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
At Secret Surgery, you may not know it but we also offer cosmetic dentistry! It’s not quite what you’d think of as surgery, but many people consider the appearance of their teeth to be just as important as that of the rest of their bodies, so we thought – why not include it?
If you’ve always been self-conscious about your teeth, or if you don’t feel comfortable flashing a pearly white smile, then cosmetic dentistry is definitely worth your consideration. We can offer:
- Dental implants, which are sturdy, durable and realistic replacements for lost teeth.
- Teeth whitening, which is a simple and affordable way to bring the shine back to your smile.
- Orthodontics – where we can straighten your teeth out.
Whatever your situation, don’t let bad teeth ruin your enjoyment of life. We’re here to help - just book a consultation and we can discuss all of your worries and concerns.
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
We’ve recently seen some rather revealing pics of Hayden Panettiere which show her frolicking on the beach in her bikini. What we couldn’t help but notice was how buxom her breasts are looking these days, particularly in comparison to some pics taken back in 2009 when she was just beginning to become a household name.
The 23-year-old Heroes star seems to have gone up a couple of cup sizes in the past four years – and most of us don’t just grow bigger boobs overnight! She’s looking even more stunning now than she did in 2009, so we’re happy to see that she hasn’t been ashamed to indulge in a little surgery.
Boob jobs are becoming more and more popular every year, and it’s no wonder – it’s a relatively simple procedure, and who doesn’t want a nicer set? Go Hayden!
If you’ve always wanted to be treated like that star that you are, then our Secret Surgery VIP package is no doubt for you. Many people are concerned about undergoing surgery abroad because of the ‘lack’ of aftercare sometimes provided by overseas clinics – not with Secret Surgery.
Our VIP package ensures that you’re treated with the utmost care both before, during, and after your procedure. We’ve got top nurses and consultants all around the UK, and even after you come back home, we’ll make sure you’re well looked after.
This isn’t just in case anything goes wrong – though if it does, you’ll have someone to talk to straight away. It’s also so that you’ve got somewhere to go for support and concerns that you may have about recovery times following your surgery, or any other worries.
If you’re thinking of becoming a patient with Secret Surgery, consider our fantastic value VIP package… it’s the best you can get!
Well, nearly. We’ve still got tickets left for our mystery masquerade ball, which will be taking place on Saturday 28th September in Kent. To make up for the fact that you probably won’t be arriving in a magical pumpkin, we’ve got a red carpet and paparazzi prepared, and you can bring your own Prince Charming along!
It’s the perfect opportunity for interested readers to meet up with other readers – as well as us – and have a natter about all things surgery – and all things not! Make friends, get first-hand info on all of our procedures, and just generally have a ball!
It’s shaping up to be a night and a half, and we hope to see everyone there donning their best dresses and suits; I’m sure some of you might even want to buy a new dress for the night! (Well, it’s an excuse to tell the hubby, anyway…)
We really hope you’ll think about joining us for our magical masquerade ball. The night starts at 7pm, and tickets cost £75 per person. We’ll be meeting up at the De Vere Village Hotel, in Kent, who are also offering guests at the ball a special rate – £85 for a double room for the night. So, get your gladrags on and come and meet us!
To book tickets, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, and state the names of the attendees, as well as your e-mail address! See you soon, we hope.
Yep, here it is – the last part in our exclusive Angela Chouaib interview. The gorgeous Angela was interviewed by the equally gorgeous Jenny Southan of Business Traveller, where she shared all of the juicy details about the ins and outs of Secret Surgery, as well as the cosmetic surgery holiday industry. Read on to find out which questions Jenny saved until last.
What advice would you give someone looking to tag on some time to a business trip for medical treatment overseas if they have never done it before?
Please do your research, ask all the appropriate questions relating to the procedure you are considering and make an informed choice. Secret Surgery does attract quite a lot of city Executives that never want a peer to find out they’ve had a nip or tuck; so by doing this away from Harley Street and recovering in a luxury hotel with business facilities it allows them to still stay connected with their business during the recuperation period.
What happens if something goes wrong during, or as a consequence of, your medical treatment overseas? What rights and protection do you have? Do you need special insurance?
Things might go wrong in surgery as we all know no surgery is risk free! but it happens rarely, and there should always be ways to fix or reverse any unexpected complications! The more you research your procedure and surgeon will allow you to make an informed choice. These are the kind of questions you should be thinking about asking in your consultation:
Are there back-up medical facilities available if I become ill during the procedure?
- Does the clinic have insurance to cover malpractice or errors?
- Which company is your insurance with, and what is the level of cover?
- Are further treatments due to complications covered in the original cost of my treatment?
- What is the surgeons complication rates?
- How is the Hospitals Infection control managed and monitored?
- Its really important to get the lines of communication open… Ask if anyone has had a similar procedure and experience a complication and what did the surgeon do to rectify it? Ask about healing stages, aftercare and associated timescales…
You can also take out a specialist Medical Travel Insurance Policy; see: http://www.medicaltravelshield.com/
Do you have to involve your GP when arranging medical treatment overseas?
GP Involvement is minimal – it is somewhat up to the patient to discuss this with them which we always recommend. We occasionally ask patients who present with medical conditions such as depression, blood pressure issues or diabetes to speak to their GP about their plans and get their GP’s advice/approval that they feel they are under control and suitable candidates.
We recently featured part one of this exclusive interview in our blog. Today, we’ve got part two, and it’s even juicier! Jenny Southan interviewed Angela Chouaib, MD and founder of Secret Surgery, for Business Traveller. Here’s what she found out.
What kinds of procedures and treatment do people from the UK tend to go abroad for? What about people from the US?
The most of my patients fall into the 4 main procedures Tummy Tucks, Breast Lift, Breast Reductions and Face Lift – I believe this is the global trend in patient requests.
What are the advantages of going abroad for medical treatment?
In my personal experience I found it to be less sales driven and money orientated. The surgeon has that good old fashioned doctor/patient relationship where you are never seen as a walking cheque book and the really take the time to understand you long term expectations and manage these in a caring way. I personally couldn’t have afford a UK surgeon with the same level of expertise and standard of private hospital facilities that I accessed in the Poland.
What are the risks of going abroad for medical treatment?
At the core of my objectives at Secret Surgery is the desire to help other people achieve an equally positive safe experience of cosmetic surgery. Many risks are managed as effectively as possible for example we ask patients to remain in destination for 7-10 days post procedure, this allows the surgeon to monitor healing, wound management, remove stitches prior to discharging the patient as being safe to fly home. DVT is a big risk on long haul flights (which is why I don’t offer this) On short 1-2 hour flights we can be limit risk by methods such as herapin injections and recommending surgical support socks are worn.
How does the issue of language affect getting medical treatment abroad?
Many nations speak English as their second language and I actually find this a positive instead of seen as a language barrier as medical team a consultation stage take extra time to explain things in more detail than you may get in your native tongue and also this is explained in layman terms (no patient wants to hear long latin words) I haven’t had any real concerns from patient post operative that have identified a language barrier.
So there you are! We’re hoping that this interview will help to reassure any patients with worries about travelling abroad for surgery; there are a lot of common worries about quality and language barriers which our patients often raise with us, and hopefully Angela’s candid answers will put a lot of minds at ease.
Angela Chouaib, MD and founder of Secret Surgery Ltd., has recently been had an exclusive interview with Business Traveller – and in it, she told the story of how Secret Surgery began. It’s one that should interest all of our readers, since Angela began her story just like most of you – unhappy and looking for somewhere to have high-quality, affordable surgery. Want to know how she turned this into the opportunity of a lifetime? Read on to find out…
“My name is Angela Chouaib. In 2009 I was in the same position as many others are now – trawling the internet, leafing through piles of medical marketing literature and altogether overwhelmed by the options available to a woman considering cosmetic surgery. Surely there was an easier way? I remember asking myself.
My frustration was compounded by more than just the search for a perfect plastic surgeon. Having shed 10 stone through weight-loss surgery, I now had to face the long wait until I’d ascended the NHS waiting list. The length of time I would have to wait would be two years. I needed an alternative solution. There were so many factors that I had to take into consideration in making a decision, from the cost of the procedure to the safety, skill and reputation of the surgeon.
In April 2010 I flew from the UK, to have my long awaited tummy tuck. Any previous reservations I had were unfounded – not only was the customer care exemplary, but the treatment exceeded all my expectations! I returned a short time later for a breast reduction and uplift and Vaser Liposuction to reshape my thighs.
When I returned home from my second procedure, I couldn’t help but feel the hospital and surgeon deserved more recognition. Back in the UK people were paying exorbitant rates for treatments they could receive in Poland for a fraction of the fees, and with the same level of expertise, safety, and professionalism as was offered in the UK.
My life changing and positive experience of elective cosmetic surgery in Poland was to be the proud banner I would wave for other women researching safe, overseas cosmetic surgery options, after all I learnt in the process of my extensive research that choice is something we should be entitled to as long as it is always a safe well informed one.
I spoke about my experience very positively in many forums, groups, and mediums; I soon became an information point for other women considering their options, by speaking truthfully I removed the stigma associated with overseas cosmetic surgery, and dispelled the myths that circulated in the press and media. It was at this time with great passion, enthusiasm and belief, and as a result of my own journey of transformation that Secret Surgery Ltd was born.
Since the beginning of my venture, I have created strong links with surgeons the length and breadth of Europe. I have set up support groups here in the UK to allow people to meet face to face or online to discuss concerns, I have sourced fully qualified practitioners at the forefront of their profession, and accommodated the needs of clients looking for the right procedure and surgeon to achieve their personal objectives – just as I was looking for, several years ago.”
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!
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.
We’ve got some top secret information for readers of the Secret Surgery blog: Angela Chouaib has been interviewed by Amanda Haar, the editor of Medical Travel Today, for a feature in their June newsletter – which gets sent all around the world! Especially for readers here at Secret Surgery, we’ve got an exclusive draft of the interview, giving you a sneak peek into some of the questions that Angela’s been asked!
What was your working background prior to launching Secret Surgery?
Well, I worked in various positions in tourism starting from the young age of just 13! I worked in tourist hotels, and then I moved on to more senior positions in marketing. I also lived in Greece for a number of years as a representative for high-end clients on luxury holidays!
Why is the word ‘secret’ in the brand name?
Well, there are a number of reasons. Not a lot of people like to talk about their desire for cosmetic surgery, and some people even go so far as to do it in secret! It also emphasizes how seriously we take our patients’ privacy and… well… it’s fun! It makes people curious to know more. Doesn’t it?
What is the demography of your clients like – are there any from outside the UK?
I prefer to work with UK customers, and most of our clients are ladies over the age of 40. Why? Well, I relate to them – and I used to be one of them. I can fulfill the needs of UK women, because I understand what they are. There are subtle cultural differences even among European countries, and I like to know I’m doing the best job I can.
How many people come to Secret Surgery annually, and how’s that number changed over the past few years?
We think, this year, that we’ll see around 250 patients. Last year that figure was 150, and the year before, 50!
What’s the biggest challenge facing you in terms of business growth?
Definitely the British media. They love to support UK-based clinics and surgeries by spreading the myth that surgery abroad is dangerous and risky. I’m not saying there aren’t surgeries like that out there, but there are also many – like us – who really do hold ourselves to the high standards you’d find in the UK. Funnily enough, nobody questions it when somebody gets on plane to the US to get better cancer treatment…
If you want to hear more, stick around and read the Medical Travel Today newsletter in June, in which the full, edited interview will be published. In it, Angela talks about the procedures offered by Secret Surgery, the hospitals we work with, our staff… and much, much more!
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.
Thank you Secret Surgery for organising everything and that the surgery went really well. Mr Marwan Saifi and his staff were true Professionals from beginning to end and I am happy to recommend them to anyone. I shall keep in touch as I will need more surgery on my crown area in the near future. Once again thank you For your help. PETE FROM MANCHESTER
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 new craze in the US is the ‘Brazilian butt lift’, which hasn’t quite made it over to the UK yet. However, it’s making some women go a little overboard in prep for their surgery – even going so far as to deliberately gain weight before going under the knife for it!
The idea is that by gaining weight before indulging in a BBL, the patients will have enough fat to be injected into their bums! I don’t know about you, but I’m more concerned about getting rid of the fat in my bum – I don’t want more of it!
The Brazilian Butt Lift marks an interesting turning point in cosmetic surgery, but it will certainly be interesting to see whether this trend is here for the long haul. Being bootylicious is certainly a good thing, although it seems strange for a healthcare professional to advise eating high calorie diets for the sake of surgery.
The important thing to remember, whether you want a Brazilian bum or not, is that good health is more important than anything else. Putting on a few pounds before surgery is one thing – but you’ve got to make sure your diet is still healthy, and make sure you can get rid of them if you need to afterwards.
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!
Everyone knows Nicki Minaj – she’s one of the most famous faces on TV and one of the most famous voices on the radio today. She’s known for her vibrant appearance, often wearing wigs and outlandish – but always utterly gorgeous – fashions. However, Nicki may be a trendsetter in more ways than one – some surgeons believe that she’s indulged in a little nose surgery and/or breast implants to help those natural good looks along.
Nicki denies having had surgery on her face, but doesn’t say anything about the rest of her body. She says that instead of surgery, she uses special make-up and application techniques.
”I’ve never had surgery on my face. They’ll see contour and they’ll think you had surgery on your nose. No, no, no, look at RuPaul’s Drag Race and you’ll see how you can make your nose look any shape you want. When people see my makeup, they think all types of crazy things that I’m doing to my skin, but it’s makeup.”
Share the secret, Nicki! Whatever she’s doing, it seems to be working.
How does your weight loss story start? 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.
And was it then that you started looking into surgery? Two 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.
How did you find us? 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.
Why? 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.
What happened next? 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.
And what was your experience coming here like? 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.
And what about the surgery? The following day I was taken to the hospital and met Aga from secret Surgery, she helped me with the medical forms and administration that needs 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.
Excellent! Were you pleased by your experience here? 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.
That’s fantastic to hear. I am three weeks post op now and am looking forward to going back to Poland in March for my vasor Lipo on my front and back of thighs. Thank you to everyone concerned for making my Surgery journey so far a very positive experience.
Gastric surgery is without a doubt one of the most popular surgeries we perform. The greatest risks of the gastric surgery come from not following the diet properly. If you eat too much or eat food that you shouldn’t, you could have complications. Here’s a countdown of the six things that could happen to you if you don’t follow the rules!
- Dumping syndrome. This complication occurs most often after eating foods high in sugar or fat. These foods travel quickly through your stomach pouch and “dump” into your intestine. Dumping syndrome can cause nausea, vomiting, dizziness, sweating and eventually diarrhea.
- Dehydration. Because you’re not supposed to drink fluids with your meals, some people become dehydrated. You can prevent dehydration by sipping 48 to 64 ounces (1.4 to 1.9 liters) of water or other low-calorie beverages throughout the day.
- Nausea and vomiting. If you eat too much, eat too fast or don’t chew your food adequately, you may become nauseated or vomit after meals.
- Constipation. If you don’t follow a regular schedule for eating your meals, don’t eat enough fiber or don’t exercise, you may become constipated.
- Blocked opening of your stomach pouch. It’s possible for food to become lodged at the opening of your stomach pouch, even if you carefully follow the diet. Signs and symptoms of a blocked stomach opening include ongoing nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. Call your doctor if you have these symptoms for more than two days.
- Weight gain or failure to lose weight. If you continue to gain weight or fail to lose weight on the gastric diet, it’s possible you could be eating too many calories. Talk to your doctor or dietitian about changes you can make to your diet.
If you have had gastric surgery and you’re experiencing any of these problems, talk to your nurse or doctor straight away – the good news is that sorting out your diet should help to fix most of these problems!
As part of our ‘Under the Skin of Secret Surgery’ series, we’ve been taking a look at the experiences of some of our most valued staff. Today, our lovely nurse in the Czech team has been telling us all about her own favourite procedures, and what it is she loves about working in the glamorous cosmetic surgery industry.
What’s the biggest challenge in your job? It is probably the communication with the clients when I can hear their feedback and we can go through the treatment together and watch the changes before and after. Being a nurse isn’t any stereotypical job. There are always new knowledge and abilities I need to learn and there is no chance for a stagnation.
What’s the best part of your job? My favourite part is the post-op care when the clients are weak and they need nice approach and help. Also a psychical support is very important for them and I try to be there for them.
If you hadn’t become a nurse, what do you think you would have been? I think I would be a stewardess – for obtaining new experiences and improving in foreign languages.
If you were going to treat yourself to some surgery, what would you get done? If there was an acute need, I wouldn’t be afraid to choose anything.
What do you do to relax after a long day? The best relax for me is sport – pole dance.