Don’t rush to make New Year changes, warn Cheshire plastic surgeons

17 December 2015

Now, as the New Year approaches, an ever-increasing number of people – men as well as women – will be deciding that now is the time for them to have that treatment they have been promising themselves for ages.


But Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgeons at Spire Cheshire Hospital say that patients should stop and have a long, hard think before making any decisions about going ‘under the knife’.

Mr Gerard Lambe, one of the surgeons who practices at Spire Cheshire Hospital in Warrington, said that patients need to be confident - both in the surgeon and in the actual decision they were making – before taking the next step.

“Sometimes people need to discuss their options several times in order for both the patient and the surgeon to be confident that they have each understood what is wanted and how achievable the planned change is,” said Mr Lambe.

“Free mini-consultations give consultant and patient the chance to discuss initial thoughts then further consultations can be held to go into finer details and to ensure a real understanding is established between the surgeon and patient.”


Here we look at some of some cosmetic procedures that have shown significant increases in demand over the last few years.

Face and neck lift (Platysmaplasty)

As we get older the neck can betray our age long before our face does. Neck lift surgery, as with facelifts, focuses on reducing the loose look of sagging skin around the neck and under the jaw line.

The procedure takes approximately 2-3 hours and requires a general anaesthetic and an overnight stay in hospital.


Eyelid surgery (Blepharoplasty)

The eyes tend not to lie when it comes to showing your age! However, eyelid surgery can give you a fresher, more youthful look. The procedure involves making a small incision in the natural folds of the eyelid, removing excess skin and tissue, and then applying very fine stitching to close the incision again.

The operation can be performed under local anaesthetic or general anaesthetic and usually means an overnight stay in hospital.


Prominent ears (Otoplasty))

A number of adults wish that they had had there ‘sticky out’ ears sorted when they were children. Sometimes hair loss which makes the ears harder to hide they decide to have surgery. This operation can be done under local anaesthetic as a day case. Mr Lambe uses a technique that means a head bandage is only necessary for the first few days after the operation.


One stitch facelift

There has been increasing interest in new techniques that offer improvements with minimal down time and we now offer the thread lift which is a new way of improving early signs of facial aging and can be done in under an hour under local anaesthetic. Patients with easy jowls or minor loose skin on the neck are ideal candidates.


Female breast reduction (Mammoplasty)

For many women suffering the effects of overly-large breasts, a breast reduction can offer relief, a new shape and reinvigorated confidence. It can also help relieve problems such as back and neck pain as well as helping correct bad posture.

The operation will be performed under a general anaesthetic and after surgery you'll most likely need to stay in hospital for one or two nights.


Male breast reduction (Gynaecomastia)

There has been a big increase in people wanting ‘man boob’ reductions.

Sometimes, excess fat on the chest is best treated by losing weight but, if you are suitable for the gynaecomastia operation, an incision will be made under the arm or around the nipple to allow excess skin and tissue to be removed. Sometimes liposuction is performed to remove excess fat.

Performed under general anaesthetic, the procedure usually requires an overnight stay in hospital.


Tummy tuck (Abdominoplasty)

Life events such as pregnancy, losing a lot of weight, or simply the march of time, can all leave their mark on your stomach.

A tummy tuck is designed to give you back a youthful, flat stomach by tightening the abdominal muscles.

The operation requires a general anaesthetic and will mean at least one night in hospital.


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