Breat Augmentation

Breast augmentation has remained the most popular cosmetic procedure performed for many years. However, there’s still a surprising number of myths and misconceptions surrounding the procedure. 

Before deciding whether or not breast augmentation is right for you, it’s important to learn all the facts. So, to help, we’ve debunked three of the most common breast augmentation myths.

1. You can choose any breast implant size you want

With such a sheer amount of different size implants available, it’s easy to see why patients believe they can choose virtually any size they want. However, there’s a lot of factors which need to be considered before the right size can be chosen.

The size and shape of the natural breasts need to be taken into account. If a patient with narrow, small breasts opts to have really big implants inserted, there’s a risk the edges of the implant will be visible under the skin, or it could be palpable. 

So, if you want to achieve natural looking results, you may not be able to have the size of implant inserted that you were hoping for. 

2. The implants will last 10 years, then they need to be replaced

It’s true that no implants last forever. However, the ten-year guideline floating around the internet isn’t completely accurate.

The truth is, implants could need replacing at any time, whether that be 5, 10 or 15 years later. There’s a lot of things that can go wrong and the most common reason implants typically need to be replaced is down to capsular contraction or a rupture. Generally speaking, the longer it is since the implant was inserted, the more chance there is that the implant will leak or rupture. 

All patients need to undergo frequent follow-up scans and appointments to ensure there are no issues with the implants and to detect any potential problems early.

3. Breast implants prevent breastfeeding

There is no evidence to suggest that breast implants pose any risk to mother or baby when it comes to breastfeeding. There is a very minor chance breastfeeding could be affected, along with nipple sensitivity, due to the incisions made within the breast tissue. However, surgeons do typically try to avoid these complications by using specific techniques and incision placement.

Many women who have undergone breast augmentation have no issues breastfeeding their baby. During your London breast augmentation consultation with Mr Paul Tulley, you will discuss all potential future complications, so you can make an informed choice on whether to proceed with surgery at this point.

If you have any further questions about breast implant surgery, call 020 7183 1559 to arrange a consultation.

Designer Nipples

Women have always been keen to achieve perfect breasts. That’s why breast augmentation has consistently remained the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure carried out across the globe.

However, while at one time the focus was on achieving larger, more symmetrical breasts, it’s now switched to a more surprising trend – designer nipples.

The rise of designer nipples

Recently, there’s been a rise in the number of women choosing to alter the shape, size and overall look of the nipples. The trend is said to be partially down to celebrities such as Rihanna, Bella Hadid and the Jenner- Kardashians, opting to wear see-through outfits.

Cosmetic surgery has come a long way over the years and due to social media and the pressures to look perfect, women are now starting to scrutinise every detail of themselves. Thanks to new techniques and minimally invasive surgeries, it’s possible to focus on practically every part of the body, no matter how small.

So, what classes as the perfect nipple these days? Well, apparently, they should be small and symmetrical and one New York plastic surgeon recently claimed that he’d seen the demand for this procedure more than quadrupled over the last six months.

Is nipple surgery worth it?

While most women are choosing to undergo nipple surgery to fit in with the latest fashion trends, for others it’s down to medical reasons. Enlarged or inverted nipples can cause a lot of discomfort, so surgery could help to eliminate that problem.

Like all surgeries, there are risks involved. Infection could occur, causing a lot of pain, along with bleeding and bruising. As with all cosmetic surgery procedures, Mr Paul Tulley will talk you through the risks, along with how they can be treated if they do occur after the surgery, before you make the decision to proceed.

So, is it worth the potential risks? The surgery can have fantastic aesthetic results, but fashion trends don’t last forever. You need to think about the long-term effects nipple reduction surgery could have and decide whether it’s something you’ve wanted for ages or simply to keep up with the latest trend. Before going under the knife, it’s important to consider your reasons and talk through your options during a consultation.

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Are you trying to get ahead in business? The answer, according to recent studies, could be your looks.
More men and women than ever before are going under the knife to get ahead in their careers. Why? Because studies reveal attractive people gain faster promotions, get hired quicker and are even paid more than their less attractive colleagues. So, why are looks so important and should you consider cosmetic surgery to help you get ahead?

Why looks matter in business

As research reveals, attractive colleagues earn as much as 4% more than less attractive colleagues, the question is why do looks matter? Well, the fact of the matter is beauty sells.
In a very recent study published in the JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery journal, impressions of women before and after cosmetic surgery were analysed. Across the board, the women were seen as healthier, more attractive, younger and, interestingly, more successful after a facelift.
Attractive employees tend to bring in a lot more money into the business, making employers view them as valuable assets. This is especially true in sales positions. If people are drawn to somebody’s looks, they are much more likely to buy something from them. However, it isn’t all down to appearance alone. Attractive people also tend to have appealing personality traits such as high self-confidence, which make them better in business.
So, as looks are determined an important factor in business, should you consider going under the knife?

Is career progression a good reason to undergo cosmetic surgery?

Patients should only ever consider undergoing cosmetic surgery if it will deliver a positive, healthy outcome. That is, it should be something they really want, rather than doing it for somebody else.
In terms of career progression, there’s certainly nothing wrong in wanting to look better to get ahead. There are also many non-invasive treatments available these days which can really help. This means you won’t necessarily need to go under the knife to achieve younger, flawless looking results.
At Mr Paul Tulley’s Harley Street cosmetic surgery practice, he sees many men and women keen to appear more attractive and dynamic to get ahead in the corporate jungle. To find out more about your options, call 020 7183 1559 to arrange a consultation.

According to recent international research, there’s a new contender for most popular cosmetic surgery procedures.

Step aside the breast augmentation or nose job: more and more women across the world are choosing to undergo a labiaplasty procedure in order to improve the look of their genitals. According to data from the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the number of labiaplasty surgeries carried out in 2016 rose by a staggering 45 per cent.

So, what is a labiaplasty and why is it becoming so popular?

The labiaplasty procedure explained

labiaplasty is designed to enhance the look of the genitals by shortening the length of the labia minora, more commonly known as the labia lips. It can also be performed to reduce discomfort that many women feel due to chafing as they exercise.

One of the most surprising things revealed in the latest research is that the procedure is proving popular across the globe. The USA leads the way with 13,266 procedures carried out in 2016, followed closely by Brazil, Russia, Spain and Germany.

There are a number of techniques that can be used during a labiaplasty. A scalpel is most commonly used to cut excess tissue away, but some surgeons may prefer to use a laser. It’s performed under a local or general anaesthetic and once the tissue has been removed, dissolvable stitches may be required. All in all, it takes approximately two hours to complete the surgery.

The procedure itself, like any cosmetic surgery, does come with risks. Therefore, it’s important for women to be 100 per cent certain it’s something they want.

Labiaplasty: risks and recovery time

Before deciding whether or not to undergo a labiaplasty, it’s essential you understand the risks involved and what to expect from the recovery.

The main risks include bleeding, scarring, infection and reduced sensitivity. There’s a small chance a blood clot could develop within the vein, or you could have an allergic reaction to the anaesthetic. However, these risks are quite rare.

In terms of recovery, the skin may take a couple of months to fully heal. It’s also likely you’ll need to take a little time off work. London cosmetic surgeon Mr Paul Tulley will give you a list of aftercare instructions to follow and you should expect some level of pain or discomfort.

Overall, in many cases, a labiaplasty can help to boost confidence and reduce discomfort. However, it is important to book a consultation to discuss the procedure and discover whether it really is the right option for you.

As the weather hots up, many women are worried about the thought of baring their bodies in a bikini which explains why the tummy tuck is one of the UK’s fastest growing procedure. 

What is a tummy tuck and how can it help?

Also referred to as an abdominoplasty, the tummy tuck procedure is used to create a flat and firmer tummy; ensuring any excess fat and skin is removed. The surgeon also tightens the muscles in the tummy to narrow the waist, correct abdominal bulge and achieve maximum results. 

Contrary to popular belief, a tummy tuck isn’t designed to be a weight loss aid. Instead, it focuses more on toning and flattening the tummy. 

So, if you’re looking to eliminate excess fat and skin to reveal a tighter, flatter abdomen, a tummy tuck could be the right option for you.

The tummy tuck procedure and recovery

Tummy tucks are typically performed under a general anaesthetic and most patients stay one or two nights in hospital. London plastic surgeon Mr Paul Tulley will make a transverse incision well-hidden beneath the underwear and bikini linesalong the lower part of the tummy, before lifting any excess skin and fat away from the underlying abdominal wall muscle.

Once this has been done, the muscles are tightened to flatten the tummy and narrow the waist. The excess skin and fat are then removed before the skin edges are sutured back together. A new position for the umbilicus is then created.

Some patients with a smaller amount of excess tissue situated below the belly button only may be suitable for a mini tummy tuck which doesn’t require the umbilicus to be resited. This is only suitable for delivering optimal results for a small percentage of patients.

The recovery time will depend upon numerous factors, but the majority of patients find they can return back to work within two weeks. It’s worth noting that you may not be able to start exercising again for up to six weeks. 

Patients are usually required to wear a support garment for six weeks to support the muscle repair and should avoid heavy lifting for 2 months. 

Overall, the majority of people who undergo a tummy tuck are very happy with the results. The key is to ensure you choose a reliable and respected plastic surgeon with both exceptional training and experience. A consultation with the cosmetic surgeon who will be performing the operation is a must so you can discover more about the procedure, it’s risks and the realistic results you can expect to achieve. 

Best known for her role as Mandy Dingle in Emmerdale, Lisa Riley was famous for her large build. However, these days she’s virtually unrecognisable after undergoing gastric band surgery.

The star has lost a significant amount of weight; something which left her with a lot of excessive skin.  She’s since had cosmetic surgery to remove the skin, but she’s recently admitted this has led her to want more procedures performed. She’s also warning of the potential dangers of cosmetic surgery addiction.

Can you become addicted to cosmetic surgery?

There have been many cases reported where patients have become addicted to having cosmetic surgery procedures.

It’s not hard to see why some people do find it addictive. Seeing the positive results of a procedure can spur you on to see what else you can change. As there are so many different types of procedures available these days, it’s possible to change practically every part of the body. So, once you’ve fixed one problem, it can be tempting to fix something else.

While having more than one procedure isn’t a problem, the question is where do you stop? Many people who do get addicted to cosmetic surgery, do so because of a mental health issue.

It could be they are suffering from depression or Body Dysmorphic Disorder.  In these cases, having the procedure would provide a temporary improvement in the mood, but it won’t fix the underlying issues. If left untreated, these mental health conditions can lead the patient to opt for multiple further procedures and none of them will make them feel happier in the long-term.

It is important to realise that though stories of cosmetic surgery addiction make for great headlines, it is less of a problem than many media outlets make out. As Mr Paul Tulley comments: “I would stress the fact that although these cases are reported in the press the incidence is relatively low (around 2% of cosmetic surgery patients), although very important for surgeons to identify.”

So, before you undergo cosmetic surgery, it’s really important to ensure you’re doing it for the right reasons. It’s also worth being aware of the risk of addiction and knowing where to stop. During your consultation with Mr Tulley, part of his role is to ensure that your expectations are realistic and see whether cosmetic surgery is the right option for you.

Overall, Lisa Riley is a perfect example of how cosmetic surgery can help you to look and feel dramatically better. However, it is always worth being aware of the risks, including the fact that it could become addictive. You should always make sure you’re having the surgery for the right reasons and you have realistic expectations about what it can and cannot achieve.

While the majority of patients who undergo cosmetic surgery may admire a facial or body feature on their favourite celebrity, some hope, through numerous procedures, to look identical to their idol. But is it possible to look exactly like somebody else?

Understanding the limitations of cosmetic surgery

The results you can experience through cosmetic surgery are fantastic. However, there are important limitations you need to be aware of and ensure that your cosmetic surgery expectations are realistic.

Each of us has our own unique bone structure. This means our features vary significantly. So, unless you have a very similar bone structure to your favourite celebrity, it’s going to be very difficult, and often impossible, to look exactly like them.

Unlike many facial surgery procedures which aim to tackle ageing changes, a rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure to alter or enhance the nose, often after many years of dissatisfaction with its appearance. As a result, London cosmetic surgeon Mr Paul Tulley finds rhinoplasty patients the most likely to request a certain look. Although it is sometimes possible to give patients a sculpted tip or more defined bridge like their favourite star, it’s essential to realise that a nose must be in balance with the other facial features to produce the most harmonious and aesthetic result.

Even if you’re simply hoping to match your favourite idol’s breasts for example – they may not look right on you. Your frame and size will very much affect how the results turn out. This is why it is often advised against taking a photo of your favourite celebrity to your plastic surgeon and asking for the exact same features. Yes, they look fantastic. But that doesn’t mean you will.

What can it achieve?

If you are lucky enough to have some of the same bone structure, size and shape as your celebrity idol, it is possible to mimic some of their features. So, you may be able to alter your nose to look more like theirs, or your chin for example.

However, London plastic surgeon Mr Paul Tulley focuses on achieving your best look. Taking inspiration from celebrities is perfectly fine, but hoping to look exactly like them is unrealistic.

During your consultation, Mr Tulley can advise you on which procedures will help you to achieve the best aesthetic results. He can also show you how you could possibly look and ensure you have realistic cosmetic surgery expectations. And, beware any surgeon that tells you it’s possible to look exactly like somebody else.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons has recently released data which shows the number of people undergoing cosmetic procedures is fast-growing.

For the second year running, breast augmentation topped the most popular procedure list. However, it’s facial surgery and fat transfer procedures which are really on the rise. It’s thought social media is to blame for the increased popularity of minimally invasive and facial surgical procedures.

Why social media is influencing cosmetic procedures

The data released showed that the top 3rd, 4th and 5th most popular procedures were linked to the face. Eyelid surgery and nose reshaping increased in popularity by 2%, while facelifts rose by 4%.

The rise of these face procedures is actually pretty significant. It’s the first time they’ve made it onto the list of most popular procedures in years. This is likely linked to social media, where the ‘selfie’ plays a dominant role.

People want to look their best and selfies are renowned for highlighting even minor imperfections. So, the fact it’s so easy to undergo minimally invasive procedures and suffer very little downtime, has helped make it easier for patients to eliminate their imperfections.

Fat transfer procedures are proving particularly popular

One of the most significant changes in the world of cosmetic surgery is the increasing popularity of fat transfer procedures. Fat transfer has been performed for many years, but technical improvements in all the stages of the process – removal of fat, separation of the adipose fat cells and grafting into the new area – means better, more predictable results. Many patients are choosing it over traditional dermal fillers as fat transfer can deliver more natural-looking, longer-lasting results.

In 2016, the number of fat injections performed rose by 13%, while buttock fat grafts rose by 26%. The biggest rise however, was fat-injection breast augmentation. This type of procedure rose by a staggering 72% in just one year.

So, what’s pushing more people to opt for fat infusion procedures? Well, they’re minimally invasive so recovery time is often very short. They’re also more affordable, making them much more accessible to patients.

The advancements in cosmetic surgery have allowed patients to enjoy instant results without having to go under the knife. So, it’s no surprise many are opting to have facial and fat infusion procedures to show their best selves on social media.

While undergoing cosmetic procedures in order to look good on social media isn’t recommended, it is a positive sign that patients are opting for more natural results. If you’re interested to find out more, book a consultation with Mr Paul Tulley today.

There’s been a lot of changes in the breast augmentation sector over the past decade, but the latest development is by far the most exciting.

French researchers, Pierre-Marie Danze PHD and Julien Payen, have recently developed a new type of breast implant created from a 3D printer. This revolutionary technique could really change breast reconstruction surgeries for cancer patients down the line.

What are 3D printed breast implants?

The new 3D printed implants consist of a shell-shape structure and are fully absorbable. They are designed to hold fatty tissue, rather than silicon or saline implants. This means the results are very natural in comparison to other techniques and it’s likely to be cheaper and safer too.

It is the 3D printing which replaces silicone implants. Once the fat cells are injected into the shell, they will use the lace-like structure of the shell for support. The shell is constructed from bio absorbable material, limiting the chance the body will see it as a foreign object.

The duo responsible for developing these types of implants are currently filing for a patent. They claim it won’t be ready to use for around seven years. So, what options are currently available if you’re hoping to have breast reconstruction surgery?

Current breast reconstruction options

While 3D printing breast implants will drastically change the lives of cancer patients undergoing breast reconstruction in the future, right now there are great alternatives available.

Implants, both saline and silicon, have come a long way over the years and are safer now than ever before. Providing you choose an experienced, reliable surgeon, the procedure is straightforward and achieves fantastic results.

Overall, this isn’t the first time breast implants have been constructed using 3D printing. However, it is the first time they’ve been designed to be absorbent. Once released onto the market, they’ll really benefit those undergoing breast reconstructions.

For now however, you can still gain excellent results with traditional based implants. You can find out which technique is right for you during a consultation.

Cosmetic surgery is well-known for its ability to completely transform the appearance. Over the years, a wide range of new techniques and procedures have been introduced, allowing surgeons to perform amazing procedures they could once only dream about.

These days, you can choose to look exactly how you want to. After paying £40,000 to completely transform into a ‘sexless alien’, American makeup artist Vinny Ohh, has become living proof of just how far cosmetic surgery can go.

Using cosmetic surgery to achieve your authentic ‘you’

After undergoing a staggering 110 procedures, Vinny Ohh now claims his extreme look is a mirror to how he feels inside. At 22 years of age, he claims he is neither female or male. So, in order to look more like the person he feels inside, he decided to go under the knife.

Despite already spending £40,000 on cosmetic procedures, Ohh plans on having further work performed to remove his belly button, genitals and nipples.

So, is this an example of cosmetic surgery going too far? There’s certainly a danger a patient can become addicted to surgery. What’s important, is to ensure if you are considering going under the knife, you’re doing so for the right reasons.

When used correctly, cosmetic procedures can really help patients to boost their confidence, enhance their looks and help them achieve their most authentic self. If you look different to how you feel inside, it can have a significant impact on self-esteem. While Vinny Ohh’s case is unique, it does highlight the connection between how you feel and how you look.

Using cosmetic surgery to enhance your life

All patients considering undergoing cosmetic surgery, should think carefully about their reasons for doing so. There are many factors which need to be considered including:

  • Do you have realistic expectations?
  • The cost
  • Potential risks

It’s extremely important to realise that how you think the results will look may not necessarily be realistic. A good cosmetic surgeon will be able to tell you what can and cannot be achieved using the procedure you desire.

The cost is also obviously something to consider, along with the potential things that could go wrong. Overall, cosmetic surgery can improve your life, but only if it’s done for the right reasons and with realistic expectations.

To see what it could do for you, book a consultation today.