A cosmetic surgery treatment in which fat is removed from the face and or body through an incision in the skin.

Coroner investigates death of girl after liposuction


Sydney: The parents of a beautiful 26-year old girl called for more regulation for “vanity” surgery after her death following liposuction.

Lauren James died earlier this week, three days after the surgical procedure which removes unwanted fat. The local coroner is to investigate the death.

Lauren (pictured), was treated at a Caulfield North cosmetic surgery centre, died on Monday after complaining of bleeding and pain over the weekend.

Her family vowed yesterday to join any call for tougher regulation of the vanity surgery industry if the coroner found her death was linked to the liposuction.

A spokesperson for the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons, Dr Norm Olbourne, said regulation was needed in vanity surgery.

Ms James had liposuction on both thighs and her buttocks at the Centre of Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery in Caulfield North on January 19 and was discharged that day.

It is understood she complained of bleeding and saw the centre’s medical director, Dr Mervyn Cass, on Monday morning. She died about 8pm.

Ms James’s death has sparked calls for regulation of the vanity surgery industry.

In Australia, general practitioners can perform cosmetic procedures without surgical qualifications. Although in Lauren’s case the procedure was carried out by a qualified surgeon.

Ms James’s brother said the family was waiting to find out the cause of death.

“If it turns out that it was the surgery that caused Lauren’s death, we would want to prevent it happening to someone else,” Mr James said.

“We would fully endorse an investigation into the dangers and complications that can arise from what is seen as routine cosmetic surgery.”

The national head of the Australian Medical Association, Dr Mukesh Haikerwal, said there were “no standards” in cosmetic surgery.

The Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery is trying to introduce new rules to ensure cosmetic surgery is carried out by doctors with post-graduate training, Dr Haikerwal said.

Cosmetic surgery lottery condemned by doctors

London: The UK body, the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons today condemned a new ‘monthly cosmetic super draw’ in which contestants can win aesthetic surgery procedures which will take place in Prague.

Briton John Babbage, of the company, Europa International, said it was arrogant to assume that doctors in other countries were less competent than those in the UK. He also said there was no difference between somebody winning a competition for surgery and paying for it.

People are encouraged to enter the company’s draw through a section on their website entitled “win your surgery for just £1.50”. The monthly draw gives people in the UK the chance of winning £6,000 towards cosmetic surgery.

They are encouraged to call a number or send a text, costing £1.50 a time, with the words “Change your life for only £1.50.”

The website also has a header saying Europa International has been “Cosmetic surgery abroad specialists since 1996.”

Douglas McGeorge, consultant plastic surgeon and President of the BAAPS said:

“I am appalled at this new scheme but unfortunately not surprised. Companies are plumbing new depths to take advantage of a growing interest in plastic surgery by launching unscrupulous marketing gimmicks which violate not only an established code of ethics where financial and date-linked incentives are prohibited, but also common sense.”

The Association has also expressed deep concern at the hype-filled process involved in winning such a prize: the public is meant to phone in or text for the opportunity to win, with no medical history taken or suitability evaluated. Once the winner is announced, the prospective patient meets with ‘directors’ (not the surgeon) with only ‘photos sent to the experts in Prague’ before being flown there for the operation.

Douglas McGeorge says: “I find it atrocious that patients are filtered through sales advisors and marketers who obviously have a vested interest . I would question whether the public are really giving informed consent if they haven’t even met the practitioner in person.”

Adam Searle, former President of the BAAPS adds:

“The offer of a cosmetic surgery procedure as a prize is an awful manifestation of the trivialisation of medical care in general, and aesthetic surgery in particular. Any patient making irreversible decisions in circumstances of hype, excitement and emotion, are putting themselves at very great risk. Any normal patient – doctor relationship is completely abandoned in any such framework of medical care. This is a practice I unreservedly and utterly condemn.”

The BAAPS based at the Royal College of Surgeons, is a not-for-profit organisation, established for the advancement of education and practice of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery for public benefit. Members undergo thorough background screening before they can join. Information about specific procedures and surgeons’ contact details can be found on the web site, or by contacting their advice line at 020 7405 2234. Further materials can be posted to members of the public seeking specialised information.

New non-surgical fat buster at Beauty Works West

London: Saddle bags, bingo wings, stodgy bottoms and double chins could finally become a thing of the past with the arrival of SmartLipo – a revolutionary new fat-busting treatment which is the safer and smarter alternative to conventional liposuction.

Officially available in the UK from this September, Dr. Daniel Sister BeautyWorks West will be one of just three Doctors in London offering this new solution to excess fat.

Billed as a lunch time treatment, just a single one hour session is all it takes with no need for a general anaesthetic or hospital visit. The procedure is carried out in the Doctor Daniel Sister’s treatment room instead of an operating theatre, meaning you could technically go back to work the same day. Compared to Liposuction it is less traumatic, less invasive and much safer. There is a faster recovery period with visibly reduced swelling and bruising. Medical studies show there are no serious side effects such as scarring, internal bleeding and permanent blood vessel damage which can follow after having Liposuction.

Previously impossible to treat with Liposuction, problem areas such as the face, fore arms, knees and upper abdomen can be addressed and SmartLipo also effectively treats Gynecomastia (male breasts) and Axillary hyperhidrosis (excess sweating). Just one treatment of SmartLipo permanently reduces the size of the sweat glands permanently reducing sweat secretions and replacing the current trend of having under arm botox every few months. Traditional Liposuction can cause a surplus of sagging skin and burst blood vessels but SmartLipo tightens the skin after removing the fat as well as simultaneously eliminating thread veins. Finally, the best news of all is the price. Starting from £1500, depending on the area it is much cheaper than Liposuction.

How does the treatment work?

The laser-assisted SmartLipo (fibre optic) is just 1mm in diameter and it disperses the wave energy in three steps.

Step one – Heats up the fat cell membrane to 45◦ to disintegrate the fat pockets and the contents are dispersed naturally via the bodies’ metabolism process (Full results takes 12 to 16 weeks).

Step two – Seals off the surrounding blood vessels to prevent bleeding and reduce any potential swelling or bruising.

Step three – Encourages the production of collagen and skin shrinkage. This prevents the skin from sagging and the need for post-treatment surgery such as a tummy tuck to correct this problem.

Following its arrival in the UK SmartLipo is bound to receive some scepticism and concern even though similar lasers are widely used here in many treatments already including hair removal. In defence one study in Brazil concerning at least 1500 cases showed no evidence of any serious side effects and although pending, FDA approval should come through early August. There are already 1000 SmartLipo laser machines worldwide and they have been in use for more than four years now. Italy, Brazil, Australia and the Far East have all caught on to using SmartLipo with phenomenal results and now it is time for us Brits to banish that stubborn fat too!

A consultation with Dr. Sister is free of charge. Treatments then start from £1500 – £2000 depending on the area.

The world’s top cosmetic surgeons revealed

London:The world’s top surgeons are the experts who count celebrities, royalty and the rich among their clientele. These doctors carry out subtle surgery rather than radical procedures and is the reason they are most in demand.



Dr Carl Troilius, Director of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, in Malmo has a celebrity following because of the privacy afforded in Sweden. He uses state-of-the-art, cohesive gel implants which are made to last and not leak. The operation is carried out through an incision high in the armpit, leaving a small 3cm scar. The operation costs from around £4,000.
Contact details:
Plastikkirurgicentrum, Regementsgatan 35, S-21753 Malmo. Tel: 00 46 40 263000.



Dr Leslie Stevens of Beverly Hills, California is known as the ‘King of Nip and Tuck’ and specialises in liposuction, treating all areas of the body – knees, chin, cheeks and neck, hips, thighs and buttocks. He uses a process known as ‘tumescent
technique’, in which a solution of saline and painkillers is injected into the area to loosen the fat, making removal both easier and less painful. Liposuction costs from £1,900 plus £1,000 for anaesthesia.

Contact details:
Lasky Clinic, 201 South Lasky Drive, Beverly Hills, California 90212. Tel: 001 (310) 556 1003.



Dr Nelly Gauthier is a Paris surgeon who works with fillers and injectibles including Botox. She believes that clients should not undertake extreme procedures and uses long-lasting formulas. A consultation costs about £70 with a Botox injection costing from £200.

Contact details:

9 Rue de Marignan, 75008 Paris. Tel: 00 33 1 53 75 04 60.



Dr Alan Matarasso of Manhattan is renowned for his subtle, face rejuvenating surgery. He performs short scar facelifts, which use less incisions that are usually carried out in this type of treatment. He also carries out a . He also uses a preand post-treatment regime using vitamins and homeopathic remedies to reduce inflammation and bruising. The cost of a face lift by Dr Matarass is from £6,500.

Contact details:

1009 Park Avenue, New York. Tel: 001 212 249-7500.


Reconstructive Surgery

Dr Javier de Benito. Barcelona who specialises in reconstructive surgery including reversing ageing and rebuilding the face as a result of disease or injury. In particular he has a reputation for designing implants to add volume to the face, putting fullness back into sunken cheeks and redefining the chin. He has recently developed a neck and face lift, using Gore-Tex (flexible stitches) to create a ‘supportive bra’, pulling slack muscles back into shape for a firmer, more defined profile. An face and neck lift cost about £4,050 and £6,080 respectively.

Contact details:

Instituto Dr Javier de Benito, Marquesa de Vilallonga, Barcelona. Tel: 00 34
932 530 282 or


Eyelid surgery

Dr Nick Metaxatos of Athens who was trainined in the UK offers up-to-the-minute
‘procedures’ at a fraction of the price charged by U.S. and British surgeons.
His main specialism is blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery to remove sagging skin) which extracts less fat that usual and gives a more flattering finish. He also offers healthcare packages including surgery, five-star accommodation and aftercare,
with lymph drainage massage to speed recovery. A blepharoplasty operation costs from £700.

Contact details:

5-7 Skoufa Street, 10673 Athens.


Bottom lift

Dr Ivo Pitanguy, known as the ‘The king of plastic surgery’ is based in Rio De Janeiro. He is credited with inventing the ‘bottom lift’, which he calls the Pitanguy
Lift. Since multiple procedures are ususally performed prices are available direct from the clinic.

Contact details:

Ivo Pitanguy Clinic, Rua Dona Mariana, 65, Botafogo, Rio de JaneiroTel: 0055 212266 9500, or

Age no barrier to cosmetic surgery

London: More people aged 60 and over are opting for cosmetic surgery, according to a new report from the UK private health provider BUPA.

There has been a large increase in operations among pensioners prompted, it is thought, by the growing popularity of cosmetic surgery reality TV.

BUPA says it has seen a 40 per cent increase in the number of men and women in their sixties having cosmetic surgery in the past 12 months. And eight percent of those having surgery are aged over 61.

The most popular procedure was eyelid rejuvenation, accounting for 38 per cent of operations in the age group, followed by facelifts at 28 per cent.

For women, eight per cent of operations were breast reductions, followed by tummy tucks and liposuction, which make up six per cent and five per cent respectively.

Overall, across all age groups, BUPA said the number of cosmetic surgery operations undertaken in its hospitals grew by over 22 per cent last year.
The most popular procedure overall was breast enlargement which accounted for almost a third of all the cosmetic proceduresperformed in its 25 hospitals.

The next most popular surgery was eyelid reduction, tummy tucks, nose reshaping and breast reduction.

Men typically favoured nose reshaping, eyelid reduction and correction of prominent ears.

Liposuction also became more popular among men, accounting for 13 per cent of operations, up on 2004 and compared with just six per cent in 2003.

BUPA research released last year revealed that more than 80 per cent of women think it is perfectly acceptable to have cosmetic surgery and more men than ever are considering operations to improve their looks.