The A to Z of Aftercare

detail_lidstraffungWhen you’re researching surgery abroad, it’s important to remember that the surgery itself is not the end of it. It’s important to ensure that you have aftercare in place for when your surgery is over – just in case.

What is aftercare, and why is it so crucial? If anything goes wrong in your surgery – or even if you’re just concerned that you might want a follow-up check to make sure everything is healing properly – aftercare is what’s going to give you the peace of mind you need.

Our VIP aftercare package means that even when you’ve returned to the UK, if you need further care following your surgery, it’s always available to you. Even if you never need to use it, aftercare is a massive boost to your confidence and can make all the difference when it comes to enjoying your trip.

Of course, it’s not just about peace of mind. Aftercare can be crucial in cases where complications do occur – and they do, however infrequently. Making sure that you choose a surgery provider who have contacts back here in the UK will mean that there’s always someone on the end of the phone if you find you’re not recovering properly.

At Secret Surgery, we really can’t stress the importance of aftercare enough. It’s like your mum always said… it’s better to be safe than sorry!

To take the next step and receive a FREE personalised info pack and quote please visit www.SecretSurgery.co.uk or call 0843 289 4 982 or email Info@SecretSurgery.co.uk.

Getting ready for cosmetic surgery

imageOne thing we always tell people is that cosmetic surgery is still that – surgery. It’s a serious procedure and it shouldn’t be taken lightly. One of the best things you can do before jetting off for a glamorous surgery holiday here in Poland is to make sure that everything’s going to be ready at home when you get back.

This means prepping your home for some serious recovery time; even if you’re feeling OK when you get home, it’s always best to put your feet up and rest for a few days, to give your body time to heal and recover. This is why we recommend stocking up on ready meals or extra portions of home-cooked meals in the freezer – spending 60 minutes in front of the stove is not going to be ideal when you’re getting over surgery!

Make sure your home is tidy and that you won’t come home to lots of mess, laundry or dishes. If you’re living with friends or family, hopefully they’ll chip in to take the load off you when you get home, too.

We also recommend leaving yourself a few little extras to make your recovery time a little less dull – some DVDs and, depending on your op, a small box of choccies would never go amiss! Keeping comfy clothes or pyjamas handy will also likely come in use!

And, of course, you need to remember the important things – lots of painkillers, just in case, and the numbers of your doctors and nurses in the UK.

If you do all of this, your recovery time should be, at worst, manageable, and at best – maybe a nice bit off time off! To take the next step and receive a FREE personalised info pack and quote please visit www.SecretSurgery.co.uk or call 0843 289 4 982 or email Info@SecretSurgery.co.uk

Roll out the red carpet… and enjoy a VIP experience!

15533185-white-limo-and-red-carpet-at-nightIf you’ve always wanted to be treated like that star that you are, then our Secret Surgery VIP package is no doubt for you. Many people are concerned about undergoing surgery abroad because of the ‘lack’ of aftercare sometimes provided by overseas clinics – not with Secret Surgery.

Our VIP package ensures that you’re treated with the utmost care both before, during, and after your procedure. We’ve got top nurses and consultants all around the UK, and even after you come back home, we’ll make sure you’re well looked after.

This isn’t just in case anything goes wrong – though if it does, you’ll have someone to talk to straight away. It’s also so that you’ve got somewhere to go for support and concerns that you may have about recovery times following your surgery, or any other worries.

If you’re thinking of becoming a patient with Secret Surgery, consider our fantastic value VIP package… it’s the best you can get!

To take the next step and receive a FREE personalised info pack and quote please visit www.SecretSurgery.co.uk or call 0843 289 4 982 or email Info@SecretSurgery.co.uk

Why you should be suspicious of surgeons who promise everything

4554775-close-up-of-red-ripe-apple-in-female-s-hands-with-her-slim-figure-at-backgroundIf you’re looking into a few different clinics when shopping around for cosmetic surgery, chances are you’ll meet up with a few surgeons and consultants along the way. Hopefully, you’ll also be asking them about what you can realistically expect to get out of the surgery – but what the surgeon responds to this is very important.

Surgeons who promise you everything – perfect results, straight away, every time – are setting you up for disappointment. One of the most important things in the cosmetic surgery industry is making sure you keep your patients’ expectations in check, and surgeons who say these kinds of things are not doing that.

Cosmetic surgery is still just that – surgery. It’s not easy, and it’s definitely not an easy option to the perfect figure. Surgery can make a big impact on your confidence and outlook, provided you and your surgeon share a mutual understanding of what we mean by ‘big’; it will also be tough, and often require a good length of time spent resting up and recovering!

Of course, you might just walk into a clinic with the right expectations, in which case your surgeon will tell you that your surgery will probably give you everything you want. But, in general, you should be aware that surgeons who don’t mention the risks and recovery time required by serious procedures are trying to sugar-coat cosmetic surgery for you, and I wouldn’t go near surgeons like that with a barge-pole.

To take the next step and receive a FREE personalised info pack and quote please visit www.SecretSurgery.co.uk or call 0843 289 4 982 or email Info@SecretSurgery.co.uk.

Breast reductions can be the best reductions…

yummy mummy makeoverA cheesy title! Forgive me. Breast reductions can be the best reductions, though – particularly if they go as smoothly as they can. Your best chances of having an easy surgery and a quick recovery come from knowing how to take care of yourself once you’ve had the procedure.  Follow our easy tips and you’ll be just fine:

  • Take painkillers after the op – but don’t take aspirin, ever, after undergoing a breast reduction.
  • Be prepared to have swollen breasts for weeks following the surgery.
  • Rest as much as possible, and limit your arm movements as much as you can.
  • Get yourself a sports bra, and wear it day and night for at least two weeks following your surgery.
  • Don’t exercise, but do try and move around as much as possible. Avoid lying still for long periods other than for sleep.
  • Start arm movements and exercises around a week after your surgery
  • Refrain from driving for at least two weeks – more, if you feel it’s necessary
  • Don’t smoke for at least two weeks after your op

Of course, the biggest rule – the key one to remember – is to ALWAYS follow your doctor’s orders. It’s not just something your parents say, it’s really important! If you’re worried about taking care of yourself post-op, please don’t hesitate to sign up to our VIP aftercare package – there’ll be someone in the UK for you to rely on at all points following your surgery.

To take the next step and receive a FREE personalised info pack and quote please visit www.SecretSurgery.co.uk or call 0843 289 4 982 or email Info@SecretSurgery.co.uk.

Taking Care of Yourself After Eyelid Correction

Eyelid SurgeryLately, we’ve been producing a series of blogs on looking after yourself after some of our most popular procedures. Giving your body the time and space to recover properly after serious surgery is just as important as making sure your surgery is being performed by a top surgeon.

You’ll probably need an overnight stay in the hospital after eyelid surgery, and then perhaps a little longer based on your condition. You can also expect redness and swelling around the area of your eyelids – you don’t get this kind of surgery without a few after-effects! Here’s how to look after your eyelids after surgery:

  • For the first couple of days, treat the incisions with ointment
  • Place cold compresses over your eyes to reduce swelling
  • Use eye drops to stop your eyes from drying out
  • Avoid activities which may dry your eyes out; this includes reading,watching TV, and using a computer. Don’t wear contact lenses!
  • Keep your head elevated as much as possible

Generally speaking, ‘normal life’ may resume around ten days after your surgery. For some people it might be a little earlier, and for some a little later. However, for a goof few weeks to a month after your surgery, you should avoid heavy exercise and wear sunglasses when possible to protect your eyes from the sun.

Eyelid correction is a serious surgery and it can take a while to recover – but don’t worry if it feels like it’s taking a long time. You will heal, and you’ll look fabulous when you do!

To take the next step and receive a FREE personalised info pack and quote please visit www.SecretSurgery.co.uk or call 0843 289 4 982 or email Info@SecretSurgery.co.uk.

So You’ve Had a Face Lift

facelift_modelYou might have noticed that recently we’ve been emphasizing how important aftercare is – it’s as important as the surgery itself. Today, we’re going to go into how to take care of yourself after a face lift – it isn’t difficult, but if you follow our few simple rules, you’ll be healing in no time.

First off, remember that it’s normal to feel dizzy in the first 24 hours after your op. This means, you need to rest and avoid activities which require your full attention. In other words, no driving or public transport; don’t operate machinery; don’t travel alone; don’t drink alcohol; and don’t sign important documents!

There’s quite a lot of recovery time needed after a face lift, but here’s a few things to remember:

  • You’ll have to sleep on your back for at least two weeks following your surgery
  • Limit your facial movements and don’t speak on the phone
  • Eat soft food, and drink frequently through a straw
  • Take all the antibiotics, amica and painkiller that your doctor recommends
  • Apply ice packs to the worst of the swelling and bruising
  • Avoid wearing eye make-up for at least two weeks

Face lifts are a major surgery, but this doesn’t mean that recovery is difficult. All you have to do is follow your doctor’s orders, and remember that you can’t be lax about recovery – look after yourself, and you’ll soon be out and about with your new looks. Enjoy!

To take the next step and receive a FREE personalised info pack and quote please visit www.SecretSurgery.co.uk or call 0843 289 4 982 or email Info@SecretSurgery.co.uk.

Caring For Yourself After a Tummy Tuck

SlimTummyA couple of weeks ago we posted a blog about self-care after liposuction – well, guess what? Caring for yourself after a tummy tuck is just as important! We find that most of our patients need a lot of guidance about how to take care of themselves post-surgery, but it’s best to be clued up and prepared before you even have the surgery! This way, you can make sure that everything is prepared for you before you even get home.

So – tummy tucks. Not the easiest of procedures to undergo, there are a number of things to bear in mind after you have a tummy tuck. Of course, the information below is general – if your surgeon or nurse tells you something different, do what they say!

Medications

Your doctor may give you medication to ease the pain and swelling that you will likely feel after a tummy tuck. Acetaminophen is a common choice of medication for tummy tuck patients, though most will need something stronger. Pain pumps, anti-nausea drugs and intravenous fluids are all regularly used in treating post-surgery tummy tuck patients. Most patients are advised to take antibiotics after surgery to reduce the chance of infection.

Drains and Bandages

Surgical drains are often used to speed up the healing process – they keep blood and fluid from building up between abdominal muscles and skin. Compression garments are very commonly recommended to patients after a tummy tuck; these improve blood circulation and support the abdomen. Most patients wear these for around a month after a tummy tuck.

Rest

Of course, resting is always important after any surgery. For the few weeks following surgery, it’s a good idea to bend forward a little to ease the pressure on the incision. You can start taking short walks straight after the tummy tuck, but avoid strenuous exercise, which can prolong swelling. Hopefully, you’ll be able to return to work around two to four weeks after your surgery!

Stick to these essential tips and you shouldn’t have any problems in your recovery! And remember – always do what the doctor orders!

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Prepping Your Home Before Cosmetic Surgery

At Secret Surgery, we often get asked questions about how our patients should prepare themselves for various different kinds of surgery – what medications to take, what to eat, and that kind of thing. Of course, this stuff is really important, but there’s also a little more general advice that we can give our patients in order to prepare themselves for surgery abroad.

When you jet off for your surgery holiday in Poland, the Czech Republic, or wherever, you should make sure to leave your home in the perfect condition to welcome you back on your return. You don’t want to come home feeling tired and weak to piles of dirty laundry and clutter. Here are our five top tips for making your home the perfect place to recover from cosmetic surgery.

1. Tidy Up. Don’t just get rid of the clutter; make sure everything’s spotless. You’ll want to take a few days off from cleaning and household chores when you’re back, so making sure everything’s taken care of before your surgery is a great idea.
2. Clear the Back Logs. Do your laundry, clean the dishes, take out the rubbish. Make sure that on day 2 of your recovery, the bin doesn’t overflow or you don’t run out of clean pyjamas.
3. Cook. Make lots of meals that can be frozen in individual portions and microwaved each night once you’re back. You won’t want to spend hours cooking every day when you’re recovering, but it’s important to get good food and nutrients into your body during this phase.
4. Keep Important Phone Numbers Safe. Make sure you’ve got the number of friends and family, as well as your doctor, surgeon and consultant, just in case you need any help. Make sure they’ll be easy to find once you’re back, too.
5. Stock Up on Pain Meds. If you’re lucky, you won’t experience much pain after surgery. However, it always helps to have pain medications – ibuprofen and paracetamol – just in case it all gets to be too much. Make sure you’ve got plenty to last you the week or two after your surgery.

And that’s that. Of course, depending on how you like to relax, you’ll probably also want to make sure you’ve got a box of choccies, some cotton pyjamas and a Matt Damon DVD somewhere handy!

To take the next step and receive a FREE personalised info pack and quote please visit www.SecretSurgery.co.uk or call 0843 289 4 982 or email Info@SecretSurgery.co.uk