Selfies have become a popular craze for fans of social media. These days it’s all about capturing the perfect photo. This quest for perfection has led to what experts are deeming ‘digital dysmorphia’, causing issues with self-appearance.

For some, selfies have become more of an obsession, with many resorting to plastic surgery, such as chin augmentation and liposuction, to ensure they reveal the perfect angles in their pictures. Recent figures published by the British Association of Aesthetic and Plastic Surgeons have revealed a significant increase in the number of patients undergoing facial surgery.

The link between selfies and cosmetic surgery

Image-based social media sites are thought to have caused the rise in cosmetic procedures. Selfies cause a person to see themselves up-close, often highlighting any imperfections they may have. In many cases, these imperfections are taken out of proportion as they are obsessively and microscopically analysed.

Even teenagers are seeking cosmetic procedures to prevent bullying on social media sites. After posting selfies, many teens receive negative comments from bullies, leading to serious issues with self-confidence.

While liposuction, breast augmentation and nose jobs remain popular, the selfie craze has led to a range of new procedures tailored towards younger patients.

Selfie-tastic cosmetic procedures

The top procedures patients choose to achieve selfie perfection include:

  • Facial liposuction
  • Chin augmentation
  • Nose jobs
  • Lip augmentation

The main issue surgeons are asked to fix is the dreaded double chin. Liposuction of the chin can be effective at eliminating the unflattering double chin appearance, while chin augmentation can help alter its shape and volume. Lip procedures follow closely behind as patients attempt to achieve the perfect pout.

Cosmetic surgery can be a great way to boost confidence and help patients achieve the look they desire. However, it is really important patients are psychologically ready for surgery. In the case of digital dysmorphia for example, surgery may not be the best option. While you may fix one issue, you’re likely to find another and surgery can become an unhealthy obsession.

Always make sure you’re having a cosmetic procedure for the right reasons. Book a consultation to discover whether facial surgery is right for you.

With so much pressure placed upon women to regain their pre-pregnancy body quickly after giving birth, the number of mummy makeover procedures is rapidly increasing. Celebrities such as Jools Oliver, have increased the pressure, photographed months after giving birth sporting a slim, toned figure.

Oliver has hit back at critics claiming for her, it wasn’t about weight. The famous wife of Jamie Oliver infuriated new mums across the UK after posting a picture of herself to Instagram delighted with the fact that she almost fitted into her slim-fit pants. It has triggered a debate about how quickly women should be expected to lose their baby weight. So exactly how soon should you book a mummy makeover?

It has triggered a debate about how quickly women should be expected to lose their baby weight. So exactly how soon should you book a mummy makeover?

Give your body adequate time to recover before a mummy makeover

While the exact period of time recommended to new mums differs between surgeons, there are a few things they do agree upon.

The first thing that needs to be pointed out is that every woman recovers at their own pace. Above all else, it is vital you ensure you have given your body plenty of time to get over the trauma of giving birth.

It can take anything from 6 weeks to a year to recover. However, even if your body does recover quite quickly, if you’re breastfeeding you should wait at least 3 months after you’ve finished. This is because after breastfeeding, the breasts continue to change and in some cases can even take 6 months to fully change and recover.

Consider the type of mummy makeover you’re planning to undergo

The amount of time you leave it before undergoing a mummy makeover procedure, also depends on what you plan to have done. For some, they simply want a tummy tuck, whereas others want a full body makeover including a tummy tuck, breast lift and even implants. Obviously, the more surgeries you have, the more traumatic it is going to be on the body.

Perhaps one of the main things you’ll need to factor in is the recovery time of the makeover itself. Ensuring your body recovers well after giving birth is one thing, but you also need to think about how you will cope after the procedure. It can take weeks, if not months to recover fully from a mummy makeover, meaning you’ll need a lot of help if you’re looking after a new-born!

Overall, there is a lot of pressure to look good and drop that baby weight quickly. However, if you don’t give your body enough time to recover before undergoing a mummy makeover, it could cause a lot of potential problems. A good cosmetic surgeon will advise you of the best time to undergo the procedure in accordance with your individual circumstances.

Once you’ve decided to undergo cosmetic surgery, there are a few things you can do to increase the chance of cosmetic surgery success. All surgery comes with some level of risk involved. Being aware of these risks can help you to not only adequately prepare for the procedure, but also enable you to minimise the risks as much as possible.

While some problems cannot be foreseen, below you’ll discover three things you can do to ensure you achieve the outcome you want.

  1. Choose your surgeon carefully: By far the most important factor that’s going to determine how the procedure turns out, is the skill of the surgeon. A good tip is to choose a surgeon that has extensive experience in the type of procedure you’re undergoing. A general surgeon who experiments in all kinds of cosmetic procedures is not going to be as skilled as one who focuses solely, or at least largely, on the procedure you’re having done.
  2. Ensure you’re choosing the right procedure: Cosmetic surgery has come a long way over the past decade. These days there are a lot of new techniques and procedures that can be carried out to rectify different problem areas. Therefore, it’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with all of the procedures that are designed to help you achieve the cosmetic surgery success you want. For example, you may be considering having a face lift, but you may actually benefit more from a less-invasive brow lift instead.
  3. Follow aftercare advice: Aftercare is just as important as the procedure itself in terms of results. If you don’t follow the instructions provided after you undergo a facelift or a breast augmentation, you could end up with all kinds of problems such as an infection. Or if you don’t wait enough time for the area to heal, you could end up needing an additional surgery at worst, or at best it could extend the healing process.

These three tips will help you to increase the chances of cosmetic surgery success. The main thing is to ensure you choose the right cosmetic surgeon.

Courtney Cox has recently hit the headlines after admitting she regrets trying to defy the ageing process with non-surgical treatments.

Speaking to Bear Grylls, Cox admitted that getting older isn’t easy; particularly when you’re in the spotlight. After looking back at photos of herself after having various treatments, Cox claims she looked horrible, but says she has now learned from her mistakes and is embracing the ageing process.

Know the risks of non-surgical procedures

There’s a lot of pressure placed onto women today, leading many to turn to non-surgical solutions. Seen as a safe alternative to surgery, these minimally invasive treatments aren’t approached with the same amount of caution as they perhaps should be. It’s important to know there are risks involved – particularly with the newer treatments.

Dermal fillers, anti-wrinkle injections and chemical peels can all have a devastating effect on the skin, especially if they’re carried out by inexperienced practitioners. Facial filler injections are one of the most common non-surgical treatments offered, but did you know they are completely unregulated? This means literally anybody can inject them.

If facial fillers are inserted into the wrong part of the face, it can result in hard lumps developing under the skin, pain and swelling. If they are accidentally inserted into the retinal artery, they could even lead to blindness. So the risks are severe, yet most consumers know very little about what could go wrong.

The importance of choosing a reliable practitioner

Of course, when done correctly non-surgical procedures do have fewer risks. However, it is absolutely vital you choose a reliable practitioner with an outstanding reputation.

You should never have them done on the high street, regardless of how cheap they are. Not only does this increase the risks, but you could end up looking a lot worse, rather than better!

Overall non-surgical procedures need to be approached with the same amount of caution as surgery. Failure to understand the risks and take your time to find a good practitioner could leave you with a lot more problems than you started off with.

Breast augmentation is one of the most common cosmetic procedures carried out in the UK. However, it does pose some potential risks and side effects. A new study has looked into one of the more concerning breast augmentation risks – a loss of sensitivity. So what did it reveal and is a loss of sensitivity something you should be concerned about?

What did the breast augmentation study reveal?

The study, published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, was carried out by Australian-based Tim Brown, a leading cosmetic surgeon. It assessed 162 patients, over a 12-week period. It discovered that:

  • 4% of patients experienced sensory loss three months after the procedure within the nipple-areolar area.
  • 16% of patients experienced sensory loss three months after the procedure in the lower quadrant of the outer breast.
  • 92.5% of women regained sensitivity within 12 weeks, apart from within the lower quadrant of the outer breast.
  • Implant size did not increase the risk of losing sensitivity.

So the risk of losing sensation within the nipple proved to be extremely low. It is slightly concerning that those who did lose sensitivity within the lower quadrant of the outer breast didn’t regain that sensation during the study. It’s thought it is caused by inframammary crease incisions.

What was interesting, was that the implant size did not affect the likelihood of sensory issues. Patients were given between 12.1% and 102.7% increase in volume, but no association between volume and sensory loss was discovered.

Other potential breast augmentation risks

Sensory loss is fairly uncommon, but there are other breast augmentation risks you should be aware of. Bleeding can occur anywhere from straight after the procedure, to two weeks after. This can cause the breast to tighten and become swollen. If this does occur, you will need to go back into the surgery to have the blood removed and also stop the bleeding.

Infections, implant failure and adverse capsular contracture are some of the other risks associated with breast augmentation. Thankfully, these risks are pretty rare. However, it’s always worth being aware of the potential side effects before choosing the have the surgery. Overall you can find out more about all of the side effects mentioned, as well as sensory loss, at your initial breast augmentation consultation with Mr Paul Tulley at one of the leading London cosmetic surgery clinics.

A new survey by the American Society for Dermatology Surgery has revealed society’s main cosmetic concerns. The number of people seeking cosmetic surgery has more than doubled since 2013. These days however, patients lean more towards technological procedures such as body sculpting, hair removal and skin tightening.

So there has certainly been a shift in the type of surgery preferred, but has there been a change in the types of problems being treated? Below we’ll look at the top 5 cosmetic concerns revealed.

1. Excess Weight – 83%

By far the biggest concern highlighted by the survey was excess weight. A massive 83% of respondents stated this as the biggest physical flaw they wouldn’t want to have. That could explain why liposuction procedures increased in the UK by 20% in 2015Liposuction has come a long way over the years and there are various ways it can be performed, with some being less invasive than others.

2. Lines, wrinkles around and under the eyes – 73%

It’s not surprising lines and wrinkles around and under the eyes came a close second with 73%. Two of the most common signs of ageing, they can seriously affect self-esteem and confidence. These days there are many procedures that can address lines and wrinkles including an eyelid or brow lift.

3. Submental/neck fat – 73%

One of the more surprising concerns revealed by the survey was neck fat. While the face is more commonly associated with the signs of ageing, the neck can also play a large role in how young we look. Surgeons are frequently carrying out neck lifts and liposuction to remove unsightly neck fat.

4. Skin texture and/or discolouration – 71%

Another concern are issues with skin texture and/or discolouration. It’s understandable when you think that we’re constantly bombarded of images of men and women with flawless skin. If you’re concerned about either of these issues, procedures such as chemical peels and laser skin rejuvenation can help.

5. Lines, wrinkles and/or folds in the mid-face, around the cheeks, mouth – 67%

Finally, a huge 67% of consumers are concerned about lines, wrinkles and folds around the mid-face area. While not as commonly treated as wrinkles around the forehead and eyes, facelift procedures to remove the signs of ageing around the mid-face area have increased dramatically.

So, those are the top 5 cosmetic concerns patients have today, but the good news is, whatever concern you do have, there’s at least one cosmetic procedure that can help.

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Tummy tucks are one of the most common types of cosmetic procedures carried out in the UK. Helping to eliminate excess skin and fat from around the abdomen, the procedure produces excellent, instant results. They are often performed on patients who have either lost a significant amount of weight or those who have had several pregnancies who now struggle to lose weight around the tummy area.

When searching for information on the procedure, you’ll discover there are actually two types available. You can either opt for the full abdominoplasty or a mini tummy tuck. If you’re struggling to decide which is right for you, below you’ll discover everything you need to know to make the best decision.

Understanding the tummy tuck procedure

A mini tummy tuck, as you’d imagine, is a less invasive procedure than a full abdominoplasty. This means it leaves a smaller scar and takes less time to perform than a full tummy tuck procedure. However, it also means that its results are more limited than the full procedure.

Typically, a mini tummy tuck London, involves removing a small amount of skin and fat from the lower abdomen. The belly button is left in place, while the incision is made around the public bone, leaving a pretty small scar. A full abdominoplasty on the other hand cores out the belly button and repositions it in a different area. It treats both the upper and the lower abdomen and is capable of removing a lot more skin and fat from the area.

Tummy tuck results and recovery

The type of tummy tuck procedure you choose will depend entirely upon how much skin and fat you need to be removed. Experts claim that around 95% of patients looking to have a tummy tuck would benefit from the full procedure.

The full abdominoplasty also tightens the area and while the scar is a little bigger, it actually isn’t that much bigger than the mini tummy tuck scar. Unlike a mini tummy tuck, the full abdominoplasty also tightens up the skin.

Recovery times also aren’t much different. These will be discussed at your initial consultation, but expect to be limited in your daily activities for a few days to a week after the surgery.

Overall a mini tummy tuck is ideal for those seeking just a little improvement. However, if you have a large amount of excess skin and fat, the full abdominoplasty would be recommended.

To find out if you’re suitable for a tummy tuck, please arrange a consultation with leading London cosmetic surgeon Mr Paul Tulley by calling 020 7183 1559.

Breast augmentation may seem like a simple enough procedure, but it’s still a major surgery with numerous potential risks involved. Therefore, regardless of how long you have wanted the surgery, it’s vital you find out as much as you possibly can during your consultation.

It helps to write a list of questions to take with you. While there are a lot of questions you could potentially ask, some are more important than others. Below you’ll discover 3 of the most important questions you must ask at your London breast augmentation consultation.

1. How many years’ experience does the surgeon have?

The success of your breast augmentation will depend largely upon the skill of the surgeon. Therefore, you need to know exactly how long they have been performing this type of procedure. Ideally you want to go with a surgeon who has at least three years’ experience.

Equally as important is how many procedures they typically carry out each month. Breast augmentation is a very popular procedure, so you’d expect more than one to be carried out in a month for example.

2. Am I a good candidate for a breast augmentation?

A good London plastic surgeon will give you an honest answer to this question. They will look at your medical records, discuss your expectations and situation and then advise whether breast augmentation is right for you. Whilst the procedure is ideal for the majority of patients, there are some circumstances where you might not be a good candidate.

3. What do I need to know about breast augmentation recovery?

It’s important to know exactly what to expect from your recovery in order to make the necessary arrangements. How much time will you need off work? When will you be able to resume normal tasks? Also, how long will you need to stay in hospital? All of these things are important to know before you undergo the procedure.

These are just a small number of the questions you need to ask during your breast augmentation consultation London. Remember, write a list to take with you so you don’t forget to ask something important. Do as much research as you can prior to the consultation too as this will give you a better understanding of the procedure, making it easier to understand what the surgeon tells you.

For more information on the breast augmentation procedure or to book a breast augmentation consultation with leading London breast specialist Mr Paul Tulley, please call 020 7183 1559.

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