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Sunday Mirror: 21st January 2007 Cosmetic Surgery Abroad

 

Christine, a patient Linda Briggs helped with cosmetic surgery

Part of the story in the Sunday Mirror about cosmetic surgery

Cath, a patient Linda Briggs helped with her cosmtic surgery

part of the story in the Sunday Mirror about cosmetic surgery

part of the stor in the Sunday Mirror about cosmetic surgery

a part of the story in the Sunday Mirror about cosmetic surgery

By AMANDA BRADBURY and SHARON VAN GEUNS

LOTS of women are unhappy with their bodies... but can you really buy a new one?  Innovations in cosmetic treatments, some involving surgery, some not, have made it easier than ever to hold back the ravages of time.
But do these treatments really work?  In Part Two of our series on how to turn back the clock we investigate what is possible and what it costs - both in cash and in painful after-effects.  "Women still tend to seek cosmetic surgery or treatments before major life events like a second wedding or hitting 50" says Dr Aaamer Khan, a Harley Street cosmetic surgery consultant.
Most common complaints are loose tummies "bingo wings", leg and back fat, and sagging boobs.  Liposuction is the No 1 requested treatment, followed by a boob job.  Here's our guide to the pros and cons........
 
Breasts
Boobs jobs are not just about bigger breasts!  There are actually three types of surgery you can have done - an uplift (mastopexy), a reduction (reduction mammoplasty) and an enlargement (augmentation).
For most breast operations, you will have to spend one or two nights in hospital, your breasts will look bruised for two to three weeks.  There could be some swelling for up to three months and in some cases you won't be able to lift your arms above your head for up to six weeks.  You will need to take at last 10 days off work and will have scarring - but some women decide it is a price worth paying.

Christine, a patient Linda Briggs helped


Up for the cups... Christine went from 34B to 34DD

Breast enlargement: from 2,500
Having a breast enlargement (also called augmentation) means having silicone bags put in to make breasts larger and rounder.
Before going ahead you have three major decisions to make - the cup size, the shape of the implant and the incision/scar location.
This is because the surgeon has a choice of cutting into the breast around the nipple, into the armpit or underneath it - it all leaves scars and there is no telling if these will be red, raised or a silvery line.
The surgeon will discuss what is best for you.
Implants fall into two categories - a more natural-looking teardrop shape, or a pushed-up round shape made famous by the likes of Pamela Anderson and Posh.  This look is still popular but beware - these implants look more obvious and if you go too big the cleavage may look pulled.  And remember most reputable surgeons will only enlarge breasts by two cup sizes at a time as it is better to make any transition gradually.
Christine, 45 from Plymouth has her breasts boosted from a 34B to a 34DD at a cost of 2,600.  She says: "I am naturally slim which is great, but my more shapely boobs make me feel more womanly - and I look better in clothes!"
TRY This surgery was organised by www.lindabrigs.co.uk.
TOP TIP: Buy a bra the cup size you would like to be, pad it out and ask a friend how you look.

Breast reduction


Littler is lovelier.. Keeley's old and new look


Breast reduction: from 2,500

Did you know that oversized breasts can cause back-ache, sore shoulders and even some skin conditions?
And did you know you might be able to qualify for surgery through the NHS if you contact your GP?
That said, having a reduction mammoplasty is a major operation and should not be undertaken lightly.  The surgeon will remove tissue, fat and skin - and usually have to reposition the nipple.  That's because breast tissue is a mixture of glandular and fatty tissue.  Young women have more glandular tissue and less fat.  Liposuction can be used to remove some of the excess fat - but it is invariably necessary to cut out the excess glandular tissue and skin.  Women having a reduction often also have their skin tightened.
But be aware that if you have the operation, you may lose feelings in your breast due to the nerve loss.  You may also not be able to breast feed because during the op, the nipple is separated from the milk ducts.  So young women should carefully consider the consequences.
Make-up artist Keeley 42, from Exeter, Devon, hated her 36DD breasts on her size 10 frame.
" They looked out of proportion".  she says.  Last year she had them reduced to a B cup - and says she no longer had backache or trouble finding shirts that will button up.
TOP TIP: If you have lost weight and are keen to have a boob reduction, wait until you have been at your target weight for several months before surgery.

part of the story in the Sunday Mirror about breast uplifts


From saggy to sassy... Carol is thrilled


Breast lift: from 1,500

So you want rid of your droopy boobs but don't want them bigger?   Then mastopexy might be the type of surgery for you.
A breast lift doesn't change the size of the breasts, but tightens the skin around them making them more pert if they have lost their shape due to age, weight loss or gain, pregnancy and breast feeding.
It usually involves an incision around the nipple and means you will have scarring on the breast.  In more severe cases, the surgeon may need to tighten the skin under the arms, causing other vertical scars.
But to achieve the look and shape you want you may need a combination of a lift and either augmentation or reduction.
For example, if your nipple is above the crease of your breast, there is little a lift procedure will do.  Instead an augmentation can restore volume - or consider a reduction if they are too bulky.
Carol 48, from Essex, paid 3,500 for her lift after losing seven stone and shrinking from a size 22 to a 12.
"I loved my new body, but my 40FF boobs lost all their shape - I hated the way they hung down from my chest," she says.  "Now they are a pert 36D and they are not reaching for my knees!"
TOP TIP: Don't even consider a breast lift until you have finished having children - pregnancy and breast feeding could make them droop again.

Part of the story in the Sunday Mirror

part of the stor in the Sunday Mirror


FLABBY TUMS

SHE'S called Dawn French, but this one is a beauty therapist rather than a TV funny girl.
After having three children Dawn, 33 of Dartford, Kent, had a pouch of skin hanging down from her tummy.  Exercise wouldn't shift it so she paid 2,400 for a tummy-tuck to reduce it from a size 16 to 12.

TUMMY-TUCK 2,500 +
A TUMMY  tuck is an effective treatment - but is the most uncomfortable and invasive of all cosmetic surgeries.  In most cases, a cut is made from hip to hip just above the pubic area.  Another is then made to free the navel from the skin.  The skin is detached from the abdominal wall to show the muscles to be tightened.  The skin flap is re-attached after any extra skin has been removed.   Some people also need liposuction.

Expect two days bed rest, bruising and pain for 10 days.  You will have swelling, a permanent scar and full recovery takes up to six months.

ULTRASHAPE 500 +
THIS less invasive treatment claims to permanently dissolve fat without breaking the skin - and will remove around an inch per treatment.  A hand-held laser is moved over the fatty area to destroy the fat cells which are absorbed by your liver.  A session takes 1-2 hours.   Full results show in a month.  There are few after effects.

LIPOSELECTION 2,000+
THE area to be treated is filled with a special saline solution that makes fat cells which are then sucked out.  It takes from one to three hours. The makers claim you could be back to work in three days.

TOP TIP Bend from the waist - any overhang can be treated.

Cath, a patient Linda Briggs helped with cosmetic surgery

 

 

a part of the story in the Sunday Mirror about cosmetic surgery

 


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