I am so glad that I stumbled across secret surgery and didn’t go with the company in Belgium that were going to send me to the hotel the same day as my surgery and not see me until 3 days later to change and clean my wounds and remove my drains!!!
I have had an amazing experience everything and I mean everything was taken care of before and after our arrival. DR W, Aga and Jack are amazing and have made mine and my families stay so much easier.
Angela definitely matched me up with the right surgery buddies we have laughed until our tummies hurt.
Angela you are an amazing women who definitely know what each and every patient needs. I am so pleased I found secret surgery it had made the whole experience so much easier xxx
MRS C FROM BOURNEMOUTH
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
Speaking for myself on my experience and outcome of both my surgeries I can truthfully and honestly say I’m very satisfied with the results of my tummy tuck and breast uplift and all that went with it.
I’m very happy to say I’m one sexy mumma now and I’ve changed in so many ways not only physically but mentally there is always gonna be doubts but I’m in no doubt with my decision and thanks to surgery I’m one happy bunny……:0)
Mrs D – Norfolk
Today I woke up to a wonderful email from a special lady that is in Poland at present. She had her procedure a week ago it said:
I can’t knock the service Secret Surgery has provided. I feel like a completely new person, and I mean that honestly! Angela you have made it so easy for me to do and I sincerely thank you for your help, guidance and support. I will defo be doing extra bits and you will b top of my contact list!
Thank you Secret Surgery for organising everything and that the surgery went really well. Mr Marwan Saifi and his staff were true Professionals from beginning to end and I am happy to recommend them to anyone. I shall keep in touch as I will need more surgery on my crown area in the near future. Once again thank you For your help. PETE FROM MANCHESTER
I attended the wonderful VIP Trip to Wroclaw and I am appalled by the way the article has been written and disgusted by the behaviour of the so called professional reporter/photographer.
The inaccuracies within the article are beyond belief. The reporter should apply to Walt Disney as her fictitious writing skills are amazing.
In December I had the pleasure of attending the Secret Surgery VIP trip to Wroclaw. I was there in my capacity as an aftercare nurse but I am also employed as a manager in the NHS and have my own private aesthetic practice. I was surprised to read the article printed a few days later in The Sun as it bore little resemblance to the weekend I had been on. Whilst I do have an interest in Secret Surgery I am also a registered nurse and as such am bound by my code of conduct which means that I always put the interests of patients first.
Jennifer Tippett was given access to personal information disclosed by individuals who in some cases had told no one else of their journey or indeed any past or planned surgery. Much of what she wrote was embellished or just plain lies, for example no 17 year old who attended had a consultation with the surgeon regarding a ‘nose job’. A huge opportunity was missed to show the fabulous skills of the surgeons at EMC who perform life changing surgery for the patients who choose to go there.
“These are patients who in some cases have already had several consultations in the UK and been exposed to some particularly poor medical practice such as that highlighted in the Keogh report published on 31st December which highlights high pressure sales tactics and ‘special offers’. I did not witness any such practices at secret surgery unlike here in the UK.”
Having met the surgeon individually and had the chance to look around the hospital I must say how impressed I was with their exemplary practices and the beautiful, immaculate and clean hospital, it is such a shame that Jennifer chose not to mention any of this but instead mentioned a patient who had returned to have surgery corrected ‘free of charge’. Again this was simply not true.
Jennifer likened the atmosphere to that of a hen night and if by that she meant a group of women enjoying themselves in a lovely part of the world just before christmas then yes, that is exactly what the weekend was. After all some of those attending had lost huge amounts of weight and were considering more life changing events in the future. Perhaps they should not have been enjoying their new found confidence with new and supportive friends? And perhaps they would have thought twice before opening up to Jennifer if they had realised how biased and superficial her article would be.
It’s Christmas Day, and we’d like to wish every single one of our readers a huge MERRY CHRISTMAS from everyone here at Secret Surgery. We hope you’ve all got the day off and are looking forward to a delicious dinner with turkey, gravy, pigs in blankets and all the trimmings!
This time of year is for looking back on the year we’ve had – 2013 – and looking ahead to what’s to come. 2013 has been a fantastic year for Secret Surgery, and we’ve seen many happy patients come through our doors, and we’ve already got lots of bookings for new patients in 2014 – and we look forward to meeting every one of them!
2013 has been made fantastic for us by all of you – and we sincerely hope that we’ve managed to make 2013 a little better for some of you, too. We completed tummy tucks, thigh lifts, boob jobs, nose jobs, breast reductions… you name it, we’ve done it! The year has been an experience and a half, and we hope we’ll be helping even more of you through these operations next year, too!
That’s it – we won’t keep you any longer today – so go off and enjoy your Christmas dinner!
Some of our regular readers may remember that this past weekend was our Secret Surgery VIP Xmas Trip in Wroclaw, Poland. Unfortunately, the trip is now over, and we’re all back to our usual lives – worrying about what to make for Christmas dinner and going back to work in the New Year.
However, we are pleased to announce that the trip was a complete success! You can even read about the experiences of one of our VIPs here – an NHS nurse who came along to find out more about the facilities and treatments offered by Secret Surgery. She loved her time with us, and said that “The lengths that Angela Chouhaib and her team go to maximise patient comfort and safety is nothing more than outstanding.” Which, of course, we are very pleased with indeed!
The meals out around some of Wroclaw’s top restaurants were absolutely delicious, and everybody who came along on the trip was a pleasure to meet – we were so pleased to put faces to the names of some of our readers, and meet new people interested in discussing the ins and outs of what we do on a daily basis!
We can confirm: the Secret Surgery VIP Trip was a storming success, and it absolutely made my Christmas. I’ll very much be looking forward to the next VIP Trip, so keep your eyes peeled for more… maybe next year, ladies?
So the VIP weekend to Wroclaw was nothing more than a booze up with woman who were not intelligent enough to research the surgery/surgeons they were having?? …………. Well where on earth was i, as this is a total contrast to the weekend i attended!
I attended the trip as Angela thought it important for her aftercare nurses to see first hand the facilities at EMC and the standards of treatment that Secret Surgery patients expect to recieve. She invited us along and had planned a very regimented itinary in order to maximise the knowledge and experiences we would share with the polish team and recieve in return.
Our trip included a visit to the hospital, meeting patients who were more than happy for us to attend whilst they were reviewed, checked for pain levels and had their dressings renewed. One thing i thought when i saw the wound dressing change was how exceptional the emphasis on wound cleansing was compared to the standards i have seen in public practice.
I was impressed to see that instead of leaving dressings on for days on end, or not even having a dressing……..the wounds were managed on a daily basis. This is primarily the reason that EMC has a Zero infection rate. We discussed the use of wound swabs for MRSA etc, and was pleased to here that they also are very strict in poland and will not take chances with anyone that could potentially have an infection. They would rather postpone someones surgery than risk cross contamination from another source.
Safety first is very much the impression i was left with. The surgeon Dr W was very impressed that as UK nurses we were interested enough to give up our time to go along to meet him, his team and tour the facilities. It gave us an insight and a first hand look at how professional the packages are run. When you initially think of surgery abroad, you think of cut price must mean cut safety and cut care. The total opposite is true in the case of secret surgery. The lengths that Angela Chouhaib and her team go to maximise patient comfort and safety is nothing more than outstanding.
The patients are chauferred to the hospital daily for their dressing changes, in constant telephone contact for support mentally, as well as all the physical care. Dr W has very strict guidelines on how surgery is assessed. For example, if you went to him asking for ridicolously sized breasts for your frame, he would assess your whole body, and would not do something that would leave you looking like a freak of nature, despite the obvious financial reward. He also has protocols that mean no one will be able to access more than one major surgery in one hospital visit. It is these strict protocols…………safety and comfort over money, that mean the hospital currently has a zero mortality rate. How many institutions can boast that??
What the sun journalists failed to mention amongst many things was the lengths Secret surgery go to, in order to make the whole process as smooth as possible and as anxiety reducing as possible. As a bariatric patient myself having had both gastric bypass and lower body lift on the NHS in the UK, i know only too well how extremely stressful the whole process is. Not only stressful for the patient but for the loved ones aswell. Angela included a service that can cater for a companion to keep the patients company, and offers them just as much support mentally as the client recieves. This is again an example of the extra mile that secret surgery goes.
We enjoyed meals together in relaxing restuarants, not the drunken nights that the sun portrayed us to have. I mean for goodness sake, some people had just had major surgery……..they would hardly be up to drinking poland dry!! i enjoyed half a glassof wine on the last evening, and other than that drank coke and water, as did almost everyone else. We enjoyed a shopping trip to the Renoma shopping centre which was primarily led by Tracy who gave us valuable advice on how to dress our new found figures and how to look after the inner person that maybe is still struggling with the effects that obesity left. Sadly Jennifer the journalist showed little or no interest in talking to any of us about our journies.
We had so many stories ready to share, but she wandered around the shops looking at boots and jumpers for herself and took no notice of us all. It was very dissapointing on sunday evening when both jennifer and mike did not bother to attend the extensive traditional polish buffet that had been laid on at the very exclusive Pod Freda restuarant, rudely leaving Angela to pay the bill !!
This was the last opportunity for them to do the interviews that they were there to do, but sadly work took priority, or so we thought. Facebook pictures of site seeing at the time reflected how honest they were. Not only was the report in the sun, totally unfactual & unsubstantiated, it was also very insulting and demeaning. The people that were on that trip for surgery had done months and months of research, talking to surgical teams around the world, and asking millions of questions. Everyday they post in the facebook groups of both secret surgery and Weight loss surgery friends which have become a community themselves. The support that is given and recieved is unending and given with care and compassion.
There isnt a question that Angela does not answer!I agree there will be some people out there that probably spend 5 minutes and will choose the cheapest most convienient company and not even realise what they were getting into. Secret surgery clients however are nothing like that. They are simply not allowed to be for a start. Angela and the team ENSURE that their clients are well informed of ALL risks involved. They have infact turned people away that have had unrealistic expectations of surgery and the results. When Secret Surgery clients give consent for surgery, then it is 100% informed consent.
I am a trained nurse, i would under no circumstances risk losing my pin number for a company that i wasnt sure would be totally legally and ethically moral. I think the sun report tainted what was a very special weekend.
There is nothing cheap about making life changing decision about yourself, you can’t put a price on happiness, but you can put a value on it, and the value for money you get from Surgery in Poland with Secret Surgery is absolutely outstanding.
The hospital where you have surgery is a modern day version of the Ritz but cleaner! I hate hospitals and I didn’t even know I was in a hospital as it looked like a very smartly run hotel. I was also privileged enough to be able to sit in on a consultation. Dr W and Aga communicated very effective and compassionately. These women are here because they want help and in my line of business it doesn’t matter what you look like on the outside its how you feel on the inside. If you are considering surgery abroad I couldn’t recommend Secret Surgery enough.
The Sun portrayed a completely wrong image for surgery abroad and for some reason report misconceptions in order to sell papers. Surely you would sell more papers if readers were sure in the knowledge they contained the truth, facts and not exaggerated misconceptions or twisted interpretations. The Sun newspaper reporter misrepresented the seriousness of friendships made and professionalism of Secret Surgery and made the whole weekend sound like a cattle show.
This is my story… the truth!
I arrived in Poland and it was magical. It had been snowing for a few days previously and as we headed off to the Christmas market I bumped into a patient that had surgery 1 day earlier. She was enjoying the mulled wine at the Christmas market with another patient. You wouldn’t believe she had just had surgery and was really enjoying her time. Unfortunately she couldn’t have another surgery she had booked for as she had arrived in Poland suffering from Laryngitis. Dr W said he didn’t want to perform the surgery due to risk of cross infection and wouldn’t take the responsibility if there was an issue with her airway while under general anesthetic. Where else would you get turned away from a private medical company? The fact that the surgeon was unwilling to take the risk in putting the patient in danger just over a sore throat showed true professionalism. The Secret Surgery Client was more than happy undergoing one non-invasive part of her surgery and only slightly disappointed that she couldn’t have her main surgery done as she had no doubts in rebooking for another time as they insisted her health was paramount.
That evening when we arrived at the restaurant for our meal, I met another lady who had come out of hospital that day. She had a tummy tuck and was well enough to join us for an evening meal. These women were amazing. It proves that you can have surgery and when the after care is second to none problems are few and far between. Whilst at the evening meal, which I must add, was a top notch restaurant with Ritz style food and perfect portion control, I began to speak to many other ladies that were there on a personal journey. Face lifts, nose jobs, lipo, gastric bypasses, tummy tucks, reconstructive surgery and they all want to look good, sometimes after a long emotional or physical battle. And why not? If its affordable then you can’t put a price on true happiness and in a safe environment like the EMC Hospital in Poland to me it’s a no brainer. So to celebrate the 2nd year of Secret Surgery, these ladies are an inspiration and I am in absolute awe of them and hold a credit to these wonderful inspiring ladies.
The weekend was a celebration of how amazing Secret Surgery is. None of us were there for a boozy filled weekend and being signed up for more surgery, these ladies wanted to be there for themselves. There was no sales pitch and there wasn’t even any mention of cost! Out of 30 ladies, 10 ladies had a consultation for future work, unfortunately some of it was corrective surgery from incorrect procedures taken place in the UK and they travelled there to get a consultation as they felt they could trust Secret Surgery more than private UK hospitals.
No one signs up for surgery without careful consideration and a flippant remark about taking less time to choose bathroom tiles is insulting to both the patients and the medical team in Poland.
Yes there is a risk with surgery, but there is a risk with every kind of procedure, whether it is done in the UK or abroad, and I feel that the ladies were manipulated by the Sun and words definitely put into people’s mouths.
Why would you report that a 17 year old had a consultation for a nose job when it’s clearly not true? And why not mention that some of the people on t he VIP trip were there from the NHS and are part of the after care team based in the UK?
I found the whole report irritating and uncalled for, and I want to make my point. I never intend on having surgery as it’s not for me, BUT I would recommend Secret Surgery and Angel Chouaib, her services and her team to everyone thinking about having it done. Infact I already have recommended Secret Surgery to many people.
Changing how you look to make yourself feel better is not a bad thing at all, it will make you happy and will help you save lives. One lady that was due to have a procedure after having her scan in Poland was found to have cancer! This was NOT picked up in the UK. Fortunately she was treated for this and was able to return and to have her surgery after recovery.
Dr W is a wonderful man with a great sense of humor, the photos of him and his team around the hospital can just see what a marvelous man he truly is. He also attended of the evening meals, but didn’t drink and left before the main course came out as he had surgery in the morning and took his responsibility very seriously. I think the Sun reporter again, misinterpreted everyone’s merriment to drink rather than atmosphere and fun.
I am truly amazed at the beautiful people I have meet this weekend and wish you all well, and think we need to rise above the misinterpretation that have been reported in The Sun newspaper. Secret Surgery is amazing, the founder is amazing, her team is amazing and the hospital is amazing.
Good luck to everyone who is having surgery and taking action about how to feel good about themselves, I truly met some wonderful friends this weekend and I can’t wait to do it all again next year.
Trayc Randall, Professional Stylist
If you’ve ever considered a tummy tuck – STOP. Stop reading surgery sites, and start reading real life stories of how people, just like you, have come to Secret Surgery for a tummy tuck. Today, Paul’s going to tell us all about his wife’s tummy tuck with us – why not spend a few minutes finding out what a tummy tuck is really like?
How did it all start? “In July last year we finally started to look at options for my wife having her tummy tuck. After looking at the prices in the UK I decided to have a look at surgery abroad. I trawled the Internet and found many companies offering services. I contacted a few and received at best hit and miss replies.”
And how did you find Secret Surgery in all of this? “One company kept cropping up and finally late one evening I phoned secret surgery ltd. After having a lengthy conversation with wonderful Angela i knew instantly that this was the only choice to make.”
What happened next? “We received detailed information at all times, kept fully informed of all arrangements and costs and had any questions answered quickly and honestly. The support we received up until departure was amazing. On arrival in Poland we were amazed by the extremely high standards in the hospital.”
Oh? A lot of people feel worried about going abroad for surgery – but you were pleased with the facilities? “Extremely clean, in fact spotless, all the staff helpful friendly and also all spoke English. And then to Dr W. A true professional, honest, charming and funny! But most of all, after seeing my wife’s results a truly talented surgeon. Every aspect of the hospital stay was superb.”
Great news. Any final words about your experience with Secret Surgery? “Angela and secret surgery arrange everything for you, you can genuinley sit back and let them arrange everything from flights, accommodation, an assistant in Poland (thanks Aga!) in fact anything!! I cannot thank Angela enough for everything she has done. Her absolute dedication to achieving perfection and 100% customer satisfaction is beyond words. She is there all the way through, and is an honest and genuine person whose passion to help others achieve there own goals is truly remarkable.”
The news that you’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived…. Are you all as excited as we are??? Well here goes…. After careful consideration and reading through all the wonderfully powerful heartfelt reasons as to why we should chose each enterer as a winner it was an extremely difficult decision but in the end the team at Secret Surgery finally and unanimously agreed that…….. drum roll…….
Oh are you excited to find out???? Oh well sorry to spoil it for you but we aren’t telling you just yet!!!
The winners prize will consist of Return flights from London 14th to 17th December with priority upgrade, all transfers including to and from their home in the UK. They’ll experience 3 nights in a Luxury hotel In Wroclaw with all the team at Secret Surgery.
On the Friday once they’ve checked into the Puro Hotel they’ll be participating in a walk around the Christmas Market then getting ready for a group meal at the wonderful Mosaiq Restaurant where the chefs learnt their trade in famous Roux Brasserie and LaGavroche.
On top of this they will spend Saturday morning with Personal shopper & Image Stylist to the stars and hopefully pick a nice dress for themselves as an extra special something from the MD and in the afternoon they will enjoy a guided tour of the historical old town and this is rounded off with a traditional Polish Christmas Feast at Pod Freda with all the key hospital staff joining us; we expect there to be 40 attendees….
On Sunday they will enjoy a presentation and tour of the multi-award winning EMC hospital, have a free consultation with Head Consultant Plastic Surgeon Dr Wojciech Waclawowicz and have the afternoon to saunter around the magical sights and sounds of the Christmas Market ending with another traditional meal in the Karczma Lwowska restaurant located in the very heart of the city market square
So on that note; now that I have well an truly whet everyone’s appetite for what will be an amazing weekend to remember…. The Secret Surgery Team are delighted to announce that Clare-Louise Saville has been chosen after her beautiful poem warmed our hearts on such a cold and frosty day.
Angela Chouaib MD & Founder of Secret Surgery Ltd added:
“Congratulations to Clare-Louise and may I take this opportunity to thank everyone for taking the time to participate and we hope that you all agree that we made the right choice and worthy winner.”
There are a lot of myths about surgery abroad; some people say it’s unreliable, or the quality is poor, and some people really just don’t know what to think. In one way, this is good: it’s important to be choosy about any kind of surgery, and to make sure the surgery you’re signing up for offers high quality, hygiene and care.
However, most of these rumours are just untrue – there’s really nothing ‘poor’ in the surgery abroad. This doesn’t mean every non-UK surgery clinic is good quality – we can’t vouch for anyone else – but they certainly don’t have to be. Here are some myths about surgery abroad – and the real truth behind them.
Surgery abroad is too cheap to be true – that means the quality of the work is poor. Surgery abroad is cheaper because living costs are cheaper in places like Poland. This doesn’t mean the work is poor quality, though; just as you might get great quality wine cheap in France, or an iPad will cost you half the price in the US as in the UK, you can get great cosmetic surgery in Europe for a fraction of the Harley Street prices.
The surgeons are not properly qualified abroad. Again – total myth. All of our surgeons have undergone the most rigorous training in Europe, which doesn’t just meet Polish surgery standards, but global standards, too. There probably aren’t many UK clinics that can say that!
Having surgery outside the UK is dangerous, because you can’t see your surgeon after the operation. Nonsense. We’ll keep you in the clinic in Poland for a day or two after the operation anyway, but in terms of aftercare – there is plenty provided in the UK. Our VIP package includes UK aftercare in any of our UK clinics, where you’ll be treated with the same warmth and professionalism as you were in Poland.
In other words, just because surgery abroad is a bargain, doesn’t mean it’s not as good as surgery in the UK. It’s just a bargain!
We’ve got another very special patient story today. Zoe, from Kent, underwent a Tummy Tuck with us at Secret Surgery not long ago, and now she’s going to tell us – and you, our potential patients – all about her experience here.
How did you come across us? “Whilst researching surgeons I found your details on a search engine, without even looking at the Secret Surgery website – and so not knowing it was abroad – I simply called the number provided by the search engine. Over the phone she explained the whole procedure from start to finish in such an open and honest way – I’d spent the best part of the day speaking to receptionists, advisers, answerphones…. and I was still none the wiser.”
So, the phone conversation you had with Angela made you even more set on Secret Surgery? “If she hadn’t used the words ‘Poland’ and ‘Abroad’ I would have probably turned up at her house that night, cash in hand, demanding next-day surgery!”
Ha! So you did further research instead? “I then read reviews and did my research on the surgeon, the hospital and Angela, and there wasn’t a single bad review for any of them… so it was an easy decision to book! Meeting everyone at Persona Clinic and seeing how amazing Angela looked… I could already tell by then that I had made a great decision.”
“I really can’t thank Angela enough. It will make such a huge difference to my future… but you already know about the difference! You truly understand just how much it means. That’s the real beauty of Secret Surgery. Angela – thank you for being with me through this life-changing process. Genuinely helpful, encouraging, supportive and caring – what started as a worrying trip into the unknown soon became an enjoyable and rewarding experience!”
“Many thanks to you and the rest of your team in the UK and Poland – you’re all wonderful!”
We often hear supermodels denying rumours of plastic surgery, but recently US model Tyra Banks as ‘come out of the closet’ about plastic surgery. The 38-year-old recently told Yahoo! Singapore that she doesn’t think anyone should be condemning plastic surgery.
“I hate when models say ‘Oh, plastic surgery is just a wrong thing’. What’re you talking about? You won the genetic lottery! You look like this specimen that’s making people everywhere feel insecure and you’re going to ridicule someone for getting plastic surgery?”
The model also said that she may well consider having plastic surgery herself in the future. “I’m very lucky. Black people and Asian people have similar (strong) skin… but if one day I have wrinkles and I don’t like it, I don’t know if I’ll cut myself but maybe… a little Botox, or fillers?”
It’s always fantastic to hear people say such positive things about cosmetic surgery. The truth is, we agree with Tyra wholeheartedly! We all look different, and we all feel differently about the way we look. If people want to undergo cosmetic surgery to feel better about themselves, who’s going to judge?
Tyra’s lucky to be so beautiful, and if one day she decides to keep her youthful looks a little longer with the help of a nip here or a tuck there, we certainly won’t be judging her.
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!
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!
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!
If you’ve never video-chatted, you really need to give it a try! Video-chatting is the latest thing with anyone who uses the net and spends a long time away from their loved ones. PC programmes like Skype, and smartphone apps like FaceTime all allow us to speak to our family and friends face-to-face over the internet – but what else are they doing?
A lot of experts are beginning to think that the rise in popularity of video-chatting is contributing to the hike in numbers of people undergoing facial cosmetic surgery, with a particular emphasis on Botox injections and skin fillers. Especially with high-definition technology emerging on many of these applications, it’s no surprise we’re feeling worried by our wrinkles!
Statistics that have been published by the American Society of Plastic Surgery also support this theory, indicating that the demand for ‘chin jobs’ has increased by 71% recently, while Botox remains an incredibly popular treatment. The specific rise in numbers of people undergoing treatments to the face – basically, anywhere that can be seen on a video-chat window – is somewhat telling.
Angela Chouaib, MD and founder of Secret Surgery Ltd., says that “It’s an interesting theory, and it’s one I hadn’t previously thought of. With social networking sites like Facebook making our photographs that much easier to scrutinise, it’s no surprise that video-chat is providing the final push. Of course, it’s not a bad thing – being able to see your loved ones looking more beautiful and confident than ever can never be a bad thing!”
That is, another kind of work to the all-singing, all-dancing work she does on a regular basis. Rumours this week have been suggesting that Lady Gaga has undergone a lip augmentation procedure, in addition to the nose job that has been speculated for some time.
Speculators say that the singer’s lips looked swollen in a recent photo that had been Tweeted by Gaga herself. We don’t know for sure whether she has undergone any surgery at all, particularly considering that she has previously been outspoken about not having plastic surgery – but if she has taken the plunge, we at Secret Surgery think good on her.
It’s certainly not uncommon for stars to opt for lip-plumping treatments to give them plumper, fuller lips, and this kind of effect can be created with various different fillers and implants. Lip augmentations can be very minor surgical procedures, and given that they require very little recovery time, it’s no surprise that they’re so popular with working women like Gaga.
Angels Chouaib, MD and founder of Secret Surgery Ltd., has said that “Whether or not Lady Gaga has had cosmetic surgery, we think she looks great. If she hasn’t, then it’s good for her that she just naturally has those good looks. If she has – well done! Being brave enough to choose cosmetic surgery is something that should be applauded in everybody.”
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?
Are you glad you decided to travel abroad for your cosmetic surgery? “From the moment I arrived in Poland for my tummy tuck, everything I could have thought of was already organised. I didn’t need to worry about anything.”
“The hospital surpassed all of my expectations and the surgeon is amazing! You aren’t just treated like a number – each time I saw him I felt like he had my best interests in mind.”
And what about the results? “I now have the tummy I have wanted for years, and I couldn’t be happier!”
“Angela and Aga made my journey a smooth one and I can’t thank them enough. If I were ever to want anything else done, I would definitely be returning to Secret Surgery, and I’d recommend them to anyone!”
That’s great news! We’re always so pleased to hear about it when our patients are happy with their time spent at Secret Surgery in Poland. Next Sunday, we’ll have another video story for you all – so keep reading!