Kevin Hancock Plastic Surgery Ltd offers a full range of cosmetic surgery procedures for men and women. Conventional plastic surgery for the treatment of skin cancer and breast reconstruction, after breast cancer treatment including mastectomy, is also available.
This is one of the commonest surgical procedures and it suits many women – from those who may be unhappy with a small bust, those with asymmetry or tubular breasts or those who have simply lost breast volume due to weight loss, pregnancy and breastfeeding. The new generation of breast implants are very safe and the procedure can be relatively straightforward and performed under a general anaesthetic with an overnight stay in hospital.
Many women suffer with large breasts which can cause back and shoulder pain and general discomfort when sleeping. In addition, it can affect lifestyle as they can also find it difficult to enjoy sports or to find well fitting clothes. Reducing the size of the breasts involves removal of skin and fatty tissue to create a smaller, firmer breast with better shape. The size of the areola around the nipples can also be reduced to the right proportion for the new breast shape and size. The procedure is carried out under a general anaesthetic, usually with a two night stay in hospital afterwards. Male breast reduction (correction of gynaecomastia or 'man boobs') is also available.
The effects of breastfeeding, weight loss or simply gravity over time can result in sagging or drooping breasts. In this situation, a breast uplift may be the best option – either on its own if there is still a good amount of breast tissue or combined with implants if breast volume has been lost. The incisions are made around the nipple, or dependent on the lift required sometimes the scar extends from the nipple downwards and under the breast in a T shape. The procedure is carried out under a general anaesthetic with one night in hospital afterwards.
An excellent option to remove a tummy ‘apron’ that has resulted from extreme weight loss or pregnancy. The procedure involves a hip to hip scar below the waist (and which can usually be hidden behind underwear), excess skin and fat is removed and muscles tightened if necessary, before the cut is stitched together. The procedure is carried out under a general anaesthetic, usually with a two night stay in hospital.
Liposuction involves the removal of stubborn fat cells and can be effective in areas such as thighs, “saddlebags”, tummy, back (flanks/love handles), upper arms and chin. It is not a weight loss option, but rather a treatment for areas of stubborn fat that are difficult to remove through diet and exercise alone. It is also good for sculpting and creating an improved shape, such as at the waistline or hips. The procedure is carried out under a general anaesthetic, sometimes as a daycase or with one night in hospital. Liposuction may be performed at the same time as other procedures such as tummy tuck.
Facelifting involves making incisions, hidden in the hairline behind the ears, and lifting the skin up to create a smoother, lifted look to reduce the effects of ageing that can result in heavy jowls and a general sagging in the face. There are different levels of face lifting:- from short scar facelift or ‘mini’ facelift to just upper or lower, dependent on the problem areas. The procedure is carried out under a general anaesthetic, usually with a one night stay in hospital.
This procedure can be carried out on upper OR lower lids alone or on uppers AND lowers at same time to reduce eye bags or heavy lids which can contribute to an overall tired or aged appearance. It can be very effective in giving a brighter, fresher look to the face in a subtle, natural way. Incisions are made which are hidden along the eye line and fat ‘pads’ can be removed and the skin lifted. The procedure is usually carried out under a general anaesthetic often with a one night stay in hospital afterwards. Blepharoplasty is often performed at same time as facelift.
Some people are unhappy with the size or shape of their nose. By making subtle changes through cosmetic surgery, a nose that is more complementary with the other facial features or face shape can be achieved. A basic rhinoplasty involves surgery from the inside of the nose and therefore all scars are hidden. The procedure is carried out under a general anaesthetic, usually with a one night stay in hospital afterwards. Patients wear a nasal splint for one week after surgery to protect the nose.
Skin cancer is becoming increasingly common and there are many types. The commonest are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and malignant melanoma. Surgery is the main treatment of these skin cancers and can include techniques such as sentinel lymph node biopsy for malignant melanoma.
Breast reconstruction after breast cancer treatment can include operations performed at the same time as the cancer operation or delayed until other treatment has been completed. Reconstructive techniques include the use of silicone implants, tissue expanders or tissue moved from other parts of the body (flap reconstruction).
Some treatments do not involve surgery such as Botulinum toxin injections to improve fine lines and wrinkles. Sometimes creams such as retinoids or chemical peels can be used to improve skin quality.