Speaking for myself on my experience and outcome of both my surgeries I can truthfully and honestly say I’m very satisfied with the results of my tummy tuck and breast uplift and all that went with it.
I’m very happy to say I’m one sexy mumma now and I’ve changed in so many ways not only physically but mentally there is always gonna be doubts but I’m in no doubt with my decision and thanks to surgery I’m one happy bunny……:0)
Mrs D – Norfolk
The hospital us amazing and truly care about your well being.
If your not fit for surgery then they will not operate on you. No matter how much money you have.
I had my tummy done the first week, with 7 days to recover and then I had my boobies done. I’m so happy I’m thinking of getting my arms done next.
I trust Angela Secret-Surgery with my health and would all ways seek advise and support from Angela for any future ops…..
Mrs N from Surrey
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!
There is nothing cheap about making life changing decision about yourself, you can’t put a price on happiness, but you can put a value on it, and the value for money you get from Surgery in Poland with Secret Surgery is absolutely outstanding.
The hospital where you have surgery is a modern day version of the Ritz but cleaner! I hate hospitals and I didn’t even know I was in a hospital as it looked like a very smartly run hotel. I was also privileged enough to be able to sit in on a consultation. Dr W and Aga communicated very effective and compassionately. These women are here because they want help and in my line of business it doesn’t matter what you look like on the outside its how you feel on the inside. If you are considering surgery abroad I couldn’t recommend Secret Surgery enough.
The Sun portrayed a completely wrong image for surgery abroad and for some reason report misconceptions in order to sell papers. Surely you would sell more papers if readers were sure in the knowledge they contained the truth, facts and not exaggerated misconceptions or twisted interpretations. The Sun newspaper reporter misrepresented the seriousness of friendships made and professionalism of Secret Surgery and made the whole weekend sound like a cattle show.
This is my story… the truth!
I arrived in Poland and it was magical. It had been snowing for a few days previously and as we headed off to the Christmas market I bumped into a patient that had surgery 1 day earlier. She was enjoying the mulled wine at the Christmas market with another patient. You wouldn’t believe she had just had surgery and was really enjoying her time. Unfortunately she couldn’t have another surgery she had booked for as she had arrived in Poland suffering from Laryngitis. Dr W said he didn’t want to perform the surgery due to risk of cross infection and wouldn’t take the responsibility if there was an issue with her airway while under general anesthetic. Where else would you get turned away from a private medical company? The fact that the surgeon was unwilling to take the risk in putting the patient in danger just over a sore throat showed true professionalism. The Secret Surgery Client was more than happy undergoing one non-invasive part of her surgery and only slightly disappointed that she couldn’t have her main surgery done as she had no doubts in rebooking for another time as they insisted her health was paramount.
That evening when we arrived at the restaurant for our meal, I met another lady who had come out of hospital that day. She had a tummy tuck and was well enough to join us for an evening meal. These women were amazing. It proves that you can have surgery and when the after care is second to none problems are few and far between. Whilst at the evening meal, which I must add, was a top notch restaurant with Ritz style food and perfect portion control, I began to speak to many other ladies that were there on a personal journey. Face lifts, nose jobs, lipo, gastric bypasses, tummy tucks, reconstructive surgery and they all want to look good, sometimes after a long emotional or physical battle. And why not? If its affordable then you can’t put a price on true happiness and in a safe environment like the EMC Hospital in Poland to me it’s a no brainer. So to celebrate the 2nd year of Secret Surgery, these ladies are an inspiration and I am in absolute awe of them and hold a credit to these wonderful inspiring ladies.
The weekend was a celebration of how amazing Secret Surgery is. None of us were there for a boozy filled weekend and being signed up for more surgery, these ladies wanted to be there for themselves. There was no sales pitch and there wasn’t even any mention of cost! Out of 30 ladies, 10 ladies had a consultation for future work, unfortunately some of it was corrective surgery from incorrect procedures taken place in the UK and they travelled there to get a consultation as they felt they could trust Secret Surgery more than private UK hospitals.
No one signs up for surgery without careful consideration and a flippant remark about taking less time to choose bathroom tiles is insulting to both the patients and the medical team in Poland.
Yes there is a risk with surgery, but there is a risk with every kind of procedure, whether it is done in the UK or abroad, and I feel that the ladies were manipulated by the Sun and words definitely put into people’s mouths.
Why would you report that a 17 year old had a consultation for a nose job when it’s clearly not true? And why not mention that some of the people on t he VIP trip were there from the NHS and are part of the after care team based in the UK?
I found the whole report irritating and uncalled for, and I want to make my point. I never intend on having surgery as it’s not for me, BUT I would recommend Secret Surgery and Angel Chouaib, her services and her team to everyone thinking about having it done. Infact I already have recommended Secret Surgery to many people.
Changing how you look to make yourself feel better is not a bad thing at all, it will make you happy and will help you save lives. One lady that was due to have a procedure after having her scan in Poland was found to have cancer! This was NOT picked up in the UK. Fortunately she was treated for this and was able to return and to have her surgery after recovery.
Dr W is a wonderful man with a great sense of humor, the photos of him and his team around the hospital can just see what a marvelous man he truly is. He also attended of the evening meals, but didn’t drink and left before the main course came out as he had surgery in the morning and took his responsibility very seriously. I think the Sun reporter again, misinterpreted everyone’s merriment to drink rather than atmosphere and fun.
I am truly amazed at the beautiful people I have meet this weekend and wish you all well, and think we need to rise above the misinterpretation that have been reported in The Sun newspaper. Secret Surgery is amazing, the founder is amazing, her team is amazing and the hospital is amazing.
Good luck to everyone who is having surgery and taking action about how to feel good about themselves, I truly met some wonderful friends this weekend and I can’t wait to do it all again next year.
Trayc Randall, Professional Stylist
We’ve got another very special patient story today. Zoe, from Kent, underwent a Tummy Tuck with us at Secret Surgery not long ago, and now she’s going to tell us – and you, our potential patients – all about her experience here.
How did you come across us? “Whilst researching surgeons I found your details on a search engine, without even looking at the Secret Surgery website – and so not knowing it was abroad – I simply called the number provided by the search engine. Over the phone she explained the whole procedure from start to finish in such an open and honest way – I’d spent the best part of the day speaking to receptionists, advisers, answerphones…. and I was still none the wiser.”
So, the phone conversation you had with Angela made you even more set on Secret Surgery? “If she hadn’t used the words ‘Poland’ and ‘Abroad’ I would have probably turned up at her house that night, cash in hand, demanding next-day surgery!”
Ha! So you did further research instead? “I then read reviews and did my research on the surgeon, the hospital and Angela, and there wasn’t a single bad review for any of them… so it was an easy decision to book! Meeting everyone at Persona Clinic and seeing how amazing Angela looked… I could already tell by then that I had made a great decision.”
“I really can’t thank Angela enough. It will make such a huge difference to my future… but you already know about the difference! You truly understand just how much it means. That’s the real beauty of Secret Surgery. Angela – thank you for being with me through this life-changing process. Genuinely helpful, encouraging, supportive and caring – what started as a worrying trip into the unknown soon became an enjoyable and rewarding experience!”
“Many thanks to you and the rest of your team in the UK and Poland – you’re all wonderful!”
We’ve got another happy patient here today to tell us all about her Secret Surgery story. “To say I was sceptical about surgery abroad would be an understatement. I was very much against it and believed that people who went for surgery abroad were sent to filthy ‘back street’ clinics and operated on by unlicensed surgeons.”
What changed your mind? “It soon became clear to me from speaking to Angela in great detail and from research I had done myself that this certainly wasn’t the case when booking with Secret Surgery. If anything, the facilities that Angela books for her patients are very modern, clean and well-equipped with the most advanced medical equipment. The surgeons based at these facilities are also considered some of the most experienced in their fields. With this in mind, I was very confident about booking my gastric wrap (plication) surgery in Prague with Secret Surgery.”
And how was your stay there? “When I arrived at my luxury apartment I was a little disappointed that I did not have some of the items that were specified in the apartment description but with one call to Angela she was on the case and it wasn’t long before a very apologetic member of hotel staff was delivering me a kettle for my soups along with a DVD player and a selection of English films! This was very nice, as I was going to be spending my recovery time in the apartment too.”
That’s great! Did you feel safe before your surgery, then? “Well, the morning of my surgery I had the pleasure of meeting my surgeon, Professor Fried. The surgery brief was very important and he was happy to answer any questions or concerns that we had. He really put us at ease and was friendly and approachable. Following the surgery, he visited all his patients on a daily basis and had a genuine interest in our recovery.”
Did everything go OK? “I experienced a minor complication with my surgery and had a small bleed. I was placed in a priority room next to the nurses’ station and I was checked on every hour for the first 24 hours, post operatively, to have observations done. The pre-op and post-op checks were very thorough, and I felt well looked after throughout my stay in the clinic. I was also contacted frequently by Angela during this time and she kept a close eye on my recovery including speaking to the clinic staff to ensure I was OK.”
Fantastic. Anything else since you arrived home? “Upon returning to the UK following my surgery, I have had at least weekly contact from Angela and Jane, my dietary advisor, to check on my progress and offer advice with any queries or concerns I may have. The service I have experienced through Secret Surgery is first class and I have recommended this service to many other people already, and will continue to do so!”
“I look forward to my next trip abroad with Secret Surgery for the cosmetic surgery I would like when I reach my target weight. Thanks again Angela, you have been a trusted advisor and, more than that, you have become a good friend to me.”
That’s wonderful to hear! We’re always so pleased to read positive stories from our patients, and it makes everything we do that little bit more worthwhile.
For today’s Secret Surgery story, we’ve got Jo here to talk about her face and neck lifts with us. While she enjoyed her experience at Secret Surgery, she wants future patients to know all about the obstacles she faced during her surgery; whenever you undergo any kind of cosmetic surgery, there will be a short recovery time to go through, and it’s important to know what to expect.
How are you feeling today? “I’ve still not recovered full from my surgery last month. I have a wound in front of my right ear that is very slow to heal. Dr. W did warn me that the wound would take longer than the other side due a previous face lift scar which left my skin very thin.”
“I stopped smoking in February, I thought that would be OK and I have not started again. Age probably takes a part in the healing process, too. I can’t get my hair cut or coloured yet, so I’m not feeling the best.”
“Also, to ladies having face or neck surgery, please grow your hair! Dr. W had to shave sections of my hair at the back on both sides where the scars are placed. I now have bristles and small chunks of hair growing back through!” That’s good to know!
How do you feel about your experience as a whole? “I would recommend Secret Surgery, Poland and Dr. W, and the lovely Aga. Regards and thank you Angela, for the chance and experience; I’ll look back on it and smile soon, I’m sure!”
That’s great! If you’re considering cosmetic surgery, remember to make sure you understand the recovery time required after it!
Lisa tells us about her concerns with surgery abroad, which is something we come across quite often here at Secret Surgery. “I was really apprehensive about going and having surgery abroad without meeting the consultant before travelling. Lots of friends had expressed concern about my trust in overseas surgery.”
Were your fears soon allayed? “Having travelled to Poland I have nothing but praise for the way I was treated and the professionalism and kindness that I was shown. The surgeon and hospital were fantastic. I am really pleased with the results, and am hoping to go back at some point in the future.”
Wow, excellent! We often see a big turnaround in our patients’ impressions of surgery abroad after they’ve come to visit us. “I would highly recommend your services to anyone as nothing was too much trouble.”
If you’re thinking of taking the plunge yourself, why not have a look through our vaser lipo quote and info pack here. To take the next step and receive a FREE personalised info pack and quote please visit www.SecretSurgery.co.uk or call 0843 289 4 982 or email Info@SecretSurgery.co.uk
So it’s our biggest source of embarrassment, and one of the most uncomfortable topics around, but it’s also an important one. Our vaginas are important.
To elaborate on that bold statement, let it be said that we’re talking about wellbeing. Stick on all the diamantes you want, enhance your style with a brightly-coloured wig, but vajazzles and merkins aside, weren’t we told that it’s the inside that counts?
We’re a nation obsessed by looks, but cosmetic surgery isn’t simply about that. It can provide a solution to a problem, or a much-needed lift; and no, not your face, but a lift to your inner being.
You see, when you’ve given birth to your bundle of joy, the first thing on your mind probably won’t be vaginal muscles. Sooner or later however, they may become an issue. These muscles will expand during pregnancy, perhaps weaken and loosen, and become something you genuinely have cause to worry about. No woman wants her sacred parts become unrecognisable, or at the very least to be significantly altered. Let screaming toddlers turn into grumpy teenagers, but please let us retain a shapely vagina at all costs.
Vaginal tightening - or vaginoplasty - is a procedure than can gives you greater strength, contraction and control. It’s a standard gynecological procedure that joins the stretched muscles in your vagina, shortening the tissue and removing the unwanted skin. Any scarring remains on the inside, and you achieve a state akin to pre-pregnancy. This can enhance your feelings of sexual pleasure. One of the greatest lifts in life, after all, is sex. To be able to give and receive more during lovemaking is something that everyone should be able to enjoy.
Angela Chouaib MD & Founder of Secret Surgery Ltd commented “So whilst you’re suffering from sleepless nights, know they could be unsettled for all the right reasons. OK, so while no-one can guarantee all-night sessions with the hubby, but surgeons can certainly help you by imparting that much-needed lift. Don’t suffer from embarrassment or discontent when it comes to considering your vagina: there’s a solution out there that’s right for you”.
‘Angela Chouaib…is first and foremost ethical and caring: two qualities which I as a Medical Doctor find essential in any surgical organisation. Secondly, the quality of her product, the surgery, is excellent. She has also sought to offer post-operative care. It’s just so rare and refreshing to see.’
In our most recent blog, we were pleased to announce our Customer Service 2011 Award from WhatClinic.com. Before that, we were thrilled to become the second top-rated agency on internationally acclaimed website TreatmentAbroad.com. And now, we’ve got even more exciting news: Secret Surgery has just become part of the Good Surgeon Guide.
The Good Surgeon Guide is one of the best websites for finding the right doctor for a cosmetic procedure. This is because their guide is entirely unbiased, as is their directory – the site only show cosmetic doctors, surgeons, dentists and nurses who are the most active in the cosmetic community. In other words, only those with the best reviews can make it onto the exclusive guide – and we did! It’s safe to say that we’re pleased to be among such acclaimed medical practitioners. (more…)
Here at Secret Surgery, we’ve got some very good news to share.
We’re pleased to announce that we’ve qualified for the 2011 Customer Service Award from WhatClinic.com.
It would be fair to say we’re delighted with this accolade. The award is only given to clinics that demonstrate exceptional professionalism in dealing with and replying to patient enquiries made through WhatClinic.com.
So, without further ado, we can now proudly display our award for the world to see. (more…)
But broken promises aside, what’s more important than improving your confidence? Even if 2011 was as kind to you as it was to Secret Surgery, we all need a little lift now and again. No, I’m not talking about face lifts, but rather a boost to your self-esteem.
There’s no better time than the New Year in which to plan for the months ahead, and decide what you would like to achieve by the time 2013 rolls round. If there’s something that’s been niggling at you for months or even years, it might be time to consider treating yourself to relief. (more…)
Part 10 - What If Something Does Go Wrong?
So you know it’s important to ask questions about the surgery, and to always ask questions of yourself. You’ve learnt what to look for in contracts, and may have everything documented and detailed to perfection. You know where you’re going, you have your finances in order, and you’re ripe and ready to travel. You’re flexible, you have a friend to hand, and you know to plan for complications.
But no matter how much we plan, things sometimes go wrong even if you choose surgery at the hospital down the road! I wrote this guide to help you prepare for your own surgery abroad, as when I underwent surgery myself I could have done with a clear ‘how to’ guide! I hope you’ve been able to take something from it, including these last three pieces of advice:
1. Make sure you have a GP at home who knows you’re going abroad, and will help you on return to the UK. There’s a stigma surrounding medical tourism, and I know only too well that general practitioners are sometimes the authors of it. However, if you find the right GP and express how prepared you are for every eventuality, he or she should support and respect your decision.
2. Ask the surgeon abroad what to expect post-operatively, because you should know what level of pain or discomfort is normal. Of course it’s worrying when you haven’t experienced surgery before, but knowing if something really has gone wrong is imperative.
3. Lastly, don’t worry about getting in touch with the surgery. It’s ridiculous to suffer in silence, so simply contact them to express any concerns you might have. It’ll be easier to deal with if you alert them quickly, and you’ll feel more confident once you have all the answers.
Luckily, complications due to cosmetic surgery are rarer than you might think: we perform hundreds of operations monthly, and we haven’t had a single complication to date. We monitor your progress post-operatively so we’re able to make sure you’re doing well, and – if something was to happen – we’re able to respond immediately.
I’ll finish as I started off – there will always be horror stories about botched boob jobs in the media. Research everything thoroughly, and you’ll come to your own impressions about that. If you do opt for surgery abroad, I hope you’re as pleasantly surprised as I was. Find the right surgery outside the UK, and you’ll be amazed at how wonderfully clean, professional and caring they really can be.
The Lowdown On Contracts
Contracts are always a pain. Companies don’t expect you to read pages and pages of jargon, so you end up signing on a dotted line for something you’re not 100% sure of.
When it comes to surgery, home or abroad, this is a risk you can’t afford to take.
Ask the surgery to provide a document that outlines every legal entitlement clearly, and make sure the agreed price is stated in there as well. Check it over, check it over again, and ask your friends and family to read through it too. Three points to look for are:
1. The Refund Policy – Make sure you’re able to get one. If you change your mind once you arrive, you’ll be upset if you’ve lost thousands of pounds for nothing. Even if you don’t have second thoughts, something else might come up that’ll stop you from going ahead. You never know what’s around the corner, so it’s important to know what options are open to you. Make sure you’ll receive a refund if the surgery doesn’t go ahead with the procedure; if the surgeon becomes ill or something happens to the building, you don’t want to be left out of pocket through no fault of your own. (more…)
Things to Ask the Surgeon
There are an endless number of questions to ask your chosen surgeon before the procedure. I can’t emphasise enough how important it is to ask away, because as well as being better prepared, you’ll find out how professional the surgery is.
If there’s any hint of frustration or hesitation in answering your questions, you know something’s not quite right with the surgery. This is your body, and your decision, so don’t settle for anything less than complete understanding. If you’re unclear of something, let them know. Here’s my personal checklist of questions you should ask the surgery, and the answers you should be getting in reply: (more…)
“When considering a procedure such as nose correction, one may be tempted to seek niche centres and facilities that deal especially with such specific treatments. With that being said, Secret Surgery’s relationship with surgeons the length and breadth of Europe should tell you all you need to know about our thoroughness. We list our operations not simply to provide a ‘catch-all’ solution to your each and every wish; but because our fully qualified practioners are experts at what they do. Browse our ‘Surgical Team’ page to read more about our dedicated staff.”
Things To Ask Yourself
Once you’ve thought about your procedure and found a reliable hospital abroad, you may think you’re ready to go ahead with the decision. You may have researched your country of choice and even calculated the costs, but you should still give the idea a once over before you opt for surgery abroad. There are always questions to ask yourself before jumping in at the deep end.
Do you really know everything about your chosen surgery?
Different materials and techniques are used across the world, so checking a UK website for guidance doesn’t always give the complete picture. You need to know everything you can about your surgery in particular: you don’t want to wake up afterwards to surprises of any kind. Ask, ask, and ask again….. (more…)
“Losing the stubborn fat from our midsections can often seem like an impossible task, and it’s no surprise tummy tucks are one of our most popular operations. Our guidelines will ensure you reap maximum benefits from your procedure. Unlike many European ‘Clinics’, our hospital’s staff concerns themselves with your health after the treatment has concluded. You will be under our surgeons control for 10 days while he ensures the restoration of your wellbeing.”
Choosing a Surgeon
Choosing a surgeon is always going to be tricky, because each and every country has different regulations. We’re not all capable of unravelling the medical jargon, and it can be difficult to gauge whether or not someone is fully qualified.
So what do you look for? Well, most other ‘surgery abroad’ guides will tell you to look for a GMC registered surgeon. Here at Secret Surgery however, we say think again.
Unfortunately, many surgeons abroad will use their GMC status as a marketing tactic, because they know it’s what UK patients look for when considering surgery. It basically means that the surgeon you’ve found is listed on the UK’s General Medical Council; it means he or she has completed a simple paper exercise. Your local GP is also registered with the GMC, but you’re not going to pop down and ask him or her for surgery any time soon for a boob job. (more…)
Choosing a Provider
When you choose to have surgery abroad, knowing where to go and how much you can afford is just the beginning. You need to pick the very best when it comes to medical providers too, and it can be tricky to know which company is right for you.
First off, make sure you feel comfortable with them. Any doubts, and you should probably look elsewhere. Of course you want to ask questions; of course you want to be reassured! If the company is becoming impatient or seems unsympathetic to your concerns, it’s probably safe to say that they’ll be as rushed when it comes to your surgery. (more…)