Since the Kardashians’ rise to fame, cosmetic surgeons have seen a dramatic increase in the number of millennials requesting cosmetic procedures.

Over the past six years, the number of young people aged 20-29 requesting non-invasive procedures such as anti-wrinkle injections, has jumped by 40%. In 2015, there were 170,000 treatments carried out, a trend that is worrying dermatologists.

Beverley Hills surgeon blames Kardashians

Top Beverley Hills cosmetic surgeon to the stars, Gabriel Chiu, has blamed the rise in young people undergoing cosmetic surgery on the Kardashian-Jenner culture, along with social media.

What many young people don’t realise is that most of the images they see of the Kardashians and indeed most Hollywood starlets, have been tweaked by filters. So, the perfect image they are trying to replicate isn’t even real. In many cases, surgeons are having to tell the young patients they cannot replicate the pictures brought in because they have been clearly photoshopped.

It isn’t only cosmetic surgeons who are noticing the vast changes in the amount of young people who have had work done. Casting agents have witnessed an increase in the number of young actresses coming in with tweaked odd-looking faces.

The trouble is, these young women think the surgery makes them look younger and edgier, when in fact in some cases it can make them look even older and at the very least, strange.

Cosmetic procedures now marketed towards the younger generation

At one time, cosmetic procedures were largely marketed towards the older generation. Anti-wrinkle injections weren’t something most considered until they were at least 35 years old. These days however, many surgeons have taken advantage of the pop and Kardashian culture and have begun marketing their non-invasive treatments to women in their 20’s.

What these young women don’t know is that procedures such as anti-wrinkle injections can lead to problems further down the line. Too much too early can cause the muscles to permanently freeze and never regain proper function.

Overall, it is worrying that young people are jumping into surgery to achieve an unrealistic image. It’s important to know the risks involved and the problems that could crop up later down the line.

Liposuction is a common procedure carried out in the UK and it’s also one of the oldest and most trusted cosmetic surgeries available. However, it doesn’t come without risks and complications.

The way people tend to find out more about cosmetic procedures these days is to research them on the internet. Unfortunately, a lot of patients interested in undergoing liposuction are being presented with very poor quality information online as a recent cosmetic surgery study found.

Liposuction risks and complications are often glossed over

In order to make the best decision of whether liposuction is right for you, it’s important to understand all of the risks and complications involved. However, when you look online, rarely will you come across detailed information on what can go wrong.

This is because a lot of the information provided comes directly from clinics and surgeons who want you to choose them to perform the procedure. As the cosmetic industry is worth billions, a lot of surgeons and clinics are inexperienced and solely in it for the money. Therefore, they don’t want to put off potential patients by telling them everything that can go wrong.

A reliable, experienced and trustworthy surgeon will be able to tell you exactly what to expect and they won’t hold anything back. So what complications and risks do internet sources frequently gloss over?

What are the possible complications of a liposuction procedure?

While the risks and potential complications of liposuction are quite rare, you still need to be aware of them before you undergo the procedure. The main ones to be aware of include:

  • Irregular, bumpy results
  • Numbness
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Fat embolism

Some of these complications are more serious than others. Irregular, bumpy results are not a danger to the health, but they do look unsightly. Numbness can also be uncomfortable and worrying, but it is usually only temporary.

A fat embolism, on the other hand, can be potentially life-threatening. They occur when sections of fat break off and then become trapped within a blood vessel or travel upwards towards the brain. They can also collect in the lungs. If you do develop a fat embolism, it would be considered a medical emergency, although it is very rare to experience this type of complication.

Understanding and being aware of these potential complications can save your life if they do occur. Therefore, it’s always recommended that you book a consultation with an experienced surgeon and find out everything you can, rather than looking for information online.

Robbie Williams has hit the headlines after admitting he’s had numerous procedures to help retain his youthful looks. Speaking on the Graham Norton show, 42-year old Williams revealed he’d undergone a chin reduction, along with fillers and anti-wrinkle injections. The star also talked about undergoing a hair transplant procedure, despite acknowledging he didn’t really need one.

Celebrities are no stranger to cosmetic surgery, but it is typically associated with women. William’s revelation highlights just how popular and accepted male cosmetic surgery is becoming.

UK clinics have seen dramatic rise in male cosmetic surgery

The number of men choosing to undergo cosmetic procedures to maintain their youthful looks has increased significantly in recent years. So, Williams certainly isn’t alone in his quest to look his best.

Figures released by the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, show the most popular procedures for men include:

  • Liposuction – Although liposuction has always been the number one procedure carried out on men, there has been a huge 20% rise in recent years. In particular, liposuction to eliminate excess fat under the chin has become a popular choice for men.
  • Brow lift – Up by 15.5%, brow lifts are often used instead of a full face lift to eliminate the signs of aging around the forehead. Lifting the brow opens up the eyes, automatically creating a more youthful look.
  • Eyelid surgery – One of the least invasive procedures, eyelid surgery in men has risen by 15%. It is largely beneficial at eliminating the signs of aging around the eyes and can be used in conjunction with other facial procedures.
  • Rhinoplasty – One of the most popular procedures for women, it seems men are now also worried about how their nose looks. Rhinoplasty for men has increased by 14%.
  • Face/neck lift – Providing a more dramatic change, face and neck lifts have also risen in popularity by 14%.

These figures show that today’s modern men are more concerned about their appearance than ever before. It is no longer a taboo and men such as Williams aren’t ashamed of admitting they’ve had a little help to look good.

If you’re considering cosmetic surgery, book a consultation today with Mr Paul Tulley, a leading London cosmetic surgeon who sees many male cosmetic surgery patients at his clinics. Cosmetic surgery has come a long way and the number of non-invasive treatments available is fantastic. It’s great to see men being more open about the aesthetic struggles women have been battling with for years.

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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