Today I woke up to a wonderful email from a special lady that is in Poland at present. She had her procedure a week ago it said:
I can’t knock the service Secret Surgery has provided. I feel like a completely new person, and I mean that honestly! Angela you have made it so easy for me to do and I sincerely thank you for your help, guidance and support. I will defo be doing extra bits and you will b top of my contact list!
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!
Today, we have a very brave lady here to tell us her story about Secret Surgery. Her experience with cosmetic surgery didn’t go quite as smoothly as planned – though it turns out that, in the long run, she’s very glad she came to us for help! Find out more about Debbie’s plastic surgery rollercoaster ride, below.
How does your story start? Upon deciding that I was fed up with looking in the mirror at someone who looked a lot older than I felt, that wasn’t me, I decided to look into my options. Fillers etc were fine, cheaper but a less permanent/lasting effect so surgery was I decided the right option for me. Now where to go, I started my search in England and quickly found out that it was expensive, far more than I thought it would be.
And how did you find us? I decided to look further afield and remembered an article around secret surgery, I looked them up and liked what I saw, not least of all the price and support offered were excellent and after a bit of research and umming and ahhing made the booking.
What about when you got here? I arrived in Poland, nervous but very excited. I went straight to the hospital and after a couple of tests settled into my room to await the surgery the next day. I received a text that evening to say that there was an issue with my blood test but I put that out of my head and settled down. In the morning I went with the surgeon who informed me that my blood count was too low and that, regrettably, they would not be able to carry out the surgery. It was suggested I see my GP upon my return to the UK as this is not normal.
Oh no! What happened next? My disappointment was immeasurable and while the sensible part of me knew the right decision had been made I was devastated and desperately hoped that it was all a bad dream and that it would go ahead. No such thing happened and back to the UK I came, minus the surgery!
How were you feeling at this point? I was impressed by the fact that they did not just “take the money and run” my health was the priority to ensure the best possible outcome and recovery process, – although at the time I did not necessarily agree with them! I did go to my GP and after various tests I was diagnosed with coeliac disease, a condition that I knew nothing about and had absolutely no symptoms for!!
Did you go back to Secret Surgery? I went back to Poland once my iron levels were restored to normal levels, feeling far better than I had in ages – even though I had not been feeling unwell before!! My surgery has been a success and I am well on the way to being fully healed.
And how was your experience with us? The service I received when I was in Poland was wonderful, my dietary requirements, which I was a bit worried about, were fully catered to (yes, I am now one of those “fussy” people!!) Anyway the moral of the tale – get yourself checked out before you go abroad, it could save you money and a lot of heartache and disappointment.
It’s likely a question that pops into the minds of some people who are considering surgery: can plastic surgery boost my career? If you’re looking into plastic surgery only to boost your career, then you probably ought to give a second thought to your decision – but there can be a bonus in it for people who want to boost their own confidence.
Alright, so we’ve mentioned confidence – and that can do wonders in itself. Most people opt for surgery because there’s something about themselves that they just aren’t comfortable with – and feeling better about this can boost your confidence tenfold. This doesn’t just affect your social life, but your work life too. Collagues and clients will notice it, and if you’ve got job interviews lined up, your interviewers will notice it too.
Now, that’s not all. A lot of stats and studies fly around suggesting that women with bigger breasts or whiter teeth do better at work and interviews. The theory goes that, as much as we try not to, we judge other people by the way they look and sound as much as by what they say and do.
Whatever the case, I know one thing: the better you look, the better you feel. And that’ll keep you flying high in your career as well as your personal life!
The media and TV will have you thinking that the bigger your breasts, the better they are. Images of large-chested women are plastered all over magazines and magazines, and it seems that almost everyone in Hollywood is at least a DD cup!
Of course, we should all know by now that the media isn’t right about everything. While a lot of women come to us every year to have their breasts enlarged, we also have a lot of women come and talk to us about breast reductions; and it’s not as crazy as it sounds!
As with everything else, there really is a ‘happy middle’ when it comes to breast sizes. It’s not the same for everyone, but most women feel comfortable with breasts that are big enough to feel curvy and womanly, but not so big that they’re painful and inconvenient. Never mind the backpain; very large breasts can even make clothes shopping a complete pain!
If you’ve ever considered a breast reduction but aren’t sure if you’re even crazy for thinking it – don’t worry! Come in and talk to us about it. Being worried that your breasts are too large is a valid concern, and actually getting something done about it can lead not only to increased self-esteem, but also to better physical health!
Today, Trudi from Kent is here to tell us her hilarious story about eye lid correction surgery with Secret Surgery!
How did you find us? I found out about Secret Surgery on the web. It was started by Angela Chouaib, who founded it after her amazing weight loss when she took on the commitment to help others in her position. It’s cheaper than surgery in the UK, even when you take the holiday into consideration! It’s worth noting that prices in the UK are often broken down into sections, which means that if you want the full surgery it can often be double the cost!
How did you find the UK team? They were great – people shouldn’t be afraid to ask anything; they’re friendly and approachable. Joining Facebook is also a great idea – there’s so much support and information on there.
What about the team in Poland? Dr. W speaks pidgin English and wears reindeer jumpers at Christmas! They’re all totally professional, well-educated and experienced. Dr. W really does know what he is doing – he does very neat stitching, although he can’t knit! There’s also Aga, who is basically your friend while you’re there, and Jack, the lovely taxi driver who speaks great English. He’ll even sneak chocolate and crisps into the hospital for you if you want!
Speaking of the hospital… It’s spotless, modern and every room in it is en suite. The staff are attentive and friendly, and the food is ‘different’ – but Jack and Aga will bring you in something else if you ask!
How did you find your travel arrangements? Angela explained everything about what was included in my package. I had to buy my own food on board the plane, and was careful not to exceed the baggage allowance – or you’ll get charged extra!
And what about your apartment? I took a European plug adaptor with me, so that was fine. They provided towels, free wi-fi and a kitchen area, though there were limited English TV channels. You can also have food supplies arranged for your first night there, with everything put in the fridge for you.
What about the eye lid surgery? I felt like I could ask Dr. W anything, and had to wear a gown – don’t forget to keep your knickers on! I walked down to theatre with a nurse, and then remained awake throughout the surgery so that Dr. W could ask me to open and close my eyes throughout. He aligned my eyelids – I went down with wonky ones and came back with matching eyes! The operation doesn’t hurt at all.
And how has your recovery been? Straight after the operation, I laid down for three hours and my eyes swelled up like I’d been at it with Mike Tyson for 12 hours! I was given a tube of cream to rub on them, and was able to go out for afternoon shopping the same day. That night, I also went for a meal out with all the other VIP guests – who all said I didn’t look as bad as I thought! Now I’m on painkillers every day for my neck, but my eyes didn’t hurt at all! The only thing I had to be careful about was not scratching them when they itched. Here’s a trick for the swelling – save used teabags in the fridge and then wet them and put them over your eyes with a night mask!
My swelling went down quite well. I had my stitches out on the Monday and then was back at work on Tuesday and nobody noticed any swelling! One month on, I still have a small red line where the stitches were but make-up covers this.
Any final remarks? The operation was a complete SUCCESS, and my droopy eyelids have been sorted!
Facial fillers are an immensely popular treatment these days – whether they’re used for their anti-ageing effects to fill out the face and remove the appearance of wrinkles, or whether they’re used to plump up cheeks, everyone wants facial fillers.
When you’re shopping around for a clinic to have facial fillers with, it’s important to be careful. When you’re putting anything in your body, it’s important to know that it’s safe – that’s why you need to make sure that your cosmetic surgery clinic uses high-quality fillers which won’t leave you rueing the day you opted for surgery.
Make sure that the clinic you choose has a high success rate when it comes to facial fillers – you can ask your consultant about this, and reading previous patient stories can give you a good idea of just how good your chosen clinic’s facial fillers are.
Today, we’ve got the lovely Tina here to tell us all about her life in the glamorous world of cosmetic surgery. Tina is part of our Czech team based in Prague, and she’s got a few of her own secrets to tell us about working in the industry.
What’s the biggest challenge in your job? It is probably taking care of every client and making his stay with us smooth and the best. To make them remember us and Prague as a place where they can come back and they will be welcomed again.
What’s the best part of your job? I can help people to improve their lives and be happy again. And meeting new people with different experiences.
If you hadn’t started working in cosmetic surgery, what do you think you would have been? I tried several jobs from manual work to office job. Working in MediCzech has been the best so far. I never was a dreamer so I know what I can do and want now and I do not think about what if… But if I can think of anything – I love whales and sharks, so I would probably do something to protect them and their environment.
If you were going to treat yourself to some surgery, what would you get done? I prefer natural look in everything. So as long as I am healthy and don’t need the surgery for a health reasons, then I am OK. Recently I am more and more convinced that health is the most important thing in a human life.
What do you do to relax after a long day? I usually go to the gym or go to a yoga, aerobic or pilates lesson. If it is really tough day I like having a glass of a good red wine with my husband. And then have a long sleep!
How did it all start? Where do I start – I think I should be first of all saying a big thank you to Secret Surgery and Dr W (a God!), Aga, Hanna and Jack for making a dream come true – my tummy tuck and hernia removal!
I had gastric surgery 2 years ago abroad as I got refused on the NHS and I could not afford the prices in the Uk so off I went on the start of my journey. After losing over 6 stone things were looking bleak as after years of yo-yo dieting my skin was ruined – I was a mess!
What happened next? Again I got refused on the NHS, so I looked at tummy tucks in the UK and Ireland and the cheapest I found was 9 thousand pounds! First of all I had not got that kind of money and second, I was very nervous of the fact that you were in and out of the clinic in 48 hrs in some cases, so on that note I started to look abroad again.
How did you come across us, then? I had met loads of new friends on weight loss surgery pages online and I kept seeing the same words – SECRET SURGERY – so I asked a few people what it was and I was given nothing but positive responses! I asked to join the Facebook page which was just amazing, it was totally private and it was normal men and women all sharing their before and after pictures and every one was very keen to help answer any questions I had!
I called the owner of the company, a lady called Angela Chouaib, in Feb of 2012 and I asked her so many questions her head must have been spinning! She went through everything I asked her and more so I decided there and then Secret Surgery was the company for me!
What happened when you got here? The day had arrived! Jack picked me up with another few ladies who I had spoken to for a long time on Facebook it was great to meet them at last. We were so happy that we were all in this together and of we went to the hosiptal. There we were met by Aga who took me to see DR W and I had my consultation and we both agreed on to what i wanted and to what he could do.
And then? Off I went for X-rays, ECG bloods – the lot! I got a min health check which was also great and everything came back fine. I was so excited I had to ask for a sleeping pill as I wanted to go and have my surgery there and then! I had a great night’s sleep. The next day I took my pre-meds and had a shower, and my surgery buddy said that when they came down to fetch me I was out of it! The next thing I remember I was waking up in recovery and everything was done and dusted.The nurses were amazing, and were always checking to make sure I was OK.
And we hear you had a surprise around the corner? Yes! The next day I went back to my room where Dr. W and Aga came to see me. Was I in for a shock – I had a hernia the size of my hand wrapped on my bowels which could not be repaired, so it had been removed! Thank you to all, God knows what would have happened if it wasn’t found!
How did you feel after the surgery? I felt amazing, I was walking about very slowly and I thought I was going to be in agony but I was just a little uncomfortable. Dr. W and Aga were in checking the wound and dressing it – they were all over us!
Any last comments? I was so well looked after it was amazing. If anyone is thinking of cosmetic surgery, please do your homework – there are cheap cowboys out there and you only have one body! I am glad to say I found the best in Secret Surgery, and I will be going back!
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.
Angie Matthews, one of our aftercare nurses, is here with us to talk about her experience with Secret Surgery – the ins and the outs of working at this side of the fence. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to actually work in the cosmetic surgery industry – here’s an inside look at one of our most important ladies!
What is the most difficult aspect of your job? As an NHS nurse one of the biggest challenges I face is the financial constraints of the job, and the time restrictions I have as a consequence. To carry out a job to the best of your ability, but with very limited equipment, poor staffing levels and an increasing demand on a nurses time, is very difficult. Nursing has changed dramatically over the years, and sadly finances has had an overwhelming bearing on the choices that are made and the care that we can give .
Nursing is a vocation, it’s about caring for the sick, holding the hand of the dying patient, not about the endless mountains of paperwork thrust upon us. There is nothing worse than wanting to sit and listen to a patient, and giving them quality care, but being forced to sit behind a desk doing paperwork. This is one of the reasons I jumped at the chance of working with secret surgery. The emphasis is purely about total patient satisfaction. As a wound care nurse for post operative patients, I can spend an appropriate amount of time listening, supporting and advising as well as carrying out the clinical duties of wound care. Secret surgery patients are given one to one care when they are followed up, I feel that my entire attention can be given to that one patient I am caring for. Its a complete contrast to the demands I face as an NHS nurse.
What is the best part of your job? The best part of my job is the people I meet. The diverse ranges of personalities, and life experiences that make each person a unique individual. Working with secret surgery and meeting people in particular, who have experienced major weight loss, is one of my favourite groups of people. That’s because I can empathise with them. I am a person who too has experienced major weight loss and corrective plastic surgery. I know exactly how it feels to suddenly be in a new unrecognisable body.
To not know how to dress yourself, or how to “wear” the new you. That’s why I love secret surgery, who encompass all aspects of weight loss and change, and provide support not only physically but mentally too. I don’t know of any other company, who would help you get that new trim body, advise you on diet and exercise AND employ a fashion expert to teach you how to dress the new you. The honesty of SS is uplifting.
What’s your favourite procedure to see performed? My favourite procedures to perform vary in the settings I am in. I love old fashioned “clinical” nursing. Procedures such as staple & stitch removal, dressing changes, drainage tube removal and catheter insertions. I would say the most rewarding procedure however in the clinical setting is what we nurses refer to as TLC .
Tender loving care, whether it be holding the hand of a patient just diagnosed with cancer, or supporting the family of someone ill in hospital. Sadly in the NHS the time constraints placed upon most nurses, means paperwork is often at the forefront of our day. As after-care nurse for secret surgery, I don’t have to worry about dividing my time as individual patients have individual care. The person whom you are attending to is your only focus at that time.
What do you think you might have wanted to do other than nursing? I am often asked, if you hadn’t become a nurse then what would i have been? For me the only answer there is a teacher. A huge part of my job involves teaching, whether it be patient education or mentoring student nurses and health care assistants. I love this aspect of the job, I find it rewarding. Health promotion with patients can be difficult. Losing weight allowed me to put myself in the shoes of the obese and be more empathetic. There is nothing worse than someone telling you what to do, than someone who doesn’t know how it feels to be you.
What kind of surgery would you go for yourself? There are so many things about my body that i could change, but then i might end up not being me. I could see how easy it could be to become “addicted” to surgery, so i am glad to see that secret surgery will not indulge someone like this.
After meeting one of the renowned surgeons Dr W, I was very pleased to find out that he wont just automatically agree to change a persons features. They will need to prove why they it done, and also have very real expectations of what they expect the outcome to be. Seeing the outcome first hand of consultations, put me at ease. I think if I ever were in the position to want affordable surgery abroad, then i think i would opt to have a breast uplift. Drastic weight loss has left me with nothing more than empty droopy milk bottles!!
How do you like to relax after a long day? Relaxing after a long day nursing can be difficult. It is not a job that allows you to clock off at 5PM and forget it till tomorrow. You have peoples lives in your hands literally, and so emotionally it can be very challenging as well as the physical demands on a person. It is important to me to spend as much quality time with my husband as possible. He too is in a highly stressed and challenging profession, and so we both are in the privileged position of understanding what that is like. We like to socialise with friends, eat out, or simply chat over a cuppa. I like to keep up to date with technology and have my own support group for other people who have had weight loss surgery. Sharing experiences of what can be an emotional roller coaster is invaluable and something I very much enjoy.
There’s plenty of information on this blog and on the web about surgery abroad, and we at Secret Surgery know that our patients trust us implicitly. It’s natural to have concerns about undergoing surgery outside of the UK, and we like to feel that our UK-based aftercare, internationally recognised surgeons and English-speaking staff all help to reassure our patients that we offer the best quality care.
But, sometimes everybody needs a quick reminder of what’s good for them, right? So, today we’ve compiled our 5 top reasons to consider surgery abroad!
1. It’s a holiday, too! OK, so after your surgery you likely won’t be sightseeing around town, but you’ll get a chance to explore Wroclaw before your surgery, and there’s nothing better than getting to grips with a new city or a spot of shopping to take your mind off the upcoming surgery.
2. It’s an absolute bargain. Even after you factor in flights and accommodation, we offer top quality surgery at a fraction of the price you’ll find on Harley Street.
3. We know you’ve got your doubts, so we make even more of an effort to make you feel reassured. Through our blog and Facebook page we offer all of our patients the chance to share stories of their experiences with us, and we have staff on-hand *all the time* if you get cold feet while you’re over here. You won’t get that kind of attention in most surgeries in the UK.
4. You’ll get a great story out of it. When you’re telling all of your friends about your experiences abroad, there’ll be so much more to say – from the flight over here to the lovely Aga – it’s a lot more interesting than just popping down the road to your local (and expensive) clinic.
5. Last, but not least, is the level of quality which can be found abroad. UK clinics all meet a certain standard, but *some* clinics outside of the UK really do excel on quality. We like to think we’re one of them!
Of course, if you’re looking at other surgeries as well as us – do your research. You won’t have a bad experience abroad as long as you opt for the right clinic; make sure you know who you’re dealing with.
‘Am I too young for surgery?’ is a question that gets asked a surprising number of times. The number of people who think that cosmetic surgery is something we should be opting for as we get older is astounding. It’s true that some surgeries, like Botox and face lifts, are geared towards the older audiences, but for the most part, surgery really is an all-inclusive party.
For one thing, you’re probably getting more for your money if you opt for surgery when you’re a little younger. If you spend ten years umm-ing and ahh-ing about a nose job and then plump for it when you’re 35, you’ve lost ten years during which you could have had a beautiful nose but paid the same price!
It’s also worth considering that our bodies are really experts at handling change when we’re young. Our skin is stretchy and flexible, and our immune systems are tough. Surgery is easier for younger people – though, that’s not to say it’s all that difficult when you’re older.
At the end of the day, it always depends on the person. If you don’t feel ready for surgery, then that’s a different thing entirely. If you do feel ready, then don’t let your young age put you off. As along as you’re over twenty one, you’re old enough to make a decision about what’s best for you.
Not long ago we told all of you that we were coming up to our hundredth review on Treatment Abroad, a reviews website dedicated to publishing honest patient reviews of surgery companies like Secret Surgery. We also told you all that the lucky 100th reviewer would receive a very special gift from us!
Well, today is the day that we reveal the lucky winner! First of all, we’d like to thank every single one of you that reviewed us on the site – it’s thanks to all of you that we’re in the top place, and it’s thanks to all of you that our Secret Surgery adventure can continue.
“After being an overweight child, overweight teenager and overweight adult.. three children later and even more overweight, enough was enough!! I had tried every type of weight loss method possible and my weight at 19 1/2 stone was effecting my health, my job and my happiness.In 2007 I made one of the best decisions in my life and paid privately to have a gastric band fitted. Although I lost a total of 7 ½ stone and kept the weight off, I never realised the effects that loose and baggy skin would have on my life.2 years ago I started my research into plastic surgery as I needed a Tummy Tuck and a leg lift. I had various consultations in the UK with different outcomes, but one thing was the same all the time, the fees were exceptionally high. As I had my Gastric band fitted abroad, I decided to research into the possibility of having cosmetic surgery abroad too and that’s when I stumbled across Secret Surgery and I am so glad I did. Right from the onset when I contacted Angela, she seemed to have my best interests at heart. I sent photographs of my tummy and legs via Angela to Dr W in Wroclaw.The Dr decided that Vasor Lipo would be a better option for my legs and could certainly do the Tummy tuck and muscle tightening required. After speaking with my husband and family, speaking to other people who had treatment via Secret Surgery’s Facebook page and doing some online research, I was quite confident that Secret Surgery was for me and I paid my deposit.My Journey to Poland with my husband was arranged by Angela and her team and from the onset was very professional and very well organised. Arriving in Poland we were met by Jack our taxi driver who was polite and very helpful, after being taken to our very modern and comfortable apartment we spent the afternoon in the main town square which is a five minute walk from the apartments.The following day I was taken to the hospital and met Aga from secret Surgery, she helped me with the medical forms and administration thatneeds to be completed and took me for a consultation with Dr W. Aga was there to translate for the Dr who spoke a small amount of English and was a lovely man, his main concern was that I got the results that I wanted from my surgery. He also found a hernia which didn’t know I had and decided to repair this during the tummy tuck.The following day I went to surgery for my Tummy Tuck, hernia and muscle repair and after just one day of recovering could not believe the fantastic results of my lovely new tummy. The hospital was fresh, bright and very, very clean and although sometimes there was a language barrier between myself and the nurses, they always managed to make themselves understood and were really nice.I was very impressed with the standard of hygiene and cleanliness at the hospital in general and also during treatments and dressing changes.I am three weeks post op now and am looking forward to going back to Poland in March for my vaser Lipo on my front and back of thighs. Thank you to everyone concerned for making my Surgery journey so far a very positive experience.”
The terms ‘cosmetic surgery’ and ‘plastic surgery’ get thrown around a lot, but these terms make us think that dentistry – another important branch of the cosmetic tree – isn’t included. It is! We offer cosmetic dentistry here at Secret Surgery, and it’s a very popular part of the industry. Cosmetic dentistry is growing every year in the UK.
Cosmetic dentistry includes procedures designed to straighten your teeth, as well as those designed to whiten them. We can also offer replacements for missing teeth, including implants and dental bridges! Some of this might be gobbledygook but, basically, you’re not in any pain but you want your teeth to look better, you can come to us!
The importance of good dental health can’t be emphasised enough. The number of people who come to us feeling like they haven’t been able to let loose a proper smile in decades is phenomenal – and being able to smile without feeling ashamed after your procedure will make masses of difference to the way you feel inside, as well as the way you look on the outside.
If you feel like flashing those pearly whites but don’t feel they’re quite up to scratch, just give us a call! Our consultants can help you to figure out what it is you want, and we’ll do our best to bring a smile to your lips!
Yes! It’s another blog getting under the skin of Secret Surgery! This time around, Patricia Palmer has told all about her life and her experience in the business. Patricia is one of our Patient Care Managers, and she’s based in Northern Ireland and Ireland.
What’s the biggest challenge in your job? The biggest challange of my job would be changing some peoples attitudes to surgery abroad as some people have heard some bad stories.
What’s the best part of your job? The best part of my job is all of it I’m very much a peoples person and I love talking to all sorts of different people and knowing that I am helping them change their lives is amazing.
What do you think you would have become if not a patient care manager? If I hadn’t become a patient care manager at Secret Surgery I would still be a full time childminder – my own way of helping others and I’m a big kid at heart!
If you were to treat yourself to some surgery, what would you have? I have had weight loss surgery and a tummy tuck. If I could have another surgery it would be a breast uplift as that would be my journey complete – I think thats what makes all the paitent care managers very special at Secret Surgery; we have all been in most people’s shoes so we understand how they feel and we can answer all the questions honestly.
How do you like to relax after a long day? Well I would normally spend it with my two boys as they do keep me busy and once they’re off to bed I like to go on Secret Surgery’s Facebook page as I have met a lovely bunch of people on there! We would have people on there asking questions and it’s nice to be there 7 days a week to support them.
The 51-year-old 80s icon tweeted a photograph of his new slim figure last week, which shows him looking rather good! We don’t doubt that he’s achieved something great through diet and exercise, but the photos show no loose skin – which indicates that he might have indulged in some lifts or tucks to get rid of any excess skin that might have been left behind.
In any case, Boy George is looking better than ever – better than he even did in the 80s, we think! It goes to show just how much difference you can make to your appearance through good habits, even if he did go under the knife to perfect the finishing touches!
How did you find us? I started researching tummy tucks in August 2012 after having had 6 children my tummy was full of excess skin. I contacted a few different company’s both here in England and abroad, then stumbled upon secret surgery.
And you liked what you saw? From the first telephone call I was put at ease and that was that, I had chosen my company, Cath and Angela arranged everything from the surgery, apartments, flights to having food delivered at the apartments all I had to do was turn up at the airport. When I arrived in Poland I was met by Aga, who is genuinely a lovely and caring person, she ran through what will be happening and when over my 7 day stay.
What did you think of our facilities? The hospital was very clean the staff were are great even though the language barrier with some nurses was a little hard at times but they were fab!! The food was great, and after my operation Dr W came to check on me and my scar every day, there was some pain but the nurses gave painkillers as soon as I asked them for it, I was over the moon with the results from the second I saw which made all the pain worth while.
Were you comfortable here? The apartments were fab, very clean and spacious with upto date decor and very comfy to recover in, I had 2 fantastic surgery buddies even though they were there with their partners they all took me under their wings and looked after me as I went alone.
And what about since you got back to the UK? I have had continued care on my return and I must of asked a million and one questions since I booked my procedure and always had responses without me feeling like I’m being a pain!
Excellent! Any final words? All in all this has been one of the most biggest things I’ve been through and I couldn’t imagine going with another company the care of Angela, Cath, Aga, Dr W, Jack (the taxi driver who is great) has made it one of the best experiences of my life so I thank you all at Secret Surgery for my new tummy and my new life!
When you’re considering cosmetic surgery of any kind – from the littlest nose job to the biggest gastric bypass – it’s important to remember that keeping your expectations realistic is of top importance. If you walk into surgery expecting something that’s never going to happen, you’re bound to walk out feeling disappointed.
This is why asking the right questions – and keeping your expectations in check – is one of the most important things you can do during your surgery consultation. If you’re going through something like liposuction, ask how much fat will actually be taken from the area you’re looking at, or if you’ve opted for bariatric surgery, ask how quickly – or slowly! – you will lose weight after the op.
Another thing it’s important to remember is that recovery times are just a necessary part of surgery. All operations will have recovery times, and you won’t be the belle of the ball as soon as you wake up – you might still be in pain, or have swellings, and this is normal. Knowing what to expect after surgery will make it much more easy to deal with when you wake up.
Just remember – you’re not doing this by yourself. If you want a better idea of what to expect, ASK your consultant. Read through previous patient stories here, and tell people about your concerns. The only way to find out is to ask – and that’s what we’re here for!
As part of our ‘Under the Skin of Secret Surgery’ series, we’ve got Professor Fried is with us today to tell us all about his own thoughts on work, life, and… everything else! Lots of our past patients will already have met the lovely Professor Fried, our bariatric surgeon and expert, but if you haven’t had the chance yet… here he is!
What’s the biggest challenge in your job?
There are several big and important challenges in my work. One of the most important is to always remember my credo, which means to perform surgeries in the safest possible and optimal way for the patient. To be able to fulfil this credo my work necessitates continuous concentration on what I am doing in the OR as well as to stay up-to-date in my professional education.
What’s the best part of your job?
The best part is to see and to talk to a satisfied client/patient at the end of his hospital stay and to hear from him that he would chose the surgical care in our hospital again.
Do you have a favourite procedure to perform?
Generally, I am fond of laparoscopic (key hole), minimally invasive surgeries. From obesity surgery/bariatric point of view my favorite procedure is gastric plication (wrap), however each and every bariatric procedure is very interesting and nice to perform. As I am in favour of surgical treatment of type 2 diabetes, I consider so called metabolic surgery (treating some of the metabolic comorbidities of obesity through surgical operation) as indeed interesting.
If you hadn’t become a surgeon, what do you think you would have been?
A lawyer or writer.
If you were going to treat yourself to some surgery, what would you get done?
If surgical treatment of obesity would be of consideration, than my choice would depend on my overal health condition. If, for example, I would have been obese diabetic dependent on high doses of insulin, suffering from the disease for many years, I would go for the BPD. On the other hand, in case I would be an obese patient with a mild degree of diabetes (on medical treatment, or on lower doses of insulin), I would chose between gastric band and gastric plication. However, I would very seriously listen to the team of experts whom I would go to and ask for their opinion on the best treatment/surgery for me. So, the overall conclusion is that there´s no ideal one type of surgery which would fit all patients, and choice of the best surgical treatment depends on the actual health status of each individual.
What do you do to relax after a long day?
Walking in the countryside and having a glass of good wine after such a walk.
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.
When you’re in your consultation about cosmetic surgery, it’s important to know what questions to ask – this is your chance to find out everything you can about the clinic you’re consulting with, and make sure they’re the right fit for you. We’ve already covered questions about surgeons, track records and worst case scenarios – but what about the money?
You want the best quality surgery that you can get, but that doesn’t mean you don’t want to get good value, too. Making sure that there aren’t any hidden costs or extra payments to be made is absolutely crucial when booking surgery. Here’s a list of our key questions to ask about pricing and payments during your surgery consultation.
What is the total cost of surgery? Including checks, aftercare, drugs, nursing and accommodation?
What must I pay upfront?
What isn’t included in the final price?
If something goes wrong after I go home, and I need further treatment, who pays for this?
Which payment methods do you accept?
All of these really are crucial questions to ask before saying ‘yes’ to a particular clinic or surgery. Most clinics will try to make the costs of your surgery obvious up-front, but it’s always good to check. When you ask questions like these in a consultation, there really is no way for a clinic to mislead you about costs. Just as my mum always said – ‘It’s better to be safe than sorry’!
Over the past few weeks we’ve been giving our readers an inside look at the people who make Secret Surgery such a success - our staff! At the end of the day, it’s thanks to them that we have so many happy patients – so why not give them a bit of the spotlight for a while? Today, Hanna Gregorowicz, our Patient Administrator in Wroclaw, is here to share her surgery secrets with us!
What is the biggest challenge in your job? “Helping patients as much as I can, to make them feel safe and comfortable.”
What’s the best part of your job? “Meeting new people everyday, and speaking in English everyday.”
What is your favourite procedure to work with? “My favourite procedure is the tummy tuck, because the final effect is always so visible!”
If you hadn’t become a Patient Administrator, what would you be doing now? “I’d be a stylist or a make-up artist; I really love fashion and modern trends!”
If you were going to treat yourself to some surgery, what would you go for? “Definitely lipo! A little here, a little there… oh, where to stop!”
And what do you do to relax in your free time? “I love playing with my cats, reading books, and, most of all, when I get the chance I like to go Nordic walking!”
Marie is another one of our gorgeous Patient Care Managers, which means that she’s in charge of our patients once they fly back to the UK! As part of our ‘Under the Skin’ series, we’ve been asking all of our top staff to let us into their world for a little while…
What’s the biggest challenge in your job? “It might surprise you to hear me say this, but… probably myself! When dealing with the public, you are constantly learning about yourself!”
What’s the best part of your job? “I haven’t got a favourite – I joined Secret Surgery after being a patient myself, and I feel passionately about the support and good work that the company does. I enjoy every aspect of it!”
If you hadn’t become a Patient Care Manager, what do you think you would have been? “I’ve no idea! Whatever it would have been, it probably would still have been people-related, though. I love that aspect of my job.”
If you were going to treat yourself to some surgery, what would you get done? “I think I’d like a breast lift, if you’re offering!”
What do you do to relax after a long day? “I would usually exercise or read a book… often both!”