tummy tuck options

What’s the difference between a mini and full tummy tuck?

If you are troubled with the look and feel of your midriff and have struggled to achieve the look you’re hoping for, then you could be considering a surgical helping hand. A tummy tuck is designed to help smooth, tone and tighten the look of the skin and muscles around the abdomen, and there are two main types: a mini tummy tuck and a full tummy tuck. Here we explore the differences between the two to help you make an informed choice of which feels like the best solution for you.

Tummy tuck options: mini tummy tuck

This is the ideal procedure for someone who isn’t carrying much additional fat, but who is struggling with a small amount of excess skin in the area south of the belly button. It is possible to tighten the muscles beneath the belly button too. The key thing to note about the mini tummy tuck is that all the work takes place beneath the belly button and there is no ‘circular’ incision around the belly button itself. With this approach, your belly button is not affected by the surgery and will remain in its original position.

As the mini tummy tuck is a smaller, less invasive procedure there is usually less scarring afterwards, so it is a more discrete option.

Tummy tuck options: full tummy tuck

As the name suggests, this is a more substantive operation. A full tummy tuck tackles loose skin and sagging muscles both above and below the belly button. A full tummy tuck removes lax skin and excess tissue from the upper and lower abdomen, plus allows for the repair of the underlying abdominal muscles if separation has occurred (this would be common after pregnancy).

The risk of opting for a mini tummy tuck can be that once the skin and muscles beneath the belly button have been tightened, this can exacerbate any loose skin and struggling muscles above the belly button. For cases where this is the expected outcome, it is often advised to try liposuction first, to see whether or not that is sufficient to address the problem.

If you are unsure which option would be best suited to you then it is best to arrange to speak to Mr Alan Park who will be able to assess your situation and guide appropriately. Both procedures can be carried out in isolation or can be combined with liposuction which will help supplement the overall result once the effects of the operation have settled down. They are usually done under general anaesthetic and often patients return home the same day as the operation.

To book your tummy tuck consultation, call 01926 436341.

facelift technique for bald men

Facelift technique suitable for bald men

There has been a real trend towards men embracing the bald/shaven-headed look. Gone are the days of men trying to disguise the fact that their hair was thinning and the word combover has now thankfully been retired to the archives. This bolder, balder look has led to a new challenge for cosmetic surgeons. When men choose to have a facelift, often the scars are subtly concealed within the hairline. If there is no hairline then surgeons have been having to think more creatively about how to address this. A new study has confirmed that one facelift technique may well have the answer.

Typically, when a facelift is performed surgeons will make incisions around the temple. However, with as many as two-thirds of men experiencing some degree of hair loss in their 30s, by the time men are considering a facelift their options for hiding the incision scars are reducing.

Addressing new challenges

This particular facelift technique doesn’t involve a single, linear scar, it tracks a path around the front of the ear which makes it much more discrete. Experts explain that this facelift technique is still very effective, and “although somewhat shorter than the conventional incision, it still allows access to the deeper tissue layers for an effective, long-lasting facelift”.

Researchers at the University of Rome Tor Vergata have conducted an assessment of just under 70 bald men (with an average age of 55 years) who had a facelift using this new technique. The results have been extremely positive, with both patients and medical experts impressed with the efficacy of the facelift and the extent to which scarring is visible once the incisions have healed. Results indicate that “at least one year after surgery, the men completed a questionnaire assessing their perceived results and satisfaction. The study also included an evaluation of before-and-after photographs by a three-member jury. Both assessments focused on the appearance, quality and extent of scars”.

Researchers are excited by the findings of the research, commenting “our proposed approach has proven to be reliably effective in obtaining virtually invisible scars and helps to meet the challenges of face-lifting in men who are bald”.

Keeping up with demand

Innovations like this are great news for the cosmetic surgery industry, who are working hard to keep up with the growing demand from men (and women) for cosmetic surgical techniques to help them look and feel younger and more confident in their looks. According to Forbes, a massive 1.3 million men in the US elected to have some form of cosmetic surgery in 2017, and this trend is showing no signs of slowing down.

For more advice on which facelift technique is suitable for you, call 01926 436341 to book a consultation.

tubular breasts

Tubular breasts and how to treat them

There are many different reasons why some women may not be entirely confident with the look, feel, shape or mass of their breasts, and one of the less well-known complaints is a condition called tubular breasts. This is where breasts are not the traditional rounded/oval shape but are long and tubular.

They may resemble a thin cone, with restricted skin around the base and also a large, prominent nipple and areola. The reason this occurs isn’t really known but it can affect both sexes and is thought to be linked to a genetic link in a disorder of collagen deposition.

Tubular breasts can occur during puberty and, as such, this is a problem that often affects younger women. Because this often occurs when the breasts are developing it can cause the growth of one or both of the breasts to be affected. The resulting tissue damage may cause the breast(s) to look small, saggy and often uneven. These factors can cause self-confidence issues for women who have this problem.

What can be done to help?

The good news is that cosmetic surgeons who specialise in breast work can help treat tubular breasts. There are different techniques that can be explored, depending on your condition and your own preferences, all of which can help address the issue.

Firstly, the breasts will need to be assessed to establish how severe the constriction of the breast tissue. Using a pre-determined medical evaluation scale, surgeons can ascertain whether the condition is ‘minor’, ‘moderate’ or ‘severe’, and treatment can be advised accordingly once this is known.

If the breasts are uneven as a result of this, then there are two probable routes to fixing this. One option is that a tissue expander is inserted into the most affected breast (or both if needs be) and this can help. This helps encourage the skin and muscles to expand and help balance out the look and feel of the breasts. This usually takes a few months to work effectively.

The other option is to insert implants into the smaller breast, or both, depending on the scale of the issue. Implants can help balance out uneven breasts and can also add mass to breasts which patients regard as being too small. It is believed that around 5% of those who seek breast augmentation treatment do so because of this condition.

For more advice on your best treatment for tubular breasts, call ‭01926 436341 to arrange a consultation with Warwickshire cosmetic breast specialist Mr Alan Park.

facelift advice

Is there anything I can do to look after the results of my facelift?

A facelift is a popular surgical procedure which helps make the face and neck look and feel more youthful. The technique has been carried out by surgeons for decades and the facelift still one of the most desirable cosmetic procedures. During the procedure, the skin is stretched upwards and excess skin is removed. This removed the appearance of wrinkles, lines and sagging skin, it also leaves the skin more taught, which gives a more youthful appearance to the face.

Once you have made the decision to have this work done, people are keen to know how they prolong the look achieved and keep the good results for as long as possible.

The first thing you can do is make sure you have had the work done by a medical professional who is an expert in their field. The greater the skill of the surgeon, the better the work will be once it is healed. If you’re starting from the best place possible then it will be easier to maintain this good work. Thoroughly researching your practitioner is strongly advised. Read lots of reviews, ask other patients about their experiences and look at plenty of before/after photos of your surgeon’s past work.

Facelift advice: keep your skin well hydrated

Once you have had your facelift and you have allowed a couple of weeks for the swelling to go down and for the skin to heal, you should begin a facial routine to help keep the skin supple and moisturised. Regularly using a moisturising cream that contains vitamin E is recommended in order to keep the skin as hydrated as possible.

Facelift advice: try to avoid overexposure to the sun

If you’re a bit of a sunseeker then it is sensible to limit this where possible and to apply generous sun protection. Using SPF of 15 or above whenever you’re out in the sunshine will keep your skin protected from the sun’s UV rays. The sun’s rays age the skin so applying this layer of protection will keep the problem at bay and help ensure the longevity of your work.

Facelift advice: live a well-balanced, healthy lifestyle

What we put into our bodies can have a big effect in terms of how we look and feel, so ensuring you are eating a healthy, nutritious diet will give your skin the nutrients it needs to be as healthy as possible. Food such as mackerel and salmon (or other oily fish which contain omega 3), avocado, walnuts, broccoli and tomatoes all contain vitamins and minerals that help keep the skin healthy and help it generate collagen, which is what creates its natural elasticity. Combining this with enough exercise will give your body the fuel it needs to maintain the look of your facelift and to ensure your mind and body is as healthy as possible.

For more facelift advice, call ‭01926 436341 to arrange a consultation at Mr Alan Park’s Warwickshire cosmetic surgery clinic.

liposuction and cellulite

Can liposuction cure cellulite?

Cellulite is a problem that very many women believe they suffer with; it is a dimpling of the skin caused by a particular kind of fat cells beneath the skin which leads to the orange-peel effect. It is believed that almost everyone has some degree of cellulite, but some have a greater instance of it than others.

There are many suggestions of how people can help reduce, and ideally, remove cellulite. These range from techniques such as:

  • Drinking lots of water to improve hydration
  • Losing weight – extra fat cells can make the appearance of cellulite more visible
  • Applying lotions and potions to the affected area – some promise to penetrate the skin and help break down the fatty cells
  • Scrubs, rubs and massage – more abrasive techniques are sometimes suggested to help encourage greater blood flow to the skin which some suggest will also help reduce the appearance of cellulite
  • Laser treatment which release the constrictions under the surface of the skin that cause the lumps and bumps

Liposuction and cellulite: does liposuction help?

It is a common misconception that liposuction can help get rid of cellulite. As nice as it would be if it did, liposuction is not a cellulite reduction technique. Liposuction targets stubborn fat cells that reside in a different area of the skin then the cellulite cells. During a liposuction procedure, these fatty cells are sucked out and discarded, leaving a smoother, firmer-looking appearance to the skin. The cellulite cells are found closer to the surface of the skin and are not the same as the ones that liposuction can remove.

Liposuction and cellulite: what can be expected?

Although excess fat can exacerbate the appearance of cellulite it is worth remembering that it is recommended that people who want liposuction reach their target weight before they have the procedure done. Liposuction is not a fat removal technique. If you are hoping to smooth and firm up your skin, then reaching your target weight may actually reduce the appearance of cellulite as a by-product. Liposuction can help target fatty deposits, but you might find that some cellulite remains.

If you are concerned about the look and feel of your skin due to fat deposits and/or cellulite then it is worth talking to a surgeon and possibly also a dermatologist to work out the best solution to the problem. Sometimes a surgical fix is likely to be the best option, but if cellulite is the main cause for concern then it might be that specific techniques that target cellulite directly might be yield more effective results.

For more liposuction advice, call ‭01926 436341 to arrange a consultation.

liposuction results

Can fat removed by liposuction come back?

The new year is often a time for making new year’s resolutions, many of them body-related after the excesses of the festive season. Liposuction is a very effective means of removing challenging fatty deposits from under the skin and creating a leaner, smoother appearance to the treated area. It can be a very good way to target the look of specific problem areas, but Warwickshire cosmetic surgeon Mr Alan Park is keen to stress that it is not a weight-loss technique.

The results are fast and long-lasting – if you make the right lifestyle choices following the procedure then the results can be permanent. However, you cannot just rest on your laurels once you have had it done. It will take a sensible approach to diet and exercise to maintain the results afterwards.

What happens when you have liposuction?

Essentially, the process involves removing fat cells from under the skin. They are isolated, targeted and removed, so once the procedure is complete, those fat cells with no longer exist. Surgeons use an instrument called a cannula (like a surgical straw) to suck the unwanted fat cells out of the body and they are then discarded. What the procedure can’t do is mitigate against the risk of fat cells building up elsewhere as a result of lifestyle choices.

A common misconception with liposuction is that the fat can come back. The fat cells that have been removed can’t come back, but not all fatty tissue is removed and the remaining fat cells can expand, or other areas will increase in size.

What can happen after the procedure?

Fat can most definitely return to other areas of the body, so this is not a free pass to eat and live exactly how you may want. You will need to make sensible choices about calorie intake and exercise to ensure the longevity of the results. In summary, while liposuction can be a great tool to achieve the body that you want, it is still important to live an active and healthy lifestyle afterwards.

For more liposuction advice, call ‭01926 436341 to arrange a consultation.

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3 things to consider before having liposuction

Liposuction is a popular body contouring technique that has been performed since an Italian gynaecologist called Dr Giorgio Fischer developed it in 1974. It is very popular, with several thousand women in the UK every year choosing liposuction to help iron out some problematic areas that they have not been able to address with diet or exercise. There are some important facts about liposuction that it is helpful to know before you decide to go ahead with the procedure which we’ll discuss in your lipo consultation.

If you want to lose weight, lose it before you have liposuction

The most important thing to consider when you’re thinking about having liposuction is that it is not a weight loss technique. This is the most common misconception that people have about liposuction, so here we will clear up any ambiguity about it.

Liposuction is best carried out when you have a stable body weight that you are comfortable with. The technique is designed to tackle unwanted pockets of fat that you have not been able to shift via other means. While we’re looking at what liposuction doesn’t do, it is worth noting that it also doesn’t remove cellulite, dimpled skin, or stretchmarks.

You’ll feel a bit delicate afterwards

As with many cosmetic surgery procedures, you will need to allow yourself time to recover afterwards and avoid strenuous exercise for around a month to six weeks afterwards. There will be a degree of bruising and swelling, as with any invasive technique.

Compression garments can help reduce swelling by reducing the risk of water retention in the affected area(s) and they can also help control the amount of bruising. You’ll be given thorough information about how to approach your aftercare, but you should expect to wear these for a number of weeks following surgery.

The results are long-lasting

The very good news about liposuction is its longevity. Assuming you maintain a stable weight following the procedure, you can expect that the results will last for many years. It takes a little while for the skin to settle down after the procedure, so you won’t really be able to see the full effects for around six months after you have had the work done, but be patient – the results are worth waiting for.

breast asymmetry correction

How is breast asymmetry treated?

Breast asymmetry is a condition whereby the breasts are unequal in size or shape. It is surprisingly common, with around half of women having somewhat uneven breasts, although as with everything, some cases are more marked than others.

Breast asymmetry can relate (most commonly) to the volume of breast tissue or sometimes the position of the nipple and is sometimes attributable to underdevelopment in one of the breasts. For women who have asymmetric breasts, many report feeling self-conscious about their breasts and that it affects their body confidence.

What does a breast asymmetry correction entail?

There are non-surgical options which can be explored first, and these include wearing a specially fitted padded bra with either foam or gel inserts. This will improve the symmetrical look of the breasts while clothed, but will not help address the issue behind closed doors.

Going down the surgical route

Despite these options, many women with significant differences in the size of their breasts opt for surgical intervention to help balance the shape and size of their chest. There are surgical options that can be explored for women who are concerned with breast asymmetry, assuming that they are over the age of 18 and are not still undergoing the changes associated with puberty.

Depending on the size of your breasts, some women will choose a breast augmentation, whereby an implant is inserted into the chest cavity to enlarge the smaller of the breasts. Other women may choose to undergo a breast reduction on the larger of the two. Either way, these options can both dramatically improve the symmetry of uneven breasts.

In order to agree on the best options moving forward, the patient’s individual concerns, worries and motivations will be explored at the consultation. Often patients have a fairly clear idea of what they want and how they wish to achieve it, but talking things through with a cosmetic surgeon will help clarify and illustrate the different options available and which is likely to be the most suitable route for them.

If you have concerns about the size or shape of your breasts, call 01926 436341 to book a consultation at Mr Alan Park’s Warwickshire cosmetic surgery clinic.

tummy tuck results

How long can I expect my tummy tuck results to last?

One of the most frequently asked questions that we are asked about tummy tucks is how long the results are expected to last. This is the burning question on the tip of everyone’s tongue – will the investment now be worth it in the long run or will the results deteriorate over time?

The answer is two-fold. The surgery itself is one element but how you look after yourself and your body is another.

We will start by exploring the surgery and the good news is that the tummy tuck results should be long-lasting – it is intended to be a permanent fix. It is designed to give a firmer, smoother midriff and the operation involves making an incision and removing excess folds of skin. Stomach muscles are then repaired and tightened using internal sutures. The operation is sometimes coupled with liposuction which is designed to remove troublesome areas of fat that just cannot be shifted via other means.

So, then it is over to you.

Problem of weight gain

It is important to understand that weight gain will negatively impact on the results of a tummy tuck. Gaining a significant amount of weight following this type of operation will certainly affect its longevity. Significant weight gain can cause the existing fat cells in both the treated area and other areas to expand and it can even result in the body producing new fat cells in these areas.

The remaining skin can also become stretched again. With this in mind, it is also highly recommended that you finish your family before having surgery like this, as pregnancy will also undo the good work done to the stomach muscles and the excess skin.

And what about weight loss?

Losing weight presents lesser challenges, but significant weight loss can also affect how your abdomen looks after a tummy tuck. Your skin’s natural elasticity can cope with a small amount of weight loss but if you lose a lot then this will likely result in sagging skin.

The best approach you can take to maintain your tummy tuck results is to eat a balanced, nutrient-rich diet, exercise regularly and try not to smoke. Maintaining a stable weight is the best way of keeping the results looking as they were intended to.

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Things to consider before a boob job

Choosing to have cosmetic surgery is a big decision, both emotionally and financially, so making sure you are prepared as possible before you begin your journey is highly recommended. Here are a few helpful tips to help get you prepared for a breast augmentation before making that all-important decision.

Do plenty of research before you commit to anything

You really can’t underestimate the value in putting in a significant number of research hours. Reading around the procedure(s) that you are considering, looking at before and after photos, reading reviews of different surgeons, reading around what to expect from the recovery period – there is a wealth of information out there which will help you feel more prepared ahead of booking to discuss your wishes with a surgeon.

RealSelf, the leading cosmetic surgery review site, recently released its list of most researched cosmetic procedures of 2019 and it’s no surprise that breast augmentation topped the list of surgical procedures.

So, research is essential, but always keep an open mind before you go for a consultation with your plastic surgeon.

Planning for a boob job: One size doesn’t fit all

Not only it is not just one size, but there are a number of different breast procedures that are available to women. Enlargements, reductions, reshaping, uplifting – different procedures will be right for different women, and sometimes a combination is required for the look that you hoping to achieve.

If a breast augmentation is the most appropriate procedure, then implant size and the cup size you will be after surgery is the next consideration. Cosmetic breast specialist Mr Alan Park will take into account your anatomy, the size of your frame, your existing breast tissue and expectations from surgery and then advise you on which implant size will be best suited to you.

Planning for a boob job: Make the decision for you and only you

If you are feeling at all pressured to make changes to your body, then this is not likely to be the right route for you. Only give genuine consideration to surgery if it is something that you want. Equally, if you are hearing concerns from friends or family, don’t let someone else put you off if it is something that is important to you.

Planning for a boob job: Make sure you give due consideration to choosing a breast augmentation surgeon

There is a wide choice of practitioners out there so make sure you choose one who is registered with all the correct professional bodies. In the UK, all surgeons are required to be registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) and may well also be members of membership bodies such as the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) or the British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS).

Once you feel mentally prepared it’s time to pick up the phone and book a consultation, this will be your first chance to meet your surgeon, talk to them and their team and to begin exploring in more depth what will be the best approach for you. Call 01926 436341 to book a consultation at Mr Alan Park’s Warwickshire cosmetic surgery clinic.