We’ve got another very special Secret Surgery testimonial today. Yet another happy patient has recorded a video for us all about her experience in Poland – and we’re pleased to report that it was a positive one! Read on to find out more, and watch the video for a real insight into one of our real patients.
“I highly recommend Secret Surgery. Angela’s been absolutely fantastic; she made the whole journey an experience – an easy one to take. Everything was very informative and very soothing in a time of need.”
“The surgeon, Dr. W in Poland, and his assistant Aga were second to none. I would definitely recommend Secret Surgery and I would consider more surgery myself in the future.”
“Thanks Secret Surgery dot co dot UK, for giving me back some body confidence!”
We’re always so pleased to hear happy patients’ stories, and so we’re also pleased to post them here! If you’ve got something to share with the world about your experience with Secret Surgery, then don’t hesitate to get in touch with us!
In so many ways, life is a constant struggle to communicate; if only we as human beings could somehow flawlessly understand each other all of the time, we’d probably find life a lot easier to get through without trouble.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. When it comes to surgery abroad, there are even more language barriers than in everyday life. There’s the literal language barrier that you’ll meet when you travel to a foreign country to undergo your surgery. There’s a technical language barrier, when our surgeons try to explain your surgery to you in a way that doesn’t necessitate scientific knowledge, and there’s a social language barrier – as there always is – between you and your surgeon. Can you say this? Can you ask this?
Yes! Of course you can. At Secret Surgery, we know how important it is to be able to communicate with people – and communication in the patient-doctor relationship is all the more crucial. We’ve broken down the communication barriers, so you don’t feel misunderstood when you opt for surgery with us.
Consultants are available throughout the UK, so any worries and problems you have can be brought directly to them. Our expert team of surgeons are as practised in bedside manner as they are in their own medical specialisms, and we’re dedicated to making cosmetic surgery less daunting, less intimidating, and much more… fun! As the most accessible medical tourism company in the UK, we don’t need to be told that we’re good at communication.
Angela Chouaib, MD and founder of Secret Surgery Ltd., says that “Secret Surgery’s aim is to make surgery abroad hassle-free, and a huge part of that is knowing that online support is available 365 days a year. We’re here for you when you need us – and that’s what’s important.”
Secret Surgery also offers an 24/7 online support community here.
Part 10 - What If Something Does Go Wrong?
So you know it’s important to ask questions about the surgery, and to always ask questions of yourself. You’ve learnt what to look for in contracts, and may have everything documented and detailed to perfection. You know where you’re going, you have your finances in order, and you’re ripe and ready to travel. You’re flexible, you have a friend to hand, and you know to plan for complications.
But no matter how much we plan, things sometimes go wrong even if you choose surgery at the hospital down the road! I wrote this guide to help you prepare for your own surgery abroad, as when I underwent surgery myself I could have done with a clear ‘how to’ guide! I hope you’ve been able to take something from it, including these last three pieces of advice:
1. Make sure you have a GP at home who knows you’re going abroad, and will help you on return to the UK. There’s a stigma surrounding medical tourism, and I know only too well that general practitioners are sometimes the authors of it. However, if you find the right GP and express how prepared you are for every eventuality, he or she should support and respect your decision.
2. Ask the surgeon abroad what to expect post-operatively, because you should know what level of pain or discomfort is normal. Of course it’s worrying when you haven’t experienced surgery before, but knowing if something really has gone wrong is imperative.
3. Lastly, don’t worry about getting in touch with the surgery. It’s ridiculous to suffer in silence, so simply contact them to express any concerns you might have. It’ll be easier to deal with if you alert them quickly, and you’ll feel more confident once you have all the answers.
Luckily, complications due to cosmetic surgery are rarer than you might think: we perform hundreds of operations monthly, and we haven’t had a single complication to date. We monitor your progress post-operatively so we’re able to make sure you’re doing well, and – if something was to happen – we’re able to respond immediately.
I’ll finish as I started off – there will always be horror stories about botched boob jobs in the media. Research everything thoroughly, and you’ll come to your own impressions about that. If you do opt for surgery abroad, I hope you’re as pleasantly surprised as I was. Find the right surgery outside the UK, and you’ll be amazed at how wonderfully clean, professional and caring they really can be.
The Lowdown On Contracts
Contracts are always a pain. Companies don’t expect you to read pages and pages of jargon, so you end up signing on a dotted line for something you’re not 100% sure of.
When it comes to surgery, home or abroad, this is a risk you can’t afford to take.
Ask the surgery to provide a document that outlines every legal entitlement clearly, and make sure the agreed price is stated in there as well. Check it over, check it over again, and ask your friends and family to read through it too. Three points to look for are:
1. The Refund Policy – Make sure you’re able to get one. If you change your mind once you arrive, you’ll be upset if you’ve lost thousands of pounds for nothing. Even if you don’t have second thoughts, something else might come up that’ll stop you from going ahead. You never know what’s around the corner, so it’s important to know what options are open to you. Make sure you’ll receive a refund if the surgery doesn’t go ahead with the procedure; if the surgeon becomes ill or something happens to the building, you don’t want to be left out of pocket through no fault of your own. (more…)
“When considering a procedure such as nose correction, one may be tempted to seek niche centres and facilities that deal especially with such specific treatments. With that being said, Secret Surgery’s relationship with surgeons the length and breadth of Europe should tell you all you need to know about our thoroughness. We list our operations not simply to provide a ‘catch-all’ solution to your each and every wish; but because our fully qualified practioners are experts at what they do. Browse our ‘Surgical Team’ page to read more about our dedicated staff.”
Things To Ask Yourself
Once you’ve thought about your procedure and found a reliable hospital abroad, you may think you’re ready to go ahead with the decision. You may have researched your country of choice and even calculated the costs, but you should still give the idea a once over before you opt for surgery abroad. There are always questions to ask yourself before jumping in at the deep end.
Do you really know everything about your chosen surgery?
Different materials and techniques are used across the world, so checking a UK website for guidance doesn’t always give the complete picture. You need to know everything you can about your surgery in particular: you don’t want to wake up afterwards to surprises of any kind. Ask, ask, and ask again….. (more…)
Choosing a Provider
When you choose to have surgery abroad, knowing where to go and how much you can afford is just the beginning. You need to pick the very best when it comes to medical providers too, and it can be tricky to know which company is right for you.
First off, make sure you feel comfortable with them. Any doubts, and you should probably look elsewhere. Of course you want to ask questions; of course you want to be reassured! If the company is becoming impatient or seems unsympathetic to your concerns, it’s probably safe to say that they’ll be as rushed when it comes to your surgery. (more…)
How Much Does It Cost?
One the greatest reasons for undergoing surgery abroad is the price. It’s definitely cheaper if you travel outside the UK, and not because surgeons abroad are any less capable. I underwent surgery myself in Poland and discovered that waiting lists were shorter and prices were more reasonable. Moreover, customer care was also exemplary.
So why is it so much cheaper abroad? Well, because almost everything is. You can expect to pay anywhere between £3000 and £4000 for a nose-reshaping (rhinoplasty) in the UK, and as little as £850 if you travel to India. In other countries you’ll pay somewhere in between, but it’s almost always cheaper than having surgery done privately in this country.
Of course, you may conclude that once you factor flights, accommodation and living expenses into the equation, you’ll end up paying out more overall, but this isn’t the case. The further abroad you travel, the more expensive your flights will be, but conversely your living expenses will become cheaper. (more…)
It can be said that he can make dreams of a beautiful face and perfect body come true. Both men and women visit him – and he informs, advises and warns. Through correction of imperfections he gives his patients strength and confidence. Doctor Wojciech Wacłowicz, plastic surgery and child surgery specialist, agreed to answer some of our questions.
‘Cosmetic surgery is only a small element of plastic and reconstruction surgery, which I’ve been doing for 8 years. It is also the most emotional, sometimes even controversial, discipline. On the one hand, cosmetic treatments give youth back – at least its external attributes, thus fulfilling one of the oldest dreams of humanity. On the other hand, it is said that one should age in dignity, without correcting God’s work.’
‘Nowadays cosmetic surgery is able to do a lot. Development of new operation techniques, introduction of modern equipment and new materials – all this allows for great results in appearance correction. Cosmetic surgery can be applied to almost all body parts: neck, face, breasts, limbs and intimate areas. The type of treatment is adjusted for each patient individually. Some people look younger after only small cosmetic corrections, like botox or filler injections, for others the same effect might require a complicated surgery.
Are patients nowadays more willing to undergo plastic surgery? What affects their decisions?
For the past few years we’ve been observing important changes in the society regarding appearance correction treatments. Not long ago undergoing cosmetic surgery was kept secret. Patients would go to distant cities to have the surgery. Nowadays a healthy, young body is fashionable and so is visiting plastic surgery clinics. Is it good? This tendency is characteristic of our times. Apparently the quality of our life is improving, to feel more comfortable we buy new cars and clothes, so why not improve your appearance when it starts to bother us?
In many cases plastic surgery can remove appearance deficiencies which are sometimes difficult to accept by patients who have had to live with them since childhood. Ears sticking out is such an example. Many times I’ve dealt with young, charming women for whom that problem was such a nightmare that when I wanted to see their ears before the surgery, they were extremely nervous. The same women after the operation would put their hair into a ponytail and happily announce that she’d dreamt of such a hairstyle all her life. Such reactions are often accompanied by changes in the style of one’s clothes into a happier, bolder one. New strength and life can be observed in behavior. And in such moments I feel that plastic surgery is something more to me than a job, a profession. I feel that I’m a doctor of souls.
What are the dangers of cosmetic surgery?
When we talk about plastic surgery we shouldn’t forget that it is a type of surgery. When planning an effect we must take the risk into our account – complications are possible. Luckily, they are very rare, but are discussed in detail before an operation, during consultations. There is a group of patients who, because of their health, should be very careful about deciding on any surgeries. An interview with the patient is an extremely important moment. Sometimes one meeting is not enough to fully understand the needs and expectations of a patient. It must be established if they are realistic and feasible, or if they are a result of emotional disorders. If it’s the latter case, then I cannot help – the surgery won’t bring the desired effect, which is the patient’s happiness and satisfaction.
When you see a stranger, do you think what could be ‘corrected’ about him/her?
I never suggest in any way what could be corrected. The patient makes decisions. If he or she doesn’t know or isn’t sure, then we cancel the operation. It is the only such situation in patient-doctor relations, when it is the patient who tells the doctor what to do and what results are expected. I always explain in detail the surgery and possible achievable effect and only after the patient’s acceptance do we decide on the treatment.
What are the most common treatments?
The most common are ear corrections, breast corrections (both enlargement and reduction), face and eye wrinkle reduction, and so called modeling treatments like fat removal. It also depends on what’s fashionable – recently the number of patients deciding on intimate parts correction is growing, as is the number of men visiting plastic surgery clinics.
Where Should I Go?
Choosing where to go for cosmetic surgery abroad isn’t simply about choosing the destination where you fancy a holiday: different countries have varying reputations for excelling in specific surgical areas.
Take the Philippines for example, where British tourists flock to every year to receive competitively-priced dentistry. Or France, renowned for their expertise in bariatric – or weight-loss – surgery. Head over to Belgium, Germany or Spain for a variety of elective surgeries, or simply grab a short flight to Poland where the reputation for cosmetic procedures is excellent. (more…)
Why Surgery Abroad?
People have been going abroad for surgery for years, and the overseas industry just continues to grow. Maybe it’s because it’s cheaper, maybe it’s because it sounds exotic, but it could also be the fact that it is a safe and viable option.
There are always horror stories – of course there are – although most appear to be extreme cases that have become tales used to win UK consumers into staying on these shores. With some proper research and knowledge on your side, you’ll be ready to take that trip abroad for surgery. With the media’s inclination for sensationalising everything, you’ll be happy to learn that surgery abroad is not the nightmare some make it out to be. On the whole, the service is very professional and the aftercare is excellent.
There a few things you can do to empower yourself before surgery abroad, but there’s probably one thing to ask yourself above all other considerations: ‘Is surgery abroad right for me?’ No matter what the credentials of the clinic are, and no matter how much you want to have the procedure done; if you can’t cope with being away from home, and the thought of leaving your family at home distresses you, undergoing surgery abroad might not be the right option for you. (more…)
1 Year on….
Cosmetic surgery holiday specialists Secret Surgery Ltd will celebrate their one year anniversary on November 11. The company are set to launch a special offer to commemorate this milestone. Customers who book a procedure with Secret Surgery and pay the deposit in November will be treated, with their partner, to a luxury two-night stay at a UK hotel.
In its first 12 months, the company has helped over 150 customers access safe and affordable surgery abroad. A recent domestic VAT hike on plastic surgery is predicted to see that figure skyrocket in 2012. Though foreign plastic surgery constitutes a grey area in the minds of some, a clutch of glowing testimonials on treatmentabroad.com attest to Secret Surgery’s professionalism and growing reputation. (more…)
There has been a recent wave of plastic and cosmetic surgery from Muslim females demanding an Islamic female plastic surgeon to perform either reconstructive or cosmetic surgery procedures and Secret Surgery has a dedicated package designed to meet their needs.
In several cultures such as North Africa, women have traditionally used tattoos between their eyes, on their hands or beneath their lips as a sign of beauty, until just a few years ago only artists and singers had cosmetic surgery, but these days the rapid development several Islamic societies has led to a demand for cosmetic surgery from ordinary women wanting to look good. (more…)