As the year draws to a close it is impossible to avoid the thought of New Year resolutions and what we would like to change or do differently in the upcoming months. At the top of many of our wish lists, there will inevitably be health and beauty desires, including the desire to look younger.
January sees many of us splashing out on expensive ‘miracle cure’ beauty creams, gym memberships and unrealistic diets, but as just 8% of us achieve our New Year’s resolutions, it’s no wonder that many people look for a helping hand. Now, with cosmetic surgery being much more accessible and affordable, it is possible to achieve very safe, natural looking ‘quick fixes’ to beauty issues to help you to achieve your desired result with minimum stress in 2015.
Below we predict the most popular cosmetic procedures of 2015 and what’s involved in them:
- Dermal Fillers
- Breast Augmentation
The procedures for the above treatments are very common and due to the natural results created by professional cosmetic surgeons, it is almost impossible to tell who has had the treatment, aside from the fact that they have achieved the desired response of looking and feeling younger and fresher.
What do the Quick Fix Procedures Involve?
Botox is a treatment that is applied to the upper part of the face to eradicate ‘active’ fine lines and wrinkles. It is commonly used to treat frown lines and crows feet.
Why would I consider having Botox? Botox is a great way of disguising the telltale signs of ageing as it reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
How does Botox work? Botox temporarily freezes the nerves in the muscles, hence preventing lines and wrinkles from forming. Because of this, it is not recommended to have it around the mouth or areas where you wouldn’t want restricted movement.
What does the procedure involve? Botox is injected into the areas of the face where the patient requires the lines and wrinkles to be eradicated.
Are there any side effects? Patients can expect slight bruising at the site of the injection, however, the extent of the bruising varies depending on the individual and it will be temporary.
How soon will I see the results? Botox takes up to a fortnight for the full effects to be realised, although the patient will notice a change within a few days.
How long does the treatment last? On average, Botox lasts around 3-4 months. Again this depends on the individual. It is safe to top up the Botox as the effects wear off.
How quick is the procedure? It only takes around 20 minutes (but this will be longer if you’re having more than one area treated) and you can leave the clinic immediately after treatment.
What’s the cost? The cost to treat one area is £125, two areas are £200 and three areas is £275.
Dermal fillers are used to fill in lines and wrinkles on the face. They effectively tackle deeper set wrinkles and are commonly used around the mouth and nose and for filling out cheeks.
Why would I consider having dermal fillers? Dermal fillers combat the signs of ageing. Fillers don’t restrict muscle movement so they are often used alongside Botox to tackle areas where full muscle movement is required.
How do dermal fillers work? Fillers are made from a naturally biodegradable substance called Hyaluronic Acid (HA), which works with the body’s own HA to replace volume that the face loses as it ages.
What does the procedure involve? Fillers are administered to the required areas via a series of injections. The area is then gently massaged to help the filler acclimatise.
Are there any side effects? Temporary bruising can occur at the site of the injections, although the extent varies from patient to patient.
How soon will I see the results? You will see an instant result with Dermal Fillers, although the area may appear a little more swollen for the first 24 hours after treatment.
How long does the treatment last? Dermal fillers can last between six to eighteen months, depending on how the individual patient responds to the treatment.
How quick is the procedure? The procedure takes between 30 minutes to an hour and you can leave the clinic straight after the treatment.
What’s the cost? The cost for fillers varies depending on the area being treated, you can see a full price list for the treatments available at Pall Mall Medical here.
What is breast augmentation? Breast Augmentation is a procedure that enhances the size and shape of the breast. Some patients choose to have a breast enlargement or ‘boob job’, whereas others go for a mastopexy (also known as breast uplift surgery) where the breast remains the same size but is reshaped to create a more youthful and firm appearance. In some cases, patients opt for both treatments to achieve size and uplift at the same time.
Why would I consider having breast augmentation? Many women consider breast augmentation after they have had children or have lost weight and their natural breasts have been affected by their changing body. There are also a lot of women who are simply unhappy with their natural breast shape, this may be because their breasts are noticeably asymmetrical or are not as full as they would like them to be.
How does breast augmentation work? For a breast enlargement procedure, surgical grade implants are inserted underneath the natural tissue to give the patient a larger, firmer and fuller bust. A mastopexy reshapes the breast by removing excess skin and remodelling the existing breast to create a more ‘uplifted’ shape.
What needs to be considered prior to the procedure? Before either type of surgery, it is essential that the patient has a thorough consultation with a professional breast surgeon to discuss the type of effect that they are hoping to achieve. Different types of implants create a different type of look, for example, round implants give more volume to the upper part of the breast resulting in a lifted look, whereas contoured implants give more of a discreet look.
What does the procedure involve? Breast Enlargement surgery is carried out under general anaesthetic and it takes between 60 – 90 minutes. The operation involves an insertion being made in the skin beside the breast and the implant is then positioned between the breast tissue and the chest muscle. Once the implants are in position the incision will be stitched and dressed. The procedure is usually performed as day surgery but the patient will be required to take it easy for a week or two.
A mastopexy is also carried out under general anaesthetic. The procedure involves removing excess skin from beneath the breast and then tightening the skin and tissue. If necessary, the nipple can be repositioned to suit the new look of the breast. Again, the procedure is generally performed as day surgery.
Breast enlargement surgery and mastopexy are available under general anaesthetic. Some clinics, including Pall Mall Medical, offer breast enlargement surgery under local anaesthetic with sedation.
Are there any side effects? As with all medical procedures, there is always an element of risk involved, however, breast augmentation is a common procedure and is, in fact, the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the UK. Providing that the surgery is carried out by a consultant breast surgeon the risks are minimal.
How soon will I see the results? The results of each type of breast augmentation can be seen instantly, however it may take a week or two for the surgery to ‘settle’ properly into the shape.
How long does the treatment last? The effects of mastopexy are permanent, however, with the enlargement surgery, the implant will need replacing after a time. Similarly to any medical implant device, such as heart valves, hip joints, tooth fillings etc, breast implants are subject to wear and tear.
How quick is the procedure? Surgery for breast enlargement takes around 2 hours to complete and around 4 weeks to recover from completely.
What’s the cost? Mastopexy costs £3,500, breast enlargement cost £4,200 and both procedures cost £5,500 when performed together.
What is labiaplasty? Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure to reduce the size of the labia and to improve its appearance.
Why would I consider having the procedure? Labiaplasty is a popular procedure for women who have a protruding labia and may find it uncomfortable when running, cycling or during intercourse. There are also some women who are unhappy about the appearance of their labia and as a result, experience lack of confidence in moments of intimacy.
How does labiaplasty work? By reducing the size of the labia, the vaginal area will naturally feel more comfortable.
What does the procedure involve? Labiaplasty surgery involves shortening or reshaping the inner and outer lips (labia minora/majora) that surround the vagina. The unwanted tissue is removed with a scalpel and the loose edge is then stitched up with dissolvable stitches.
Are there any side effects? As with all types of surgery, patients may experience slight bleeding and discomfort during the recovery period. However, this is a simple procedure and providing the surgery is carried out by a professional gynaecologist side effects are likely to be minimal.
How soon will I see the results? The results of a labiaplasty are instant, however, some swelling is likely for a few days following the surgery.
How long does the treatment last? Labiaplasty is a permanent procedure.
How quick is the procedure? The procedure can be performed under local or general anaesthetic, depending on the extent of the surgery required, and it takes between one to two hours.
What’s the cost? A labiaplasty on the labia minora costs £1,800 under local anaesthetic and under general anaesthetic costs £2,200. An operation to reduce the size of the labia minora and majora costs £2,900.
What is blepharoplasty? Blepharoplasty is a cosmetic procedure that is performed to create a smoother area around the eye area.
How does blepharoplasty work? Excess skin, fat and muscle are removed from the upper and lower eyelids, which results in opening up the eye and creating a smoother, younger looking eye area.
Why would I consider having blepharoplasty? The area around the eyes is one of the first places to show the signs of ageing. Therefore reducing the excess thin skin in this area instantly gives a more youthful appearance. It also reduces puffiness and ‘heavy eyelids’ which, in some people, can impair peripheral vision.
What does the procedure involve? Upper blepharoplasty surgery is performed by making small incisions to remove skin and fat. A fine stitch will then bring the skin together, to allow for the creation of an eyelid crease. Lower blepharoplasty involves small incisions being made directly below the lash line or on the inside of the eyelid. The surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure.
Are there any side effects? After surgery, there is a chance of temporary blurred vision and the eyes are likely to be a bit swollen whilst they settle down from the surgery. Temporary, topical bruising can also be expected.
How soon will I see the results? The result of the surgery is instant, however, the full effect will be realised once the initial swelling has settled down.
How long does the treatment last? Blepharoplasty is a long lasting permanent treatment.
How quick is the procedure? Upper and lower lid blepharoplasty takes around an hour each to complete and is usually done under local anaesthetic.
What’s the cost? The cost of blepharoplasty varies depending on whether you require the upper eyelids or the lower eyelids or both treated – the cost for both upper and lower eyelids is £3,500.