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Cosmetic surgery is often a huge decision in your life. For some people, it can be a procedure that you have been wanting to have for years. So it is understandable that you may go through a bit of an emotional journey following your procedure. It is a good idea to prepare yourself for these emotions in order to make your recovery period less stressful. 

So what emotions can you expect to feel after cosmetic surgery? 


1. Low energy

The first week after your cosmetic surgery procedure can be a bit of an emotional rollercoaster. You will be adjusting to a new routine, which will include lots of time resting, time off work, and no time at the gym. The amount of time this lasts will vary from person to person, depending on which type of procedure you had. The bigger your procedure, the longer your recovery period will be, and the longer your schedule will be disrupted. During this period you may not be able to see any results from your procedure yet, as you will generally have bandages or compression garments on. You will also be spending lots of time resting and staying in your house.


2. Doubt or frustration

While you’re still recovering, it is very easy to second guess yourself and you may start to question whether or not you made the right choice to undergo a surgical cosmetic procedure. After all, it’s during this period that you’ll be getting lots of rest, which means you’ll have lots of time by yourself to think about if you made the correct decision. In the early stages of recovery, you may still feel pain and discomfort, and will not be able to see the final results yet, which can often cause people to become frustrated. 

If you are experiencing any doubt and are questioning whether or not you made the right choice, keep in mind that this is a very natural reaction. Many people will experience these feelings. After all, surgery is a huge investment and is often something that has been planned for many years. 

Fortunately, there are some steps you can follow to ensure you stay positive during the initial recovery stages:

Keep entertained: prior to surgery, make sure you have something that will keep you entertained while you have to spend longer periods of time resting. Buy some books, get some card games, make sure your tv or music subscriptions are up to date. All of these things will help to keep you busy and will stop you second-guessing your decision.

Have family or friends around: if you had a large procedure which involved a general anaesthetic, you may wish to have a family member or friend stay with you for the first few days, as you may experience difficulties washing, dressing and doing household chores. Having help during this period can help you to avoid feeling frustrated over any limitations to your movements.

–  Your new look: keep in mind how you are going to look once the bruising and swelling goes down. Research new bras, clothing or makeup that you can wear to keep you motivated.


3. Concern about what others will think 

If you have had a large procedure, you will have to take some time off work. Your procedure may also be noticeable, which can cause people to worry about what their friends, family and coworkers will think. If you are concerned about what others will think, make sure to take the appropriate amount of time off work, as it may make it worse to go back to work when you still have noticeable bruising and swelling. 

When you are returning to work after taking time off, it is important to keep in mind:

– If people are gossiping, the news of your surgery will eventually be old news, and there will be something new to talk about

– People may not even comment at all. If you haven’t told people you were having a cosmetic procedure, and the results are natural-looking, people may not react to your altered appearance

– Ignore the haters. Your family and friends will always have positive comments to say about your appearance. Try not to take any negative comments about your appearance personally – these comments will be a reflection of the person’s insecurities. 

If you have problems with what other people are saying, make sure you raise this with your surgeon, who will be able to give you personalised advice on how you can cope. 


4. Happiness

Eventually the bruising and swelling fades, any incisions reduce in size and redness, you return to work and you start your normal exercise regime again. By this stage, you should be able to start to see the final results of your procedure. Once you regain a sense of normalcy and control over your daily schedule, you may start to feel happier with your decision to undergo surgery.

During the recovery period, it is important to keep in mind that you will experience a lot of ups and downs and you may be frustrated by how long the recovery period is and that you can’t see the end results of your procedure. Remember that the vast majority of people who undergo cosmetic surgery are happy with their end results – it may just take a few weeks or months for you to be able to see it in the final result. 

If you are ever concerned during the recovery period, remember you can always visit your surgeon to have a check-up and ask any questions.

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There has been a lot of discussion about medical tourism lately, particularly when procedures go wrong or a death occurs. Medical tourism involves people travelling to other countries, often within Europe or Asia, to receive cosmetic surgery. This is often seen as appealing as the cost can be far cheaper than what is offered in the United Kingdom, and at the same time, you can enjoy a holiday in a foreign country. 

However, medical tourism isn’t that straightforward. There are numerous risks to consider before you decide to head to another country to have any procedure. So what are the risks? 

1. Is it actually cheaper? 

Going overseas for cosmetic surgery can initially appear to be an attractive option because of the cheaper cost of surgery. Why bother paying double the price for a procedure in London when you can go on holidays and save money, right? This isn’t necessarily always the case. A study published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery followed patients in the United States who had treatment overseas. They found that as a result of complications, the average person spent $18,000 (£13,950). 

The initial cheap price that overseas clinics advertise may not necessarily be the full cost you end up paying. Clinics in the United Kingdom will often include everything within their initial quoted price. Clinics in other countries may not include the cost of an anaesthetist, the aftercare cost or include any warranties, which is commonly offered for breast augmentation. Once you pay for these extra costs, it can end up costing you more. It is important to make sure you have the correct travel insurance that will cover any additional costs you may find yourself needing to pay.

2. Does the cost include aftercare? 

At London Lipo Institute, our quoted prices include the cost of lifetime aftercare. This means in the rare instance that something goes wrong or you’re unsure about something, you are able to return to the clinic and visit the same surgeon who performed the initial procedure. 

You cannot guarantee the same level of care when you visit a foreign country. Many people will not want to stay in the country for a long period of time following the procedure, and will instead return home. If complications occur once you have returned home, you have to try and return to the surgeon who originally performed the procedure, or see a surgeon in your home country. Cosmetic surgeons in the United Kingdom will often refuse to see patients who require corrective surgery after having a procedure in another country. If a follow-up procedure is required, extra money will need to be paid for a consultation, as the surgeon will be analysing another surgeon’s work. You will also then need to pay for the corrective surgery. 

3. What do you know about the surgeon? 

How much do you actually know about the surgeon that is going to perform your procedure? Before having any procedure, make sure:

You meet the surgeon: during your initial consultation, many clinics will have you meet with a sales representative rather than the actual surgeon. This means you never meet the surgeon until the day of your procedure. 

You know about their experience: a good surgeon will be able to show you before and after photographs of your procedure or will have an extensive history with the procedure. It is often a good idea to search your surgeon online; most surgeons will have reviews and information about them and their career publicly available. 

You know what their qualifications are: some countries do not have stringent laws when it comes to who can perform cosmetic procedures. Prior to having any surgical or non-surgical cosmetic procedure, it is important to ensure your doctor has the correct qualifications. Otherwise, you may have someone who is under-qualified performing your surgery, and the likelihood of risks occurring increases.

You know where the surgery is going to be completed: if you are having surgery, make sure it is being done in an area which is certified to carry out surgical procedures. If you feel as if the clinic is unsafe or unhygienic, do not go ahead with the procedure. Unhygienic conditions of a room or surgical equipment can cause potential problems and negative side effects. 

4. Do they speak English? 

One of the risks of travelling to countries that speak a language other than English is the communication barrier. If you do not speak the language of the country you are travelling to, make sure are able to speak with the surgeon and the staff at the clinic. Many people who travel abroad for cosmetic surgery find they are often dismissed quickly following the procedure and are unable to find a staff member who speaks English to listen to their concerns. Make sure you are able to communicate all your questions and concerns, and you have heard all of the risks before going ahead with any procedure. 

5. How long do you have to wait before you can fly again? 

People who travel abroad for surgery are often very keen to return home as soon as possible after the procedure. However, you will often need to follow specific recovery advice in order to avoid complications occurring. This includes sleeping or sitting in certain positions – for example, you are unable to sit down after having a Brazilian Butt Lift.  You would then have to wait until the recovery period is over before being able to fly home. 

After surgery, you will need to ensure you can get up and walk around to avoid the risk of blood clots occurring. Keep in mind whether or not you will be able to do this before booking any flights, or long train, bus or car trips home.

Make sure you consider all the risks before you decide to travel overseas for a procedure, or else you could find yourself having complications and spending more than you would have in your home county.

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The idea of surgery can be a nerve-wracking thing for some but for others it means change. There is a list of things to do before your procedure which is vital to make sure your surgery runs smooth. Here is our suggested list of things to do before your procedure.

The day before your procedure

1) Remove all body hair in the area being operated on. Shaving, clipping or using a depilatory cream will effectively remove the hair in that area.

2) After hair removal, you should shower using an antiseptic solution (Hibiscrub.) This is usually around £5 in pharmacies and online. This will just prepare and disinfect your skin.

3) All piercing should be removed the night before the procedure. This will drastically lower the risk of infection.

4) In most cases, our surgeries take place around 8am which makes fasting easy for our patients. We recommend our patients not to eat or drink 8 hours prior to the surgery. Little sips of water are allowed.

The morning of your procedure

1) You should take all of your usual medications unless your surgeon tells you not to.

2) You should shower using your hibiscrub antiseptic wash and brush your teeth.

3) Remove any makeup or nail varnish.

4) Remove all of your jewellery and valuables and leave them at home.

5) For your own comfort, you should wear baggy and dark coloured comfortable clothes. We also advise you to bring these things to make you as comfortable as possible. A pair of slippers and a gown, a bag to store your clothes, something to read whilst waiting and any medication which is needed.

The most essential thing is that you have arranged transport to and from the clinic. This is because after the procedure it is very unsafe for you to travel by yourself or attempt to drive. The procedure will not be able to go ahead if there is not a person travelling home/ looking after you once the procedure has ended. Before any surgical procedure, our surgeons will give you a more in detail list of things to do before your procedure. This will need to be followed strictly to obtain the best results.

 

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Finding a comfortable and suitable way to sleep post-surgery can be very difficult. There are some surgeries where it is very important you sleep in a certain position and avoid putting pressure on an area. Sleep helps to aid recovery so having a full and comfortable night of sleep is very important.

Breast augmentation

With any breast-related surgery, it is best to completely avoid putting any pressure on your chest area for at least 6 weeks. This allows the swelling to go down at a good rate and it allows the pain to subside. Most surgeons suggest lying on your back or sleeping on your side with support under and in between your breasts to avoid discomfort.


Fat transfer to the buttocks

As many may know, after a fat transfer to the buttocks you are advised to not sit on your behind for at least two weeks. After the two week mark you can sit on your buttocks for a short amount of time, this allows the fat to adjust properly. For the first 6-8 weeks, it is advised to lay on your front to stop pressure being put on the buttocks. If you haven’t had fat transferred to the hips you are able to lie on your side, with support under your buttocks.

Liposuction

 

Compared to other procedures Liposuction is not as invasive. There still is the possibility of bruising, swelling and discomfort but this will subside over the course of a week or two. It is advised to sleep not on the area treated. For example, if you had your stomach worked on you should sleep on your back. This will avoid discomfort. When you feel like you are ready to sleep on the area worked on without discomfort you can.


Abdominoplasty

An abdominoplasty is quite an invasive and large procedure. It involves both liposuction and excess skin removal. This means that the front abdominal area will be very tight and tender post procedure. We suggest that you sleep on your back to avoid any pressure on the wound. After all of the pain and swelling has subsided you can begin to sleep on your side or front again. However, keep in mind that these are just our suggestions on how to sleep post surgery. You should follow your surgeon’s aftercare plans strictly for the best results.  

 

For information on our Training Courses, please call us on 01923 801601 or email info@londonlipoinstitute.com – Alternatively, fill out our contact form and a member of the team will be in touch.

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What makes one board certified Plastic Surgeon?

Most plastic surgeons in the UK advertise themselves as a board certified to imply that the individual is fully trained and is qualified to carry out procedures. People considering to opt for cosmetic surgery procedures are even recommended to research well before going under the knife to ensure that they are in safe hands. Here are a few requirements that a plastic surgeon needs to have in order to prove their suitability to practise cosmetic surgery:

  • In the UK it is mandatory that a plastic surgeon is registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) and have a license to carry out medical practices.

  • The service provider – public or private has to be registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) who regulates health services in England.

  • The products used by the clinic should be reviewed and approved by the FDA.


Why is it important to be a board certified plastic surgeon?

They are experts It is important to know that a person may possess the qualification of an MD, but that does not prove that they have the expertise to carry out aesthetic treatments, especially the surgical procedures. To become a board certified plastic surgeon the person usually has to have a few years of training in specific procedures. This ensures the plastic surgeon has appropriate training and experience to perform skillfully in the operating room.

They are safe A board certified plastic surgeon is trained to ensure that the procedures are carried out in a highly safety optimised environment and is approved by the CQC. They understand that it is important for the patients to feel comfortable within the facility and provide services using products approved by the FDA.

They are precise In the cosmetic surgery industry knowing how to perform a procedure is never enough. A board certified plastic surgeon will not just be able to perform it but is well-trained to perform it with precision in order to help the patients achieve the most aesthetically pleasing results. “A professional is someone who can do his best work when he doesn’t feel like it.” – Alistair Cooke 


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Whenever you are investing your money into something whether it is getting your car fixed or getting your hair cut you would only trust people who are qualified. So why think any differently of your surgeons? There are many cases where people have undergone ‘black market’ surgeries and have lost limbs or even lives because of the deadly procedures. Is not fully researching your surgeon or the clinic worth it? Here are some tips on how to find the right cosmetic surgeon in London.

What qualifications should a cosmetic surgeon in London have?

When researching your potential surgeon there is a couple of things you should look for. One of the most important things is making sure they have a genuine qualification in the type of surgery you will want. This is to make sure you will be fully safe in their hands. It is not necessary but it is preferred if the surgeon is a part of the BAPS (British Association of Plastic Surgery) or BAAPS (British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery) This shows that they are members of a community of well-trusted surgeons. Your surgeon must also be registered by the GMC (General Medical Council’s.) Surgeons who are registered by GMC are trusted surgeons who have gone through the certain testing process to test their safety. All clinics and surgeons should be assessed by the CQC (Care Quality Commission) which is a company that ensures all clinics are hygienic, safe and trustworthy. Lastly, any good surgeon should be able to have a GP referral.


How should a cosmetic surgeon in London treat you?

When you have a consultation with your surgeon you should feel comfortable and relaxed. You should never feel rushed during your consultation; your surgeon should give you his full attention and not be constantly looking at the time as this can be very off-putting. You should also judge your potential surgeon by the way they speak to you. There should be a perfect balance of professionalism as well as informality. This is so you are able to know what you need to know but in a way, you will understand. Your surgeon should also be able to listen to what you say without judgement or interrupting. When they are interrupting they may not be able to know what they will need to as well as you may feel muted. A trustworthy surgeon should always discuss the risk of any procedure with you during the consultation. This is so you are fully aware of what could possibly go wrong during surgery. However, before any surgery, you should always do a lot of research to make sure that the surgery is right for you as well as the surgeon. This is because the surgeon may not have a good reputation or you may find a better alternative surgery which may fit you better. So always research to find the perfect cosmetic surgeon in London.  

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What are reconstructive procedures?

Reconstructive procedures are cosmetic procedures to rectify any abnormalities to any area. For example, if someone had broken their nose, leaving it bent and out of shape a cosmetic procedure would be considered to restore its shape. Another example would be someone suffered burns to areas of skin and would need cosmetic surgery to repair the skin.

What is available?

New technologies are being developed for people who require different types of reconstructive procedures.

For burn surgery, a machine learning approach is being developed to determine healing times of burns which can be a useful tool to assess burn depth. Algorithms are also being developed to allow rapid prediction of the percentage of body surface burned which can be an important piece of information for patient resuscitation and surgical planning. Not only can skin be restored from surgery but also lost hair from burning injuries can also be restored through cosmetic surgery.

For aesthetic surgery there are machine learning developments to also be applied to cosmetic surgery, to predict and simulate outcomes of aesthetic facial surgery and reconstructive breast surgery which can be an aid to women or men who have suffered from breast cancer and wish to re-create breasts which may have been affected. Surgeries such as Breast augmentation could be used for those who need breast reconstruction, which could even be done naturally through using fat from another area of the body to then be placed into the breast area to add to lost breast tissue. For alternative cosmetic surgeries for those that have suffered from a broken nose, for example, may have experienced a change in shape and may experience trouble breathing may opt for Rhinoplasty surgery to rectify the misshapen nose.  

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Earlier this year BAAPS published new statistics in their press release ‘Tweak not tuck‘ claiming it to be the ideal cosmetic surgery trend amongst Britons in 2015. This has given rise to a demand for subtle, anti-ageing treatments such as fat transfer, face lift and eyelid surgery making them one of the most wanted procedures of 2015, however, breast augmentation remaining at the top of the chart among women. Figures show a total of 45,406 of cosmetic surgery procedures performed, with women getting 91% and men getting 9% of all cosmetic surgery procedures. Cosmetic surgery procedures of 2015 as ranked:

Men & Women Combined

  • Breast Augmentation – 8,619

  • Blepharoplasty – 7,752

  • Face/Neck Lift – 6,402

  • Breast Reduction – 5,528

  • Liposuction – 4,627

  • Rhinoplasty – 3,690

  • Fat Transfer – 3,155

  • Abdominoplasty  – 2,713

  • Browlift – 1,978

  • Otoplasty – 942

According to the BAAPS President, and consultant surgeon Michael Cadier it is clear that people want a refreshed or youthful look with cosmetic surgery procedures rather than alterations to their appearance. Treatments such as liposuction also continue to rise as many non-surgical fat removal methods result in being ineffective in many cases. This change in trends hopefully has a positive impact and eliminates misconceptions associated with cosmetic surgery. As pioneers of cosmetic surgery procedures, it is very refreshing to learn that people are being more cautious and educated regarding cosmetic surgery. Sadly, botched cases cannot be completely eliminated but as plastic surgeons we can only use the safest methods to guarantee the best results expected from us. After all, mistakes happen… miss universe 2015 mistake

 

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If you think it’s too late to look good for the holiday season, here are 6 instant result cosmetic surgery procedures that will change your mind.

1. Rhinoplasty Like any other cosmetic surgery procedures, bruising and swelling is unavoidable. Luckily, if you want a more appealing look for your nose by Christmas, rhinoplasty falls in the instant result cosmetic surgery category. You can expect the bruising to last for just about 1 week after which the stitches and cast on your nose can also be removed. You can expect to see the difference almost immediately and will look even better over time. By the start of the holiday season, your newly shaped nose will be ready.

2. Blepharoplasty Don’t let your hooded eyes hold you back from experimenting with eyeshadows this Christmas. Blepharoplasty can help you enhance your eye crease and give you instant results in just about 1-2 weeks. Any swelling and bruising should heal up by the second week and you should be feeling and looking presentable by then. Pink scars may remain for a bit longer but that can be easily covered up with make-up giving you a chance to experiment looks you never dared to try before.

3. Anti-wrinkle injections Probably an expected instant result cosmetic surgery procedure, it only takes a few days for its effect to kick in. You can expect to see quite a lot of difference on the first week itself and expect a much smoother look over time.

4. Lip augmentation The result is also almost instant with lip augmentation as swelling heals within 1 week after being injected. You can expect the injected areas to be presentable even without make-up immediately after the healing process. Your plump lips will be mistletoe-ready for the holiday season.

5. Otoplasty Some people are able to go back to their normal routine after the first week of surgery and by the second week, some feel comfortable to be in a social environment as the swelling should subside by then.

6. Ear repair surgery Ear repair surgery gives the most instant result out of all the cosmetic surgery procedures as there is no need to even take a day off from work unless you think you need it. You will experience very little discomfort and if necessary painkillers can be taken on the day of the surgery to feel at ease. A scar is unavoidable, however, it is just a fine line of stitches that can be removed after a week if desired or it will just dissolve over time.

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Cosmetic surgery for Halloween

Before you get the wrong idea, this blog is not to encourage you to get cosmetic surgery for Halloween and completely change your appearance. Although there might be a few who may even consider it, which to be honest would be worrying because it’s Halloween we’re talking about. Halloween is just in 4 days, and if you’ve been on social media you must have noticed the countless posts by people sharing their creative ‘Halloween-look’ ideas. Well, it is indeed the only time of the year people get to flaunt their creativity by making themselves look ridiculously weird for the occasion and yet fit right in. Alongside the typical superhero costumes and The Walking Dead inspired make-ups (if you know what I mean), there seems to be a new trend this year, cosmetic surgery for Halloween. Not everyone might appreciate someone with the look knocking on people’s houses Trick-or-Treating, but it’s still brilliant! Beauty-gurus seem to have found a creative way to represent cosmetic surgery by drawing incision lines on their faces with make-up this Halloween. cosmetic surgery for Halloween Some are even trying out the ‘botched’ cosmetic surgery for Halloween-look, which are quite decent-looking. Thank God! cosmetic surgery for Halloween And looks like even men have joined the trend. cosmetic surgery for Halloween

Does this mean people are now more open about cosmetic surgery?

The booming demand for cosmetic surgery procedures such as anti-wrinkle injectables and Breast Augmentation among women and Rhinoplasty among men, it is no surprise that more people are willing to go under the knife over the year. So does this new Halloween trend show that the traditional perspective of cosmetic surgery has changed? Or are people just not caring about being judged for it? 🎃Happy Halloween

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