Botched up Abroad TV Series Examines Risk of Surgery Abroad

If you were glued to your TV in horror, shock, or intrigue watching Botched up Bodies, which followed some of the top plastic surgeons in the UK as they helped correct a range of unfortunate patients’ cosmetic surgery disasters, prepare to see even more ill-fated individuals appearing on your television soon as two hour-long specials called Botched Up Abroad and Botched up Brides are currently being made.

The Factual and Factual Entertainment Commissioning Executive of Channel 5, Jason Wells, (the channel which already broadcasts the popular series, Botched up Bodies) has specially commissioned Transparent TV to produce two episodes that will take a look at Britons who seek cosmetic surgery in the sun for cheaper fees, and brides who have gone under the knife in the hope of gaining perfection for their big day, only for things to take an unexpected turn for the worse following their surgery.

Botched up Bodies looks at the growing number of people who travel abroad each year seeking ‘cheap’ cosmetic surgery procedures while soaking up the sun. It is currently estimated that as many as 100,000 British people are now flying outside of the UK for surgery on a yearly basis, and the one-hour documentary will focus on the unsuspecting victims who end up having to seek help from UK surgeons after flying home.

Botched up Brides will give the viewing public an insight into an emerging trend which has been dubbed bridalplasty. It looks at women who have decided that finding the perfect wedding dress, bridal bouquet, and cake are nowhere near as scary as the thought of looking any less than perfect on their big day. However, the women that appear on the programme subsequently discovered that the finished results were far less than satisfactory.

Both the documentaries include theatre footage of operations taking place, as well as interviews with the men and women affected and many of the UK surgeons who have helped them back on their feet following botched operations.

Fans of Botched up Bodies can also tune in this month to watch the continuing series unfold. Just some of the horror stories which appear in this season’s episodes include exploding buttock implants, a woman left with a permanently disfigured lip, and a patient whose surgeon injected glue into her face.



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Women Not Put Off Breast Surgery by PIP Scandal

Despite the PIP implant scandal, a Cheshire online newspaper says that women have not been deterred from requesting breast enhancements. Cheshire Today’s figures were provided by a UK cosmetic surgery company which says that the number of female patients undergoing breast augmentation procedures didn’t just remain at the usual level, but actually increased by 1%.

The announcement is likely to come as comforting news to prospective patients who would like to undergo this type of surgery, but have been put off by the PIP crisis. Coupled with the Government’s recent announcement that a national breast implant register will be piloted, more women will hopefully feel more confident about seeking breast enhancements.

The statistics used in the Cheshire Today article also show that many women are choosing to go smaller when it comes to breast size – not with reduction surgery but with the size of the actual implants. In 2012, the average size of an implant was 410cc, while in 2013, the average had dropped to just 385cc. However, most surgeons don’t encourage women to choose their own CC volume as they can often be misunderstood. Factors such as chest shape, ribcage size, and existing breast volume all contribute towards what implant size works best on an individual.

Another type of breast-related surgery that appears to be on the rise is mastopexy in conjunction with augmentation surgery. Mastopexy can help tackle drooping breasts and sagging bosoms which can be caused by pregnancy and the ageing process, while the enhancement surgery can restore fullness to the breast area. This type of combined procedure is up by 13% according to Cheshire Today.

Patients requesting augmentation surgery often do so for a number of different reasons. Giving birth, and losing and putting on weight can lead to fluctuations in size, shape, and tautness in the breast area. Some women are born with smaller breasts and desire larger ones to help increase their confidence and improve the way that clothes fit them.

With enhancements remaining one of the most requested procedures for woman across the UK, it’s imperative that people thinking about surgery use a well-respected, fully-qualified, and highly-experienced cosmetic surgeon. All of the surgeons listed in our directory are members of BAAPS and/or BAPRAS, so if you’d like to arrange a consultation, call us today on 0800 612 4848.



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Complaints Result in Removal of Mobile Plastic Surgery App for Kids

Mobile phone users and industry experts have successfully managed to get an extremely controversial mobile game removed from both the Apple AppStore and Google’s Google Play application store this month. Shockingly, “Plastic Surgery for Barbie”, which was free to download, was aimed at children as young as nine and encouraged them to perform plastic surgery procedures on a cartoon-style woman to make her appear “slim and beautiful”.

Armed with scalpels and syringes, players were invited to get to work on slimming down the overweight female character, and when they were sufficiently happy with their efforts, they could pull away the bandages to reveal a slimmer girl.

Before the application was removed from both app stores, it had been given a rating of 9+ due to “infrequent to mild realistic violence.” The game’s developer had also included a description which read “This unfortunate girl has so much extra weight that no diet can help her”. It went on to add that by performing liposuction on the character (called Barbie), players could help her to become “slim and beautiful”.

As outraged phone users discovered the app, many took to social media site, Twitter to express their concern and disgust. @EverydaySexism (an account with almost 120,000 followers, which aims to document “experiences of sexism, harassment, and assault to show how bad the problem is and create solidarity”) shared a link posted on The Guardian’s Twitter account, which attracted thousands of complaints from readers calling for the application to be banned.

The manufacturers of Barbie, Mattel UK, also came under fire from angry members of the public who believed the application was in some way endorsed by the doll manufacturer; however, a spokesperson for Mattel UK denied any knowledge of the app and said that they would be “looking into the use of the Barbie name”.

One of the application’s reviewers wrote, “the person who designed this app should be ashamed that all the effort was not put into something good and educational for today’s girl”. Following Apple and Google’s decision to withdraw the application from their online stores, a Department of Sport, Media, and Culture spokesperson called Plastic Surgery for Barbie “completely irresponsible”, and blamed it for “trivialising the serious nature of cosmetic procedures”.



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UK Government to Pilot Breast Implant Register

At the end of last month, BAAPS (the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons) announced on their website some welcoming news from the Department of Health, regarding the future of breast implants. After keeping surprisingly quiet following the outcome of Sir Bruce Keogh’s 2013 review into the current lack of necessary regulations in the cosmetic surgery industry, the DoH appear to be finally taking some preventative steps to ensure that the fallout caused by the PIP breast implant scandal does not happen again.

The Department has announced that an official breast implant register will be piloted - a decision which many of our own surgeons who are members of BAAPS have welcomed. There will also be measures undertaken to prevent unethical advertising of cosmetic treatments and procedures.

Rajiv Grover, the Association’s President, says that they’re pleased to finally see “a clampdown on time-limited incentives”, which can put pressure on individuals to purchase ‘deals’ without having sufficient time to research the procedures, the person or company performing the procedure, and any associated risks. However, Mr Grover says BAAPS still want to see “an outright ban on all advertising of medical procedures” in order to give people the time required for a “sensible decision-making process”.

The breast implant register ceased to exist more than seven years ago and, since that time, the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons have been among those who’ve campaigned rigorously for its return. Mr. Grover says they’re relieved that the Government has recognised the importance of reinstating the register, but says it must be made compulsory, “otherwise it is a waste of time.” He adds that having a comprehensive and centralised database is imperative for public safety and individuals’ peace of mind, and that BAAPSwould like to see any proceeds made from reintroducing the register put towards research into implant safety.

At Safer Cosmetic Surgery, we wholeheartedly stand by the comments made by the Association, as we believe that your safety is of the utmost importance. Undergoing a cosmetic surgery procedure is not a matter to be undertaken lightly, and if you choose to go through with undergoing any surgery or treatment, you deserve to feel confident that you’re in safe hands.



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SCS Surgeon Speaks Out about Cosmetic Surgery Industry

When Stephen McCulley isn’t busy in his role as a consultant plastic surgeon at Nottingham’s City Hospital, he somehow manages to find the time to contribute informative pieces regarding cosmetic surgery to the popular online news site – The Huffington Post. Mr McCulley’s first January article gives an insight into what he believes has gone wrong with the cosmetic surgery industry, and it makes for some very enlightening reading.

Mr McCulley says that the rise in the number of people undergoing cosmetic surgery procedures is increasing year on year, with more than 43,000 procedures being carried out in the UK in 2012, indicating that much of the stigma surrounding plastic surgery is finally reducing. This is no doubt due in part to the rise in regular media pieces, television shows like Ten Years Younger, and reality shows like The Only Way is Essex making surgery more of a ‘norm’. However, what he’s concerned is happening is that we’re likely to become overexposed to procedures to such an extent that media ethics and company marketing tactics are suffering as a result. Mr McCulley refers in particular to some of the online voucher sites who offer money off cosmetic surgery procedures, often throwing in freebies and perks to entice customers to buy, making the concept of signing-up to surgery as trivial as booking a discounted meal.

He also points the finger at some of the less scrupulous surgeons, such as the man who offered free procedures to women who were willing to date him, and some who perform surgery on people who are clearly troubled.

Mr McCulley believes that the recommendations outlined in last year’s Keogh review are imperative (although, far from new concepts) in helping to restrict how cosmetic surgery is promoted and who can practice it. In his mind, plastic surgery isn’t about achieving a perfect appearance, but instead altering features and characteristics which are causing people to feel self-conscious, emotionally distressed, and uncomfortable in their own skin. He sums it up as helping people to get on with their lives free from “anxiety about a physical problem or appearance which can be treated or improved by surgery”.




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Cosmetic Surgery Trends of 2013 Unveiled

A recent article in the Mail Online has revealed what UK residents were getting up to over the last year with regards to cosmetic surgery. There’s been everything from the downright weird to the wonderful, with some old favourites sliding down the list in favour of new crazes.

Plus, it’s not just regular members of the public who’ve been heading to the cosmetic surgeons; celebrities have been checking in as well, with Britney Spears confessing to having had lip fillers, Christine Hamilton undergoing a non-surgical face lift, and Sharon Osbourne triumphantly returning as an X-Factor judge looking younger than ever before…

The most popular treatments of 2013, according to the article, were varicose vein surgery and vampire facials. Thanks to a Twitter photo from Kim Kardashian, vampire facials have seen an 800% rise in the last year. It’s not a procedure for the faint-hearted as it involves injecting the patient’s own blood back into the face and, as yet, there is no medical proof that it has any effect on halting the ageing process.

However, anti-ageing treatments in other forms were also a hit in 2013, with many patients choosing to opt for non-surgical facelifts and dermal fillers – procedures which each experienced a rise of 93%.

Varicose vein treatments experienced the biggest rise in popularity last year, possibly due to the casting-off of excess clothing during the long-awaited Indian summer that the UK enjoyed in 2013. Women in particular are prone to varicose veins and thread veins on their legs, which can make wearing short skirts and shorts awkward and embarrassing. While it’s not known exactly what causes the appearance of these types of veins, many medical experts believe they may be influenced by factors like genetics, smoking, hormonal changes, and changes in temperature. Luckily, varicose veins can be treated surgically or via injections and thread veins can be significantly reduced with up to six laser treatments (each lasting just a few minutes).

The Mail Online article predicts that more people will choose non-invasive surgery in 2014, and you can find more information about the different types of non-surgical procedures that are performed by our surgeons right here on our website.



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