cosmetic surgery demand

The latest figures from the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) has revealed an overall drop in procedures. However, some treatments still remain popular despite the dwindling numbers.

Body contouring surgery has proven to be one of the biggest in-demand procedures currently carried out. Popular with both men and women, it was one of the few treatments which experienced an increase in figures.

Here, we’ll look at the latest figures released by the BAAPS and why body contouring is still very much in demand.

Understanding the latest cosmetic surgery figures

The latest figures show that there was a total of 27,000 procedures carried out in the UK in 2019. This sees a 7.5% decrease in overall procedures compared to the year before. Women accounted for 92% of procedures, while men accounted for just 8% of the total.

The most popular procedures in women included breast augmentation, breast reduction and abdominoplasty. However, despite their continued popularity, breast augmentation saw a decrease of 11% and breast reductions saw a fall of 2%. Abdominoplasty was the only procedure out of the three to see an increase of 7%.

For men, a lower body lift was the most popular procedure, up by 88% from the year before. Other popular treatments include Botox and fillers, helping to provide a younger appearance without going under the knife.

These figures clearly show body contouring surgery is the preferred treatment for both men and women.

The popularity of body contouring procedures

There are a few reasons why body contouring procedures remain popular despite falling figures. The majority of body contouring procedures are minimally invasive. Reduced recovery times and more precise results attract thousands of patients to these procedures.

In recent years, there has been a shift to more natural-looking cosmetic surgery results. Body contouring procedures give patients the natural results they’re looking for. While they can’t drastically change their appearance, they can certainly enhance it.

Another contributing factor behind the rise in body contouring procedures is that it is virtually painless. Newer methods are being continuously introduced, allowing treatments to be carried out quickly and painlessly.

The rise of the lower body lift and abdominoplasty

Two body contouring procedures which have experienced the biggest increase in popularity are the lower body lift and abdominoplasty. A lower body lift aims to tighten and sculpt the thighs, buttocks, abdomen and hips. It is a more intensive procedure than other body contouring methods and it produces fantastic results. Abdominoplasty procedures focus solely on the tummy area, helping to eliminate stubborn pockets of fat while tightening up the tummy muscles.

These days, there are a lot of different body contouring procedures available. If you’re considering undergoing a body contouring procedure, it’s worth booking a consultation with an experienced surgeon. This will help you to establish which procedure is right for you, alongside giving you the opportunity to learn more about the results you can expect. No cosmetic procedure should be undertaken lightly so always do your research before deciding if it’s right for you.

cosmetic surgery results

Whether you’re looking to undergo cosmetic surgery, or you’ve recently had a procedure, you may be wondering how weight gain or loss could impact the results. While the answer largely depends upon a number of individual factors, the truth is any change in weight can impact the results.

Here, you’ll discover how weight fluctuations could impact your cosmetic surgery.

Weight gain after plastic surgery

If you’re undergoing procedures such as liposuction, a tummy tuck or a breast reduction procedure, weight gain could impact the results.

With liposuction, results are classed as permanent due to the fact that fat cells don’t grow back. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t gain weight. You’ll still gain fat if you eat an unhealthy diet for example. So, if you do experience weight gain, it will simply distribute in different parts of the body.

If you’ve undergone a breast reduction, it’s possible the extra weight you gain will distribute within the breasts. You’ll also find if you get pregnant, the breast tissue will grow, causing the breasts to enlarge.

Buttock fat transfer results can also be impacted by weight gain. After undergoing the procedure, the area treated will still react to weight gain in the same way it did before. For this reason, patients are advised to maintain a consistent weight after the procedure has been performed.

Finally, with a tummy tuck, there’s a certain amount of weight you can gain before it impacts results. Those with a larger frame will typically get away with gaining up to 15 pounds before it shows. However, someone with a smaller frame will find a 10-15-pound weight gain more noticeable.

Weight loss after cosmetic surgery

Just like weight gain, weight loss can also impact the results of cosmetic surgery. Therefore, patients who are planning on losing a lot of weight should do so before they undergo any procedure.

If you’ve undergone a procedure to remove fat, for example, any further weight loss could warp your new appearance. So, if you do want to lose weight after surgery, it’s recommended you do so gradually. Avoid fad diets and excessive exercise routines. If you lose weight at a slower pace, it’s not going show up so significantly in your results.

Factors to consider

Ideally, you’ll want to discuss weight gain and weight loss with the surgeon during your consultation. They will be able to advise you how it would impact the results of the procedure.

Generally speaking, the slower the change in weight, the less impact it’s going to have on your cosmetic surgery results. If you are planning on losing weight, it’s much better to do it before going under the knife. No procedure should be used for weight loss purposes.

Instead, procedures such as liposuction are typically used to contour the body to create the perfect shape.

When you’ve spent a lot of money on the right procedure, you’ll obviously want to maintain the results for as long as possible. Understanding how weight fluctuations could impact the results is therefore important before you go under the knife.

Capsular Contracture risk

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures that has been carried out for decades. While its safety has been dramatically improved over the years, there are still risks patients need to be aware of before they undergo the procedure.

Capsular contracture is one of the main complications that can occur after breast augmentation. Here, you’ll discover what capsular contracture is and whether it’s possible to prevent it from occurring.

What is capsular contracture?

When you have any kind of implant inserted into the body, it naturally causes a capsular to develop as part of the healing process. A capsular is a build-up of scar tissue, caused when the body detects a foreign object. The scar tissue acts as a barrier around the implant, which can actually be beneficial in terms of keeping breast implants in place.

Capsular contracture occurs when the scar tissue unusually hardens and contracts against the implant. If this occurs, it can cause the aesthetics of the breasts to change, as well as lead to pain in the breasts in severe cases.

There are different grades of capsular contractor, ranging from grade 1 to grade 4. Grade 1 capsular contracture is the mildest form, often presenting no symptoms. With grade 2, there may be minor cosmetic symptoms, while grade 3 presents more noticeable aesthetic changes. Grad 4 is the most severe, causing the breasts to become misshapen and hard. Patients who experience a grade 4 capsular contracture tend to also suffer breast soreness and tenderness.

What causes it?

There is no known exact cause of capsular contracture, although experts do have a few theories. What should be stressed, is that the complication isn’t caused due to dangerous or toxic implants. It occurs in all types of implants, so it isn’t strictly an issue with breast augmentation.

It is thought that genetics could play a role, alongside a bacteria layer known as Biofilm. The latter can cause a low-grade infection in the area, potentially leading to a hardening of the scar tissue.

However, sometimes the cause isn’t known, and capsular contracture can occur randomly in patients. It is worth noting here, however, that it is rare, and most patients experience either grade 1 or grade 2 cases.

Is capsular contracture preventable?

While it isn’t possible to prevent capsular contracture in every single patient, there are some measures that can be taken to minimise the risk. A new experimental study has shown that Omega 3 fatty acids could help with capsular contracture prevention.

The study, published within the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery journal in March 2020, was carried out on mice. It was discovered that mice which were fed Omega 3 fatty acids, developed less capsule formation around implants. It is thought this is down to fewer collagen deposits.

While the study does prove promising, it isn’t guaranteed to prevent every case of capsular contracture. Other potential preventative measures include thoroughly screening patients, using the correct size implant and minimising implant handling.


tummy tuck options

Tummy tuck procedures are extremely popular, but there is no one-size-fits-all tummy tuck. These days, patients have a number of options over the type of tummy tuck they want to undergo.

Here, we’ll look at the different types of tummy tucks on offer and how to decide which one is right for you.

What is a tummy tuck procedure?

Weight fluctuations, pregnancy and even the ageing process can all affect the appearance of the abdomen. Sagging skin, excess fat, lack of muscle tone can be treated with a tummy tuck, medically known as an abdominoplasty.

There are numerous types of tummy tuck procedures available, each aimed at targeting different areas. Whichever procedure you choose, it can help to tighten up the abdomen, leaving you with flatter, more defined results.

What different types are available?

In order to achieve the results, you’re expecting, you’ll need to make sure you’re choosing the right type of tummy tuck. Your main options include:

  • Mini tummy tuck
  • Standard with or without muscle repair
  • Extended tummy tuck
  • Circumferential tummy tuck
  • Fleur de lis tummy tuck

A standard or full tummy tuck is still the most common procedure carried out. It focuses on improving the entire abdomen area, helping to remove saggy skin and, if required, tighten the abdominal wall muscles which can become stretched. A lengthy incision is made across the abdomen just above the pubic area and Mr Nigel Horlock can target the full length of the abdomen.

With a mini tummy tuck, it tends to focus on the part of the abdomen just below your navel. A single incision is made before the skin is smoothed down and adjusted. It can also address muscle tightness in this area, yet it doesn’t produce the same extensive results as a full tummy tuck.

An extended tummy tuck is carried out to remove excess skin and fat on the hips and flanks. It tends to involve quite a large incision and this allows Mr Horlock to remove and smooth down large areas of skin easily. It is usually combined with liposuction for the best results.

A circumferential abdominoplasty, also known as a belt lipectomy, recontours the whole trunk. As well as treating the abdomen and flanks, it also excises excess skin on the lower back and lifts the buttocks. It is most commonly performed on patients that have lost a massive amount of weight, often as a result of bariatric surgery.

A fleur de lis tummy tuck is similar to a standard tummy tuck, but gets its name from the shape of the incision that Mr Horlock makes. A panel of skin is removed that is shaped like the three petals of the fleur de lis and it is particularly suited to those that have an extreme amount of excess skin removed. Underlying excess fat can be removed and muscles repaired if required and then the remaining skin is pulled together to produce a more shapely contour to the abdomen.

Which is the most effective?

All of the tummy tuck procedures on offer can be extremely effective. However, you’ll need to ensure you’re choosing the right one to fit your needs.

Think about how much excess skin you have and the amount of tightening that the abdomen needs. You’ll also want to consider the type of scar you’re happy with. The mini tummy tuck produces the least noticeable scarring, hiding the incision within the bikini line. A full tummy tuck produces a larger scar, but the extended tummy tuck will leave you with the most noticeable scarring.

Mr Horlock will be able to recommend which tummy tuck procedure is best for you during your consultation. He will take into account the results you’re hoping to achieve, alongside the severity of the excess skin and fat. Sometimes, liposuction is also carried out alongside the tummy tuck for best results.

Book a consultation today to see which Southampton tummy tuck procedure would be most effective for you.

facelift surgery

The expected cosmetic trends for 2020 have been released by The Aesthetic Society, and it appears the facelift is making a comeback.

While facelifts have always been one of the more popular procedures carried out, this year is set to see a rise in the number of patients requesting them. Here, we’ll look at why the facelift is set to experience a comeback and the other procedures set to feature heavily throughout the year.

Why is there set to be a rise in facelift procedures?

Traditional facelift procedures have decreased in popularity in recent years. This has been down to newer, less invasive treatments being offered. Numerous treatments such as wrinkle treatments and fillers have proven successful at reducing lines and wrinkles quickly and virtually painlessly.

However, while these non-invasive treatments can produce fantastic short-term results, they really don’t compare to those experienced via a traditional facelift. Patients are starting to realise that these treatments are more of an enhancement than a replacement for surgery.

The biggest improvements come from a cheek and a neck lift, provided they are performed correctly.

What does a facelift involve?

There are actually numerous different types of facelifts you can undergo. However, a traditional facelift will involve making an incision within the hairline, before the skin is separated from the tissue underneath. Excess fat is removed, and the facial muscles are tightened. When carried out by an experienced surgeon, it can make you look up to 10 years younger.

After the surgery, your face will need to be wrapped with bandages in order to promote wound healing and prevent infection. These are typically removed before you leave the hospital. You’ll also have drains situated behind the ears to collect excess fluid and blood.

Other methods include keyhole surgery which is typically used for things such as a brow lift. This involves making small incisions then using a telescopic camera inserted into them to show which muscles need to be tightened and where excess fat needs to be removed.

What other procedures are set to be big this year?

As well as facelifts, The Aesthetic Society also predicts some other procedures set to be huge this year. They include:

  • The daddy makeover
  • Baby Botox
  • Non-invasive treatments

More men than ever before are choosing to go under the knife to improve their appearance. This year, it is thought that liposuction and male breast reduction will be particularly popular.

Baby Botox is a type of targeted Botox treatment which results in much more natural results. Only small amounts of Botox are injected into targeted areas of the face. There is also set to be a boom in non-invasive procedures due to advancements in technology.

Overall, patients looking to turn back the clock would do well to consider undergoing a facelift procedure. You can book a consultation today to discuss your facelift options and identify the best technique to match your requirements. In terms of long-lasting results, traditional facelifts are much more effective than non-invasive treatments.

tummy tuck faqs

Tummy tucks are a very common cosmetic procedure, designed to flatten and tone the abdominal area. Carried out for decades, this surgical procedure remains one of the most popular treatments today. However, before you rush in and have a tummy tuck, it’s worth doing your research to learn more about the procedure.

Here, you’ll discover some of the most common tummy tuck FAQs to help you decide whether or not it’s the right option for you.

Tummy Tuck FAQs: What happens during a tummy tuck?

The tummy tuck procedure can vary between surgeons. However, generally, excess fat and skin are removed before the abdominal muscles are tightened. Sometimes liposuction may be used alongside the tummy tuck procedure for best results.

Sutures are used to tighten up the muscles, while excess skin can be repositioned. The procedure itself takes around two to three hours.

Tummy Tuck FAQs: What kind of results can you expect?

Initially, you might not see the results due to swelling and bruising. However, after a couple of weeks, you should notice your tummy looks much flatter and firmer.

If you’ve had previous abdominal surgery, it may impact the results of the procedure. Other factors will also determine the results, such as the amount of fat and excess skin needing to be removed. Your surgeon will advise you of the results you can expect during your consultation.

Tummy Tuck FAQs: What are the risks and complications?

Like any cosmetic procedure, there are some risks and complications of a tummy tuck you need to be aware of. Infection and bleeding are two of the most common risks. However, the techniques used by the surgeon are designed to minimise these risks.

Other common risks include a fluid build-up under the skin, unexpected scarring, poor healing of the wound and a change in skin sensation. There is also a chance you could develop blood clots in the legs. Your surgeon should talk you through the full list of risks and complications during your consultation.

Tummy Tuck FAQs: What is the recovery time for a tummy tuck?

You will need to take at least a week off work after the surgery. However, you may be advised to walk around up to three times each day. This helps with blood circulation, avoiding the risk of blood clots developing in the legs. If you run or lift weights, you’ll want to take around six weeks off before returning to exercise.

You’ll find any bruising is usually present for around two weeks after the procedure. Swelling, however, could last for up to three months, improving gradually over time. Any scarring will begin to disappear slowly, reducing in appearance within 12-18 months.

These are just some of the common questions you may have when considering undergoing a tummy tuck procedure. During your consultation, you’ll discover everything you need to know about the tummy tuck and what you can expect. Don’t forget to have a list of questions to take with you to the consultation too. All good surgeons will be happy to answer any query you may have.

If you have more tummy tuck questions, call 02380 764969 to arrange your consultation with Southampton cosmetic surgeon Mr Nigel Horlock.

facelift for bald men

Researchers have proposed a new facelift technique which would be suitable for bald men. In a traditional facelift procedure, the scars are often placed on the hairline. However, in the case of bald men, there is no hairline to hide the facelift scars, posing a real issue for cosmetic surgeons.

The new technique, highlighted in the January issue of the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal, will hide the scars behind the outline of the ears. Here, we’ll look at this new technique and the rise in male cosmetic surgery.

What is the new proposed technique?

The new proposed technique would involve making a smaller incision just above the ear. Although the incision is shorter than the one used in the conventional method, it still allows the surgeon access to the deeper tissues.

After trialling the new technique, the researchers claim it has been successful in creating practically invisible scarring. This is because the outline of the ear naturally hides the shorter incision.

There was a total of 68 men included in the study, with an average age of 55. They completed a questionnaire at least one year after they underwent the surgery to assess the effectiveness of the procedure, alongside satisfaction levels. Both patients and experts rated the outcomes as consistently good.

None of the patients had any complications and satisfaction scores were 8.6 for facial appearance and 7.9 for scar satisfaction. No patients involved in the study suffered any major complications. Just three required a minor procedure to improve the scar’s quality.

Understanding the benefits

As well as hiding the facelift scar, the new technique also delivers a few other benefits.

The recovery time is shortened due to the less invasive surgery. As the incision is smaller, it doesn’t take as long to heal. So, as well as enhanced aesthetic benefits, this new technique also reduces the amount of time patients need to take off work.

Male cosmetic surgery is on the rise

Over the past few years, male cosmetic surgery has seen a dramatic increase. Long gone are the days where men didn’t care about ageing. These days, men feel just the same pressures as women to look younger.

There are a few procedures which are more common in men, such as liposuction. However, facial rejuvenation procedures are the most popular. This includes brow lifts, rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery and facelifts.

Social media has also played a role in male cosmetic surgery. Sites such as Instagram, have seen an increase in male models, much in the same way there has been a rise in female models dominating social media. There are also issues in the workplace, with men feeling they need to look younger to get ahead in their careers.

Overall, male cosmetic surgery shows no signs of slowing down in popularity. This new facelift technique is ideal for bald men, resulting in hidden scarring. Hair loss is something which affects the majority of men as they age, and traditional facelift techniques can be unsuitable due to visible scarring left over. For more advice on the facelift procedure and what scarring you can expert, call 02380 764969.

breast implant safety

Although breast augmentation has improved drastically over the years, there are still some risks and complications present. There have been a number of safety concerns over breast implants in recent years. To address these concerns, new guidelines on breast implant safety have been released.

In a joint statement, the BAPRAS, BAAPS and ABS have provided new advice on breast implant safety. Here, we’ll look at what this new guidance means for those considering breast augmentation and those who already have breast implants.

Addressing the health concerns

There have been two health concerns brought to light recently in terms of breast implant safety. The first is Breast Implant Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL).

Thought to affect 1 in every 24,000 implant patients, BIA-ALCL is a rare form of cancer. The condition presents 8-10 years after the breast augmentation procedure. Patients discover visible yet painless lumps in the breast which are caused by a fluid build-up known as a seroma. Swelling accumulates over a few weeks and the condition can usually be treated and cured.

The second health concern is Breast Implant Illness (BII). Although not a recognised disease, a growing number of patients are reporting illnesses they believe are linked to their breast implants. This has led to the major cosmetic surgery boards to look into BII. As the symptoms are very general, it is so far difficult to establish whether illnesses are being caused by breast implants. Therefore, more research is currently being undertaken to learn more about the condition.

Should patients have their implants removed?

The new review into the safety of breast implants has understandably caused concern for those who already have them. Many are questioning whether or not they should be having their implants removed.

If you do have breast implants, the BAAPS, ABS and BAPRAS don’t recommend getting them removed. The chances of developing BIA-ALCL and BII are relatively small. There are also risks associated with breast implant removal. So, it’s actually safer to leave them in unless they are linked to your health concerns.

What breast implant safety advice should patients follow?

If patients have breast implants, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), has produced useful advice that can be followed.

If you have breast implants and you begin to start experiencing any health issues, you should seek medical advice. This includes a change in shape, lumps and swelling. If you are concerned that you are experiencing health issues because of your implants, you should contact the surgeon or clinic where you got them inserted for advice. If you cannot contact them, seek advice from your GP.

Overall, breast augmentation is one of the most common procedures carried out each year. While there are some valid health concerns, the risks remain relatively rare. That being said, patients should always make sure they choose a reliable and experienced surgeon and report any issues they experience early on. Mr Nigel Horlock will also ensure you’re fully informed about all the potential risks and complications before you make the decision to go ahead. To arrange a consultation with Mr Horlock, call 02380 764969.

Brazilian bum lift

A formal review into the Brazilian butt lift has been launched by the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), the leading independent plastic surgery organisation in the UK. After multiple deaths and a high complication rate, their members have been temporarily advised not to carry out the procedure in the UK.

Here, we’ll look at what the Brazilian butt lift is and why it is causing controversy in the world of plastic surgery.

What is a Brazilian butt lift?

A Brazilian butt lift is designed to improve the shape and fullness of the buttocks. It has been made famous by celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and Nicki Minaj.

The procedure is mostly a fat grafting technique, using the body’s own fat cells to provide extra fullness in the rear. Liposuction can also be used in areas where there is excessive fat, in order to produce the best results.

After fat is collected through the liposuction procedure, it is purified before being injected back into the body. As it isn’t a foreign body, it is much less likely to be rejected and this, in turn, speeds up the healing process. So, if fat grafting is considered a safe alternative to fillers, why is the procedure under review?

Why is the BBL under review?

While fat grafting is considered one of the safest ways to add volume to the body, in a Brazilian butt lift it carries numerous risks. The procedure is a complex one, and it is the way the injections are performed which can cause the issues.

In order to be performed safely, a Brazilian butt lift needs to be carried out by an experienced surgeon. The reason a review has been launched into the procedure is largely down to inexperienced surgeons. In a bid to cash in on this popular trend, surgeons with no prior experience of the procedure are offering it at a low cost. This has led to multiple deaths and injuries.

BAAPS is now reviewing the safety of the procedure. It is advising its surgeons not to perform a Brazilian butt lift until the formal review has been completed. 

The dangers of cosmetic surgery abroad

As many UK surgeons are now following the advice of the BAAPS, patients may be tempted to simply go abroad for treatment. However, this is a very risky move. Cosmetic surgery isn’t always regulated in different countries to the extent that it is in the UK. This means you can’t be sure you are being operated on by a qualified and experienced surgeon.

Foreign clinics also tend to draw in patients with low-cost procedures. If you find a Brazilian butt lift is significantly cheaper abroad, it should be viewed as a red flag. Due to the dangers the procedure poses, it is crucial patients choose a reliable and experienced surgeon.

Overall, while the Brazilian butt lift can be carried out safely, it is advisable for patients to wait until more information has been provided. Fully understanding the risks of the procedure is essential. This formal review aims to look into the safety of a butt lift and whether it should be a procedure offered to patients.

breast reduction benefits

A new breast reduction benefits study has revealed women who undergo a breast reduction procedure, often experience a better quality of life even decades later. The study looked at the effect the procedure has on those who undergo a breast reduction under the age of 25.

Here, we’ll explore the study and its findings, along with what it means for those thinking of undergoing the procedure.

Breast reduction surgery and quality of life

The study included 37 women under the age of 25 who had undergone a breast reduction between the years 1980 and 2003. They completed surveys and were followed up on over a period of 10 years.

The results of the surveys showed there was a high level of well-being and satisfaction after the procedure. The scores the women could use in their responses ranged from 0 (worst) to 100. They were compared against a group of women who hadn’t undergone breast reduction surgery. In terms of breast satisfaction, the women who had the surgery reported an average score of 67, while the women who hadn’t had surgery marked it at 57.

Interestingly, women who had undergone surgery also gave a higher score for sexual wellbeing of 72. The group who hadn’t had surgery gave a sexual wellbeing score of 55.

Scores were also higher for the women who had surgery in terms of psychosocial wellbeing and physical wellbeing.

Breast reduction benefits

Breast reductions are becoming a lot more popular, largely due to the positive impact it can have on the quality of life.

Larger breasts are known to cause a number of physical issues for patients, particularly those with smaller frames. It’s not uncommon for women with larger breasts to experience shoulder, neck and back pain. This can start to interfere with their everyday lives, preventing them from partaking in daily activities.

A breast reduction doesn’t just aim to reduce the size of the breasts, it can also help to tackle issues with asymmetry. While breasts are commonly different sizes, in some cases it can cause patients to become self-conscious and unhappy with their breasts. Therefore, undergoing a breast reduction can help to significantly boost confidence and self-esteem.

Things to consider before undergoing the procedure

While a breast reduction can have numerous positive effects on a patient, it’s still important to understand the procedure and its risks.

There will be a permanent scar left behind from the surgery, although this is usually disguised by a bikini or lingerie. Patients will also typically experience pain and discomfort for some days after the procedure, though this can be controlled with adequate pain medication.

It’s important to book a consultation with an experienced surgeon to discuss the procedure and its risks and complications. While a breast reduction is a straightforward procedure, it does need to be carried out by an experienced and qualified surgeon. Some patients may also be better off undergoing liposuction on the breasts depending upon the results they are looking for.