Secret Surgery featured in the Guardian and on the BBC!

The-Guardian-LogoSome of you have likely already noticed Secret Surgery crop up around the British media this week – last Friday we got national coverage in both the Guardian and on BBC Breakfast. You can find the Guardian article here, which features a chat with Guardian-article-budget-flights-cheaper-operations1Angela Chouaib, Secret Surgery’s founder and managing director.

Angela had a chat with the Guardian and told them how it really works when you go for surgery abroad, including the fact that with Secret Surgery, the surgeons and hospitals that you get for your money are just as good – if not better – as the ones you’ll get in the UK.

We’re also pleased to see that the reporters at the paper found from surgery patients themselves that the majority of surgery abroad experiences are positive ones. They do, of course, point out that some patients experience complications, but any surgeon who doesn’t warn you of the risk of complications isn’t doing his job. All surgeries come with risks, whether you undergo them in Poland or London.

It’s good to see the British media taking a balanced and fair view of the overseas cosmetic surgery industry – we hope to see more of this in the future!

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Why not make your holiday this year a cosmetic surgery holiday?

airplaneIf you’re still umm-ing and ahh-ing over where to head for your summer holidays this year, why not consider making a special trip in 2013? The benefit of coming to us for your cosmetic surgery is that you get a holiday rolled in!

Why not book your surgery for a day or two into the trip, and spend the first day enjoying Wroclaw’s fantastic shops and bars? During June and July we regularly see temperatures in their high twenties – which means it’s dresses, skirts and t-shirts all ’round during summer!

You can also, of course, bring your partner or family along. It’s one way of ensuring you get the support you need while undergoing surgery, without feeling that you’re putting everyone else out – they’ll love being here just as much as you!

And, of course, can you think of a better souvenir to take home from the most memorable holiday ever than a new body? A tighter tummy? I can’t!

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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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Exclusive Angela Chouaib Interview – Sneak Peek

Alison Thornberry Angela ChouaibWe’ve got some top secret information for readers of the Secret Surgery blog: Angela Chouaib has been interviewed by Amanda Haar, the editor of Medical Travel Today, for a feature in their June newsletter – which gets sent all around the world! Especially for readers here at Secret Surgery, we’ve got an exclusive draft of  the interview, giving you a sneak peek into some of the questions that Angela’s been asked!

What was your working background prior to launching Secret Surgery?
Well, I worked in various positions in tourism starting from the young age of just 13! I worked in tourist hotels, and then I moved on to more senior positions in marketing. I also lived in Greece for a number of years as a representative for high-end clients on luxury holidays!

Why is the word ‘secret’ in the brand name?
Well, there are a number of reasons. Not a lot of people like to talk about their desire for cosmetic surgery, and some people even go so far as to do it in secret! It also emphasizes how seriously we take our patients’ privacy and… well… it’s fun! It makes people curious to know more. Doesn’t it?

What is the demography of your clients like – are there any from outside the UK?
I prefer to work with UK customers, and most of our clients are ladies over the age of 40. Why? Well, I relate to them – and I used to be one of them. I can fulfill the needs of UK women, because I understand what they are. There are subtle cultural differences even among European countries, and I like to know I’m doing the best job I can.

How many people come to Secret Surgery annually, and how’s that number changed over the past few years?
We think, this year, that we’ll see around 250 patients. Last year that figure was 150, and the year before, 50!

What’s the biggest challenge facing you in terms of business growth?
Definitely the British media. They love to support UK-based clinics and surgeries by spreading the myth that surgery abroad is dangerous and risky. I’m not saying there aren’t surgeries like that out there, but there are also many – like us – who really do hold ourselves to the high standards you’d find in the UK. Funnily enough, nobody questions it when somebody gets on plane to the US to get better cancer treatment…

If you want to hear more, stick around and read the Medical Travel Today newsletter in June, in which the full, edited  interview will be published. In it, Angela talks about the procedures offered by Secret Surgery, the hospitals we work with, our staff… and much, much more!

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Debbie: My Surgery Rollercoaster

face liftToday, we have a very brave lady here to tell us her story about Secret Surgery. Her experience with cosmetic surgery didn’t go quite as smoothly as planned – though it turns out for the best in the long run, she’s very glad she came to us for help! Find out more about Debbie’s plastic surgery rollercoaster ride, below.

How does your story start? Upon deciding that I was fed up with looking in the mirror at someone who looked a lot older than I felt, that wasn’t me, I decided to look into my options. Fillers etc were fine, cheaper but a less permanent/lasting effect so surgery was I decided the right option for me. Now where to go, I started my search in England and quickly found out that it was expensive, far more than I thought it would be.

And how did you find us? I decided to look further afield and remembered an article around secret surgery, I looked them up and liked what I saw, not least of all the price and support offered were excellent and after a bit of research and umming and ahhing made the booking.

What about when you got here? I arrived in Poland, nervous but very excited. I went straight to the hospital and after a couple of tests settled into my room to await the surgery the next day. I received a text that evening to say that there was an issue with my blood test but I put that out of my head and settled down. In the morning I went with the surgeon who informed me that my blood count was too low and that, regrettably, they would not be able to carry out the surgery. It was suggested I see my GP upon my return to the UK as this is not normal.

Oh no! What happened next? My disappointment was immeasurable and while the sensible part of me knew the right decision had been made I was devastated and desperately hoped that it was all a bad dream and that it would go ahead. No such thing happened and back to the UK I came, minus the surgery!

How were you feeling at this point? I was impressed by the fact that they did not just “take the money and run” my health was the priority to ensure the best possible outcome and recovery process, – although at the time I did not necessarily agree with them! I did go to my GP and after various tests I was diagnosed with coeliac disease, a condition that I knew nothing about and had absolutely no symptoms for!!

Did you go back to Secret Surgery? I went back to Poland once my iron levels were restored to normal levels, feeling far better than I had in ages – even though I had not been feeling unwell before!! My surgery has been a success and I am well on the way to being fully healed.

And how was your experience with us? The service I received when I was in Poland was wonderful, my dietary requirements, which I was a bit worried about, were fully catered to (yes, I am now one of those “fussy” people!!) Anyway the moral of the tale – get yourself checked out before you go abroad, it could save you money and a lot of heartache and disappointment.

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Cosmetic Surgery is Big with Divorcees

divorceYou’ve just split with your husband or wife; it’s a tough time, sure, but the best thing to do is to pick yourself up, brush yourself off, and carry on with life.

It seems that one way many divorcees are doing this is by treating themselves to a bit of cosmetic surgery; and, to be honest, why not? At first sight it might seem like a knee-jerk reaction to the shock of divorce, but actually it’s a very sensible decision to make – particularly if you’ve been pining after a little nip and a tuck for years.

It’s not all about showing your ex just what he’s missing, though; it can be scary being back in the dating game for the first time in years – or even decades – and who would blame you for wanting a little confidence boost to help you get back into the swing of things?

The important thing to remember is that when you make the decision to have cosmetic surgery, it’s a decision for life. It’s not something to rush into. But also, don’t worry if secretly you know that a recent break-up is partially what’s fuelling your desire for surgery; that’s totally normal! Splitting up from a long-term partner can bring some positives: it gives you the chance to be you again, whoever that might be!

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Gaining Weight for Surgery: Crazy or Radical?

845839-best-bumThe new craze in the US is the ‘Brazilian butt lift’, which hasn’t quite made it over to the UK yet. However, it’s making some women go a little overboard in prep for their surgery – even going so far as to deliberately gain weight before going under the knife for it!

The idea is that by gaining weight before indulging in a BBL, the patients will have enough fat to be injected into their bums! I don’t know about you, but I’m more concerned about getting rid of the fat in my bum – I don’t want more of it!

The Brazilian Butt Lift marks an interesting turning point in cosmetic surgery, but it will certainly be interesting to see whether this trend is here for the long haul. Being bootylicious is certainly a good thing, although it seems strange for a healthcare professional to advise eating high calorie diets for the sake of surgery.

The important thing to remember, whether you want a Brazilian bum or not, is that good health is more important than anything else. Putting on a few pounds before surgery is one thing – but you’ve got to make sure your diet is still healthy, and make sure you can get rid of them if you need to afterwards.

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Trudi: My Eyelid Correction Story

Today, Trudi from Kent is here to tell us her hilarious story about eye lid correction surgery with Secret Surgery!

How did you find us? I found out about Secret Surgery on the web. It was started by Angela Chouaib, who founded it after her amazing weight loss when she took on the commitment to help others in her position. It’s cheaper than surgery in the UK, even when you take the holiday into consideration! It’s worth noting that prices in the UK are often broken down into sections, which means that if you want the full surgery it can often be double the cost!

trudi eyelid correction before & afterHow did you find the UK team? They were great – people shouldn’t be afraid to ask anything; they’re friendly and approachable. Joining Facebook is also a great idea – there’s so much support and information on there.

What about the team in Poland? Dr. W speaks pidgin English and wears reindeer jumpers at Christmas! They’re all totally professional, well-educated and experienced. Dr. W really does know what he is doing – he does very neat stitching, although he can’t knit! There’s also Aga, who is basically your friend while you’re there, and Jack, the lovely taxi driver who speaks great English. He’ll even sneak chocolate and crisps into the hospital for you if you want!

Speaking of the hospital… It’s spotless, modern and every room in it is en suite. The staff are attentive and friendly, and the food is ‘different’ – but Jack and Aga will bring you in something else if you ask!

How did you find your travel arrangements? Angela explained everything about what was included in my package. I had to buy my own food on board the plane, and was careful not to exceed the baggage allowance – or you’ll get charged extra!

And what about your apartment? I took a European plug adaptor with me, so that was fine. They provided towels, free wi-fi and a kitchen area, though there were limited English TV channels. You can also have food supplies arranged for your first night there, with everything put in the fridge for you.

What about the eye lid surgery? I felt like I could ask Dr. W anything, and had to wear a gown – don’t forget to keep your knickers on! I walked down to theatre with a nurse, and then remained awake throughout the surgery so that Dr. W could ask me to open and close my eyes throughout. He aligned my eyelids – I went down with wonky ones and came back with matching eyes! The operation doesn’t hurt at all.

And how has your recovery been? Straight after the operation, I laid down for three hours and my eyes swelled up like I’d been at it with Mike Tyson for 12 hours! I was given a tube of cream to rub on them, and was able to go out for afternoon shopping the same day. That night, I also went for a meal out with all the other VIP guests – who all said I didn’t look as bad as I thought! Now I’m on painkillers every day for my neck, but my eyes didn’t hurt at all! The only thing I had to be careful about was not scratching them when they itched. Here’s a trick for the swelling – save used teabags in the fridge and then wet them and put them over your eyes with a night mask!

My swelling went down quite well. I had my stitches out on the Monday and then was back at work on Tuesday and nobody noticed any swelling! One month on, I still have a small red line where the stitches were but make-up covers this.

Any final remarks? The operation was a complete SUCCESS, and my droopy eyelids have been sorted!

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Facial Fillers

VARIOUSFacial fillers are an immensely popular treatment these days – whether they’re used for their anti-ageing effects to fill out the face and remove the appearance of wrinkles, or whether they’re used to plump up cheeks, everyone wants facial fillers.

When you’re shopping around for a clinic to have facial fillers with, it’s important to be careful. When you’re putting anything in your body, it’s important to know that it’s safe – that’s why you need to make sure that your cosmetic surgery clinic uses high-quality fillers which won’t leave you rueing the day you opted for surgery.

Make sure that the clinic you choose has a high success rate when it comes to facial fillers – you can ask your consultant about this, and reading previous patient stories can give you a good idea of just how good your chosen clinic’s facial fillers are.

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Meet the Czech Team: Tina

Tina ChromeckovaToday, we’ve got the lovely Tina here to tell us all about her life in the glamorous world of cosmetic surgery. Tina is part of our Czech team based in Prague, and she’s got a few of her own secrets to tell us about working in the industry.

What’s the biggest challenge in your job? It is probably taking care of every client and making his stay with us smooth and the best. To make them remember us and Prague as a place where they can come back and they will be welcomed again.

What’s the best part of your job? I can help people to improve their lives and be happy again. And meeting new people with different experiences.

If you hadn’t started working in cosmetic surgery, what do you think you would have been? I tried several jobs from manual work to office job. Working in MediCzech has been the best so far. I never was a dreamer so I know what I can do and want now and I do not think about what if… But if I can think of anything – I love whales and sharks, so I would probably do something to protect them and their environment.

If you were going to treat yourself to some surgery, what would you get done? I prefer natural look in everything. So as long as I am healthy and don’t need the surgery for a health reasons, then I am OK. Recently I am more and more convinced that health is the most important thing in a human life.

What do you do to relax after a long day? I usually go to the gym or go to a yoga, aerobic or pilates lesson. If it is really tough day I like having a glass of a good red wine with my husband. And then have a long sleep!

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