Why patients choose Cosmetic Surgery?


This article is somewhat different from other items I have written, I tend to write about specific procedures, the benefits of the procedure and how they are performed. However today I came across an interesting article about the reasons why patients choose to have surgery.


Cosmetic Surgery is often connected to vanity however there are many reasons why patients choose surgery and the results can often be life changing. We live in a nation where looking good is important, we pay to visit the gym and stay healthy but there are sometimes alternative reasons why surgery is an option and there are many examples of this.


  • Blepharoplasty is a procedure to remove sagging skin from the eyelid area, Sir Alan Sugar is an example of someone who chose this procedure for more medical reasons. Back in 2007, the 59-year-old electronics tycoon had the operation because of vision problems, A qualified pilot, he explained that droopy skin overhanging his eyelids was threatening to block his sight and stop him pursuing his hobby of flying Learjets. Affected vision is a common symptom that patients describe when attending consultation, corrective surgery is usually minor and can often be carried out under local anaesthetic as a daycase patient.
  • Breast Enlargement is the most popular procedure sought by patients either for reconstructive (following mastectomy) or cosmetic reasons. Enhancement surgery is common amongst women who have naturally small breasts or who have lost volume and size due to weight loss or breastfeeding. Breast size can affect body image and confidence and in some cases deter individuals from going about day to day life for example swimming and wearing closer fitting clothes. Breast Enlargement is performed by placing an implant either on top of the muscle or behind depending on the look the patient wishes to achieve and can give the patient their confidence back.


  • Breast Reduction is one of the most life changing procedures I carry out, patients with larger and sometimes pendulous breasts can often suffer with back pain which can lead to posture issues, inability to find comfortable underwear and can cause some ladies embarrassment. Breast Reduction surgery is major surgery as in some cases it can involve taking away large amounts of fat, glandular tissue and skin. Following surgery women report to feel increased confidence and most importantly a new feeling of comfort that was unknown before surgery.


  • Male Breast Reduction / Gynaecomastia sometimes referred to as ‘man boobs’ can be an embarrassing condition for men to live with. It is provoked by an imbalance of the hormones Oestrogen and Testosterone and can vary from small, firm enlargement of breast tissue just behind the nipple to a larger, more female-looking breast. Males suffering with Gynaecomastia can sometimes be deterred from going to the gym or being seen shirtless as the condition often affects body confidence. Depending on severity Gynaecomastia can be treated in two ways, either with liposuction alone or if required with a combination of excision and liposuction to result in a smooth chest contour.


  • Tummy Tuck / Abdominoplasty is a very common procedure particularly for women who have had children and men or women who have lost weight. Pregnancy and weight loss can leave excess skin and fat around the abdomen which cannot be shifted by exercise or diet alone, it can make certain clothes uncomfortable to wear and affect body image. An Abdominoplasty is major surgery and involves the removal of fat and skin from the area, giving the abdomen a smoother effect and should only be considered once weight loss has stabilised and a females family is complete.


This article outlines only a small number of the conditions that affect patients that make the decision to have surgery, however there are many more. If you are considering a cosmetic procedure please visit one of my clinics in Warwick, Coventry or Nuneaton. To make an appointment you can call 07468 418 419 or visit my website for more information

What cosmetic treatments would you pay for? – Poll conducted by…/what-cosmetic-surgerytre…

What cosmetic treatments would you pay for?

UK Based Website Money Saving Expert conducted a recent poll surveying 10,500 members of the public to discover what treatments are the most desired.

94% of women under 40 said they would consider an Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

What is an Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

Abdominoplasty or “tummy tuck” is a cosmetic surgery procedure used to make the abdomen thinner and more firm. The surgery involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen in order to tighten the muscle and fascia of the abdominal wall. This type of surgery is usually sought by patients with loose or sagging tissues after pregnancy or major weight loss

How is the procedure carried out

1. An incision is made from hip to hip just above the pubic area.
2. Another incision is made to free the navel from the surrounding skin.
3. The skin is detached from the abdominal wall to reveal the muscles and fascia to be tightened. The muscle fascia wall is tightened with sutures.
4. Liposuction is often used to refine the transition zones of the abdominal sculpture.
5. A dressing and sometimes a compression garment are applied and any excess fluid from the site is drained.

Patients are usually required to return for a post operative wound check appointment with a nurse to review recovery and to remove any sutures. An Abdominoplasty is major surgery and will usually require a two night stay in hospital and lots of rest to reduce the risk of post operative complications.

If you are considering an Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) I hold clinics in Warwick, Coventry and Nuneaton. If you would like to make an appointment please call 07468 418 419 or for more information you can visit my website

Can you overdo plastic surgery?

The answer is a very easy – yes! Many people we see in our cosmetic surgery clinics say they are trying to fight the signs of ageing, trying to look younger. It is of course impossible to hold back the tide of time with respect of how we look. Eventually we all look old! There is nothing wrong with that either. Equally, there is also nothing wrong with wanting to look a bit younger or a phrase that we prefer, fresher.

However, what we do warn against is over-doing plastic surgery. This can be by having too much surgery and looking a bit odd given the age of the patient. Or it could be trying to look completely different at any age, sometimes to look like a celebrity for example.  Both of these in our view are dangerous and against the ethical code of what we do. It is our job to ensure patients do not go too far. A fresh, natural look is very much our preference by way of a result.

Facial surgery such as facelift

Facial surgery in particular can be over done. Face lifts, blepheroplasty and botox and fillers can all be taken to extremes giving a very false look. Of course, the face is the most visible part of the body in our everyday lives so be very cautious indeed when considering this type of surgery. There is a large amount of responsibility on us as surgeons to ensure a patient does not overdo things. If we think a patient is going too far, we should say so and possibly not operate. Unfortunately, some providers operate on a far more profit comes first basis and we frequently hear of patients refused surgery by reputable surgeons finding someone to do the procedure elsewhere. If we refuse treatment, it will pretty much always be in your best interests.

If you are considering any type of surgery, whether it be breast augmentation (boob job), facelift, tummytuck, botox or fillers , come and see us in our clinics held in Warwick, Nuneaton and Coventry. Call us now for an appointment on 01926 436332 or 01926 436310.