It sounds like a medieval torture practice, but actually it’s a new kind of plastic surgery which is hitting the clinics in LA and Hollywood. It all started a few years ago when George Clooney told an interviewer that “I did get my balls done. I got them unwrinkled – it’s the new thing in Hollywood – ball ironing.”
He was probably just kidding, but Hollywood doctors have taken his ‘suggestion’ and brought it to life; there’s now a procedure being offered which tightens up excessively loose scrotum tissue, and it’s being considered by lots of men – in fact, Jonah Hill has said “I’d consider anything” about possibly undergoing the procedure.
What do we think of ball ironing? Ladies – is it something you’d like to get your partners doing, or do you prefer them natural? It’s bound to be a procedure that divides opinions, but we’re anticipating that some clinics this side of the pond will no doubt pick the practice up if it proves popular enough in the US.
Cosmetic surgery can do wonderful things for all kinds of people, but that doesn’t mean that it’s an easy ride. Before you make the decision to undergo any kind of cosmetic surgery, it’s important to consider all of your options, and make sure the decision you’re making is right for you. Here are our top tips on 5 things to remember when you’re making the plunge:
- There is no such thing as too much research. Learn anything and everything you can about ever surgery clinic that you’re considering, and make sure you aren’t simply taken in by adverts. Find out the facts.
- Choose a company that you get on with. You’re going to need to talk to your surgeon, consultant or nurse about some fairly intimate details, so make sure you go with a company whose staff you actually like.
- Know exactly what you want, and what you’re going to get. Don’t be taken in by surgeons who try to push more procedures on you than you really want, and know what kind of results you can expect from your surgery before you’re seeing them firsthand.
- Stop believing in magic. While surgeons are pretty good with their hands, they’re not Derren Brown. We can’t make you look completely different, but we can make you look more like the you you want to be.
- Give yourself plenty of time for recovery after the procedure. Don’t take our recovery estimates as certainties and book in lots of parties and events for two weeks after your surgery, because you may well need even longer to feel tip top. Keep a clean diary for the whole month.
Of course, if we had all day there’s a lot more we could tell you, but these five tips should help out when it comes to planning a cosmetic surgery procedure. It’s a big deal, and it’s important to make sure that everything’s ready for when you go under the knife. Happy surgery hunting!
My tummy and boobs have been the best thing that i have ever done!! The whole experience with Secret Surgery was first class!! I definitely wouldn’t hesitate to get more surgery with Secret Surgery in the future.
Mrs L from Northern Ireland
Some of us dread it, some of us can’t wait for it, but none of us can escape it: we all receive an invitation to a school reunion eventually. School reunions take us back to the place we were once at our best, without caring how good we’re looking now! Well, it’s no great surprise then that many people consider a little nip or a tuck right before their high school reunions.
You’ll probably be thinking about procedures that turn back time – we’ve got a range of lifts (face lifts, bum lifts, breast lifts, thigh lifts) to deal with this. Botox and facial fillers are also quite popular when it comes to smoothing out some of those pesky facial lines, and if you’ve maybe put on a pound or two since your graduation, you might also want to consider a spot of lipo – or a tummy tuck!
It’s all to do with what makes you feel more comfortable. We all want to come across well to our old friends – and frenemies – at school reunions, but the best thing you can do is feel comfortable and happy with yourself. If you’re happy with your body, everyone else will sense it – and want to be feel as comfortable in their own skin as you do!
Some of you have likely already noticed Secret Surgery crop up around the British media this week – last Friday we got national coverage in both the Guardian and on BBC Breakfast. You can find the Guardian article here, which features a chat with Angela Chouaib, Secret Surgery’s founder and managing director.
Angela had a chat with the Guardian and told them how it really works when you go for surgery abroad, including the fact that with Secret Surgery, the surgeons and hospitals that you get for your money are just as good – if not better – as the ones you’ll get in the UK.
We’re also pleased to see that the reporters at the paper found from surgery patients themselves that the majority of surgery abroad experiences are positive ones. They do, of course, point out that some patients experience complications, but any surgeon who doesn’t warn you of the risk of complications isn’t doing his job. All surgeries come with risks, whether you undergo them in Poland or London.
It’s good to see the British media taking a balanced and fair view of the overseas cosmetic surgery industry – we hope to see more of this in the future!
Gynecomastia is the doctor’s term for manboobs, or fatty deposits around a man’s chest. If you’re a man and you suffer from ‘manboobs’, then you don’t need to worry, because there is an easy fix, and it comes in the form of cosmetic surgery.
What you might now know is that taking action to fix your manboobs is about more than just the way you look. Up to 69% of adult men are affected by gynecomastia during their lifetime, and studies have recently shown just how damaging the affliction can be mentally. Men with manboobs have poorer mental health, lower self-esteem, and are less good at social functioning.
What does all of this mean? It means that if you make the choice to undergo surgery, you’re making a choice not just to improve your physical appearance, but to boost your confidence and improve your overall happiness. They say money can’t buy you happiness – but maybe in a few ways, it can!
Angela Chouaib, MD and founder of Secret Surgery, says “Our consultants and surgeons can help you to figure out what surgeries suit you best. Every day, the patients we see leave us healthier and happier than they were when they came to us. Getting rid of those manboobs is definitely one way to boost your self-esteem!”
With the popularity of boob jobs – breast enlargements, lifts, and reductions – it’s sometimes difficult to remember that cosmetic surgery is for men, too. But it is! In fact, there is one surgery which, really, is JUST for men… pectoral implants. It’s basically the man’s boob job – only, instead of a bigger pair of breasts, you’re getting a bigger set of pecs!
The bonus of pectoral implants is that they can help you achieve the physique you want no matter the way your body works; this isn’t generally an alternative to training and exercise, but a complement to it. Some men can weight-train all they want, but they’ll never get big pecs. It’s a shame, but it’s true. With a pectoral implant, you can be strong and look good. What’s not to like?
Pectoral implants are not totally dissimilar to a breast enlargement. A solid silicone implant will be inserted into the chest, beneath the upper pectoral muscle. The implants mimic the shape and feel of natural muscles, so your partner shouldn’t be able to tell the difference!
Pectoral implants can also be of use to men who have an asymmetrical or malformed chest – in cases like this, implants will need to be custom-made. But don’t worry – we do that too!