Dr Ash Dutta on Morpheus8 and its benefits

Morpheus8 is a device that uses radio frequency to alter and contour to the face and/or body of the patient. Dr Ash Dutta explains the benefits of using Morpheus8 in cosmetic surgery.

Morpheus8 is a newer technology involving the use of radiofrequency, it is used for skin tightening and skin rejuvenation. The platform of body contouring is still present containing Bodytite, Skintight, Necktight and Fraktora.

What can Morpheus8 do?

Morpheus8 takes these treatments further, it can deliver the energy deeper into the skin into the level of the dermis, up to 2 to 4 milimteres inside the skin where the collagen formation happens; calling this process ‘new collagenation’. We also have the ability to combine Morpheus8 with other treatments too for example a facelift and necklift, or even a superficial delivery of the radio frequency with Fraktora. In this procedure Morpheus8 can then take the energy deeper.

Results of Morpheus8.

We are finding fantastic results although there is a few days of downtime after each session of treatment. Morpheus8 is going to change the prospects of aesthetic medicine, how much energy will be able to be delivered in treatments and the results the patient sees at the end.

If you would like to find out more about Morpheus8 or have any questions that you would like to ask. Please feel free to book a consultation or call us, please contact us here.

Dr Ash Dutta talks about Otoplasty (Ear Correction)

Dr Ash Dutta explains everything involving an Otoplasty, and what treatments are available for ear corrections.

Otoplasty also known as ear correction have traditionally been done for people with prominent ears. Due to a lot of horrible names being related to people with prominent ears it is quite common at school children will get teased regarding this, hence this operation often being carried out on patients of a relatively younger age. We have also seen quite a few adults coming forward wanting their ears corrected especially when the hair is shorter, and the ears are more visible hence making the patients more conscience.

There are two types of correction we can do.

The first type of ear correction we offer is when the conchal or bowl of the ear is very deep, by fact if the bowl of your ear is deep then it causes your outer ear to be more projected.

The Second type of ear correction available involves the fold of the ear also known as the antihelical fold, if it is too acute or if it is not very folded then it looks as if the ear is folding out and thus making it look much more prominent.

Both of these corrections can be done by pinning the ear back, this is done by suturing the base of the ear, or the ball of the conchal onto the bone which is called the mastoid. The other method would involve fold much more acute; this can be done by putting a few sutures there.

Eitherway both of these procedures are very delicate procedures and can be done under either local or sedation. The patients need to be appropriately counselled that these can recur meaning they may come back after the operation. Furthermore, revision surgery is very common in these procedures, putting all of this together can make our patients life quite comfortable and at least improve their confidence on how they look.

If you would like to book a consultation or talk to somebody at Aesthetic Beauty Centre, feel free to either book online or contact us here.

Dr Ashish Dutta talks about Grade 4 Gynaecomastia

Gynaecomastia or man boobs is something men in the UK suffer a lot ranging from 40-60% having some form of it. Dr Ash Dutta illustrates what is involved when treating Gynaecomastia.

Today we are talking about grade 4 Gynaecomastia which is the extreme form of Gynaecomastia which involves and excess amount of fat, excess glands and of course excess skin. All three of these elements need to be addressed properly at the operation otherwise we will be unable to achieve the results that the patient will be looking for.

Dr Ash often feels that his patients often feel concerned about their social life, how they can go and where they can go to find the treatment needed. Also, the patients often feel very conscious of taking their clothes off in front of their near and dear ones.

These patients will of course need appropriate counselling regarding the operation and the possible outcomes of it. The counselling will include discussing the surgery and what is involved in it, the residual scars and how we can look after the patient after the surgery has been completed and further down the line.

If you feel you need any further information or would like to book a consultation at the Aesthetic Beauty Centre, we would be delighted to help you. Please contact us here.

Dr Ash Dutta answers “Is it true that the Brazillian Butt lift is the riskiest procedure?”

Yes, in short it is – but when we do a procedure, each and every procedure has some side effects and complications associated with it. For example when we do a blephoraplasty we can get an infection that can be life threating.

But with the Brazillian butt lift it has been found that when we do larger amounts of fat transfer which is where we take fat from another part of the body and we put it in the buttocks to make it look bigger then the risk of putting the fat into a blood vessel is higher. There are various articles as recently as 6-8 months ago that fat transfer should be done at a superficial level where there are blood vessels but not as many. We need to do it with wider canulars and blunt canulars so that the chances of these penetrating or damaging the blood vessels is low.

Whatever precautions we take if we put enough training, enough thought processes and understand the anatomy of the patient and then do the treatment the risk is reduced.

Brazillian butt lift has been determined to be one of the highest and riskiest procedures in the world and that is between 1 in 3,500-4,000 procedures carries a risk of fatalities or serious complications.

Dr Ash Dutta answers can you become addicted to cosmetic Surgery?

Yes, you can, but it is the responsibility of the doctor to explain to the patient before undertaking any procedure and assessing the patient from a psychological point of view and asking the patient why they want it.

We know that in cosmetic surgery clinics there are patients that are coming in with body dismorphing disorder. In the general population there is 1-2% of the population who has some kind of disorder. If you compare this to the patients of a cosmetic surgery, that percentage goes up to as high as 12-15% on occasions so 1 in 6 patients have some kind of disorder.

As a doctor if you can explain that to the patient that this is the reason why you are having this procedure and understand the patients needs and concerns and then undertake the procedure then it is safer. On some occasions we have to turn the patient down. If we find the patients needs are slightly difficult to manage or you cant deliver and some patients will be very trivial and you cannot see the problem that the patient is talking about then it is your responsibility to council the patient or refer the patient back to the GP for counselling purposes rather than undertaken the procedure.

Dr Dutta talks about Temporal Fillers

Temporal filling has been around for some time. If you look at the temple as a separate entity it doesn’t mean much. We always try to look at the whole facial features as one. To give you an example if it is just the lip fillers that we are doing we can give the lip a bit of volume but then it becomes isolated from the whole face. When we look at temples we look at volume loss mainly because of the muscle mass wasting as we get older. We also lose some bone mass as we get older but overall the skin texture and everything put together we get a depression here which gives the game away.

If you look at the overall facial features and do something to the temple as well then I think the face gets a much better proportion. These fillers need to be carefully inserted as we have a temple nerve and blood vessels so the deeper filling is much better.

Looking at the whole face including the temple gives a much better outcome for the patient. As with every video we say patient consultation and discussing the pros and cons are vital to the success of the treatment.

If you want further information about Temporal Filling then please contact Dr Dutta.

Dr Ash Dutta talks about Non-surgical Skin Tightening

Skin tightening can be done with surgical means and non surgical means. Of course the surgical processes means more downtime, patients having more side effects, bruising and staying away from their social life for a lot longer than non-surgical treatments.

Today we are going to talk a little more about the non-surgical treatments that we can use for our patients that will give them less downtime and enable them to go back to their social life a lot quicker. There are energy based devices like the lasers and we can also get radio frequency treatment and also plasma.

Plasma is where the gas is heated up and as the gas is cooled down the energy is released into the skin producing the desired effect. We can also tighten skin and reduce the appearance of lines with chemical peels of various depths and concentrations. Each and every one of these treatments needs to be appropriately explained to the patient in terms of downtime and how they should look after the skin.

If the patient looks after the skin long term from the sun, by applying mosituriser and taking vitamins then the non-surgical skin tightening effects will last a lot longer than would otherwise have happened in the past.

 

 

What is Transaxillary Breast Augmentation (TBA)?

The ´Transaxillary Breast Augmentation´ is a relatively new, but tried and tested procedure to enhance and allow a more natural breast appearance. Like other conventional breast implants, the procedure improves the overall shape and definition of the breast by increasing the volume, but with one main advantage. While more conventional augmentation surgery can leave scarring around the nipple or on the inferior breast folds, the TBA has the advantage of not leaving any scars on the breast and utilises a technique that uses a small incision in the patient’s underarm in the natural skin crease. This leaves a post-operative small scar which blends into the skin fold and is rarely visible to the casual observer.

A natural appearance is achieved as the implants are placed behind the chest muscle. The advantages of less stress and discomfort over the more conventional implant procedure means that healing times are significantly quicker because there is no need to directly incise the chest muscle or surrounding breast tissue.

Pre-surgery begins with a consultation with your cosmetic surgeon. Using modern technology and imaging techniques, you may be able to see (depending upon the clinic´s equipment) a 3-dimensional suggestion of how the chosen enhancement would be suitable for your particular expectations and body type. You will be able to select the size and shape of the implants you desire and may even be able to touch and feel specific examples of the proposed implants. Your cosmetic professional will talk you through the whole procedure and be completely open and honest about his/her recommendations for your specific needs. It’s important to remember that a TBA may not be suitable in all cases. For example, women who require a breast lift will find that Transaxillary enhancement would not be best suited, simply because a breast lift procedure would require an incision on the breast tissue itself to allow the placement of the implant.

The surgery itself lasts for around one to two hours and is performed under sedation or general anaesthetic. The implant is placed in-situ using a specially created pocket, with the operation guided through special cameras and instruments that helps to ensure the correct, secure placement. The underarm incisions are then closed and the breasts wrapped in dressings to protect the tissue as it heals. It’s also quite common for women to wear a surgical support bra for extra support during the healing time.

After post operative recovery, the patient is free to return home with after-care instructions and pain relief. You are advised to rest for several days post-op to allow for the healing process to continue. Localised swelling and some pain are only to be expected, but following the instructions regarding rest and avoid any heavy lifting or exercise for several weeks – an uneventful recovery is expected.

If you feel this procedure may be of interest to you then please feel free to contact Dr Ash Dutta at the Aesthetic Beauty Centre and he will be only too pleased to advise you.

Forehead Rejuvenation – Or the Brow Lift as more commonly known

The forehead rejuvenation or to give it the correct procedural name, brow lift, is a procedure to raise the brow line of the forehead, the area around the eyes and the brow. It raises the soft tissue and skin making them appear fresher and tighter. This is quite a common procedure and is often undertaken in conjunction with other facial procedures such as eyelid surgery or a facelift.

As we age, the brows frequently move down as the skin and tissue become less elastic with the lower positioning of the eyebrows; making an individual look tired or even sad and angry – depending how far the brow has fallen over the years.

Like other types of surgery, it’s important to realise that there may be some associated risks. These risks include the possibility of some scarring, changes in skin sensation and the brow lift can cause temporary or permanent numbness to the top of the scalp or even to the forehead.

There is also a risk of what is known as ‘Brow asymmetry´, with one or both brows appearing to be too high on the face. This may however settle during post-surgery healing and positional problems with the brow shape or position can always be surgically corrected.

The hair line following a brow lift can appear elevated with possible hair loss at the site of the initial incision. Otherwise, normal risks of post-operative bleeding, adverse anaesthetic reaction and common infections are also possible.

During any consultation about a brow lift, your aesthetic surgeon will ask you about your medical history both past and current. You must be completely honest and open about such things and make them aware of any medication that you may be currently taking, as well as revealing any allergies you may be aware of. Your facial measurements will be carefully recorded with your eyes both open and closed alongside photographs, which will also be taken for reference and records.

You must be realistic about your expectations of such a surgery and being completely honest and open about what your reasoning is for undergoing the procedure. The more the cosmetic professional understands about you both physically and emotionally, then the more they will be able to tailor the work to your exact needs – so full and frank discussion is essential to avoid possible disappointment.

You will be advised to stop smoking to aid healing and avoid Aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs and supplements that may promote an increased risk of bleeding. After the procedure, ensure that you have someone reliable such as a friend or relative to accompany you home and support you for at least the first night following the surgical procedure. However, you will be monitored closely in recovery for any untoward symptoms and be advised to rest for a few days with your head elevated to take any pressure off the sutures whilst taking pain medication and applying cold compresses to relieve localised swelling.

Any sutures will be removed after 10-14 days. It can take several weeks for the swelling and bruising to subside with separate advice for bathing and drying your hair. The brow lift may not last permanently but it could give your face a prolonged and more youthful lease of life.

If you would like to find out more or to book a consultation please get in touch.

Cosmetic Surgery Abroad – The Risks Of Medical Tourism

For those thinking of getting plastic surgery, getting it done abroad may seem like an appealing option.

By travelling abroad, people can save 40 to 80 per cent on cosmetic surgery, depending on the procedure and the country; according to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS). But whilst choosing to have a procedure abroad might be an attractive option for many, it’s often not as smooth sailing as it sounds and can even prove fatal.

Tragic Brit Leah Cambridge, 29, died in August after suffering complications from buttock-lift surgery in Turkey. Now, another British woman has also died after undergoing Brazilian butt lift (BBL) surgery. Buttock-lifts are becoming increasingly popular as women try to achieve the ´hourglass figure´ made famous by Kim Kardashian, Nicki Minaj et al, but experts have warned that the procedure can carry serious complications.

Of course, cosmetic surgery both in the UK and abroad has their risks, but it´s more difficult to fix complications abroad, should they arise. Here’s what you need to know if you’re considering cosmetic surgery out of the UK:

Is it safer to have plastic surgery in the UK or abroad?

No surgery is risk-free, however, if you choose to get your surgery done in the UK, then the surgeon will be able to discuss long term aftercare and be on-hand if something goes wrong. Some overseas clinics may not provide aftercare or follow up treatments.

The British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPAS) encourages patients to make sure they have frequent contact with their surgeon. They stated “At BAPRAS we believe that patients should be able to see the plastic surgeon that actually carried out the operations, if there are any concerns.”

What are the risks involved in getting plastic surgery abroad?

As well as various complications that can occur during surgery, there are also risks to consider when travelling back home after having a procedure. Flying back soon afterwards can leave you vulnerable to (DVT) Deep Vein Thrombosis (when a blood clot forms in a vein, partially or completely blocking blood flow) and a Pulmonary Embolism (when a blood vessel supplying the lung becomes blocked by a clot).

BAPRAS advises waiting five to seven days to fly home after procedures such as breast surgery and liposuction, and seven to ten days after facial cosmetic surgery procedures or tummy-tucks. There is also travel insurance to consider; it’s rare that a policy will cover you in the event of something going wrong during a planned surgery, so check that you have full insurance cover before you travel.

What is medical tourism?

‘Medical Tourism’ is the term used to describe those travelling to another country to obtain medical treatment. Medical tourism, which covers all types of procedures including elective plastic surgery – is growing worldwide at an estimated rate of 15 to 25 per cent, according to research firm Patients Beyond Borders.

More specifically, the past few years have seen a rise in cosmetic surgery tourism, which is often sold as a package deal promising surgery and a holiday. Generally speaking, it’s best to approach these kinds of holiday deals with caution. Firstly, there’s the fact that vacation time and surgery just don’t go together. You’ll need sufficient time to recover after the procedure, which means avoiding lying in the sun, doing anything energetic or drinking alcohol – which are often the highly anticipated parts of the holiday experience.

The NHS advises avoiding ‘meet-and-greet evenings’ with sales-people, and instead, meeting with the surgeon who will operate on you. Also, never pay to go a hospital you’ve never seen with a surgeon you’ve never met without any real understanding of what the surgeon can provide.

Where are the most popular destinations for cosmetic surgery?

Cosmetic surgery tourism is rife, and there are a variety of places patients are currently flocking to for their procedures. In Europe, popular destinations include Poland, Spain, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Turkey. Elsewhere, cosmetic surgery is big in Brazil, Thailand, the US and Japan.

How can I minimise the risks?

First, find out as much as possible about the procedure itself. Then, you need to thoroughly do your research into clinics in your chosen country to find out if they’re regulated and have Surgeons that are fully trained and can speak English. Check online reviews and social media to gather independent feedback on the services provided by a specific surgeon or clinic.

Finally, consider the worst case scenario. You need to have a plan in place in case something goes wrong, including insurance arrangements. For further advice, BAPRAS has a handy checklist of things to consider before going abroad to have cosmetic surgery.