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Is Cosmetic surgery for weight loss the right path?

Is Cosmetic surgery for weight loss the right path?

It’s a common misconception that cosmetic surgery can be used as a means to achieve a healthy weight. Cosmetic surgeries such as Liposuction and Tummy Tuck are often considered as weight reduction surgeries. But the reality is actually the other way round.

While cosmetic surgery can help you get rid of stubborn fat which simply won’t shift with diet or exercise, it can’t help you control weight. On the contrary you need to have a healthy and stable weight before going ahead with cosmetic surgery. Once you have achieved the right weight, cosmetic surgery can then help you get the toned look you want.

Now that we know our weight is the key to achieving the best results from cosmetic surgery, what next?

1. Get Into Shape For your Surgery
Firstly, you have to commit to losing your excess weight permanently and doing it in a healthy and sustainable way for you. Experiment with different combinations of eating and exercising to find what you like best. The following are most popular and effective ways to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight:

Low Carb high fibre diet: Reducing carbs in your diet is not that difficult. Eating more veggies and fruits, and choosing high fibre grains like quinoa can easily do that for you. It is also extremely important to eat at regular intervals and have fixed meal times.

Drinking Plenty of water: The importance of drinking at least 8-10 glasses of water can not be overemphasised. Many a times we mistake our thirst for hunger and keep overeating. In fact, drinking water before meals is a sure shot way to keep you supple and happy at the same time.

Don’t neglect or cut short your zzzzs: Getting 7-8 hours of sleep in the night is critical for our health, happiness and body weight. Sleeping not only helps our body to process the food, it also helps process our stress and replenish energy levels.

Regular exercise: You don’t need to take out expensive gym memberships or go to fancy yoga studios to exercise. It can easily be done at home. Whether it’s dancing, skipping rope or yoga, pick a routine which breaks a sweat for you. Do it regularly but don’t overdo it!

2. Don’t Crash Diet: Adopt a Healthy Lifestyle
To get the best results it’s important that you make the necessary lifestyle changes long before your surgery takes place. Crash dieting to make it to your ideal weight, only to return to an unhealthy lifestyle after the surgery, is  going to undo the work as quickly as it was done!

If you have already made positive changes to your lifestyle then you will have much less trouble maintaining a healthy body weight through your recovery, when exercise is not an option. The best way to enter into your surgery is at (or close to) your ideal weight that you have maintained for long enough.

3. Use Body Mass Index (BMI) as an Indicator
While BMI isn’t always the best judge of your overall health, it is a good indicator to use for whether or not you’re ready to undergo surgery. For best results, surgeons generally recommend a body mass index between 18.5 and 30 (though above 25 is considered overweight and not ideal). If your BMI is below 18.5, you may be at higher risk of developing infection and delayed wound healing. And if it is over 30 you may be at risk of complications because your body may already have additional stressors and conditions that will make your surgery and recovery less routine.

It should however be noted that the value of the BMI is affected by muscle mass. For example, a bodybuilder would be classified as obese if it were not known that their body weight was mainly muscle rather than fat. Similarly, people with lower BMI may just be naturally slim and not necessarily unhealthy.

So, aim to stay fit and stay healthy. When you’re at a healthy weight and are ready to move forward with your surgery, you can find a top plastic surgeon in the UK at www.app.nowme.co.uk/doctors.

Why use different terminologies?

Why use different terminologies?

When it comes to the cosmetic treatment space, the jargon used can be quite confusing. Whether it’s brand names being used as generic names for treatments or slang terms substituting some medical terms, the sector can be mind boggling!

At NowMe.co.uk we’re on a mission to demystify this confusion to ensure you have the clarity and insight to make an informed choice that’s right for you.

Here’s a break down of some of the most mixed up terminology…

Plastic Surgery Vs Cosmetic Surgery
For many, these terms are considered interchangeable. However, these concepts do have different nuances! Plastic surgery is a sector of medicine intended to correct dysfunctional areas of the body. It places reconstruction at its heart and focuses on addressing defects caused by disease, burns, trauma or birth defects. Cosmetic Surgery, on the other hand, focuses on elective treatments that seek to improve the aesthetic appeal of the face or body, even though the functionality is considered normal.

In many cases, cosmetic surgery is seen as a sub section of plastic surgery and there is a great deal of overlap largely because any type of plastic surgery performed, even if it is reconstructive, should have an end goal of delivering a strong cosmetic result.

Whilst one is medically reconstructive and the other is aesthetically elective, both have a profound effect on the patient’s confidence levels, improving their quality of life in the long term.

Reconstructive Vs Cosmetic Treatments
Reconstructive procedures include the likes of cleft lip repair, breast reconstruction following mastectomy and skin grafts after burns and many more. Their focus is on restoring both the function and normal appearance of deformities caused by trauma, medical conditions or birth defects. As the name suggests, it is about reconstructing something to allow that patient to feel ‘normal’ in comparison to their peers. By contrast, cosmetic treatments enhance existing anatomy that is otherwise considered ‘normal’ to make it visually more appealing. This includes the likes of breast augmentation, liposuction and rhinoplasty.

In the UK, reconstructive treatments are largely covered on the NHS, whereas cosmetic procedures are self-financed as they are not considered a medical emergency. However, once again the lines can become blurred and, occasionally, cosmetic procedures may be provided on the NHS for psychological or other health reasons. A good example is a breast reduction operation if the weight of a woman’s breasts is causing her back problems.

Brand Names Vs Treatments
Within the cosmetic treatment space, brand names have started to be used as common nouns to describe procedures. However, think about things like ‘hoover’ – we use it to describe a whole category of vacuum cleaning products, but it is in fact a brand name! The same is true of ‘Botox’. Botox is a brand name that describes a specific patent. The treatment itself is in fact botulinum toxin and there are many different variations of this in the market. It’s important to understand that not all toxins are created equal. They include different components and you need to understand the benefits of each from your practitioner. Your practitioner can expand on the specific brand they use and why they make the choice to go with that product.

Real Treatment Names Vs Slang Terms
Boob job or breast augmentation, nose job or rhinoplasty, tummy tuck or abdominoplasty. When it comes to cosmetic and reconstructive treatments, there are a lot of colloquial terms that have infiltrated the sector. Whilst these names are easier to decipher, they over simplify treatments that can actually be quite complex with multiple methods. For example, the term boob job commonly refers to the use of implants to enhance breast size. However, for those considering altering the appearance of their breasts, there are so many options – breast uplift, breast reduction, implants, fat transfer, etc. The procedures are wide ranging and can be customised to the individual. Such simplified slang can lead to confusion about what exact treatment could help us to achieve the face and body we long for. Rather than focusing on these generic terms, visit Naomi, our handy chat bot who can give you insight into what treatment could be the right choice for you.

We hope our run down of these terms gives you some insight into the world of reconstructive and cosmetic treatments and helps you to feel informed for the better. Check out our site www.nowme.co.uk to discover even more!

With great planning come great results

With great planning come great results

Ever heard the old adage ‘fail to plan, plan to fail?’ When it comes to cosmetic surgery, that statement certainly has merit! Bear in mind that whilst it may be an elective treatment, you are embarking on a medical procedure and that shouldn’t be taken lightly. From doing your pre treatment research through to post treatment recovery, you need to ensure you are as prepared as possible and have a plan in place! Here at NowMe we’ve compiled a step by step timeline to keep you on track; whether you’re undergoing liposuction or a breast augmentation these prep points will always ring true…

Week 1-2

Step One: Preparation & Research

You want to make a change that will elevate your confidence and help you be what you want to be? Now is the time to really take that to a new level and bone up on your options. Choosing your treatment and finding the right surgeon to perform that procedure is one of the most important parts of the process. Not all surgeons are equal and it’s vital that you do your due diligence and check out their unique experience. Likewise, this is the time to ensure you understand what your treatment will entail – from the surgical techniques used to the recovery time and costs, immerse yourself in the procedure. When you know the details you can make sure your decision is an informed one. NowMe is an amazing starting point, with a chat bot that can answer all your most pressing questions and a practitioner search option that connects you with highly skilled surgeons near you.

Week 2-5

Step Two: Consultation

It can take time to get a consultation with the surgeon you have selected so bear in mind that this process can sometimes involve waiting! However, it’s vital that you meet your surgeon face-to-face for an in depth discussion where they can assess you as a candidate for the desired procedure, and expand on the procedure in more detail. This is your chance to ask all of your questions – whether it’s rhinoplasty technique or what kind of implants you will receive, take the time in the run up to this consultation to jot down every question you have so you can use the time to full effect.

Week 3-7

Step Three: Cooling Off

You’ve had your consultation and are keen to book, however it is always advisable to take some time to ensure that the decision you are making is right for you. This cooling off period is important to allow you time to reflect and ensure you are happy with both the treatment and the surgeon carrying it out. Beware of people who pressurise you to book or offer time sensitive discounts. In many cases it may be that you actually want to undergo a second consultation before making a final decision. Remember this is a permanent change that will transform your life and you need to be exactly ready for it.

Week 5-10

Step Four: Treatment

You’ve made the decision to book? Now you need to work with your surgeon to find an available date for you to undergo your treatment. Often this can take time as popular surgeons are booked up, but it is highly recommended to wait for your preferred practitioner. An additional few weeks is worth it to ensure the results you want are delivered! You also need to consider any events you have coming up and plan around them to make sure your surgery doesn’t conflict.

In the weeks prior to your confirmed surgery date, remember you need to prepare an immediate recovery plan. In most cases you will need someone to take you home and be with you for the first 24 hours after your treatment, you will need to arrange child and pet care where necessary, take time off work and remember you won’t be able to drive or lift anything for first few days. Prepare your home and your family/friends so you are in prime position to embark on this journey in the calmest and safest way.

Week 6-14 (Immediately Post Treatment)

Step Five: Recovery

You’ve undergone your treatment and are ecstatic to have made the change you craved. Now this is where the recovery begins! Every surgery will have a different recovery time and many procedures do take months before you are fighting fit. However, for most, a full week is enough to get you feeling comfortable, and a month will see you return to your normal activities. During this time, you will likely need to see a nurse who can change or remove dressings, and you’ll see your surgeon who will review your results and give you guidance on any questions you have.

Week 10-12 onwards (1 Month Post Treatment)

Step Six: A New You!

With recovery running smoothly, you’ll be ready to embrace the new you. Now is the time to enjoy the results and really flourish as a new, more confident you!

It’s important to note that the above timelines are for guidance purposes only and can vary depending on the treatment, medical practitioner and your individual circumstances. However, with our handy timeline you can plan to invest in your decision and make the informed choice that’s right for you. The choice that will help you to realise the change you want!

The FIVE Consultation Warning Signs

The FIVE Consultation Warning Signs

Having a cosmetic treatment is something you should go into with your eyes wide open. While it’s perfectly natural to be thrilled at the prospect of embarking on a transformation that will leave you feeling more confident in your own skin, it’s important to remember to avoid letting that excitement cloud your judgement!

Whether surgical or non-surgical, cosmetic treatments are very personal and you should always have a consultation prior to undergoing the procedure. A consultation is vital for checking your eligibility for the desired procedure and for making sure the person carrying out the treatment is the right specialist for you to achieve the desired result. However, in order to make sure you get the most from your consultation you need to be aware of the following warning signs during the consultation:

  1. You consultation is with someone other than the person who will carry out the treatment or procedure. It’s vital that you meet and have a good discussion with the person who will carry out the treatment, over their colleague or sales assistant. Conversations can get lost in translation, so you can’t rely on them communicating your wishes. You need to ensure that the practitioner carrying out the treatment understands the outcome you are seeking to achieve and that you feel comfortable with their approach.
  2. Your consultation is too short and doesn’t answer all your questions. When it comes to cosmetic surgery, beware of free consultations. These can often be too short and won’t give you the time to ask the questions you need to ask. Remember this is a huge decision that, if done right, will significantly improve your life for the better. However, if done poorly, or if there is a misunderstanding, it could cause a lot of stress. Also generally these free consultations come with added pressure to purchase a treatment immediately after the consultation.
  3. The consultation doesn’t take place in a registered, clinical setting. You need to know where your treatment is going to take place and ensure you feel confident it is fully hygienic and equipped. Even non-surgical treatments like botox need to be in a clinical setting to ensure there is no risk of infection or contamination. For cosmetic surgery procedures like breast augmentation, tummy tuck or liposuction you will normally have your consultation in a registered cosmetic surgery office, but do ask where the surgery will take place and ask to see the facilities if you feel unsure.
  4. They pander to unrealistic expectations. Whilst you will have a vision in mind of how you want to look post treatment, your practitioner should advise you on what is realistic and what would be best for your body from an objective point of view. The consultation is a chance for them to balance out what you want with what is possible to achieve. If they blindly say yes to any requests or say something extreme is possible then beware. They are not putting your safety first! A practitioner should always say no to any request that will not deliver a good result.
  5. They don’t tell you the risks involved. All cosmetic treatments carry a level of risk and your practitioner should never ignore these. They should explain what can go wrong (even if the risk is small) to ensure you have really considered your decision. They should always expand on both pre and post treatment care to ensure you avoid these risks too.

A good medical practitioner will always recommend a consultation before a treatment, give you enough time to think it through, discuss it with your family and friends, and to ask any new questions that you may have after the consultation and ahead of your treatment.

NowMe only features highly experienced, GMC registered practitioners which means you can feel safe in the knowledge that they have your best interests at heart. Whether you’re looking to have breast enhancement, abdominoplasty, liposuction, botox or fillers, NowMe is your best friend for finding the perfect medical partner.

Five Essential Health & Lifestyle Considerations

Five Essential Health & Lifestyle Considerations

You’re keen to undergo a cosmetic treatment and have done your due diligence when it comes to researching the procedure and finding a specialist. However, did you know that your own health can have a huge impact on the success of your treatment? It’s vital that you ensure you are fighting fit before embarking on any procedure, whether it’s a non-surgical treatment like botox or fillers, or surgical procedures like breast augmentation, tummy tuck or liposuction, being healthy in both body and mind is incredibly important.

Here are the five key health and lifestyle factors to consider:

  1. Smoking

This is certainly one of the biggest heath issues to bear in mind! Research shows that smokers have a higher chance of surgery-related complications like heart attack, stroke and shock, so it’s no surprise that most surgeons will ask you to stop smoking entirely just before and after the surgery. Whilst these risks are real, one of the key issues for those who do smoke is the fact that Nicotine causes blood vessels to constrict which decreases blood flow and makes surgical wounds less likely to heal. Not only can this make the healing process longer, it also means you have an increased risk of infection. Take this chance to go smoke free now!

  1. Medications and Allergies

You will be advised to stop taking a number of medications (such as Aspirin) and dietary supplements (such as Voitamin E) before your surgery as they may thin the blood and increase the risk of bleeding both during and after surgery. On the flip side, there are a number of medications that are advised to be taken ahead of treatment. Many prospective patients take arnica and Vitamin C to reduce bruising and speed up the body’s natural healing ability. That said, always discuss these with your consultant to ensure you are in line with their personal guidance. It is important to make your surgeon aware of any medications you are taking and any allergies you may have so that your doctor can give you advice.

  1. BMI

If you are overweight or obese and considering surgery, then it is important that you understand the added risk this places upon you. Excess weight can put more of a strain on the body and increase the risk of certain complications both during the anaesthesia phase and when healing. For the best results, surgeons recommend a body mass index of less than 30. Whilst losing weight is wise, remember that weight loss needs to be at a stable end result. Reach a weight that you are confident you can maintain ahead of your treatment. You don’t want to re-gain the weight you lost immediately after your procedure as this will significantly impact your end look. Being too thin can also cause risks so bear in mind that if your BMI is below 18.5 your surgeon will likely assess your suitability for surgery to ensure you are strong enough to avoid complications occurring.

  1. Alcohol

Alcohol is a blood thinner and, depending on the frequency and volume of alcohol that you drink, it can affect your body’s ability to naturally clot blood (which is important to avoid excessive bleeding during surgery). Also when you drink alcohol before a procedure using anesthesia, the alcohol can interfere with normal anesthetic drug metabolism and can make it more difficult for your anesthesiologist to estimate the correct doses needed for your comfort and safety. Therefore, in the period surrounding an operation it is generally advised to refrain from alcoholic beverages.

  1. Emotional Aspects

To get the most out of your cosmetic treatments it is important to make sure that you are in a clear state of mind before undergoing a procedure and while recovering. Cosmetic treatments are not a quick fix and should never be seen as one. It is certainly unwise to pursue cosmetic treatment at a time of major life crisis. Also make sure that you know that the healing process is a journey and this can take its toll, so you need to be prepared – patience is a virtue!

So get your health in peak condition before your treatment and you’ll ensure your risk of complications are much lower and your recovery is smooth!

Want to discover more about preparing for cosmetic treatment? Keep your eyes peeled for NowMe – your best friend for cosmetic treatments, giving you the guidance to make the right choice for you.

Surgical/Non-Surgical: Which’s the right Approach?

Surgical/Non-Surgical: Which’s the right Approach?

As the cosmetic treatment industry continues to grow, newer treatments are flooding the market, from permanent surgical options to temporary non-surgical approaches, there have never been more options to help you achieve the look you want. For many surgical procedures there may be a less invasive option that seeks to deliver a similar result. Whether it’s using fillers to emulate rhinoplasty or botox to make you look younger without the face lift, there are so many treatments that seek to help you achieve the change you desire. However, when it comes to choosing between surgical and non-surgical there are five key things you should consider to help you make the right choice for you:

  1. What results are you expecting?

Surgical procedures are ideal for men and women who want a more substantial and dramatic change in their appearance. If you’re only after a ‘tweakment’ rather than a big change, then often a less invasive treatment will be more effective. For instance, an individual with deep wrinkling over the face and neck might find greater satisfaction opting for a full facelift, neck lift and browlift or forehead lift than with non-surgical laser procedure or superficial chemical peel. By contrast those with only minor lines or who are wanting to prevent wrinkles may prefer something less invasive like botox.

  1. Factor in cost

In general, cosmetic surgery treatments have a higher one-off cost that requires payment up front. By comparison non-surgical treatments tend to be cheaper in the first instance but require repeat top ups to keep the results fresh. For example rhinoplasty can cost several thousands, but the results are truly permanent, whist a non-surgical nose alteration would cost less than a thousand and needs to be refreshed every year. However, remember there are finance options that can help you to spread the payments of surgical treatments over time to make them more manageable. Stretching yourself financially is never advised and it’s key that you carefully assess what you would be comfortable with when it comes to payments.

  1. Post-treatment recovery

If you’re after a cosmetic treatment in time for a special event or occasion or you struggle to take time off from work, then the recovery time following a treatment is essential to consider. For a surgery such as breast augmentation or tummy tuck, you often need to take a full week off work, and recovery can take 6-8 weeks. By contrast, some non-cosmetic treatments have no down time for recovery and results can be instant.

  1. Post-treatment Upkeep

Whilst price is a factor, the time needed for top ups is also key to bear in mind. If you lead a hectic life or are often travelling, fitting in constant appointments can prove difficult. For that reason, many prefer to opt for the surgical approach which normally only requires one operation that will last many years, if not a lifetime.

  1. Non-surgical is not non-medical

Most people take their safety as a given, particularly while undergoing non-surgical treatments. However, it is important to note that while non-surgical treatments are minimally invasive they can still have major and irreversible adverse impacts on health and wellbeing. The possibility of adverse impacts can be considerably reduced with a skilled and experienced practitioner. Hence non-surgical treatments should be properly researched ahead of the treatment.

If you still can’t make up your mind, book a consultation with a practitioner that can offer both the surgical and non-invasive procedure options. They will be able to discuss the treatments and their pros and cons with you in depth to ensure you make the right choice for yourself.