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How To Use Body Contouring After Weight Loss to Reach Your Goals

Choosing procedures including body contouring after weight loss

Many patients choose to undergo some form of body contouring after weight loss, as loose skin can be a problem.

This invariably involves a surgical procedure, or combination of procedures, and is designed to remove and tighten skin.

Do you need body contouring after weight loss?

If you feel surgery to improve the contours and shape of your body, as well as how you skin looks after weight loss, a body contouring procedure may be suitable for you.

Unlike non surgical skin tightening treatments that have a limited success rate, surgical body contouring after weight loss can help to improve the aesthetic for the long term.

If you believe body reshaping and body contouring procedures may benefit you cosmetically or emotionally, and you are at the end of your weight loss journey, this may be a viable option.

What procedures are available?

Body contouring is a broad term used to describe surgical procedures designed to remove loose skin or fat. Which you need will be down to a consultation, but the good news is there’s several options.

Liposuction removes fat from areas that diet and exercise alone can’t help. It’s permanent and long established. Mr Ross now offers Body-jet, a water-assisted version of liposuction that’s less invasive but very effective.

Other body contouring procedures include tummy tuck surgery, breast rejuvenation surgery, and fat transfer. All are aimed at improving the overall shape of an area of the body.

Can procedures be combined?

Yes, that’s often very common. Tummy tucks and breast uplifts, for example, are often undertaken together as part of a mummy makeover.

A patient may wish to take fat from one area and replace it in another to provide volume and contour. Commonly this can include fat transfer between the buttocks and hips.

Equally, fat transfer can be combined with tummy tucks and body rejuvenation procedures.

What areas does body contouring include?

It’s more common for the abdomen (tummy), breasts and buttocks to be requested for treatment, but the upper arms, thighs and hips can also be helped with body contouring after weight loss.

Will I be left with scarring?

As with all cosmetic surgery there are some risks and things to consider, and scarring may be a factor. However, most patients agree this is a fair trade to be rid of excess fat and skin that may be causing emotional distress.

Is body contouring surgery after weight loss it painful?

All surgery comes with a recovery period, and post operatively you may be in some discomfort. This is normal and will pass.

Your surgeon will talk you through all elements of surgery before you undergo treatment in a consultation.

Getting more information

If you’d like more information about body reshaping procedures or undergoing fat transfer, mummy makeovers, tummy tucks, breast uplift surgery and so on please contact a member of the team.

We will be glad to assist you further, and don’t forget the contact pages have the details you need.

How Long Should I Expect Boob Job Recovery to Take?

Understanding the boob job recovery process

For breast augmentation patients one of the most frequently asked questions is how long boob job recovery should take.

Depending on the type of breast surgery undertaken, the recovery time varies, but how you look after yourself in the weeks and months that follow can determine your overall recovery.

Of course, every patient is different and the cosmetic breast enhancement process will not be the same for everyone. But generally speaking there are some ways you can ensure your boob job recovery is safe and comfortable.

Pre-arrange your return home before surgery

Once you’re discharged you will need someone to take you home. You will not be able to drive yourself, and it’s recommended a family member or friend comes to collect you. You should pre-arrange this before your breast surgery takes place.

Make your life easier

Recovering from a boob job can be uncomfortable, especially in the first week, so take steps to ensure your life at home is made easier. Wearing loose-fitting, comfortable clothes is advised, preferably clothes that don’t need to be pulled over your head.

You’ll need to avoid sleeping on your front, so ensure your bed has the structure and pillows you need to lie on your back comfortably.

Be mindful when washing

When showering post operatively, be mindful of your stitches and try to avoid touching the breasts. Ideally the dressings should be kept dry for the first week, and so showering the lower body only is the best advice.

Recovering from surgery takes time

One thing to remember is that recovering from cosmetic surgery, or indeed any invasive procedure, takes time and you must allow your body to heal.

Most patients seeking breast augmentation, breast reduction or breast uplift procedures are busy women, but it’s vital you take some time away from your schedule to recover.

For boob job recovery to be successful it’s suggested you take around two weeks off work. You should also avoid exercise that may cause trauma to the area of surgery.

Follow your surgeon’s guidance

After your breast surgery your plastic surgeon will give you some advice to ensure your boob job recovery is as comfortable as possible. You also want to make sure your new breasts are healing well, so following the post-operative guidance is encouraged.

Most women will be given a post-surgery bra to wear. This is designed to support your breasts and protect them as you begin the healing process. Follow the advice you’re given with regards to wearing this supportive garment.

Don’t miss your follow up appointments

In the weeks and months following cosmetic breast surgery you’ll be asked to return to see your plastic surgeon for check ups. These are important, and allow you to understand how your boob job recovery is going.

Ask for more information

They are just six ways you can ensure your boob job recovery goes to plan. Trust your surgeon and remember that in order to see the true results of your breast surgery you must let the body heal.

Ask the advice of your plastic surgeon and remember to take great care of yourself during the healing process, which can take many months. If you need further post-operative advice please contact the clinic directly on 0161 4014064.

Kylie Jenner leading the rise of the Mummy Makeover

Celebrity mums boosting the mummy makeover

Celebrity mums are behind the surge in young women seeking body rejuvenation treatments, it’s been revealed this week.

According to top UK aesthetics experts including Mr Gary Ross, glamorous celebrity mums including Kylie Jenner are the driving force for elevated enquires into Mummy Makeover procedures.

The rise of the mummy makeover

Referring to a collection of body rejuvenation procedures designed to lift, tone and smooth areas such as the abdomen and breasts, cosmetic surgeons have claimed new mums are keen to get back in shape like their favourite celebs.

Mummy makeover procedures can include breast uplift surgery, tummy tucks, fat transfer and body contouring. Often several procedures are combined during one operation resulting in less downtime for the mothers who want to be back with their family quickly.

The mummy makeover expert

Mr Gary Ross, who performs mummy makeover procedures every week, says he’s seen a steep rise in enquiries for body rejuvenation procedures, most notably from new mums who are unhappy with their appearance following pregnancy.

He said the likes of “yummy mummies” Kylie Jenner and Cheryl Cole – plus the role of photo-led social apps – are behind the increase in demand, as young UK mums want quick results like their idols.

Mr Ross explains:

“We are seeing more and more women seeking mummy makeover procedures in order to snap back into shape quickly following having kids. This is, in no small part, down to celebrities who seemingly appear to ‘bounce back’ from pregnancy quickly.

“Pregnancy can take its toll on a woman’s body and leaves its mark in a way that some find unsettling. For some that could be sagging breasts, for others loose skin around the tummy.

“Seeing their pregnancy idols looking so perfect within weeks of giving birth seems to lead them to seeking aesthetic treatments.

He concludes:

“There are procedures available to help rejuvenate the body post-pregnancy, although these should only be undertaken for your own motivations, and not to look like a celebrity.”

“They also don’t come cheap, so can be very expensive if you don’t have the celebrity budget.”

Waiting until after pregnancy is finished for treatments

Similarly, women seeking anti ageing treatments to mirror celebrities, most notably lip fillers and muscle relaxing injections, increases after pregnancy.

Mr Ross says:

“Pregnant women are not advised to undergo injectable aesthetic treatments, so it’s not unusual to see patients soon after birth who have missed their regular treatments seeking anti ageing procedures and treatments.”

Mummy Makeover procedures

Three of the most popular procedures that form the basis of body rejuvenation surgery include:

Tummy tuck: a body contouring procedure designed to remove loose skin and re-contour the abdomen after pregnancy.

Breast uplift/mastopexy: a breast rejuvenation procedure which lifts breasts that may be sagging or ‘empty’ as a result of pregnancy or breast feeding.

Body-Jet fat transfer: body contouring procedure that takes fat from one area of the body and replaces it where volume may be lacking, like the upper breasts.

Get more information

If you would like more information please contact the friendly clinic reception team. Who will be happy to help you.

Surgery Aftercare: How to Massage Scar Tissue After Surgery

How best to massage scar tissue after surgery

One of the most commonly asked questions regarding healing after a procedure is “how to massage scar tissue after surgery?” During your pre-op consultation Mr Gary Ross will discuss the healing process with you, and one of the aspects is scar management.

Why do we get scars?

Everyone wants to heal quickly with as little scarring as possible, but this is usually inevitable. Scars are marks left on the skin where a wound has healed leaving behind fibrous tissue. Most scars fade in time but never fully disappear.

All cosmetic surgery comes with risk of scarring and this is detailed in your consultations before undergoing surgical procedures. You can, however, take some steps to improve the way a scar heals and changes over time. One of these is to massage scar tissue.

What does scar tissue massage mean?

Simply put, it’s a holistic method of improving the way a scar heals. It can be done at home, rather than in hospital or clinic, and is relatively straightforward. Your plastic surgeon can demonstrate some specific movements that may aid your understanding.

It’s often suggested after body contouring procedures including tummy tuck surgery, brachioplasty and thigh lifts, and in some cases facelifts.

Why does it help to massage scar tissue after surgery?  

Massaging scars can help to increase blood circulation which in turn can help speed up recovery time. Experts believe this also keeps the tissue pliable, which in turn prevents the scar from reopening or becoming ‘tight’.

What’s the right way to massage scar tissue after surgery?

When and how to specifically massage scar tissue in your individual case is something your plastic surgeon will discuss with you before and after your procedure. Below are three basic massage techniques that can be followed:

  • Use a circular motion

Rubbing the scar in a circular motion helps to promote fluid drainage. This is known as the lymph drainage technique and it helps to reduce any swelling on or around the scar tissue. It helps to drain excess fluid away from the area, which is common reason for swelling post operatively.

  • Rub the scar

Applying gentle pressure to the scar with your finger, you then rub in one direction in a smoothing action. For bigger scars you could use the palm of your hand to cover a greater area and save time. This purpose of this move is to break up excess collagen and fibrous tissue that may have formed. 

  • Stretch the skin

Stretching the skin way sound painful, but with gentle outward movements using your thumbs and circular motion this can keep your scar flexible. This is more effective if the scar is located on a joint.

Follow the advice of your plastic surgeon

While these tips can help to speed up scar healing time, it’s important to follow your practitioner’s advice, and do not massage deep scars, for example after tummy tuck surgery, until the wounds have completely healed.

Be safe: you may risk reopening the wounds if you attempt to massage scar tissue after surgery too soon, so seek advice before attempting scar tissue massage.

Motivations for undergoing cosmetic surgery

What are your motivations for undergoing cosmetic surgery?

 Many patients book a consultation sure that they know which cosmetic procedure/s they want, as well as what they want to achieve.

One of the most important parts of a patient’s journey is meeting with a plastic surgeon and discussing the procedure they are considering.

At this meeting, one of the surgeon’s priorities will be to make sure the patient not only understand what the cosmetic procedure entails, but also why the patient wants to undergo it.

A patient’s motivations for choosing cosmetic surgery should be clear, and they should always be to enhance their self-esteem.

Are you choosing cosmetic surgery for the right reasons?

It might seem like a quick fix to some, but cosmetic surgery is a serious decision that should only be made for the individual. It is the responsibility of the plastic surgeon to turn down any patient he/she believes may be seeking aesthetic enhancement to please someone else or imitate someone, such as a celebrity.

It is not recommended that any man or woman undergoes cosmetic procedures for the benefit of any other person, and a plastic surgeon will likely refuse surgery if he/she believes the potential patient does not have the best motivations.

How realistic are your motivations for undergoing cosmetic surgery?

We often see patients that are seeking cosmetic procedures to ‘look like’ a celebrity; this is unrealistic and unlikely to yield the results they want. For example, Kate Middleton’s nose work for her facial dimensions but that doesn’t mean it will work on yours.

Be realistic about what you are hoping to achieve, and be prepared to potentially be told it’s not attainable or unrealistic.

When is the right time for aesthetic procedures to change the way you look?

This is entirely subjective and depends on a patient’s specific goals and circumstances. Most patients seek the advice of a plastic surgeon if they feel that cosmetic procedures could enhance their self-esteem and overall happiness.

If you’re seeking mummy makeover procedures – such as breast uplift, tummy tuck, or fat transfer – you may find the advice will be to wait until you’ve finished having children.

For others, the decision to undergo surgical procedures to change certain areas of the body or face may be down to age or weight loss. The key is to seek the advice of a plastic surgeon that respects your individual needs and understands your motivations for undergoing anti ageing or body rejuvenation procedures.

Ask yourself these five questions

  1. Why do I want to undergo this procedure?
  2. What do I think I will gain from undergoing this procedure?
  3. Who am I doing this for?
  4. Do I understand the limitations as well as the rewards of cosmetic surgery?
  5. Will I be able to cope if the results are not as I’d hoped?

Getting more information

If you are interested in learning more about a specific cosmetic surgery procedure, such as breast enlargement, tummy tuck surgery, or fat transfer, please contact the team who will be able to provide you with more information.

A consultation is the only way to determine whether or not a specific type of treatment is suitable for you – book one here.

 

 

Essential Advice for When To Get A Tummy Tuck

When Is The Best Time to Get a Tummy Tuck? 

Follow these steps if you want to know when to get a tummy tuck

A common question plastic surgeons are asked is when to get a tummy tuck. Whilst there is no one size fits all answer to this question, because every body and patient is different, there are certain guidelines which make abdominoplasty more likely.

How to know when to get a tummy tuck

There are numerous reasons a patient may consider body rejuvenation surgery, such as abdominioplasty procedures. Most patients start their journey after becoming unhappy with the aesthetic appearance of their mid section.

This can include the upper, lower or full abdomen, and is often a result of weight loss or pregnancy causing sagging skin or skin laxity. Deciding when to get a tummy tuck is down to multiple considerations, including emotional and physical well-being, cost, and recovery time.

Body rejuvenation surgery procedures such as abdominoplasty require considerations other than just the aesthetic result. Can you afford the tummy tuck surgery? Do you have time available to recover from the procedure?

Essentially, when to undergo a tummy tuck is down to a patient’s individual circumstances, and a consultation is advised in order to ascertain whether this type of cosmetic surgery is suitable.

Who is suitable for this kind of body rejuvenation surgery?

Both men and women may be suitable for tummy tuck procedures, although they tend to be more sought after by women due to the effects of pregnancy.

Generally, if you are unhappy with the way your abdomen looks because of loose and sagging skin, but you’re in good overall health and at a healthy weight, you could be a candidate for tummy tuck surgery.

Are there reasons not to undergo abdominoplasty?

If you are considering having more children it may be advised to hold off on surgery, as the skin will likely stretch again. The same would be said for breast uplift and breast augmentation procedures.

Similarly, if you’ve lost weight but are not at your goal weight yet, it may be wise to wait in order to get the best results. Body contouring procedures like this are not a weight loss tool but can provide aesthetic improvements once your journey is complete.

Advice about when to get a tummy tuck

If you are considering body contouring procedures but need advice on when to undergo a tummy tuck consider booking a consultation with a plastic surgeon. This provides an excellent opportunity to discuss your needs and goals with an expert.

Mr Ross specialises in in abdominoplasty procedures including the mini tummy tuck, traditional tummy tuck, fleur de lis procedures, and even fat transfer combined with surgery. A tailored approach is the key to exceptional body rejuvenation surgery results.

When to get a tummy tuck will always be down to the individual, but seeking the advice and skills of a specialist in these procedures will always be the best starting point. Contact the team if you’d like to discuss your needs or book a consultation.

Global cosmetic surgery industry is booming

Global cosmetic surgery industry is booming

Across the world the cosmetic surgery industry is gaining in popularity

According to a new report by IMCAS last week, $10.7 billion was spent last year on materials used in cosmetic procedures worldwide.

The IMCAS World Congress, held in Paris on February 1st 2018, revealed that business is well and truly booming for the aesthetic sector, with an overall increase of 8 per cent in the cosmetic devices and products being purchased by medical professionals.

According to experts, the market is predicted reach $11.6 billion during 2018, and is set to more than double from 2014 to 2021. This will no doubt be welcome news to industry professionals worldwide.

The report tracked sales of cosmetic equipment such as body contouring lasers, devices for hair removal, pharmaceutical compounds and active cosmetics, fat transfer and removal devices, muscle-relaxing toxins such as Botox, dermal fillers, and breast implants.

Industry experts have credited the boom to a healthier global economy, technological innovations, and “a desire on the part of baby boomers to remain competitive in a youth-centric workforce.”

Surgical procedures to remove and transfer fat from areas such as the buttocks or abdomen to improve volume in the breasts or plump up cheeks were amongst the most popular, the data showed.

This is in keeping with an ISAPS report from 2016/17, where it was reported 23.6 million face or body-boosting procedures were performed globally.

This was up 9 per cent compared to 2015, and 10.4 million of these patients specifically chose surgery rather than non invasive treatments.

How is the industry evolving in the UK?

Here in Manchester, Plastic Surgeon Mr. Gary Ross has seen a rise in patients seeking fat transfer procedures, as well as mummy makeovers that combine multiple procedures. These can include a tummy tuck combined with breast uplift and fat transfer.

“Combination treatments to contour the body have been on the rise for sometime now, with patients seeking more impressive results with less down time,” says Mr. Ross.

“We can perform multi-procedure surgery now, meaning patients are in recovery for less time. The mummy makeover is a prime example of this; we perform body contouring surgery with breast rejuvenation surgery in order to reduce the downtime.”

Water-assisted fat transfer treatments such as body-jet are becoming more and more popular as patients seek fat reduction or transfer without the lengthily downtime associated with procedures like liposuction.

Get more information and book a consultation

For more information about cosmetic surgery procedures including fat transfer or mummy makeovers, or if you wish to find out more about the combination of non-surgical with surgical procedures, please contact the team who will be delighted to help you book a consultation. Every patient is different and we believe in offering bespoke treatment plan to each and every person we agree to help.

UK Plastic Surgeon reveals top cosmetic surgery trends

UK Plastic Surgeon reveals top cosmetic surgery trends

Mummy makeovers, breast and body rejuvenation surgery led the way in 2017 according to plastic surgeon Mr Gary Ross.

Providing a yearly review, he also noted that non-surgical anti ageing treatments had also seen a surge on popularity.

How Long Does It Take To Recover From A Tummy Tuck Procedure?

How Long Does It Take To Recover From A Tummy Tuck Procedure?

When it comes to how long it takes to recover from a tummy tuck, every patient will be different. There are many factors to consider before choosing to have body contouring surgery, one of which is the recovery process. Patients will often ask how long it takes to recover from a tummy tuck, and with good reason.

A quick search online will reveal that the first stage of recovery will take around 2 weeks and normal activity can resume after 2 months. However, it’s important to remember that tummy tuck recovery time will be determined by a number of factors. These include the type of surgery, your overall health before the surgery and how well you follow the post-operative advice. Before you can decide if abdominoplasty surgery is right for you, it’s important to find the right surgeon.

It All Starts With a Consultation

All patients will have a consultation before undergoing any kind of abdominoplasty surgery. This informal meeting allows patients to meet their surgeon and ask questions about their procedure.

The question of how long it takes to recover from tummy tuck surgery is one that is likely to crop up. It’s important for the patient to have a thorough understanding of what is involved both before and after surgery. This will allow them to make an informed decision about what type of surgery is best for them.

Types of Abdominoplasty

There are many factors that need to be taken into account before abdominoplasty surgery can take place. Every patient is different, so recovery times will vary. Mini tummy tucks designed to only remove small amounts of skin are less invasive than full abdominoplasty techniques. This can result in a shorter tummy tuck recovery time.

How long it takes to recover from a tummy tuck depends on which body contouring surgery a patient requires. If fat transfer or liposuction is also required, this will also alter the recovery time.

As well as the difference in techniques, health factors must be considered. Patients in good health often heal faster and have fewer complications. It’s advised patients eat well in the lead-up to and after tummy tuck procedures.

Smoking can also be a major factor in tummy tuck surgery recovery time as it can impact the wound healing process. You’ll be advised to quit smoking before any cosmetic surgery procedures regardless.

Take your Surgeon’s Advice

Post-operatively you can improve how long it takes to recover from your tummy tuck by following your surgeons advice and attending your follow up appointments. The follow-up appointments will give you a chance to ask questions about the wound healing process and ensure your surgeon is satisfied with the outcome.

If you’re told to rest and avoid exercise or strenuous activity, take heed and relax. You will heal from surgery much faster and reduce the likelihood of complications such as burst stitches.
Remember, Everyone is Different

While there are certain steps you can take that will help you to recover from tummy tuck surgery faster, it’s important to remember that everyone is different. Every case is unique, and your recovery will depend on multiple factors. The best pre-operative advice is to do your research, follow the advice given to you by your plastic surgeon, and take the time to consider your options.

Book Your Tummy Tuck Consultation

Mr Gary Ross is a plastic surgeon in Manchester who specialises in body contouring procedures such as abdominoplasty. Patients looking to book a tummy tuck consultation should email the clinic to arrange an appointment.