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New Medical Website offers free consultation in Perth!

Usually, a new medical website launch is not news worthy. They come in a dozen every month. But Body Shaping Perth is making the difference this month. By far. is not just another medical website, coming out of nowhere. It is a new website dedicated in cosmetic surgery and it is the brain child of Dr. Jayson Oates and his team at Academy Facial Plastics. In case you are not familiar with one of the best cosmetic surgery clinics in Western Australia, Dr. Oates and his team of trained medical professionals are responsible for a huge number of successful cosmetic surgeries in Western Australia (Perth).

This same team now brings you which offers up to date information about a number of intimate surgical procedures: labiaplasty, labia minora – labia majora augmentation, penis enlargement, vaginal rejuvenation, G-spot augmentation, liposuction and coolsculpting®.

Intimate cosmetic surgery is not a fad or something that people do only for aesthetic reasons. There are a number of people who need intimate cosmetic surgery for medical reasons. Body Shaping Perth offers solutions and suggestions for both these groups of patients.

What is new about this website is that not only it is full of related information and answers to questions that maybe some people would be afraid to ask, but it also offers a free medical consultation with one of the medical professionals in the clinic! You only need to book your appointment! How many medical sites offer such a service?

During the consultation you can ask any kind of related questions and have a full set of answers focused on your specific needs. Probably these needs will have to do with intimate cosmetic surgery. But if you have questions in general regarding cosmetic surgery, the way your body looks, the way that you see yourself, the way that your face is shaped, the medical professionals of will be again more than happy to answer you. For example did you know that many aesthetic procedures are non-evasive and that the recovery period varies from hours to days, depending on the procedure?

Even if you are not so keen on visiting the state of the art clinic of Body Shaping Perth(located in Subiaco, WA) you can navigate through its pages and still find the answers that you seek regarding intimate cosmetic surgery whether you are a man or a woman.

Contact Details: Dr. Jayson Oates
Suite 1a Arcadia Chambers, 1 Roydhouse Street
Subiaco, 6008, Perth
+61 8 9382 4800

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Life Line Screening Reveals Private Health Screening Survey

Life Line Screening has published the results of its private health screening survey.

Private health screening is becoming increasingly popular in the UK & Ireland. Whilst there are metrics on the benefits of screenings in detecting potentially life-threatening conditions early, and thereby preventing conditions such as Stroke and cardiovascular disease, Life Line Screening’s report aims to provide more evidence relating to the effects of screenings on modifying behavioural change.

One area of debate about health screening is that certain types of health screening can lead to “false reassurance”. An individual who has a screening may gain the impression that they have a clean bill of health if no risk factors have been identified. As a result, they may choose to pay less attention to their health overall and lead a less healthy lifestyle than they would otherwise have done. This research aims to look further at this hypothesis and gauge a better understanding of the motivations of individuals who have health screenings, based on evidence rather than subjective judgements. It aims to understand the proportions of individuals who choose to improve their health as well as the number of people who choose not to.

136 people who had Life Line Screening health screenings were surveyed in July 2010 by a researcher from Addenbrookes Hospital. They were invited to answers questions based on their perceptions on health and lifestyle changes as a result of having had a screening.

When asked “Did going for a screening make you think more about your health?” 77% of responders answered yes. Participants were then asked if they have made any positive changes to their lifestyle following their screening. 51% stated they had started eating more healthily, 45% stated they had started exercising more than before (and 18% of the total had tried a new exercise), 35% reported losing weight, 71% had focused on keeping weight at a healthy level, 60% were careful about alcohol consumption, 52% commented that they were controlling their stress levels, 30% reported they had read more health-focussed publications and 74% paid more attention to their overall health.

Only 7% of all responders commented that they had led less-healthy lifestyle following their screening.

The full report on the impact of health screening on lifestyle change is available on the Life Line Screening website in PDF format.

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Depuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement Helpline Launched To Assist Victims Of Faulty Hip Replacements

Jewish Lawyers Network has launched a hip replacement helpline. According to Lisa Spitzer MSW,” these faulty hip replacements affect seniors at a time in their lives when quality of life and independence are crucial factors” “Any surgery takes longer to recover from. The psychological and physical effects put seniors back months”. ” Having to go through additional pain and surgeries can lead to severe depression and a downhill process”.

In the months since a recall of the DePuy ASR XL artificial hip, DePuy might be facing the recall of yet another one of its hip replacements, the Pinnacle Acetabular Component, which has been facing increased scrutiny for its premature failures.

Like the ASR XL, the Depuy Pinnacle is a metal on metal system that was designed to last at least 10-15 years but now, orthopedic surgeons are reporting that these devices have been failing within one to two years of being implanted into their patients.

That’s not good news for DePuy, a division of Johnson & Johnson, which has implanted over 150,000 Pinnacle hip replacements into patients since it was put into service in 2001. Its recent recall of the defective ASR metal-on-metal hip implant systems has forced thousands of hip implant patients to have additional, painful and expensive hip revision surgeries. This effects seniors the most. All surgeries at that age are traumatic with extensive recovery time and rehabilitation. After the surgery, the patient, can spend weeks in a rehabilitation facility away from family, friends and routine. This isolation can effect mood. After discharge there is usually weeks of in home rehabilitation. Going through this once, according to Spitzer, is traumatic, We do not know how many seniors can actually go through this twice and regain the pre-surgery level of functioning. Spitzer feels this will not only affect an individuals quality of life but perhaps even life span, depending on age and other health factors. “If a senior has kept going, for instance, by play golf every day with friends and he or she loses this, it could be a downhill road” You may contact the helpline by calling 1 877-522-2123.

Although the ASR and Pinnacle are both metal on metal systems, there are significant differences between the two insofar as:
* the ASR is a monoblock design whereas the Pinnacle uses a modular system.
* the ASR cup is made of one solid piece of metal whereas the Pinnacle has an outer shell
* The Pinnacle is designed in such a way that the surgeon has the option to place a metal, ceramic or polyethylene liner inside the metal outer cup

Much of the problem seems to be with the Pinnacle 36 mm Ultamet Metal-on-Metal component which is failing at an unacceptably high rate. One of the theories seeking to determine the cause suggests that a design problem flows from the fact that the device has been created with one of the lowest clearance levels in the industry. The only other implant with a clearance level this low is the DePuy ASR.

Attorneys and experts investigating the basis for the high rate of failure point to the product design and believe that DePuy created a very narrow window for proper placement of the prosthesis and inadequately trained surgeons in the proper implantation technique.

Like, the recalled DePuy ASR system, the Pinnacle was permitted to reach the market under the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) controversial 510(k) approval process, which allows a medical device to be placed on the market without being subjected to necessary clinical trials as long as the manufacturer can show that the device is “substantially equivalent” to a device already approved on the market. DePuy’s ASR system avoided obligatory clinical trials by showing that it was fundamentally similar to the DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement system, raising some serious issues.

Recently, the FDA has received hundreds of complaints and adverse incident reports against the Pinnacle system, attributed mostly to the Pinnacle’s propensity to prematurely separate from the bone. Moreover, like many other metal on metal devices, constant friction in the Pinnacle may cause an increased risk of metallosis, i.e. the release of miniscule metal particles into the surrounding soft tissue or bloodstream.

All of this has resulted in a wave of new lawsuits being filed around the country against DePuy. Just last week, a motion was filed in the United States District Court in California seeking to consolidate all DePuy Pinnacle cases before one judge in what is known as a multi- district litigation, or MDL. The MDL Panel is scheduled to rule on this application in May.

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Failure to Investigate Cosmetic Surgeon Can Cost You Your Life

A recent death illustrates the importance of investigating your cosmetic surgeon, says Dr. Mark Scheinberg from the Center for Cosmetic Laser Gynecology. Lidvian Zelaya, 35, underwent a procedure for abdominal liposuction and buttocks injections at the Strax Rejuvenation Clinic in south Florida.

She was rushed to the hospital, but died only a few hours after the start of the procedure. Investigations of public records by ABC News reveal that Dr. Roger L. Gordon, Zelaya’s plastic surgeon at Strax, has had 20 lawsuits filed against him since 2004. He was placed on probation by the Maryland Board of Physicians for undisclosed reasons and he had his staff privileges terminated by the Florida Medical Center. The Sun Sentinal revealed that Gordon was disciplined by the state in connection with two deaths in 2004.

“If you’re choosing a plastic surgeon, you want to do your homework,” says Scheinberg. “You’re entrusting them with your body – and your life. You need a doctor you can have confidence in.”

Scheinberg has been board certified in obstetrics and gynecology since 1981 and has performed over 10,000 surgical procedures. Scheinberg has received 100s of hours of training with Professor Adam Ostrzenski, M.D. Ph.D., a pioneer in safe, effectivevaginal reconstruction and cosmetic vaginal surgery.

Zalaya’s cause of death is under investigation, but she was declared healthy enough for surgery by doctors at the Strax Clinic. “I think it’s an inherent conflict of interest if you are getting screened by the surgeon who wants to do the procedure,” said Spencer Aronfeld, a malpractice attorney retained by Zalaya’s husband, Osvaldo Vargas.

Vargas has been publicizing the case as a way of warning others to investigate their cosmetic surgeons. In particular, he is urging patients to get a second pre-operative examination by an independent doctor. He said that Zelaya chose the Strax Clinic because she got a good deal on the procedure.

“You don’t want to rush into this kind of decision or select the doctor who offers you the lowest cost,” notes Scheinberg. “You want someone who has a long record of success with the procedure you are getting. Complaints and disciplinary actions against doctors are part of the public record. Patients can and should look this information up.”

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Florida Gynecologist Rebuts Misconceptions About Cosmetic Procedures

Cosmetic gynecology is a burgeoning field with a growing number of practitioners and patients all over the U.S. However, some doctors expressed concern about the field in a recent issue of OB.Gyn News. Many worried that such procedures aren’t medically indicated, while others were concerned about negatively affecting a woman’s self-image by suggesting that her private parts might be unattractive.

However, Dr. Mark Scheinberg, a South Florida cosmetic gynecologist from the Center for Cosmetic Laser Gynecology, knows these criticisms are unfounded. “I have seen hundreds of patients in my practice, “says Dr. Scheinberg. “Many of them have functional concerns, such as pain, difficulty with urine retention, or diminished sexual satisfaction. Aging, childbirth, and other causes can result in some distressing changes in the vulva area. After surgery, they are very happy to have these functions return to normal.”

Other critics have voiced concern that gynecologists’ straying into purely cosmetic treatments is a inappropriate. However, as Dr. Scheinberg points out, “These procedures are no different than breast enhancement or tummy tucks which are performed for cosmetic reasons. Enhancing your appearance is a valid choice for women. It can improve their self-image and quality of life.”

Ultimately, Dr. Scheinberg notes, it’s an issue of giving women choices. “I believe that women should have cosmetic gynecology options,” he says. “It’s not up to me to tell a woman whether she should or shouldn’t be happy with the appearance of the vulvar area. It’s the patient’s choice.”

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Florida Center for Cosmetic Laser Gynecology Supports Safewalk for Women

Florida cosmetic gynecologist Dr. Mark Scheinberg, a member of the Ultimate Makeovers Team, will participate in the Safewalk Run 5K on October 30th. The 12th annual Safewalk benefits Women in Distress, a non-profit group that provides safe shelter and critical services to families affected by domestic violence.

The event is timed and awards are given to top finishers as well as incentives for top fundraisers. All walkers and runners are asked to raise $200; the walk’s goal is to raise $100,000. The event will be attended by the Miami Dolphin Cheerleaders and organizers expect more than 1,200 people to participate.

Dr. Scheinberg is running in the race and he has also helped to sponsor the event. “At the Ultimate Makeover Team we want to use our resources to help less fortunate individuals and the community as a whole,” said Dr. Scheinberg, a Florida cosmetic gynecology provider.”Sponsoring the Safewalk helps to fulfill both goals.”

Dr. Scheinberg is part of the Ultimate Makeover Program, in which Florida’s best doctors and health practitioners go beyond changing people’s looks to transforming their lives. The Ultimate Team will help the less fortunate through community activism and fundraising corporate partnerships as well as through cosmetic procedures.

Each year the Ultimate Makeover Team will perform a makeover for a deserving member or members of the community at no cost to the participant. The makeover may include cosmetic dentistry, plastic surgery, laser eye surgery, and personal training. Makeover recipients will be chosen from local charities and the community. The Ultimate Team also helps through community activism and corporate partnerships to raise money for charity. This year’s charity is Women in Distress.

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Free Laparoscopic Surgery for Poor Patients by World Laparoscopy Hospital

This Hospital, “WORLD LAPAROSCOPY HOSPITAL” is situated in Gurgaon at Haryana near Delhi. Managing Director – Dr. R.K. Mishra one of the renowned laparoscopic surgeons of India and Prominent Citizen Delhi with the effort of World Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons has decided to perform free laparoscopic surgery for poor and needy.

World Laparoscopy Hospital is the first hospital in the whole World who has taken decision to perform all the laparoscopic surgery for poor people completely free of cost. Only the cost of medicine will be taken from the patient. World Laparoscopy Hospital is at present, 50 bed hospital with all facilities. Because this hospital is only dedicated for laparoscopic surgery and the patient need to stay in hospital only for one day so even this 50 bed only for laparoscopy is biggest bed strength dedicated for laparoscopy by any hospital in Asia.

“We are being treated with laparoscopy by the doctors here. It is being done free. In other hospitals treatment costs rupees 40,000. They ask for 3,500 rupees only for medicine. I could not work on my daily ways laborious job and hard work due to gallbladder stone earlier but now I can do” said Pritpal Singh, Patient.

Patients belonging to the below poverty line category will be treated by laparoscopic surgery now free of cost and others can avail the treatment at nominal price here at World Laparoscopy Hospital. At World Laparoscopy Hospital, financial assistance is provided to the patients living below poverty line, who are suffering from major life threatening diseases to receive laparoscopic treatment who could not receive their treatment at Govt. hospitals. The financial assistance to such patients is released in the form of ‘one time grant’ to the Medical Superintendent of the hospital in which the treatment is being received by World Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons. Number of applications received and no. of patients to whom dree surgery have been provided under the above schemes during the last five years are now more than 950. And many hundreds has already been registered for other few month.

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Top Government Hospital for Stem Cell Treatments and Research Located in Beijing Launches English Website

The Stem Cell Transplantation Department at the General Hospital of Chinese People’s Armed Police Forces has launched an English version of its website for its ever-growing international patients seeking Stem cell treatments. The new user-friendly site reflects the department’s vision of readily available, authentic, and relevant information and aims to supply its online visitors with up-to-date information on the department’s current stem cell therapies and research programs.

The Stem Cell Transplantation Department Director Dr. Yihua An, PhD, says “Access to relevant, quality information is becoming more important for international patients, their physicians, and families. We have met the ever-increasing need for English language updates on our current research direction and practices and have developed a modern English website especially designed for a Western audience.”

The department is located at the General Hospital of Chinese People’s Armed Police Forces in Beijing – a top Level 3A military institution that integrates healthcare services, scientific research, and medical education.

The Stem cell department is active in the field of stem cell treatments and research. The department primary focus is on Stem cell treatment for Spinal Cord Injury and Brain Injury apart from central nervous system -related diseases like Cerebral palsy and Stroke.

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Florida Surgeon Describes the Three Most Dangerous Trends in Cosmetic Gynecology

“The vagina is a very complex organ, with complex nerves and muscles,” observes Dr. Mark Scheinberg, a Florida cosmetic gynecologist. “Cosmetic gynecology is a fast growing profession, so, patients need to protect themselves by doing their research about which procedure they need and which practitioner they select.”

There are three dangerous trends in cosmetic gynecology today:

• One Size Fits All

– There are surgeons who perform a florida labiaplasty or vaginal rejuvenation only one way. But, removing too much skin could result in an unnatural appearance, which many patients dislike.
– Every patient’s body is different and each patient desires different results.

• High Volume/Low Cost

– Many surgeons advertise a wide variety of procedures, but this can mean the doctor doesn’t take the time to produce good results.
– A low cost may mean that the doctor is skipping some important steps.
– Be careful when it comes to your private areas.

• One-stop shop

– Some plastic surgeons will offer vaginal rejuvenation and labiaplasty alongside face lifts, breast enhancement, Botox, and other procedures.
– But, these generalists often don’t have much training in such specialized procedures.

When choosing a cosmetic gynecologist, look for the following:

• Experience: How many surgical, gynecological, and cosmetic gynecological procedures has the doctor performed? How long have they been practicing and what is their reputation?

• Advanced training: Look for specific vaginal rejuvenation training – especially advanced training with leaders in the field.

• Multiple methods: Look for a specialist who will design a procedure specifically for you, using a variety of methods and techniques.

• Photos: Check the Web site’s picture gallery and evaluate the quality of the doctor’s work.

•Testimonials: Find out what the doctor’s patients and colleagues are saying.

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Makewell Meditour Helps Nigerian Family Find a Facility to Perform Rare Separation Surgery for Conjoined Twins

Makewell Meditour Ltd., a pioneer in India’s medical tourism industry lived up to its tagline – “Connecting you to good health” when it successfully organised the surgery that gave a new life to eight month old, co-joined Nigerian twins.

Makewell Meditour Helps Nigerian Family Find a Facility to Perform Rare Separation Surgery for Conjoined Twins

The eight-month-old twins shared a common gut from the duodenum to the end of the small intestine; along with having interconnected large intestines and blood vessels, the twin girls also shared a common liver and gall bladder. Understandably, the surgery to separate them was going to be an extremely complex one and to a large extent beyond the reach of their father, Emmanuel Adugbe who works in an ice cream factory and mother, Comfort Adugbe-, a housewife.

With the ratio of such occurrences being one in every 1, 00,000, the rarity and complexity of the surgery was not in their favour and the parents approached Makewell – an ISO certified company, in November 2009 to enquire about the medical facilities available in India. The team from Makewell realised that the success rate of such operations is only 30% and conducted a due diligence on what the best route would be while ensuring the comfort and peace of mind of the family with the progress they were making with their research.

Through the company’s networking with the best medical practices, leading healthcare institutions and doctors, most of whom have received overseas medical training and are widely acclaimed for their medical acumen; they ensured complete care of family’s medical procedures at a fraction of what it would cost anywhere.

After months of dedicated search, Makewell presented this case to the Narayana Hrudayalaya Woman and Child Institute, which agreed to conduct the complex surgery. Many surgeons who were part of this had operated on Lakshmi Tatma in 2007, born with her partially formed parasitic twin and had eight limbs. A team of 24 doctors operated on co-joined Nigerian twins, Peace and Patience Adugbe, and successfully separated them despite their complex internal anatomy.

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Bridgewater Hospital Launches Revamped Website

The Bridgewater Hospital has announced the launch of its new website, designed to better highlight the full range of services offered, as well as to communicate the hospital’s major points of difference.

Bridgewater Hospital Launches Revamped Website

One of the new features of the site is an interactive body map, whereby individuals can search for a treatment or condition by clicking on the relevant body part. Separate body maps are available for males and females.

The new site also includes a comprehensive database of treatments and other hospital offerings, profiles of the doctors and surgeons that work at the facility, and a forum, where patients and others can post questions for the hospital’s medical professionals to respond to.

The Bridgewater Hospital is located in central Manchester, and was acquired by the Optical Express Group in 2006. Renowned for its state of the art technology, the facility aims to provide the highest standard of patient care, offering treatments ranging f r o m cosmetic surgery, to orthopaedics, to pregnancy scans. Bridgewater also provides extensive diagnostic screening and is the surgery provider to a number of elite athletes, including Premiership and Championship Football Clubs, Premiership Rugby, and a variety of individuals preparing to compete in the 2012 Olympics.

Lesley Taylor, the executive director of the hospital, commented: “We’re incredibly excited about the launch of the new website. We feel that it more effectively communicates the wide range of offerings that Bridgewater has to offer, and provides patients with an informative, interactive, and professional resource.

“There are so many benefits of using a state of the art facility like ours, and we felt that our online presence should reflect these strengths. It is our hope that patients both embrace and engage with the new site.”

In addition to the treatments and services offered, the hospital also hosts regular information events. These events, covering topics ranging f r o m fertility, to teenage skin, to cosmetic surgery treatment options, are all free and open to the public. Information on upcoming events can be found on the hospital’s website.

Being part of the Optical Express Group, the hospital is also used to perform intraocular lens treatment (IOL), as well as other eye surgeries, though LASIK and LASEK are not performed on-site.

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Team EyeCare 20/20 Members Predicted to Win Multiple Medals in Vancouver

Team LASIK-FOR-THE-GOLD, is a collection of champion Olympic athletes from across the country who have all had LASIK vision correction surgery by Cary M. Silverman, M.D., Medical Director of EyeCare 20/20.

With exactly one month to go to the start of the Winter Olympic Games, American athletes are scattered around the globe, some are desperately looking to secure their spot on the team, others making the final preparations of a never ending quest to deliver their life’s best performance next month in Vancouver, when it matters most. With the clock ticking, the LASIK-For-The-Gold Winter Olympians appear poised to bring home their share of Olympic hardware. Here is an update on each of the world class athletes who are patients of Cary M. Silverman, M.D. and the team of eye care professionals at EyeCare 20/20:

Katherine Reutter (short track speedskating) – Reutter is now a 17-time world cup medalist who is locked-n-loaded for her Olympic debut. She will compete in four different events and is considered to be one of Team USA’s most likely Olympic medalists.

Chad Hedrick (speedskating) – Already a gold, silver and bronze medalist from the 2006 Olympics in Torino, Hedrick has recently returned to his championship form and earned medals in both of his last two world cup events, including a gold medal in Calgary, Canada in December. Hedrick will square off against fellow American Shani Davis in the 1500 meters at this year’s Games in what promises to be one of the must-see showdown events of the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Curt Tomasevicz (bobsled) – A pusher behind U.S. driver Steve Holcomb in Team U.S.A.’s number one sled the ‘Night Train’, Tomasevicz and his teammates are on the podium more often than they are off of it. They are considered the team to beat when the Olympic medals are on the line next month.

Eric Pac (bobsled) – Long since considered ‘likely to make the Olympic Team’, Pac has recently shown that simply getting to the Olympics isn’t good enough. A world cup bronze medal in Salt Lake City in November turned heads on the international bobsled circuit and marked Pac as someone to keep an eye on in Vancouver. She currently holds a 5th place ranking in the overall World Cup standings.

Molly Engstrom (hockey) – A bronze medalist at the 2006 Olympics, a World Champion, and a long time member of the U.S. National Team, Engstrom and her teammates are highly likely to do battle with the host Canadian team with gold medals on the line. In this heated international rivalry, silver doesn’t count.

Dan Joye (luge) – Joye, who is part of the doubles luge team of Niccum & Joye, will enter the Games, his second Olympics, as part of the number one ranked U.S. sled. A recent world cup fourth place finish marked the team’s best ever placing – one step up in Vancouver will put Joye on the podium. For more information about any of the Team EyeCare 20/20 athletes, visit:

About Cary M. Silverman, M.D. and EyeCare 20/20: Located in EastHanover, NJ, EyeCare 20/20 provides ophthalmic care for the entire family whether it’s routine vision correction or surgical intervention. Under the direction of Cary Silverman, M.D., Medical Director, they serve patients from surrounding communities as well as those from other states nationwide. Their beautifully decorated, modern facility gives patients a comfortable, yet most efficient environment in which to receive treatment. Dr. Silverman specializes in innovative LASIK vision correction, state-of-the-art refractive cataract surgery, as well as an array of other refractive surgery options for patients who are not candidates for LASIK. For more information, visit:

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Moob Tube

A new vest has been launched which promises to give men a six-pack and banish dreaded “moobs”, but wearers have been disappointed with results.

The vest has reinforced elastane panels designed to decrease breast size and tummy and side panels to reduce love handles. But men are finding the vest is not living up to expectations. Chris Rose of Wood Green, in North London tried out the vest on his 40in chest and beer belly.

He said: “My moobs and tummy are slightly better, but it feels like a wetsuit and looks ridiculous on me.”

It seems men are desperately seeking something to boost their confidence in the body stakes- with male liposuction and breast surgery soaring in the past year.

Men looking to achieve that sculpted look can have a free consultation at The Hospital Group.

The Hospital Group, one of the country’s leading cosmetic surgery clinics saw a staggering 318 per cent increase in the number of ‘moob’ reduction procedures performed in 2008 compared to 2003.

Marrius Muller, a former gynaecomastia patient at The Hospital Group said: “Before surgery I used to hate seeing myself topless in the mirror. The surgery not only changed the way I felt about myself and body, but also how people perceive me.

“It gave me that added confidence which I lacked for so many years. Now, I can’t wait to get my top off on the beach.”

As well as the male breast reduction procedure, The Group also perform a number of other procedures helping men achieve that dream body, including gastric bands, abdominoplasty and liposuction.

Since The Hospital Group was established in 1992, it has grown from a small pharmaceutical company to one of the UK’s foremost cosmetic surgery providers. The Group is committed to providing the very highest standards and all procedures are performed by an expert medical team in state-of-the-art facilities that are second to none.

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Diet Pill Risk to Health

Dieters looking for a quick fix have been warned against popping mineral pills – after researchers found they increased the risk of heart disease.

The supplement selenium has been hailed by diet gurus as the miracle solution to shifting stubborn fat. The tablets contain antioxidants which some believe can also help to cut the chances of developing cancer.

But researchers at Warwick University found that too much selenium can cause cholesterol levels to rocket.

Using the mineral increased the risk of heart disease by 8 per cent and researchers have now called for a ban on the supplement. Although there is no speedy steps to lose weight, The Hospital Group can provide clear and concise advice for those wishing to undergo weight loss surgery.

The Hospital Group, the UK’s biggest provider of weightloss surgery, has seen a 73.9 per cent increase, with a staggering 12,848 people seeking surgery in 2008. In 2007, 7,385 people enquired into gastric procedures.

The surgery, including gastric band, gastric bypasses and gastric balloons can be used alongside liposculpture – also known as liposuction – and adominoplasty – the common tummy tuck– to sculpt and perfect your body and give you a healthier lifestyle.

Such is the interest in The Hospital Group’s weight loss procedures, bookings have increased to levels above that of the NHS. While the NHS reported that it had performed 2,724 weight-loss operations in 2008, The Hospital Group performed a total of 3,015 gastric procedures in the same period.

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Eyelift Surgery On The Up

The Hospital Group has reported that the popularity of an upper eyelid lift (blepharoplasty) has been on the increase over the past 5 years, with 62% more patients opting for this surgery.

The typical eyelift surgery patient has drooping layers of skin and deep wrinkles on the eyelids. These lead to a tired and a sad looking appearance. This may run in families and is common in both men and women.

During this procedure a curved incision is made across the natural crease of the skin and excess fat and tissue is removed to lift and open up the eye area.

A spokesperson for The Hospital Group, said: “Ageing is an issue which more and more people, both men and women, are keen to combat. Eye-lid surgery opens out the eyes and softens lines for a more youthful look.”

This common plastic surgery procedure, to correct heavy, saggy or tired-looking eyelids is called upper blepharoplasty. The procedure removes excess skin and fat in the eyelids to provide tauter skin and a fresher looking eye area.

After the procedure, this patient’s eyes and face look much brighter and more youthful without the eye lids. This patient had both upper and lower blepharoplasty (i.e. eyelids and eyebag removal).

The Hospital Group is one of the UK’s leading providers of cosmetic surgery, number one in obesity surgery and tummy tuck experts. So whatever your requirements, you can rest assured in the safe hands of the professionalism and experience that THG has to offer.

Since The Hospital Group was established in 1992, it has risen to become the UK’s biggest weight loss surgery providers, performing more gastric band procedures last year than the NHS. The Hospital Group is committed to providing the very highest standards and all procedures are performed by an expert medical team in state-of-the-art facilities that are second to none.

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Liposuction on the Increase

The Hospital Group has reported that the number of women having liposuction has increased by 42% in the past 4 years Liposuction has grown in leaps and bounds over the last few years and is often now referred to as liposculpture. Liposculpture creates the same result as the more commonly used term, liposuction or Lipo. Very similarly to liposuction excess fat cells are removed, from almost any part of the body.

However, in contrast to liposuction, the procedure of liposculpture is a more time consuming operation with a greater amount of personal skill required by the plastic surgeon, and creates a smoother end result, changing the contours of your body or face. This cosmetic surgery procedure is suitable for both men and women.

A spokesperson for The Hospital Group, said: “Liposuction is an incredibly popular procedure. With increasing coverage of celebrity bodies, we are seeing more women turn to liposuction to help them create the body they are looking for. Liposuction is a great option for tackling those stubborn areas which can be resistant to diet and exercise.”

The procedure involves insertion of a Cannula (small tube-like syringe) through a small incision in the skin. The fat is then drawn through the tube leaving a much smoother surface. The procedure is carried out under General Anaesthetic.

For those looking to undergo the procedure: the best candidates for liposculpture are those with stubborn areas of fat which are resistant to diet or exercise. This could include the tummy, buttocks, chin, arms, knees etc. A consultation with a Surgeon will help you identify what sort of outcome you could expect and if it is the right procedure for you. For example, liposuction can remove excess fat around the abdomen, but not excess skin. In this case a tummy tuck might be recommended in order to achieve the desired result.

The Hospital Group is one of the UK’s leading providers of Plastic Surgery, number one in Obesity Surgery and Breast Enlargement experts. So whatever your requirements, you’re in safe hands!

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Obesity and Society

Obese and overweight people are forecast to cost the nation £50 billion – half the NHS budget for a year – by 2050 if the trend continues unchecked, with diabetes the biggest draw on these figures.*

The NHS spends an estimated £600m a year on treating diabetes – the largest in primary care – and tackling obesity levels in Britain could save an estimate £950 per person each year. **

As well as drug spend, hospital admissions for Britans with problems caused by weight-related diabetes also doubled, from 7,000 in 2003-04 to 14,320 in 2007-08. **

In five years, the total numbers of people admitted to hospital as a direct result of obesity rose by 190 per cent, with 5,056 admissions in 2007-08. **

Leading dietitian and Head of Weight Management Services at The Hospital Group, Cirian Marie-Beddoes, said: “Barely a day passes without the cost of obesity on the NHS being mentioned. It’s a very real fact that as well needing to tackle obesity on a personal level, the nation’s obese must consider what a huge drain their weight-induced health problems are on the NHS.

“Having spent nine years working in obesity in the NHS, I feel that the only way to curb the epidemic is with the support of private healthcare, such as gastric band surgery at The Hospital Group.”

A report on the matter produced these key findings:

• Awareness of the problem is not low. †
• 49% of those questioned blamed their poor diet for their size. †
• 63% blamed a lack of exercise. †
• Stress was blamed by 20% of those questioned. †
• 14% blamed their genes and the same percentage said that they were too busy to do anything about their weight. †
• Giving up smoking, large breasts, beer and ‘emptiness’ were also accredited. †

A separate survey revealed that some overweight people believe their weight has affected their careers. The following are some interesting comments that came from this survey:

“I think it’s natural that people have less respect for you if you are overweight.”

“Some people look upon overweight people negatively in that they feel they cannot control how they eat, which may reflect in working life.”

All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 2056 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 5th-7th October 2009. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).

OnePoll questioned 4000 adults between 19-21 October 2009. The survey was carried out online and the panel used was aged 16+ and nationally representative.

∆You Gov
†One Poll
*Change4Life campaign
** Liberal Democrat figures

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The Real Cost of Obesity on your Health

Obesity is responsible for 9,000 premature deaths a year in England. It reduces life expectancy by, on average, 9 years. The Department of Health’s Change4Life campaign also advises that after quitting smoking, keeping a healthy body weight is one of the best ways to reduce your chances of getting cancer.

With all these home truths, why are so many people ignoring the real cost that obesity can have on their health?

Leading dietitian and Head of Weight Management Services at The Hospital Group, Cirian Marie-Beddoes, said: “One of the most prevalent health issues for the obese is diabetes. 2.5 million people in the UK suffer from Diabetes and a great proportion of those with Type 2 could be cured if they lost their excess weight. “Obesity is recognised as the main factor in contracting Type 2 diabetes, which can lead to further complications such as foot ulceration, nepthropathy, retinopathy and heart disease – all with serious risks and discomfort for the patient, but also costly to treat.”

Research published by the American Journal for Medicine showed that following obesity surgery, 87% of type 2 diabetics either saw a complete cure or improvement.

Cirian added: “We are in a recession, but eating out has become the norm – the team of dietitians at The Hospital Group find that obese families think nothing of popping out for all-you-can eat pizza or Chinese on a regular basis. “This is the root of the problem. People who maintain a clinically obese body weight have a habit of consuming body-builder levels of calories and of course that has to change with a restricted calorie intake. “But it’s also a case of looking at what makes up a person’s diet. You can consume 1,000 high-quality calories and blossom or the same number of calories in junk food and you’ll be ill.”

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The Cost of Obesity on Family Life

Playing with your children, relations with your partner or nights out with friends – all something people take for granted, but obesity can take away.

The Real Cost of Obesity report found that those living with a BMI over 25 begin to notice an effect on their relationships with those closest to them, but at this stage few recognise it is their weight which is dragging them down.

Leading dietitian and Head of Weight Management Services at The Hospital Group, Cirian Marie-Beddoes, said: “The team of dietitians at The Hospital Group see people every day who didn’t consider their weight to be the cause of the problems in their lives until they were ranking well above the 30 BMI level.”

The Department of Health has forecast by 2050, 9 in 10 adults will be overweight or obese* – being overweight is now the norm. “These people often feel terrible about themselves. Our job is to nurture and nourish their love of food, a healthy balanced diet and being socially and physically active.

“The real problem is that those 9 out of 10 adults are today’s children. Without meaning to, some people in Britain are living poorer lives and beginning to set their children on the same track.”

A recent report on the matter uncovered the following:

•Nearly half (45%) admitted their weight prevented them playing with their children and enjoying leisure with their family, with the top five activities ranked as:

o Swapping clothes
o Adventure sports
o Horse Riding
o Rollercoasters
o Bike Rides

•Almost a quarter (22%) admitted their children or family had hinted at embarrassment or concern about their weight – with men experiencing this more than women.

•37% of the obese people questioned said their weight negatively affected their ability to take part in leisure activities.

•22% of the obese people questioned said that their weight had had a negative effect on their sex life.

•11% of the obese people questioned said this had now had a knock on effect on the relationship with their partner.

•Those who felt their weight didn’t stop them doing any leisure activities was directly proportionate to BMI – the heavier being the more affected (with only 30 severely obese respondents).

The Hospital Group is one of the UK’s leading providers of cosmetic surgery and gastric bypass surgery experts. So whatever your requirements, you can rest assured in the safe hands of the professionalism and experience that THG has to offer.

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Optical Express Is Currently Launching Its First Television Advertising Campaign Highlighting Its Cosmetic Surgery Brand, The Cosmetic Clinic

The advertisement – a 30 second television ad – was created in an effort to put the brand, as well as the Bridgewater Hospital, on the map, and to let the residents of Manchester know that they have a state-of-the-art hospital at their doorstep.

The advertisement features a series of women in their daily routines; shopping, swimming, and sitting down for drinks with friends. The theme is body confidence and feeling good about yourself, which is the message the company wants to promote with regards to The Cosmetic Clinic, and which fits with the motto of the clinic: Your body, your choice.

Bridgewater Hospital, where The Cosmetic Clinic is based, is a custom-built private medical hospital hailed for its advanced technologies, some of which are unique in the UK. The cosmetic surgery hospital ward consists of private cubicles to ensure privacy for patients, all centrally located around a nurses’ station. The hospital’s diagnostic suite is fully digitised for immediate transmission of information, and equipped with the latest diagnostic radiology equipment.

Each of the three operating theatres has been created to meet extremely high air quality specifications as to avoid airborne infections, and a closely observed recovery area has been created so that patients can be monitored as they wake up from their anaesthetic.

The Cosmetic Clinic offers a full range of procedures, from breast enlargement, reduction and uplift, to liposuction, tummy tucks, and rhinoplasty. Though the current advertisement targets women, The Cosmetic Clinic offers procedures for both men and women. All surgeons are on the Specialist Register of the General Medical Council, and FRCS (Plas) accredited, to ensure the highest quality of care.

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