Chin Augmentation Changed My Life!
Leafing through her friend’s wedding album, Sharron Taylor burned with jealousy. It wasn’t that she was desperate to meet that special someone, settle down and get married. Oh no, Sharron, 37, had done the big white wedding thing years earlier, had a wonderful husband, Mark, 38, and two lovely daughters – Millie, six, and Tegan, three. No, it was the fact that apart from the memories she carried round in her head, she didn’t have any record of her big day. She hadn’t even had a professional photographer. It was odd, but husband Mark had left all the arranging to her and when friends asked, ‘Oh, we couldn’t afford one,’ she’d say just to shut them up.
But it wasn’t money that was the problem, it was her chin. Sharron inherited it from her mother, Edna’s side of the family, but whereas her mum’s was only slightly affected, Sharron’s was much worse. In fact, it was so inverted that it didn’t look like she had a chin at all. Her face just blended into her neck. At school, she’d been teased terribly. Unsurprisingly, it had made her incredibly self-conscious. Even as an adult Sharron always spoke with a hand over her mouth and tried desperately not to be seen from her side profile. But not even her mum or Mark knew how much she hated it. Sharron even dreaded pulling up at traffic lights in case other drivers saw her. So when she married Mark, an access operator driver, it was natural to ban photography at the wedding. And when she gave birth to two beautiful kids: ‘Don’t get me in the photos!’ she wailed. In fact there was a grand total of just four pictures of her with them.
But then, last October mum Edna announced she was splashing out on a facelift. Sharron was delighted for her and couldn’t wait to see the results. She was speechless when she saw her mum for the first time after the op. Not only did Edna look 10 years younger, she now – after almost 60 years – had a perfect-looking chin. ‘The surgeon fitted a chin implant too,’ she explained to Sharron.
Trasie Inkersole is 46 and the proud owner of a really flat stomach. But it wasn’t always so. Before she had her upper abdominal surgery, Trasie had a spare tyre that just wouldn’t go away. “I wanted to have a tummy tuck because I was always conscious of that awful bulge that seemed to marry up with my breasts whenever I sat down,” she says. “I never quite knew where my tummy finished and my breasts began. I was starting to slouch as a result, so decided to do something about it.”
“After talking to a friend I met up with a South African plastic surgeon at The Rosebank Clinic. I decided that he was the man to do my operation.” This was not Trasie’s first cosmetic procedure – she had a lower abdominal tummy tuck op when she was 24 and was very happy with it. However, she says, the surgeons in the UK didn’t seem to think an upper tummy tuck would be beneficial. “One decided to give it a try, but the effects were not good and I still had a bulge and the scar was very unsightly,” she elaborates. “Dr Fayman was very confident that he could help me, and explained that the tummy muscles should have been tightened during the operations. With all the information I needed, I decided to go ahead.”
Trasie flew to South Africa for the operation, joining the ‘safari and surgery’ set, and describes her experience as “brilliant. I had the op in the morning and by the afternoon I was up and about chatting with the other people who had come over to the clinic for different operations. “I was amazed – I had no pain whatsoever afterwards – not even a twinge! In contrast, the operation I’d had in the UK was agony and I couldn’t move for days. I had also walked like a duck for two weeks, not daring to straighten up, yet here I was -up and about within hours of surgery. It was truly amazing. “
Trasie says that while her abdomen was slightly swollen for a few weeks after the procedure, the overall effect was fantastic. “It was as flat as a pancake and I had a perfect scar. I went to South Africa wearing a size 18 and within a week I was buying size 14 and still wear 14 now. All my family and friends were amazed and couldn’t believe the results. As a result, many of them have either had surgery or are thinking of going to SA for surgery some time in the future.” Trasie’s surgeon, Dr Fayman, says a loose upper stomach is a problem that typically affects men and women after extensive weight loss, or younger women after pregnancies.
The typical tummy tuck operation is performed through an incision that runs from side to side across the body, along the natural fold at the bottom of the abdomen, and is more successful in dealing with flabby skin and loose muscles, predominantly in the lower part of the abdomen in the area between the belly button and the pubic area.
However, conventional tummy tucks are less successful in dealing with flabby soft tissue and particularly skin, in the upper abdomen, an area which is quite remote from the incision of the lower abdomen.
According to Dr Fayman, Trasie’s surgeon, the upper abdominal lift is described in professional literature as far back as 1923, and has gained popularity mainly in Brazil but is now adopted by plastic surgeons around the world. It can be combined with liposuction to the abdomen which means the results can be even more dramatic.
Dr Moshe Fayman
Moshe (Miki) Fayman, MD FCS is a certified Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon in Private Practice in Johannesburg, South Africa. Dr Fayman has devoted his life’s work to helping people improve their appearance through Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery.