Cosmetic Surgery - Frequently Asked Questions:
Cosmetic Surgery - Frequently Asked Questions
We recently spoke to Cosmetic Sister – Lynda Thorndike – about which questions she gets asked most frequently during her free, weekly cosmetic clinics. Here she shares her answers with us. Why not have a read through and if you still have a question, get in touch and we’ll get you booked in for a one-to-one consultation with Lynda.
Can I fly following breast augmentation?
You may fly following this procedure. The myths of implants exploding on aeroplanes is non-founded. We do, however, advise that following this procedure you delay flying simply to stay local to your hospital in case you encounter any problems for three to four weeks.
Do I have to stop smoking prior to my surgery?
Smoking poses additional risks to all patients, so it is advisable to stop or certainly cut down on the amount smoked to avoid any potential complications.
Our surgeons insist on smoking being stopped especially for breast reductions, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and face or neck lifts.
How old do I have to be to have surgery?
At St Hugh’s Hospital we only perform surgery on adults aged 18 years and over.
What is included in the price?
The prices are fixed cosmetic surgery prices and include:-
- Pre and post operation care
- Surgery fees
- Hospital stay with nursing care, food, medicines and any dressings required
- Any clinical garments, i.e. bras/corsets following surgeryPlease note the only other cost is the initial consultation fee which is paid directly to the surgeon. At present this is a one-off payment of £120 to £150.
How do I know that the breast implants are safe?
We use breast implants made from silicone from a reputable source that have been in business for 35 years. The implants are a cohesive gel with a double skin - if they were to be sliced in half they would resemble a ‘jelly baby’ - so there is very little chance of any silicone spilling into other areas of the body. The companies used are so confident in their product that they guarantee them for rupture and capsular contraction.
Will a facelift make me look younger and what does it involve?
The effects of the ‘R face and neck lift’ will make you look fresher and ‘good for your age’. Your face will continue to age following this procedure.
Mr Riaz took just over two years to perfect the technique, which has proven popular among his patients.
The procedure is far less invasive than traditional facelifts as the skin is not lifted. Instead, Mr Riaz makes an R shaped incision at the side of the face, along the hairline and behind the ear. He then removes the excess skin and pulls the remaining skin tight before using deep, looped stitches to gather the underlying muscle.
How much are the cosmetic surgery procedures?
The cost of each procedure is listed on the HMT St Hugh’s website, however, if you need or elect to have several procedures together, i.e. breast surgery plus abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), the cost will be considerably cheaper as there is only
- One hospital stay
- One pre-assessment appointment
- One anaesthetic (safer than several)
- One time for healing
- One block of time away from work if still in employment
If you are interested in finding out more about the procedures available at St Hugh’s, visit our dedicated Cosmetics page.