Yep, you heard right. For too long, cosmetic surgery has been seen as an industry aimed purely at women. But why? It’s not like we don’t want our men looking good too! If you’re a man and you’ve ever been feeling insecure about the way you look, then don’t rule out the option of surgery. We see plenty of men every day, and the vast majority of them have supportive wives and girlfriends looking forward to having a hunkier man at home with them!
We offer plenty of surgery options just for men – including pectoral implants – but we also see a lot of men who want the same surgeries that a lot of our lady patients want! This is fine – liposuctions, lifts, and tucks are not just for women. Men age in just the same way as us, and – even if most of them do seem to be able to eat like a horse without gaining weight – they do put on the pounds too!
We’d like to shake off the image of cosmetic surgery as a woman’s surgery. It’s not; and there’s nothing wrong – or feminine – about wanting to make yourself look the best you can be. What’s more, the bonus of our location in Poland means that you needn’t even tell your male friends that you’re going to have surgery; just tell them you’re on a lads holiday to Vegas – they’ll understand!
Yes, you heard it right – a dog! Obie, a super cute and super brave little dachshund, has recently undergone a tummy tuck.
Don’t worry, we love animal rights as much as the next person – this tummy tuck wasn’t exactly cosmetic. Obie lost an impressive 37lbs and was left with excess skin, which was making him uncomfortable. As you might know, dachshunds have low tummies, and skin rubbing against the ground can cause discomfort.
“He’s always had the personality where you can really tell he wants to interact,” Nora told Fox News in the US. “He wants to get around. So now that he can it’s pretty exciting. He’s just getting to be a dog.”
Last we heard, Obie was recovering from his operation in Portland, Oregon. Fingers crossed that Obie’s recovery goes off without a hitch!
A couple of weeks ago we posted a blog about self-care after liposuction – well, guess what? Caring for yourself after a tummy tuck is just as important! We find that most of our patients need a lot of guidance about how to take care of themselves post-surgery, but it’s best to be clued up and prepared before you even have the surgery! This way, you can make sure that everything is prepared for you before you even get home.
So – tummy tucks. Not the easiest of procedures to undergo, there are a number of things to bear in mind after you have a tummy tuck. Of course, the information below is general – if your surgeon or nurse tells you something different, do what they say!
Your doctor may give you medication to ease the pain and swelling that you will likely feel after a tummy tuck. Acetaminophen is a common choice of medication for tummy tuck patients, though most will need something stronger. Pain pumps, anti-nausea drugs and intravenous fluids are all regularly used in treating post-surgery tummy tuck patients. Most patients are advised to take antibiotics after surgery to reduce the chance of infection.
Drains and Bandages
Surgical drains are often used to speed up the healing process – they keep blood and fluid from building up between abdominal muscles and skin. Compression garments are very commonly recommended to patients after a tummy tuck; these improve blood circulation and support the abdomen. Most patients wear these for around a month after a tummy tuck.
Of course, resting is always important after any surgery. For the few weeks following surgery, it’s a good idea to bend forward a little to ease the pressure on the incision. You can start taking short walks straight after the tummy tuck, but avoid strenuous exercise, which can prolong swelling. Hopefully, you’ll be able to return to work around two to four weeks after your surgery!
Stick to these essential tips and you shouldn’t have any problems in your recovery! And remember – always do what the doctor orders!
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.
It seems that one way many divorcees are doing this is by treating themselves to a bit of cosmetic surgery; and, to be honest, why not? At first sight it might seem like a knee-jerk reaction to the shock of divorce, but actually it’s a very sensible decision to make – particularly if you’ve been pining after a little nip and a tuck for years.
It’s not all about showing your ex just what he’s missing, though; it can be scary being back in the dating game for the first time in years – or even decades – and who would blame you for wanting a little confidence boost to help you get back into the swing of things?
The important thing to remember is that when you make the decision to have cosmetic surgery, it’s a decision for life. It’s not something to rush into. But also, don’t worry if secretly you know that a recent break-up is partially what’s fuelling your desire for surgery; that’s totally normal! Splitting up from a long-term partner can bring some positives: it gives you the chance to be you again, whoever that might be!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!”
Today, Rachel from Wolverhampton is here to tell us about the rollercoaster ride she’s gone through in losing ten stone and finding herself again after many years! How did her experience with Secret Surgery go, and – will she be coming back?
Tell us how it all started? At a fraction under 22 stone and only 35 years old, I was miserable. I had two herniated discs in my spine, I could barely stand… even walking around the supermarket was just too painful. It wasn’t a life – I had to do something about it, so in April 2011, I had a Gastric Bypass, and it was the start of my new life.
And then what happened? Fast forward 18 months, I’m 10 stone lighter, much healthier, but stuck in what can only be described as a deflated, wrinkly old fat suit. I still felt ugly, and ashamed, and I knew what needed to be done, so I started looking for surgeons on the internet… this is where I found Angela and Secret Surgery.
Great – did you find our Facebook group? I joined the Facebook group, which I have to say, is one of the best things ever. I had the chance to talk to other ladies, and even some men who had the procedures I was interested in. I looked at the amazing results they were getting and I knew it was the right decision to make, so I sent my photos, explained what I wanted to be done, got my report back, and booked. From start to finish it was all so easy, not having to worry about a single thing, other than getting to the airport on time. Everything is done for you – flights, accommodation, transfers… the most stressful thing is working out what to pack!
And you liked the staff, didn’t you? Jack, the lovely taxi driver, is great, and so helpful. The beautiful Aga can’t do enough to help, and Dr W is a genius also, very funny and approachable, which is something you don’t get with a lot of surgeons!
But what of the hospital? The hospital is lovely, small enough that you don’t feel lost, and very very clean. The only thing I will do differently is bring my own food to the hospital next time – they don’t seem to understand breakfast, and I for one can’t do bread, cheese and tomato first thing in the morning!
And the accommodation? The apartments are lovely, light airy, and comfortable, close to the town, and ideal for Tesco, which is just a 10 minute walk up the road, great for some light exercise after surgery.
Fantastic! Any final comments? My results are amazing and I couldn’t be happier. I am happy and more confident, something which I haven’t been in years, and it has given me the boost I need to have further surgeries to fix the problems associated with huge weight loss. I really cannot recommend Secret Surgery enough, I tell everyone who will listen…I cannot wait to head back in March for my next two procedures!
A lot of us see new years as symbolic of new starts: we’ve got a whole twelve months ahead of us, and what better way to spend them than totally revamping ourselves? The thought that next Christmas you could be three sizes slimmer and twice as fit is a tempting one, and that’s why resolutions, diets and gym memberships are flying around like crazy at this time of the year.
Rarely, however, do we ask ourselves the truly important questions first: am I ready for this change? Sometimes, diets fail with our motivations levels, but sometimes we just simply aren’t ready to take them on. Undergoing major cosmetic surgery is similar – some people just aren’t ready for it. How can you tell if 2013 is your year?
Well, first off – are you sure you’re doing this for you? It sounds silly - of course I want to be slimmer, you might think – but sometimes, our hearts just aren’t in it. If you’re unhappy with your nose or your bum or your boobs because your boyfriend or your friends seem to think they’re lacking, but you like them… well, you’re not really unhappy with them, are you?
And then, even if you do want it, are you sure you have the time, energy and commitment for it? Many procedures entail taking a little time off work, and you may have to be patient before experiencing the results. You certainly can’t expect to have your surgery in the first week of February and be ready and healed up by Valentine’s Day!
If you’ve really thought about it and decide that yes – 2013 is your year – then don’t hesitate! We’re here to help everyone through the process of cosmetic surgery, and we make sure everyone is ready before they have surgery with us!
Megan Fox is definitely one of the foxiest new mums we’ve seen all year – unfortunately, that isn’t stopping her from feeling self-conscious about her body. The 26-year-old new mum has said that the paparazzi won’t be catching her in a bikini any time soon, as she doesn’t want to embarrass her child when he’s older!
Megan could be sugar-coating the truth a little, as we all know that the strains of childbirth can leave marks on the body. It’s possible that Megan is just feeling a little self-conscious of her new, post-birth tummy – which is of course, completely normal! None of us are used to it when we see the new wrinkles and lines that weren’t there before!
Whether Megan decides to opt for a little nip and a tuck to get her body back in bikini shape, we’ll have to wait and see. Tummy tucks are one of the most popular procedures for new mums, and they’re just what’s needed to get your young tum looking supple and stretchy, like it once did!
Obviously, Megan is still completely gorgeous – with or without any operation – so if she wants to take her motherhood naturally, that’s OK with us!
Neil, did you say? That’s right – tummy tucks are for men too! Today, Neil’s going to tell us all about his experiences undergoing a tummy tuck with us at Secret Surgery – and as he’ll rightly tell you, tummy tucks are not just for girls!
Tell us how it all started. “I had weight loss surgery in April 2011. Over the following 12 months I lost a substantial amount of weight – 9 stone and 7 pounds. I was delighted, never in my wildest dreams did I expect to lose so much weight. I went from an extremely unhealthy 54″ waist and having to buy all my clothes at Mr Big and Tall, to a very healthy 32″ waist and I could buy my clothes absolutely anywhere – that was fantastic.”
But there was a downside, wasn’t there? “I was left with hanging skin on my stomach, no amount of exercise or dieting was going to shift it, so I came to the conclusion that I was going to need a tummy tuck.”
So how did you find us? “I started doing research and luckily for me I was discussing this with a friend of mine who had heard of a company called Secret Surgery. I joined the group on Facebook and read the reviews, all the reviews were brilliant and positive, there was not one bad review. I spoke to Angela the MD of Secret Surgery, we had a good long chat about what I wanted and what she could offer, at no time was I pressured into making a decision, it is a big step and one that needs to be carefully thought about and all options considered.”
What made up your mind? “There was one particular photograph posted by a client showing the outcome of her tummy tuck and I thought, yes, that is exactly what I want. I then made my booking and paid my deposit.”
And what happened next? “From there Angela took over everything, she arranged the whole trip from start to finish, I literally had nothing to do whatsoever other than pack and catch the plane. Once I landed in Wroclaw I was met by the very beautiful Aga, she took me straight to the hospital where I met Dr. W, I have to say Dr. W is a wonderful, kind, thoughtful gentleman, with a sense of humour, and as I later found out a very skilled surgeon. We discussed what I wanted to achieve through the tummy tuck and the best way to achieve those results.”
Any last words? “I would like to say a very heartfelt thank you to you all, Angela, Aga, Dr. W, Jack, all the staff at the hospital and last but certainly not least the Secret Surgery group on Facebook.”
Undergoing a tummy tuck might not make you quite as tough as Frodo and Gandalf, but in our opinion, it certainly is an epic journey of its own. Joanne came to Secret Surgery for a tummy tuck recently, and today’s she going to share her journey – and all of its highs and lows – with us.
Let’s start at the beginning. “My journey started in May 2010 when I discovered that my blood pressure was so high I was at risk of having a stroke. This was due to me being six stone overweight – I was a size 22 and weighed 15 stone! The next day I joined a slimming club and in six months had lost three stone, which in turn led to me starting to exercise and then running.
And can you tell us what happened the next year? “In May 2011 I had hit my target weight and was now a size 14; me being me, that was not good enough and I continued running every day. By August 2011 I had slimmed to a size 10 , and had a fantastic new man in my life!”
Well that’s great – isn’t it? “But this weight loss, being big for 10 years and having two kids had taken its toll. I had loose skin on my tummy which hung down and looked like a deflated balloon! I was desperately unhappy with my body yet again.
So how did you hear about us? ” One of my friends had had the same problem, and she told me she had booked surgery with a company called Secret Surgery, in Poland. She showed me the Facebook group, and I read all the positive reviews, and felt totally reassured by these. She came back from her surgery a different woman! The results were fantastic, and I decided then and there that this was the company for me.”
What was your experience of Secret Surgery like? “From the first time I contacted Secret Surgery, they were totally professional in every way. Angela, the founder, was so helpful, my fight and accommodation were booked for me, and I was put in contact with two other ladies having the same op in the same week! It was a fabulous idea – we talked to each other on the closed Secret Surgery site and got excited together! Everyone else at the hospital – Aga and Dr. W. in particular – was great.”
And… what we’re all waiting for – the op? “I was taken down to the operation room by the nurses, and made to feel totally at ease. When I woke up, a few hours later, my every need was catered for. Pain relief was excellent, and I had a very comfortable night’s stay. I was transferred back to my room the next day and met up with my surgery buddy, my dressings were changed every day, and Dr. W. answered any questions I had!”
And after the op? “A couple of days later I was driven to my modern, homely apartment by Jack, the Secret Surgery driver. He was a wonderful and charming man – and knew Wroclaw like the back of his hand. We stayed in the apartment for five days, with my dressings changed at the hospital every day and visits from Aga and Dr. W reassured me that everything was well. In my last few days, I was well enough to sightsee around the city, and I said my goodbyes to Aga and Dr. W.
One final question: are you pleased you went? “I am 100% happy with the results of my op! I cannot thank Secret Surgery enough for changing my life and making the whole thing so easy. They are a professional, friendly company who I would have no hesitation in recommending. I will keep in contact with any concerns in my recovery – though I’ve got none yet!”
Cosmetic surgery isn’t just for women – some of the hottest men in the world have achieved their buff bods with a bit of surgery – and we’ve got one of them here today: Mr. J, London’s coolest party animal – and a world-class jet-setter. He’s written his own ‘surgery story’, below – in the hopes that other party freaks will take his lead.
“While I considered having surgery abroad, I reviewed loads of doff companies – before Secret Surgery appeared. Being an international First Class flight attendant, you can imagine all the nice hotels and amazing destinations I see. I wanted a surgery company that provides the same, if not better.
I like my luxuries, and – let me tell you – luxury is what I received! From the minute I e-mailed Secret Surgery, I had a service that I can only describe as incredible. I travelled to Poland earlier this year, where everything from the amazing driver, Jack, to the beautiful and efficient Aga and the excellent surgeon Dr. W, was exceptional.
Walking into the private hospital I felt like I was in a hotel. It was a true home away from home – beautiful, modern, and friendly. We talked everything through with a realistic idea of the outcome, and the op all went to plan perfectly. The aftercare was above and beyond.
Angela, the MD of Secret Surgery, was there from the start to the finish, support me and encouraging me in any way possible. The woman is amazing, and goes above and beyond to provide such a personal service.
Following my surgery, I stayed in one of the most beautiful hotels I’ve ever been in. It was packed with luxuries, and the bed was so comfortable I could even lie on my side after having a mini tummy-tuck!
The aftercare was absolutely amazing and always efficient and consistent. Ten days after my surgery, I returned to the UK, and everything was healing well. I made a strong recovery – though seven weeks later, I noticed that my scar wasn’t as I imagined it would be.
I contacted Angela, who discussed with me what we could do. She was so supportive and comforting, looked at pictures, and agreed with my suggestions to have scar correction surgery. This was seven weeks ago, and it’s now looking better than ever.
Angela paid for everything and put me up in the most beautiful apartment for recovery. I received the same great service – if not better – on my return.
Working in the industry, I know everything about travel and tourism. I couldn’t possible recommend a more professional, personal, attentive and supportive surgery tourism company. I’ve been blown away by Secret Surgery and the entire experience; even now, I get e-mails to see how I’m doing!”
Don’t be afraid, guys – cosmetic surgery is hot whether you’re a guy or a gal. Taking care of your appearance isn’t feminine – it’s just good sense. Want to be recognised by the most attractive women in clubs, or give your wife a super gift for Christmas this year? Give us a call and we can talk about your options!
If you’ve ever considered a tummy tuck – STOP. Stop reading surgery sites, and start reading real life stories of how people, just like you, have come to Secret Surgery for a tummy tuck. Today, Paul’s going to tell us all about his wife’s tummy tuck with us – why not spend a few minutes finding out what a tummy tuck is really like?
How did it all start? “In July last year we finally started to look at options for my wife having her tummy tuck. After looking at the prices in the UK I decided to have a look at surgery abroad. I trawled the Internet and found many companies offering services. I contacted a few and received at best hit and miss replies.”
And how did you find Secret Surgery in all of this? “One company kept cropping up and finally late one evening I phoned secret surgery ltd. After having a lengthy conversation with wonderful Angela i knew instantly that this was the only choice to make.”
What happened next? “We received detailed information at all times, kept fully informed of all arrangements and costs and had any questions answered quickly and honestly. The support we received up until departure was amazing. On arrival in Poland we were amazed by the extremely high standards in the hospital.”
Oh? A lot of people feel worried about going abroad for surgery – but you were pleased with the facilities? “Extremely clean, in fact spotless, all the staff helpful friendly and also all spoke English. And then to Dr W. A true professional, honest, charming and funny! But most of all, after seeing my wife’s results a truly talented surgeon. Every aspect of the hospital stay was superb.”
Great news. Any final words about your experience with Secret Surgery? “Angela and secret surgery arrange everything for you, you can genuinley sit back and let them arrange everything from flights, accommodation, an assistant in Poland (thanks Aga!) in fact anything!! I cannot thank Angela enough for everything she has done. Her absolute dedication to achieving perfection and 100% customer satisfaction is beyond words. She is there all the way through, and is an honest and genuine person whose passion to help others achieve there own goals is truly remarkable.”
We all know that patient reviews are the best way to ensure that your chosen cosmetic surgery clinic delivers what it offers – so here’s some wise words from Aggie, a previous patient of ours at Secret Surgery.
Did it take you a while to decide on Secret Surgery? “After many months of research, I narrowed down a few clinics and eventually went with this one.”
And what did you think of the service with Secret Surgery? “From my first enquiry to the day I left, I was in good hands. I never had to worry about a thing. I was collected from the airport, taken to the hospital, and everywhere in between.”
Were you pleased you went abroad for surgery – what were the staff like? “Very, very professional, very clean, polite and friendly, and worth every penny! With the medical care in the UK was the same as out here, but it’s not.”
And what about now – after the operation? “Almost six weeks after my operation, I’m so so happy with the results. I will be going back again soon for more work; the doctor was great, and he was there every day to check that I was OK and in no pain. It was all perfect, and I had no complaints at all.”
High praise indeed! Any final words? “Aga is a diamond! She’s the lady that will organise everything for you. She’s the best! Thanks all so very very much.”