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.

menopause and facial ageing

The menopause is a significant ageing milestone in a woman’s life, marking the end of her reproductive years. The unpleasant side effects of the menopause have long been documented, but for many years, women have wondered whether age-related changes were being accelerated or whether it was just the natural ageing process.

And now, recent research has now revealed that wrinkles, sagging and a worsening of skin quality is actually accelerated during the menopause. Researchers from the University of Vienna discovered that after the menopause begins, facial ageing starts to accelerate, leading to increased levels of sagging and wrinkles compared to male facial ageing. Here, we’ll look at what the new study revealed, and the cosmetic procedures women are using to combat these side effects.

Understanding the research into facial ageing

The researchers analysed 88 different faces of both men and women from Croatia and neighbouring islands, comparing them between different age groups. From this, they discovered that men and women experience very similar ageing up until they reach the age of 50.

Once they get to 50, the signs of ageing significantly speed up for women, whereas they stay the same for men. This is linked to the menopause, with most women going through the change at the age of 50. However, some women go through the menopause at age 40, or 60, so the signs of ageing do vary significantly depending upon when the menopause kicked in.

How the facial structure changes as we age

The recent study didn’t just reveal an interesting link between the signs of ageing and the menopause. It also discovered that the actual facial structure changes too.

It identified that the first signs of ageing in the face begin between the ages of 20 and 30. A combination of effects starts to take place, including changes in the skin, skeleton and soft tissue of the face.

The changes identified in women’s facial structure after the age of 50, showed a flatter face, deep nasolabial folds, sagging of the soft tissue and a longer nose and ears. These were just some of the changes identified.

The results of the study can also explain why many older women are turning to cosmetic surgery to turn back the clock. There has been a significant rise in the number of baby boomers going under the knife and part of this could be linked to the facial changes experienced after the menopause.

Procedures that reverse facial ageing

There are a number of surgical and non-surgical procedures that can help to combat facial ageing and often the optimal result is a carefully planned programme of treatments.

One of the key signs of facial ageing is loss of volume and sagging of the tissues of the mid-face, as the cheeks become flatter, with furrows under the eye and folds around the nose and mouth developing and a loss of definition of the jawline. The SMAS facelift repositions sagging soft tissues in the mid-face, improving the contours of the cheek and jawline to produce a balanced and natural rejuvenation.

Non-surgical procedures also have a role to play; dynamic wrinkles that occur in the upper third of the face respond best to anti-wrinkle injections which temporarily smooth the overlying skin. Dermal fillers can also be used to restore volume in the mid-face and can either be used as a standalone treatment or in conjunction with a facelift.

For more information, call 020 7183 1559 to arrange a consultation with Mr Paul Tulley.

non-surgical nose reshaping

Rhinoplasty has always been one of the UK’s most popular cosmetic procedures. However, the way in which this type of surgery is performed has changed dramatically over the years.

Advancements within the field, have introduced a number of non-surgical options for those looking to have their nose reshaped. With new techniques continually being introduced, patients now have more options than ever before. So, what could the future of nose reshaping hold and how do surgical and non-surgical rhinoplasty procedures differ?

Future rhinoplasty developments – what’s in store?

The nose reshaping procedure has undergone many improvements over the years. However, work is still being done to introduce even faster, safer and effective methods.

Researchers are currently working on a new type of nose job which they claim could be performed in just five minutes, using an electric current and needles. Designed to alter the tip of the nose, this minimally invasive procedure could be performed under local anaesthetic, avoiding the need for stitches and scarring.

At the moment, no human tests have been carried out to determine how effective the procedure could be. It’s only been carried out on animals, so there’s a long way to go before it’s introduced, if ever, onto the market.

Surgical rhinoplasty vs non-surgical nose reshaping

Patients do have a number of options available to help alter the shape and size of the nose. There are both surgical and non-surgical methods available.

Surgical rhinoplasty involves cutting into the nose, removing excess cartilage, or repositioning it depending upon the results required. It’s used for more complex reconstruction. Non-surgical rhinoplasty, on the other hand, typically involves an injection of temporary dermal filler. This is then moulded to eliminate any bumps or asymmetries. It only takes around 15 to 30 minutes and it presents much fewer risks than a surgical rhinoplasty procedure. The downside is that if you love the results, they aren’t permanent and so you’ll need regular top-ups. There are also limitations to the changes that can be made to the nose so there is only a certain sector of patients that will benefit from this procedure.

Which one is right for you?

The type of rhinoplasty that’s right for you will depend upon what you want to change about the nose. If you’re looking for dramatic, more permanent changes, a surgical rhinoplasty is the best option. However, if you can’t face going under the knife, or if you want to see how changes to the nose could look, the non-surgical nose reshaping procedure could be better for you.

Still not sure which procedure is right for you? Call 020 7183 1559 and book a consultation with Mr Paul Tulley. He will be able to talk you through both types of procedures and recommend which one would be best suited to your requirements.

liposuction

Cosmetic surgeons across the country have seen a spike in the number of patients demanding liposuction due to the athleisure clothing trend, according to the latest statistics released by the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, one of the UK’s leading independent plastic surgery associations.

Experts claim the tight-fitting, stylish sportswear is causing women to go under the knife in order to pull off the trend. Here, we’ll explore what the athleisure clothing trend is, and how it’s contributing to a rise in liposuction procedures.

What is athleisure clothing?

Athleisure clothing is a new clothing trend, turning sportswear into everyday apparel. It largely consists of bra-tops and leggings, showing off the torso and highlighting a sculpted body. In order to pull off the trend, a contoured body shape is a must.

A lot of high-street stores are getting in on this trend. Even brands which have never really offered activewear have now launched their own athleisure range.

How is this new trend driving liposuction procedures?

Every year, BAAPS releases the latest cosmetic surgery figures performed by their members and this year, the two ops that remained strong in terms of growth were abdominoplasties and liposuction, with lipo rates rising by 12%. It’s believed that rather than hitting the gym to develop the body shape required to pull off the look, women are instead opting to go under the knife. Liposuction generally delivers fast results and remains the gold standard in terms of fat reduction and body shaping.

The emphasis on the body beautiful also contributing to a rise in the number of tummy tucks being carried out, which rose by an average of 5% in the past year.

Other factors contributing to the rise in liposuction surgery

It’s not just the athleisure clothing trend which is leading to an increase in liposuction and tummy tuck procedures. TV shows such as Love Island have also sparked a rise in cosmetic surgery. The current series of Love Island has launched just this week and has already been criticised for its lack of body diversity and the impact this could have on watchers.

While in the right circumstances cosmetic surgery can prove beneficial, it should never be undertaken lightly. Those undergoing procedures purely to partake in the athleisure trend, for example, may end up regretting their decision at a later date. Procedures such as liposuction and a tummy tuck also shouldn’t be used as an alternative to healthy weight loss. For expert, unbiased advice on whether liposuction or a tummy tuck is the appropriate procedure for you at the time, call 020 7183 1559 to arrange a consultation with BAAPS surgeon Mr Paul Tulley.

tummy tuck complications

A recent study has found that obese patients aren’t at an increased risk of developing complications when undergoing a tummy tuck procedure. The results of the study published in the April edition of the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal, show those who were obese had almost the same rate of complications as those who were a healthy weight.

So, does this mean a tummy tuck is an ideal procedure for those who are considered obese? Here, we’ll look at what the study found and what patients should consider before undergoing the procedure.

Understanding the tummy tuck study

This recent research followed 82 patients over seven years, who underwent a tummy tuck procedure. Out of these patients, 21 were considered to be obese, while the other 62 patients were considered to be of average weight.

A follow-up was provided close to a year after the surgery when complication rates between the two groups were compared. It was discovered the only increased risk factor obese patients had, was high blood pressure. The complication rate for everything else was discovered to be almost the same as the non-obese group.

These results have proven surprising within the industry. It has often been believed that obesity increases the risks of cosmetic surgery. So, these new results do provide hope to obese patients. But does that mean they should undergo a tummy tuck procedure?

Is it a good idea to undergo a tummy tuck when you’re obese?

While there doesn’t appear to be an increased risk of complications due to obesity, there are still some factors to consider before going under the knife.

The main thing to think about is what would happen if you were to gain or lose weight after having the tummy tuck. If you were to lose a lot of weight, for example, you could end up with more excess skin. If you were to gain weight, on the other hand, you could experience a loss in muscle tone and firmness, as well as excess skin.

So, while there seems there may be no real medical issue with having a tummy tuck when you’re obese, the results could be compromised. This is definitely something patients need to be wary about as a tummy tuck is an invasive procedure with a fairly lengthy recovery time. So, the last thing you want is to undergo the procedure, then require an additional procedure later on if your weight does fluctuate.

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