Courtney Cox Puts Cosmetic Surgery Days Behind Her

It’s hard to believe that it’s 22 years since Courtney Cox made her debut as Monica Geller on the hit TV show, Friends, and while the 52-year-old actress is still looking stunning, she’s noticeably more mature mentally, as well as physically.

Courtney recently appeared on an NBC TV series called “Running Wild with Bear Grylls”, in which the famed survival skills specialist takes a different celebrity to one of the most remote locations in the world each week, and encourages them to face their fears. While negotiating the wild terrain of the windswept coast of Ireland, Courtney did a lot of soul-searching and consequently opened up to Bear about how she feels an intense amount of pressure on her from the TV and film industry.

The actress admits she previously tried to fight getting older by undergoing cosmetic surgery, and says some of her procedures are “things that I regret”. She’s also confessed to using Botox in the past, and just last year at the Hand of God TV premiere in LA, she was photographed with a line-free face and slightly puffy cheeks, leading many people to speculate that she’d ‘had some work’ done.

Courtney isn’t the only famous face from “Friends” who’s been under the knife. Fellow actress, Lisa Kudrow who played Phoebe Buffay has admitted she underwent a “life-altering” nose job at the age of 16 while Jennifer Aniston is rumoured to have also had a nose job, as well as Botox and breast enhancement surgery. Friends’ Ross Geller, David Schwimmer is a former rhinoplasty patient, who is said to have undergone a facelift.

Recently, actress Renee Zellweger publicly wrote about the intense pressure and public scrutiny which accompanies working as a middle-aged actress in Hollywood. Like Rene, Courtney Cox says that getting older in the industry isn’t “the easiest thing” as there’s always pressure to maintain your looks, but now realises “it’s something you can’t keep up with”. And, to prove that she’s no longer prepared to live by the industry’s strict ideals, she’s even got a new motto to live by – “let it be”.

Substandard Cosmetic Surgery Clinics Could Soon be Named and Shamed

The Department of Health is currently working on a proposal to expand the duties of the Care Quality Commission, which would make it possible for the CQC to inspect, assess, and rate seven new services, including cosmetic surgery.

Currently, the Care Quality Commission can inspect cosmetic surgery clinics but doesn't award them a rating (of Inadequate, Requires Improvement, Good, or Outstanding) in the same way that it does with GP surgeries and hospitals, or publish their findings online.

Under the latest government proposals, the CQC could have the power to name and shame substandard cosmetic surgery clinics in a bid to improve patient safety and, according to Jeremy Hunt (the Health Secretary), “help end the lottery of poor practice in parts of the industry”.

There are currently over 100 British clinics offering patients high-risk cosmetic surgery procedures such as breast augmentation, liposuction, and face lifts. Until the government created its new proposals to potentially extend the powers of the Care Quality Commission, patients have been unable to find out reliable and unbiased information regarding the quality of the service that these clinics provide.

The proposals are being looked at as part of a public consultation process lasting eight weeks, starting on Monday 22nd August 2016. They also include the extension of the CQC’s powers to award ratings to abortion clinics, independent community health service providers, independent dialysis units and ambulance services, substance misuse centres, and laser eye surgery clinics.

As patient safety is one of our primary concerns at Safer Cosmetic Surgery, we fully back the government's new proposals. Although the consultation process is still underway, our website can provide you with vital and comprehensive information on how to choose a safe plastic surgeon. A number of the UK’s leading consultant plastic surgeons contribute to our not-for-profit website and have helped to provide our readers with a list of questions to ask during consultations, and further information about the different types of procedures. They are also able to answer any queries you may have via our online enquiry form or email. Stay safe; stay informed by contacting SCS today.

Women Choose 'Career Lifts' to Keep their Jobs

According to the Daily Telegraph, an increasing number of working women are undergoing a ‘career lift’ in a bid to keep their jobs.

2015’s unemployment figures from the Office of National Statistics show that there’s been a 45% rise over the last five years in the number of women over 50 who are currently without work.  And, considering the state pension age will rise to 66 by 2020, the pressure on working females will only intensify as time goes by.

Consequently, more women are turning to subtle forms of cosmetic surgery on the sly such as non-surgical facelifts, skin tightening treatments, and miniature doses of Botox – a combination of procedures which one London-based cosmetic surgeon has dubbed ‘the Career Lift’.

In 2015, the government published a report called “A new vision for older workers: retain, retrain, recruit”. The report, which was written by Dr. Ros Altmann CBE, aims to help older workers keep their jobs for longer or return to work.

While compiling her findings, Dr. Altmann found that 85% of working people over the age of 50 wish to continue working until they’re at least 65, and 50% are prepared to work up until they are 70. At the same time, she discovered that “outdated, ageist, and sexist attitudes” frequently prevent older women from progressing in their chosen profession.

Perhaps, this is why females in London are turning to ‘Career Lifts’, and this theory is backed up by the cosmetic surgeon responsible for giving the phenomena its name. She told the Daily Telegraph that she’s seen a major increase in high-earning female patients who want treatments that will “buy them 20 more years in their career”, and says many of them lie about their age at work. However, rather than wishing to physically compete with their 20-something counterparts, these women want to fall into the “no age zone”, which could be anything from 35 to 55.

The danger is that by altering their appearances to combat ageism in the workplace, females who choose to have a ‘Career Lift’ are making themselves part of the problem rather than helping to solve it.

The Story Behind the Brazilian Butt Lift

Bottoms never seem to go out of fashion. In the Noughties, people raved about J.Lo’s (Jennifer Lopez’s) big booty, and in the Teenies (2013 onwards), barely a day goes by when someone isn’t talking about Kim Kardashian’s derriere or she’s posting a photo of it on Instagram.

For those of us who are blessed with flat bottoms, there are exercises to help lift and tone our glutes, and if all else fails, there’s control wear on sale in shops across the UK that are designed to pad out, raise, and improve the general appearance of our behinds.

There’s also a type of cosmetic surgery that’s been making its way across Latin America and the Caribbean for the last few years that’s recently hit the shores of North America and the UK – the Brazilian Butt Lift.

The procedure is attributed to a Brazilian plastic surgeon called Ivo Pitanguy, who passed away in early August 2016 at the ripe old age of 90.

What separates the Brazilian Butt Lift from other similar forms of surgery (such as buttock augmentation) is the fact that it doesn’t involve the use of silicone implants. Instead, liposuction is carried out on the patient to remove unwanted pockets of fat from their hips, thighs, and abdomen. The fat is then purified and injected into the buttocks.

The more traditional forms of buttock lift surgery aren’t generally used to give people bigger bottoms. They are more commonly used to give patients who’ve lost a considerable amount of weight a more natural and aesthetically pleasing posterior by removing excess skin and fat from the behind.

A recent ISAPS (the International Society of Aesthetic and Cosmetic Surgery) survey of 35,000 plastic surgeons around the world reported that almost 320,000 buttock augmentation/lift procedures were carried out in 2015 (an increase of 30% on the previous year).

Despite the growing popularity of buttock surgeries such as the Brazilian Butt Lift, prospective patients should be aware of the potential risks that accompany these procedures. They include infection, scarring, fat reabsorption, fluid accumulation (seroma), excessive bleeding, blood clotting, loss of sensation, and tissue necrosis. 

Aussie Males Opt for Cosmetic Surgery Over Gym Membership

Contrary to popular belief, not all Australian men are obsessed with barbecuing snags (sausages) and drinking cans of lager (a.k.a. tinnies). In fact, many like to keep in shape by playing beach volleyball, Aussie Rules Football, and jogging. Recently, however, surgeons down under are reporting a steady rise in the number of men from all walks of life who are undergoing cosmetic surgery to tackle their physical imperfections such as beer bellies, moobs, and flat derrieres.

According to Sydney-based surgeon, Dr. Benjamin Norris, there’s now less of a stigma attached to plastic surgery than in previous years. This has led to an increased number of males of all shapes, sizes, and ages seeking procedures like chest reductionsliposuction, butt lifts, tummy tucks, and calf and pectoral implants.

Dr. Norris says that cosmetic surgery “just wasn’t something that two blokes discussed” twenty years ago, but believes “it’s becoming acceptable to talk about it” due to the changing culture in Australia.

The surgeon says he deals with three main types of male clients, who range in age from as young as 18 all the way up to 80. The first type, he describes as “simply overweight”; the second are “gym junkies” who develop man boobs (gynecomastia) through steroid abuse, and the third type are average men who are slightly overweight and drink a little more than they should.

Dr. Norris believes there are two potential reasons why Aussie men are currently flocking to consultation rooms across the country. One possible theory is a role reversal between men and women, whereby ladies now expect their partners to dedicate equal attention to their physiques. Another speculation is that the increase is due to Australia’s gradually aging workforce in which older men want to keep up with (or ahead) of their younger rivals who may be vying for their jobs.

The Australian trend appears to fall in line with UK statistics. According to the British Association of Aesthetic and Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), twice as many UK males underwent cosmetic procedures in 2015 than in 2005 (4,614 versus 2,440), with male liposuctionbreast reduction, and abdominoplasty soaring by 20%, 13%, and 11% respectively over the last year. 

Why Cosmetic Surgery isn't the Answer to Low Self-Esteem

In a world where impossibly slim and youthful models and celebrities are shoved in our faces on a daily basis, and social media sites like Snapchat and Twitter promote the use of selfies, there’s increasing pressure on people to look as perfect as possible.

Many Brits have turned to cosmetic surgery over the years to help them tackle problem areas such as sagging skin caused by pregnancy and weight loss, broken noses, and disproportionate breasts. However, some UK clinics are now reporting a worrying rise in the number of patients seeking procedures to help them look better in their summer holiday snaps.

While there’s nothing wrong with wanting to enhance what nature gave you or turn back the clock to partially restore a once youthful and more toned appearance, many critics are concerned that younger people are becoming fixated on using cosmetic surgery to solve their perceived (and often imagined) physical imperfections and self-esteem issues.

One British consultant plastic surgeon from Leicestershire has become so concerned about the increase in young girls wanting to undergo extreme procedures such as liposuction, breast reductions, and lip fillers, that he has published a list of popular cosmetic surgery procedures with corresponding optimal ages for prospective patients. Needless to say, none of them are recommended for anyone under the age of 18.

Despite what many people think, current UK law allows anyone aged 16 or over to undergo a procedure. Furthermore, the only thing stopping those under 16 from hopping onto the operating table is the requirement for the surgeon to feel that “they fully understand what is involved”.

Ethical surgeons, like the ones you’ll find recommended on our website, will only perform procedures on people under the age of 18 in exceptional circumstances. Unfortunately, this isn’t necessarily the case for all UK cosmetic surgery clinics. This is why many top surgeons, industry associations and even politicians are lobbying for a complete ban on surgery for under 18s except in medical cases. A ban alone, however, cannot prevent the self-confidence issues and increased pressure to conform to society’s ever-changing beauty standards that are faced by the younger generation in the UK.  

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