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When you’re researching plastic surgery, one of the biggest decisions you will have to make is which surgeon is going to perform your surgery. This decision can often not be as easy as it sounds. 

So what do you need to do to ensure you choose the best plastic surgeon? 


1. Make sure they are registered 

You will want to make sure you are going to a legitimate plastic surgeon. If you are looking within the U.K., you will need to make sure the surgeon is registered with the General Medical Council (GMC). 

You not only need to check the registration of the surgeon but the clinic they work for as well. The clinic will need to be registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC). This is an independent body which regulates the health services in England. 

You should be able to find evidence of the surgeon and clinic being registered online. However, you should feel comfortable asking the surgeon to provide proof of this registration. 

To receive the best quality surgery, it is recommended you avoid going to a surgeon and clinic who is not registered. 


2. Research the surgeon 

Before meeting the surgeon, do a bit of research on them. By searching their name you may be able to find their personal website or social media accounts. Some may list their education and/or employment history. This will give you a good idea of where they received their qualifications from and how long they have been performing surgeries. 

You may also be able to find reviews of the surgeon and the clinic, which will help you to get a good understanding of the experiences other patients have had with this particular surgeon.


3. Make sure they have experience in the area of your procedure

So you’ve found out the surgeon is registered and they’ve been working in the cosmetic surgery field for years. But have they actually been performing your surgery? Many cosmetic surgeons will have specialities and won’t perform every surgery. For example, some may perform breast surgeries, but will not perform facial surgeries. See if any of the reviews are for the surgery which you are having. During your consultation, you may also wish to ask your surgeon how many times they have performed your particular surgery. Even if they have amazing reviews and many years of experience, you may not feel comfortable going to a surgeon who has never performed your procedure. 


4. Make sure you are comfortable around them

Once you’ve done your research it’s time to book in for a consultation. This will give you the opportunity to meet with the surgeon and ask any questions you have about the surgeon and the procedure. Take note of how you feel during and after the consultation. Some surgeons may have a very quick consultation and won’t take into consideration any of your questions or concerns. 

If you feel uncomfortable around the surgeon or feel like they haven’t answered all of your questions, you are under no obligation to go ahead with surgery. You may wish to attend consultations with several clinics and surgeons. This will allow you to compare surgeons and see who you feel most comfortable with. 


5. Do you trust the rest of the staff?

Don’t just take note of how you feel with the surgeon; notice how the rest of the staff acts as well. Chances are you will have to communicate with people other than the surgeon. You will generally have to deal with nurses, receptionists or patient consultants. These staff members are the ones who will be able to book in future appointments for you and will help you throughout your recovery period. If you are having issues with any of the other staff, you may wish to go to another clinic. 

Following these tips will ensure you get the best plastic surgeon and achieve the best possible outcome.

If you are interested in a cosmetic surgery procedure, contact London Lipo Institute today to find out more information or to book a consultation. 

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Cosmetic surgery is becoming increasingly popular, and men aren’t immune to it. Many men will also seek out treatments including anti-ageing injectables, rhinoplasty, eye lifts and neck lifts in an effort to continue looking youthful. 

However, before you decide to undergo any cosmetic surgery procedure, it’s important to be informed. 

So what are some tips for men considering cosmetic surgery? 

1. It’s more popular than you think 

Many men may be hesitant to seek out cosmetic surgery as it seems like it is unpopular, or only something that women do. However, this is factually incorrect. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 1.3 million men underwent aesthetic procedures in 2017. Some of the most popular procedures include male breast reduction, liposuction and abdominoplasty. So if you’re putting off having a cosmetic procedure because it seems like no other men are having surgery – rest assured that you’re not alone.


2. Make sure to do your research

Before deciding to go under the knife, you’ll need to do your research. Make sure you research the procedure you’re going to have, so you are comfortable discussing it with your surgeon. Next, do some research on your surgeon and the clinic they work for. Is the surgeon registered? In the U.K., you will be able to find out this information at the GMC register. See if you can find out the surgeon’s background – their education, where they have worked previously, what reviews they have. If you do not trust the surgeon or the clinic, walk away. 


3. Attend a consultation 

Prior to having any cosmetic procedure – whether surgical or non-surgical – you will need to attend a consultation. This will give the surgeon the opportunity to assess whether or not you are eligible for this procedure and are undertaking it for the right reasons. The consultation will also allow you to become more informed about the procedure and ask any questions. However, some clinics will have you meet with a patient consultant or salesperson during your consultation. This means you will not actually meet with your surgeon until the day of your procedure. It is important that you meet with your surgeon prior to undergoing your surgery. It gives you the chance to see if you trust them and feel comfortable around them. You may wish to undergo numerous consultations at various clinics to see which surgeon you like best before committing to your surgery.


4. Follow pre-op and post-op instructions

All surgeries have their own risks. One way to minimise the risks occurring is by following pre-operative and post-operative instructions given to you by the surgeon. For example, all procedures will require that you stop smoking prior to the surgery and throughout the recovery period. This is because smoking can interfere with wound healing and can cause other complications during the procedure. You may also be given other instructions, such as having to stop certain medications. If you do not follow these rules, the surgeon may refuse to go ahead with the procedure as it may be deemed too risky.


5. Beware of low-cost options

Cosmetic surgery can sometimes seem expensive. However, this is with good reason. The cost will generally include the surgeon, hospital costs, anaesthetist and aftercare. Some companies will offer you discounts or package deals. Before signing up, make sure you do your research. Do these cheaper options include aftercare costs? Is the surgeon qualified? Is the clinic up to standards? Often choosing the cheapest choice can end up costing you more in the long run, especially if you have complications and need to book a follow-up procedure. If the cost seems too good to be true, that will generally be the case. 


6. Stay in contact with your surgeon 

Having the procedure doesn’t mean that you’ll never see or hear from your surgeon again. If you have undergone a surgical cosmetic procedure, you will often hear from the surgeon or their team during your recovery period. You may be required to attend follow up appointments, particularly if you need stitches or dressing removed. These appointments allow the surgeon to see how your recovery is progressing and ensure no complications occur. It is important that you choose a clinic which allows you to contact and visit the surgeon during your recovery period. If something doesn’t seem quite right, don’t be hesitant to call your surgeon or book an appointment.


Are you interested in a cosmetic surgery procedure? Contact London Lipo Institute today to find out more information or to book a consultation.  

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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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When considering surgery, one of the main concerns a patient often has is the recovery period. How much is it going to hurt, how long will it take, when can I go back to work? There is a seemingly endless list of questions you can think of that involve the recovery. 


We all want to have a smooth, speedy recovery following our cosmetic procedures. Fortunately, there are things you can do to ensure you have the best recovery possible. 


1. Follow your surgeon’s instructions

This one may seem a bit obvious, but if you want to have the best recovery, the way to do it is by following the instructions your surgeon has said. There may be an excess amount of information available on the internet, but no one will be able to give personalised information quite like your surgeon. Your surgeon and the medical team will be able to give you medical advice prior to your surgery, which will help you to prepare for both the surgery and the recovery period. Following the procedure, you will be able to visit the surgeon if you have any concerns or questions. Remember – your surgeon can assess your body in person and knows your medical history, the internet doesn’t. 

2. Avoid certain medications 

Prior to surgery, you will be given a health assessment where you will be asked about your medical history. This will include whether or not you are taking any medications or herbal supplements. In some instances, you will be asked to stop taking certain medications and supplements. Some, such as blood thinners, may interfere with the procedure and cause complications during and after the procedure. Some may cause an increased risk of bleeding after surgery, while others may interfere with the anaesthetic given during the procedure. You will generally have to stop taking these two weeks prior to the surgery, and at least two weeks after the procedure. 

3. Avoid smoking

If you are a smoker, you will need to stop smoking at least two weeks prior to surgery, and two weeks after the procedure. Nicotine can cause the recovery period to be even longer and can increase the risk of complications. 

Smoking tests may be taken prior to surgery, and if the surgeon believes you are still smoking the procedure may be cancelled as the surgeon may consider it too risky. 

4. Protect yourself from the sun

You may think it is a good idea to get surgery prior to going on a holiday. After all, that means you can spend the recovery period lounging around on a beach, right? Unfortunately, this isn’t quite the case. Sun exposure can not only cause skin damage but can cause discolouration at the incision site. If you are planning to spend lots of time outside following your procedure, make sure your wear SPF 50+ sunscreen, and wear long clothing which will cover the incision site. 

5. Sleep in the best position

You will need to get lots of rest following your procedure. However, you will also have to alter your sleeping position in order to get the best recovery. This altered position will vary depending on what type of procedure you had and where the incision was. Procedures such as breast augmentation, rhinoplasty or a tummy tuck will require you to sleep on your front. Meanwhile, procedures such as a fat transfer to the buttocks will require you to sleep on your side or front. An otoplasty, or ear pinning, will mean you have to avoid sleeping on your side. If you have had facial surgery, you will be advised to sleep with multiple pillows, as this will keep your head elevated and help to reduce swelling. 

6. Avoid strenuous exercise

You don’t want to overdo it at the gym right after your procedure. After all, you may be experiencing some minor pain and discomfort, and you do not want to cause any injuries to the incision site. Following your procedure, you will have to avoid any strenuous exercise. The exact timeframe for this will vary depending on which procedure you had, however, you may have to avoid vigorous exercise for six weeks. 

However, while you do need to get rest and avoid vigorous exercise, you will be encouraged to do light activities, such as walking or stretching. This is in order to avoid any blood clots forming. You should be able to start a light exercise regime after two weeks.

7. Stay hydrated

We all know water is good for us, and this is definitely the case during the recovery period after surgery. Drinking water will help you to keep healthy and hydrated. Make sure to drink eight glasses per day – and no, alcohol and sugary drinks don’t count. 


8. Get some assistance 

If you had surgery under a general anaesthetic, you will need to arrange for a responsible adult to drive you home after your surgery. However, you may wish to have someone accompany you at home for the first few days, as you may encounter difficulties with showering, dressing or moving around. If you had a procedure such as a tummy tuck, you will have to avoid heavy lifting, which includes lifting children. You will have to keep in mind whether you will need help with your children or whether you will be able to put them into childcare.

If you are wanting to have a speedy recovery after surgery, make sure you follow these tips. However, the best advice you can follow is always the advice given to you by your surgeon at London Lipo Institute. 

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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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As a cosmetic surgery clinic, we often get asked questions about our procedures. So we thought we would compile a helpful resource so you can get all your information from the one source. We have answered questions about four of our most popular procedures – liposuction, labiaplasty, tummy tuck and breast augmentation. 

 
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Liposuction

– How is liposuction performed?

There are numerous different ways you can perform liposuction. At London Lipo Institute, we use tumescent liposuction. This involves injecting a diluted anaesthetic treatment into the area where the liposuction is being performed. This causes the skin to become swollen and hard – otherwise known as tumescent. This eliminates the need for having a general anaesthetic. Incisions are then made, and small, thin cannulas are inserted which suck out the fat cells. Once this is completed, the incisions are sutured shut. 

 

– How much fat can liposuction remove at one time?

At London Lipo Institute, the maximum amount of fat we will remove with one session of liposuction is 4 litres. Removing more than this increases the risk of complications occurring during surgery. If you think you will need more than 4 litres of fat removed, you will need to undertake multiple liposuction procedures. 

 

– How long do the effects of liposuction last?

This will depend on your lifestyle following the liposuction procedure. Liposuction removes fat cells from a certain area. However, if you do not exercise or have an unhealthy diet, it is possible to gain weight back in the area which you had liposuction, and you will, therefore, cease to see the results of the procedure. If you are able to maintain a healthy lifestyle, you will be able to enjoy the effects of liposuction for longer. 

 

– How long does liposuction take to heal?

You will need to take two to three days off work to recover. To avoid any injury, you will need to avoid excessive exercise for two weeks, after which you can resume mild activity for four weeks. You can return to your usual exercise regime after a total of six weeks. Swelling may last three to five months. 

 

– Is liposuction dangerous?

Tumescent liposuction is not dangerous. Unlike other forms of liposuction, it does not involve the use of heat, which can damage your body internally, as well as leave you will telltale signs of liposuction, such as rippling skin. 

 

– Can you have liposuction under local anaesthetic?

Tumescent liposuction involves injecting a local anaesthetic into the area, and therefore the use of a general anaesthetic is not needed.

 

– What are the side effects of liposuction?

As liposuction is a surgical procedure, there are rare side effects that may occur, which include:

– Bruising

– Swelling

– Infection

– Bleeding

– Blood clots

 

– How many kilograms can you lose with liposuction?

This will depend on how much fat you are having removed. The maximum amount that can be removed in one session is 4 litres, which is equivalent to 4 kilograms, or 8.8 pounds. The liposuction will make more of a difference to the aesthetic appearance rather than the weight levels. 

 

– What is the highest kilogram limit for liposuction?

You cannot judge whether or not you are eligible for liposuction purely based off your weight – you also need to factor in your height. You will need to ensure your BMI is not higher than 30. If your BMI is higher than this, there can be complications during surgery. Therefore, if your BMI is over 30, you will not be able to have liposuction. We recommend trying to get as close to your ideal weight prior to having liposuction. 

 

– Will liposuction remove love handles?

Yes – there are numerous areas of the body which liposuction can remove, including love handles, abdomen, inner and outer thighs, hips, buttocks, chin, and knees. 

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Labiaplasty

– How long does labiaplasty surgery take?

A labiaplasty will take two to three hours to complete. 

 

– How long does labiaplasty take to heal? 

You may experience bruising and swelling for several weeks. You may need to take at least five days off work. You will need to avoid any strenuous physical activity for 10 days. You will have to avoid any sexual intercourse for at least six weeks.  

 

The stitches used will be dissolvable, which means you will not require another appointment to have them removed.  

 

– What is the minimum age to have labiaplasty? 

For any procedures at London Lipo Institute, you will need to be at least 18 years old. However, it is uncommon for anyone under the age of 21 to be accepted for this procedure. 

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Tummy tuck

– How long does a tummy tuck take to heal?

There is a long recovery period for a tummy tuck. You will have to take at least two weeks off work; if your job is more physical and involves a lot of bending and lifting you will need to take at least four weeks off. Following the tummy tuck, you will feel considerable tightness around the abdomen, which may make it uncomfortable to walk upright. You will have to wear a compression garment for four weeks to help speed up the recovery.

 

– Is it safe to have a tummy tuck?

Yes – a  tummy tuck is a safe procedure. A tummy tuck involves an incision to remove excess skin from the abdomen. You will have a noticeable scar as a result of the procedure. 

 

– How many inches does a tummy tuck take away?

A tummy tuck will be successful in removing the excess skin from the abdominal area, so a numerical figure will vary from person to person, depending on how much skin is needed to be removed.

 

– What is better to get liposuction or a tummy tuck?

This will depend on what you end goal is, as liposuction and a tummy tuck are two very different procedures. Liposuction is for people who have excess fat they are looking to have removed. A tummy tuck removes excess skin from the abdominal area, which generally appears as the result of large weight loss. In some cases, a tummy tuck and liposuction may be combined, as those who are having a tummy tuck may have excess weight they are wanting to be removed. However, it is important to note that neither procedure is considered to be a good alternative for weight loss.

 

– What is involved in a mini tummy tuck?

A mini tummy tuck is suitable for those who do not have a large amount of excess skin which needs to be removed. The incision for a mini tummy tuck is considerably smaller than in a tummy tuck. A tummy tuck will involve an incision going across the abdomen from hip to hip. A mini tummy tuck involves the incision going from thigh to thigh. Those who do not have as much excess skin and would like a smaller scar may prefer to undergo a mini tummy tuck. During your consultation, your surgeon will be able to advise whether or not you are suitable for a mini tummy tuck, or whether a tummy tuck is the better option. 

 

– When can you do sit-ups after a tummy tuck?

You will have to avoid doing any exercise that involves abdominal work – such as sit-ups, crunches, and running for at least one month. You will be able to resume lighter activities that do not involve abdominal work after two weeks. 

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Breast augmentation 

– What is breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation, otherwise known as a boob job, increases the size of the breasts using implants. At London Lipo Institute, we use silicone implants, which are approved by the UK medicines and healthcare products regulatory agency (MHRA). 

 

– What is the best size to have for breast augmentation?

This will depend on your existing body shape and size of your breasts. Those who have a smaller body or are flat chested may have problems if the implants are too large – the edges of the implants may be visible and therefore look unnatural. During a consultation with your surgeon, you will be able to try on a bra of your ideal size with sample implants, which will help you to decide whether or not the size is right for you. If the size you select is too big, the surgeon may refuse to do the procedure. 

 

– What to pack when having breast enlargement?

London Lipo Institute’s procedures are performed on a day case basis, so you will not have to stay overnight. This means you will not have to pack an overnight bag. On the day of the procedure, you will need to bring:

– Proof of ID

– Slippers and a gown

– Contact lense equipment if necessary (such as a storage bag)

– A storage bag for your clothes

– Something to read while you are waiting

– Any medicine you are currently taking and their packaging. 

 

It is also recommended that you were dark, loose clothing so it is comfortable to wear afterwards. 

 

Got any other questions? Let us know! Alternatively, contact London Lipo Institue today to ask about liposuction, labiaplasty, tummy tuck or breast augmentation.

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Pregnancy is generally an exciting time in your life. However, being pregnant or considering having more children in the future can complicate things if you are considering having cosmetic surgery. So if you are considering cosmetic surgery, what do you need to know if you have been pregnant, are currently pregnant or are considering children in the future?

What Surgeries Are Popular For Women Who Have Been Pregnant?

 

After pregnancy, you will notice your body may not be the same as what it was before you were pregnant. Some women are able to return to their pre-baby body easier than others. Some are happy with their new body – after all, it shows off that your body has managed to carry a child. And for others, it can cause lower self-esteem or body image issues. That’s when cosmetic surgery comes in, as this can help enhance a person’s existing features. Women may opt to have one procedure, or have what has been coined the ‘mummy makeover’.

 

But what are the most popular procedures for women who have been pregnant? 

 

Tummy Tuck

 

A tummy tuck is the ideal post-pregnancy procedure. A tummy tuck – otherwise referred to as an abdominoplasty – removes the excess loose skin from the abdomen and tightens the muscles. For those who have less excess skin, a mini tummy tuck may be a suitable alternative option. A mini tummy tuck will have a smaller incision line and will remove a smaller amount of skin. Generally, it is recommended you wait at least six months to one year after you have had a child before you have a mini tummy tuck. 

 

Breast Augmentation or Lift

 

breast augmentation involves inserting implants into the breasts to enhance the size and shape. If you are not a fan of implants but wish to have bigger breasts, you can always opt for a fat transfer to the breasts. This involves the use of liposuction to remove fat from a donor area – generally the abdomen, hips or thighs. This fat is then treated and injected into the breasts, making the breasts bigger without the need for a foreign object such as implants. 

 

Alternatively, a breast lift removes excess skin around the breast and raises the position of the breasts, without the need for implants. 

These procedures can help the breasts appear closer to their pre-pregnancy appearance.  

 

Liposuction

 

Liposuction removes excess fat from areas of the body such as the abdomen, hips, thighs, buttocks and arms. Unlike a tummy tuck, liposuction does not target excess skin. Liposuction allows you to remove excess fat and improve the proportions and contours of your body.  

 

Aesthetic Gynaecology 

 

Childbirth can drastically change the vaginal canal. A vaginoplasty is a popular procedure not only for those who have been pregnant but for those who were born with certain vaginal defects. For those who have been pregnant, a vaginoplasty can restore the vaginal canal to pre-pregnancy condition, as well as improve sexual pleasure and increase self-esteem. 

 

Some women may also wish to consider a labiaplasty, which is done for aesthetic reasons to decrease the size of the labia.  

 

What if I am considering having children again in the future? 

 

Before you have an initial cosmetic procedure, it is important to know that another pregnancy may change the results of your procedure, or even pose other complications. Sometimes, if you are planning to have children again in the future, it is best to wait until you have finished having children before you have any procedures. So what should you know if you are considering having a procedure and having children? 

 

– Tummy Tuck: if you have already had a tummy tuck, you will still be able to carry a child to full term without any negative impacts on the child. However, this can reverse the results of the original tummy tuck, and you may need to undergo a second tummy tuck. You may experience stretch marks, weight gain or muscle separation.  

 Breast augmentation: when performed by an experienced surgeon, you should have no problem with breastfeeding if you have already had breast implants. 

– Breast uplift: generally you will be able to breastfeed if you have a breast uplift.  

– Breastfeeding after nipple or areola surgery: it will depend on what type of surgery you have. Some nipple and areola surgery will result in the inability for you to breastfeed, while some methods will ensure you will still be able to breastfeed. If you are planning to have more children and are wishing to undergo nipple or areola surgery, it is important to discuss this with the surgeon in the consultation to ensure the correct surgical method is undertaken.  

 

Are you interested in a tummy tuck, breast augmentation, nipple or areola surgery or liposuction? London Lipo Institute offers all of these procedures. Contact us today to find out more details and to book a free consultation with a surgeon.

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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.

 

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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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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