‘Does my bum look big in this?’ Anyone who answered ‘yes’ to the eternal question a decade or two ago will know it wasn’t exactly the right answer back then. Super slim supermodels like Kate Moss were the vision of perfection in the 1990s, and thin was in when it came to the female figure. Take a look at today’s most celebrated female stars, however, and it’s not hard to see that in 2014 you’re more likely to get the cold shoulder if you tell someone their behind isn’t sizeable.
The hourglass shape is back with a vengeance and celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Nicki Minaj, and Iggy Azalea all wear their curvaceous derrieres with pride. Perhaps it’s no surprise then that the number of buttocks augmentations through implants has risen 484% over the past two years, with more women opting to replicate the stars’ famous figures.
Not everyone wants the trauma of full-blown surgery though, and there are some concerns about the safety of implants in light of stories about them shifting or moving. At The Private Clinic we’re proud to offer a more ‘organic’ alternatives to implants;
Liposculpting through Vaser Liposuction is a popular choice for this looking to enhance the appearance of their behind. Vaser Liposuction involves removing fat from the buttocks which in turn can help to contour and tighten the area dramatically improving the overall appearance. Vaser lipo is performed under local anesthetic or sedation if required and you will be able to leave shortly after the procedure to recover in your own home. If you are seeking a more defined and atheletic toned appearance then you may be suitable for Vaser Hi-Def which is a specialist liposuction technique that enhances the visibility of underlying toning and musculature.
To find out more about our Vaser Liposuction options or to book a consultation click here or call 03339 209135.
Another effective way is through a procedure known as fat transfer. The treatment, which is non-surgical and performed under local anaesthetic, increases volume in the area through pockets of your own fat which has been removed from other areas of the body.
Fat transfer has rocketed in popularity over the past few years, and last year alone The Private Clinic saw the number of fat transfers to the buttocks triple. The fat that is used is initially removed through minimally-invasive forms of liposuction, MicroLipo or VASER Lipo, before it is refined and then selectively injected into the buttocks. Because the material going into your body is your own, there is significantly less risk of infection or rejection, and results are natural and subtle. The bottom appears lifted and shapely, while the areas harvested for fat are slimmed down and toned.
Unlike implants, results can be permanent providing your weight is kept constant after the treatment. It certainly isn’t a quick-fix or alternative to working out at the gym; we actively encourage our patients to exercise both before and after treatment, and believe anyone who avoids a healthy lifestyle will be disappointed with their results. As the fat is completely natural, excessive weight loss too can affect your results and it is therefore recommended that you work closely with your clinic to ensure your decision is being taken at the right time. Similarly the procedure requires suitable levels of fat on the body for it to be successful; someone with very little body fat will not find the procedure suitable and it isn’t the right option for those seeking a guaranteed size change. Fat is natural, therefore we can never have total control over how it reacts with the body.
The Private Clinic
We are proud to work with some of the UK’s most renowned fat transfer doctors, all with extensive experience and knowledge in the art of fat grafting.
Our experienced team includes Dr Dennis Wolf and Dr Puneet Gupta to name a few. Our team are among the most knowledgeable pioneers of the minimally-invasive treatment in the UK, and are widely renowned for their skill and ability.
With over 30 years of Harley Street medical excellence behind us, our commitment is to find the most minimally-invasive, effective way to help you achieve your goal. We are proud of the results we have been able to achieve through fat transfer, and believe that the only way to achieve what you want is through working with the best professionals who understand what you want and strive to find the best way to achieve it.
The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) have released the figures for the number of cosmetic procedures in the UK, and despite the recent PIP scandal in 2012, figures have shown an impressive 17% overall increase on average (a significant increase that has not been seen since before the 2008 recession), with over 50,000 cosmetic procedures carried out in 2013. Women accounted for 90.5% of all cosmetic procedures in the UK with the top ten procedures being:
- Liposuction: 43% increase, with 3,772 procedures performed (largest increase of all cosmetic procedures)
- Breast Augmentation: 13% increase, with 11,123 procedures performed (the most popular cosmetic surgery for women in 2013)
- Blepharoplasty: 14% increase, 6,921 procedures performed
- Face/Neck Lift: 13% increase, 6,016 procedures performed
- Breast Reduction: 11% increase, 4,680 procedures performed
- Rhinoplasty: 19% increase, 3,841 procedures performed
- Abdominoplasty: 16% increase, 3,343 procedures performed
- Fat Transfer: 15% increase, 3,037 procedures performed
- Brow Lifts: 18%, 1,962 procedures performed
- Otoplasty: 19% increase, 670 procedures performed
Men in the UK weren’t strangers to cosmetic surgery either, accounting for 9.5% of all cosmetic procedures in the UK. The top ten cosmetic procedures for men in 2013 are as follows:
- Rhinoplasty: 9% increase, with 1,037 procedures performed (the most popular cosmetic surgery for men in 2013)
- Blepharoplasty: 17% increase, 887 procedures performed
- Breast Reduction: 24% increase, 769 procedures performed
- Liposuction: 28% increase, 554 procedures performed
- Otoplasty: 8% increase, 543 procedures performed
- Face/Neck Lift: 19% increase, 364 procedures performed
- Fat Transfer: 10% increase, 265 procedures performed
- Brow Lifts: 18% increase, 176 procedures performed
- Abdominoplasty: 15% increase, 123 procedures performed
- Breast Augmentation: stagnant figures from 2012, with 9 procedures performed
The Private Clinic of Harley Street
The BAAPS figures have shown a positive correlation with the 2013 figures at The Private Clinic of Harley Street, with the number of Fat Transfer procedures doubling since 2012 (majority being breast fat transfers, followed by buttock fat transfers). The medical team at The Private Clinic are devoted to ensuring patients are well aware of all the possible risks and complications that may result from surgery. We work with the top surgeons in the UK and our services are second to none. Find out more about our clinics and treatments here: https://www.theprivateclinic.co.uk/treatments.
A recent news story, featured in The Sunday Times last week, looked at a facial volume enhancing technique, currently being trialled in Belgium that uses stem cells in fat (adipose) tissue to selectively restore lost volume to the face, as a result of ageing. So far, it remains a trial – exactly what the stem cells are doing is unknown – if anything at all – but it is certainly an interesting trial. So while trials are the lifeblood of medicine, here at The Private Clinic our experienced team carry out fat transfer procedures utilising the latest proven techniques and technology. As a result, we wanted to share with you how we do the procedures and offer advice.
As you age, you lose fatty tissue from parts of the body that are hard to hide – most noticeably the face – and gain fat on the areas you’d like to keep it off. The skin on the face is a battleground against the elements and as you age your skin also loses elasticity, dropping downwards, exacerbating the effects of lost fat volume – evident in sagging jowls and nasolabial folds. As many struggle to shift pockets of fat in other parts of your body, science and medical know-how have stepped up and you can now have unwanted fat taken from stubborn fat deposits, around the abdomen for example, and transfer it to the ‘not-so-plump’ areas.
Fat transfer procedures typically involve taking unwanted fat from the patient’s body via liposuction (we do it here with VASER Liposuction), filtering it and transferring it to the site required by injection. This requires specific knowledge and experience to transfer effectively, without damaging the fat cells and to limit bruising. The face requires even further consideration. Here at The Private Clinic, as our very own Dr. Dennis Wolf points out, “the cannulas I use are finer than traditional fat infiltration cannulas, causing less bruising and trauma to surrounding tissue.” Make sure you ask about this, as bruising to the face is largely avoidable with an experienced doctor or surgeon.
It is important to note that with breast enlargement via fat transfer the VASER liposuction performed will have a noticeable result on the donor area, due to the volume needed, and forms an important part of the procedure. However as less fat is required for the face, for example, the removal of fat for the ‘Organic Lift’ results in less noticeable fat loss (contouring) around the donor area, unless in combination with full VASER liposuction. The primary objective of this procedure is the added volume to the ‘problem’ area, which has been receiving very positive responses from patients.
The Private Clinic
It has never been safer and more effective and with The Private Clinic’s experienced doctors and practitioners, we are at the forefront of the technology and techniques involved. We offer fat transfer procedures for the face (The Organic Lift), hands, buttocks and breasts. For more information about our clinic’s procedures and to book a consultation, please see our website: https://www.theprivateclinic.co.uk/