reverse cosmetic surgery

In recent years, we’ve seen an explosion in ‘non-invasive’ or ‘minimally-invasive’ aesthetic procedures that promise to deliver the same results as surgery but with less risk or downtime. Whether its reshaping faces with botulinum toxin or dermal fillers or contouring bodies by freezing fat, it has led to a belief that these procedures aren’t as risky to undergo.

Or, even, the conviction that, as they aren’t overly invasive, the results can simply be reversed if patients aren’t happy with them. Many patients have discovered the hard way that it isn’t quite that simple to reverse even non-surgical aesthetic treatments.

Understanding the difference between aesthetic and cosmetic surgery procedures

When looking into cosmetic surgery reversal, it’s important to note the differences between aesthetic and cosmetic surgery procedures.

Aesthetics tends to be a catch-all term for non-surgical treatments such as muscle relaxing injections or dermal fillers. Cosmetic surgery procedures are invasive surgical procedures that should be performed by a properly trained, qualified and experienced plastic surgeon and they cover rhinoplasty, facelift, breast augmentation and tummy tucks, to name a few.

So, why does this distinction matter? Well, generally speaking, aesthetic procedures are a little easier to reverse than cosmetic surgery procedures. However, that isn’t to say it’s not possible to do and it’s also important to note that aesthetic procedures can have permanent results you may not be happy with.

Which types of aesthetic and cosmetic surgery procedures could be reversed?

Reversed implies that it’s possible to revert back completely and that’s never wholly possible. However, a follow-up procedure can be carried out that can take you closer to your starting point.

Breast implants, for example, can be removed for a number of reasons. However, it isn’t as straightforward as you might think. Depending upon how long you have had them, the breasts could sag a lot once the implants are taken out. Therefore, a breast lift may also be required to produce the best results.

Lip fillers are the easiest to reverse, provided the surgeon used a hyaluronic acid dermal filler that is, in fact, reversible. A simple injection of a product such as Vitrase, can reverse the filler, causing it to break down. However, you may need a few of these injections and it can be expensive.

Rhinoplasty is potentially the hardest procedure to reverse. Many cosmetic surgeons do carry out rhinoplasty revision surgery if the patient is unhappy with the results of their initial surgery, but it does take an extremely skilled surgeon to do it and it may require cartilage or bone grafts, for example, to rebuild an overly resected nose.

One procedure which can’t be reversed are anti-wrinkle injections. However, the good news is that the results of this procedure typically only last for a few months, so you only need to wait it out if you don’t like it.

So, some procedures can be reversed, but most are a lot more difficult to reverse than you might think. Therefore, it’s much better to reduce the chances of something going wrong, by ensuring you’re choosing a reliable, respected and highly-qualified plastic surgeon – even for something as simple as a wrinkle reduction or lip augmentation.

Cher's facelift results

After taking a look at Cher in her latest Mamma Mia 2 movie role, it’s difficult to believe she’s actually 72 years old! More resembling a woman decades younger, speculation has been rife over what she may have undergone to look so well preserved.

If I could turn back time

While Cher hasn’t openly admitted to having any recent procedures, she’s certainly been open about previous work. In the words of one of her most popular songs, we’ll take a look at the procedures we believe the star has had done to retain her youthful looks.

Facelift results

Cher has openly admitted undergoing a facelift in previous years, claiming “Yes, I have had a facelift, but who hasn’t?”. Her youthful looks are most likely down to a number of facelifts over time, probably combined with facial fat grafting. Anti-wrinkle injections and fillers have probably also been used also to help produce the smooth, plump contours of the youthful face. It’s unsurprising really, considering that these treatments are the most commonly used cosmetic treatments in Hollywood.

Facelifts lift and resuspend the deeper facial tissues to the position they occupied when the individual was younger. Skin excess is also removed without tension. Fat grafting replaces volume lost with ageing, optimise contours and rejuvenate the overlying skin. It is also very popular in Hollywood

Anti-wrinkle injections helps to eliminate wrinkles and fine lines, while fillers are useful at plumping up the skin to make up for the lost elasticity. Both are non-invasive treatments, though there are still risks involved so they should only be performed by qualified and experienced practitioners. 

Laser resurfacing treatment

Other procedures which could be responsible for the singer’s youthful looks is laser resurfacing treatment and skin peels. These work by removing layers of skin, allowing healthier, tighter new skin to develop. 

The procedure can target individual areas or the entire face and it’s another non-invasive procedure which can provide impressive anti-ageing results

As you can see, there’s plenty of treatments available which can help you to retain a youthful appearance. It’s more than likely Cher is no stranger to the procedures above considering how great she looks at 72. To find out more about these procedures and whether they’re right for you, book a consultation today.

Brazilian Butt Lift Risks

Cosmetic surgery trends are ever-changing and with each new trend, there is a potential for complications, particularly if a procedure is relatively untestedOften the trouble is that when a cosmetic procedure becomes popular in the mediamany patients will flock to the cheapest surgeon they can find. Undergoing any cosmetic surgery is risky, but when you have it performed by an inexperienced or unskilled practitioner, even non-invasive techniques can prove dangerous.

This has recently been highlighted by a number of deaths which have occurred after patients underwent a butt lift procedure. Although extremely popular, Brazilian butt lifts are known to be one of the highest-risk procedures on the market.

With celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and her sisters becoming the poster girls for over-sized behinds, the US has seen an increase of 10% in buttock augmentation procedures from 2016 to 2017, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and this has led to a group of leading American surgeons recently publishing a warning for those contemplating this surgery.

We are not immune from the craze here in the UK and just last month a British mother of three died at a Turkish cosmetic surgery clinic while undergoing a procedure to remove fat from her stomach and transfer it to her buttocks.

Here, you’ll discover why the Brazilian butt lift can be dangerous and how to minimise the risks.

What can go wrong with theBrazilian butt lift?

When undergoing a Brazilian butt lift, the main risk of serious complications is if the fat is injected too deep into the gluteal muscles and enters the large blood vessels, from where it can travel to the lungs. This is a dangerous and potentially fatal complication – a fat embolism. 

Instead, the fat should only be injected into the subcutaneous plane and NOT into the muscle. An inexperienced surgeon may not know how deep to go, which is why patients absolutely need to ensure they are having the Brazilian butt lift performed by a highly-skilled cosmetic surgeon. 

Is it possible to minimise the dangers of a Brazilian butt lift?

The only way to minimise the dangers is to ensure you are using a certified plastic surgeon,  experienced in the procedure, who is fully aware of the risks of fat embolism and how to avoid. When you go for your consultation, they should discuss with you all of the risks involved. They’ll also be able to tell you how they plan to perform the procedure and ideally, mention that they won’t be injecting into the muscle.

When performed correctly, Brazilian butt lifts can be highly effective. Patients just need to be extremely careful of where they have the procedure done. If you’re interested in undergoing a Brazilian butt lift, book a consultation today to learn more about the procedure and whether it’s right for you. 

rise of DIY cosmetic surgery

Is DIY cosmetic surgery really a thing? Worryingly, it is and unsurprisingly it very rarely goes right. Surgeons have seen a staggering increase in the number of people seeking help for DIY procedures which have gone wrong.

So, what’s fuelling the rise of DIY cosmetic surgery and what danger does it pose?

Why are people turning to DIY methods?

When we say DIY cosmetic surgery, we refer to aesthetic or minimally invasive procedures such as anti-wrinkle injections or dermal fillers as opposed to surgical procedures such as breast augmentations or tummy tucks.

Cost is a major factor in the rise of DIY cosmetic surgery – it’s possible to buy lip filler and botulinum toxin kits online, ready to use in the comfort of your own home. They’re cheap and easy to get hold of, making them a tempting option for those looking to save money.

There’s also the misconception that these aesthetic procedures are harmless because they are minimally invasive. What many people don’t realise is that these procedures only produce the results that they’re known for when injected by a professional medical practitioner. Even then, there’s always a risk that something could go wrong or you may have a reaction to the product, but by choosing an appropriately qualified practitioner you can be assured that they will be able to handle any complications as well as produce the result you want.

What dangers does DIY cosmetic surgery pose?

There’s a lot of dangers which come from carrying out aesthetic procedures on yourself. Firstly, you have no idea whether the botulinum toxin and dermal fillers you’re buying are safe to use. The market isn’t restricted or really monitored, which means you could be buying anything.

The warning also extends to opting for a low-cost deal, performed by a local beautician. Anti-wrinkle injections should be performed by a medical practitioner who has a license to prescribe, but dermal fillers can be injected by anyone. Last year, the NHS announced they were spending millions treating patients that had experienced serious complications as a result of a botched aesthetic treatment.

Why it’s better to opt for a qualified cosmetic surgery practitioner

If you’re interested in having fillers or botulinum toxin, it’s crucial you get them done by an experienced and qualified cosmetic surgery practitioner in a suitable environment. It may be more expensive than DIY kits, but it’s far safer and you’re also you’re also guaranteed to end up with the optimal results.

breast augmentation rise thanks to Love Island

As Love Island has drawn to a close after another compelling summer of watching sexy singletons try to find love, it leaves behind it a lasting legacy and Love Island’s legacy seems to be one of body image aspiration. A recent survey has found that almost one in ten female viewers of the show who are aged 18-34 wish to have a breast augmentation or anti-wrinkle injections, and it’s the likes of Megan, Laura and the other now-familiar faces from the show that are the driving force behind this increased desire to go under the knife.

The viewer survey, undertaken by national polling giant YouGov, consulted viewers of the show in a recent poll. Although aspiration is usually associated with positivity, in this survey the motivation to go under the knife was influenced by feelings of inadequacy and low body confidence, when viewers compare their own bodies with those of the contestants on the show.

The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), recently issued a press release criticising the over-glamourisation and normalisation of surgical procedures as a quick fix for body confidence issues borne from unrealistic expectations of what our bodies should look like.

“The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons has previously spoken out to condemn the proliferation of reality shows which glamourise cosmetic surgery procedures. Such programmes, which are frequently aimed at young people, showcase stars who, more often than not, project and normalise unrealistic standards of beauty – even undergoing multiple procedures following public criticism about their own looks, which is further sensationalised in the media to reveal their surgically-obtained assets.”

Reality TV versus actual reality

It’s important to remember that the demographic surveyed were young, aged between 18-34, which is a key demographic for breast augmentation, so it is not surprising that the numbers suggesting they are interested in these procedures look high.

It is also well documented that many young women are likely to have been dissatisfied with their breast shape from puberty, many of whom may muse the idea of taking proactive steps to do something about it. Pregnancy and weight fluctuations over the years can also have affected breast size, shape and lift, and can leave many women feeling empowered to consult a cosmetic surgeon to find out what can be done to help.

What can be done to help?

Breast surgery can take a number of different forms, but typically you can opt for a breast enhancement, breast reduction, or breast uplift. Some may opt for a combination of either an enhancement or reduction, coupled with an uplift. Other procedures can make breast size and shape more symmetrical and can also help tackle problems like breast-related backache and shoulder ache.

A woman’s breasts are an important feature of her womanhood so if you are worried about yours and want to explore surgical options, get in touch to speak to one of our team about what you would like to achieve.

latest cosmetic surgery trends

Dr Harold Lancer, a top celebrity dermatologist in the US, has revealed the top cosmetic surgery procedures his clients currently can’t get enough of. He’s also revealed the procedures that are being left behind.

Trends are constantly changing within the cosmetic surgery field. Therefore, those looking to keep up, need to understand what’s hot and what’s not when they’re considering going under the knife. Here, we’ll look at which trends are taking over, and which are being left behind.

Which procedures are celebs loving right now?

Minimally invasive procedures are leading the way according to Dr Lancer. His celeb clients include the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Margot Robbie and Kim Kardashian West. Liposuction and anti-wrinkle injections remain the number one go-to treatments for celebs, however there’s also been a rise in mini liposculpting and mini Babytox procedures. These target much smaller areas, producing more natural results.

Lifted earlobes and noses are also becoming popular. These are produced using fillers and injections and lifted earlobes are proving particularly popular. Women are also choosing to undergo micro-needling on their cleavage, rather than undergoing breast augmentation.

Which cosmetic surgery procedures are being left behind?

The rise in natural looking, minimally invasive procedures might make you think that more invasive procedures such as a full conventional facelift is falling out of popularity. Mr Paul Tulley is still seeing strong demand for facial rejuvenation surgery, though, because for many patients, the non-surgical procedures will just not deliver the results they are looking for. However, we have seen a shift away from butt implants, which celebs such as Kim Kardashian made famous.

Things to consider before choosing an ‘on-trend’ procedure

While it may be tempting to jump in on the latest cosmetic trend, you really need to consider the long-term implications. Butt implants are the perfect example. A few years ago, butt implant were all the rage, but now natural butt lifts are the preferred option and London plastic surgeon Mr Paul Tulley is seeing an increase in patients wanting buttock enhancement with fat transfer. This means those who did undergo butt implants may now be regretting the decision as the trend dies off.

You need to ensure that the procedure you are considering, is one you absolutely want. Will you be happy with the results a few years down the line? Cosmetic surgery is a permanent solution, so it should never be done purely to satisfy a passing trend.

The best way to determine whether the procedure you are considering is right for you, is to book a consultation with a respected and experienced surgeon. They will be able to advise you on potential alternative procedures and whether you’re likely to gain the results you’re expecting.

cosmetic surgery advertising

Love Island has become one of the most watched reality TV shows for millennials. However, experts are concerned the show is glamorising cosmetic surgery in young girls.

The NHS chief, Simon Stevens, has hit out at explicit cosmetic surgery advertising being shown during the popular program. Recommending procedures such as breast augmentation, Stevens claims these ads are contributing towards negative body-image perceptions. So, should these ads be banned from shows targeting young women?

Preying on young girls and encouraging insecurity

The explicit breast augmentation ads shown alongside shows like Love Island, are preying on young girls and encouraging insecurity, according to Stevens. He’s not the only one who holds this belief either. Top psychologists are also concerned about the level of pressure being placed onto young girls to undergo surgery.

Now, they are urging action be taken to eliminate this type of predatory cosmetic surgery advertising, especially on shows which are popular with younger viewers.

Social media also blamed for encouraging cosmetic surgery

Of course, it isn’t just television ads which are encouraging surgery. Social media has also played a huge role in how young girls view themselves. Ads are regularly targeted at young women, while the rise of the ‘selfie’ and popular Snapchat filters are also contributing to poor self-esteem.

However, social media platforms are starting to take action to eliminate these targeted ads, showing some progress is being made.

When is cosmetic surgery the right option?

Of course, cosmetic surgery can prove valuable in helping patients to feel better in their own skin. Provided it is carried out for the right reasons, it does have the potential to positively change lives.

The main thing to keep in mind when you’re considering surgery is why you want to have it done. While it can help to ease insecurity, if those insecurities are deeply ingrained and linked to the ‘perfect’ images presented on social media, then surgery may not be the best option.

Younger patients are always advised to wait until they are in their early twenties before undergoing a procedure. That way, they will have given themselves plenty of time to think it over and decide whether surgery really is the best way forward.

Overall, cosmetic surgery can be a great option for those who have taken the time to research the procedure and who aren’t doing it to conform to social pressure. More does need to be done to protect young women and prevent exploitative ads being shown to those who are vulnerable.

anti-ageing surgery for your career

Plastic surgery and Hollywood have long gone hand in hand and many iconic stars underwent aesthetic enhancement before they were famous; Marilyn Monroe, for example, underwent both a rhinoplasty and chin augmentation before she emerged as one of the world’s most celebrated beauties.

With improved techniques and care, it’s now even easier for our modern stars to give their natural good looks the subtle cosmetic tweaks that elevate them to the truly beautiful. But, what about at the other end of their career? Can anti-ageing surgery help prolong a Hollywood career?

Jane Fonda has always been open about the plastic surgery procedures she has undergone and recently announced that she believes that they have prolonged her career in showbusiness. Even though she’d won multiple awards including two Oscars, she insists that going under the knife was not simple vanity but a matter of career survival: “They bought me an extra 10 years.”

Many older actresses bemoan that as they remain vital and have the benefit of life experience to bear to their acting, roles for older women become scarcer, smaller and typecast. And, they aren’t wrong, as industry research has found that the number of women actively working in the industry declines sharply over the age of 50. The International Federation of Actors carried out a survey a few years ago and, of the 2,000 members questions, 70% of women said they thought their age a disadvantage, while only 15% of men felt the same way.

Age discrimination and anti-ageing surgery

Ours is a youth-obsessed society and, whereas in previous years, maturity and experience were perceived as valuable assets, they can now signify that someone is out of touch with the demands and fast-paced nature of the modern working environment. With many of us having to work for longer, it’s important that age becomes just a number and not revealed by our face, neck or hands.

Whether you’re a Hollywood star, someone in the public eye or just want to look dynamic and vital in the workplace, anti-ageing surgery, such as a facelift, neck lift or hand rejuvenation, is becoming an increasingly popular choice for both men and women. Done well, it can produce a subtle, refreshed look that should be able to reset the ageing clock by ten years or so.

ageing hands treatment

We quickly get fixated on ageing changes around the eyes, along the jaw or on the neck, but often our hands are a bigger giveaway of the ageing process. The delicate skin on the hands is exposed to sun and environmental damage and as well as becoming thin, dry and pigmented, we lose collagen and fatty tissue in the dermis over time, resulting in wrinkles and loss of the plumpness we associate with youth.

Now, a leading hyaluronic acid dermal filler brand, has received FDA approval for use on the hands – the first approval of an application outside of the face. So, what does this mean? The Food and Drug Administration is a US organisation and so its approval does not pertain to us here in the UK, but the FDA has a very rigorous approval process, so patients can be confident this has been deemed a very safe use of this product.

FDA approval also doesn’t mean that dermal fillers haven’t been used to rejuvenate the hands prior to this. Both in the UK and US, injectables such as dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections are used in ways that are deemed ‘off-label’ very safely in the hands of experienced and reputable practitioners.

How do dermal fillers works as ageing hands treatment?

Fat loss is a natural result of the ageing process – in the face, we see it happen on the temples and the mid-face particularly – and on the hands, it leads to the bones, tendons and veins to become more prominent. Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers work as an instantaneous skin plumper. The study put forward by the dermal filler brand found that patients typically saw an improvement in volume for up to six months, with minimal, mild and short-lived side effects.

Other uses of dermal fillers

The applications of dermal fillers are ever-increasing as the brands develop different consistencies and aesthetic practitioners utilise these products to create natural, subtle tweaks.

  • Lip augmentation – this is a very popular use of dermal fillers with women of all ages. As we get older, the lips can thin and fine lines appear around the mouth. Dermal fillers can restore lost volume in the lips and definition to the lip outline, smoothing away fine lines. In recent years, social media has been a big driver in younger women seeking lip augmentation.
  • Non-surgical nose job – another interesting development in the last few years. A rhinoplasty or nose job can often seem a very significant step to take as the nose is the dominant facial feature, but for those unhappy with the appearance of their nose, a non-surgical nose job can be a way to try before you buy as such. It’s not possible to make a larger nose smaller, but dermal fillers can be used to smooth bumps, fill lumps, adjust angles and alter the nasal tip with no permanent implications.
  • Tear troughs – anti-wrinkle injections are used to smooth the dynamic wrinkles around the eyes, but what about the deep grooves that can develop at the junction of the eye area and cheek. Known as the tear trough, this can be a challenging area to treat and it’s a very advanced use of dermal fillers, so choosing a highly experienced and qualified practitioner is essential.

To find out more about dermal fillers and their uses, call 020 7467 3000 to arrange a consultation.

essential oils and gynaecomastia

More evidence has been found between essential oils and gynaecomastia or male breasts in young boys going through puberty. Gynaecomastia can be a very distressing condition so more research into possible causes and greater knowledge of what can be done about it is important.

The most important distinction to make is the difference between what is termed ‘true gynaecomastia’ and ‘psuedo gynaecomastia’. All men have a small amount of glandular tissue located beneath the nipple, but in a healthy male the chest area is predominantly fatty tissue. However, sometimes there is enlargement of this glandular tissue, producing a more female-like appearance to the chest.

The underlying cause is not always known but genetics, hormonal changes, steroid use and some medications can all result in gynaecomastia. Now, a new potential cause has been identified. A number of cases have been linked to the use of essential oils which prompted an American team of researchers to analyse this possible association.

Essential oils and gynaecomastia

Scientists identified eight key chemicals among the many hundreds of components in a whole range of essential oils and found that they were endocrine disruptors, boosting oestrogen levels and inhibiting the production of testosterone. In some cases, but not all, they can cause the over-development of glandular tissue in young males as they experience puberty.

What’s worrying is because these essential oils, such as lavender and tea tree, are plant derived they are seen as natural and ‘good’ and are used widely by the cosmetics industry, in soaps, shampoos and facial and body washes.

Lead researcher J. Tyler Ramsey from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) recommends caution: “Our society deems essential oils as safe. However, they possess a diverse amount of chemicals and should be used with caution because some of these chemicals are potential endocrine disruptors.

The good news is that, in most cases, the symptoms disappeared when the product use was discontinued. It is also important that men realise that there is a surgical solution if they’re suffering from gynaecomastia.

Male breast reduction options

During your gynaecomastia consultation with Mr Paul Tulley, the first step is to diagnose whether you’re suffering from true gynaecomastia or whether weight fluctuations have caused an accumulation of fatty tissue and stretched skin over the chest, often known as pseudo gynaecomastia and then he can advise you on your male breast reduction options.

If it’s true gynaecomastia, it is also important to ascertain the underlying cause and treat that if necessary. Then Mr Tulley can perform a surgical procedure that is very similar to the female breast reduction where excess glandular tissue is removed and the chest area reshaped. If it is due to an excess of fatty tissue and skin elasticity is good, then liposuction can be a possible solution.

For more advice, call 020 7467 3000 to arrange a gynaecomastia consultation with Mr Paul Tulley.

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