though many of us dream about cosmetic surgery, the reality can be a daunting experience. How do you start? When do you stop? Orchid Medical Center offers a professional and discrete range of procedures that will change the parts of your body you do not like and improve the ones you do. And while everybody’s idea of what the perfect body differs, one thing at Orchid Medical Center never changes; our commitment to you.
Our cosmetic and plastic surgery services include, but are not limited to:
A very common procedure, rhinoplasty (or nose job) is used to change the framework of your nose to alter its overall size and shape, remove bumps, and/or alter the tip and nostrils. Rhinoplasty can be used for purely aesthetical reasons or to correct breathing difficulties or other health problems. Rhinosplasty is a relatively minor procedure with side effects such as swelling and bruising subsiding in just a matter of weeks.
- Eyelid Lift
Eyelid surgery is a method to reduce loose and saggy skin from the upper and lower eyelids (eye bags). Although most of us experience this when we age, some people inherit the characteristic of loose skin around the eyes at a younger age, even as young as in their 20s. Eyelid lifts, also known as blepharoplasty can be performed under local or general anesthetic with very minimal side effects, meaning they are a quick and easy way to improve your appearance. Blepharoplasty can also be a solution to some eye conditions caused by thyroid disease.
- Face Lift
The very best facelifts are those that do not look like facelifts! Simply put, a facelift works best by tightening the loose skin around your jawline and neck, or in some cases right up to the forehead. Facelifts work best on clients in their 40s-60s when there is still sufficient elasticity in your skin, however, depending on the condition of your skin, successful results can still be achieved on people in their 80s. Face lifts are usually performed under general anesthetic and you will wear a bandage while the sutures heal. Within a few months all side effects of swelling, bruising, tightness and numbness should have gone, and any small scars can be hidden in the hairline.
- Cheek/chin implants
Cheek and chin implants are often used to restore balance in the face. Implants made from non-biological materials such as silicone are inserted into the desired area and often from the mouth to reduce the appearance of scarring. Results are often immediate with minimal side effects. It is usually done under general anesthetic.
- Ear Pinning
Ear pinning is an extremely common procedure, especially amongst children. By creating a small incision behind the ear, the cartilage that causes ears to stick out can be readjusted so that the ear sits more closely to the side of the head. It is often better to do this in the younger years when the cartilage is softer, but can be done at any age. This procedure can be carried out under local anesthetic but is often done under general anesthetic for children. After the operation, a dressing should be worn until the stitches are removed. Once the scars have healed there should be no further side effects.
- Earlobe Repair
Earlobe repair is a simple procedure that can have an immediate and dramatic effect. Lobuloplasty is used to correct rips, tears or holes in the earlobes by stitching the skin back together under local anesthetic. After the procedure you will be able to return home immediately with just a small bandage. The new scar will softened and heal in a matter of months. After around six months it is possible to have the ear re-pierced in most cases.
Due to genetics, some of us are susceptible to the build up of stubborn fat cells in certain areas, which no amount of diet or exercise seems to reduce. Liposuction is the process of removing fat via a narrow metal tube attached to a strong vacuum pump that is inserted into the body via small incisions. Side effects include swelling, bruising and scars from the incisions. Some areas take longer to heal than others however, liposuction is believed to provide a long-term solution to this problem as it is thought that fat cells do not regenerate in the adult body in the areas they have been taken from.
- Tummy Tuck
Abdominoplasty – more commonly known as the tummy tuck – is the procedure used to remove excess skin from the stomach area following drastic weight loss or pregnancy. Liposuction can sometimes be carried out at the same time as this particular procedure. Abdominoplasty leaves a curved scar above the pubic area, the length of which is dependent on the amount of skin that has been removed. Stretch marks from weight gain or loss and/or pregnancy can also be removed or greatly reduced as a result of a tummy tuck. This operation is a major procedure with a length recovery process compared to other cosmetic surgeries but the results can be life-changing.
- Arm Reduction
During brachioplasty – arm reduction – excess fat and skin is removed from the upper arms to improve its contour and shape. The size of the incision needed, and therefore the resulting scar, is determined by the amount of fat and/or skin that needs to be removed. Liposuction can also be combined with this procedure. Brachioplasty requires a moderate recovery process, which can include several days in hospital, the use of drains, wearing pressure clothing and visible scarring, though the appearance of these should reduce over time.
- Brazilian Butt
For those that feel they have too much fat in one place and not enough in others, the Brazilian butt procedure combines liposuction of the stomach, thighs, hips or elsewhere with the augmentation of your bottom. Fat is literally taken from the areas you don’t want it to be in then redistributed to your bottom for a rounder, plumper, perkier butt without the need of implants. Side effects will include swelling and bruising and you will need to wear compression clothing until the healing process is over.
- Buttock Implants
As an alternative to the Brazilian butt method, silicone implants can be inserted to augment men or women’s buttocks. Incisions are made in the natural crease of the buttock to insert the implants to minimise the appearance of scarring and the overall result is a round, firm buttock that feels like natural muscle. The procedure is carried out under general anesthetic and the recovery process is fairly minimal, with soreness, swelling and bruising dissipating in a mere matter of weeks.
- Thigh Lift
Like brachioplasty, a thigh lift is used to reshape and contour the excess skin around the top of your legs to create a slimmer, smoother physique. Incisions will be made near the groin to lift the leg and excess skin will be trimmed. This operation is performed under general anesthetic and it is normal to experience swelling, bruising and some discomfort after the procedure. In normal circumstances you can expect stitches to be removed after about one week, return to normal activities after two weeks and start exercise again in a month.
- Breast Lift/Rejuvenation
Mastopexy is the process of lifting and rejuvenating the appearance of your breasts without the use of implants. Weight loss, nursing and mother nature can all contribute to breasts sagging over time and mastopexy is the perfect solution to a fuller, perkier bosom without silicone. Mastopexy involves removing excess skin from below the breast and repositioning the nipple; the amount of scarring will depend on the amount of remodeling the breasts must undergo. Breast rejuvenation is carried out under general anesthetic and there will be a recovery process of several weeks that may involve drains being inserted into your breasts plus sutures and dressings.
- Breast Augmentation
Breast augmentation through the use of silicone or saline implants is one of the most common and popular cosmetic surgery procedures across the globe. It is most commonly used for women wishing for larger or more evenly balanced breasts. Breast implants are inserted through incisions made at the armpit, underneath the breasts or around the nipple. The visibility of these scars will fade over time but may never disappear completely. Any swelling, bruising or pain caused by breast augmentation is expected to improve in around four to six weeks, making the recovery process a relatively moderate one. You will be advised to wear a support top similar to a sports bra during recovery. This procedure may effect your ability to breastfeed but in most cases you should still be able to produce milk and nurse a baby with implants.
- Breast Reduction
Breast reduction for women – also known as reduction mammoplasty – is an option for those suffering from backache, shoulder ache, neck pain and self-consciousness. Many women with overly large breasts often find it hard to find clothing that suits their body shape, especially if their chest is disproportionate to their physique. The process of reduction mammoplasty involves excess fat and skin being removed from the breast and the nipple is often repositioned in accordance with the new shape and contour. Scarring is often kept to the nipple area but incisions may be made in other places; these should fade over time. This procedure is carried out under general anesthetic and the recovery process lasts around six weeks. Women will be permanently unable to breastfeed after this operation.
- Male Breast Reduction
There is no solid known cause for gynecomastia (enlarged male breasts) but thankfully there is a simple solution. Male breast reduction is a procedure that removes fat from the chest area often through an incision made at the nipple. Sometimes harder tissue will be removed with a scalpel as well. Liposuction can also be used in conjunction with male breast reduction. Swelling and bruising is normal following this procedure, but is expected to improve over a time span of four to six weeks. For many men, male breast reduction can be a totally life transforming experience.
- Vaginal Rejuvenation
As with all parts of the body, some women find that their vagina is not as aesthetically pleasing as they would like. This could be down to genetics or motherhood. Thankfully there is a range of procedures available to reshape and contour the vagina and labia to restore balance visually and confidence throughout the body. The pre and post operation instructions vary according to the procedures and you are advised to take part in a full and discrete consultation at the clinic to discuss your individual requirements.
- Scar Revision
The prominence of scars on the human body can be determined by many different factors including skin type, skin colour, placement on the body and how they were formed. In some cases, we may wish to revise an unsightly scar in attempt to make it less prominent. Scar revision is often conducted under local anesthetic and involves removing and repairing scars with new stitches. In some cases, dissolvable sutures can be used to reduce the appearance of stitch marks. The recovery process differs greatly depending on the size and shape of the scar being revised, but in most cases, the new scarring should fade over a period of six to 24 months.