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.

botched cosmetic procedures

The government in England is set to launch a campaign in order to tackle botched cosmetic surgery procedures. The move comes after complaints over botched cosmetic procedures has dramatically increased in recent years. There have also been a number of deaths linked to procedures such as the Brazilian Butt Lift.

Here, we’ll look at the new campaign and what else could be done to reduce the number of aesthetic procedures that go wrong.

Campaign aims to help patients make more informed choices

The new government campaign is set to launch this month, hoping to inform the public about the importance of seeking proper advice before undergoing aesthetic treatments. This will in turn hopefully reduce the number of botched procedures, which have become an increasing problem in recent years.

The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), has welcomed the new campaign. There has been a significant increase in the number of people opting to undergo cosmetic procedures, but not enough education provided to help patients know what to expect. This is particularly true in the case of Brazilian Butt Lifts, which have recently come under the spotlight due to the significant health risks of the procedure.

The danger of cheap, DIY aesthetic procedures

The campaign is also hoping to reduce the number of cases where patients attempt to perform non-invasive procedures on themselves. Home kits for procedures such as anti-wrinkle injections and lip fillers have become really popular, despite the high risks involved.

Many patients don’t realise that even when performed by expert surgeons, these non-invasive procedures don’t come without risks. So, when attempting to perform them yourself, the potential complications are significantly increased. At best, you could end up with less than optimal results and, at worst, you could risk infection, swelling or lumps to form.

The importance of choosing the right practitioner

Aesthetic treatments such as anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers are deemed minimally invasive and patients can often think this means they are totally safe but they still carry risk and should be administered by a properly qualified and experienced practitioner.

FDA review breast implant safety

Health officials in the US are currently reviewing the safety of breast implants after they’ve been recently linked to a rare type of cancer. Experts from the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), took part in a two-day meeting with plastic surgeons, researchers, implant makers and women experiencing issues they believe were caused because of their implants.

As it stands, the FDA isn’t making any recommendations. However, it is trying to establish how to deal with the recent cancer link.

The cancer-breast implant link

A recent study identified a link between breast implants and a rare type of cancer known as Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma. It isn’t breast cancer, instead, it attacks the immune system, forming around the scar tissue left behind from implant surgery.

The cancer is known to be slow-growing, and removing the implants tends to successfully treat it. The trouble is, regulators from the FDA claim it is virtually impossible to determine how common the cancer is because the US doesn’t track how many implants are on the market. Rough estimates are that the condition affects anything from 1 in 3,000 to 1 in 30,000 women.

Breast implants also blamed for other ailments

It’s not just the cancer link which has caused the FDA to review the safety of breast implants. Thousands of women have come forward to claim their implants have been responsible for numerous ailments. These include muscle pain, chronic fatigue and rheumatoid arthritis.

However, in the review, the FDA couldn’t find enough evidence to link breast implants to these additional ailments.

Understanding breast implant risks

Seeing these scare stories in the media can, understandably, leave patients feeling concerned if they are contemplating a breast augmentation procedure or have already undergone one. During your consultation with London cosmetic surgeon Mr Paul Tulley, he will explain in full all possible risks and complications before you decide to go ahead with surgery.

If you like to arrange a breast augmentation consultation or wish to discuss your concerns in more detail, call us on 020 7183 1559.

tummy tuck popularity

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), has recently released data regarding the prevalence of plastic surgery within the US. It was revealed that almost a staggering quarter of a million additional procedures were carried out throughout 2018 than in the previous year. It also revealed the tummy tuck was one of the top 5 procedures carried out.

Over 1.8 million cosmetic surgery procedures carried out

Of the 17.7 million aesthetic treatments carried out in 2018, 1.8 million were cosmetic surgery procedures. The figure appears to be increasing steadily year upon year, likely down to both social media pressures and continual improvements with techniques.

While cosmetic surgery procedures are steadily on the rise, non-surgical procedures make up the biggest part of the market, with 15.9 million minimally invasive procedures carried out last year alone.

Top cosmetic surgery ops focused on the body

What is interesting about the new statistics, is that there has been a shift in focus from the face to the body. The top surgical procedures carried out in 2018 include:

  1. Breast augmentation – 313,735 procedures
  2. Liposuction – 258,558 procedures
  3. Nose reshaping – 213,780 procedures
  4. Eyelid surgery – 206,529 procedures
  5. Tummy tuck – 130,081 procedures

Nose reshaping and eyelid surgery procedures were the only ones in the top five to see a decrease, while tummy tuck procedure figures remained strong.

Surgical and non-surgical procedures often combined

In order to achieve optimal results, surgeons typically combine a range of surgical and non-surgical procedures. For example, patients undergoing a facelift, may also be provided with dermal fillers or anti-wrinkle injections to maximise the results. Similarly, patients undergoing a tummy tuck procedure will often undergo a minimally invasive liposuction contouring procedure too.

Trends are frequently changing in the cosmetic surgery field; however, tummy tucks do remain one of the most popular procedures. Although linked to a long recovery, it remains the most effective option for achieving a smooth, flat stomach area if the problem relates to sagging, excess skin or lax stomach muscles. During your London tummy tuck consultation with Mr Paul Tulley he will discuss whether an abdominoplasty is the most appropriate procedure for you; call 020 7183 1559 to arrange.

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