Medical Benefits Of A Tummy Tuck

Healthy eating and gym visits may not always leave you with the body you want. Sometimes, you can’t get that belly bulge to disappear, no matter how much effort you put in. In fact, losing weight elsewhere on your body may leave your tummy more pronounced, leaving people disheartened about the way they look. There is, however, a solution.


Tummy tucks, also known as abdominoplasty, were once considered the procedure of the rich and famous, but are becoming increasingly common amongst the general population due to their affordability and amazing results.

They also have some less well known medical benefits too, making a tummy tuck a great option for everyone.


1. Improved abdominal tone and posture

After pregnancy, or weight loss, the stomach muscles can become distended, which cannot be rectified by exercise and diet alone. In this situation, a tummy tuck will significantly tighten these weak muscles, as well as removing unwanted fat and excess skin, and flattening the abdomen. This has many medial benefits, as weak abdominal muscles are often linked with back pain and irregular positioning of the spine. Tummy tucks will result in better posture and improved back support, helping to prevent against all types of back pain.


2. Reduces the risk of ventral hernias

Ventral hernias occur when an organ, often a part of the intestines, breaks through the abdominal muscle wall, forming an obvious and usually painful bulge below the skin. These types of hernias have many potential causes, including caesarean sections, having your appendix removed or significant weight loss. As tummy tucks serve to increase the strength of the abdominal muscles, this reduces the risk of hernias being formed, saving you large amounts of pain and potential future surgery.


3. Reduction of stress urinary incontinence

For anyone who has given birth naturally, there is a chance of developing stress urinary incontinence. This is a bladder control problem caused by the displacement of the bladder, urinary tract and weakening of the associated muscles due to vaginal births, and will manifest itself through accidental and uncontrollable leakage from coughing, sneezing and laughing. A tummy tuck can help to restore the natural positions of these organs and muscles, reducing the risk of incontinence.

Now that you know a tummy tuck can provide medical benefits, as well as giving you more confidence in your appearance, it’s time to book one. For more information on this procedure please look at, or contact us here



The top three cosmetic surgery trends for men in 2018

Male cosmetic surgery is on the rise. Here are three of 2018’s most popular treatments:


The top three cosmetic surgery trends for men in 2018

1. Hair transplants

We all know a male friend who is going a bit thin on top. But male pattern baldness, or any form of hair loss, is now one of the number one causes of anxiety among men – particularly if they’re young. With 40% of men under the age of 35 worried about losing their hair, hair transplant surgery is on the rise. Restoring hair is an enormous confidence booster, and with modern technology, the surgery is only getting better and better. With well-known poster boys for the treatment like Wayne Rooney, we’re seeing a lot of the stigma attached to cosmetic surgery for men vanishing. Modern procedures often involve removing hairs from the back and side of the head, where they tend to grow thicker, and implanting them at the follicle into bald or balding areas. Costs can vary, but increase with the amount of work required.


2. Liposuction

Despite the massive growth of the health and fitness industry, some people still find it extremely difficult to shift fat. This can be a massive blow to men’s confidence, particularly with the seemingly ubiquitous presence of chiselled abs and ripped celebrities in movies, on TV and all over social media. Different forms of liposuction have for a long time been a popular way for men to reveal their six-pack, or just generally more toned stomachs.


3. Gynaecomastia surgery (or male breast reduction)

As any man who has ever worn an unflattering shirt will know, a flabby chest can be a source of embarrassment and plummeting self-confidence. ‘Man-boobs’, as they’re colloquially known, aren’t always the product of a bad diet, or even a lack of enough exercise. Hormone imbalances, genetic differences and even bone structure and muscle insertions can lead to the appearance of male breasts. In fact, about 50% of men suffer from the condition. Male breast reduction is on the rise, with double-digit growth year on year – it involves a surgeon making a small incision and removing fatty tissue from under the nipple, and costs hover around £3,000 at the moment.


Almost 50% of women want to ‘turn back the clock’

A new survey has found that almost 50% of women now reach a point in their life where they become keen to turn back the clock with their appearance.

Almost 50% of women want to ‘turn back the clock’

This, of course, is just one of the reasons why cosmetic surgery has become so popular in the UK.

The figure is the result of research conducted by the Centre For Advanced Facial Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery, in which 2,000 people took part. Of the women who were included in the survey, 46% of those revealed that they wanted to ‘turn back the clock’ to their youth – in particular back to the days when they were in their 20s.

The women involved in the research pinpointed the age of 45 as the peak time when they had begun to feel ‘invisible’, as well as lacking in male attention. Meanwhile, men were found to have a similar experience when they reached the slightly more mature age of 47. According to the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, it’s generally women who are quick to take action though. In fact, 91% of plastic surgery procedures were performed on women in the UK in 2017.

Dr De Silva – the man behind the new survey – explained that while women in their 40s have never looked better because of diet and lifestyle, many still don’t accept their natural appearance and strive for better. He said: “Whether we like it or not, the age of invisibility happens to both sexes throughout their forties and fifties.”

The surgeon added: “For women, we found the peak age was 45. We are all living longer and healthier lives and women have never looked better in their 40s but they do feel under increasing pressure to turn back the ageing process. Men report declining levels of allure two years later at 47, though they seem happier to let nature take its course.”

Time to turn back the clock

You don’t have to hit a certain age before considering plastic surgery. Instead, you can take advantage of a cosmetic procedure before, during or after you reach your 40s. If you want to find out more about your options, be sure to get in touch with Belvedere.


How fillers can help you embrace the make-up free trend

The new feminist movement insists that women are just fine the way they are:

How fillers can help you embrace the make-up free trend

there is a movement against rigorous body hair removal, with armpits and legs being allowed to sprout luxurious growth. Along with this reluctance to shave or wax comes a refusal to wear high heels, despite the salutary effect they have on the shape of the leg, and more and more women of a certain age are choosing to no longer wear makeup for every public outing.
While this rejection can feel liberating for some, it can also be very concerning for others who feel naked baring their skin, especially in the age of the selfie.From around the mid-to-late thirties, fine lines begin to creep over a women’s face. This is an almost purely female problem as men have skin that is up to twenty-five per cent thicker than a women’s, which means it resists ageing more readily than fine female skin. These lines can look attractive, giving warmth, humour and character when they form pleasingly around the eyes and mouth, but all too often they are unsightly, sagging and pulling down the corners of the mouth and emphasising the natural thinning of the lips that also occurs around this time of life.

One way to make sure that you can maintain a natural nude look for longer is by the judicious use of cosmetic processes such as lip fillers. Of course, we have all seen examples of those rare people who suffer a condition known as dysmorphia in which they have cosmetic surgery after surgery, making the end result look overdone.

These days lip fillers are made from hyaluronic acid, a substance found naturally occurring in the body. The filler is injected into the area that is showing signs of crepe skin and sagging, and plumps it up, returning it to a youthful freshness.
Properly performed processes – such as the lip fillers that Michelle Keegan is reputed to have recently invested in – are very subtle and simply erase the lines without creating that over-stretched, tight look. Fillers will eventually wear off, but the need to have them topped up occasionally is more than repaid by the admiration that will be garnered from being able to go make-up free into your fifties. To find out more, speak to us at Belvedere Clinic today.


Is there a correlation between celebrities and young people undergoing plastic surgery?

Is there a correlation between celebrities and young people undergoing plastic surgery?You should only undergo plastic surgery when you are confident that it is the choice for you.

Whether it be a breast augmentation due to an irregularity in your breasts or even a tummy tuck after weight loss; whatever it may be it is a decision that you take after careful thought and consideration.

Celebrity influence

However, with the increase of young people on social media, they are more and more at risk of being influenced by their celebrity idols. With cosmetic surgery being so available to the stars it makes it seem as if it is a very common practice, even for the younger celebrities who are finding stardom. It is this attitude that makes younger people believe that it a small decision to make.

The added pressure of having to look a certain way in society will be what drives the naive and impressionable to undergo cosmetic surgery. Celebrities such as Bella and Gigi Hadid are beautiful and others desire to look like them. However, Bella’s decision caused a great amount of controversy due to the fact that she changed her image so dramatically that her friends and relatives were noted to have said that they did not recognise her. This is not a positive representation for young women when it comes to their understanding of plastic surgery.

Make sure it is right for you

Even though cosmetic surgery can be used to change a feature of your body that has plagued you; or to fix an irregularity that has come about as a result of weight loss or a change in your body, it should only be undertaken after an individual has stopped developing. Interfering with the body’s natural development could either make the surgery null and void or even cause problems later in life. Members of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (BAAPS) have commentated that yes, some young women may have a need for surgery at an early age for correctional reasons, but those who undergo it purely as a result of celebrity influence could regret it as they are at a psychologically vulnerable age.

Cosmetic surgery can do wonders to correct your image and increase your self-esteem; or even give you the much-needed confidence that you have been missing. Whatever the reason for Plastic surgery, the decision needs to be made after great consideration and at a point when the body has finished developing. Contact Belvedere today for the right support and advice for your next cosmetic procedure.


The good, the bad and the ugly of celebrity plastic surgery

Celebrities are the first to deny that they’ve had any Plastic Surgery done, but this is not particularly believable as the work they’ve had done shows on their faces, especially the more extreme procedures that you should avoid.

Have a look at some of these extreme celebrity examples to get an idea of what works and what doesn’t so your plastic surgery looks natural and improves what’s already there rather than changing your whole face.

Plastic surgery gone wrong

pete-burns-celebrity-plastic-surgery1Pete Burns

One of the worst examples of plastic surgery going wrong is Pete Burns, former DJ, TV personality and man about town. Mr Burns had so many lip implants (and also probably other work like cheek implants) he barely looked like he used to.

Katie Price

Katie Price, the former model known as Jordan, has definitely had multiple breast implants. She has up to eight breast augmentations, lip fillers, botox and a myriad of other procedures. Unfortunately, Katie has had to step away from the surgeon’s knife because of rupturing breast implants.

Plastic surgery gone right

The good, the bad and the ugly of celebrity plastic surgeryKate Beckinsale

Kate Beckinsale, English star of movies like Underworld, has had minor plastic surgery done, but very well, and she shows just what little work can do without going over the top. She appears to have teeth veneers fitted and a minor nose job, but this work was so subtle it accentuated her natural beauty rather than making her look older or unnatural.

Keira Knightley

Keira doesn’t appear to have had a lot of plastic surgery done, or perhaps it’s so subtle it’s hard to notice. Her jaw line has definitely changed since her Bend it like Beckham days, and it has given her face a far more streamlined look.

Whether you’re thinking about breast enlargement, liposuction, tummy tuck, lip fillers, rhinoplasty or any other cosmetic enhancements, the Belvedere Clinic, established in 1995, is the perfect location for you to make these improvements. We are based on the border of Kent, so travelling from London is easy, and we’re surrounded by beautiful gardens and well trained professionals who will help you every step of the way. Get in touch with Belvedere Clinic today and start a path to your better, more confident future.

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4 FAQ’s About Breast Augmentation

Many women are overwhelmed and confused when it comes to the facts surrounding breast augmentation.


This type of cosmetic surgery often comes with lots of misinformation and myths. Below we have put together four of the most frequently asked questions about breast augmentation.

1. Am I suitable for breast augmentation?

This is a question that you need to ask yourself and your chosen cosmetic surgeon. Many women choose to have breast augmentation after pregnancy or breastfeeding to regain the shape they once had. Another reason is when shape and definition has been lost following weight loss or simply due to age. Whatever your reason, you need to carefully consider all risks and benefits of having this cosmetic procedure.

2. What happens during the consultation?

During the first consultation, you will be able to discuss your wishes and expectations of the surgery with your surgeon. They will advise you on the best type and shape of breast implant to use, dependent upon your frame and size. They will also suggest if the breast implant should be placed in front of or behind the muscle. The real purpose of the initial consultation is for you to ask questions and to gain information about the procedure.

3. What size is right for me?

This is one of the biggest questions you need to ask yourself. What cup size should you go up to? This very much depends upon your natural cup size and shape of breast. You also need to take into account any loose skin, or excess fat surrounding the breast area. Your surgeon can help you with this decision via the use of 3D software that shows you how your breasts will look post-surgery. They can also show you ‘before and after’ images of their past work.

4. Different shapes of implant

Breast implants come in various sizes and shapes. Implants are round, teardrop and have different finishes. Once again your cosmetic surgeon will best advise you on the many different types of implant to meet your needs. If you already have a good breast shape but are lacking in volume, then the best choice is the round implant. If your breast is lacking in shape and volume, then the teardrop implant is the preferred choice.

Please do contact us here at Belvedere Clinic for more information about breast augmentation and to book your free consultation today.


4 things you need to know about liposuction

Liposuction is a popular cosmetic procedure that targets areas of the body such as the tummy, buttocks, and thighs.


Sometimes we just need a little help to sculpt and shape the body, particularly after losing weight or following a pregnancy. If you choose to have liposuction and lead a healthy lifestyle, then the results can be amazing, both for your body and self esteem. Below we explore four things that you need to know about liposuction.

Liposuction will not help you lose weight

One common myth surrounding liposuction is that it can be used to help you lose weight. Sadly, this is not true. During the procedure only a small amount of body weight is actually lost. Liposuction targets those stubborn areas of the body where you find it difficult to remove fat. It can also help to target areas such as the waist. Liposuction should be used in conjunction with healthy eating and exercise, not to solely help you lose weight. It should also be noted that individuals with a BMI over 30 are not suitable for liposuction.

Not just for the tummy

Many people believe that liposuction is only performed on the tummy and waist areas, but this simply isn’t true. It can be used on most parts of the body, where there are unwanted fat deposits. Liposuction can be carried out on the chin and even knees. Every individual is different, and a consultation would be needed before commencement of treatment.

The non-surgical liposuction option

Today, many cosmetic surgeons offer a non-surgical procedure, known as Vaser liposuction. Unlike traditional liposuction that uses small surgical incisions, vaser liposuction uses ultrasound techniques, instead of puncturing the skin, that can target those unwanted fat cells. This is a good option when invasive surgery is not recommended for medical reasons.

Minimal scarring

Many individuals are concerned about the appearance of their skin following liposuction, in that they may be left with lots of visible scars. The good news is that liposuction produces minimal and fine scars. Another good piece of news is that these scars will fade within two to three months.

To find out more about having liposuction performed by Belvedere, then please do get in touch with us today. The Belvedere also offer the latest in Liposuction procedures the Micro Power Assisted Liposuction(PAL) find out more on our website


10% Discount on ALL Cosmetic Surgery Procedures

To Celebrate our 35th Year Anniversary, For the next month we are offering 10% discount on all Procedures Including Breast Enlargement Surgery.


At the Belvedere Clinic we have our own private hospital which is fully regulated and stands in its own private grounds unlike many of our competitors who simply rent facilities.  This means we are able to retain quality of care and give an exceptional service. 

All our consultations are free and we give you an in depth assessment with our fully qualified consultant cosmetic surgeons.  In our consultation rooms you have the added luxury of our 3D Imaging system which can show you your before and after look prior to your surgery.  You will have your own personal patient co-ordinator, not a sales person, who will support you from your initial consultation through to post operative appointments.

We believe we have one of the largest operating theatres in the country and ours is one of the most technologically advanced operating theatres available today.  We have separate anaesthetic rooms with adjacent recovery suites and all our personnel are at a very senior level with years of theatre and quality of care experience. We have a state of the art air handling unit which changes the air on numerous occasions hourly, ensuring that our patients do not get infections.

All our clients upon request have the opportunity to be shown around our facilities including the theatre suite and hospital rooms prior to consultation.  During your stay you have your own room with your own TV and en-suite bathroom. 

The Belvedere Clinic is at the forefront of the cosmetic surgery industry and our aims are to give you the surgery you require and your new look with all the comfort that goes with it.


One in five men getting a hair transplant is in their 20s

One in five men getting a hair transplant is in their 20sHair loss has affected men throughout history.

Whether it’s just a case of things thinning out up top or whether it’s total baldness, many sufferers have been forced to allow nature to take its course… until now.

You see, the number of male patients receiving a hair transplant has hit an all-time high after there were 635,189 procedures carried out around the world in 2016. Perhaps even more remarkably, the data shows that one in five men are still in their 20s when they choose to do something about their hair loss.

This telling detail was recently revealed by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery. It stands as further evidence that hair transplants are popular within all demographics. This could be put down a number of factors, including that the world of showbiz has so openly embraced the procedure. You need look no further than the likes of Wayne Rooney, Calum Best and Jake Quickenden for examples of stars who have proudly flaunted a new head of hair after undergoing a hair transplant.

However, the fact that the procedure is so popular among young men might have something to do with the fact that it’s been proven to make a person look younger. Therefore, much like other cosmetic surgery – such as facelifts – it’s largely about reclaiming youth.

US Psychologist Thomas Cash has conducted extensive research into baldness and how it can be perceived by the rest of the world. In particular, he found that men who were bald or losing their hair were likely to look up to three years and nine months older than their actual age. Speaking about the men who were used in the research, Dr Cash said: “The bald or balding models were perceived more negatively on every dimension except intelligence.”

Are you ready to reap the rewards?

It doesn’t matter whether you’re in your 20’s, middle-aged or a senior, you’re free to reap the rewards of a hair transplant surgery or stem cell hair restoration. The procedure won’t just allow you to once again run your hands through your luscious locks but will also help you to regain the appearance of youth. For more information on the procedure, or any other form of plastic surgery, get in touch with Belvedere.

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