Mummy Makeovers in Manchester Month

Judging by the title it’s been an MMM month here at Reflect Clinic! We’ve had our editorial published in The Cheshire Magazine and having gone into Manchester City Centre to have a meeting, we came across the July 2017 issue of The Cheshire Magazine featuring yours truly! It’s great to know that it is so widely distributed and read around Greater Manchester as well as around Cheshire! As the Summer months have approached we’ve seen an increase in patients asking us about Mummy Makeovers, Breast Surgeries including Breast Augmentations, Breast Reductions, Breast Uplifts and also for Tummy Tucks.   To reassure our potential patients, I thought I would include some fabulous reviews that we have been gathering from our Facebook page and also RealSelf.com which is an international women’s forum where breast surgery is discussed in detail with patients who have had breast surgery or are thinking about it and gives patients a useful forum to ask questions and gain some detailed answers which help them decide on questions such as which surgery to have, which Surgeon to choose, which implants to use and what shape and size.
Having hankered after a cleavage for years, I finally bite the bullet and went for it. Should have done it years ago.  It wasn’t scary at all.  I can honestly say I didn’t have any pain after the surgery.  Discomfort yes, but not pain.  I was pretty evangelical about the post operative instructions I was given though so perhaps that helped. Now six weeks later, I feel great.  The boobs look fantastic. So if you’re considering it, go and talk to a Professional and then go for it! Mr Lambe is considerate, compassionate, a good listener and an all round nice guy. Five Star ***** Overall Rating Five Star ***** Doctor’s Bedside Manner Five Star ***** Answered my questions Five Star ***** Aftercare folow up Five Star ***** Time Spent with me Five Star ***** Phone or Email responsiveness Five Star ***** Staff professionalism & courtsey Five Star ***** Payment process
Five Star ***** Wait times Sue, Frodsham
  Our patients rave about the Crisalix 3D Virtual Reality Visors. We scan your body so you can see yourself in Virtual Reality and then you can use our Samsung visors to see yourself in a range of outfits from bikinis to dresses as you would appear if you had your implants in, as well as being able to increase and decrease the size of your breasts in Virtual Reality you can see the effect of both round and tear drop implants and vary the volume in your implants so that you can see clearly from the left side, the right side and crucially looking downwards as if you were looking at your own cleavage.  This really helps patients choose the look they want and show it clearly to Mr Lambe so that he can replicate your desired “look”.  Patients really appreciate the fact that it takes away the guess work of deciding which implant size to go for, so they feel more relaxed before going into surgery. Another Breast Surgery patient said
I saw Mr Lambe giving a talk at Spire Hospital and he impressed me so much with his general demeanour and sincerity that I immediately thought if I’m going to have a surgery I want him to do it. I then saw him on 3 occasions before deciding to go ahead. He was not a bit pushy, he answered all my questions and was patient when I had a bit of a ‘meltdown’. I also spoke to his secretary, Jayne, on a number of occasions, she is so understanding and easy to talk to. I was very apprehensive on the day of surgery, Mr Lambe came to see me beforehand as did the Anaesthetist, what a lovely man also. When I saw myself after I looked down and said ‘WOW’! That looks so good ! I am 4 weeks post op and back at the gym, all is good. I would highly recommend Mr Lambe and his team to anyone thinking of surgery. From initial consultation, surgery and after care he has been so professional and reassuring and has this calmness about him that makes you feel comfortable and confident in him. Thank you Mr Lambe, I think I now look pretty amazing, even if I do say so myself! There is a saying ‘You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear’ Well….Mr Lambe can!!
A Tummy Tuck patient took the time out of her busy day to tell us this
 

Mr Lambe and his Secretary Jayne along with the New Spire Manchester make up the new dream team in Cosmetic Procedures in my opinion. I recently had Surgery under their care and all aspects were exceptional. The results were amazing, the pain levels for me were so minimal I did not even finish a packet of paracetamol. Mr Lambes quiet, calm manner leaves you feeling completely at ease, he explains what he can achieve and is very realistic. Lots and lots of literature from all concerned which is always good. I had an underlying health condition, he understood this and guided me through. He made the whole process appear effortless, it was like dealing with a good friend. I am so glad I chose this Consultant, it is very difficult to decide who to use as its a major event in your life and not something to be taken lightly. I am so glad I made the decision to do this after such a long time thinking about it, I still think I am dreaming. 5 stars to Mr Lambe and his great team.

5 Stars ***** Overall rating
Jackie, Northwich
For the full listing of our 5 STAR Reviews, at Real Self.com click here. As always, please conduct thorough research about your surgery, your Surgeon and any questions you may have before going ahead with any Consultation or cosmetic surgery.  A good surgeon will answer your questions fully, in an understandable way and supply you with information sheets such as FAQs so that you have the full range of information at your fingertips before making a final decision.  If you would like any more details of any specific surgery then click here Breast Augmentation Breast Reduction Breast uplift Tummy Tuck Mummy Makeover You should not feel pressured in any way. If you would like to discuss your surgery, then please call Jayne initially on 01613933993 to discuss your needs and/or make an appointment to see Mr Lambe at either The Christie Private Hospital, Spire Cheshire or Spire Manchester Hospitals. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Are you waiting to have Breast Surgery?

  We have had so many reviews recently from patients who have waited, sometimes for many years, before having the confidence to come and have a consultation for either a Breast Augmentation (sometimes known as a Boob Job) or a Breast Reduction.
I have wanted to have a breast reduction for half of my life now but never had the confidence to actually go ahead with it. I came close around 8 years ago but didn’t go ahead with it. Now, having done it (finally!), I can honestly say it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life. I only wish I done it sooner!!
A Breast Augmentation operation is a big decision and one that many ladies mull over for some time.  There is now so much information available on the internet that it can become quite overwhelming to decide what is right for you.
Throughout the whole experience of my breast reduction he and his team, especially Jayne, were absolutely amazing. Right from the word go I knew Mr Lambe was the person I wanted to perform my surgery (and I saw 5 other surgeons as well!). Mr Lambe answered every single question I had beforehand (and he will tell you himself that there was an awful lot of them!). He was patient and kind and made me feel totally comfortable and at ease. There was no pressure whatsoever, I just honestly felt that Mr Lambe wanted me to make the right decision for myself.
I’m always looking for new ways in which to help patients make the right choice for them about breast surgery and to give them the best idea of just how they will look after a procedure.  That is why for the last 18 months I have been using Crisalix 3D Virtual Reality software to help my patients make the right decision about how to progress with their Breast Augmentation surgery. This software uses a small lens  attached to an ipad to take an accurate dimensional scan of your body and it only takes about 3 minutes if you are a victim of this fast paced world and short on time!  This image can then be used to simulate how different breast implants will look on you. The best part of these images is that they can be viewed in Virtual Reality using a phone and a Virtual Reality (VR) headset. This then allows you to look down and see your new cleavage as it would look using different sized and shaped implants. It  is possible to simulate both round and shaped implants as well as how they will both look under and over the muscle.  The full catalogue of implants can be selected to really hone in on the exact result you want tot achieve.  The images can be shared with you via a secure email address so that you can view a shortlist of implants at home and can then discuss your options with your friends, partner or family. This takes away the element of guesswork in deciding which size and shape will look best on YOUR BODY. Another fantastic advantage is that you can also “try on” a range of swimwear in Virtual Reality to see how your chosen implants will look on the beach or by the pool. You can also “try on” a range of clothes, again in Virtual Reality, which will allow you to see yourself as you would look after breast surgery, clothed in a choice of dresses which would give you an idea of the cleavage and body shape you could expect. I always recommend a second consultation before any cosmetic procedure.  This allows you the time to reflect on your decision, hence our Company name, Reflect Clinic, with no pressure and in the comfort of your own home or wherever you have the time and space to review the results that are possible and how you wish to proceed.  It also allows you time to think of any questions you may have regarding recovery, complications or an issue that is personal to you. A Breast Augmentation requires you to be asleep for approximately one hour and can often be done as a day case ie no overnight stay or packing is required.  I recommend that you wear a sports bra in the post operative period until your incisions are fully healed.  This is normally just 5-6cm long and is positioned in the crease of your breast and is closed up with dissolving stitches so that no drain or stitch removal for both convenience and to reduce a further visit to the hospital, leaving you to rest up, relax and help you towards a smooth recovery.  If you have a sedentary job, where you mostly sit listening or perhaps at a Computer, you can usually return to normal office work in 2 days (48 hours) and only perform light exercise in those two weeks. There have been a number of media stories about concerns regarding breast implants and it is important to know which manufacturer your Surgeon uses.  I always use implants from reputable companies as they provide a warranty with the implant which covers you and me should the implant fail.  Fortunately this is now very unusual in the age of modern implant shell technology. It is important to remember that cosmetic surgery is a BIG DECISION and therefore you should ALWAYS TAKE YOUR TIME to think it over and at Reflect you will not feel at all pressured into making a quick decision. There really is no harm in weighing up the pros and cons of surgery for yourself or simply to find out the facts before you go ahead.
As I write this I am 2 weeks post surgery and I am incredibly happy with the results, even this early on. From day one I could see that the size and shape were fantastic and as the swelling has reduced each week I feel that even more. I now feel in proportion to my own body and I’m excited to get bra’s, bikinis and clothes that I’ve never been able to wear before. I have always had terrible ridges on my shoulders from my bras and in the past few years have been having physio for neck and back pain. I have not taken any of my neck pain / nerve blocker tablets since the operation and my shoulders are now smooth and flat…..two more huge plus points! Thank you Mr Lambe…..my life has been changed!!
For more information about Mr Lambe, Breast Augmentations or 3D Virtual Reality Breast Augmentation Consultations, please call Jayne on 0161 393 3993 or click here for our contact us page.  

Why I became a Plastic Surgeon in Manchester

The popular image of plastic surgery, as shown on the overload of extreme makeover shows on TV at the moment, is of a wealthy Cosmetic Surgeon who mainly spends their days performing Facelifts and Breast Augmentations. This is not, however, the real picture of many working Surgeons in the UK and definitely not what attracted me to the speciality in the first place. Plastic Surgery is a very difficult specialty to gain entry to and requires a long period of training.

I first became inspired to pursue this career after a talk from a group of Plastic Surgeons while I was in medical school. They showed us the breadth and variety of surgery they did and what I considered to be miracles such as reattaching fingers and saving people from life threatening burns.

There simply is no other branch of surgery that tackles the vast array of problems and body regions that plastic surgeons do. I have been privileged to operate on all ages from a new-born to a 96 year old. I have been able to perform surgery in all areas of the body;  hands, faces, breasts, chest walls, feet and everything in between.

Plastic Surgeons are often called upon to deal with the most challenging problems that other surgeons cannot solve. This can make for both very interesting and very stressful days. However, it is rarely boring and always calls upon using your brains to think of creative solutions and not just perform the same operation day after day. It is because of this training and constant self-criticism and desire to improve patient’s lives that Plastic Surgeons make the best Cosmetic Surgeons in my mind.

I am proud to be part of a specialty that has led the way in frontiers such as face transplants and hand transplants and continues to look at ways that surgery can develop and innovate in order to solve the most difficult surgical problems and benefitting patients’ bodies and minds and ultimately vastly improve their quality of life.

Plastic Surgery is about restoring the form and function of the body and not just allowing patients to survive but providing and restoring a real quality of life and self-confidence to patients who have been injured through a trauma such as a fire or who are born with a deformity or through radical cancer surgery require a reconstruction eg a breast mastopexy. It is a real honour to be part of it and a challenge every day to live up to the high standards set by the pioneers of the discipline. I have been fortunate enough to travel the world and train with truly inspiring figures who have pushed me to my limits and beyond. The title of Plastic Surgeon is hard to earn but it is worth it if you love surgery.

Cosmetic surgery is just one facet to our work but it is a very demanding one in which we are required to call upon all of our training and skills to achieve rejuvenation and harmonious changes in a patient to look naturally beautiful and to achieve their aesthetic goals.

If you are considering a cosmetic procedure, make ensure that your research the operation, the hospital and your surgeon thoroughly before booking an appointment and to come with some questions and pictures of the look you are trying to achieve so that you and your surgeon can achieve the best results for YOU.  Ensure they are registered with BAAPS or BAPRAS who are the professional bodies in the UK that ensure surgeons keep to the highest standards.

Do not be pressured into any procedure.

And enjoy your cosmetic surgery journey!

Mr Gerard Lambe  MD, FRCS (Plast)

Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Breast Surgeon


The A to Z of Cosmetic Surgery in Manchester

A to Z of Cosmetic Surgery in Manchester

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ASK Never be afraid to ask your Surgeon questions. Know exactly what you are getting into before embarking on surgery and make sure that you meet the Surgeon (at least once) who will be operating on you, Ask to see their post operative results ie Before and After pictures.

B

has to be for BREASTS  Breast Surgery is a frequent request at Reflect Clinic, here in Manchester, a Breast Augmentation, a Breast Reduction as well as a Breast Uplift (mastopexy) are all procedures that we specialise in. We offer 3D Virtual Reality consultations to reduce the guesswork and put you at ease with your choice of breast implants. See more details under V.

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Choices  Remember YOU are in charge! You can pick YOUR Surgeon and for a Breast Augmentation, you pick the size and shape of our Breast Implants. Don’t be shy and always ask all the questions you want to. Write them down beforehand if you are nervous so that you remember to ask or need assurance for any concerns you may have. If unsure about your Surgeon or if surgery is right for you then simply walk away

D

Drains  I rarely need to use drains and see no increase in complications either way. Drains can be painful and delay your discharge from hospital, but on occasion, when revising some Breast Augmentations especially if due to Capsular Contraction around the Breast Implants, it is necessary to use drains. This will be fully discussed at your Consultation.

E

Exercise  It is important to mobilise (keep moving!) after any surgery to reduce any complications but please listen to  your Surgeon about when it is safe to start exercising and the limits you should put on yourself to avoid any problems.

F

Family & Friends After surgery especially if you have more than one procedure, you will need support from family and friends.  It helps to plan this in advance to enable you to have a stress free recovery in both practical, mental and emotional terms.

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For Gender  Men too have cosmetic surgery and this is becoming more popular every day. Book in and discuss anything you would like to have done in a no pressure, relaxed way.

H

Hospital Choose the hospital you prefer for your operation taking into account their CQC rating and reviews. I operate at Spire Cheshire and Spire Manchester hospitals. The care and standards are very high at both premises but please do your own research for your own peace of mind.  Feel free to bring a friend or relative along if it makes you feel more at ease. On the day don’t forget change for the car park or for your taxi fare if necessary, along with your bag for an overnight stay with your overnight essentials!

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Information  As well as outlining the possible risk of surgery and answering any questions or concerns you may have, always make sure your Surgeon gives you some printed information whatever the operation may be ie a Breast Augmentation, Facelift, Blepharoplasty or Mummy Makeover and you should sign an Informed Consent form which outlines all the risks discussed. You an read the printed information and share it with your friends and family if they are supporting you before, during or after your cosmetic surgery.

J

Journey of recovery   It is important to recognise that with all surgery you are on a journey of recovery and it will take time to get better. You must allow sufficient time away from social engagements so that you are not under time pressure to recover and are stress free.

K

Keep dressings on in order to reduce potential wound problems. If you are concerned about anything, please call Jayne, my PA, or the hospital hotline.

L

Lambe  Mr Gerard Lambe has been interested in medicine since he was a small boy and fell through a glass window.  The moment he met his doctor he knew that he wanted to be one! From then on he studied hard and went on to study medicine at the world renowned Liverpool Medical School. H has trained around the North West and has trained internationally to learn the best and most up to date surgical methods for his patients.  He has a wife and two daughters and brings this empathy to his consultations. He is dedicated to giving you the body you desire and to ensure your surgical journey is smooth and stress free.  He is delighted to have worked on celebrities from the world of TV and film and gives each and every patient the highest level of care from Consultation, to Operation to Post Op After Care. If you are delighted, he is delighted!

M

Move!  Although you need to rest to recover properly, we promote enhanced recovery as this has the lowest rate of complications. Never just lie in bed for a prolonged period as this increases your risk of post operative complications like chest infections and blood clots. I recommend that you get up and walk for 5-10 mins every 2 hours as a minimum.

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NO Smoking  Please, please be honest about smoking as it massively increases potential wound healing problems and can lead to very serious complications.  This risk needs to be factored in to your surgical risk.

O

Old age  You are never too old for surgery but you may not be fit enough to have surgery. Your fitness level and safety under anaesthesia are a priority.

P

Positive mind set  This will help in your recovery journey (and life in general)! After seeing many thousands of people go through their surgery, I know that keeping a positive mindset helps greatly in the recovery process. You recover quicker and your results are better.

Q

Questions  If you have any questions or concerns pre or post op, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Whatever you do, there’s no need to sit at home worrying!

R

Realself  You can view many images of pre and post op patients on this forum and if it helps you, bring images that show results you’d like to have so that Mr Lambe can discuss how much of this is achievable.

S

Sex! Please be careful and listen to the advice of Mr Lambe as being too active during your recovery may delay healing after your surgery and affect your final result.

T

Time for recovery is needed. Ask Mr Lambe the likely recovery time frame for your particular procedure. A Breast Augmentation usually has a quick recovery but a Breast Reduction will take longer and a Facelift or complete Mummy Makeover may take longer again.

U

Understand You must understand all you are told by your Surgeon. Do not let anyone make you feel that you have to go ahead with surgery . It is YOUR decision alone but be armed with the facts, weigh up the pros and cons of a procedure and trust your own intuition before choosing a Surgeon for your cosmetic surgery.

V

Virtual Reality  Our patients have really benefitted from our Virtual Reality Visors which enable patients to be scanned and then have the options of “seeing” different sized implants on their own body frame.  It takes out the guess work of deciding what size implants and what shape implants would look good on you and you can see “yourself” clearly in a “mirror” in bikinis and dresses to ensure you achieve the look you are after. You can also take these images home to discuss with your family and friends before deciding. It truly is amazing!

W

Work  Depending on your job and the extent of your surgery, you may need to take some time off work. Please discuss this in full with Mr Lambe as it depends on how active or physical your role is.

X

Extreme Makeovers  Do not be misled by reality shows which rarely show realistic recovery journeys and outcomes as these are heavily edited for the show’s time slot of 26 or 54 minutes in between ads.  Scare shows are also to be avoided as these hype up any problems and are not realistic for the usual patient.

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Youth Will I look young again? Unfortunately we cannot completely reset the clock of time, but we can make you look your very best! Using the new Virtual Reality software for Facelifts, I can simulate your result from any surgery. This is the best way for you to gain a realistic preview of your likely post op result!

Z

ZZZZZZ Sleep  Everyone needs a little more sleep after surgery. Make time for your recovery, get some goodies in such as comfort and health promoting foods.  Have some books or magazines you have always wanted to read but never had the time. Make sure you are cosy in bed and focus on your recovery.

Summer Bikini Body

Pre Holiday Procedures

It’s that time of year when we are all looking forward to our Summer break. Even with the recent heat wave many are already booked to travel to beaches abroad and this is why we often see an increase in enquiries at this time of year, for those wanting to get that perfect beach body.

The following is a guide to some procedures that can be fitted in in time for an August holiday:-

Non Surgical – Botox and Fillers

Non-surgical treatments are the easy option to get that refreshed look:-

Botox

In just one hour you can have Botox to up to 3 areas in your forehead to reduce your frown or worry lines and achieve that relaxed and “no worries” look in plenty of time for an August break (or even before as it takes around 10 days for Botox to take full effect).  Botox can also help to lift your eyes and brows if you are looking a little tired. When you return from holiday you will look healthy, tanned, refreshed and relaxed – just what a good holiday should achieve!

Fillers

If you want to get yourself ready for a host of glorious suntanned selfies, then perhaps some lip filler would do the trick? The results are also instant, so this is great for a last, last minute boost! Just 0.5 ml of filler can provide that perfect pout.

Moles

If you have any moles or skin tags that are getting in the way of that smooth application of sun cream then now is a good time to have them assessed and removed, removal usually takes only 20 minutes under local anaesthetic and we use dissolving stitches, so there’s no painful stitch removal.

Health Check – It’s important to be aware of any recent changes in your moles and if you are in any doubt you can book in for a skin check.

Liposuction

If after careful dieting and working out in the gym, you still have stubborn bulges, then Liposuction as a day case can address this for you. If it is a small area then it may be possible to perform this under local anaesthetic which can aid recovery and minimise downtime. Areas that respond well to Liposuction are the outer and inner thighs, lower tummy and upper arms. Liposuction will show an immediate effect and has minimal complications.

Breast Augmentations and Breast Implants

Other procedures which have a quick recovery include Breast Augmentations and we now have the latest 3D Virtual Reality equipment from Crisalix that lets you see how you will look in Virtual Reality, then click on the bikini image on the right of our Home Page.

Using this it is possible to simulate how you will look with both round and shaped implants and the effect of placing them either under or over your muscle. These Images can be shared with you so that you can discuss them with your friends and family and make an informed decision.

Mini Tummy Tuck

If you have a small bulge of tummy below the tummy button (umbilicus) then either liposuction or a Mini Tummy Tuck may be able to address this for you. This uses a small scar situated carefully so that it can be hidden in your swimwear and allows removal of excess skin and fat, but without moving the umbilicus. This is much less extensive than a Full Tummy Tuck and therefore the recovery time and risks are reduced.

Breast Reduction

However if you find you  are top heavy and struggling to get a bikini to fit you it may be that a Breast Reduction is the right option for you. This will take a longer recovery time and a longer holiday may be in order to ensure you recover well and are fully rested.

Please check our Treatments Page in full to find our more about the procedure we offer and the one(s) that applies to you.

All the above procedures can be performed at Spire Cheshire and Spire Manchester hospitals.

Why not book your Consultation and find out more?


Breast Reduction Testimonial

We wanted to give you an idea of the range of surgeries that we have undertaken at Spire Cheshire and Spire Manchester hospitals recently,So we are so pleased to show you another of our most recent patients talking about her Breast Surgery.  This lady has recently had her Breast Reduction Surgery which was carried out under general anaesthetic here in Manchester.  It is clear to see that she has done her research on both the operation and also Breast Surgeons around Manchester before she finally

Breast Augmentation 5* Patient Reviews

We have had so many wonderful Breast Surgery reviews from our Manchester patients recently both in person and on the Real Self Forum we are absolutely delighted to share them with you.This beautiful lady talks candidly about her experience of choosing her implants and making the right decision for her.By using our Virtual Reality Visors you can see how different implant sizes would look on your own “Virtual Reality” body.The benefits reported to us are that it takes away the stress and guesswork

Brexit good for Botox!?

The debate rages on regarding the pros and cons of Brexit and there have been a few unlikely offshoots!As they say every action causes a reaction and for us it’s meant that Mr Lambe has been asked to quote on his views on the possible correlation of an increase in Botox and Filler procedures following the news on Brexit in the UK and also the inauguration of Donald Trump in the US.Being on hand to answer calls from the Media has made half term week busy but it was great to be asked on the BBC

BBC Breakfast Appearance

If you were up early on Monday, 13 February and watching BBC Breakfast then you might have seen Mr Lambe talking about the recent statistics on cosmetic surgery released by BAAPS.*There is a school of thought that suggests patients are holding off having full surgical procedures in the present economic climate as it is unstable with both the change in value of the pound following Brexit and the inauguration of the new President of the US, Donald Trump which have contributed to a drop in the

The Cheshire Magazine

Happy Friday to you! We received a great start to the day this morning as we woke up to find we have been featured in The Cheshire Magazine’s tweet for their February edition which is available in selected shops around Cheshire including Altrincham, Hale and Knutsford and is also delivered to a select few addresses in the area.As we say in the article, we are proud to be born and bred in the North West where we have set up home.The full article is hereIt’s a great read, even if we say so