummy and the breasts, mostly. A nip here and a tuck there can make you look even better than you did before your pregnancy! It’s all the rage with celebrity mums, and it’s becoming more and more popular in the UK all the time.
Finally, our video blog guest of the day confirms where to head to if you want to look as yummy as her mummy: “Secret Surgery dot co dot UK.”
Well, what are you waiting for?
The thigh lift is one of those procedures that doesn’t often find itself in the spotlight, and remains under the radar for many women; you don’t often hear about thigh lifts in the papers, or from your girlfriends, though there’s no doubt that many women in the UK choose to undergo them every year.
So, what is a thigh lift? I’m sure many of you can guess simply from the name; just like a face lift, a thigh lift is there to bring youth, vigour and beauty back to the thighs. Sometimes, the skin on your thighs can become wrinkled or saggy – either from ageing or excess weight loss – which leaves your legs looking anything but trimmed.
With a thigh lift, the skin on certain areas of your legs is tightened, removing these wrinkles and sags. If you’re too worried to show your legs off at the beach in a bikini, or you dread even going to your local swimming pool because of your legs, then a thigh lift may be for you!
A consultation in one of our UK clinics can help you make the right decision about whether to go through with a thigh lift and, if so, what kind you should be thinking about. What’s important, always, when it comes to cosmetic surgery, is your happiness!
We’re happy to share yet another happy Secret Surgery patients with all of our readers this Sunday. Today’s Sunday Story comes from Jessica, who came to us for a tummy tuck.
“Hi, my name is Jessica, and I’m so glad I found Angela at Secret Surgery. After losing lots of weight, I had lots of excess skin around my tummy.”
“After searching for a while, I came across Secret Surgery, and from my initial request for information, Angela was on the ball. Every question was answered properly and professionally, all the stress and strain was taken out of my hands, every minute detail was dealt with. All I did was turn up at the airport!”
“Aga then met me at the other side, and again, she took charge of everything. Dr. W is the most humble doctor I have ever met, and his work is totally awesome!”
Any closing remarks? “Thank you so much Secret Surgery, and – honestly – you’ve changed my life. Thank you!”