planning for a boob job

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.

tummy tuck consultation

Questions you should ask at a tummy tuck consultation

Ahead of a tummy tuck consultation, it is recommended that you draw up a list of all of your key questions so that you leave the consultation feeling informed and fully prepared. It is important to be as prepared as possible for your consultation and the more prep you put in beforehand; the more informed/educated you will feel afterwards.

A helping hand for your tummy tuck consultation

Here we have provided a list of questions, Warwickshire cosmetic surgeon Mr Alan Park is often asked at tummy tuck consultations. Questions you might like to ask could include some or all of the following:

  1. Am I a suitable candidate for this type of procedure?
  2. How long will recovery be?
  3. When can I exercise again after the operation?
  4. Will I need liposuction as well as a tummy tuck?
  5. What is the difference between liposuction and a tummy tuck?
  6. How much will the whole procedure cost?
  7. Can I see some before and after photos of other candidates you have operated on in this way?
  8. How long have you been performing tummy tucks for?
  9. How many procedures of this nature have you performed?
  10. Will I have visible scarring after the operation?

You will be given a lot of information at your consultation so it is sensible to take something to write notes with so that you are able to jot down the things that you will want to revisit after the consultation. If you want to return for a follow-up consultation at any point, Mr Park welcomes further questions as it is essential you feel fully informed before making this decision.

To arrange a consultation with Mr Park, call 01926 436341 to be seen at the Warwickshire Nuffield or 024 7664 7061 to arrange an appointment at BMI The Meriden Hospital in Coventry.

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How to minimise tummy tuck scarring

One of the things that patients tend to be most concerned about if they are considering a tummy tuck is the scarring left behind afterwards. Although it is important to have realistic expectations about what to expect – the incision is significant so scarring is unavoidable – there are steps you can take to help your scar heal and fade.

Minimise tummy tuck scarring: get up and about as soon as you can

There is a wealth of data that supports how important it is to get mobile again as quickly as you can. Walking around helps the blood flow to the affected area which is a great help when healing, and it also helps reduce swelling. As soon as you feel you can take these steps, they are the first steps on the road to recovery.

Minimise tummy tuck scarring: eat and drink well, taking in plenty of vitamins

Following a healthy, balanced diet is recommended for everyone but it is particularly important when your body is recovering from a significant trauma such as a large operation. Ensuring you have plenty and fruit and vegetables is ideal, and you should endeavour to drink lots of water.

Minimise tummy tuck scarring: apply vitamin E to the scar

There is evidence to suggest that vitamin E helps boost collagen production in the skin (and it also helps keep the area moisturised) so therefore can be helpful in helping the healing process. Try to weave this into your recovery routine as applying daily for a few months is believed to be helpful.

Minimise tummy tuck scarring: try to avoid smoking for as long as possible

Ideally, the best way to heal and to remain healthy after any procedures is not to smoke, but for those who wish to continue smoking or who are not able to consider quitting, refraining for at least six weeks is advised to give your body the best chance of healing effectively.

Minimise tummy tuck scarring: avoid the sun

Keeping your scar out of the sunshine is important for the first year as the scar tissue is forming and can be negatively affected by the sun’s UV rays. Although applying sun cream would seem sensible, this is not advised for the first 12 months either. Once you have passed this milestone, there are scar-specific sun creams that can be purchased, and if you can’t get hold of one of these, ensure you’re using SPF30 or above around the area of the scar.

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

suitable for male breast reduction

Am I a good candidate for male breast reduction?

Gynaecomastia is a condition that affects some men and which generates larger than average breast tissue, colloquially known as ‘moobs’ (man-boobs). The condition is caused by a hormonal imbalance, whereby too much oestrogen is created, or the balance of oestrogen to progesterone is not correctly aligned and an excess of glandular tissue is produced. impression.

Put simply, male breast reduction is a procedure designed to help men look and feel better about their chest. The operation involves surgical removal of unwanted fat and gland tissues from the breast area, achieving a smoother, flatter and firmer appearance to the chest.

Understanding whether you are suitable for male breast reduction

Some men might be reading this and wondering if they are suitable for male breast reduction surgery, so this checklist should help you establish whether you might be suitable:

  • Generally healthy and not very overweight
  • Bigger than ‘normal’ breasts
  • Have suffered from this condition for a while and have not managed to address the problem with diet or exercise
  • Feel that their breast tissue leaves them feeling that it is affecting confidence/self-esteem

Hormonal imbalances are quite common in adolescent men, so it is not uncommon in late teens to be concerned that gynaecomastia is developing, however, this often corrects itself once the hormones have settled down.

Equally, if men are overweight then this can cause ‘pseudo-gynaecomastia’ which is not linked to hormones but is a build-up of excess fatty tissue all over the body, including the chest. If this sounds like something you can relate more to then the good news is that diet and exercise may be all that is needed to address this. The first step will be to try non-surgical methods, but if that does not work then surgery may be the fix you are looking for and Warwickshire cosmetic surgeon Mr Alan Park can advise you on the most appropriate treatment option.

What else to expect

Smokers will be advised to quit or significantly reduce their nicotine intake prior to surgery as this really helps the healing process and can reduce the risk of complications. It is also sensible to set realistic explications ahead of deciding on a procedure such as this.

To find out if you’re suitable for a male breast reduction, call 01926 436341 to arrange a consultation with Mr Park.

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How best to prepare for breast enlargement surgery

If you’re getting ready to have breast enlargement surgery, then you are probably wondering if there is anything you should do or not do in the run-up to the operation. Here we give a breakdown of some of the things you can do to help be best prepared for your operation, both from a physical perspective and also from a psychological perspective, too.

Physical preparing for breast enlargement surgery

Avoid taking aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs (such as ibuprofen). If you regularly take aspirin or other medication (particularly anti-inflammatory drugs) then speak to your surgeon and/or GP about when is best to stop taking these. These kinds of drugs can affect how well the blood clots which can lead to excess bleeding during or after surgery.

Stop smoking before breast enlargement surgery

This is always a tricky one for patients who are regular smokers and we don’t underestimate how difficult it can be to stop smoking, but we advise all patients to quit before any cosmetic surgery procedure to ensure the optimal outcome. If you are able to stop in the weeks leading up to your operation and during the healing process (ideally for at least the first six weeks) then this is going to be most beneficial to your health.

Directly before breast enlargement surgery

It is advised to shower thoroughly and to use anti-bacterial wash on the morning of your operation. It is also advisable to wash your hair so that it lasts as long as possible before you have to wash it again.

Mental preparing for any elective surgery

Reflect on your decision and make sure you’re feeling in control. Make sure you’re feeling confident and comfortable about your choices. As long as you are happy with the choice to have surgery then that is all that really matters. If you feel nervous or hesitant then speak to your surgeon to see if they can give you reassurance or information to help. If you feel unsure whether it is the right choice for you then it is never too late to postpone or cancel your operation.

Recovering from breast enlargement surgery

Finally, think ahead to the preparations you could do at home to ensure that things are as easy as possible when you are recovering from surgery. If you have a spouse/partner/friend or family member on hand to help, then this will really help from a practical perspective. Ideally, you should have someone with you in the first 24 hours after your operation.

For more advice on how best to prepare for breast enlargement surgery, call 01926 436341 to arrange a consultation with cosmetic breast specialist Mr Alan Park.

breast lift results

How long can I expect my breast lift results to last?

This is a question we are regularly asked and there is no scientific answer for this, as it is dependent on a variety of different factors.  Factors that can influence how long a breast lift operation is effective for include the following:

  • The age you are when you have the operation
  • Whether you gain or lose weight once you have had the procedure
  • The skill of your surgeon – which is why it is so important to choose a surgeon who specialises in your operation of choice
  • Your lifestyle choices in the years after the operation
  • Your genetics – some people are just luckier than others and have greater elasticity in their skin. This helps maintain the look the surgeon has achieved

There are a number of practical things you can do to help give your newly lifted breasts the best chance of looking and feeling how you like them.

Maintain breast lift results: try and maintain a consistent weight

Weight loss and weight gain are the natural enemies of cosmetic procedures such as breast uplifts (and others such as tummy tucks, body contouring etc). If you are planning on losing weight in the future it is best to try and do that before having an operation such as this because it will affect how the breasts look. If you are planning a pregnancy it is also worth waiting until after it/these are complete, as much of the body is affected by the changes during pregnancy (and breastfeeding).

Maintain breast lift results: ensure you’re fitted correctly with supporting underwear

Wear a correctly fitting bra that offers the right level of support. So many women wear ill-fitting bras, and this can contribute to how well your breasts look and how long surgery like this is effective for. Getting fitted properly when your breasts have settled down following the operation is highly recommended. Not only are there practical benefits but it will be a lot more comfortable too.

Maintain breast lift results: get a good skincare routine

Largely, the amount of natural elasticity within your skin is governed by genetics, but there are things that can be done to aid collagen production (the agent that helps skin retain its elasticity) and these include drinking lots of water to stay well hydrated, avoiding too much exposure to the sun and also making sure you’re getting enough vitamin C and E.

For more advice on breast uplift results, call 01926 436332 to arrange a consultation with breast surgery specialist Mr Alan Park at his Warwickshire cosmetic surgery clinic.

tummy tuck recovery guidelines

Tummy tuck recovery guidelines

One of the most major operations we offer is tummy tuck surgery, the process whereby a large incision is made to the abdomen to enable the surgeon access to remove excess skin, fat and tissue from the region. Abdominal wall muscles are tightened and the wound is closed. The outcome of the operation is a leaner, firmer abdomen.

Although no two patients are the same, it is possible to give a rough guideline for what you can expect following a tummy tuck, to help you understand more about what to expect and to understand whether the procedure is the right decision for you. There are many factors that affect how quickly you will heal, such as your age, overall health and your weight, but as a starter for ten, here’s what you can expect from the recovery process.

Tummy tuck recovery: In the first couple of days after a tummy tuck…

  • If you had drainage tubes put in to ensure that fluid does not build up inside your body at the site of the operation, these will be removed after a few days following your operation.
  • You can usually shower after 48 hours following the removal of the drainage tubes, although many people prefer to have a shallow bath as it is easier to ensure you don’t wet the dressings.
  • The first few days will be the most painful as your body is adjusting to the operation and is busy working to heal the wounds. You will have bruising and swelling which will really start to emerge in the first few days.

Tummy tuck recovery: During the first few weeks after a tummy tuck…

  • You won’t be able to drive so before your operation have a think how this will affect you from a practical perspective and try to put measures in place to work around this.
  • You will need to rest as much as possible to give your body the best chance of healing well.
  • Depending on your type of employment, you should be able to return to work after a week or two.

Tummy tuck recovery: Around 6 weeks after a tummy tuck…

  • You will be advised to wear compression support for around the first six weeks to help reduce the swelling and to give overall support to your abdominal region.
  • By this time, you are allowed to begin gentle exercising again – although it is advised to avoid heavy lifting or anything that puts a strain on the abdomen.

Tummy tuck recovery: Being a patient patient

Time is the best healer and patience is key when it comes to recovering from such a significant operation. It is crucial to give your body time to heal and not to rush things. If you push yourself too far too soon then this is likely to delay your recovery in the longer term. While you are healing, try and stay hydrated by drinking as much water as you can, as this will help reduce swelling and flush out toxins. Make sure you eat a healthy and balanced diet including lots of fruit and vegetables too, in order to make sure you’re getting plenty of vitamins.

For more advice on tummy tuck recovery, call 01926 436332 to arrange a consultation with body reshaping surgeon Mr Alan Park at his Warwickshire cosmetic surgery clinic.

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What should I ask my plastic surgeon at my cosmetic surgery consultation?

When you are planning a cosmetic procedure, it is important to remember that the more you know about what to expect, the smoother and easier the whole process will be. You will no doubt have done plenty of research in the run-up to booking a consultation, but ahead of the consultation is the time to pull out all the stops and think about all the questions you want answers to.

For the more organised amongst us, you’ll probably already be writing these down and that is the first piece of advice here – make a list of all the questions you want to ask. If you don’t, you’ll probably forget something. There is always a lot of information to digest. To give you a helping hand to start that list off, here are some of the common questions you might be wanting answers to at your consultation.

Cosmetic surgery consultation questions: How frequently have you performed the particular operation I am interested in?

This is a good one as it allows you to understand how experienced your surgeon is in a particular procedure. A cosmetic surgeon who has a lot of experience in the area you’re interested in will have had the benefit of working with lots of different body types and shapes, they will also no doubt have an extensive catalogue of before and after imagery that they can show you.

Cosmetic surgery consultation questions: How long will it take to recover?

A very sensible question as this will determine whether or not you need time off work and how much support you will need. It will also help you understand what will be possible in the days/weeks/months following your operation. Depending on the procedure, sometimes recovery is very quick, whereas other operations take months to fully heal from.

Cosmetic surgery consultation questions: What should I expect from the recovery process?

Setting realistic expectations about how quickly you can expect to recover is important, as it helps your mental well-being. If you know what you expect then you can prepare yourself mentally and practically for the recovery process. From a practical perspective, if you are having a large operation then you will want to give some thought to post-operative support from family and/or friends. If you are keen to get back to exercising, this is also something you should talk about so that you understand what limitations there are and how long these will last.

Cosmetic surgery consultation questions: How much will this cost?

Don’t be afraid to ask for a full breakdown of costs upfront; cost is an element of surgery that must be discussed so you shouldn’t feel awkward about asking for clarity upfront. Importantly, if you are being given cost reduction options such as limited-time deals, recommend a friend or buy one procedure and receive a discount on another, these should be warning signs. Cosmetic surgery is an important lifestyle decision involving legitimate medical practices and you should not feel rushed into a decision because of a financial ‘deal’ that is on offer. If a deal sounds too good to be true based on the research you have done into costs, it probably is.

In summary, the more you ask at your consultation, the more you will know about what to expect and ultimately the more satisfied you are likely to be with the whole process. Call 01926 436332 to arrange a consultation plastic surgeon Mr Alan Park at his Warwickshire cosmetic surgery clinic.

upper facelift

What’s the difference between an upper facelift, mid-facelift and lower facelift?

Many people are unaware just how many different cosmetic procedures are available to help reverse the signs of facial ageing or to reshape and enhance facial features, and the humble facelift is no exception to this. The facelift is not a ‘one size fits all’ approach, it is carefully tailored to target the areas you are most concerned about and the look you wish to achieve. There are actually three different areas of the face that can be tackled with facelift procedures, and here we look at the differences between these.

Upper facelift

This type of lift is designed to tackle the area above the eyes. This can include an eyebrow lift which smooths out wrinkled, sagging skin above the eyes, a blepharoplasty – or eyelid lift – which removes excess skin from the eyelids themselves and gives the eyes a fuller appearance again, and also sometimes treatment of dark circles underneath the eyes.

Mid-facelift

This is designed to cover the region from the edge of your eyes down to the edge of your mouth and everything in between. This will include areas such as the cheeks, nose and sometimes directly underneath the eyes. Surgeons operating in this region can make incisions to enable the skin to be tightened around the nose and the cheeks, giving a smoother, firmer appearance.

Lower facelift

Finally, a lower lift focuses attention on everything south of your smile. This can include the lines around your mouth and towards your jaw – many people will also consider having some work done to their neck as well. This often is used to reshape the bottom area of the face, with many patients opting to have excess, sagging skin removed to streamline their jawline.

As with most things in life, the more research you do, the more informed you will be and the greater the likelihood that you will make the right choice for you. Once you have researched the type of facelift you believe is right for you, book a consultation with a plastic surgeon to talk through everything thoroughly so you can discuss your choices with an expert. The beauty of this kind of work is that it is completely bespoke, and if you have issues which concern different areas of the face, then the work you can have done will be perfectly tailored to address these individual issues.

For more facelift advice, call 01926 436332 to arrange a consultation with plastic surgeon Mr Alan Park at his Warwickshire cosmetic surgery clinic.

breast augmentation results

Getting the best from your breast augmentation

Once you have chosen to have breast augmentation surgery there are some handy hints and tips that would be sensible to follow, to ensure that your results last as long as possible. Your surgeon will discuss best practice with you during the run up to your operation and in the days afterwards, but this checklist will help manage expectations about what you should be doing to look after your new breasts.

Best breast augmentation results: do your research

Firstly, start with selecting a good surgeon. Your breast augmentation will only ever be as good as the skill of your chosen surgeon, so take your time researching your cosmetic surgeon to ensure you select someone whose style of work you favour and who is a regulated professional. Look for members of professional medical bodies such as the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) as they ensure their members have all the necessary qualifications and also perform annual safety audits.

Best breast augmentation results: make suitable choices for your size and frame

It is always advisable to talk at length with your breast augmentation surgeon about what you want from the end results and how different this is from your natural look. Your surgeon will need a clear idea of what you are hoping to achieve in order to create a finished look this is satisfactory. Setting realistic expectations upfront is important as it will ensure you know what you are going to look like afterwards.

Best breast augmentation results: follow post-operative advice

You will be given advice on how to help the healing process, including what you put (or not put) on the scars as they are healing. Following this advice is important as it helps minimise how visible scars are once they are fully healed.

Similarly, trust your breast augmentation surgeon when they give you advice on how soon to exercise after your operation – they know best and will guide accordingly. If you push yourself too far too soon then you could risk damaging your new breasts and affecting how quickly you can heal. When recovering from any operation it is important to be patient – you’ll get there, some quicker than others though so don’t hold yourself to a strict healing timeline, just let your body recover at its own pace.