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Archive for May, 2013

Weight loss surgery: should I?

liposuction-2Weight loss surgery is immensely popular over here at Secret Surgery. We get so many requests for the procedures every year, and one of the most common things we hear is that our patients have been struggling with the decision of whether or not to have surgery for years.

One of the common misconceptions about weight loss surgery is that it’s, well, ‘giving up’. Or even the ‘easy route’ to weight loss. Well, this isn’t true, for a few reasons. How can weight loss surgery be giving up? Since when was making a decision – a really, really tough decision – to do something which is going to help you achieve a long-term goal, ‘giving up’? That doesn’t sound like giving up to me.

It’s not exactly easy, either. You don’t just have surgery and then carry on as before. It’s a life-changing surgery, and you still have to put in the effort to eat right and keep your body in shape even after you’ve had the procedure. This isn’t an easy fix: far from it.

What we tend to find is that the people who come to us seriously wanting weight loss surgery have tried everything else; this is their last resort. Frankly, that’s how it should be. If you’re thinking about weight loss surgery and you haven’t tried to achieve your goals through diet and exercise yet, then just pencil that in first.

Of course, if you have tried diet and exercise and found that you’re not getting anywhere, then you shouldn’t feel remotely ashamed about considering surgery. Losing large amounts of weight is very, very difficult – and due to metabolic differences, can be trickier for some of us than others. It’s not giving up to ask for help – it’s wise!

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Time to get your summer beach body ready!

yoga-bikini-body-fitness-workout-downward-facing-dog_1Wow, is it that time of year already? It feels like winter’s only just ended, and yet here we are – it’s nearly June! Three months of summer and sunshine are almost upon us, and I know what that means to me – time to get my bikini body ready!

If you’ve tried diet and exercise and find it’s not quite doing its job properly, then you might consider undergoing a little nip and a tuck to get your body in ship-shape ready for summer. Want to know what our most popular pre-summer surgeries are? Read on…

Liposuction. Yeah, you could’ve guessed this one. At Secret Surgery, we offer VASER liposuction, which is more efficient, clean and effective than more traditional methods. If you’ve still got a little bit of a fat that just doesn’t seem to shift no matter how hard you diet, then maybe liposuction is for you. We can target the areas of your body where you want less fat, and leave it in the areas you’re happy with!

Tummy tuck. Perhaps you’ve already lost the weight you need to for your bikini body, but this has left you with a little more excess skin than you’d like? Don’t worry – a tummy tuck can fix this. A tummy tuck can help a saggy tummy to look youthful, toned, and sexy once again.

Breast augmentation. If you’re concerned that you won’t be able to fill out your bikini bra like you may have been able to do in years long past, then maybe a breast augmentation is for you. Of course, you can also have your breasts reduced in size – and this might be an option if you want to fit into those sexy DD bikinis you’ve been spotting in shop windows recently.

Pectoral implants. This one’s just for the boys – if you’re feeling self-conscious about your lack of pecs this year – just get them implanted! You’ll be the talk of the town – and it might even guarantee you a summer of love for 2013!

Fancy any of these? Then don’t hesitate to give us a ring and get your beach body in shape just in time for your holidays! To take the next step and receive a FREE personalised info pack and quote please visit or call 0843 289 4 982 or email [email protected]

Why you should be suspicious of surgeons who promise everything

4554775-close-up-of-red-ripe-apple-in-female-s-hands-with-her-slim-figure-at-backgroundIf you’re looking into a few different clinics when shopping around for cosmetic surgery, chances are you’ll meet up with a few surgeons and consultants along the way. Hopefully, you’ll also be asking them about what you can realistically expect to get out of the surgery – but what the surgeon responds to this is very important.

Surgeons who promise you everything – perfect results, straight away, every time – are setting you up for disappointment. One of the most important things in the cosmetic surgery industry is making sure you keep your patients’ expectations in check, and surgeons who say these kinds of things are not doing that.

Cosmetic surgery is still just that – surgery. It’s not easy, and it’s definitely not an easy option to the perfect figure. Surgery can make a big impact on your confidence and outlook, provided you and your surgeon share a mutual understanding of what we mean by ‘big’; it will also be tough, and often require a good length of time spent resting up and recovering!

Of course, you might just walk into a clinic with the right expectations, in which case your surgeon will tell you that your surgery will probably give you everything you want. But, in general, you should be aware that surgeons who don’t mention the risks and recovery time required by serious procedures are trying to sugar-coat cosmetic surgery for you, and I wouldn’t go near surgeons like that with a barge-pole.

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Breast reductions can be the best reductions…

yummy mummy makeoverA cheesy title! Forgive me. Breast reductions can be the best reductions, though – particularly if they go as smoothly as they can. Your best chances of having an easy surgery and a quick recovery come from knowing how to take care of yourself once you’ve had the procedure.  Follow our easy tips and you’ll be just fine:

  • Take painkillers after the op – but don’t take aspirin, ever, after undergoing a breast reduction.
  • Be prepared to have swollen breasts for weeks following the surgery.
  • Rest as much as possible, and limit your arm movements as much as you can.
  • Get yourself a sports bra, and wear it day and night for at least two weeks following your surgery.
  • Don’t exercise, but do try and move around as much as possible. Avoid lying still for long periods other than for sleep.
  • Start arm movements and exercises around a week after your surgery
  • Refrain from driving for at least two weeks – more, if you feel it’s necessary
  • Don’t smoke for at least two weeks after your op

Of course, the biggest rule – the key one to remember – is to ALWAYS follow your doctor’s orders. It’s not just something your parents say, it’s really important! If you’re worried about taking care of yourself post-op, please don’t hesitate to sign up to our VIP aftercare package – there’ll be someone in the UK for you to rely on at all points following your surgery.

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Exclusive Angela Chouaib Interview: Part Three

20121216-0339smallYep, here it is – the last part in our exclusive Angela Chouaib interview. The gorgeous Angela was interviewed by the equally gorgeous Jenny Southan of Business Traveller, where she shared all of the juicy details about the ins and outs of Secret Surgery, as well as the cosmetic surgery holiday industry. Read on to find out which questions Jenny saved until last.

 What advice would you give someone looking to tag on some time to a business trip for medical treatment overseas if they have never done it before?

Please do your research, ask all the appropriate questions relating to the procedure you are considering and make an informed choice. Secret Surgery does attract quite a lot of city Executives that never want a peer to find out they’ve had a nip or tuck; so by doing this away from Harley Street and recovering in a luxury hotel with business facilities it allows them to still stay connected with their business during the recuperation period.

What happens if something goes wrong during, or as a consequence of, your medical treatment overseas? What rights and protection do you have? Do you need special insurance?

Things might go wrong in surgery as we all know no surgery is risk free! but it happens rarely, and there should always be ways to fix or reverse any unexpected complications! The more you research your procedure and surgeon will allow you to make an informed choice. These are the kind of questions you should be thinking about asking in your consultation:

  • Group meal at Pod Freda

    Group meal at Pod Freda

    Are there back-up medical facilities available if I become ill during the procedure?

  • Does the clinic have insurance to cover malpractice or errors?
  • Which company is your insurance with, and what is the level of cover?
  • Are further treatments due to complications covered in the original cost of my treatment?
  • What is the surgeons complication rates?
  • How is the Hospitals Infection control managed and monitored?
  • Its really important to get the lines of communication open… Ask if anyone has had a similar procedure and experience a complication and what did the surgeon do to rectify it? Ask about healing stages, aftercare and associated timescales…

You can also take out a specialist Medical Travel Insurance Policy; see:

Do you have to involve your GP when arranging medical treatment overseas?

GP Involvement is minimal – it is somewhat up to the patient to discuss this with them which we always recommend. We occasionally ask patients who present with medical conditions such as depression, blood pressure issues or diabetes to speak to their GP about their plans and get their GP’s advice/approval that they feel they are under control and suitable candidates.

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What kind of lipo is for me?

flat_tummy1Liposuction: 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.

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C’mon Guys… Surgery is Not Just a Woman’s Game

atlanta-male-facial-plastic-surgeryYep, 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!

To take the next step and receive a FREE personalised info pack and quote please visit or call 0843 289 4 982 or email [email protected].


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