Which of these women HASN'T had surgery? All hated something about their bodies, but just one fixed it without going under the knife

by sherif19. May 2011 10:45

For some women, body confidence comes from within. Others can start to love themselves only after going under the plastic surgeon’s scalpel. One in three British women has undergone cosmetic surgery, according to research, with breast augmentation the most popular, followed by nose jobs and eye surgery. Four of these women have had plastic surgery, but the fifth, a mother of six, would never dream of going under the knife. Can you guess which is which?

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Male breast reduction case study

by sherif8. June 2010 08:12

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2010-06 Male Breast Reduction.pdf (119.88 kb)



A life changing decision

by sherif17. May 2010 06:00

Although women have been having cosmetic surgery for years, it is now men who appear to be opting for a bit of nip and tuck. Among the 3,623 cosmetic procedures that men underwent last year, male breast reduction, or surgery as it is medically known, became an increasingly popular choice for men around the UK. According to figures released this week by The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), Male breast reduction has increased by a staggering 80 per cent, over the last year, moving into the top three procedures for men.1

Phil Moutousamy, a Design Engineer from Bath, underwent the life changing cosmetic procedure two years ago: "I'd always been chubby and thought that my breasts would disappear as I got older. But when my mum died when I was 15, I put on weight instead of losing it. I tried to exercise, but it was hard with a big chest, and I was too embarrassed to take my top off in public. I found it hard to hide my chest - I was buying clothes I didn't even like just because they were patterned and disguised my body."

By the time Phil got to University, he decided he had to do something about his problem: "I was advised to lose weight before thinking of any surgery. So I started to regularly go to the gym and was careful about what I ate. I managed to lose two stone, but my chest hadn't toned up, it just looked big compared with the rest of my body."

Phil decided to visit Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Mr Sherif Wilson at BMI Bath Clinic to talk about having a gynaecomastia procedure: "Mr Wilson was great, he talked me through the gynaecomastia surgery and my options. We decided key hole surgery was the best option for me as it would leave minimal scaring.

My friends and I had talked about going on holiday to India, China and South-east Asia, and all I kept thinking was that I would be able to relax knowing that I didn't have to hide my chest. On the same day that I booked my operation, I went to the travel agents with my friends and we booked our holiday. I just couldn't wait to lie on the beach, scuba dive and enjoy my new body."

Phil didn't tell his family he was having the procedure because he didn't want to worry them: "They were surprised when I told them and said they didn't realise how it had affected me. When I showed them my before and after photos they really were shocked at the positive difference, and very supportive of my decision."

After Phil recovered from his procedure, he went on holiday with his friends and volunteered for six months in Nigeria: "The holiday and volunteering work were amazing - I honestly don't think I would have done these things with my chest the way it was. The gynaecomastia surgery has completely changed the way that I feel about my body and has given me a huge amount of confidence. For other men considering cosmetic surgery, if you can have an operation that improves your whole life, I'd recommend that you go for it!'

Following the release of the 2009 audit figures by the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), the UK's largest private hospital group BMI Healthcare has announced its own cosmetic surgery trends from last year. In line with BAAPS' findings, BMI hospitals have also seen a significant increase in procedures for men. The largest increases in male procedures were seen in surgery for gynaecomastia (or "man boobs") and abdominoplasty (or "tummy tucks") – both up by 22% compared to 2008. Gynaecomastia surgery also ranked as the #1 most popular cosmetic procedure for male patients at the hospital group.

Sharon Goring, Cosmetic Surgery Product Manager at BMI Healthcare, said, "Despite the recession, people are continuing to express a strong interest in having cosmetic surgery. In line with the trends reported in the 2009 BAAPS figures, BMI hospitals are also seeing a significant rise in men opting for surgery – especially gynaecomastia (or man boobs) and abdominoplasty (or tummy tuck) procedures. It's clear that more men are recognising the life-changing benefits of cosmetic procedures."

Sharon added, "Despite the increasing popularity and social acceptance of cosmetic surgery, BMI Healthcare is advising people they shouldn't become complacent about cosmetic surgery and that it is still important to fully research the procedure and the surgeon performing the surgery. It is also important to ask about into the hospital's hygiene practices, and record of infection rates, including MRSA, Clostridium Difficile and wound infection."

If you would like more information on gynaecomastia or any other cosmetic procedures available at BMI Healthcare, please contact 0800 051 2300 or visit

References: 1. The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons




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by sherif29. March 2010 08:49

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