breast reduction benefits

Breast reduction benefits: Simona Halep’s sacrifice for her Wimbledon dreams

If you were glued to Wimbledon this year then you were probably gripped by the journey of Romanian Simona Halep, who faced Serena Williams in the ladies’ final and was crowned this year’s Wimbledon champion. Like many tennis players, she has been open about her successes and challenges and has shared her experience of choosing to have a breast reduction in her teens.

At the very young age of just 17, Halep made the decision to undergo breast reduction surgery to help her fulfil her tennis dreams. Her chest was a 34DD and she is reported to have said “It’s the weight that troubles me. My ability to react quickly, my breasts make me uncomfortable when I play.

Now, ten years on, there is no looking back for her. Since her operation she has made stride after stride in her professional career, climbing the world tennis rankings and securing some impressive victories in tough competitions. She says that even if they weren’t causing her issues in her career, she wasn’t very keen on her natural size and shape; “I didn’t like them in my everyday life, either. I would have gone for surgery even if I hadn’t been a sportswoman.”

Halep has her 34DD chest reduced to 34C, which she felt was much better suited to her frame and her sporting ambitions.

Breast reduction benefits

Although large breasts are something that very many women wish for, for others it is more of a curse than a blessing. Breasts that are too large for a woman’s frame can cause back, neck or shoulder ache can cause discomfort from bra straps and can affect self-confidence.

The operation itself is quite long, ranging from around 90 minutes up to a few hours. It is complicated and involves repositioning the nipple, removing excess fat, skin and tissues from the breasts and then reshaping them afterwards.

It takes around six weeks to heal from this type of operation, sometimes longer, and you need to give your body ample time to heal before pushing it too far. For women who are regularly engaging in energetic sports such as tennis, it is also critical not to rush back into sports before your breasts have fully healed. The implications are not just discomfort, but could also result in an infection or greater levels of scarring.

To arrange a consultation and discover more breast reduction benefits, call 01926 436341.

The male facelift can make you appear more likeable and trustworthy

The demand for male cosmetic surgery has seen rapid growth in recent years, but men who might be contemplating facial rejuvenation to appear younger and more dynamic can often be concerned that they risk looking drastically different or even more feminine.

The good news is that a recent study has found that men who undergo a facelift or other facial rejuvenation procedures look more trustworthy and likeable to respondents – and, in even better news, there was no impact on how masculine they appeared post-procedure.

A male facelift might not differ greatly from female facial aesthetic surgery in terms of the general approach, but there are some distinctions that must be made and an experienced surgeon such as Mr Alan Park will take these into account in the pre-operative planning stage.

Male facelift results analysed

The research was recently published in the JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery journal and was a small-scale study. It involved 24 men, with an average of 49, that had undergone a facelift and other procedures. Conducted by professors at Georgetown University in the US, their before and after photos were shown to 145 respondents, aged between 25 and 34 years old.

These respondents were asked to rate the men’s appearance in terms of how attractive, sociable, masculine, trust-worthy, extroverted and even aggressive they appeared. They weren’t told that the men had undergone surgery, or the purpose of the study, and the respondents didn’t see both before and after photos. Some were shown the before images and the other cohort reviewed the after pictures and then the results were compared.

In the after pictures, the men were rated more attractive, likeable, trustworthy and there was no difference seemingly in how masculine they were rated.

The difference between the male facelift and female facial rejuvenation

Mr Alan Park’s approach to the facelift is always to enhance and rejuvenate the patient’s natural appearance, so they look younger and more refreshed but not different and this is the same for both men and women. However, there are certain differences between the male and female physiology that have to be taken into account.

Facial hair, for example, can affect incision placement to ensure no follicles are being damaged. Men tend to have stronger ligaments, more prominent muscle mass and skeletal structure, with a larger, squarer jawline and lower face. The cheek area is flatter with less subcutaneous fat. Their skin is thicker with larger hair follicles and seborrheic glands.

In terms of the final result, women wish to retain their delicate facial features, while restoring the softer, more rounded contours of youth. Men, on the other hand, wish to appear more masculine and defined.

Choosing an experienced plastic surgeon that fully understands the subtle differences between male and female facial rejuvenation surgery is a must. To find out more about the male facelift, call 01926 436341 to arrange a consultation.

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Breast augmentation vs breast lift – which is right for me?

A breast augmentation and a breast lift are two completely different procedures, each with different goals in mind. The key differences between the two are as follows:

Breast augmentation – this involves changing the size of the breasts, usually by the insertion of breast implants. It is confusing as the terms ‘breast augmentation’ and ‘breast enlargement/enhancement’ are used in different contexts, but in reality, they are both expressions of the same procedure.

Breast lift – this involves lifting the nipple and reconstructing the breast, giving the appearance of more elevated breasts. This procedure does not involve inserting anything into the breasts, all the work is done by manipulating existing breast tissue.

The two procedures are often undertaken in tandem though, with many patients feeling that an increase and an uplift complement each other very nicely.

Unlike a breast augmentation, a breast lift focuses primarily on breast position and will not increase the size of your breasts. Often a breast lift is performed in conjunction with breast augmentation, so that the breast can be restored to a more youthful position and loss of volume is addressed with the insertion of an implant.

It is important to understand the benefits and limitations of each procedure before making your choice. If you feel concerned that your breasts are drooping then opting for a breast augmentation will not fix that problem, it will simply give you larger breasts that will still droop. Likewise, a breast uplift won’t give the appearance of a more generous chest.

When deciding which is best for you, questions you should be asking yourself are likely to be as follows…

Am I concerned with loss of tissue above the breasts? Are my breasts feeling lower and less perky than they once were? If this sounds like you, then maybe a breast lift is going to be your answer.

If you’re feeling more concerned about the size of your breasts or feel that they are not symmetrical, then a breast augmentation could be the right choice for you.

Cosmetic breast surgery choice

Some people are very clear about which procedure is best for them, or whether they wish to opt for both. If you are unsure or wish to understand more about these options, then cosmetic breast specialist Mr Alan Park will be able to discuss your aspirations and help you decide which is the best option for you. Call 01926 436341 to arrange a consultation.

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5 common breast augmentation myths explored

When you’re looking to undergo a cosmetic surgery procedure, you’ll no doubt spend some time researching what to expect and trying to find answers to some of your initial questions. Although any questions you have can always be discussed with your surgeon, many people like to read around the subject first, to help them make the decision about what is right for them and to feel informed about what to expect.

Here we explore some of the most common breast augmentation myths, to make that process that bit easier.

Breast augmentation myths #1: My implants will need replacing in 10 years

This isn’t necessarily the case. Many women will find that their implants last between 15 to 20 years before they need replacing. Around the 10-year mark, you may wish to book a check-up with your surgeon to get an expert opinion on how your implants are faring, but unless you are experiencing any particular problems, this will just be to put your mind at rest.

Breast augmentation myths #2: It will be really obvious to everyone else that I have had implants

This really depends on what you wish to achieve from your surgery and whether or not you want everyone to know you’ve had some work done. The extent to which your surgery is overtly visible will depend on your choices, but most women want a subtle and natural augmentation of their existing shape.

Breast augmentation myths #3: I will have to quit smoking before I am allowed this operation

Mr Alan Park advises all patients to quit smoking in advance of their operation. Smoking inhibits the body’s ability to heal so is not recommended for anyone who is wishing to have cosmetic surgery and for optimal healing you will be advised to stop smoking before, during and after your operation.

Breast augmentation myths #4: A breast augmentation will address sagging boobs

Sadly, this is not the case if you have a breast augmentation in isolation. If you are concerned that your breasts are sagging and you wish to increase your cup size, this requires two different procedures that can be carried out together. A breast augmentation will increase the size of your breasts and a breast lift will address the positioning.

Breast augmentation myths #5: You cannot breastfeed once you have had a breast augmentation

This is also not necessarily true, but it is dependent on the type of implants you have and where the incisions are made. If you are having a breast augmentation and plan to breastfeed in the future, this needs to be discussed with your surgeon. Or ideally, wait until you have completed your family before opting for this type of procedure.

If you have any more questions about the breast augmentation procedure, call 01926 436341 to arrange a consultation.

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3 things to consider before undergoing a tummy tuck

You’ve probably heard the phrase ‘failing to prepare is preparing to fail’ – and this can be applied to many things in life – including your cosmetic surgery journey. The preparation required by patients ahead of having cosmetic surgery is quite simple, but very important.

Do your research, don’t rush into your decision and ensure you ask lots of questions of your chosen cosmetic surgeon. Here we try and help the process of preparation for patients who are planning on having a tummy tuck, by outlining three important factors to consider before deciding to go ahead.

Tummy Tuck Preparation #1: Don’t underestimate the recovery time

Make no mistake, this is a significant operation. It is really important to prepare mentally and practically for the recovery time required to get back on your feet after a tummy tuck. The size of the incision is why this operation takes so long to recover from – it will be from hip to hip and will have cut through skin and tissue, as well as tightening the abdominal muscles, all of which will take time to heal thoroughly. You should expect to be off work to begin with and it is important to give due consideration to how you will cope around the house. It is sensible to try and arrange for friends, family or carers to come in and help you in the first couple of weeks.

Tummy Tuck Preparation #2: Understand that this is not a weight loss procedure

A tummy tuck is designed to help shift stubborn pockets of fat from directly beneath the skin, it also can remove excess skin, muscle and tissues which diet and exercise cannot shift. It is not a short cut to weight loss. Plastic surgeon Mr Alan Park will often recommend that you reach your target weight before going under the knife for a tummy tuck otherwise the results will not be as effective.

Tummy Tuck Preparation #3: Come to terms with the fact that you will have a scar

Mr Park will carefully plan your incision, but it is a large one, stretching from hip to hip so there will be a significant scar left afterwards. This will be most obvious to begin with but will quickly begin to fade over time. Massaging the scar with a product such as Bio-Oil can aid in scar healing, but only once you have been given the green light from your surgeon. The best thing for a new scar is to be left alone and, if possible, allowed to air as much as possible.

For more advice on how to prepare for your tummy tuck, call 01926 436341 to arrange a consultation.

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How best to prepare for male breast reduction

Men sometimes develop a condition called gynaecomastia which is essentially the development of male breasts. This results from an imbalance of hormones or sometimes can occur if a large amount of weight has been gained. The hormone imbalance or the weight gain can result in higher levels of oestrogen than should naturally occur which can encourage the growth of breast tissue.

Cosmetic surgeons in the UK can perform surgery to remove the excess breast tissue from men suffering with gynecomastia and there are a number of things that men can do in order to prepare themselves for early for this kind of operation.

Consult an expert

If you believe that you are a suitable candidate to undergo male breast reduction surgery than a cosmetic surgeon is likely to ask you to seek a medical evaluation from a GP or gynaecomastia specialist. They will assess your hormone levels and evaluate other reasons why you may be experiencing larger than normal amounts of oestrogen (and the resulting breast tissue) and establish whether or not surgery is the right step for you.

Make sure nothing else is causing gynaecomastia

A full medical assessment will also be required to establish whether you are taking over the counter medicines or herbal remedies that may impact on your ability to heal from the operation. Tablets such as aspirin, for example, thin the blood and are not advised because it can hinder your body’s ability to clot properly following an operation. Additionally, some anti-inflammatory drugs are not advised and some herbal supplements should also be avoided because they can increase the likelihood of developing a bleed after or during the operation.

It is important that other medications are adjusted before the surgical route is explored to ensure that the presence of breast tissue is not being made worse by the other medications.

Stop smoking – or at least try and cut down

As with all forms of cosmetic surgery you will be advised to stop smoking ahead of your operation. This is because smoking can affect how fast the body heals and it is widely recommended that you should stop smoking before undertaking an invasive procedure from which your body will need to heal. If it is not possible to stop smoking altogether it is always more beneficial to try and cut down rather than to continue smoking.

If you are interested in a male breast reduction procedure, then call 01926 436341 to arrange a consultation with Mr Alan Park; he will talk you through your suitability for a male breast reduction and establish what are the best next steps for you.

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What are the risks of smoking before and after plastic surgery?

It is well known that smoking is bad for your health and can have many negative implications on the body, both in the short, medium and longer term.

For people who are considering any form of cosmetic surgery, smoking is something that is likely to impact their surgical suitability evaluation because smoking affects how the body is able to recover from an operation and how quick the recovery is likely to be. If you are a smoker and you are considering cosmetic surgery you should be prepared for the fact that your surgeon will recommend that you stop smoking before, during and after your operation. If this is not possible you should at least make every effort to cut down as much as possible.

Advice backed by science

Due to the high proportion of data that exists which enables us to compare and contrast smokers vs non-smokers, there is a lot of knowledge about how smoking affects the body’s ability to heal. Smoking reduces the blood flow which has a direct impact on how wounds are able to heal. Blood carries critical oxygen molecules to different areas of the body and when smoking reduces the flow of blood, the result is that wounds take longer to heal and have a greater likelihood of being becoming infected.

Smoking also damages the body’s immune system meaning that smokers have a greater risk of developing an infection or becoming unwell in the period following the surgery.

Patients who smoke also have a heightened risk that scars will remain more visible once the surgery has been completed. The oxygen contained within the blood is also a key component in helping scars heal. In the same way that the reduced oxygen affects the initial wound healing it also affects the ability for scar tissue to form, meaning that scars can often be more significant and more visible in smokers vs non-smokers.

Interestingly even passive smoking can affect how well patients heal from surgery so if you live with a smoker and are considering cosmetic surgery you may wish to limit your exposure to breathing in their second-hand smoke as it will also be having a negative effect on your body.

In recent research published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, “smokers are more likely than non-smokers to have complications after undergoing cosmetic surgery on the body, versus the face or breasts.” These findings have come from a massive study, looking at data from 129,007 cosmetic surgery patients but recovering from any cosmetic surgery procedure can be compromised if you’re a smoker.

Cosmetic surgery preparation

The best advice is to begin cutting down as soon as you can. If you are thinking of booking a cosmetic surgery consultation, then making a concerted effort to reduce your cigarette intake now will mean you are giving your body the best chance of a full and effective recovery. Mr Alan Park also explains that this also covers all nicotine products, whether vapes, chewing gum or patches that contain nicotine. For more information, call 01926 436341 to arrange a consultation.

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When can I exercise after a breast enhancement?

If you have invested financially and emotionally in a breast enhancement, then it is natural that you would want to do everything you can to ensure that the results remain as good as possible for as long as possible. Many patients ask us how soon they can get back into regular exercising following a breast augmentation, so this helpful guide aims to help give a steer for what is achievable and how soon after.

The first few days after a breast enhancement

In the first week, it is recommended that you take things very gently. You may wish to do some very gentle walks as it’s also a good idea to get moving, but the key to week one is to keep it low intensity. Do not be tempted to do any core or upper body exercises and refrain from high impact training as well.

In the second week following surgery, you can build on what you have begun to do in week one by adding some gentle leg exercises such as extending and stretching the legs. It is still very early days in terms of recovery, so it is still important to refrain from core and upper body exercises and it is still too early for high-intensity training.

Everybody heals at a different rate but at some point between the third and fourth week following surgery you should be able to add some lunges or slightly more vigorous leg stretches to your routine. You may also feel comfortable using light or small weights to reintroduce exercise to your arms shoulders and upper body area, but it is still very important not to overdo it and to refrain from exercising the core muscles.

Over a month post operatively…

Somewhere between five to eight weeks after the operation you may feel ready to do a gentle jog or incorporate some exercises such as squats or lunges. You may feel ready for some slightly more enthusiastic arm exercises as well. If you are exercising at a gym or with a class, it is advisable to speak to a trainer to ensure that you are not pushing yourself too far too soon. Even at this stage, it is important to refrain from any work that targets the chest muscles and do not be tempted to try more intensive upper body exercises such as pull-ups.

Around about the nine to ten-week mark, many people will have healed sufficiently that they can begin to weave in some high-intensity exercises such as sprinting, using a skipping rope and more vigorous workout techniques. The most important thing at this stage is to listen to your body. If you feel that it is too soon then be patient and wait until you feel physically ready.

Any form of regular exercise is good for you, however gentle it feels.  If in doubt about the suitability of your chosen exercises, it is best to opt for something on the gentler side rather than risk pushing yourself too far too soon at this important phase of the healing process.

After any cosmetic surgery procedure, Mr Alan Park will provide you with comprehensive aftercare instructions and his team can always be contacted if you have any concerns in the post-surgery period. Call 01926 436341 for more cosmetic surgery aftercare advice.

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What can a tummy tuck do and not do?

There are many of us who are not satisfied with the look of their abdomen – sometimes this is a result of factors that we can have some control over, and sometimes this is just the way we were born. Pregnancy and significant weight gain/loss can all have an impact on how firm and smooth the midriff is. Additionally, for some of us, the presence of more weight and softer, less supple skin around the optimum is purely down to genetics. Some people’s figures lend themselves to a leaner abdomen while others are not so fortunate and struggle to tone that area of the body.

Common reasons that people decide to opt for a tummy tuck include previous weight gain which has resulted in saggy skin, yo-yoing between weight gain and weight loss which can result in the same problem or multiple pregnancies where the skin around the abdomen has become stretched to such an extent that its natural elasticity is not able to restore the look of the abdomen to how the patient would like it. As you get older, collagen levels in the skin deplete and some men and women will notice a marked degree of skin sagging that fails to respond to diet and exercise.

A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure whereby excess fat and tissue are removed from beneath the skin and the abdominal wall is tightened to give a smoother firmer appearance. It is important not to mistake a tummy tuck procedure for a weight loss procedure. If you are carrying too much weight and are struggling to lose it then a tummy tuck is not necessarily the answer you are looking for.

Who is best suited for a tummy tuck?

Generally speaking, those who are most suited to a tummy tuck procedure are those who have excess, sagging skin and stubborn pockets of fat around the midriff that despite trying alternative methods such as diet and exercise, they are still not managing to shift.

There is also a condition known as rectus diastasis whereby the tummy muscles separate to accommodate a pregnancy or significant weight gain and then struggle to return to their original positioning. This can result in a gap between the abdominal muscles which can make a ‘pouch’ look more pronounced. There are exercises that can be done to strengthen the core and to try and encourage the muscles to join back together again. For some women, these exercises work effectively whereas others are left with a gap that will not fuse. A tummy tuck will be able to help where diet and exercise alone are not achieving the desired results. 

Setting tummy tuck expectations

As a tummy tuck is not designed to help you lose weight it should be regarded more as a ‘contouring exercise’ and expectations should be set accordingly. Ideally, you will be at a stable, target weight before undergoing a tummy tuck.

Some patients choose to couple a tummy tuck procedure with liposuction. This combination means that the contouring work and extraction of more fatty tissue happens in tandem and can make the end result more visually appealing. A tighter, leaner stomach, sometimes coupled with a liposuction procedure is also likely to increase your self-confidence and to make you feel much happier in the clothes that you choose to wear.

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New gym wear trend sparks rise in women demanding liposuction

Dubbed ‘athleisure’ clothing, a new gym wear trend has been cited as the reason for a sharp increase in demand for liposuction in female patients. Increasingly, women are wearing high fashion sports bras, leggings and training outside of the gym and, correspondingly, there is a perception of a certain physique required to pull off this new trend when out and about.

The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, one of the UK’s leading plastic surgery organisations of which Mr Alan Park is a member, have recently released their annual cosmetic surgery figures. BAAPS have noticed a sharp rise in liposuction procedures and the belief is that women are turning to lipo as a quick fix to get a washboard tum or sculpted behind.

Liposuction procedures to the stomach, buttocks, hips and thighs saw a 12% growth on the previous year, rising to 2,286 procedures performed by BAAPS surgeons. Other body contouring procedures also saw an increase, with tummy tucks growing by five per cent. Popular reality TV programmes such as Love Island, which is just about to hit our televisions again, are also blamed, with the emphasis they put on the body beautiful.

The term athleisure first officially entered the dictionary in 2016 and it is deemed as ‘a style of clothing worn as athletic apparel but also suitable for casual, everyday wear’.

What can liposuction do… and what can’t it do?

Liposuction is a surgical procedure to remove deposits of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise.

Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure; patients are usually at or near their ideal body weight but are striving to enhance or improve their body contours. It’s typically performed on the stomach, buttocks and legs, but it can also be used to remove fat under the chin to improve the appearance of the jawline.

The fat cells that are removed during a liposuction procedure are permanently eradicated, but this doesn’t mean that you can abandon workouts and your diet and be able to maintain your results. The remaining fat cells can expand, undermining the results you’ve achieved.

After liposuction, you are not left with extensive scarring as you would after a tummy tuck, as small incisions are made through which the cannula is inserted, and the fat cells removed. However, this doesn’t mean that liposuction is without risk and you should be aware of all the possible complications and what your recovery would entail before you make the decision to go ahead. Liposuction is not a quick fix, but it can produce really satisfactory results for the right candidate.

For more information on liposuction, please call 01926 436341 to arrange a consultation with Mr Alan Park at his Warwickshire cosmetic surgery clinic.