Do you need a Mommy Makeover?

Becoming a mother changes your whole life- including your body! Women who have undergone pregnancy and childbirth can develop loose, sagging skin in their abdomen, as well as breasts that have lost volume (especially after breastfeeding). Many women will also experience the breasts losing their size, or pointing downwards instead of up and out like they did pre-pregnancy.

Exercise and diet can do a little to return the abdomen to its pre-pregnancy state, but no amount of lifestyle changes can reverse loosened skin or change the volume or position of the breasts. If you are unhappy with your post-pregnancy body and want to go back to how you looked pre-baby, you need a “mommy makeover.

A mommy makeover is a combination of procedures customized to help you look your best again after pregnancy, childbirth, and/or breastfeeding. It can include a tummy tuck and breast augmentation, a tummy tuck and a breast lift, or a mini-tuck and both an augmentation and a lift or any other combination thereof.

Some patients will also add liposuction to the abdomen, hips, legs, or buttocks to the tummy tuck or breast procedures.

Mothers who are considering a mommy makeover should get as close to their ideal weight as possible before the surgery. It will ensure the best results and make the results easier to maintain after the surgery. For example, the tighter your abdominal muscles are from regular exercise before surgery, the flatter your tummy will be after a tuck.

You will also need to quit smoking at least six weeks before the procedure, and have someone to help you with the children for at least two weeks after your surgery. You won’t be able to do the normal lifting, driving, and bustling about that generally comes with patenthood!

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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.

Benefits of Plastic Surgery

There are several benefits of plastic surgery, mainly the psychological aspect of the patient who has undergone the procedure.

Plastic surgery procedures often result to an increase in self-esteem and confidence.  As we make the changes to achieve a certain look that we desire, we become more confident with our selves and become more comfortable in our interaction with others.  Correcting certain malformations in the face and body can help the person function better and more comfortably.  These results may help the person live a happier life as worries about not being accepted by the society because of appearance may be eliminated.  It may also increase an individual’s productivity.  As improvements in appearances may increase chances of getting hired for a particular job, the person who has undergone plastic surgery may also up his chances of becoming successful with career.

Plastic surgery is a medical procedure that comes in two forms: aesthetics (cosmetics) and reconstructive. Aesthetics plastic surgery is focused on enhancing certain body features or changing a certain part to make it conform to the looks that we want to have. Reconstructive surgery is performed to restore something in the body that has been damaged due to the occurrences of certain events like burns, congenital defects such as cleft palate, bone fractures, mastectomy, etc. The primary purpose of taking reconstructive surgery is to correct the defects in a particular body part to achieve normal functioning of that part. The word plastic in the phrase ‘plastic surgery’ has its origin from the Greek word ‘plastikos’ which means to mould. Plastic surgery is not related to the use of plastics as synthetic polymers.

The physical and external benefits of plastic surgery can be multi-faceted. The first thing that many people notice after plastic surgery is that their bodies seem more proportional or balanced. Whether a person opts to have surgery on their face, hips, breasts or thighs the aim is to sculpt the body in a way that looks natural. The result often allows people to look more like they feel like they should look. This may sound strange, but often a nose that is too large for a particular person’s face or a bust that is too large or too small can blur all of this person’s other features making them seem disproportionate. Surgeons aim to correct this by taking each individual’s body into consideration before deciding on a desired result.

The physical result of plastic surgery often produces a healthier look and often people who undergo surgery see this healthy look permeate their entire lifestyle. People who have surgeries like liposuction and breast reduction usually feel that their new bodies allow them to participate in physical activities that they wouldn’t have considered before surgery.

Plastic surgery can open new doors to people who had previously lived their lives scared to take on activities like swimming or aerobics because of the lack of clothing involved and the way that they felt that they would be looked at by other people.

For more information on surgical procedures available visit SecretSurgery website or contact Sara-SecretSurgery@live.co.uk