Real People: The Risks Explained!

the risks explained real people magazineThere have been rumours about the risks and dangers of surgery abroad for a long time, and the recent surgery abroad feature in Real People magazine has done its best to put some of these rumours to rest. Want to know the difference between FACT and FICTION? Read on below to find out what our favourite untrue surgery abroad rumours are:

  • Patients are rich jet-setters. FALSE. Most of our patients are normal working people on normal working wages.
  • Surgery abroad often goes wrong. FALSE. In a Leeds University study, only two participants weren’t happy with the results.
  • Patients choose clinics based in countries where they can speak the language. FALSE. Actually, most patients aren’t that well-travelled and usually speak only English.

If you want to know more about not just Secret Surgery, but surgery abroad in general, then be sure to pick up the latest copy of Real People magazine, which should be in your local shops! We’ve spilled all the gossip on what overseas surgery is REALLY like!

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Let’s talk about: money and surgery

woman-money-fanWhen you’re organising cosmetic surgery, one of things you’re likely to be worrying about a lot is money. Surgery can be expensive, and balancing your need for high-quality, low-risk surgery with your purse’s need for something affordable can be difficult. It’s important to ask yourself – and your consultant – the right questions to ensure that you really are getting the best deal you can from your clinic.

What’s my budget? Make sure you know this from the very beginning. It’ll stop you from overspending, and some surgeons might try to sell you extra treatments or procedures that you don’t need – keeping a fixed budget in mind won’t let you go overboard.

How much do I need to pay upfront? Make sure you get this information from your surgery, so you know just how much you need to save in advance. Some clinics well request large upfront deposits, while others will let you pay most of your treatment off at a later date.

Are there any hidden costs? Find out exactly how much your treatment costs from your consultant. This includes any overnight care that you might need, recovery items you might need to buy, and more. Remember that the cost of your surgery includes everything you have to spend to have the surgery – including travel and accommodation.

Which payment methods does your surgery accept? This is worth considering, particularly if you’ll need to pay in a less common method than, say, with a Visa card. Make sure you find this out before it’s too late.

If you know the answers to all of these questions, you’re definitely on the right track to finding the right, cost-appropriate surgery for you. 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!

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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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Carole: My Vaser Lipo

Cosmetic Surgery Abroad

Today, Carole is here to tell us about her experience with Secret Surgery. Carole came to us for a tummy tuck first, and then came back for liposuction to complete her new look. You can read her story below.

How did it all start? After having a tummy tuck 5 weeks prior to my lipo it was time to go back to Poland for round two of my transformation. I had lost 8 stone in weight and my legs were a baggy, saggy mess!

And what did you want to have done? I was due to have lipo on the front, inside and rear of my thighs as well as around my knees. The first stage (front & inside of thighs) was supposed to have been done 5 days after my tummy tuck but due to my blood levels falling below a safe limit for surgery, I had to reschedule for all the Lipo to be done in March. As much as I was disappointed, I was also pleased that the surgical team were not willing to gamble with my health.

That’s good, and what about when you got here? March came and we arrived in Poland to 5 inches of snow, my medical was at the hospital on the same day and my bloods were normal… Phew! The morning of my operation Dr W came and asked me to show him exactly where I wanted the fat taken from, I showed him the areas that were a problem to me and he drew on these areas.

How were you feeling before the op? I was an emotional wreck before I went to the operating theatre, I couldn’t stop crying. I don’t know why I got myself so worked up, maybe it was because I knew it was an epidural and I wasn’t going to be asleep. After a few deep breaths and a good talk to myself I managed to calm down and was taken to the theatre.

How did it go? After my pre-med and sedation, I suddenly found that I had slept 2/3rds of the way through the operation. When I awoke Dr W was finishing off my legs and I was shown the fat they had taken out.. Yuk!! but it was very interesting to see.

Oh wow! And afterwards? I was taken to recovery where I stayed overnight, I was extremely sore and very swollen and thank God I had pain killers to help me cope with the pain. The next few days were very painful and I found myself walking Like John Wayne, sitting was difficult especially on a hard surface like the toilet! I didn’t sleep for long intervals for as soon as the painkillers wore off, I need more.

Did you heal quickly? It’s incredible that after about 4-5 days I was walking slowly into the town square, although still in pain I was able to cope with it. I found the recovery for this procedure was a lot quicker than the tummy tuck and I was able to get back to work a couple of weeks later. My legs are still a little bruised and swollen in places 4 weeks post op, but my support wear helps keep my legs secure and I can cope quite well with everyday life and work.

Excellent. Any final comments? I am just beginning to get back to exercise and although taking it slowly, I am getting there. I have had a great experience with secret surgery and the staff from the company and the medical staff in Poland. I am now saving for my 3rd procedure next year. Thank You to everyone concerned.

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