Surgery: for Christmas, or for life?

16cWhile cosmetic surgery might seem expensive at one, two, three thousand pounds… one thing you really must think about is that cosmetic surgery is, ideally, for life. The changes we can make to your body can stay with you for the next thirty or fifty years – which makes a few thousand pounds sound like small potatoes!

Of course, some procedures – particularly anti-ageing ones – are primarily just postponing the inevitable onset of wrinkles. But many of our surgeries – nose jobs, boob jobs, weight loss surgeries, etc. – will be with your for life.

This is one of the reasons why we stress that it is so important to think about why you’re undergoing surgery, and how serious you are about it, before making the decision to have your procedure.

It’s also why, if you’re undergoing weight loss surgery, you need to think about changing your habits – of both diet and exercise – for life. Undergoing surgery just to do undo it all months – or even years – later isn’t the most sensible thing!

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Life after gastric band surgery

images (1)Gastric band surgery is often the last port of call for those of us who have put on too many pounds, and can’t seem to get them off again. It’s not, as a lot of media pundits like to pretend, an easy way out of obesity; there is nothing easy about undergoing serious surgery.

During a gastric band procedure, your stomach is banded in order to decrease its size, which means that you can only eat smaller quantities of food at a time. In other words, you’ll fill up more quickly and get less hungry between meals. It’s one way of ensuring that your body isn’t working against you while you try to lose weight.

However, this doesn’t mean that you don’t need to put in some effort yourself. It’s crucial that you don’t overeat after undergoing gastric band surgery, both for your health and for your weight loss. Regular exercise is also recommended to help the pounds keep coming off, and to make sure that your body stays strong and healthy throughout the diet.

It’s also important that when you’re cutting calories out of your diet, you don’t cut out any of those vital nutrients either. When you’re eating so much less than you used to, every bite counts – so make sure you’re eating lots of proteins, fruits, and vegetables.

If you’re thinking of undergoing gastric band surgery, then just get in touch with us. We’ll be with you every step of the way, and we know exactly how hard it can be to make this decision. Whether you end up deciding it is or isn’t for you, we’ll help you get to the answer you need.

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Julie Atkins Lancaster featured in Woman’s Own magazine!

julie lancaster womans own magazineEven MORE press coverage for us! This week, the lovely Julie Atkins Lancaster was featured in Woman’s Own magazine in a segment about her experience with cosmetic surgery abroad. Julie underwent a tummy tuck with us after losing lots of weight and giving birth to her three children by C-section. She’s a very brave lady, and she decided to tell the rest of the UK about her experience with us – and it sounds fantastic!

We’re always happy to hear when our patients tell us about how happy they are with the work we’ve done, and when it gets shared with the world like this – well, we’re over the moon. Julie deserves all the attention she gets for looking absolutely gorgeous!

You can pick up the issue of Woman’s Own magazine already, it’s the July 22nd edition and Julie’s spot is featured on the cover and inside. we hope that this article helps a lot of women to make the brave decision to go through with surgery – because, at the end of the day, being happy with your body is the most important thing about your body. Whether you’re big, small, or just right – be happy!

So, go on – read all about Julie’s fantastic tummy tuck and weight loss with Angela from Secret Surgery!

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The World’s First… Doggy Tummy Tuck!

Obie, recovering from his tummy tuck
Obie, recovering from his tummy tuck

Yes, you heard it right – a dog! Obie, a super cute and super brave little dachshund, has recently undergone a tummy tuck.

Don’t worry, we love animal rights as much as the next person – this tummy tuck wasn’t exactly cosmetic. Obie lost an impressive 37lbs and was left with excess skin, which was making him uncomfortable. As you might know, dachshunds have low tummies, and skin rubbing against the ground can cause discomfort.

“He’s always had the personality where you can really tell he wants to interact,” Nora told Fox News in the US. “He wants to get around. So now that he can it’s pretty exciting. He’s just getting to be a dog.”

Last we heard, Obie was recovering from his operation in Portland, Oregon. Fingers crossed that Obie’s recovery goes off without a hitch!

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Mum and Son: Tummy Tuck!

Get-a-Flat-Tummy-aJane and Brett, from Cumbria, are here today to tell us about their unique adventure with Secret Surgery! Jane and Brett were still recovering in Poland when they spoke to us – here’s their story.

Tell us where it all began. My story started in March 2007 when I had a RNY Gastric Bypass surgery for super morbid obesity. At my heaviest I weighed 26st 10lb or 180 kg. I struggled to walk, move around in general and my life had come to a stand still at 38 years of age.

And where does Brett come into it? I have two children and I noted my son Brett was also starting to put weight on and I blamed myself as a parent for poor food choices resulting in my son ballooning to 17st 10lb and a size 44 waist at 16 years of age. When my son saw the weight dropping off me following my surgery, he too took drastic action and started dieting and exercising. In 6 weeks he dropped to 10 stone 12lb and a size 28 waist. Within a year of my surgery I had dropped 84kg but both my son and I were left with a large apron of skin. We both applied for funding in 2008 to our local PCT for cosmetic surgery but were refused funding.

How did you find Secret Surgery? Six appeals and four years later I came across Angela Chouiab, the managing director of Secret Surgery, via a discussion group on Facebook. Angela had experienced weight loss surgery and funding issues herself in the UK and had gone to Poland for her own surgery in 2009. From the onset of talking to Angela you knew she was a genuinely caring, empathetic person who was eager to help.

What convinced you to go with us? I initially got a quote from Angela for myself in 2012 but was anxious about going abroad for surgery because of the media portrayal of surgeries abroad. However after further discussions with people on the secret surgery group and the outstanding support Angela offered to patients, I decided to book for my son and I go to to Poland on the 6th February 2013.

Was it difficult making all the arrangements? Angela arranged everything for us down to the last detail and was available night and day for any questions or anxieties I had. My son and I flew to Wroclaw on the 6th February and was met by our driver Jack who spoke perfect English. He took us to our apartment that Angela arranged for us. Having somebody to sort out every detail for you takes the stress and pressure out of trip.

How did everything go once you had arrived here? The apartment was lovely, clean and tidy. We received a call from Aga who was the translator and support for us in Poland and arranged for us to cone into hospital on the 7th Februrary 2013 for our surgeries. Obviously I was doubly anxious because my son was having surgery too and I wanted everything to go well for him. Aga was lovely and beautiful with it and introduced us to DR Waclawawowicz who looked at our tummies and gave a realistic and honest account of what was achievable through the procedure. He advised that my son would also benefit from vaser liposuction to his hips to achieve an amazing result.

What did you think of the hospital? The hospital was AMAZINGLY clean to a standard I have never seen in the UK. I was shown my room and Dr Waclawawowicz agreed to come and visit us later to answer any questions. Aga Poprawska and the staff all made us very welcome including the lovely Hanna Gregorowicz who booked us in and made us both feel welcome.

Did you feel supported during your stay? Yes! Angela also put me in touch with other ladies from the UK prior to flying out so that we could all meet up and support each other. This was really useful for me as both ladies Cara and Carolynn were at different stages post op which helped me see what my son and I would be experiencing very soon. Our room was 120% clean and beautifully welcoming.

How did the surgery itself go? We spent the day settling in and were told every step of the way what would happen. My son opted to go for surgery first and he was told when, how long this would take, that he would be put in recovery next to me which reassured him. I was also reassured by Dr Waclawawowicz prior to my surgery that Brett’s surgery had gone well, which reassured me prior to going into surgery. I woke in recovery next to my son and we were both cared for overnight by a lovely nurse overnight who came hourly to change dressings, empty drains and administer pain killers.

And after the op? We then returned to our room the following day to recover. Throughout this time Aga continued to visit and support us night and day and Angela rang daily to check how we were and to update the support group of our progress. On day two post surgery Jack collected us and took us back to the apartment collecting medication from the pharmacy for a small fee.

How are you doing now? We are now on day 4 post op. we have had a trip back to the hospital for dressing changes and met by Aga and Dr Waclawawowicz who were pleased with our progress. We are overjoyed at the results so far and are so thankful to everyone at Secret surgery for everything they have done for us.

Oh, lovely! Anything else you’d like to tell our readers? Dr Waclawawowicz and Aga even came and sat with us in the patients lounge for 30 minutes just talking about our experiences, where would you get that service in the UK? Although our journey is still ongoing I can honestly say that I would not hesitate coming back to Poland through Secret Surgery for any future surgery. Angela, Aga, Hanna and Dr Waclawawowicz are now my friends and I hope to remain in touch once back in the UK. You have all contributed to positively changing my son and my lives and feel overwhelmed at the life changes this surgery will bring to our lives. Thank you so much!

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From Big George to Boy George

boy-george-plastic-surgeryBoy George has impressed everyone as he recently lost a whole load of weight. Did he successfully battle the bulge through diet and exercise, or did he get a little help from cosmetic surgery?

The 51-year-old 80s icon tweeted a photograph of his new slim figure last week, which shows him looking rather good! We don’t doubt that he’s achieved something great through diet and exercise, but the photos show no loose skin – which indicates that he might have indulged in some lifts or tucks to get rid of any excess skin that might have been left behind.

In any case, Boy George is looking better than ever – better than he even did in the 80s, we think! It goes to show just how much difference you can make to your appearance through good habits, even if he did go under the knife to perfect the finishing touches!

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Rachel’s Secret Surgery Story

slim_bellyToday, Rachel from Wolverhampton is here to tell us about the rollercoaster ride she’s gone through in losing ten stone and finding herself again after many years! How did her experience with Secret Surgery go, and – will she be coming back?

Tell us how it all started? At a fraction under 22 stone and only 35 years old, I was miserable. I had two herniated discs in my spine, I could barely stand… even walking around the supermarket was just too painful. It wasn’t a life – I had to do something about it, so in April 2011, I had a Gastric Bypass, and it was the start of my new life.

And then what happened? Fast forward 18 months, I’m 10 stone lighter, much healthier, but stuck in what can only be described as a deflated, wrinkly old fat suit. I still felt ugly, and ashamed, and I knew what needed to be done, so I started looking for surgeons on the internet… this is where I found Angela and Secret Surgery.

Great – did you find our Facebook group? I joined the Facebook group, which I have to say, is one of the best things ever. I had the chance to talk to other ladies, and even some men who had the procedures I was interested in. I looked at the amazing results they were getting and I knew it was the right decision to make, so I sent my photos, explained what I wanted to be done, got my report back, and booked. From start to finish it was all so easy, not having to worry about a single thing, other than getting to the airport on time. Everything is done for you – flights, accommodation, transfers… the most stressful thing is working out what to pack!

And you liked the staff, didn’t you? Jack, the lovely taxi driver, is great, and so helpful. The beautiful Aga can’t do enough to help, and Dr W is a genius also, very funny and approachable, which is something you don’t get with a lot of surgeons!

But what of the hospital? The hospital is lovely, small enough that you don’t feel lost, and very very clean. The only thing I will do differently is bring my own food to the hospital next time – they don’t seem to understand breakfast, and I for one can’t do bread, cheese and tomato first thing in the morning!

And the accommodation? The apartments are lovely, light airy, and comfortable, close to the town, and ideal for Tesco, which is just a 10 minute walk up the road, great for some light exercise after surgery.

Fantastic! Any final comments? My results are amazing and I couldn’t be happier. I am happy and more confident, something which I haven’t been in years, and it has given me the boost I need to have further surgeries to fix the problems associated with huge weight loss. I really cannot recommend Secret Surgery enough, I tell everyone who will listen…I cannot wait to head back in March for my next two procedures!

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Sara Bouamra’s Weight Loss Coaching: The Best Bits

20121215-0265smallYou might remember that we recently had Sara Bouamra – a Weight Loss Life Coach – in to tell us all about her job, and why it’s so important for people to get the support and coaching they need. Well, today, she’s here to tell us about the goals and benefits of weight loss coaching. You might think it’s easy without a coach – and for some people, it may well be – but for most of us, that little bit of extra support can go a long way.

Want to know what Sara considers to be the best bits of her work for you? Here they are:

  • Better self care and stress management
  • Develop an action plan to lose weight and get fit!
  • Reconnect with your feelings, body, hopes, and dreams
  • Develop a healthier relationship with food, as well as life itself
  • Learn self-forgiveness and loving- kindness
  • Eliminate black and white thinking, perfectionism, and other thinking distortions
  • Release self defeating patterns around food and weight
  • Develop a deeper connection to your inner wisdom
  • Improved body image
  • Awaken to your real life
  • Recover your joy!
  • Learn to let go of the past and forgive!

If any of these things sound like something you need help in achieving, then don’t hesitate to contact us or Sara – because she is there to help!

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Sara Bouamra’s Guide to Achieving the Body You Deserve

20121215-0265smallSara Bouamra is a weight loss coach and Patient Care Manager with Secret Surgery, and she’s offering our readers an exclusive guide to achieving those long-sought weight loss goals. As a trainer, Sara knows that we can all do it if we put our minds to it – and here’s how.

It is time to overcome the self-sabotage that’s been holding you back from your weight loss goals and achieve the body you deserve.

My aim as your Weight Loss Life Coach is to help you get off the dieting roller coaster, so that you may break free of your emotional eating patterns. I can help you find new ways of being in the world that support your spiritual, mental, emotional and physical health. Yes your Gastric Surgery has put a large FULL STOP to the ability to overeat – but the reasons why you overate are still there! This is why Secret Surgery Patients have sustainable results – because we give you the support you need after the surgery as well as before.

Emotional eating is the number one cause of obesity. Emotional eating is any eating that is done other than to satisfy hunger. It is the reason why diet and exercise programs continually fail. I have found that people who struggle with food and emotional eating are released from that prison once they learn the skills of mindful awareness and mindful eating, emotional self-nurturing and learning to set appropriate limits and goals. This turns off the urge to overeat and engage in other compulsive behaviors. When you feel better, you eat better! I have walked this path myself, and it has led me to inner peace and emotional eating freedom.

Learning to deal with the situations that make you emotional and control them can be daunting, but each coaching session will be aimed at resolving your issues and teaching you how to cope.

Remember that you are not alone in your journey, everyone of the staff at Secret Surgery have walked a mile in your shoes. We all understand the overwhelming urge to turn to comfort food when faced with emotional situations, our online support group is there for that purpose, there is always someone online to offer assistance and I am just at the end of the phone to help you.

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Competition and special offer exclusive offer to Secret Surgery Friends

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I am really looking forward to working with Secret Surgery Members. Please enter our competition and enjoy our exclusive special offer.’
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