“With the increasing popularity of cosmetic surgery in the UK, Dr Christian Jessen shines a spotlight on the industry and comes to the aid of women who have fallen victim to botched operations”. In The Ugly Face of Beauty, shown last night on Channel 4, Jenssen looks at cosmetic surgery which has gone wrong, the impact on those women’s lives and explores how easily some women were led into signing up for surgery without even talking to the surgeon or understanding the risks involved. Their main concern seemed to be how to finance the surgery. Maybe we are entering a new era of cheap deals and BOGOF cosmetic surgery with little thought about whether people actually need this surgery.

Firstly, and most importantly, get help to decide whether or not to have surgery in the first place by getting imaging done to show yourself with the cosmetic changes you require. By seeing images of yourself you can then decide whether cosmetic surgery is for you – it may not be worth the pain and expense after all. Then, if you still want to go ahead, contact BAAPS (British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons) to find a reputable surgeon, not the cheapest. Look into the risks, what’s involved, how much recovery time and how much after care you will receive.

Get imaging done at changemyface from £39

See more information on the series The Ugly Face of Beauty at Channel 4

It’s always interesting to see those before and after photos so have a peak at these images to see how these Hollywood stars will look with some virtual cosmetic surgery…

Cameron Diaz with nose reshaped.

Reece Witherspoon with chin made smaller.

Sarah Jessica Parker with nose reshaped.
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It can be tough weighing up the pros and cons of surgery – especially when it can be painful and expensive but sometimes there’s something we hate about the way we look and we need to look into how it can be fixed. Verity from Hampshire says “Everytime I see a photograph of myself, I see my nose first – it just doesn’t fit with the rest of my face!” But where does she go for that initial advice?

BAAPS The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery offers this advice:

1. Make your own decisions: The real expert on your appearance and any concerns you may have is YOU. The only assistance you should need is to decide what, if any, surgery you might need, and you should ensure you get unbiased information regarding what might be technically possible and any associated risks and benefits. Do not let anyone talk you into doing anything for which you had little concern before the consultation.

2. Be Informed: Anyone considering any cosmetic procedure should ensure they are fully informed and accept the limitations and risks of any procedure. Remember, no surgeon or procedure is 100% risk free.

3. Be Comfortable: Make sure you feel comfortable with the organisation, surgeon and clinic you have chosen.

4. Know your surgeon: Many practitioners purport to be experts, but many are not even surgeons. Practitioners may boast impressive sounding qualifications, but these can have little meaning. Organisations associated with and preferably based in the Royal College of Surgeons will demonstrate acceptable standards of practice, i.e., those which you can reasonably expect of surgeons and doctors in general. Hospitals which have strong associations with NHS consultants and practice will also adhere to these standards and so offer some level of reassurance. The BAAPS can help you find a properly credentialed surgeon in your area.

To really help your decision making process, get some imaging done to show you before and after – this can sometimes help you decide one way or the other. It is also important to have a point of reference to show your surgeon.  For cosmetic surgery imaging go to www. changemyface.com and for more information and tips go to:

www.baaps.org.uk

www.consultingroom.com

Leading Plastic Surgeon Allows You To Change Your Face, Body Shape and Age At The Click Of A Button


[ClickPress, Fri Feb 22 2008] Ever wanted to see how you’d look with a flatter tummy, chiselled face or different nose? Now you can – thanks to leading plastic surgeon Adrian Richards of AR and Associates, which has launched an online service to offer people the opportunity to change their face, body, age and shape, without going under the knife.

AR and Associates is offering ChangeMyFace: specialised software created by an FBI-trained medical artist which allows you to see your face and body with different or enhanced features before committing to any surgical or non surgical procedures.

The service is available at www.gatehouseclinic.co.uk. A digitally manipulated image is provided so that you can clearly visualise yourself with the aesthetic changes. The images can then be used as a point of reference when reviewing your options.

Says Adrian Richards, consultant plastic surgeon at AR and Associates (www.arandassociates.co.uk) and member of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS):
“The biggest factor with plastic surgery is a patient’s expectations. Many come in with pictures or ideas of how they’d like to look and what they’d like to alter, sometimes without an understanding of how such a change would suit them. Changemyface is a great way of allowing people to view how the procedures would make them look before committing to plastic surgery. It offers a great point of reference and can help make an informed decision about whether or not to undergo surgery.”

The imaging software used for the service is used by Auriole Prince, who trained at the FBI Academy, has worked with plastic surgeons and is an Age Progression Artist, able to predict how children and adults may look in years to come. Her experience includes many years at the ‘Missing People’s Charity’ working as a forensic artist, manipulating images of missing persons to be used in publicity.

Auriole is also a member of the ‘Medical Artists’ Association of Great Britain’ and has done work for numerous television programmes including Channel Four’s 10 Years Younger, Extreme Cosmetic Surgery and Spendaholics.

Says Auriole: “I set up changemyface because I have come to realise that so many more people of all ages are undergoing surgical and non surgical procedures without having a guide as to how they want to look. When visiting a clinic or surgeon, we have to rely on other people’s ‘before and after’ photographs. I would like people to have more control in what can sometimes be a daunting process.”

The ChangeMyFace service is simple to use: the user chooses a procedure, uploads their image and then describes what changes they would like to make. Tips are given for submitting the right photographs to get the best result. Images are created then made available for download and printing.
The arrival of ChangeMyFace is the latest service from the growing AR and Associates offering, which operates from a series of clinics and accredited hospitals covering the Mid-Shires areas including Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Northampton and central London.

For further information about the services of AR and Associates and its locations, visit (www.arandassociates.co.uk).

Notes to Editors

Adrian Richards and Associates (www.arandassociates.co.uk) is a leading cosmetic surgery practice covering the mid-shire counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Northampton and London.

The highly qualified practice is led by Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Mr Adrian Richards, working with Specialist Aesthetic Nurses alongside associated consultants and professionals. Each surgical member of the team is a qualified plastic surgeon on the specialist register of the General Medical Council (GMC). Mr Richards is a full member of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) and the British Association of Plastic Surgeons (BAPS).

The practice offers a complete range of cosmetic surgery, using the most advanced surgical techniques available, together with non-surgical aesthetic procedures.