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Private Cosmetic Surgery at One Healthcare

Cosmetic surgery is easier now than it has ever been. New techniques and products are available which can dramatically improve your appearance. One healthcare hospitals employ some of the country's leading cosmetic surgery experts who between them have over 200 years’ clinical experience. You’re in safe hands with us.

 

Types of Cosmetic Surgery

 

The main types of cosmetic surgery treated in the hospital are breast augmentation, breast reconstruction with an implant or tissue expander, breast reconstruction with latissimus dorsi flap, breast reduction, breast uplift, ear correction (otoplasty), eyebag removal surgery, facelift surgery, liposuction, rhinoplasty, septorhinoplasty, tummy tuck (abdominoplasty).

 

Breast Augmentation

 

A breast augmentation is an operation to use silicone or saline (salt water) implants to make your breasts larger, and usually to improve their shape. The operation is performed under a general anaesthetic and usually takes about 90 minutes. Your surgeon will usually place the implant directly behind your breast as this gives the most natural result. However, if you do not have enough breast skin and tissue to cover the implant, they may recommend placing the implant behind the pectoral muscle. Your surgeon will usually place the implant through a cut on the crease under your breast (inframammary fold) and create a pocket to place the implant in.

 

Breast Reconstruction with an Implant or Tissue Expander

 

A breast reconstruction is an operation to recreate a breast shape after you have had a mastectomy (removing all your breast). Your surgeon will use a breast implant or tissue expander (expandable implant) to recreate the shape of a breast. The operation is performed under a general anaesthetic and usually takes one to two hours. If you have already had a mastectomy there is usually not enough skin to recreate a breast shape so you will need a tissue expander to stretch your skin. Your surgeon will make a cut on the front of your chest over the mastectomy scar, or at the lower end of your new breast. If the reconstruction is being performed at the same time as the mastectomy, your surgeon will usually be able to leave most of the skin on your breast, allowing them to place a permanent implant to recreate a breast shape. Your surgeon will create a pocket under the muscle to place the tissue expander or implant in.

 

Breast Reconstruction with Latissimus Dorsi Flap

 

A breast reconstruction is an operation to recreate a breast shape after you have had a mastectomy, using the latissimus dorsi muscle from the side of your back, usually with an implant. The operation is performed under a general anaesthetic and usually takes four to six hours. Your surgeon will make an elliptical (oval) cut on your back, usually along the natural creases of your skin, and a cut on your breast or in the front of your chest. They will move the latissimus dorsi muscle around to the front of your chest and use it to create a breast shape. If you need an implant, your surgeon will create a pocket under the muscle to place the implant in.

 

Breast Reduction

 

A breast reduction is an operation to make your breasts smaller and, sometimes, to improve their shape. The operation is performed under a general anaesthetic and usually takes about 90 minutes. Your surgeon will make a cut on the line of the areola (the darker area around your nipple) and a vertical cut underneath your areola. They will remove some of your breast tissue, excess fat and skin. Your surgeon will reshape your breast and lift your nipple so it is in a higher position.

 

Breast Uplift

 

A breast uplift (mastopexy) is an operation to remove excess skin from your breasts to improve their shape. The operation is performed under a general anaesthetic and usually takes about 90 minutes to two hours. Your surgeon will make a cut on the line of the areola (the darker area around your nipple) and a vertical cut underneath your areola. They will remove excess skin and reshape your breast tissue. Your surgeon will lift your nipple so it is in a higher position.

 

Ear Correction (Otoplasty)

 

A pinnaplasty (or otoplasty) is an operation to improve the appearance of your ears. You are most likely to benefit from a pinnaplasty if you are self-conscious about your ears, you are being teased or if you have unusually-shaped ears. The operation is usually performed under a local anaesthetic. The operation usually takes about an hour. Your surgeon will make a cut at the back of your ear and peel off some skin from the cartilage. They will change the shape of the cartilage so your ear lies closer to your head. Your surgeon may need to use stitches to hold your ear in position and to create folds. Your surgeon may also make a cut at the front of your ear and peel back your skin so they can lightly score the cartilage. This technique tends to make the cartilage bend towards the head. Your surgeon will place a dressing on your head to give your ears support.

 

Eyebag Removal Surgery

 

A blepharoplasty is an operation to remove excess skin and fat from your eyelids and to tighten your skin and soft tissues around your eyes. As you get older, your skin loses its elasticity (stretchiness) and gravity pulls down on the soft tissues of your eyelids. Sometimes a drooping eyebrow and forehead can make your upper eyelid look as if it is sagging. The procedure is usually performed under a local anaesthetic that is injected in your eyelids. The operation usually takes an hour to 90 minutes. Your surgeon will make a cut on the natural skin crease of your eyelid and will remove any excess skin and fat.

 

Facelift Surgery 

 

A facelift is an operation to tighten and lift the soft tissues of your face and neck. The operation is performed under a general anaesthetic and usually takes two to three hours. 

SMAS facelift – Your surgeon will make a cut on both sides of your face in the hairline around your ears. They will cut under the deeper layer of tough tissue (SMAS layer), lifting and tightening it. Your surgeon will then tighten your skin upwards towards your ears and remove any excess skin. 

MACS facelift –Your surgeon will tighten the SMAS layer with suspension stitches to avoid cutting underneath it. This involves less surgery but the results may not last as long. Other types of facelift – These include the mid-facelift and composite facelift and involve lifting deeper layers of the face.

 

Liposuction

 

Liposuction is an operation to improve the shape of your body by removing fat from under your skin. Your surgeon will carry out a detailed assessment before deciding if surgery is suitable for you. Liposuction is not a substitute for losing weight. The operation is performed either under a general anaesthetic or under a local anaesthetic, depending on how many areas need to be treated. The operation usually takes 45 minutes to three hours. For each area to be treated, your surgeon will make several small cuts. They will place a cannula (thin, hollow tube) through a cut and into the fat. The cannula is attached to a suction device that will remove the fat.

 

Rhinoplasty

 

A rhinoplasty (or ‘nose job’) is an operation to change the appearance of your nose. Sometimes a rhinoplasty is performed to improve how you breathe through your nose. It involves operating on the bones and cartilage that give your nose its shape and structure. The operation is usually performed under a general anaesthetic. The operation usually takes an hour to 90 minutes. Your surgeon can refine the tip of your nose by removing some of the cartilage. If you have a hump (dorsum) on your nose, they can remove it or shave it down. Your surgeon will usually need to break the base of the bones on the side of your nose so they can narrow and set them. Your surgeon may need to rebuild part of your nose.

 

Septorhinoplasty

 

A septorhinoplasty (or ‘nose job’) is an operation to improve the appearance of your nose and to improve how you breathe through your nose. It involves operating on the bones and cartilage that give your nose its shape and structure and making your septum straight. The septum is the cartilage and bone inside your nose that divides your nostrils. The operation is almost always performed under a general anaesthetic. The operation usually takes one to two hours. Your surgeon will make a cut on the mucosa (the skin-like lining of the inside of your nose) and lift it off the cartilage and bone. They will remove the parts of the cartilage and bone that are bent and they will put the rest back in a straight position. Your surgeon can refine the tip of your nose by removing some of the cartilage. If you have a hump (dorsum) on your nose, they will shave it down. Your surgeon can also straighten and narrow the nasal bones by breaking and then setting them (infracture). Your surgeon may need to support or rebuild part of your nose.

 

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

 

An abdominoplasty (or ‘tummy tuck’) is an operation to improve the appearance of your abdomen. It may involve removing excess skin and fat and tightening your abdominal muscles. The operation is performed under a general anaesthetic and usually takes two to five hours. 

Standard abdominoplasty – This technique is suitable if you have a lot of excess skin. Your surgeon will make a curved cut from one hip to the other. They will remove any excess skin and fat. Your surgeon will cut under the skin above your umbilicus (belly button), pulling it downwards and tightening it. Sometimes they will need to reconstruct your umbilicus and tighten the muscles of your abdominal wall.

Fleur-de-lis abdominoplasty – This technique is suitable if you have a lot of excess skin hanging downwards and around your abdomen. The procedure is similar to a standard abdominoplasty. Your surgeon will also tighten your waist.

Mini-abdominoplasty – This technique is suitable if you have only a little excess skin. Your surgeon will need to make only a small cut just above the pubic area to remove the excess skin.

Lower bodylift or belt lipectomy – These techniques are suitable after significant weight loss. Your surgeon will remove excess skin and fat from your sides, abdomen and lower back.

Endoscopic abdominoplasty – This technique is suitable if you only need only to have the muscles of your abdominal wall tightened. Your surgeon will make small cuts and use surgical instruments to tighten the muscles.

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