cosmetic surgery consultation

Cosmetic surgery of any kind comes with a variety of risks and complications. While the benefits can be significant, it’s important for patients to understand exactly what they’re getting into.

If you’ve decided to undergo surgery, there’s a number of factors you’ll want to consider. Here, you’ll discover just 5 things you should look out for when thinking of going under the knife.

Cosmetic surgery choice: what you should consider

  1. Ensure you choose a registered clinic

According to official guidelines by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the first thing patients should do is ensure the clinic is registered. This comes after the CQC recently discovered one in five beauty clinics are unsafe.

Beauty clinics have begun to expand their services, with many delving into the world of cosmetic surgery. Unfortunately, the majority of these clinics are not adequately trained to provide the cosmetic services on offer. For this reason, patients should always ensure they choose a private, registered clinic which specialises in cosmetic surgery procedures.

  1. Is a cosmetic surgery consultation offered?

All reputable cosmetic surgery clinics should provide a consultation with the surgeon who will be carrying out the procedure. This gives you the opportunity to meet the surgeon and ask any questions you may have regarding the procedure.

Your plastic surgeon will also talk through your options and advise you on any alternative procedures which may be better suited. They should be able to show you before and afters of previous patients who have undergone similar procedures so you can see the results that can be achieved and ensure you’re happy with the surgeon’s work.

Patients are advised to watch out for free consultations. The majority of respected clinics or plastic surgeons do charge a consultation fee. They also won’t charge you high cancellation fees or hefty deposits.

  1. Understanding the risks and complications

An important thing to consider before undergoing any operation is the risks and complications. All surgeries come with some level of risks. You can reduce the likelihood of suffering complications by ensuring you choose an experienced surgeon. However, even the best plastic surgeons can’t always avoid all risks and complications, such as the pain and discomfort felt after the procedure. It is essential that you are fully informed before making the decision to go ahead at this time.

  1. Be wary of going abroad

A lot of people are tempted to head abroad for their cosmetic surgery. While it may much cheaper in other countries, unfortunately the sector isn’t always as heavily regulated as it is in the UK. This means there’s a lot of inexperienced surgeons carrying out cosmetic procedures in foreign countries.

Going under the knife is a serious commitment and you need to ensure you can trust the skills of the cosmetic surgeon carrying out the procedure.

  1. Special offers

You’ll find that some clinics provide special offers. These are often given in the form of discounts if you book the procedure the same day. Be wary of these offers as they could be associated with lesser skilled surgeons. Highly experienced surgeons will never need to offer special discounts to patients as their results speak for themselves.

As you can see, there’s a number of factors you should think about before going under the knife. The first step is to book a consultation with an experienced plastic surgeon to discuss what you’re hoping to achieve.

breast lift after breastfeeding

We all know that breast is best for baby, but breastfeeding can have long-term implications on how the breasts look. Mothers who have finished breastfeeding often report excess sagging. For this reason, many resort to going under the knife to regain their natural shape.

Here, we’ll look at why a breast lift is so popular with post-breastfeeding mothers and what the procedure involves.

How can a breast lift help post-breastfeeding mothers?

After breastfeeding, it is understandable mothers want to get back to how they looked and felt before having children. The breasts can change dramatically during breastfeeding. Not only are they typically left sagging a lot more than they did, but they can also appear flat. If the more breastfed with one breast more than the other, there can also be issues with asymmetry.

It would be impossible to regain the shape and perkiness of the breasts through diet and exercise. The only way to retain how the breasts looked previously, would be to undergo a breast lift. It’s an ideal option for mothers who want perkier breasts without getting implants.

After a breast lift, the breasts will appear much more lifted and volumised. It’s also a fairly straightforward procedure which enhances its popularity.

Many combine the breast lift with fat grafting

In order to achieve best results, a lot of mothers choose to undergo fat grafting as part of the breast lift procedure. With fat grafting, liposuction is carried out on the thighs, flanks, abdomen or the bra line. Small portions of fat are removed before being processed and put back into the breast. It’s used to provide more volume to the breasts, perfect for those who have experienced significant flatness after breastfeeding.

As an additional benefit, the liposuction can leave the donor area looking a lot better too. The breast lift can be carried out alone, or with fat grafting for more noticeable results.

What does a breast lift involve?

The breast lift procedure, also known as mastopexy, removes excess skin while reshaping the tissue. When carried alone, it won’t add any volume to the breasts, it’s simply performed to give them a more ‘lifted’ appearance.

It’s typically carried out under general anaesthetic and the techniques used can vary between surgeons. It takes approximately two to three hours to complete and you’ll usually be able to return home the same day.

Small incisions are made either along the crease of the breast, around or down from the areolae. Where the incision is placed will depend upon how much the breasts need to be lifted. The areola and nipple are kept attached to the breast tissue, so there’s a lesser risk of developing long-term sensitivity issues.

For mothers have finished breastfeeding, a breast lift can be a great way to get their breasts back in shape. It can also really help to boost confidence and make patients feel more like a woman again. A breast lift won’t impact your ability to breastfeed in future, although you may need to have it re-done afterwards.

pregnancy and tummy tuck

Tummy tucks remain one of the most common surgical procedures carried out on patients across the globe. However, if you’ve been pregnant, or if you’re planning on getting pregnant, it’s important to understand how it can affect the results of the procedure.

Here, you’ll discover everything you need to know about pregnancy planning and the tummy tuck.

Pregnancy known to alter abdominal muscles

Pregnancy is known to cause changes within the abdominal muscles. In a recent study, it was discovered that women who have undergone multiple pregnancies experience a widening as well as thinning of the abdominal muscles.

Published within the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal in August, the results of the study show this could be a reason behind patient dissatisfaction after a tummy tuck procedure. It also revealed a new potential technique which could be used to correct the changes within the muscles prior to a tummy tuck.

The researchers from the Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago looked at CT scans from 60 women. They were split into four different groups based on how many pregnancies they’d gone through.

It was revealed that it’s the first pregnancy which causes the widening of the muscles. Multiple pregnancies didn’t appear to widen the muscles further. Childbirth is also responsible for the changes. This widening and thinning of the muscles is referred to as rectus diastasis and it can make it difficult for women to regain core muscle strength after they’ve been pregnant.

Will pregnancy after a tummy tuck affect the results?

The majority of studies look into how previous pregnancies can impact tummy tuck results. So, what if you get pregnant after a tummy tuck?

Unsurprisingly, getting pregnant after having a tummy tuck procedure can impact the results. This is because the skin stretches significantly and there’s weight gain around the abdomen. After giving birth, many women find the results of the tummy tuck have been lost or negatively impacted. There’s also still the risk the muscles could alter in shape and size, causing permanent unflattering results.

For this reason, it’s recommended patients only undergo a tummy tuck once they’ve finished having children. Otherwise, the procedure may need to be carried out again if you want to regain the results after pregnancy.

Does a tummy tuck impact your chances of getting pregnant?

Although a tummy tuck can be impacted by pregnancy, it won’t affect your chances of getting pregnant. Many women are concerned that if they have a tummy tuck procedure, it will lead to issues conceiving. However, it shouldn’t impact your ability to get pregnant at all.

If you’re thinking of undergoing a tummy tuck procedure, it is recommended you wait until you’ve finished having children. If you’ve experienced a widening of the muscles through previous pregnancies, this may need to be corrected before a tummy tuck can be performed.

Book a consultation today with body contouring plastic surgeon Mr Nigel Horlock to learn more about undergoing a tummy tuck procedure after pregnancy.