It’s long been known that men and women have turned to cosmetic surgery when the wrinkles started to appear in order to look a little more like they did in their hey days. But… whoever heard of turning to cosmetic surgery just to look your age?
Apparently, this is what more and more men and women in the US are doing every year. A US surgeon told ABC News that many of his patients are overworked men and women in good jobs who don’t want the surgery to eradicate their wrinkles, but ‘just to soften them’.
Perhaps it’s true that the daily stresses of modern life are making us wrinklier and more haggard as the years pass by. Is this really the case though?
I wonder whether, in the US, this is more to do with the fact that super-hot celebrities – whether they’re in their 20s or their 50s – are so commonly seen that people are beginning to think that looking normal at 45 is really looking old. ‘Young’ is the new normal.
My advice? Don’t get cosmetic surgery because you think you look older than you are. Get it because you don’t like the way you look! Stop comparing yourself to other people… or you will always find something to be unhappy with.
We’re pleased to announce that a recent feature in the UK’s top Woman magazine included a small spot with Angela Chouaib, MD and founder of Secret Surgery, who discussed the effects of social media on today’s society – specifically with relation to us body-conscious women!
The feature went on to describe how social media has slowly led to an increased awareness of facial ageing in society; obviously, as we regularly see patients looking to rejuvenate their faces and turn back the clock, we’re well-placed to talk about just how we think today’s women feel about their ageing looks.
The ever-increasing popularity of such anti-ageing treatments as face lifts, neck lifts, facial fillers and Botox obviously means that we’re growing less and less patient with our age! Of course, we don’t think there’s any problem with that – it just means we’re going to be the most beautiful middle-aged people the world has seen yet!
You can read the full column in Woman magazine, which should be on shelves in the UK, and have a quick look at our sneak peek picture of the spread here.
Turning back the years isn’t exactly an option, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t at least appear to knock a few off with the help of cosmetic surgery. Anti-ageing solutions are available everywhere these days, but few of them really work. At least with cosmetic surgery, you’re guaranteed results. If you’re hoping to stay youthful, here’s a list of some seriously good surgeries that you might want to consider:
- Face lifts: Yep, you guessed it – pretty much everyone has heard of the face lift. A face lift will reduce wrinkles and jowls, making your face appear younger, brighter, and fresher.
- Neck lift: Like a face lift… but on your neck! If you feel that the years have been unkind to your neck – and many of us do – then this might just be for you.
- Other lifts: You can also have a thigh lift, or an arm lift, or a breast lift, or a buttock lift… we do all kinds! A lift basically just tautens your skin to reduce wrinkles and sagging.
- Vaginal tightening: This might be for you if you’re concerned about how ageing has affected your sex life. Not only can this operation make sex more pleasurable for your partner, it can also make it better for you!
- Botox and fillers: If you’re looking for a simple fix, botox and fillers can soften the lines in your face and plump up your cheeks.
This is a lot of options – but try not to feel overwhelmed! If you just can’t make your mind up, then don’t worry: seeing one of our UK consultants is the best way to talk through your options and figure what procedure – or combination of procedures – is right for you.
You might have noticed that recently we’ve been emphasizing how important aftercare is – it’s as important as the surgery itself. Today, we’re going to go into how to take care of yourself after a face lift – it isn’t difficult, but if you follow our few simple rules, you’ll be healing in no time.
First off, remember that it’s normal to feel dizzy in the first 24 hours after your op. This means, you need to rest and avoid activities which require your full attention. In other words, no driving or public transport; don’t operate machinery; don’t travel alone; don’t drink alcohol; and don’t sign important documents!
There’s quite a lot of recovery time needed after a face lift, but here’s a few things to remember:
- You’ll have to sleep on your back for at least two weeks following your surgery
- Limit your facial movements and don’t speak on the phone
- Eat soft food, and drink frequently through a straw
- Take all the antibiotics, amica and painkiller that your doctor recommends
- Apply ice packs to the worst of the swelling and bruising
- Avoid wearing eye make-up for at least two weeks
Face lifts are a major surgery, but this doesn’t mean that recovery is difficult. All you have to do is follow your doctor’s orders, and remember that you can’t be lax about recovery – look after yourself, and you’ll soon be out and about with your new looks. Enjoy!
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!
Ozzy Osbourne has previously told the press that he has indulged in a nose job and a facelift, which probably explains why he really doesn’t look his age at 64. He might not be the cosmetic surgery industry’s first choice when it comes to adverts for surgery, but you’ve got to give it to him – after a long life of partying, he’s looking better than most of us will at 64.
Most recently, there’s been speculation about whether Ozzy has been following in his wife, Sharon’s, footsteps, and saying goodbye to plastic surgery. Sharon has told the public that she won’t be undergoing any surgery after the double mastectomy she had to combat breast cancer.
Ozzy, too, has told Glamour magazine that ‘My philosophy is that if, when you look in the mirror, all you can see is the double chin or the big nose, and it makes your life easier to have them cut off, do it. But like tattoos, once you have one, you have two, you have three…’
All in all, we agree; but then, maybe Ozzy’s been going to the wrong surgeries! It’s true that some people can get a little addicted to cosmetic surgery, but good clinics won’t grant you those extra operations that you don’t really need. All of our patients are those people who fall into the first category – those who are a little unhappy with what they’ve got, and think they deserve better. And why not? Ozzy’s right – do what makes your life easier.
Ever thought about indulging in a face lift to banish those wrinkles and say goodbye to crow’s feet? If you’re thinking about it but not quite sure yet, then listen up: today, Mary from London is here to tell us all about her personal experiences undergoing a face lift with us at Secret Surgery.
What did you think of the Secret Surgery staff? “Dr. W is such a wonderful person and he made me feel relaxed even though he could not speak English – he has such a lovely manner! Aga is lovely and I just couldn’t imagine being there without her, she was there every step of the way. It was so relaxing and reassuring knowing that she was just a phone call away, and she even left me with a mobile to contact her!”
Did you feel well cared for at the hospital? “Yes – the staff in the recovery room were watching me all night! Any time I opened my eyes they were attentive to me, and checking to make sure I was OK. It was so comforting and reassuring.”
So – you’re glad you had it done? “Yes! Thank you Angela for making it a straightforward process – I always imagined it would be a nightmare going abroad for surgery but now I think otherwise because I went through you. I need my boobs done, so maybe next year?”
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?
Leann Rimes isn’t usually the subject of gossip about plastic surgery, but the 30-year-old star has been in the spotlight these past few weeks with speculation that perhaps she’s finally taken the plunge, and had a little nip and tuck.
Rimes left a rehab facility earlier in the month, but found herself in an emergency room for ‘dental problems’ soon after; the idea that many fans have is that this is an excuse to explain any bruising that might occur after plastic surgery.
Over here at Secret Surgery, we don’t know if Leann Rimes has decided to go under the knife – and, really, we know it’s none of our business. If Rimes decides cosmetic surgery is for her, then good on her – but if not, there’s no point throwing assumptions around the web.
What we will say is that Leann looks beautiful anyway; if any cosmetic surgery has taken place, it can only have made her look even better.
Over the years, there has been plenty of speculation that Cameron Diaz isn’t quite as surgery-free as she often likes to imply; cosmetic surgery experts over the world claim that signs of Botox can be seen in Diaz’s flawless face.
However she does it, Diaz certainly is ageing gracefully – and the way we look at it, it doesn’t matter whether you’re ageing with surgery or without it! Diaz is now forty years old, so it’s no surprise that she may be considering the odd nip here or a tuck there; most of us start thinking about that ten years before forty!
She recently claimed that her great physical shape is down to Pilates, as well as her positive outlook on life. “There’s no such thing as anti-ageing,” she said. “You can’t go back in time.” Whatever she’s doing, it seems to be working – I want to try it!
Ms Diaz looks just as gorgeous now as she did fifteen years ago, and whether she’s using plastic surgery to get there or not – that’s something to be proud of!
Eyelid correction surgery can sometimes be necessary when our eyelids make us look older and more tired. It’s a simple procedure in which the surgeon removes excess skin and fatty tissue, and the results are visible within just a short time after treatment.
Let’s see what Claire has to say about her eyelid correction surgery. “My healing is going well – the scar on my left eye is virtually unnoticeable now and I’m really pleased with that. The scar on my right is still very red, and the line is thicker and more visible, but it is slowly receding somewhat.”
Are you glad you came to Secret Surgery for your eyelid correction? “I’m pleased I had it done, so I don’t have any regrets – it does look better!”
Great news, Claire – we hope you have a speedy recovery, too. Don’t forget to get in touch with us if you’ve got some Secret Surgery stories that you’d like to share with the world.
“This actress has been keeping a really low profile this summer. That’s because she is recovery from a facelift. While we are not shocked that a Hollywood actress is getting plastic surgery, we are a a bit surprised that this actress is getting her first life done at such a young age. We haven’t seen her yet, but we hear that the work was ‘pretty extensive’, that she looks ‘different’ but ‘not bad’, and that her husband ‘approves’.”
We don’t know who this mysterious celeb is, but some sources are speculating that it might the the beautiful Ms. Heigl, who is just 33 years old – making her a little younger than average when it comes to the majority of stars who decide to undergo face lifts.
Whoever it is, of course, at Secret Surgery, we’re just excited to see the results! Katherine Heigl is already a world-famous beauty, so if she has decided to take the plunge and treat herself to a nip and a tuck, we’re sure she can only look even better.
For today’s Secret Surgery story, we’ve got Jo here to talk about her face and neck lifts with us. While she enjoyed her experience at Secret Surgery, she wants future patients to know all about the obstacles she faced during her surgery; whenever you undergo any kind of cosmetic surgery, there will be a short recovery time to go through, and it’s important to know what to expect.
How are you feeling today? “I’ve still not recovered full from my surgery last month. I have a wound in front of my right ear that is very slow to heal. Dr. W did warn me that the wound would take longer than the other side due a previous face lift scar which left my skin very thin.”
“I stopped smoking in February, I thought that would be OK and I have not started again. Age probably takes a part in the healing process, too. I can’t get my hair cut or coloured yet, so I’m not feeling the best.”
“Also, to ladies having face or neck surgery, please grow your hair! Dr. W had to shave sections of my hair at the back on both sides where the scars are placed. I now have bristles and small chunks of hair growing back through!” That’s good to know!
How do you feel about your experience as a whole? “I would recommend Secret Surgery, Poland and Dr. W, and the lovely Aga. Regards and thank you Angela, for the chance and experience; I’ll look back on it and smile soon, I’m sure!”
That’s great! If you’re considering cosmetic surgery, remember to make sure you understand the recovery time required after it!
There’s a bit of a debate in the cosmetic surgery industry at the moment about whether face lifts should be performed with the patient under local or general anaesthetic; if you come along to Secret Surgery to have such a procedure, it’ll be done under local anaesthetic – and here’s why.
When we perform face lifts with local anaesthetic, the procedure is safer, more affordable for you, and it produces better surgery results; and I can’t think of anything else one might look for in a cosmetic surgery procedure.
Under local anaesthetic the cost of the procedure is at least 20% less than it is under general anaesthetic; you’ll avoid all the risks that come with deeper anaesthetics, and also be up and on your feet much more quickly than if you undergo a general anaesthetic.
Of course, there’s also no point paying for cosmetic surgery if you don’t get good results at the end of it all. While under general anaesthesia, our bodies have absolutely no muscle tone at all; this means that face lifts performed like this often look ‘too tight’, because there’s no muscle tone there to indicate to the surgeon when to stop pulling. Face lifts can also be ruined by potential side effects to general anaesthesia, including nausea and vomiting.
At Secret Surgery, we know how to have fun – but we’re also top professionals in our field. Our procedures are some of the best in the world, and you can rely on us to get a job done without taking any shortcuts. And it’s not just us who think so.
Emma Caston, Clinic Manager at Persona Cosmetic Medicine, says “Secret Surgery offer a first-class service with client care being their top priority. Safe in this knowledge, we now offer Secret Surgery to all of our clients; we know that they’ll be well looked after during their procedure, with the reassurance of the UK post-care being kept in-house under the direction of Dr Lisa Delamaine”.
We’ve got a lot of success stories at Secret Surgery, and barely a day goes by when someone isn’t thanking us for the way we’ve changed their lives. Today, Marie from Scotland wants to share her story with you.
“I looked at myself recently and began to wonder where my sparkle had gone” she told me. “Life had taken its toll, so I decided to take action and make the most of what nature has given me – with a bit of help. Having never been afraid to go for what I wanted, I looked into surgery.”
However, shopping for cosmetic surgery isn’t quite as simple as shopping for new clothes, as Marie knows. “I know it’s such a common thing these days, but all surgeries come with risks, and I wanted to be sure I was making the right decision when it came to the company I chose to help me do this. I did a great deal of research, but I was still unsure.”
This is where we’re proud to say that Secret Surgery come in. “Everywhere seemed so wonderful, but I couldn’t tell which reviews I could trust and which I couldn’t! I started looking abroad because the expense was ridiculous in the UK, and that’s when I found Secret Surgery. Within minutes of reading, I knew they were for me.”
“Angela – the founder – is a wonderful woman; really dedicated to helping people to attain their personal goals, thereby enhancing their emotional ones. The Secret Surgery Facebook page is dedicated to its community of cosmetic surgery patients, and this was what did it for me – I could read people’s stories and see real pictures; I knew Secret Surgery was the real deal.”
We’re chuffed to see that our personal touch is really doing its job, and making patients feel welcome. Is Marie glad she opted for Secret Surgery? “Of course! The support they offer is awesome, and there’s no pressure to make decisions; everything is easily-paced from consultation to treatment and completion. All the surgeons and clinic staff in Poland were so professional, and aftercare in the UK is excellent. Angela does everything for you! The whole experience was great, and I would highly recommend Secret Surgery. It’s as easy as getting on a plane… just do it!
We’re so happy to hear that Marie enjoyed her Secret Surgery experience. Do you fancy giving it a go? 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 [email protected]
Alternatively, if you’re a previous patient of ours, why not get in touch to tell us your story? We’re always happy to listen to patient feedback.
Sometimes, make-up just doesn’t hit the right spot. It doesn’t matter how much money I spend on foundation, lipstick, or mascara, or how much time I invest in moisturising; wrinkles, excess skin and asymmetrical features just don’t wear out.
It’s not the end of the world, though; if you’re really determined to look your best this summer, there are further options beyond the top shelf of the make-up aisle in Boots; scrap the bog-standard makeover rules – now we’re playing by extreme makeover rules.
With an extreme makeover, the sky’s the limit. Not happy with your nose? Get it sorted. Want plumper lips? Just a quick shot, and it’s done. Fed up of crow’s feet? You get the picture – with cosmetic surgery, you can erase all those pesky blemishes that won’t go away with anything else.
Extreme makeovers are an excellent option for women who are sick of having low self-esteem because of their facial appearance – in the 21st century, we can look however we want to look!
Angela Chouaib, MD and founder of Secret Surgery Ltd., says that “More and more women are coming in to have work done on their faces; it’s not about simply looking better, but about looking the way you feel comfortable looking. I’m pleased to know I’m helping a lot of women to feel happier in their own skin.”
Baby Boomers seem to get all the press; the generation of babies born in celebration of the end to World War II seem to get all the firsts. In 2012, we’re seeing a new first for post-war babies: the first generation to fully embrace cosmetic surgery on the path to longer-lasting youth.
The rise of face and neck lifts hasn’t exactly taken the cosmetic industry by surprise, as numbers of all kinds of cosmetic procedures have been on the up for years; but once again, Baby Boomers pave the way for everyone else as the leading consumers of lifts.
It looks like Boomers are the generation to transcend the concept of ‘growing old gracefully’; while their mums and dads might have been happy to enter their sixties wrinkles and all, our pioneering Boomers are the first to say ‘no’ to wrinkles, jowls and crow’s feet – and good for them! The 21st century is for people who know they don’t have to look their age, or act it!
Angela Chouaib, MD and founder of Secret Surgery Ltd, says that “We see a lot of ‘Baby Boomers’ at Secret Surgery, all on the quest for younger looks and youthful features – and our specialists and experts don’t fail to please. We should celebrate the fact that Baby Boomers are embracing the modern technologies of today, as ever proving themselves to be one of the most progressive generations we’ve ever seen.”
Poor men – they get a rough deal really. We make fun of them for their man bellies, their balding heads and, worse of all, their moobs. We subject them to the kind of comments you wouldn’t get away with saying to a lady – unless you wanted a slap that is. With all that ripping, it’s little wonder, then, that there’s been a 7% increase in the number of men seeking cosmetic surgery in the UK.
Traditionally a female domain, cosmetic surgery is largely sought after by women wanting to repel the signs of ageing through facelifts, losing fat through liposuction and increasing their bust size through implants. These are all things that men get self-conscious about too however. Well, perhaps not increasing their bust size… (more…)