Liposuction and Tummy Tuck Give Patients Better Quality of Life

Studies conducted by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) have shown that patients who have undergone liposuction and/or tummy tuck  (abdominoplasty) benefit greatly due to boost in self-esteem and better quality of life.  

April’s issue of ‘Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery’, carried details of the study that was conducted. The results of the study pave way for the conclusion that undergoing liposuction and tummy tuck surgeries give patients the best benefits in terms of quality of life, appearance and confidence. It has to be noted that these two cosmetic surgeries are popular regardless of the fact they take longer to fully heal than other cosmetic procedures. The long-term results are what patients are thrilled about!  

The research was conducted by evaluating 360 patients, out of whom 60% underwent liposuction and 35% underwent liposuction in conjunction with the tummy tuck. The remainder underwent only the tummy tuck surgery. Here are the results:

86% felt that their self-esteem improved and 70% stated their quality of life improved following surgery. It gets better. The patients were asked to rate the outcome of the respective surgery on a scale of 10. The average satisfaction level was at 9 out of 10 for liposuction patients and 8 out of 10 for tummy tuck patients. Those who underwent both cosmetic procedures gave a rating of a 9.9 out of 10 (99%) for satisfaction.        

This was one of the first studies that were conducted to assess patients’ quality of life after surgery. this is a very important factor in cosmetic surgery these days given the number of botched surgeries that take place on a fairly regular basis. 

Let us know how your life has been different after surgery, as we’d love to hear from you.

Brides Spending More on Cosmetic Procedures

It has been reported that brides today are spending more on cosmetic surgery and treatments to look great, than on their wedding dress for the bog day.

Latest studies show that one in ten women spend money on at least one cosmetic surgery or non-intrusive treatment during the days leading up to their wedding day. Botox treatment tops the non-intrusive treatments list, while the “boob job” or breast augmentation remains the most popular surgical procedure. Some leading cosmetic clinics state that their clientele consists of at least 30% women who are brides-to-be.

Experts say that while it is possible to make a relatively inexpensive dress look great by accessorising it right, hiding bad skin or teeth is not that easy. Plus cosmetic procedures give a great confidence boost to new brides on their big day.

Some of the other popular treatments are dermal fillers and hand treatments. Liposuction remains popular amongst women as well.

Choosing a Suitable Cosmetic Surgeon

Here are a few pointers to keep in mind when shopping around for a cosmetic surgeon as it is imperative that you consult the best to get the desired results.

1. Area of Specialty

Plastic surgeons are generally specialised in different branches of plastic surgery, such as cosmetic surgery and reconstructive surgery. While cosmetic surgery deals with all kinds of aesthetic plastic surgery, reconstructive surgery deals with cases such as burns, birth deformities, injuries caused by accidents and other mishaps, congenital deformities etc. Make your choice depending on your need.

2. Surgeon’s Credibility and Certification

Speak to a few people who have undergone cosmetic surgery with the surgeon you’ve shortlisted. Since cosmetic surgery requires extensive knowledge and skill along with a sense of aesthetics, credibility is of the utmost importance. It’s also essential to verify the cosmetic surgeons credentials and certifications by looking him/her up on the directory of British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS).

3. Implementation of Best Practices

When going in for a surgical procedure, hygiene and protocol are aspects that you cannot afford to ignore. Have a good look at the surgeon’s clinic or hospital and the equipment that’s in use. Does the place seem state of the art? Do they maintain high levels of cleanliness? These are questions you need to seek answers for. Also, speak to the surgeon and find out the exact details of the surgery. As a patient, it is your right to know. Ensure you have all your clarifications cleared, especially details pertaining of risks of undergoing the particular cosmetic surgery in question.

4. Frequency

Do not hesitate to ask your surgeon about his past experience of the particular cosmetic surgery you’ve opted for. Ask him/her how long they’ve been practicing for, how many times they’ve performed the type of surgery that you are interested in and also ask to look at before & after photographs. If the surgeon seems to have performed a popular type of cosmetic surgery, a few months back, that’s your sign to get out of there!

5. Cost

Cosmetic surgery can be expensive and it is important that you get value for money. However do not be tempted by offers that seem too good to be true and also bundled offers that may tempt you into opting for a surgery that you don’t really need just because the surgery you are after is offered at a discount!

6. Comfort

This is another important factor as you need to be absolutely comfortable with your cosmetic surgeon as he/she will be operating on you. Also they should be the type who fully understands your concerns and is more than happy to take the extra effort to put your mind at ease and ensure an experience that’s as pleasant as possible.

What you need to ask your Cosmetic Surgeon

Once you’ve done your homework and selected a suitable cosmetic surgeon in your locality, here are a few questions that you have to ask him before going in for surgery. The answers to these will help you get comfortable with the whole process and also get the best results.

  •  Am I a suitable candidate for the surgery? Are there any non-invasive cosmetic treatments that may suit me better?
  • What results can I hope to achieve? Are my expectations realistic?
  • Does my medical history have any impact on the surgery? Will you be liaising with my GP?
  • What is the surgery process like?
  • What anaesthetics will be used?
  • How long will I have to remain in hospital after the surgery?
  • What is the overall downtime?
  • What day-to-day activities do I have to refrain from?
  • Will I experience any pain or discomfort? Will the surgeon provide any after-care medication?
  • What do I need to keep in mind when I’m at home after surgery?
  • How long will the results last?
  • What is the total cost of the surgery? Does it include aftercare treatment and medication as well?
  • What are the potential risks related to the particular cosmetic surgery that I am about to undergo?

Are you a good candidate for a Breast Augmentation Surgery?

In the event you opt for breast augmentation surgery, you can judge for yourself whether you are a suitable candidate. In the event you have one or more of the following conditions, chances are high that you are an ideal candidate for the procedure.

  • You feel bothered or self-conscious that your breasts are too small (in proportion to your body structure)
  • When you try on clothes, those that fit you well around the waist-line are often too large at the bust-line
  • You feel that swimsuits or body-fitting outfits are not for you
  • You’ve had children and your breasts have lost their firmness and may have also become smaller
  • Rapid weight-loss has changed the size and shape of your breasts
  • One of your breasts is noticeable smaller than the other

Why not drop in at Yorkshire Cosmetics for a free consultation and find out how we can help you!

BREAST ENLARGEMENT SURGERY – FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Before opting for Breast Enlargement Surgery, it’s imperative that you know all the fact relating to the procedure. Here are a few questions that you need to have answers fo before going in for surgery!

1. What is Breast Enlargement Surgery?

Also known as a “boob job”, breast enlargement surgery is a surgical procedure that’s designed to increase the size of woman’s breast by implanting a silicone or saline based implant to increase size.

2. What’s the difference between saline and silicone implants?

The saline based implant consists of silicone shell filled with a saltwater solution, whilst a silicone implant is filled with silicone gel. The saline implant is inserted empty and once in place, filled from within. This results in less noticeable scarring as the incision require for insertion is smaller. For women with very little breast tissue, silicone gel implants provide a better solution in terms of augmentation and reconstruction.

3. How long is the recovery process?

Under usual cases, women can return to work after 3-4 days of undergoing the surgery. However, one must avoid exercising and other strenuous activity for one month.

4. Will breast enlargement surgery affect breast feeding?

Very few cases have been reported where the procedure has affected breastfeeding. However if the surgery is done properly, with the implant being placed behind the chest’s muscle wall, it wouldn’t affect the mammary glands.

5. What are the risks associated with the procedure?

It has been reported that there’s a 7-10% rupture deflation rate for breast implants once they reach the 10 year mark. There are two types of rupture: in-capsule leak and out-of-capsule leak. Both of these types of ruptures require the surgeon to remove the implant. Another potential side-effect is capsular contracture which happens when the scar or capsule around the implant begins to tighten, squeezing the implant and causing the breast to harden.

6. Is there any solution for breast enlargement surgeries that cause complications?

Yes. The procedure is called breast implant revision, which replaces the implant.

7. How do you choose a suitable cosmetic surgeon to perform the breast enlargement surgery?

It is imperative that you choose a credible surgeon who is suitably qualified and skilled in the respective field.  Always do your homework before selecting a surgeon. Check referrals, before and after photographs and also affiliations to find out about his/her credibility. Previous patients who are happy with their results will be more than happy to recommend their surgeon. Therefore, online forums too will provide a wealth of information on cosmetic surgeons.

8. What’s the cost involved with the surgery?

The cost will depend on the clinic as well as the type of surgery that you undergo.

Opted for a Facelift and nervous?

Opted for a Facelift and nervous? Here’s what you need to ask your surgeon…

Undergoing a life changing surgery is big decision and understandably may tend to cause nervousness. The first thing to do is to shop around the best Cosmetic Surgeon / Clinic to treat you. Your initial consultation with your Surgeon will be the next step towards a Brand New YOU. At this consultation, your surgeon will evaluate your condition and ascertain whether you are a suitable candidate to undergo a Facelift Surgery. It is only natural that a thousand questions will cloud your mind and you may even feel nervous to have those questions answered. Fear not – a good cosmetic surgeon will be open to answer all your queries and put your mind at peace at the initial consultation itself.

We’ve given you a list of questions that you can ask your surgeon to get a clear picture of the experience you are about to undergo.

General Questions

  • Is Facelift Surgery suitable for me?
  • Are there any alternatives that may suit me better, such as non-invasive treatments like Botox and Dermal Fillers?
  • Will there be a very noticeable difference between the results and how I look now?
  • What is the total cost of the procedure?
  • Does the cost include follow treatments and medication?

Questions relating to the procedure

  • Can you brief me on the surgery process?
  • What is the success rate of this surgery?
  • Are there any risks or complications that I’m exposing myself to by undergoing a Facelift?
  • What’s the duration of the surgery?
  • What preparations must I make prior to the surgery date and on the day of the surgery?

Questions relating to after-care

  • How long is the recovery period?
  • Will I have to take time off work and other extracurricular activities?
  • Will I experience any discomfort or pain?
  • Will I require someone to help me at home?
  • What specific activities do I need to refrain from and for how long?
  • Do I have to wear any special dressings during the recovery period and will it be provided by the clinic?

Please note that we have outlined the above under the assumption that you’ve done your homework on the surgeon/clinic and made a wise choice on same. You may select a Good Surgeon based on referrals, checking his/her professional affiliations, condition of the clinic (is it clean and state of the art), manner in which the surgeon interacts with you and also some secondary research via Internet and medical journals.