What to Know Before Going Ahead with Cosmetic Surgery

More and more people from all walks of life are making the decision to have cosmetic surgery for a variety of reasons. Some want to shave a few years off of their appearance, improve their physique, or boost their self-esteem.

If you are among these people who are seriously thinking about cosmetic surgery, then there are a few important things you should consider to determine if it’s right for you.

Do it for You

The first and most important thing to consider is why you want the procedure. You will save yourself a lot of future heartache if you know that you are making the decision to have cosmetic surgery for the right reasons.

Ask yourself, “Am I doing this for me, and not for anyone else or any other purpose?” If the answer is “No,” then you should stop and reevaluate your decision. Many people get cosmetic surgery because they think it will get them that promotion they’ve been wanting, save their relationship, or improve their social lives.

If any of these sound like your reasons for considering the procedure, then again, stop and reevaluate your decision. It is also very important to note that while cosmetic surgery may improve your self-esteem, it will not fix or relieve any mental health issues such as depression.

Do Your Research

If you feel like you are considering the operation for the right reasons, then the next thing you need to check out is your doctor.

Meet him beforehand, and note how you feel while you are having your initial consultation. Do you feel comfortable around him? Or does he make you feel uneasy? If you feel uncomfortable, it’s alright to meet with other doctors. Cosmetic surgery is a big decision, and you need to feel 100% OK with it.

Always be sure to check each doctor’s credentials, making sure they have the appropriate certifications. Keep in mind that just because a doctor is certified, does not mean that he is good. Be sure to look into his reputation and experience; you should try and find reviews of his other patients’ experiences.

Ask to see before and after pictures of his work. All our clients at Secret Surgery Ltd have the opportunity to see before/after pictures and chat with other patients in our private online support group, or meet in person at our monthly meetings which are held throughout the UK.

Understand the Risks and What Happens After the Surgery

Finally, you need to understand and be willing to accept the risks of cosmetic surgery. First and foremost, you may not be happy with the results. There is no way to predict exactly how you will look after the procedure, but if you’ve researched and scrutinized your chosen doctor’s work, you are more likely to be satisfied at the end of the day.

Aside from that, remember that this is surgery, and various complications could arise. You should get cleared by your primary care doctor before undergoing the procedure.
There will be a period of recovery after cosmetic surgery, so make sure you know what to expect in terms of pain/discomfort, duration, and how this might impact your personal and professional life.

There are many resources available on the internet about the specific type of surgery that you are planning to undergo, so take advantage of them. If you have taken all of these things into consideration, and are feeling confident and strong in your resolve, then cosmetic surgery may be right for you.

Do your homework and good luck on your journey to a new you.

Once you have made your decision to go ahead drop us a quick email to Sara@SecretSurgery.co.uk for your personalised no obligation quotation.

A Guide to Help You Prepare for Your Face Lift

facelift

Now that you have made the decision to get a face lift, you need to make sure that you have made the necessary arrangements to ensure you have a great experience and recovery.  The closer it gets to your big day, the more anxious you may be feeling.  After you have had your initial consultation, there may be a few more appointments for you to go to before your procedure.  These appointments are necessary so your specialist can go over the details and make sure that their plan of action is best for what you want done.

blood tests

Tests and lab work may also be done to ensure you are in good health before your procedure.  These are excellent opportunities for you to ask any lingering questions you may have in the days leading up to your face lift.  Your surgeon will also give you some advice and last minute recommendations to help reduce your anxiety.

medication

You will need to pay attention to any medications that you are taking before your face lift.  Some medications can cause complications.  Let your surgeon know about any medications and supplements you may be taking.  You will be informed that you need to stop taking certain medications and supplements during the weeks leading up to your procedure.  They will inform you when it is okay for you to resume taking them.  If you need to take certain medications because of an unrelated health condition, your surgeon can talk with your primary care physician so you can take alternatives that won’t increase your risks for complications.
smoking & drinking

Smoking and drinking are both activities that can greatly increase your risk for complications. You need to do your best to refrain from partaking in these activities at least three to four weeks before and after your face lift.  These habits can affect you body’s circulation and can greatly reduce your body’s ability to heal.

homeopathic remedies

There are some things you can do to help minimize the amount for swelling and discoloration you have immediately after your face lift.  In order to get the most benefit, you would need to start implementing these things into your diet a few weeks before the surgery.  Certain teas and homeopathic remedies have been shown to reduce the amount of trauma to your skin.  If you are thinking about taking any of those supplements, make sure you get your surgeon’s approval first.

todo list

 

Make sure that you take care of your other obligations before your surgery date.

  • Clean up your home beforehand so you won’t feel compelled to do so while you are supposed to be recovering.
  • Stock up on foods that require very little effort for you to prepare them.  You can make foods in advance and freeze them until you are ready to eat them or you can purchase them from the freezer section at your local grocery store.
  • If you have kids or pets, ask a family member to help out with them during your recovery.

All I want for Christmas is a Yummy Mummy Makeover …..

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“Dear Santa,

I’ve been a busy girl this year looking after the family and seem to have neglected me a little.  Since our family is now complete what I would love for Christmas is a Yummy Mummy Makeover.”

A woman’s body undergoes some tremendous changes during pregnancy and childbirth. The unwanted effects of childbearing and breastfeeding, especially weight gain and sagging skin, often remain long after childbirth.

If pregnancy has wrecked havoc on your body and you are a bit sad about your postpartum body, don’t despair. You can get your pre-baby body back with the help of a surgical intervention, called Mommy Makeover.

What is Mommy Makeover?
Mommy makeover is a combination of multiple body contouring procedures, including breast surgery, body sculpting with liposuction, and abdominoplasty (also known as a tummy tuck). These procedures can reverse the changes associated with pregnancy and childbirth, and dramatically improve how you look and feel.

New mums who want to get rid of these bodily changes due to pregnancy can benefit from aesthetic enhancement procedures that are customized to their unique needs.

Popular Mommy Makeover Procedures Some of the most popular plastic surgery procedures that help mommies restore their post-pregnancy bodies include:

• Breast Augmentation with Implants
• Breast Lift or Mastopexy

What Issues Can Be Addressed?
Many new mums choose to treat fatty deposits accumulated around their midsection, hips and thighs that are often resistant to traditional diet and exercise. Breasts that have lost fullness or have begun to sag can be transformed into full and shapely breasts. In order to reverse the effects of pregnancy on their face, women also undertake spa packages, wrinkle treatments, hairdo and makeup etc.

Breast Surgery to Correct Breast Changes
During pregnancy, the overall breast enlarges in size. When breastfeeding is done, the breasts begin to sag or droop. Women with sagging, asymmetrical breasts, enlarged areolas, downward pointing nipples and who have lost the shape and tone of their breasts following pregnancy and due to breastfeeding can benefit from some sort of breast surgery- either a breast enlargement, breast lift or both.

Reversal of Abdominal Changes
The abdominal wall muscles, the rectus abdominis muscles, and the skin of the abdomen stretch during pregnancy to make room for the growing baby in the womb. After the baby arrives, the abdominal muscles and skin shrink back down, leaving the mother with stretch marks, loose skin and lax muscles. The excess fat and loose skin can be removed from the abdominal region via an abdominoplasty.

Removal of Fat Deposition
Weight gain is inevitable during pregnancy. It’s normal, healthy and also necessary, albeit in reasonable measures. Putting on too much weight is not a good sign. The unwanted fat deposits in the neck, arms, back and knees that do not go away after pregnancy can be addressed through

Laser Technology to Rejuvenate Your Skin
New mommies often go for laser therapy to enhance the texture, tone and quality of your skin. There are a variety of laser treatments that can give you a smoother, firmer, more vibrant-looking complexion by removing fine lines, wrinkles and folds from your face. Today, laser technology is widely used to correct loose or sagging skin, erase signs of sun damage and remove unwanted hair on the face or body.

There are many cellulite treatments, including massages or cellulite creams, that can improve the appearance of the dimpled skin on the thighs, hips, buttocks and abdomen.

When to Get Mommy Makeover?
Women’s body needs to stabilize postpartum. Female body can take up to six months to one year to physically recover from the ordeal of pregnancy.

The best time to return to your pre-pregnancy shape is after you are done bearing children and you have stopped breastfeeding. Additionally, a woman should hold off on any breast surgery procedures until she’s done breastfeeding her baby.

Getting a Mommy Makeover in Poland could be a sensible choice for women who wish to regain their pre-pregnancy body shape without breaking the bank. Not only plastic surgery, the cost of bariatric surgery such as Gastric Plication in Prague, costs a fraction of what is charged in the UK.

Contact us today
Email: Sara@secretsurgery.co.uk
Phone/SMS: 07742 911 117

Bikini time, are you ready?

You are watching her walk across the pool deck from behind your shades and you say to yourself:

“I can’t believe she doesn’t have a cover up on!” Yes the green eyed monster has risen it’s ugly head as you are sat there sweltering under wraps as you left it too late to get Bikini Fit!

She struts with an air of confidence and not a bit of insecurity.  The amazing part is, she doesn’t have a cover-up or a sarong tied around her hips!  Heads are turning as she strides over to her beach chair; her posture is that of a ballerina as she elegantly reaches for her towel from her beach tote.  She has captivated everyone’s attention without even saying one word.  As she waves to her friends on the other side of the pool, there is not an ounce of jiggle in her arms.  She begins to apply her sun block to her evenly tanned and golden brown body starting with her smooth, sleek and cellulite-free legs.  Her round butt rivals that of top celebrities.  Her flat abs and whittled waist lead up to her youthful buxom bosom.  Her bikini looks as if it were tailor made for her fit hourglass physique, hugging all the right curves.  As she flips her shiny hair, it cascades down her beautiful back and she alluringly smiles, toying with her bikini strings,  revealing her self-assuredness as all the men stare.  She’s the center of everyone’s attention, even yours!

What does she have that separates her from all of the other girls at the pool?  She’s got a Bikini Body!

Don’t leave it too late to get yours!

Yes if you start now you can be bikini fit by summer!  It can be YOU who is the CENTRE OF ATTENTION … yes it’s true in just four months from now you can be the one turning the heads.

What YOU can do to help yourself!

Now is the time to ban the booze until you hit the beach.  Alcohol causes you to look puffy and contains lots of extra calories that you definitely do not need.

We normally underestimate how much we eat by 25 per cent (National Obesity forum). With this in mind you can immediately see the importance of portion control.

Your entire meal should fit into your cupped hands. If it overflows, you’re eating too much.  So stop overloading your plate.  If this is a problem for you, think about investing in some smaller plates and bowls.

Avoid the biscuit tin and all processed sweet products. Fruit and vegetables are the champions of the hour. Not only will these provide you with lots of lovely nutrients and vitamins at a low-calorie cost, but they will also add a glow to your skin and a spring to your step.

Water, water, water, it’s time to get drinking and at a very minimum, you need two litres a day and absolutely no fizzy drinks. Dehydration causes water retention. This is the last thing you need. If you can steer clear of coffee and tea too, all the better. If you feel you need a hot drink why not give herbal tea a go? Green tea is hailed as one of the reasons Japanese women stay slim and youthful.

What Secret Surgery can do to help you …

Having trouble with your diet?  Have a few extra pounds to shift and can’t seem to get a grip on your eating habits?  Don’t worry we have the perfect solution for you.

What Weight Loss Surgery Options are available?

There are a number of types of gastric weight loss surgery available including a gastric band, a gastric bypass, a gastric wrap and a gastric balloon. All these provide a means of weight loss for those who are obese and for whom all other means of losing weight have been tried and have failed.

The Gastric Band

Having a gastric band fitted is one of the most popular means of weight loss surgery and can be carried out by keyhole surgery allowing a quicker recovery time afterwards. The procedure involves having a silicone plastic ring fitted round the top part of the stomach to give a pouch in the stomach which is about the size of a golf ball. This aims to result in a restriction of the amount of food that can be eaten by the patient. The bulk of the stomach is below the band and the food from the upper pouch slowly passes into it helping the patient to feel full up for longer.

It is a procedure that is reversible if needed and as the band is inflatable it can be adjusted to ensure that a sensible weight loss of one or two pounds a week is achieved. This surgery is suitable for those with a body mass index of thirty or above and can help improve or completely cure other forms of illness such as type 2 diabetes, sleep apnoea, fatty liver disease and asthma attacks. It is normal prior to undergoing surgery to have a consultation to access if it is the correct procedure to have done and to discuss if a pre-gastric band diet is required.

The Gastric Wrap

Having a gastric wrap is much less complicated than any other weight loss surgery. It is a fairly new treatment but statistics show that a greater loss of weight can be obtained with this procedure rather than having a gastric band fitted and shows that the patient experiences less problems in the long term.

A gastric wrap can be carried out using keyhole surgery and involves folding the stomach in on itself and then the edges are stitched to turn the stomach into a narrow tube therefore restricting the amount of food that can be consumed.

It is ideal for people who want to lose a large amount of weight quite quickly and keep it off permanently and so are willing work with the wrap to obtain the best results. It is a good alternative for anyone who has had a gastric band fitted which has failed. This procedure does not require any cutting and removing of part of the stomach and most importantly is reversible if needed. However it is still a serious procedure to undergo and should therefore only be offered to those who have not had any success in losing weight any other way. This type of procedure should not be used as an easy solution for dealing with overweight and obesity. Unlike the gastric band, a gastric wrap does not involve having any medical device in your body to go wrong. It removes the chance of any problems occurring due to slipping or eroding which can happen in other types of restrictive surgery.

The Gastric Bypass

Having a gastric bypass includes reducing the size of the stomach so that amount of food that can be eaten is reduced as well as re-routing the intestines so that less calories and nutrients are absorbed from the food. As this is major surgery it can result in a dramatic weight loss and cannot be reversed.

This procedure is also performed under general anaesthetic and can take up to three hours. Using either keyhole or open surgery, the stomach is divided using surgical staples creating a smaller stomach. The small intestine is then attached to this smaller stomach, shortening the digestive system. This not only makes the patient feel fuller quicker, but reduces the amount of calories absorbed through digestion due to the reduced area of lower intestine that the ingested food comes in to contact with. The drastic and rapid results may result in patients experiencing excess skin or sagging after this procedure.

The Gastric Balloon

A non invasive and more temporary procedure is to have a gastric balloon fitted. It is usually fitted for around six to twelve months and during that time the patient can lose on average between two and three stones. It is used to kick start weight loss and a change in lifestyle to enable the patient to continue with the weight loss regime when the balloon is removed.

The gastric balloon works in the same way as the gastric band and bypass, by making the size of the stomach smaller and therefore reducing the amount of food that can be eaten. The balloon is a soft sack which is filled with saline once it has been inserted into the stomach. As having a gastric balloon fitted is non surgical, it carries less risk than the other weight loss options and is generally cheaper to carry out. It also means that the amount of recovery time needed afterwards is much less.

Secret Surgery holds the key to your success … 

Our Weight Loss Surgery patients have great success at a fraction of the cost of surgery in the UK.  We are the market leaders in Cosmetic Surgery in Europe and will ensure that you receive the best treatment available.  For a quotation on your WLS requirements please contact Sara-SecretSurgery@live.co.uk

Okay I’ve lost the weight now what?

At SecretSurgery we have solutions for all your hang ups, be it the size of your breasts to the sagging of your thighs, we can fix it!

       

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

A Tummy Tuck, technically referred to as abdominoplasty, is a procedure that will remove excess fat and skin from around the waist and removes excess skin to leave a flatter, lower body profile and younger-looking abdomen. It can also remove or reduce the appearance of stretch marks on your lower abdomen. The operation can remove folds of skin left behind after losing a lot of weight, and tighten stretched skin and muscles after pregnancy.

Vaser Liposuction – Precise Body Sculpting Treatment

VASER Lipo uses a process called LipoSelection® to target specific areas of fat throughout the body. It’s powerful enough to target large areas of fat, yet gentle enough to also treat delicate areas of the body, such as the neck and arms.

Typical liposuction aggressively removes fat, which can damage surrounding tissues and impose a longer recovery period. VASER Lipo is tissue-selective, meaning it can specifically target fat, while protecting nerves, blood vessels and connective tissues from damage. As a result, patients experience minimal pain and bruising and a quick return to normal activities.

VASER Lipo can be performed while patients are awake in an office-based setting or under general anesthesia in a surgical center.

Breast Augmentation (Implants, Enlargement)

Breast enlargement is the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures.  Feeling good about your breasts can have a big impact on your confidence. We can advise you on the enhanced size of your breasts to suit your individual body shape.

Brazilian Butt Lift

A Brazilian Butt Lift (Buttock Lift) is a procedure that uses liposuction to harvest fat from your arms, legs or abdomen. Often the liposuction is used to sculpt the hips flanks and thighs around the buttocks, giving them more definition. This is an additional benefit to the Brazilian butt lift; not only do you get a more shapely butt, but this will also accentuate your new curves.

Exercise

Move your body and get active. Get down to the gym, on that bike, throw your stuff around the aerobic studio, jump, skip, swim…whatever it takes.  Ban yourself from lifts, get off the bus early. I know you have heard it all before but now is the time to do it.

Incorporate some resistance training. The benefits will definitely show in time for that bikini moment.  Lunges and squats are great for getting your bum into shape while dips and press-ups will tone flabby arms.  Aim for two sets of 12 – 20 reps at least three times each week.

Posture

With only one week till bikini showdown I shall now share a key secret weapon: posture. By addressing you posture, within minutes you’ve apparently shifted half a stone in weight.

As many of us are daily desk warriors we have a tendency to slump our shoulders and curve our backs. For an amazingly fast improvement in how you look and feel practice sitting and standing with your shoulder blades pulled back and down. This will lengthen your neck and make your whole upper body appear narrower. Concentrate too on activating your core muscles. Stand up tall and pull your tummy button in towards your spine. A slimmer more elegant you in approximately one minute, it’s easy when you know how!

Carb Free Meals!

I am not an advocate of the Atkins diet as I like being able to talk to people without killer dog breath. However, at this stage in proceedings, cut down on the carbs after 5pm.  This again will help combat any bloating.  Better still if you can eat your evening meal before 7pm.

Fake not Bake …

Pale may be interesting but sadly we don’t all have Liv Tyler’s physique.  To boost the now trimmer you, invest in a good fake tan.  If you’ve got some cash to spend then a ‘Fantasy Tan’, where your tan is literally airbrushed onto your body, is fantastic. And no, it’s not cheating.

Salon Waxing

Being hair-free is almost as important as your passport. Shiny, hairless legs look longer and leaner so don’t deny yourself this advantage. It’s up to you how far you want to go during your visit to the salon but for ultimate bikini beauty and confidence I recommend removal of as much body hair as possible.

I think it is important to add a special note that I do not recommend home waxing unless you are a professional or crazy. A friend of mine once had a nasty incident with a home waxing kit. I will spare you the details, suffice to say she was in shorts for the duration of her holiday and was walking like John Wayne!

Finishing Touch ….

You’ve worked hard, you look fabulous. Take some time to administer loving care to your feet and hands. Head back to the salon for  your pedicure and manicure to top your new body off ….

Hollywood toes look fantastic when you pick the glittery bright shades with an amazing dark tan … or go for the classic french manicure.

Now off you go. Have fun, be good, and for an instant pre-night out body boost, 10 squats, 10 press-ups and 20 sit-ups should keep you looking good till sunrise.

Skin Care Basics for all Skin Types

Arbonne’s exclusive fresh science, FC5, sustains the beautiful appearance of skin by providing it with beneficial hydration, necessary cleansing,exfoliation and moisturisation, plus the added benefit of UVA and UVBprotection. Arbonne FC5 products help maintain healthy-looking skin that is comfortable, radiant, smooth and hydrated.

  1. Hydrate. Water is the key ingredient to achieve healthy-looking, radiant skin. FC5 products help supply water to the skin’s surface.
  2. Cleanse. Clean skin is beautiful skin. Exfoliate, refine, energise and balance skin’s appearance while providing it with the perfect foundation for moisture and makeup.
  3. Exfoliate. Reveal younger-looking skin by exfoliating to revitalise skin from stress, fatigue, wind, heat and cold.
  4. Moisturise. FC5 is a daily skin care regime that includes antioxidants and hydration, which is key to skin’s beauty and radiance.
  5. Protect. Shield skin with FC5 SPF products that are formulated to help protect skin from environmental damage and the harmful effects of the sun.

Maintaining skin’s beauty and well-being requires not only targeted products, but also a comprehensive line. FC5 offers distinct formulas to help skin’s natural moisture and hydration, and specifically target various skin types, from normal/dry to oily/combination.

Normal/Dry Skin

The most delicate of all skin types. Delivering proper hydration to skin is especially important to this skin type. FC5’s premium, ultra- moisturising skin care line for face and body replenishes hydration, soothes and restores the supple feeling of skin.

Skin type characteristics:

  1. Smooth skin
  2. Fine pores
  3. Rough, flaky patches of dryness
  4. Skin lacking essential oils
  5. Dull-looking skin

 Oily/Combination Skin

The most common type of skin. This skin type is often the most balanced in its production of oil, with oiliness in the T-zone and some dryness at the perimeter of the face. Hydrate skin with FC5’s premium skin care line.

 Skin type characteristics:

  1. Shiny finish
  2. Enlarged pores
  3. Oily T-zone (forehead,
    nose and chin)
  4. Occasional rough, flaky patches
  5. Normal to dry skin around cheeks and neck

 

 

 

Arbonne is the exclusive provider of this fresh science, groundbreaking technology that allows us to extract fresh cells, while keeping them intact and locking in nutrients. Each cell retains its original wealth of essential nutrients. The cells remain encapsulated until they are applied to the skin … where they release precious nutrients. Together with the formulas, they help revitalisehydrate and protect the skin.


Encapsulated cell phytonutrients are more potent and efficacious. They work in harmony with our exclusive proprietary blends to promote radiant, younger-looking skin.


Kiwi — Extraordinary source of antioxidants.
Strawberry — Known for its purifying and toning properties.
Carrot — Soothes; ripe with ß-carotene.
Mango — Nurturing, hydrating fruit.
Pumpkin — Moisturising properties and bursting with ß-carotene.


A unique blend of botanicals including St. John’s wort and extracts of cucumber, birch leaf, watercress and clover blossom. Together with our other ingredients, this complex helps to softencoolsoothe and condition dry skin.


A concentrated combination of botanicals including mallow, melissa, watercress and ivy. Together with our other ingredients, this soothing blend helps to harmonise the appearance of oily skin.

To order any of the products shown above please visit AfreshMeArbonne

Flabbiness – Surgical & Non-surgical fixes – Your Choice


Flabbiness, especially in the arms and thighs, occurs in part because of a syndrome called sarcopenia — age-related muscle loss combined with the loss of elasticity in the skin. The loss of muscle mass is not inevitable, however. To preserve muscle mass, you can do cardiovascular exercise and weight lifting or resistance exercise training.

Surgical Intervention

Liposuction, Liposculpture, VASER Liposelection is performed to remove excess fat that does not reduce following exercise and diet. Liposculpture or Liposuction aims to improve body shape and self-image enabling you to wear the clothes you want. Liposuction,Liposculpture is carried out to correct abnormal fat deposits; under chin,neck,male chest (Gynaecomastia),and lower body (Lipodystrophy). Abnormal or excess fat deposition can arise from a familial trait or simply as a result of the changes of aging. Fat deposition in the lower body and legs (Lipodystrophy) commonly has a genetic link and can prove difficult for the patient to reduce with diet and exercise but is suitable for Liposuction, Liposculpture.

Fat deposition in the male chest (Gynaecomastia) is relatively common and rarely responds to diet and exercise but is suitable for VASER Liposelection, Liposuction, Liposculpture, or PAL Liposuction.

Many patients are troubled by these fat deposits that can readily be treated by Liposuction, Liposculpture. However, liposuction should not be undertaken lightly, but should be part of your program of diet and exercise to improve your body shape, fitness and tone. You should aim to reduce your weight as much as possible prior to any liposuction, liposculpture surgery.

Liposuction, Liposculpture involves removing fat by the use of suction (aspiration), through a metal tube (cannula). This can be performed using a simple manual liposuction technique or Power Assisted Liposuction, PAL. Manual liposuction suction techniques are suited to relatively small areas whilst PAL Liposuction or VASER Liposelection facilitates rapid,safe and significantly less traumatic liposuction treatment for large areas.

Secret Surgery patients have achieved amazing results with the introduction of the latest Vaser Lipo techniques take a look at the before and after pictures on the website.

Results are seen almost immediately as soon as swelling is reduced!

Non-surgical Fixes

Exercise

The Obesity Society recommends resistance exercise training to avoid both sarcopenia and obesity as a person gets older. If you have never done resistance exercise, it’s best to start with a trainer to avoid injury. Resistance training has been shown to increase muscle mass even among 70- to 90-year-olds.

We now have an aging population combined with an epidemic of obesity in this country, a phenomenon now being called sarcopenic obesity — as people get older, they are getting heavier and losing muscle mass. A healthy diet along with aerobic and resistance exercise is the antidote. It may be possible to prevent most of the sarcopenia seen in the older population if resistance exercise training is incorporated into a workout routine two to three times per week, especially for perimenopausal and postmenopausal women and older men.

Not only is weight lifting and weight-bearing exercise important for your muscles, it’s also important for maintaining your bone mineral density, which decreases in women dramatically at perimenopause. In addition to exercise, a healthy diet with adequate amounts of protein, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains can enhance muscle and decrease body fat. If you don’t consume milk products, it’s essential to take a vitamin D supplement with calcium. All these dietary and exercise recommendations will help with muscle mass and can prevent sarcopenia.

Results can be seen several weeks to months into starting the regular toning exercise routine.

With or without surgical intervention we would recommend that you take up some form of exercise to maintain and prevent return of flabbiness.

Skin Firming Creams

To supplement both the surgical and non-surgical fixes we would recommend that you use a good quality firming body wash, serum and firming cream on a daily basis to provide the flabby areas with the correct nutrients they need to regenerate.

RE9 Advanced Nourishing Body Wash

This intensive moisturizing wash, with vitamins and minerals, nourishes skin and enhances radiance and tone. ( 200 mL )

Reactivating Body Serum

This botanically based, pre-moisturizing body gel absorbs quickly to help replenish skin’s moisture barrier. ( 100 ml/3.4 fl. oz. )

RE9 Advanced Firming Body Cream

This luxurious cream supports collagen and elastin to help promote a firmer, more toned, smoother look and feel to skin. ( 190 g )

 

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If you would like to find out more about the procedures at Secret Surgery please contact Sara-SecretSurgery@live.co.uk

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Quick guide to Weight Loss Surgery

 

Exercise and eating right are the best ways to lose weight. However there are many people who have tried those methods for years and still can’t lose excess weight — weight that can cause serious health problems.

For people in this frustrating situation, weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery) may be an option. Below you will find information to help you better understand the procedures, and determine if you’re a good candidate.

The Gastric Balloon

Gastric balloon is a reversible and incision free weight loss procedure. The concept is simple. A deflated soft silicone gastric balloon is inserted into the stomach via the mouth and filled with liquid or air, reducing the amount of food the stomach can hold and causing the patient to feel fuller faster. The balloon can be left in place for up to six months. Once removed, the stomach — and sometimes the patient’s appetite — returns to normal.

Gastric Balloon: Are You a Candidate?

The gastric balloon procedure may be right for someone who needs to lose weight before an upcoming, once-in-a-lifetime event, such as a wedding or high school reunion. It can also help individuals better comply with prescribed diets. Unlike with other weight loss surgeries which require a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher, you only need a BMI of 27 or above to undergo the gastric balloon procedure.

 

Gastric Bands

Adjustable gastric banding is a restrictive type of weight loss surgery. In a nutshell, it involves placing a silicone band with an inflatable inner collar around the upper stomach to restrict food intake. This creates a small pouch and a narrow passage to the lower stomach. This small passage delays the emptying of food from the pouch and causes a feeling of fullness. The silicone band can be tightened or loosened over time to change the size of the passage.

Other terms for adjustable gastric banding are laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding and gastric banding.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Gastric Banding?

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) requirements for adjustable gastric banding are the same as for other weight loss surgeries. For example, the NIH requires a body mass index (BMI) greater than 40. This is the equivalent of being about 100 pounds overweight for men and 80 pounds overweight for women. BMI takes height and weight into account to measure body fatness, and a BMI of 30 or above in adults is considered obese.

People with BMIs between 30 and 40 may also be candidates for gastric banding with Lap Band if they have obesity-related illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol. The Realize Band is approved for use in people with a BMI between 35 and 40 and at least one obesity-related condition.

Gastric banding may be an option also for people in whom the more invasive gastric bypass surgery is deemed too risky due to underlying health complications

Roux-en-Y-Gastric Bypass (Traditional and Laparoscopic)

The Roux-en-Y bypass is more common and considered less complicated than the biliopancreatic diversion bypass, since Roux-en-Y does not remove portions of the stomach.

The traditional Roux-en-Y-gastric bypass is performed through open surgery with one long incision.

The Roux-en-Y gastric bypass can also be performed laparoscopically. The laparoscopic Roux-en-Y-gastric bypass uses multiple smaller incisions (instead of one long incision) — a laparoscopic tool is inserted, which offers a visual guide to the inside of the abdomen during the procedure.

The laparoscopic Roux-en-Y produces less scarring and lets you recover faster than the traditional Roux-en-Y-gastric bypass.

What Candidate should choose a Gastric Bypass?

The gastric bypass procedure is a type of bariatric surgery or weight loss surgery designed to reduce your food intake if you have tried and failed to lose weight through diet and exercise.

Gastric bypass can greatly improve the quality of life not only because of an improvement in appearance and an increase in mobility, but also because it can reduce the number and severity of health problems that overweight people are prone to suffer, such as diabetes and heart/circulation problems.

 

The Change Is Upto You …

Being a good candidate means having realistic expectations. Weight loss surgery will help reduce your risk of life-threatening conditions and improve your overall health and appearance. The results may change the way others interact with you. These changes should improve your quality of life; however, the surgery alone is often not enough to turn your life around. Significant behavior modifications, and even a variety of additional procedures, may be necessary.

Additional surgical procedures (for example, to remove excess skin, lift sagging body areas, improve loose muscles or treat fat deposits) might include a facelift,breast augmentation, breast lift, abdominoplasty or liposuction.

If the excess weight is localized in an area that produces an apron of fat below the breast, abdomen, or hips, a panniculectomy may help to remove excess fat or skin.