Botched Cosmetic Surgery

Despite the dangers, thousands of people are jetting off abroad to undergo cosmetic procedures. This has led to a rise in botched surgeries.

A new audit from the BAAPS has revealed that botched cosmetic surgery from abroad has risen by a staggering 44%. So, what is causing the rise in botched procedures and why is it risky to go abroad?

Why has there been a rise in botched cosmetic surgery?

According to the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), in the past four years 324 patients who had cosmetic surgery abroad needed to be treated for serious complications. The biggest rise was seen in 2021 where the number of botched cosmetic procedures rose by 44%.

The most common complications that patients need to be treated for include systemic infections, dead skin tissue, and unnatural looking results. Patients who flew to Turkey to undergo cosmetic surgery suffered the greatest number of complications. Interestingly, abdominoplasty procedures were also revealed to pose the biggest risk.

The reasons behind the increase in botched cosmetic surgery abroad usually relate to more people trying to save money – saving money is the number one reason Brits fly abroad for surgery. They are enticed by cheap deals that can work out significantly cheaper than local clinics.

However, the cheap prices often reflect the quality and safety of the surgery. The industry isn’t as well regulated in foreign countries like Turkey, as it is in the UK.

Should travel insurance be made mandatory?

In a bid to tackle the rising issue of botched cosmetic surgeries from abroad, the BAAPS is recommending that cosmetic surgery travel insurance be made mandatory.

Many of the botched procedures end up being treated on the NHS, which is already strained after the pandemic. But, travel insurance would cover the cost, saving the NHS millions of pounds.

Furthermore, patients need to be more informed about the potential dangers of undergoing cosmetic surgery abroad.

Understanding the risks of having cosmetic surgery abroad

The trouble with going abroad for cosmetic surgery is that the industry isn’t as well regulated as it is in the UK. This means there are a lot of inexperienced surgeons offering cheaper surgeries. The low cost of procedures abroad can be tempting, especially to those on a budget. However, you are often sacrificing your safety and your health for a cheaper price.

In addition, it isn’t recommended that you fly for several weeks after having certain cosmetic procedures eg abdominoplasty. Doing so increases the risk of complications e.g. blood clots (DVT and PE).

The rise in botched cosmetic surgery abroad is worrying. If you want the best, safest results, make sure you choose a reliable surgeon in the UK. Book a consultation with Mr Paul Tulley today to discuss your cosmetic surgery options.

mummy makeover

Mummy makeovers became a huge trend a few years ago and today they are more popular than ever. Combining multiple procedures, they aim to provide a drastic transformation helping to boost confidence and get you the look you want.

Not sure what it is, or what it involves? Read on to find out everything you need to know.

What is a mummy makeover?

A mummy makeover involves undergoing multiple procedures to various areas of the body, often at the same time. The goal is to achieve the body you had before your pregnancy.

Celebrities were a driving factor behind the initial trend, with many women feeling the pressure to slim down after giving birth. These days, a lot of women undergo these procedures because they simply want to get back their confidence.

Who is a good candidate for a mummy makeover?

Good candidates for a mummy makeover are those who:

  • Are in good physical and psychological state
  • Are at their ideal body weight
  • Have realistic expectations of the surgeries
  • Are mothers who have experienced changes in their body contour and shape

Certainly, you should also not be planning on having any more pregnancies anytime soon. While it isn’t dangerous to fall pregnant again after the procedure, it will impact your results.

What areas are typically worked on?

A mummy makeover usually involves work on the abdomen, breasts and thighs. The procedures most carried out are a breast lift, a tummy tuck, and liposuction.

Breast lifts – A breast lift helps to correct sagging breasts. After giving birth and breastfeeding, the breasts are often left saggy and lacking volume. A lift helps to make them perkier, and can be combined with breast augmentation to add volume if needed also.

Tummy tuck – A tummy tuck is frequently the most effective way to get back your pre-pregnancy body, providing dramatic results. It removes spare skin and tissue from the lower abdomen, tightens the abdominal muscles which are often stretched during pregnancy, producing a flat stomach and narrower waist without tissue excess.

Liposuction – One of the biggest complaints women have after giving birth is stubborn pockets of fat. Even with diet and exercise, it can be difficult to get back your pre-baby body. But liposuction is very effective to eliminate stubborn areas of fat, helping to contour the body and regain your confidence. Common areas treated include the abdomen and waist (often combined with an abdominoplasty) and thighs.

These are just three of the most popular surgeries included in a mummy makeover. However, they can be tailored to your specific needs. Book a consultation with Mr Paul Tulley today to determine which procedures would give you the best mummy makeover results.

nose jobs recovery

Nose jobs are one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries carried out on patients in the UK. Helping to reshape and resize the nose, rhinoplasty is a complex procedure that requires a lot of skill to get right. One thing that will determine the results of the surgery, is how well a patient recovers after the procedure.

So, what can you expect from nose job recovery? Find out everything you need to know below.

How long does it take to recover from a nose job?

A rhinoplasty procedure takes anywhere from one to three hours to complete. It is carried out under general anaesthetic, and patients will often stay in the hospital/recovery room for another two to three hours before going home.

Standard rhinoplasty recovery time is 2 weeks, during which time a cast is worn for 10 days and steristrips for a further 4-5 days. Work, socialising, driving and exercise should be avoided during this period.

The surgeon will give you a list of aftercare instructions you will need to follow. This speeds up recovery while reducing the risk of complications.

After the surgery, bruising will typically develop around the eyes. This is completely normal and will last up to 10 days. Around a week after the procedure, you will need to attend a check-up appointment to remove sutures; the cast is removed after 10 days.

What risks and complications should I be aware of?

There are several risks, and complications patients should watch out for after a nose job. These include:

  • Infection
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Poor wound healing
  • Skin swelling or discolouration

These are some of the most common risks and complications associated with the procedure. You can talk them through with the surgeon to determine the best way to reduce your individual risk factors.

How can I improve my nose job recovery?

There are several ways you can speed up and improve your recovery after a nose job. Keeping the head propped up correctly while sleeping can make a big difference. This will reduce the amount of swelling on the face. Patients are typically advised to sleep on their back for the first four weeks after the surgery.

Quitting smoking is essential, and avoiding blowing the nose is also recommended. Tobacco smoke is well known to slow down and complicate healing after surgery and can lead to skin loss.

The best thing you can do to aid in your recovery, however, is to follow the instructions provided. After undergoing rhinoplasty, Mr Paul Tulley will provide strict aftercare instructions to help reduce the risks and ensure the fastest recovery. Book in today to find out more.

tummy tuck

A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that can eliminate excess skin, stretch marks, scars, and fat from the abdominal area. It tends to be carried out after women have given birth or on those who have lost a significant amount of weight and have excess skin left over.

While the procedure can remove some excess fat, it isn’t a good alternative to weight loss. Liposuction can be used to suck out stubborn pockets of fat and improve contouring further in many cases. Ideally, you will undergo the procedure after losing weight.

There are two different types of tummy tucks patients can undergo. They include a full and a mini tummy tuck. Both procedures come with their own pros and cons, so it helps to understand each one before deciding which procedure is right for you.

Should I have a full or mini tummy tuck?

Traditional tummy tucks are full abdominoplasty procedures. They remove a larger portion or all of the excess skin and fat below the umbilicus. The muscles are also usually tightened during the procedure flattening the abdomen and narrowing the waist.

A mini tummy tuck is a less invasive procedure, though the surgeon will still remove excess fat and skin. The main difference between the two is that the umbilicus isn’t typically moved during a mini tummy tuck and only a portion of the skin under the umbilicus is removed. It is only suited to a smaller number of relatively slim patients with a limited amount of skin excess in the lower abdomen only.

The majority of patients usually require a full abdominoplasty, particularly after childbirth or significant weight loss.

Would liposuction be a better alternative?

A tummy tuck is good for removing excess skin and tightening up the tummy muscles. If your main issue is excess fat in the abdomen, liposuction may be a good alternative. However, this only applies if there is only a small stubborn area of fat to remove. Liposuction alone doesn’t tighten up the muscles or address any loose skin. So, a tummy tuck would be required if these issues are present.

To determine whether a tummy tuck would be the right procedure for you, book a consultation today.

droopy nose

As we age, our skin and bones go through a variety of changes that can impact how we look. The skin starts to produce less collagen and elastin, while bone density begins to drop. This can lead to noticeable changes in our facial appearance, including wrinkles, sagging skin, and even a droopy nose.

Even those who have undergone a rhinoplasty earlier in life, aren’t immune to these ageing effects. Many patients require a revision rhinoplasty to combat changes they experience later in life. So, what causes a droopy nose and how can you correct it? Discover everything you need to know below.

What causes a droopy nose?

It can develop for a variety of reasons, and it can affect men and women equally. Some of the most common causes include:

  • Hormones
  • Ageing
  • Untreated nasal injuries
  • Weak internal structure
  • Previous rhinoplasty procedure

Hormones can play a role in the development of a droopy nose in women. As oestrogen levels drop with age, it causes issues with skin elasticity and volume. This in turn can cause the tip of the nose to droop down and forwards.

Untreated nose injuries tend to be one of the biggest causes of a droopy nose in men. The problem could also be triggered by a weakening of the internal structure of the nose. Over time, changes within the ligaments and cartilage can weaken the structure, causing the nose to droop downwards.

A previous rhinoplasty procedure that didn’t support the tip of the nose could also cause a droopy nose. Whatever the cause, there are ways to correct a nose that you are unhappy with, and regain your confidence in how you look.

How can you treat a droopy nose?

The treatment will depend upon the cause. In most cases, a tip rhinoplasty procedure is a great option. This corrects a droopy tip without touching the bridge of the nose. As it is less extensive than a full rhinoplasty procedure, the recovery isn’t as intensive. The results of a rhinoplasty tip procedure are generally predictable and also long-lasting.

You could opt for fillers if you are seeking a non-surgical option. Filler can be injected into the sides of the tip, as well as within the nasal bridge. However, it is important to be aware that fillers are only a temporary treatment, and they will need to be repeated to maintain results.

If you want to correct a droopy nose, book a consultation with Mr Tulley today to discuss your options.

breast augmentation

Breast augmentation is one of the most common cosmetic procedures carried out today. However, despite its popularity, there are still a lot of myths surrounding the surgery. Here, we’ll reveal the truth behind five common myths.

Myth #1: The procedure lasts a lifetime

The results do last a long time, but they aren’t permanent. No implants last a lifetime, and they will need to be replaced after 15-25 years on average. The lifespan of breast augmentation does keep increasing, however, in line with advancements in implant technology.

Myth #2: Breast augmentation with fat is better

Fat grafting to the breast provides an excellent alternative to increase breast volume and improve the shape, without the need for breast implants. Additionally, this would avoid the need for replacement. With small to moderate augmentations, and where there is sufficient spare fat, this technique provides excellent results. However, augmentation beyond this may require a second procedure. Alternatively, fat grafting to the breast can be combined with a breast implant to achieve the desired volume.

Myth #3: Breast implants increase your risk of cancer

There hasn’t been any significant evidence to suggest that breast implants increase the risk of cancer. Both saline and silicone implants haven’t been associated with an increase in risk.

Having breast implants doesn’t affect breast screening and you should continue to go for regular check-ups.

Myth #4: You won’t be able to breastfeed

Undergoing breast augmentation won’t impact your ability to breastfeed. Most patients find they can breastfeed without any issues.

Myth #5: You will lose sensation within the nipple

Although a loss of sensation in the nipples is a potential complication, it is rare. In fact, if the incision is made within the fold of the breast, it can have the opposite effect where sensation in the nipple increases.

Find out the truth about breast augmentation

We have listed some of the most common myths relating to breast augmentation. To get the best idea of what to expect, book a consultation with Mr Paul Tulley. He can answer any questions you may have about this popular procedure.

Revision surgery

The latest cosmetic surgery trends of 2021 have been revealed by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. It was no real surprise that facial cosmetic surgery treatments were on the increase. But there was also an increase in demand for revision surgery, making this the fourth most common procedure.

So, which treatments are proving popular as we make our way through 2022? We look at the winning facial surgery trends below, as well as the reason why more patients are seeking revision surgery.

Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty has remained one of the most popular cosmetic procedures for decades. Helping to reshape the nose, it can have a significant impact on your overall appearance. In America, more than 200,000 rhinoplasty procedures are carried out each year.

One thing that has changed with the procedure, is that patients are now leaning more towards natural-looking results. This means changing the nose while still keeping ethnic identity intact. During a rhinoplasty, the shape, size, and structure of the nose can be altered accordingly.

Facelifts

Facelifts have also seen a boom in popularity over the past year. This is likely down to an increase in zoom meetings, alongside having more time to recover as people work from home. A traditional facelift procedure is intensive, and it can take up to 10 years off your appearance.

Patients today also have the option to undergo mini facelifts. These are less intensive than a traditional facelift, but they can still produce impressive results.

Blepharoplasty

One procedure that is really taking off in popularity is blepharoplasty. Also referred to as eyelid surgery, the procedure aims to tighten the skin around the eye area. Sometimes it also involves removing small pockets of fat.

The main reason patients opt for this procedure is to achieve a more youthful look. It mostly involves treating the upper eyelid, but the surgery can also be carried out on the lower lid, or both.

A rise in revision surgery

One interesting finding in the new annual report from the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is a rise in revision surgery. It appears many patients are unhappy with the original results of the procedures they undergo.

Rhinoplasty had the highest revision rate, while patients who undergo a mini facelift often find the results aren’t significant enough. Revision surgery increased by a staggering 70% between 2020 and 2021.

If you want to ensure you are making the right choice and minimising the risk of revision surgery, it is important to choose a surgeon you can trust. Book a consultation with Mr Tulley today to discuss your concerns and determine the best treatment option to address them.

neck lines

The digital age has revolutionised the way we live, work, and shop. However, our dependence on technology has led to surprising issues with our posture. Think about it, how are you sitting right now? Is your head tilted forwards and your back scrunched up? If so, it could be wreaking havoc on your body.

As well as contributing to aches and pains, staring down at a screen repetitively can lead to lines and wrinkles developing on the neck. This in turn can make you look older than you actually are. If you want to combat tech neck, you might want to consider undergoing a neck lift.

Consider a neck lift to remove neck lines

Over time, gravity takes over and the skin starts to dangle, creating a jowl effect. Not only does the skin lose its elasticity, but the longitudinal muscles also start to weaken. This can cause horizontal lines also known as platysma bands to develop.

You can become very self-conscious about neck lines and start to wear high neck or roll neck garments to cover the neck area. A neck lift aims to tighten up loose skin and eliminate excess fat around the neck area.

The procedure starts with any excess fat being removed with liposuction. The platysma muscles are then rearranged to tighten up the area. A neck lift can be carried out alone, or in conjunction with a facelift for best results.

While the procedure won’t stop the aging process entirely, the results should last around five to seven years.

Can you prevent neck lines caused by tech?

While lines in the neck area can develop over time, and there are excellent surgical treatments to correct this, there are ways that you can help protect the neck when using technology.

As tech neck is largely caused by staring down at a screen repetitively throughout the day, the first thing you can do is cut down the amount of time you use your devices. If you work from home and need to use a laptop or computer, make sure you are using the correct posture and consider investing in a laptop stand.

Make sure you take regular breaks from staring down at a screen too. Every 20 minutes or so, move around and correct your posture. Getting up and moving around can help to reset the posture, reducing the risk of repetitive strain and injuries.

If you are concerned about the appearance of your neck or would like to remove neck lines, book a consultation with Mr Tulley today. After assessing the area, he will be able to advise you of the best procedure or a combination of treatments that is most appropriate for you.

loose skin after weight loss

Losing weight should be a cause for celebration. However, for those who have lost a significant amount of weight, they may be left with unsightly excess skin. Not only can sagging skin affect your confidence, but it can also prove to be uncomfortable. The good news is there are ways to eliminate loose skin after weight loss.

Here, you’ll discover why loose skin occurs after losing weight, and the treatments that can help eliminate it.

What causes loose skin after weight loss?

There are several reasons you could be left with a lot of loose skin after weight loss. These include:

  • Losing weight quickly
  • Gradual weight gain
  • Aging skin

Those who experience significant weight loss are more at risk of having leftover loose skin. Around 70% of people who have bariatric surgery are left with loose skin. When you lose weight too quickly, it doesn’t give the skin a chance to contract back into place. Generally speaking, those who lose between 40-100 pounds can expect some level of loose skin.

Similarly, when you gain weight gradually, it can cause issues with skin elasticity. Your weight gain can ultimately push the skin past its stretching limit. This means when you lose weight, the skin isn’t able to snap back into place.

Finally, aging skin can also contribute. As the skin ages, it loses its elasticity. So, younger people may find they don’t develop the same level of excess skin as older adults.

What procedures can help?

Regardless of the cause, there are treatments you can undergo to help remove excess skin. The two most popular and effective options include abdominoplasty and liposuction.

Abdominoplasty – Abdominoplasty is highly effective at getting rid of loose skin around the abdomen. It removes excess skin while tightening up the abdominal area. The surgical procedure does require a long recovery process, but it does produce excellent results.

Liposuction – Lipo is a good option for removing stubborn pockets of fat and toning up the area. This in turn can help to tighten up loose skin. This procedure will only work for those who have minimal loose skin. Liposuction alone does not remove excess skin.

You can talk to the surgeon about which procedure is right for you.

Will my loose skin rectify itself?

Unfortunately, the majority of the time loose skin left behind after weight loss does not correct itself. By exercising and building up the muscle with strength work, you can help the skin to become tighter again. However, the most effective way to eliminate loose skin after weight loss is by having surgical treatment.

You can book a consultation with Mr Tulley today to determine the best procedure to help you combat loose skin.

Breast Fat Grafting

If you want to improve the shape and volume of your breasts without implants, breast fat grafting may be an ideal solution.
This relatively new technique is revolutionizing the cosmetic surgery sector.

So, what is it and why should you consider breast fat grafting over implants? Find out everything you need to know about this great procedure below.

What is breast fat grafting?

A breast fat graft involves using your body’s fat cells to boost the volume of the breasts. Fat is taken from a donor site, before being re-injected into the breasts.

This natural procedure is a great alternative to implants. With implants, you typically need to replace them several times. However, with a fat graft, you won’t need to undergo further extensive procedures.

How does it work?

To perform a breast fat graft, the surgeon harvests fat from another part of the body such as the abdomen. This is done via liposuction before a small incision is made to inject the fat into the breasts. The incision site is closed with sutures, with minimal scarring expected.

Not all of the fat that is transferred will survive. For this reason, the surgeon will usually insert more than what is needed.

The pros and cons of breast fat grafting

There are several pros and cons of undergoing a breast fat graft procedure. The pros include:

  • You won’t need to have implants
  • It can improve the contour of other areas of the body
  • It produces fewer risks than breast implants

The fact you won’t need to have implants inserted and there are fewer risks involved makes a breast fat graft a great alternative. As your body already recognises your own fat, it isn’t going to view it as a foreign object.

So, what about the downsides? Well, there is only so much fat that can be taken from the body. Therefore, if you want to significantly boost the volume of the breasts, implants may be more suitable. It is also more expensive than breast implants initially. However, you will save money over time as breast implants need to be replaced several times.

Overall, a breast fat graft can be an ideal option for those looking to add a little volume to their breasts. It can also help to firm up the area and may be carried out alongside a breast lift for best results. To find out if breast fat grafting is right for you, book a consultation with Mr Tulley today.