Posts Tagged ‘surgery’

Low cost surgery abroad, but why not try mesotherapy?

December 4, 2008

We’ve visited this topic before, but being splashed all over the internet, papers and radio, we thought it was worth another post on here: the NHS is having to foot the bill for people’s cosmetic surgery procedures that have gone wrong abroad, due to incompetent or inexperienced practitioners.

We cannot stress enough the importance of doing your research, especially when considering overseas cosmetic surgeons. The best way to choose a surgeon is by word of mouth recommendation from a friend, and even then you can’t just jump straight into a boob job or lipo.

Everyone will always look for value for money, and hey, if you can get it cheaper abroad with a really good surgeon, then you would be silly not to go ahead with it, but you must make sure you are 110% happy with every aspect of the procedure. Ask questions, ask for examples and case studies, ask if there have been any disasters!

If you do your research first, your op is more likely to be successful and you will be happier with the results. Get it done right the first time and there will be no need for you to have to put your life on hold until you can get reconstructve surgery. Some reporters are stating that the NHS should not have to waste money on wonky boobs and that its resources should be saved for life or death situations. We don’t know whether we agree with this, what we do agree with is that people should save up money and be prepared to pay a little bit more to have it done correctly in the first place.

Plus there’s always non-surgical treatments you can try, such as mesotherapy, which works wonders for fat reduction or as a cellulite treatment. Read about mesotherapy at SkinGenesis here.

What are your opinions?


‘Man-boob’ reductions on the rise

December 1, 2008

Monday 1st December 2008

It’s all over the news this morning, we’ve heard it on the radio, read it online as well as in the papers: operations on man-boobs are on the rise.

Some men are apparently more likely to suffer from ‘man boobs’ than others, the BBC reporting that those who are overweight or use cannabis are more susceptible to the problem. It’s a real problem that can cause severe embarrassment, loss of confidence and even depression.

The correct term for them is ‘Gynaecomastia’ and it’s a medical condition that cause breast tissue to form in the same way as it does in females. It is thought that men who have excess levels of the female hormone oestrogen can suffer from this.

Going under the knife is becoming more commonplace for men and we don’t think they should feel embarrassed about having it done either. In fact, other surgical procedures are gaining popularity by the day amongst men, including nose jobs, liposuction and face lifts. We particularly have a significant number of male clients who visit SkinGenesis for various non-surgical skin treatment, for example fat reduction and hair removal for men, and we think it’s great that men are finally realising that caring for your skin is not just for girls!

Metal implants the next big thing!

October 29, 2008

Wednesday 29 October 2008

If you’ve been thinking about having cosmetic surgery recently you might be interested to know that doctors are on the verge of making a major breakthrough with breast enlargement procedures.


With a proportion of women who undergo this surgery suffering from bad reactions to the very fabric of the procedure, silicone, doctors are trialling the effects of metal coatings around the implants to lessen the risk of a reaction. revealed that a microscopic layer of titanium, widely used in hip replacement surgery, will mean that body tissues come into contact with the metal instead of the silicone.


It has so far been trialled on around 80 women in Australia and so far, so good. But they have another 2920 women to go, so watch this space for the results of the study. We always like to think it’s wise to wait until things are a bit more tried and tested before steaming in there, so until we know whether metal boobs are a success or fail, it might be worth considering non-surgical options, which can have a more subtle and gradual effect, such as breast firming techniques. These are purely natural and lift and tone the breasts, giving a sense of enlargement, without a scalpel in sight.


What do you think of metal-coated breast implants?! Will it be a hit or a miss?

Have caution with surgeons abroad

October 24, 2008

Friday 24th October 2008

More and more people who are thinking of going under the knife are contemplating going overseas to take advantage of the dramatically lower prices than here in the UK. But what do you value most – your happiness, health and wellbeing or a few measly pounds?

Having cosmetic surgery is not a quick decision, and if you are thinking about it, it’s so important to do your research and really get to know your potential surgeon. Sure there are some reputable clinics abroad, but there are also many rogue practices.

Firstly, you must find out all you can about the clinic, how many patients they’ve had, what they had done, success rates, are they registered with an approriate regulating body – it’s also a good idea to go and visit the clinic before you make any decisions. Spending money on an extra trip would save you from a lifetime of misery if things went wrong. It sounds stupid, but making sure you and your surgeon speak a common language is also very important to ensure clear communication and so they can inform you of any risks.

Everyone loves a bargain, but it’s only a bargain if it’s successful. Investigate whether the clinic offers any follow up health-checks, warranties etc. To read about this from the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, please click here, and feel free to discuss amongst yourselves below.

Celebrities have acne treatment days too!

October 6, 2008

Monday 6th October 2008

Last week, The Mirror and The Sun were just a couple of the papers who picked up on poor Catherine Zeta Jones on an off day. Pictures showed her with sun-burnt cheeks, enlarged pores and a slight bout of acne, and if the usually ravishing CZJ can be criticised for being in need of acne treatment, any of us can!

We’re all so quick to jump on celebrities who look a bit rough around the edges, and comments from certain magazines can sometimes put more pressure on people to contemplate a quick fix for their problems, such as cellulite and wrinkles. With the hype whipped up by the tv makeover shows and celebrity ‘snip and tell’ stories, it’s not surprising that surveys reveal a growing interest in cosmetic surgery.

Surgery carries risks from infection and the effects of anaesthetic and by its very nature it will inevitably leave a scar somewhere. But there are non-surgical alternatives out there, administered by clinics that won’t give people the hard-sell, quick-fixes that are so rife in the surgery industry.

Do you think papers should lay off celebrities when they have an off day?

What effect do you think the media has on people’s perception of themselves?