liposuction for lipoedema

The commonly misdiagnosed condition Lipoedema has been found to be improved with liposuction treatment. A new study has revealed more about this rare disease and the benefits liposuction can have in its treatment.

Here, we’ll look at what the study revealed and how liposuction for Lipoedema can be helpful.

What is Lipoedema?

Lipoedema is a chronic, long-term condition which causes an excessive build-up of fat cells. These tend to build up in buttocks, thighs and legs, though they can also occur in the arms. It tends to largely affect women and it can occasionally lead to a fluid build-up, known as Lymphoedema.

As well as proving to be uncomfortable, the condition can also lead to reduced mobility, alongside psychological issues.

Understanding the study

The study, published within the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery journal, assessed 209 women known to suffer from the condition. Carried out by the Technical University Munich, the goal was to discover more about the condition, which is often misdiagnosed as obesity.

Most of the women surveyed in the study also suffered from other conditions such as an underactive thyroid. Interestingly, they had lower rates of symptoms associated with obesity such as high blood pressure and diabetes.

Each of the patients underwent liposuction to eliminate the fat cell build-up. The average amount of fat removed was 10 litres, although some patients had significantly more than this removed.

In almost all of the patients, the liposuction procedure managed to reduce pain, bruising and migraine attacks. It was also discovered to have long-lasting effects. This ultimately led to improvements within their quality of life.

How does liposuction help?

Liposuction has been a common procedure for eliminating fat from the body for decades. Over the years, it has been developed and improved to offer more targeted results. With Lipoedema, the areas where excess fat has built up can be targeted by liposuction. It safely removes the fat, reducing the swelling significantly.

Although this research is helpful in determining effective treatments for Lipoedema, further research is required. The study was only very small, so larger, more in-depth studies will need to be carried out to provide a more accurate picture of the condition and the best methods of treatment.

plastic surgery information

A new reality TV show dubbed The Surjury, due to be shown in 2020, has caused lots of controversy recently. Set to be hosted by Caroline Flack, the new show sees contestants go in front of a panel of judges to determine whether they need plastic surgery. It’s been blasted as taking advantage of vulnerable people and as being a tacky move to generate ratings.

Cosmetic surgeons are seeing a drastic increase in the number of people seeking treatment. So, how should plastic surgery information be presented in the media amidst its growing popularity?

More plastic surgery information TV needed

One of the main reasons The Sujury is being slammed by experts is because it doesn’t address any of the issues of cosmetic surgery. It’s more an entertainment-based program which does nothing to educate about the procedures the participants are interested in. It seems to be more of a ‘rate my looks’ program which can actually prove more harmful to vulnerable people.

There is obviously a great deal of interest in cosmetic surgery, but it is essential that it is presented in a balanced and educational manner. A new program hosted by BBC Three claims it will take a more informed approach. The show, titled Plastic Surgery Undressed, is a factual series which aims to educate viewers about the procedures. It provides information and facts on the most popular treatments such as nose jobs, liposculpture and breast augmentation. The aim is to provide viewers with valuable information they need to know about the procedure they’re thinking of undergoing.

This type of show could have a much more positive effect. It focuses more on the procedures than the participants. It also aims to educate viewers, rather than glamorise cosmetic surgery. While the right procedure can have a positive impact on a patient’s confidence and self-esteem, it’s important to be aware of the risks and what the procedure involves.

Watch out for misinformation

The introduction of social media has also helped to change the way cosmetic surgery is viewed. However, it can also be a source of misinformation.

While it’s great patients can find out a lot of information online, they need to be careful not to believe everything they read. Instead, they should always keep an open mind until they have undergone a consultation with an experienced plastic surgeon. They will be able to tell you everything you need to know about the procedure and the risks involved so you can make an informed choice.

Overall, when it comes to discussing plastic surgery in the media, a more informative approach needs to be provided. Both the risks and the benefits need to be addressed so patients can decide whether or not it’s the right option for them.

BAAPS review the Brazilian Butt Lift

The Brazilian Butt Lift has become a really popular procedure thanks to celebrities such as Kim Kardashian. However, it’s also considered one of the riskiest cosmetic surgeries you can undergo. There have already been several deaths linked to Brazilian Butt Lift procedures, which has now led the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeon, the UK’s leading plastic surgery association, to carry out a formal review into the procedure.

Here, we’ll look at why BAAPS is reviewing the Brazilian Butt Lift and the dangers it presents.

What has sparked the formal review?

BAAPS decided to launch to a formal review into the Brazilian Butt Lift following an international debate consisting of world experts in the field. There has been emerging new evidence into the techniques and safety of the procedure, which the association can now evaluate.

It follows the decision by the BAAPS to recommend to its members that they don’t carry out the procedure until further evidence had been collected into its safety and techniques. The debate allowed international experts to present their new data. Now, the BAAPS can review the new information to determine whether the Brazilian Butt Lift can be carried out safely.

What dangers does the procedure carry?

So, why is the Brazilian Butt Lift considered one of the riskiest cosmetic surgery procedures? Well, it all lies in the procedure’s high complication rates. These are largely presented when patients have the procedure carried out by an inexperienced surgeon.

The main risk is that a fat embolism can occur. If injected wrong, the embolism can travel up to the lungs, potentially even resulting in death. Muscle necrosis is another risk, where the muscle literally dies off. These are just a couple of the serious complications a Brazilian Butt Lift can cause.

Can these dangers be prevented?

In order to be safe and effective, the procedure needs to carried out correctly. This means knowing where to inject and how to inject the product. Patients also have the option to either use their own fat or fillers to plump up their rear. It’s known that fat injections are much safer as they aren’t seen as a foreign body. Fillers, on the other hand, can be potentially dangerous.

BAAPS is committed to promoting safety in plastic surgery and its members, of which Mr Paul Tulley is one, are all fully trained plastic surgeons that have undergone the correct training. They also carry out annual safety audits of their members. If you do find a UK surgeon that will carry out a BBL, then they are not a member of BAAPS and therefore you should be wary of their experience, qualifications and commitment to patient safety.

For more advice, call 020 7183 1559 to arrange a consultation with Mr Paul Tulley and he can discuss your options at this time.

facial fillers for Resting Bitch Face

It’s never long before a new cosmetic surgery trend pops up and this time it’s targeting RBF, commonly known as Resting Bitch Face. Supposedly, women in America are flocking to cosmetic surgeons to help them eliminate this ‘problem’.

So, what exactly does treatment for RBF consist of and why is it suddenly becoming a popular request for surgeons?

What is Resting Bitch Face?

RBF is the term given to women who have a naturally angry looking expression. It makes you appear unapproachable and moody, when you feel anything but. Look online and you’ll find hundreds of memes all dedicated to the resting bitch face. While it used to be seen almost like a badge of honour, women are starting to realise the downsides it can produce.

How are cosmetic surgeons fixing it?

Recently, a cosmetic surgeon in America claims that he has seen a significant increase in the number of women wanting to fix their resting bitch face. So, what type of approach would this involve?

The good news for those interested in fixing their resting bitch face is that treatment usually consists of facial fillers and/or anti-wrinkle injections. These temporary injectable treatments are injected into the face and each session takes around 20 minutes to complete.

Permanent frown lines in the upper third of the face can be smoothed with anti-wrinkle injections, while dermal fillers can restore volume which softens and lifts the mid-face area.

The main aim of this procedure is to reverse a naturally-downturned mouth and this can be achieved by combining dermal fillers with anti-wrinkle injections in the lower third.

What’s driving the trend?

Surgeons claim a shift in focus from the upper part of the face to the lower section is a main driving force behind the trend. Celebrities such as Kim Kardashian are said to be responsible for this.

Another factor contributing to the popularity of the treatment is selfies. When you’re looking down at your phone, it can make resting bitch face appear more prominent. This then leads patients to seek treatment.

People naturally gravitate toward others who appear happy. So, having a resting bitch face can definitely have an impact on a patient’s life. The fact it can be rectified so easily is also driving more women than ever before to seek the treatment.

If you’re interested in finding out more about what can be achieved with facial aesthetic treatments such as facial fillers and anti-wrinkle injections, call 020 7183 1559 to arrange a consultation with leading London plastic surgeon Mr Paul Tulley.

tummy tuck benefits

A new study published within the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery journey this month revealed a tummy tuck can improve the quality of life in overweight patients. This is despite the increased risks the surgery presents.

According to the study, an “overwhelming majority” of overweight patients who underwent a tummy tuck were very happy with the results. So, could the results outweigh the risks?

Do the tummy tuck benefits outweigh the risks?

For years, cosmetic surgeons have been recommending their overweight patients lose weight before undergoing a tummy tuck procedure. This is down to the increased risks overweight patients are exposed to when undergoing the procedure.

Surgeons typically find it much more challenging to perform a tummy tuck on those who are overweight because of the risks posed. These largely include wound healing issues and fluid collection.

The recent study assessed the outcomes of a tummy tuck on 46 overweight patients. The results were taken from a 12-year period and the majority of patients (41) were women. They had an average age of 49 and a BMI of at least 25. Two types of procedures were carried out, with 80% undergoing an abdominoplasty and 20% undergoing panniculectomy, which removes excess skin and fat.

It was discovered that almost half of the patients experienced some complications. Minor complications were reported in 39% of patients, while major complications presented in 9%. However, follow-up surveys showed that 94% of patients were very happy with the results and 97% said they would undergo the surgery again.

It does appear that despite the risks, a tummy tuck can significantly improve the life of overweight patients. If nothing else, it gives them a kick start onto their weight loss journey.

What other benefits does a tummy tuck provide?

Tummy tucks aren’t just great for making life better for overweight patients. They also provide a number of other tummy tuck benefits too. These include:

  • Improvement in stress incontinence
  • Better posture and abdominal tone
  • Potential Ventral Hernia Correction

These are just a small selection of the benefits the procedure can provide.

Overall, while there are risks associated with tummy tucks in overweight patients, the benefits far outweigh the risks. This new study reveals just how effective surgery can be at helping overweight patients kick-start their weight loss journey.

If you’re interested in finding out more about potential tummy tuck benefits, call 020 7183 1559 to arrange a consultation with leading London plastic surgeon Mr Paul Tulley.

cosmetic surgery timing

Before undergoing cosmetic surgery, it’s important to learn everything there is to know about the procedure. Usually, patients research the procedure itself, along with the recovery time. However, have you considered how long the results will last?

When you’re going under the knife, it’s important to know what kind of results you can expect. It’s also useful to understand the proper timings for surgery. Some procedures will produce much better results at a specific age. Here, you’ll discover why cosmetic surgery timing is everything.

Cosmetic surgery timing: how long will the results last?

One of the first things you should look into is how long the results will last. How will they look in a few years? Consider whether the treatment will need to be carried out again to maintain the results.

If you’re undergoing a procedure which doesn’t provide permanent results, you’ll obviously need to factor in the costs of future treatments. If you’re undergoing breast augmentation, for example, implants will usually need to be replaced. They can last from ten to 20 years, then they’ll need to be replaced with new implants.

Cosmetic surgery timing: lifestyle changes may be required

It’s also important to realise that some procedures will require you to undergo lifestyle changes to maintain results. Liposuction and breast augmentation are two examples of this.

While liposuction will help to eliminate excess fat, you’ll need to eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly to maintain results. Similarly, breast augmentation results can be impacted if you lose or gain weight. So, always take into account the lifestyle changes you’ll need to make before going under the knife.

Cosmetic surgery timing: is there a right age to have surgery?

Although there are no strict age limits on cosmetic surgery, there are a few guidelines to follow. For example, although the minimum age limit to have cosmetic surgery is 16, some patients may want to wait until they’re over 18. This is because changes within the body are still occurring until the age of 18. It’s important to give the body plenty of time to develop before deciding whether or not cosmetic surgery is required.

As you can see, there’s a lot to think about before undergoing a cosmetic procedure. Knowing when the right time is to go under the knife is crucial and during your consultation with Mr Paul Tulley, he will discuss timing as well as any other considerations you should take into account before making the decision to proceed. For advice on whether now is the best time to undergo your chosen procedure, call 020 7183 1559.

Cosmetic surgery scars

Katie Price is no stranger to cosmetic surgery. The former glamour model has always been very open about the procedures she’s undertaken. However, pictures of her recent facial rejuvenation procedure have shocked fans.

After seeing how bad Price’s scars look, it’s not surprising that many people that might have been contemplating facial rejuvenation surgery might have had second thoughts. However, it’s important to understand the results seen on Price aren’t the normal experience for most patients. In fact, there are many things the star did after undergoing the procedure that would not be advised by a reputable cosmetic surgeon.

The importance of following aftercare advice

The healing process affects every patient differently and it’s not possible to predict exactly how Katie Price’s scars will heal over time, but it’s also not surprising that her healing may have been compromised if media reports of her recent activities are true.

Immediately after surgery, Price was pictured swimming in her hotel pool, with her facelift and breast augmentation incisions barely covered with surgical tape. London plastic surgeon Mr Paul Tulley recommends that his patients avoid exposing incisions to direct sunlight as it can cause skin pigmentation changes, making the scars appear more prominent.

Reportedly, this is the second facial rejuvenation procedure that Katie has undergone in a matter of months. It’s extremely important for patients to give their skin time to heal after a procedure before undergoing any other treatment. This is because the tissue will undergo further trauma, which can make scarring worse. It’s also difficult to tell the results of the first procedure until it’s fully healed.

Mr Paul Tulley always recommends patients wait about a year after their operation before contemplating further surgery although it is unusual to have multiple facelift procedures in such a short space of time and no reputable plastic surgeon would do so.

Undergoing cosmetic surgery abroad may have also been a factor. Patients should think carefully before going abroad for complex cosmetic surgery, as it’s essential to assess the experience, training and reputation of a surgeon before undertaking complex procedures. You should be able to talk to other patients, see photos reviews, learn about their training and experience; all of which is more challenging when cosmetic surgery is performed abroad.

As well as concerns about the quality of surgery she may have received, flying soon after a major operation – or the three she supposedly underwent this time around – isn’t recommended. She has also had to return due to healing issues instead of being able to seek quick help in the UK.

How to minimise cosmetic surgery scars

It seems that Katie Price’s shocking scarring could probably have been avoided if she’d have followed aftercare advice and received the treatment in the UK. It’s important for patients to realise that different countries have different rules and regulations regarding cosmetic procedures. Experienced and reputable UK surgeons that are members of independent plastic surgery regulatory groups such as BAAPS and BAPRAS will adhere to strict guidelines. Also, if a problem with healing does occur, you can seek help immediately in the UK.

Overall, patients who are considering undergoing facial rejuvenation shouldn’t be put off by Price’s recent results. As long as you seek treatment in the UK and you follow all appropriate aftercare guidelines, you should experience great results. Call 020 7183 1559 to book a consultation with Mr Paul Tulley today to determine whether or not you’re an ideal candidate for facial rejuvenation.

Brazilian Butt Lift

The Brazilian butt lift has become a popular procedure in recent years, as reality TV stars and social media influencers embrace a new body contour that highlights a more enhanced bottom. However, it has also come under fire as being one of the most dangerous procedures patients can undergo.

A large number of women have experienced a variety of issues after undergoing this popular procedure, with some complications even resulting in death. As a result, the leading independent UK plastic surgery association has recommended that its members do not perform this procedure until more evidence is collected.

This action by the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, also known as BAAPS, goes further than the warnings issued by the American and Australian plastic surgery associations, even though both countries have seen a number of much-publicised fatalities as a result of this procedure.

So, can the Brazilian butt lift ever be classed as a safe procedure? Here, we’ll take a look at a recent study into the procedure which looked at how to make the Brazilian butt lift safer for the patient.

New study proposes a different, safer technique

In order to address the safety issues over the Brazilian butt lift, two New York-based plastic surgeons led a study to propose a potentially safer technique.

The procedure entails taking fat from one part of the body, such as the abdomen, and then injecting it into the buttocks. However, it’s thought to have the highest death rate of all cosmetic surgery ops due to the risk of injected fat into the large veins situated in the target area which can then travel to the brain or heart.

The US study started by looking at how fat patterns spread out after the injections were made into the gluteal area. Four separate approaches to the procedure were assessed, with three of them showing the fat was largely spread into the subcutaneous area. It was concluded that subcutaneous migration helps to prevent the fat from spreading to the gluteal muscle providing it was injected into the identified safe zone.

So, a Brazilian butt lift may be deemed safe here in the UK at a future date, if an accepted technique and guidelines are produced.

The risks of having a Brazilian butt lift abroad

Most complications experienced with Brazilian butt lift procedures have occurred when patients have travelled abroad for the procedure. The lure of cheaper costs can be extremely dangerous as many patients don’t realise surgeons abroad don’t always have the same level of training or experience and the regulations for cosmetic surgery differ between countries. Travelling back to your home country directly after your surgical procedure where you will be far away from your surgeon during your recovery period, also increases the risk of suffering more severe complications.

BAAPS represents the majority of consultant plastic surgeons in the UK and members have to have all the relevant experience and qualifications as well as take part in the organisation’s annual safety audit. As it has recommended in very strong terms that its members do not offer this procedure at the current time, patients should beware of any surgeon that does offer the procedure and certainly should not travel abroad to have the procedure done.

As a BAAPS member, Mr Paul Tulley will not offer the Brazilian butt lift until the BAAPS reports its findings. The latest study does provide hope that patients may be able to undergo this popular body contouring procedure in the future. However, we will have to wait until the BAAPS has fully reviewed the procedure and more data is collected.

Central London Cosmetic Surgeon

If you take a quick scroll through any social media platform you will soon see that when it comes to the photos posted, things are not always what they seem. Whether it is a flawless complexion, enhanced curves, larger than life eyes or even a cute pair of puppy’s ears, many people routinely apply filters to their photos before uploading them to social media. This craze isn’t new, but it is growing in popularity, and experts suggest that it is actually changing the way we think about ourselves and how we would like to look.

Interestingly, it has been suggested that people who chose to change their appearance in images before sharing them on a public platform are more likely to have a greater acceptance of cosmetic surgery. It is believed that those who adjust their appearance digitally are more likely to feel that cosmetic surgery is something they would consider. Users of certain social media platforms are most likely to feel like this, the evidence suggests.

Recently, the JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery journal shared a report concluding that “increased acceptance of cosmetic facial surgery is associated with the use of certain social media and photo-editing applications.”

The survey reached out to over 250 respondents, asking their views and attitudes towards certain trends, and also looking at their behavioural traits such as which social media platforms they utilise. Users of YouTube, Tinder, and Snapchat photograph filters were the most likely to accept cosmetic surgery; in fact, the term ‘Snapchat Dysmorphia’ has been used to describe those who feel that are dissatisfied with their looks before a filter has been applied.

A hard habit to break

Users of these platforms can become so used to ironing out the creases and brushing out the imperfections, they can become unhappy with their natural looks. Dr Neelam Vashi from Boston University’s Ethnic Skin Center says “apps like this could focus a user’s attention on their perceived flaws. And the obsession with eradicating those ‘flaws’ – along with a desire to see in the mirror what one sees in a filtered photo – has been leading more and more young women to seek out plastic surgeons”.

What this means for plastic surgeons and their patients

Surgeons always assess patients’ suitability for any procedure they are interested in, and one area, in particular, is what has motivated them to make the change and what they expect to achieve from the end results. A responsible plastic surgeon will want to be reassured that expectations are achievable and aligned with reality before they will be comfortable to sign off on any procedure.

If you’d like to discuss any cosmetic surgery procedure in more depth, you can be assured that London cosmetic surgeon Mr Paul Tulley will always offer unbiased and expert advice as to whether you are suitable for surgery at this time. Call 020 7118 6887 to arrange a consultation.

male cosmetic surgery

It wasn’t that long ago we were highlighting the popular Mummy Makeover trend. Now, it seems dads have gotten in on the trend. The Daddy Do-Over is becoming extremely popular, as men look to completely transform their look.

By undergoing several procedures at the same time, the Daddy Do-Over is a more intensive makeover requiring more significant recovery time. Here, we’ll look at what it includes and why more men than ever before are choosing to go under the knife.

What’s driving the Daddy Do-Over trend?

The Mummy Makeover is an increasingly popular procedure that addresses the changes that occur to the breasts and abdomen as a result of childbirth and breastfeeding. So, the Mummy Makeover aims to give women their pre-baby body back.

Men obviously aren’t going through this significant physical change, but what’s driving older men to go under the knife?

While men’s bodies may not change in the way a woman’s does after giving birth, they still go through some physical changes. Lack of sleep and diet and exercise changes can have a big impact on a new dad’s self-esteem. Therefore, undergoing a Daddy Do-Over can help them to feel as confident, if not more so, as they did before the baby came along.

Which male cosmetic surgery procedures are men undergoing?

The Daddy Do-Over can consist of several male cosmetic surgery procedures. Most commonly, it involves male breast reduction, a tummy tuck, liposuction and can also include non-surgical aesthetic treatments to restore a more youthful, dynamic appearance. The aim is to contour the body and help them to look and feel younger.

As men age, it becomes more difficult to lose fat, particularly around the tummy area. Even strict diet and exercise routines can’t always shift stubborn pockets of fat. That’s where liposuction comes in useful. Helping to eliminate small areas of fat, it leaves a much more contoured appearance.

The Daddy Do-Over is becoming just as popular as the Mummy Makeover. Men are much more open to undergoing cosmetic procedures these days thanks to a shift in society’s perception of surgery. However, it’s important for new dads to realise that these procedures aren’t a good alternative to leading a healthy lifestyle. They should only be used to contour the appearance, rather than to help them shed the pounds.

To find out if you’re a suitable candidate for the Daddy Do-Over, call 020 7183 1559 to arrange a consultation with Mr Paul Tulley.

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