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I ditched my old man... and got a new ME
09 March 2011, The Sun

HAVE you ever hit the gym extra hard, bought a revealing new dress or had your hair done just to show an ex what they are missing?

Now women in the UK are going one better - by having post-divorce cosmetic surgery. This trend has seen recent divorcees making up 26 per cent of business for nationwide group Transform Cosmetic Surgery.

Here, NIKKI WATKINS talks to Sandra about her revenge surgery.

Sandra: Gastric bypass

MUM-OF-ONE Sandra Lovell had a gastric bypass and lost HALF her 21st weight.

Eight months later, when her 21-year marriage ended, she had a neck and face lift to help her move on with her life.

Sandra, 46, says: "My weight slowly crept up in my late teens and three years ago I weighed 21 stone and was on medication for high blood pressure.

Sandra ... had gastric bypass

"I'd tried every diet going but in August 2007 I met a woman who'd had a gastric bypass operation and looked great. I met her surgeon and he told me if I didn't tackle my weight I'd be lucky to live for ten years. The NHS had a five-year waiting list, so I paid the £11,500 privately.

"The op in January 2008 involved stapling my stomach so it was no bigger than the size of an egg. Within 12 months I'd lost 11st and felt fantastic.

"I was then put in touch with an NHS cosmetic surgeon called Ali Juma at the Spire Murrayfield Hospital in Merseyside, who performed a combined tummy tuck and breast reconstruction in March 2009.

"My marriage had been slowly breaking down for years. In February 2010 I finally decided to move out. It was nothing to do with the bypass - my ex had been very supportive. But we had grown apart over the years. My face was still saggy because of the weight loss so I went back and booked for a neck and face lift. I was finalising our divorce at that time, so it felt like the right thing to do to move on.

"A couple of months after the divorce came through I met Danny, who is 35 and a security firm manager. We met after Facebook chats and it was love at first sight. He proposed just before Christmas and we're planning to get married this July.

"I look and feel like a completely different woman and even though I've spent more than £20,000 on my various operations, it was worth every penny."

To read more about how other women's revenge surgeries, click here.

Hair We Go!
29 June 2010 by Emma Harris, the Gazette

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Free charity evening in Chester to help women take better care of their skin

Jul 1 2010 by Allison Dickinson, Chester Chronicle

A CHARITY evening will help women across Chester take better care of their skin.
The free event is being held on Thursday, July 8 at the Nuffield Hospital in Wrexham Road, Chester and will be hosted by senior plastic and cosmetic surgeon and skin cancer specialist Ali Juma.

Mr Juma, who has more than 15 years experience in plastic and reconstructive surgery in the NHS, will talk about the importance of using sunscreen and give advice on the available treatments for sun-damaged skin.

He said that, thanks to increased awareness, survival rates are better than ever - despite a rise in the numbers of patients diagnosed with skin cancer.
"Incidences of melanoma have risen from 6,000 per year 25 years ago to more than 10,000," he said.

"Survival rates have increased for these patients over the last 25 years as a result of awareness and treatment, so the aim of this event is to continue raising awareness of the factors associated with skin cancer, such as the importance of using sun protection."

Along with Mr Juma, a number of other skin professionals will be on hand, including a beautician to answer general queries on skin care.
The event starts with a reception and buffet at 6.30pm. To reserve a place call 0845 603 4346.

All donations from the evening will be given to Cancer Research UK.


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"I am part way through my through my hair removal treatment with Mr Juma and I have found both he and his assistant to be helpful and re assuring. I am feeling better about myself already and I cant wait to see the end result.

For anyone thinking about using any of Mr Juma’s services, I would wholeheartedly recommend them".

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Interview with Dr Ali Juma, senior plastic surgeon at the Countess of Chester Hospital

Aug 20 2009 by Claire Devine, Chester Chronicle

DOCTOR Ali Juma is a senior plastic surgeon within the NHS at the Countess of Chester Hospital.

He also practices privately in Cheshire, Merseyside and Lancashire where he offers all aspects of cosmetic surgery.

Mr Juma said: “I have treated a significant number of people with skin cancer who have used sunbeds but there is no proof that the use of the sunbeds has caused the cancer.

“People regularly travel abroad as well as use sunbeds so it is hard to pinpoint what has caused the cancer.

“What I would say is that 20 minutes exposure on a strong sunbed is the equivalent to spending a whole day in the midday sun.

“I would only class medical use, for example to treat psoriasis, as the only acceptable use of UV light.

“As a cosmetic consultant I do not support the use of sunbeds.

“There are 5,000-8,000 sunbed parlours in the UK and recently I have treated patients who have been burnt by sunbeds.

“There is a misconception that going on a sunbed before going on holiday abroad will prevent burning but this is not true.

“A lot of people are also unaware that supplements, such as St John’s Wort, are photosensitive and accelerate the effect of sunbeds.

“There are 100 extra deaths a year from sunbeds and people who expose themselves to UV light before the age of 20 significantly increase their chances of getting skin cancer.

“I think sunbed usage should be regulated more rigorously and more stringent licensing introduced.

“We need to raise awareness so people know the effects of sunbeds.

“People should also be aware that, as well as the cancer threat, using sunbeds also causes skin damage, wrinkles, sun spots and it quickens the ageing process.

“People can enjoy the sun as long as they take care.

“I would advise to use a sun protection cream no lower than spf15, reapply it regularly, even if it says it is waterproof, and cover up with clothing.”


TRAGIC CASE: Denise Hendry with her husband Colin, the former Blackpool Football Club

Published Date: 13 July 2009

IT was a procedure deemed almost routine by cosmetic surgeons liposuction. The sort of thing increasingly taken for granted almost as a rite of passage at a certain age ... for those who can afford it. But can any of us afford the consequences if it goes wrong?

There's never been such pressure on people to attain perfection. The Stepford Wives have been outpaced by Victoria Beckham and Cheryl Cole women who would have been laughed out of Rubens art classes long ago.

Even "fat" Fern Britton has slimmed down to conform to celebrity stick insect standards– with the studious application of a gastric band and a lot of hype about her fitness regime.

Turn on the telly or open a magazine to see "miracle" facelifts, tummy tucks and how to look years younger by opting for an overnight stay in a cosmetic surgery suite.

The advertisements are rife on the internet too. "As seen on telly!" many proclaim. And some 25,000 websites advertise cosmetic "tourism" – having such procedures in Europe and leaving the NHS to pick up the pieces if things go wrong.

The age of growing older gracefully, and leaving laughter lines intact, and body sag obedient to the laws of gravity rather than the dictates of glossy women's magazines, is gone.

The vanity press's obsession with self image or celebrity looks really doesn't help. They poke fun at any who gain a pound or more, praise others for nips, tucks, overhangs hemmed in by stitching, fat sucked forth by suction, the fitness video market and celebrity picture spreads lauding the role man, rather than nature, may have played in the process.

Just look at the media circus around the likes of Kerry Katona, Jordan, Sharon Osbourne – and the late Michael Jackson.

The ease with which we can opt to surgically enhance looks doesn't help either. The hype is at an all time high. This has become the age of living and ageing – dangerously.

Denise Hendry, 43, much loved wife of former Scottish international footballer Colin Hendry, and mother of four, of Lytham, has paid the ultimate price for going under the knife back in 2002.

This incredibly pretty woman had been blessed with looks others would have killed for, but self doubt prevailed and she signed up for liposuction.

It's a relatively simple procedure, prescribed with almost glib indifference to the potentially lethal consequences by the celebrity shift shapers of this self obsessed age.

What happened orchestrated a deadly chain of circumstances – although it must be left to an inquest to determine the cause of death.

Denise fought to recover her health after contracting a blood infection during
liposuction at the private Broughton Park Hospital, near Preston. The owner of the hospital sold up soon after.

The wife of former Blackpool boss Colin was left in a coma for five weeks after her bowel and small colon were perforated nine times during this so-called routine operation.

She later won a £300,000 compensation – said to be the largest cosmetic surgery payout in history – after taking legal action against her surgeon, Gustaf Aniansson.

But all the money in the world couldn't heal the damage done to this attractive and vivacious woman. Denise bore her suffering stoically and with the minimum of comment – she wanted to get on with her life.

But she did concede that what had happened had put "20 years" on her health and state of mind.

Seven years on, in a summer when she should have been enjoying all that marriage and motherhood offered, Denise was back in hospital – this time undergoing an epic operation to repair abdomen damage caused by the botched liposuction procedure.

She became mortally ill at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, husband Colin bravely declaring "if anyone can come through this, it's Denise."

The ultimate price has been paid. As it will be again.

Last year a coroner ruled that liposuction had played a significant part in the death of 50-year-old Poulton mother.

With 22 million other Brits said to be considering plastic surgery to improve their appearance - the figure rising by about 5000 each year ... other disasters await.


Mr Ali Juma  

consultant plastic surgeon at Spire Fylde Coast Hospital, St Walburga's Road, Blackpool, stresses finding a good surgeon is paramount.

"This is an extremely tragic case," he admits.

He's registered with fellow specialists in the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons – but says good surgeons can be found outside their ranks too.

There's a stringent selection process with BAAPS, involving two sponsors, who both have to be active members who know the surgeon involved.

He applies equally tough criteria to his acceptance of patients. He turns down a significant number of would be patients – between 40 and 50 per cent.

"That comes down to years of training, grounding, experience and scruples," Mr Juma adds.

He's concerned at the growth of cosmetic tourism too – having taken part in a survey of 170 patients in the Liverpool and Chester area who have opted for surgery abroad.

"Seventy per cent were not happy with after care – there isn't any – and the NHS picks up the tab."

He's hosting a free cosmetic open evening at the hospital on Tuesday July 21 at 7pm to discuss a range of procedures, surgical and non-surgical, and, such is demand, another in September.

He urges anyone interested to abide by his association's credo: SURE which stands for:
Surgeon: Research the surgeon – read about them on the internet, ask your GP about them, check they are registered with the GMC and other professional bodies.

Understand the procedure, be fully aware of what will happen.

Recovery: Patients must realise they will take time to recover, they need to know what to do, and what not to during that time.

Expectations: Patients need to have a realistic expectation of what the surgery will do, and a reputable surgeon will educate and counsel them.

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Over 34,100 Aesthetic Surgery Procedures in the UK in 2008

The number of surgical procedures this year exceeds 34,100 - more than triple the amount since 2003, when 10,700 were performed. Some of the most impressive increases this year have been recorded in breast augmentation and tummy tucks (both up by 30%) and male breast reduction, which increased by a staggering 44%. The nation’s brows are also on the up as male brow lifts rise by 60%.

  • 34,187 surgical procedures were carried out by BAAPS members in 2008, over a 5% increase from 2007, when 32,453 were performed
  • Breast augmentation was once again the most popular procedure for women with 8,439 performed (up 30% from 2007) this year
  • Women had 31,183 procedures in 2008, up from 29,572 (an increase of over 5%)
  • Abdominoplasty (tummy tucks) also had a striking increase for both men and women with 3,638 procedures carried out, a rise of 30% from 2007, when only 2,799 were performed.
  • The majority of cosmetic surgery is still carried out on women (91%), while male surgery increased by over 4% with 3,004 surgical procedures carried out (2,881 in 2007)
  • Male breast reduction moved into the top five procedures for men (taking over from facelifts as the 5th most popular) increasing by a staggering 44% with 323 procedures this year (Only 22 were performed in 2003 – an increase of well over 1000%!)
  • Rhinoplasty continued to be the top procedure for men, with 698 undertaken by BAAPS members (without much of a change from 2007) but by far the most impressive percentage rise was in the number of male brow lift procedures, which went up by 60
  • Otoplasty (ear correction) increased by 23% with 1,260 procedures (up from 1,024 last year) carried out on both men and women.

The top surgical procedures for men & women in 2008 were, in order of popularity:
Breast augmentation : 8,449 – up 30% from last year
Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) : 5,130 – down 10%
Face/Neck Lift : 4,547 – up 1.7%
Breast Reductionb : 3,845 – up 13%
Abdominoplasty : 3,638 – up 30%
Liposuction : 3,249 – down 29%
Rhinoplasty : 3,065 – up 1.5%  
Otoplasty (ear correction) : 1,260 – up 23%
Brow lifts : 1,004 – up 4%

Women had 91% of all cosmetic procedures in 2008 (31,183, up from 29,572 in 2007). The top five surgical procedures for women in 2008 were: breast augmentation (8,439), blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery (4,520 – down 12% on last year), face/neck lift (4,355, a rise of 2.8%), abdominoplasty or tummy tucks (3,526 – up an impressive 30.5%), and breast reduction (3,522, an increase of 11%).

Men had 3,004 cosmetic procedures in 2008 (up from 2,881 in 2007).  The top five surgical procedures for men in 2008 were: rhinoplasty (698, down by 2.5%), eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty (610, an increase of 9%), ear correction or otoplasty (508, a staggering increase of 21.5%), liposuction (479, a decrease of 18%) and male breast reduction (323, an impressive rise of 44%).

Liverpool Echo - June 2008


Having breast cancer changed Karen Finnigan’s body for the better The mother of three says “I cannot believe how great my boobs look.  I love them, they were never this good before breast cancer and that is a massive bonus.”  For some women a cancer diagnosis might prompt them to crawl under the covers and hide away from the world.  The full ramifications are enormous-ill health, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and possibly surgery.

But Karen from Heswall is not one to surrender easily.  Now believing that breast cancer changed her life and her body for the better, she is determined to let other women know about it.  The 46 year old has no qualms about explaining the intimate details of her mastectomy to anyone who wants to know about the procedure, and is just as willing to show off her new breasts created through extensive reconstruction surgery.

Karen says “I decided to deal with this head on and be as open about it as possible.  Even when my left boob had to be removed and it wasn’t looking very nice, I still showed the scars to those who wanted to see.  It wasn’t something I felt I should be ashamed about.  I just kept focusing on getting rid of the cancer and reminded myself that losing a breast was a small price to pay for being able to watch my beautiful children grow up.”

“Hanging on to that and being open about the mastectomy was my way of dealing with what I was going through.”  Breast reconstruction surgery was the last thing Karen was thinking of after her mastectomy.  She was just happy to be alive after the cancer that threatened her life was discovered by accident.  “Two years ago last April I found a small lump and went straight to the doctors” she says.

“They thought it was a cyst but I should have a mammogram just to check it out.  By the time I had the mammogram it had gone so I nearly didn’t go for the appointment.  However, when they scanned my breast they found something else and it was cancer.  The lump was so far back that I would not have noticed it until it had grown to such a size that it would probably have been too late.”

After the mastectomy Karen started a nine month recovery process and began to think breast reconstruction.  “I knew I had started to lose my confidence, and the appearance of the scar did start to affect me.  It started to dawn on me that that was the way I was going to look for the rest of my life.”

At the same time she was undergoing a divorce.  “I can remember thinking that I was disfigured and nobody would ever want me again, but now I cant believe the way I look.”  On January 30th 2007 Karen decided to have a tissue expander put in her chest by
Mr Ali Juma at the Murrayfield Hospital, Thingwall.  Every couple of weeks she returned so more saline could be added to stretch the skin to make room for an implant.  “Having three children had really taken its toll on my boobs, so I had to have an uplift and an implant on the right side too, to match my new boob.  But that is only really the start of the procedure.  I didn’t have a nipple and it just didn’t feel right.  Mr Juma sent me to Whiston hospital where I was fitted with a prosthetic nipple.  When I saw it on me I just started crying.  It was then that I realised just how much I had missed it.”  Mr Juma explained that he could make Karen a nipple by grafting skin from her breast and gathering it together.  Three weeks ago Karen had her final operation to create her nipple.  She adds “I cannot praise Mr Juma enough for what he has done for me.  He has given me so much more than just my boob back.  If my story helps just one person then all this has been worthwhile.”

“There is life after breast cancer, and it is good.”

The Gazette – March 2008

The phrase cosmetic surgery probably does not attract the same kind of shock it used to. But recent examples show how some people are paying a very high price in a bid to look younger and slimmer.

A coroner recently ruled liposuction played a significant part in the death of 50 year old Poulton mothers death. And with footballers wife Denise Hendrys well-publicised near death experience, are people risking paying a higher price than they might imagine? A staggering 22 million Britons have considered going under the knife to improve their appearance, according to recent research.

Brits spent a staggering £148m on tummy tucks and liposuction last year and the number of operations shot up to 20,300 from 15,800 in 2006. Two in every five people quizzed by consumer analysts Mintel who had thought about surgery, said they had considered a tummy tuck while 36 percent said they would have liposuction.

Ali Juma, Consultant Plastic Surgeon at the Fylde Coast Hospital on St Walburgas Road, Blackpool says cosmetic surgery-as with all operations-clearly carries risk, but precautions can be taken to minimise it.

He said “There are several risks of course, as with any surgery. There is the risk of anaesthetic however small that may be, there are also general medical risks of any surgery, such as infection and then there are risks specific to the procedure itself, whether it be a tummy tuck or liposuction or whatever, which are all different.”

“Of course the risks depend on individual patients as well, and we discuss all the issues with the patient before the surgery. The most important thing is minimise the risks and take precautions-both from a surgeons point of view and from the patients side.”

“There is a very stringent selection process we go through with the patients to see who is suitable and minimise risks. You can never eliminate risks completely as there is always the possibility of unforeseen circumstances.”

Mr Juma urged anyone who was thinking of having cosmetic surgery to do their homework. He says the acronym SURE is something to follow. It stands for:

S is for: Surgeon - Research the surgeon-read about them on the internet, ask your GP about them, check they are registered with the GMC and other professional bodies.

U is for: Understand the procedure - Its important for the patient to understand what the procedure means. They need to be fully aware of what will happen.

R is for: Recovery - The patient needs to realise they will take time to recover, they need to know what to do and what not to do during the recovery time.

E is for: Expectations - Patients need to have realistic expectations of what the surgery will do and again this is part of the surgeons role to educate and counsel them.

LIVERPOOL Surgeon with scruples

How refreshing to hear a plastic surgeon publicly counselling caution on having nips and tucks.

Mr Ali Juma from Beaumont Hospital in Lostock says that surgical procedures should not be viewed in the same way as “getting a new haircut or a new wardrobe.” He feels that the Channel 4 “Ten Years Younger” and “Cosmetic Surgery Live” on Five are “simplistic” not showing the full consultation process patients have to undergo before they are deemed suitable candidates.

Mr Juma rightly states that “surgery is a life event. It will change things for ever and shouldn’t be approached lightly.”

Mr Juma does not think surgery is in the health or clinical interest of a patient, he wont do it.

Bolton Evening News-2005


Female Facelifts Reach Record Highs, Men Choose Nose Jobs

London, UK – 4 February 2008 – The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (, the not-for-profit organisation established for the advancement of education and practice of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery for public benefit, today announced the results of their annual audit for 2007.


32,453 surgical procedures were carried out by BAAPS members, up 12.2% from 2006, when 28,921 were performed

Facelifts had the largest increase among all procedures, rising by
36% (4,468 procedures carried out) from 2006, keeping its place as the 4th most popular procedure

Women had
29,572 procedures in 2007, up from 26,469 the previous year

The majority of cosmetic surgery was carried out on women (
91%), while male surgery increased by 17.5% with 2,881 surgical procedures carried out (2,452 procedures in 2006)

The top procedure for women continues to be breast augmentation, with
6,497 carried out

Rhinoplasty continued to be the top procedure for men, with
716 undertaken by BAAPS members, a 36% increase from last year – but by far the most impressive percentage rise was in the number of male abdominoplasty procedures (or ‘tummy tucks), which went up by 61%

Liposuction for men increased by
18% and is now the 2nd most popular procedure for males, taking over the spot from eyelid surgery (now 3rd most popular)

Male breast reduction has risen by
27% with 224procedures achieved in 2007 (177 procedures in 2006)

The number of women having facelifts increased by
37%, making it now the 3rd most popular procedure for females (pushing Liposuction down to 4th most popular)

Other Anti-ageing procedures (eyelid surgery and brow lifts) continued to show a steady rise in popularity for both men and women, increasing by
13% and 11% overall

The figures in full:

A total of
32,453 procedures were carried out in 2007 by BAAPS members in their private practices, compared to 28,921 in 2006. The 2007 results indicate that surgical numbers continue to grow, with a 12.2% rise over the previous year.

top surgical procedures for men & women in 2007 were, in order of popularity:

Breastaugmentation: 6,497 – up 6% from last year
Blepharoplasty(eyelid surgery): 5,706 – up 13%
Liposuction: 4,572 – up 15%
Face/NeckLift: 4,468 – up 36%
Breast Reduction: 3,402 – up 6%
Rhinoplasty: 3,021 – up 13%
Abdominoplasty: 2,799 – up 2%
Otoplasty(ear correction): 1,024 – up 9%
Browlifts: 964– up 11%

Women had 91% of all cosmetic procedures in 2007 (29,572, up from 26,469 in 2006). The top five surgical procedures for women in 2006 were: breast augmentation (6,487), blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery (5,148 – up 13% on last year), face/neck lift (4,238, an impressive rise of 37%), liposuction (3,990 – up 15%), and breast reduction (3,178).

Men had 2,881 cosmetic procedures in 2007. The top five surgical procedures for men in 2007 were: rhinoplasty (716), liposuction (582), eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty (558), ear correction or otoplasty (418), and face/neck lift (230 – rise of 21%).


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