Plastic Surgery Associations Condemn ITV – Stem Cell Breast Augmentation

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

A complaint to Broadcasting Standards has been submitted following a program on ITV dated 7/6/2011.  The “Skin Deep” program highlighted a stem cell breast augmentation performed by a GP, was  biased, commercially driven and potentially dangerous to the public, according to the main professional associations.

The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons have commented with a statement from their President Fazel Fatah;

“This programme is advertising an unproven technique without any independent challenge or advice that is not commercially driven. It is highly irresponsible to offer stem cell breast enhancement unless is it part of a controlled,  clinical trial conducted in a specialist centre under the care of a proficient specialist  with access to investigating and  treating breast disease. The main associations are working to develop guidelines on the use of fat transfer in the breast and promoting this procedure to the public is viewed with very grave concern. There is no reliable evidence based on peer reviewed, controlled clinical trials to indicate that the use of stem cells in the breast of a young woman is safe or necessary. This highly sensitive procedure carried out by a non-specialist should not be given publicity and is doing the millions of women who watched it a huge disservice.”

The British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons spokesperson and consultant plastic surgeon Simon Kay said; 

“The female breast is highly sensitive and we know from generations of safety studies that breast implants are safe.  However, this stem cell therapy is new and its effects are currently uncertain.  Like all new procedures it should be carefully evaluated in controlled scientific circumstances over a number of years before being carefully rolled out to more general use. BAPRAS deplores any short cuts to patient safety and urges ITV to protect the public by adding a cautionary note to any publicity they continue to give to this technique.”

 To conclude, Richard Rainsbury, President of the Association of Breast Surgery said;

“We echo these views entirely. Women should be fully informed that the long term safety of this approach is unknown, and that they could be puting themselves at risk.”

Mr Juma who is a leading Plastic and Reconstructive breast surgeon based on Rodney Street in Liverpool agrees with the advice provided by the professional associations and can provide Expert Advice on all aspects of breast surgery.

Call Mr Juma on 0151 707 9050

Laughter lines, wrinkles and cosmetic surgery

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Laughter Lines

The term is supposed to be taken as a compliment, but for many it’s no more than pointing out the visible aging of the skin, which is not something women like to hear.

With increasing pressure upon women to look younger for longer, and to maintain those taut, youthful bodies post-childbearing, the demand for cosmetic surgery procedures is ever-growing, but increased demand creates increased supply – and this in itself brings risk. When considering cosmetic surgery, it is important to select a registered Plastic or Cosmetic Surgeon who is fully accredited and experienced.

Mr Ali Juma is a leading Consultant Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgeon at the Spire Murrayfield Hospital Wirral in Merseyside.  Mr Juma is a member of the Plastic Surgery regulatory bodies in the UK, British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) and British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS).  He is also included on the General Medical Council Specialist Register.

Mr Juma is a Senior Plastic Surgeon in the NHS, an Honorary Lecturer for the University of Liverpool and a Surgical Examiner for the University of Edinburgh.  He has also recently received a fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons England ad eundem which is a further accreditation to his achievements.

He has a special clinical interest in breast surgery and provides cosmetic breast procedures, breast reconstructive surgery and a range of cosmetic surgery procedures.  Mr Juma spends time to understand the expectations of the patient, using his expertise to formulate a concise treatment plan which incorporates a comprehensive after care package.  He understands that women aren’t seeking purely physical change, but that this change is closely linked to their emotional wellbeing, self-esteem and confidence levels.

“I am always delighted when I hear that a patient who has undergone breast reconstructive surgery has had the confidence to wear a bikini on holiday” says Mr Juma.

Mr Juma delivers balanced advice on surgical procedures such as breast enlargement, breast uplift, breast reduction, breast reconstruction and breast asymmetry.  He performs body contouring surgery such as tummy tuck, liposuction, arm lift and post weight loss surgery in addition to facial procedures including nose reshaping, eye bag removal, face/neck lifts and ear correction.

Mr Juma says: “My strongest point may also be my weakest, that I am a perfectionist”. This drive for perfection is apparent in every element of his work, whether this is reconstructive surgery for a lady who has suffered breast cancer to a tummy tuck for a mother who has lost her sense of self, to his work with students and in research groups.

There are many reasons why people select cosmetic surgery or non surgical treatments, which range from wanting to remove a mole, smoothing out wrinkles, correcting sun damage, to rejuvenate skin or using such treatments as dermal fillers to achieve a more youthful look by adding volume to soften facial lines.

Whatever your reasons, take the time to speak with Mr Juma and learn more about what he can do for you.

Mr Ali Juma Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon MBBS (Lon) FRCS (Ed) FRCS (Plast) (Ed)

For further information from Mr Juma please call 0151 707 9050

www.feel-younger.co.uk

Breast Cancer Awareness Month October 2010

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

Mr Ali Juma leading Liverpool breast surgeon discussed Breast Cancer Awareness issues during the City Surgery radio show on Thursday 7th October 2010 to start the Breast Cancer Awareness month of October in line with Cancer Research UK statistics:

Join the fight – be breast aware

More women are surviving breast cancer than ever before thanks to earlier detection and better treatments

Breast cancer screening (mammography)

Breast screening can help pick up cancers when they are too small to see or feel. All women over 50 are eligible for breast screening.

In England the programme is being extended to include women aged 47 to 73. Women over 70 (or 64 in Northern Ireland) will need to speak to their doctor or breast screening unit to arrange an appointment.

Breast screening is effective, but it is not perfect. It is important that women remember to keep a check on their breasts even if they have been for screening.

Breast awareness

Cancer Research UK encourages women to be breast aware and follow the five point code:

  • Know what is normal for you
  • Look at and feel your breasts
  • Know what changes to look for
  • Report any changes without delay
  • Go for breast screening if you are 50 or over.

It’s a good idea for women to get to know how their breasts normally look and feel. This will make it easier to spot any unusual changes that could be signs of cancer and get checked out by a doctor.

Changes to look out for:

  • Changes in the size, shape or feel of your breasts
  • A new lump or thickening in one breast or armpit
  • Any puckering, dimpling or redness of the skin
  • Changes in the position of the nipple, a rash or nipple discharge
  • Pain or discomfort that is new to you and felt only on one side

Talk to your GP

If you are worried about having a family history of breast cancer, speak to your GP about a referral to a breast clinic.

Breast Awareness Month October 2010 Liverpool

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

FREE PUBLIC BREAST INFORMATION EVENING

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BREASTS

  Expert advice in line with Breast Awareness month

 

Date:   Thursday 7th October 2010

Venue: Spire Murrayfield Hospital, Holmfield Drive, Heswall, Meresyside, CH61 1AU

Time:  7pm presentation by Mr Ali Juma Consultant Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon

 

Mr Ali Juma Senior Consultant Plastic Surgeon has a special clinical interest in breast surgery and will be discussing varied aspects of breast procedures along with a General Surgeon who is also a specialist in breast surgery. Advice and information will be available on  the following topics:

  • Breast awareness
  • Breast reconstructive surgery
  • Breast implant advice
  • Breast surgery
  • Bra fitting advice from Marks and Spencer

 

Mr Juma is a Senior NHS Consultant and is based at Rodney Street Liverpool with over 22 years medical experience.  He is also an Honorary Lecturer for the Liverpool University.

David Reeves, Area Manager from Cancer Research UK will be supporting the event and will provide details regarding Breast Cancer Awareness month for October 2010 along with fundraising details.

A Bra Fitting Coach and Lingerie Advisor form Marks and Spencer will be available on the evening to answer any questions relating to bra sizing and lingerie, including advice on post operative mastectomy bra fitting.

Please call Melissa on 0151 707 9050 for further information or to reserve a place at this interesting and relaxed event.  Any donations from the evening will be given to charity in line with Breast Awareness month.

Click on the following link to view the Spire Murrayfield Hospital Merseyside profile of  Mr Juma Plastic Surgeon

http://www.spirehealthcare.com/Wirral/Our-Facilities-Treatments-and-Consultants/Our-Consultants/Mr-Ali-Juma/

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If you require more information on this topic or would like to arrange an interview with Mr Ali Juma Senior Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, please contact Melissa Parkes PA to Mr Juma on 07855 466 345 or email to melissa@feel-younger.co.uk