Yummy mummy makeovers were the big thing of the new millennium, and they’re not getting any less popular. Women are beginning to realise that having children doesn’t mean sacrificing good looks and tight tums!
The beauty of a yummy mummy makeover is that you can make it whatever you want: you can customise your makeover to target any areas that you think need work – whether you’ve got post-baby belly or thunder thighs. Some of the most popular procedures we deliver as part of yummy mummy makeovers are:
- Tummy tucks, to tighten up your abs after the surgery
- Liposuction, which can target any areas of fat that you haven’t managed to lose yet
- Lifts – you can have a lift just about anywhere, from your face to your thighs!
Combine one or two surgeries and who knows – you might be looking even better than you did before you had your baby!
With all the stresses of becoming a new mother, nobody wants the added worry of being self-conscious about their body. Treating yourself to a yummy mummy makeover is one way to truly reward yourself for the hard work you’ve put into pregnancy and childbirth!
Liposuction: we’ve all heard of it. But did you know there are different kinds of liposuction? As with any procedure that’s been around for years, new and improved technologies come along, and improve the options available to those who want to undergo surgery.
There are four most common kinds of liposuction – VASER lipo, which is what we offer here at Secret Surgery; laser assisted lipo; suction-assisted lipo; and power-assisted lipo.
VASER® ultrasound-assisted liposuction uses specially designed probes that deliver ultrasound waves into the fat layer to selectively target and emulsify (liquefy) fat. In other words, it’s safe, efficient, and effective. Unfortunately, not all cosmetic surgery clinics have adopted this newer method yet – though we have.
More commonly, you’ll be offered suction-assisted lipo. During this procedure, a cannula – a small suction probe – will be inserted under the skin to suck the fat out of the body. Unfortunately, this rather rough procedure can also damage other important tissues which risks leaving a ‘lumpy, bumpy’ tone behind and may mean a longer recovery period.
When you’re considering liposuction, you need to weight up all the pros and cons; while the take-up on VASER lipo isn’t as too high as yet, it’s proving to be, by far, the safest and most effective method. VASER lipo targets only the fatty tissues which you want to be rid of, leaving everything else safe and intact.
If you undergo liposuction to get rid of some extra fat, then you’ll want to make sure you don’t put it back on straight after your operation! This doesn’t have to be difficult, though you do need to take caution when exercising post-surgery; gentle, simple exercise which don’t wear you out or slow down your healing are the best ways to ease you back into a healthy exercise regime after undergoing something like liposuction.
Just a few days after you’ve had the lipo, you can get your body moving around by making an effort to walk relatively short distances. If you’ve got access to a gym, you might feel brave enough to use the elliptical machines gently – but don’t wear yourself out too much on them, and don’t be tempted to use any machines which require more movement or flexibility than this.
More important is the approach to exercise you take in the long run. Liposuction isn’t a quick fix, and it isn’t something that will keep the fat off you for good. As with any other kind of weight loss, you need to eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly to stay slim post-lipo. Swimming, running, and cycling are all cheap, easy ways to keep your body in top shape post-lipo – but wait until you’re fully recovered to start on any of these!
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.
You’ve had the surgery, and you’re on your way home… it’s all done, right? Well… not quite. There is a little thing called ‘aftercare’, and it’s just as important as… any other kind of care! If you want your surgeries to go off without a hitch, then caring for yourself afterwards – and making sure you get the right care from your professionals – really is of the utmost importance.
First off, it’s good to know just what to expect after lipo. It’ll take 1-3 months to fully recover from lipo, though the pain from the op should be gone in about a week or so. In terms of aftercare, there are quite a few things you can do to help yourself heal so much better:
- Make sure you’re drinking plenty of fluids – but avoid alcohol
- Keep the area of the surgery clean, and resist the temptation to apply ice packs – they’ll slow the healing process down
- Change the bandages regularly, or when your surgeon has advised you to
- Don’t expose the operated area to water – this could cause an infection
- Wear light, comfortable garments
- Make sure the pressure garment you wear post-surgery is the right size
- Always keep help at hand!
If you follow this simple advice, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t heal in no time. Of course, this is general advice intended for most people; if your surgeon or consultant has given you more specific advice which may, in some cases, contradict our tips above – always follow your surgeon’s advice!
With only just over six weeks left until Christmas, it’s the time of year when we’re all scrabbling around the fruit and veg sections of the supermarket, trying to lose a few pounds before the holidays. I don’t know about you, but I’ll be seeing family members and friends for the first time in twelve months – and I want to look good!
Of course, this also means that here at Secret Surgery, we’re already experiencing the pre-Christmas rush; everyone wants to look their best for the festive period, and I don’t blame them, especially when my sister always insists on taking dozens of photos every year!
One way to ensure that you’re looking great for Christmas is a little vaser liposuction – it’s a quick way to smooth out your figure and shed a few pounds from your problem areas. Face lifts and other anti-ageing treatments are also popular at this time of year, as well all face up to the fact that another Christmas means we’re another year older – even if we don’t have to look it.
Now, there is one other reason we’re always busy at Christmas… surgery gifts! If you’re stuck on an idea for a Christmas gift for your loved one, why not treat them to a consultation with Secret Surgery? We’ve got clinics across the UK, and, after all, who wouldn’t want a makeover for Christmas?
At Secret Surgery, we pride ourselves on honesty and great communication; after all, it’s what you ladies really want that matters, right? We know that cold salesmanship isn’t what’s needed in this industry, and we’re here to help you to make the best decisions you can – even if it means that deciding surgery isn’t for you.
That’s why, today, it’s time to debunk some myths about liposuction. Too many people are under the impression that liposuction is something it isn’t: that is, a cheap route to a thin bikini body. Well, here’s the big reveal: hat’s not how it works, and it’s not really what liposuction is for.
Losing weight is hard, and it’s no wonder that people will look for an easy option; nobody ever said it was easy. Unfortunately, liposuction won’t help you to lose a large amount of weight; in fact, there are limits on how much fat can be removed, and it isn’t that much.
So, what is liposuction for? It’s really just the icing on the cake, as it were. Maybe you’re just not that overweight, or maybe you’ve been losing weight for months but you just can’t shift those last few pounds – we can help you to do that. If you want something that will take you from ‘slim’ to ‘streamlined’, liposuction can help. It can also help you to target fatty areas – big bums and thunder thighs – that otherwise just don’t shift with exercise.
What we can’t do is make you lose pounds and pounds. Unfortunately, we need your help with that one.
We’ve got another Secret Surgery Story today, this time coming from a young patient who came to us for a boob job – and a little lipo. Here’s her story.
“I wanted a boob job and a little vaser liposuction, but couldn’t afford the 7-8K I was quoted at Harley Street. So a friend of mine recommended contacting Angela from Secret Surgery after she met her at a conference.”
“I contacted Angela and I’m really glad that I did, it’s totally changed my life for the better. She helped me out so much and she arranges the flights, the apartment, the hospital transfers, and as well as the surgery I even had a wonderful personal assistant in Poland called Aga.”
“Everything was thought about in advance and included. The price was around three grand less and the service was better than I could have ever imagined.”
“I would recommend Secret Surgery to anyone. In fact, I do recommend Angela to everyone that mentions cosmetic surgery. Thank you Angela, and a huge thanks to the wonderful doctor for his treatment. Keep up the wonderful work that you do at Secret Surgery dot co dot UK.”
We’ve got yet another glowing patient review to share with you all today, and this one comes from the mysterious Mr. Y, from London, who underwent a gynecomasty with us – also known as a male breast reduction procedure. We can add that our enigmatic Mr. Y was of Asian origin, and decided to travel out so see us during Euro 2012 football cup!
So, what made you look around for surgery? “I got tired of having man-boobs and wanted out of the club. I looked at alternatives as surgery really didn’t seem like the most attractive solution. From pills to, well, other pills – nothing seemed like a decent permanent solution. Thus, my search for a surgical option came under way. I looked at the sites online that offer to call you back once you register, and the average price was around £4000 – which was far more than I could afford, so that was that.”
“Somehow, in the middle of all this, I ended up getting in touch with Angela at Secret Surgery – or rather, she got in touch with me. She offered half the price and, such was, by default, in the lead for my custom. Frankly, the feeling of just getting it over and done with overtook my reservations about going for cosmetic surgery abroad.”
And what was it like? “The thing is, though, the hospital I ended up in was better than any I have seen in Harley Street – no, really! – and the staff were all absolute gems. The doc was very knowledgeable – the dude had a Phd. – and friendly. My local guide, Aga, was also the perfect guide! As for Eastern Europe… well, I loved it! It was clean and more friendly than France, and I certainly hope to go back someday.”
“After surgery, I have never felt the need to use any pain killers as the pain never got above ‘annoying’.” Well, good! We’re always pleased to hear that we have happy patients – and lucky for us, we hear it a lot!
We’ve got a very special Secret Surgery testimonial video to share with everyone today, and we’re so pleased that we’ve been sent it. This video is from a patient who underwent liposuction with us recently… as you’ll soon find in the song!
The song tells the story of our patient’s insecurities about having to wear a swimsuit to the beach, before she decides to visit Secret Surgery for some ‘cosmetic action’!
“Where can I get rid of these thighs? Where can I look kinder to other people’s eyes?” It’s got to be said, this is a couplet that’s captured what a lot of people in the UK today think, and we’re glad someone has so articulately been able to put it into words.
The song ends with a wonderful couple of lines that sums up everything we hope to do at Secret Surgery: “I might go and get some liposuction today, and look my perfect way.” Undergoing cosmetic surgery isn’t about looking the way anybody else wants you to look; it’s about looking the way you to look. We’re glad that we’ve got one happy patient here, and we’re hoping we’ll be able to make a lot more people look their perfect way in the future, too!
No, I’ve got to be honest – nor have I. But I suppose that goes to show I’m just not thinking creatively about cosmetic surgery. With the kind of technology available to cosmetic surgeons these days, people can really get to grips with their insecurities and tackle anything that’s bothering them.
For one woman, featured in a recent edition of The Mirror, that means her toes. Nikki Wilson, a 23-year-old receptionist in the UK, recently underwent a £1,800 surgery on her toes. This included liposuction, to remove the fat, and a ‘Loub Job’, which involves the injection of Botox and fillers into the balls and heels of the feet.
Nikki says “I know people will laugh, but if you don’t like the way your ears stick out you have them fixed, and the surgery has made me feel like a new woman. I was toe-dysmorphic. I hated the way I looked.”
A big reason for Nikki’s surgery was her love of shoes. “I love shoes and have a collection worth over £3,000, but I constantly felt people would look at my feet and think they were ugly. I blamed fat toe genes. I know it’s ludicrous, but it’s how I felt.”
Actually, we don’t think it’s ludicrous. At Secret Surgery, we know just how wide and varied people’s insecurities are, and feeling shy about your toes is just as normal to us as feeling embarrassed over a slightly tubby tum.
It’s great to see that Nikki has taken the plunge and done something which is going to make her feel happier and more confident for the rest of her life. If a little toe surgery is going to let Nikki enjoy herself, well, we think – what’s the harm?
Lisa tells us about her concerns with surgery abroad, which is something we come across quite often here at Secret Surgery. “I was really apprehensive about going and having surgery abroad without meeting the consultant before travelling. Lots of friends had expressed concern about my trust in overseas surgery.”
Were your fears soon allayed? “Having travelled to Poland I have nothing but praise for the way I was treated and the professionalism and kindness that I was shown. The surgeon and hospital were fantastic. I am really pleased with the results, and am hoping to go back at some point in the future.”
Wow, excellent! We often see a big turnaround in our patients’ impressions of surgery abroad after they’ve come to visit us. “I would highly recommend your services to anyone as nothing was too much trouble.”
If you’re thinking of taking the plunge yourself, why not have a look through our vaser lipo quote and info pack here. To take the next step and receive a FREE personalised info pack and quote please visit www.SecretSurgery.co.uk or call 0843 289 4 982 or email Info@SecretSurgery.co.uk
Mary, from Ireland, has got more news for us today about the surgeries she underwent with us earlier this year. Mary came to Secret Surgery for Vaser Lipo on her thighs, and apparently hasn’t looked back since. Here’s what she’s got to say about it.
“Three years ago, I started attending Weight Watchers after seeing a picture of myself at a wedding. I was disgusted with how I looked, and after two and half years at Weight Watchers I managed to bring my weight down by six stone and eight pounds!”
“The result was fantastic, but it also meant I had a lot of saggy bits and extra skin left over after such a large weight loss. I looked into cosmetic surgeries in Ireland, but they were all too expensive.”
“This is when I came across Secret Surgery. I contacted Angela, and she was so quick to respond! She was considerate, and I had so many questions – but to her there was no such thing as a silly question!”
“I left with my sister-in-law, Valerie, for Wroclaw on April 28th, and I was so impressed when we got to the hospital. It was immaculate, and the staff were amazing and friendly. I had the vaser lipo as part of my second operation, and it was painless, comforting and easy!”
“It was the best decision of my life. Angela was great, and my experience was made so much better by being there with Valerie, and meeting Sacha, another patient there at the time. We explored the hospital together, and had a great time.”
It’s always wonderful to hear that people have positive experiences here at Secret Surgery. If you’ve got a story to share with the world, don’t hesitate to drop us an e-mail with your Secret Surgery Story.
Never mind Moves Like Jagger – we wish – more of us ladies have to put up with men that have got moobs like Jabba! Moobs, or man boobs, as you might also call them, can result in men for two reasons, though both of which are correctable with cosmetic surgery. I’m sure I speak for more than just myself when I say that moobs are not the most attractive
The first is medical; a condition called clinical gynecomastia, also known as male breast enlargement, can be caused by a hormonal imbalance of elevated levels of oestrogen or lowered levels of testosterone. While this condition can go away of it’s own accord, it can also hang around, and in these cases it’s certainly worth seeing a doctor to find out about the possibilities of medication or surgery.
Of course, not all men have that excuse. Most moobs probably come about simply because the chest area, like everywhere else on our bodies, is somewhere that excess fat can be stored. I know enough from my own body that when you pile on the pounds, they end up everywhere you least want them. Women aren’t the only victims of this!
Now, you could go out and buy yourself a manissiere, but let’s face it: that’s hardly going to make you feel any more masculine, is it? One way to really eradicate those moobs is to opt for liposuction, which can remove the fat from the pockets on the chest, thus bringing your man boobs down to a more manly size.
Male breast reduction is becoming more and more popular in the UK, as men stop seeing cosmetic surgery as a vanity, and more as something that they sometimes might just need to do for themselves. All jokes aside, ‘moobs’ can make a man feel very feminine, and it’s obviously not great for confidence or self-esteem.
But, don’t fret. It’s pretty easy to turn yourself from Jabba the Hutt into Han Solo, with a little nip here, and a tuck there… At Secret Surgery, we can arrange the scans to determine whether you need a gynacomasty or liposuction, and the surgery, flights and accommodation will all be sorted out by us.
Today, we’re lucky to have another of our previous patients regale you with their Secret Surgery experience. Alyson underwent liposuction with us, and is here to talk about how she came to her decision to undergo the procedure, and what it was like once she did. It’s worth bearing in mind what Alyson has to say about Liposuction, because it’s valuable advice.
“Let me tell you something about Vaser Lipo.” Alyson starts. “It is not a quick fix, nor is it for the faint-hearted. You need to know that. This is not a horror story, though – like anything you choose to do to your body – tattoos, piercings, even your hair-style, it’s deeply personal and should not be done on a whim.”
“I had researched lipo for quite some time before I even had any consultations – and I had had a few – I read testimonials and horror stories, but most of all I made sure that I knew what I could realistically achieve through liposuction.”
“I’ve never been a very heavy girl, but I’ve always carried extra weight in the same place – just around my tummy, hips and thighs. I’ve always had curves, and I’ve made my peace with that, but I wanted an extra helping hand to give me a kick start and help me achieve something closer to what I wanted.”
“Now, it’s important to remember that lipo is not about weight loss. I’m sorry girlfriend – that hard work is all down to you! It does remove excess fat cells, which can help you to define your curves, but it’s not about big losses.”
Whether it’s vanity or self-esteem, plastic surgery is all about how you feel about yourself.” says Alyson. “It’s nothing to be ashamed of. What you choose to do with your body is your own business – just make sure you have all the facts first.”
“I had three consultations before I chose to go with Secret Surgery. Not one of those three told me of the pitfalls of Vaser liposuction, and yet it’s something that you must be aware of. Take your time getting to know the procedure and don’t let anyone treat you like a walking cheque-book! If your surgeon tries to make you think they can turn you into Angelina Jolie, my advice is to walk right on out of there!”
“Angela, at Secret Surgery, asked me what my expectations were in her very first e-mail, and I was pretty much sold on Secret Surgery there and then. They were always honest with me about what I could realistically achieve, and clear about all the facts – lipo is for contouring, and it’s no replacement for the gym.”
“I worked so hard and changed my lifestyle so that I could make the most of the procedure. The full results of lipo don’t show for some time, and it can make you feel sore, stiff and swollen for some time afterwards; in fact, I didn’t hit the gym for at least six weeks after my lipo. You need to be ready for long-term commitment if you undergo lipo.”
And how did it all pan out in the end? “My self-confidence has soared since I took myself on this voyage 6 months ago with the help and support of Angela, Dr. W, Aga, and all the wonderful people who form my support group. They’ll be there for you all the way, too, if you’re up for the challenge.”
“Personally, all I can say is ‘Thank you Secret Surgery, for helping me to change my life.”
Thank you too! We’re always so pleased to hear that people are happy with their successes at Secret Surgery, but Alyson’s story also contains some important warnings for people considering VASER lipo; it’s not a quick fix, but it can do great things – just bear your limitations in mind!
Alyson will also be joining us again in December for our Xmas Market Trip – CLICK ON THIS LINK TO FIND OUT HOW TO JOIN US ON THIS TRIP
Liposuction is not something to take lightly; it’s a great option for hundreds and thousands of people, but signing the form to undergo the surgery isn’t just like buying a low-fat yoghurt at the supermarket.
While the media are happy to portray liposuction as an option for people too lazy to diet ‘properly’, this just isn’t true; anyone who has ever undergone the procedure knows very well that it isn’t simply chosen because it’s the ‘easy’ option. Choosing to go through with liposuction is actually one of the hardest and bravest decisions that many people can make.
The truth is, liposuction is a last resort; of course we would all rather just eat more salad and go running every week, but it doesn’t always work that way. Many women – and men – simply struggle to shift the pounds naturally, and not because of their lifestyles, either. Metabolism is a mysterious thing.
Liposuction also helps to ‘spot’ lose small amounts of weight; no matter how hard you diet, you can never choose where the pounds are going to come off. If you’re sick of always losing weight from your breasts and never enough from your bum, then liposuction is really the only solution. Of course, it’s no replacement for a good diet and exercise, but it complements your other efforts.
Angela Chouaib, MD and founder of Secret Surgery Ltd, says that “Most of the patients who come to us to talk about liposuction have already done the research, and already know what to expect from it. Unfortunately, it’s often people outside the industry – reporters and critics – who don’t bother to find out what liposuction is really for. It’s not easy, and it’s not lazy; it’s just one of many solutions to an all-too-often seen problem.”
We’ve all heard of liposuction, the seemingly magical solution to all of our body fat issues. Here at Secret Surgery, we offer lipo for your arms, thighs, and bottoms; those visible and fat-prone areas. These days, liposuction has too many poster girls, and yet the everyday, down-to-earth mum of four doesn’t aspire to look anything like Katie Price. We get that. Liposuction does not have to be drastic. It can simply provide you with a solution to your problems with stubborn fat and flab.
So what’s actually involved in getting liposuction?
Liposuction involves tiny incisions. These feature infusions of a special liquid followed by the insertion of what’s referred to by medical professionals as a cannula to loosen excess fat tissue. All of this enables the fat to be fully removed, leaving you with an improved body contour and a lot less unwanted jiggles. The procedure itself takes just 2-3 hours, and the recovery time is roughly six weeks.
The liposuction timeline:
- At our modern facilities, we require you to stay in the hospital for one or two days following your liposuction procedure.
- For ten days following your procedure, you will be required to wear special and protective clothing around the affected areas.
- For up to three weeks after your liposuction surgery all physical activity is forbidden. Happily, this includes washing, vacuuming and ironing.
- For six weeks after your liposuction surgery, you need to massage the affected area for a full hour every day in order to ensure the best possible recovery, contour and eventual result.
- For six months after your lipo, sunbathing is forbidden, so be sure and schedule your lipo so that you’re back to your best well before the holiday season.
After that, you should be looking good, feeling great and back to your best!
Angela Chouaib MD & Founder of Secret Surgery Ltd states “whatever your reason for having liposuction we are here to help you both medically and support and mentor you through the emotional side of body imperfections too”
You know what men are like; when it comes to body image and feelings, they clamp up quicker than you can say “moob”. Unlike the fairer sex, you’ll never catch men around the water cooler at the gym discussing whether they fancy a bit of a nip and tuck or a few botox injections – if they did they’d be taunted by their macho mates for years to come.
No, poor men get the rough end of the stick when it comes to looking good. Not only are they just as insecure as women, confiding in friends is generally off-limits and even the idea of visiting a cosmetic surgeon could seem out of the question. But that needn’t be the case! (more…)