Is the Nature of Beauty Changing?

The nature of beauty has always been subject to fashion with some fashions lasting longer than others. The Ancient Egyptians pioneered the use of wax to rid themselves of unwanted hair and many cultures still consider smooth skins beautiful today. The trend in Elizabethan England of covering the face in white lead to create pale skin, however, has been reversed. Nowadays, the use of fake tan is in fashion to achieve a sun-kissed glow.

What has remained the same is how beauty is equated with youth. Thus the popularity of plastic surgery in celebrity culture, with the belief that it can help turn back time. However, woe-betide the celebrity whose surgery is too obvious. Joan Rivers, who died recently, was derided for her procedures. With celebrities embracing procedures from Botox to buttock implants, the rise in plastic surgery among the general public is unsurprising. Who wouldn’t want that airbrushed youthful glow? Gwyneth Paltrow, for example, has been something of an unwilling ambassador for non-invasive procedures having adopted the ‘less is more’ approach with chemical peels.

Undergoing surgery will always be a risk, with infection, scarring and nerve damage all possible. Many ask if it is a risk worth taking just for a smaller nose or bigger breasts. Those who have surgery risk criticism from friends and family who may judge them shallow. Although surgery may seem drastic, it can have positive benefits in boosting confidence and self-esteem. This is unsurprising considering the importance attached to good looks. A study by American scientist David Buss, who recorded the dating preferences of 100,000 people from 37 different cultures, found that a woman’s physical appearance came top or near top of every man’s ‘wanted’ list. It is little wonder that women are resorting to more extreme beauty regimes.

However, men are also increasingly feeling the pressure to look good. In the US, cosmetic procedures for men went up by 106% between 1997 and 2012. In the UK requests by men for liposuction went up by 25% last year.

Beauty is subject to fashion but the ideal of beauty and the desire to look beautiful and desirable is not new. It is human nature to want to look as attractive as possible and plastic surgery is just one way of achieving this. There will always be critics of the beauty ideal. Queen Victoria, for example, thought make up was ‘improper’ and should be used only by actors.

The beauty industry is tapping into a deep-seated human need and doing it very well. Analysts at the financial firm Goldman Sachs estimate that the global beauty industry is growing at 7% a year. This is a very lucrative trade.

“Beauty will continue to be an important goal for most men and women on the planet, however that is achieved. Times change and fashions alter but the desire for beauty remains the same.”


7 Truths You Should Know About Botox

FACT – Everybody age’s, truth be told not everyone can accept this. Heard of Botox? Sure you have and here are 7 truths you should know about Botox:


Truth 1: Botox is an injectable solution to wrinkles, spots and ageing lines.

Truth 2: Botox side effects are temporary

Truth 3: Botox requires maintenance and expense

Truth 4: There are 7 botulinum toxins that stop  muscle contractions (Acetylcholine)

Truth 5: A Botox injection should only be carried out by a certified professional because it is a medical procedure.

Truth 6: Botox Injections can be used on different parts of the body, including face, hands and feet.

Truth 7: Botox can be used by men and women to provide a more youthful and relaxed appearance.


Mr Alex Karidis was invited to ITV’s This Morning show hosted by Marvin and Rochelle to help people who are thinking of undergoing Cosmetic Surgery and have their questions answered. Here’s the video transcript:


If somebody is thinking about undergoing plastic surgery what advice would you give to them first of all?

Mr Alex Karidis

Make sure you’re doing it for the right reason, you’re doing it because you really want to improve yourself or unhappy with a certain aspect of your body. I always recommend to anybody, do your homework and you can do it very easily these days with the internet. The Internet has got millions and millions of sites which you can actually access and understand what the surgery involves. The more you understand the better armed you are, you’re more aware of the risks and possible downsides involved and obviously the benefits.


Ok, let’s take some calls


CALLER NO.1: Heather’s Question:

Basically, I was thinking about getting lip fillers and also Botox as well, a lot of my friends have got it and members of my family, but I was wondering if you could tell me what the potential risks are and the complications and do you think that it is addictive?

Mr Alex Karidis Answer

Hi Heather, I think that it is good that you have decided to have surgery, I presume you want to improve some aspect of yourself because I think that is really important and you mustn’t do it because your friends and family have had it. There are risks with any type of surgery, and yes of course it will depend on the specific type of procedure that you choose. There are generalised risks for example: For anaesthetic reasons infection and bleeding, and of course depending on the procedure that you choose there are specific issues that you need to understand. For example, for breast augmentations you have to understand that the implants that you have inserted are not forever, they are not lifetime devices. There’s an obligation there on your part to change at some point, so you need to understand that there is a commitment there.

I think that the important thing is to understand the reason why you’re doing it in the first place.


I do think that I’m under a lot of pressure to get cosmetic surgery, like looking at the magazines and watching the TV programs, you almost feel as you kind of have to get it to look normal.

Mr Alex Karidis

Yes, I think that’s definitely not the right reason to do it

Rochelle Agrees

Mr Alex Karidis

You have to do it because you really personally are unhappy about something and you want to improve an aspect about yourself.


Yeah, Surely Heather you should only be doing it if you really want to do it you know.


Umm…Yeah, Umm…Yeah I know


I think it’s important


I’m going to think about it.


Yes, make sure you do


Alright Heather Thank you for your call today


Heather Thank you, Thank you

CALLER NO.2: Stacy’s Questions

My question for Alex is that I’m considering going over to Prague next month for breast surgery, wanted to see if you had any advice for going, considering I’m going over alone.

Mr Alex Karidis

Right, well, you hear a lot of this, about people going abroad for surgery and uh you know Stacy I presume the main reason you are doing it is for financial reasons; because people have heard that Surgery is a lot cheaper abroad.


It’s a lot cheaper In Prague?

Mr Alex Karidis

Not just in Prague, compared to other countries in the UK, it’s slightly more expensive.


Is that why you’re doing it Stacy, Is it cheaper abroad, is that why?


Erm… no, I have had problems over here so I’ve decided to go abroad for it, to have it done instead.

Mr Alex Karidis

There are good surgeons everywhere in the world; one of the problems with having surgery abroad if you don’t live abroad is when you come back. If there is a problem or if you need some follow-up advice or care, who do you turn too? And that’s a big obstacle for many people, because the actual act of performing surgery is just that day but then you have the healing process, you have the follow-up care, all these things Stacy you need to take into consideration. And you need to make sure that you have backup in case something does go wrong. When you come back who are you going to turn to?


What checks should people be doing Alex before they do make the journey abroad, what should they do?

Mr Alex Karidis

Well, I think the same checks that you would do to have surgery here. You would make sure that the person doing it is fully qualified, is well versed, very experienced with the type of surgery that you want to have done. Perhaps see you can get a recommendation as well.


And how would you by checking, is it websites? Can you Look up surgeons for example and see their work?

Mr Alex Karidis

Absolutely, if you have a specific name, yes you can, obviously do a search and find some information.


Does that not always happen? Do you not always know exactly who is going to be operating on you?

Mr Alex Karidis

Well that is the problem if you go for example through a cosmetic surgery company you may not know the actual surgeon who is going to perform the surgery, of course there are people within a certain company who will advise and tell you about surgery but they won’t be the people performing the surgery. So it’s not always easy sometimes to identify that.


Stacy have you done any checks yourself?


Erm, yeah I have done checks on the company that I’ve decided I’m going go with and they told me that I will be operated on with the surgeon that I will speak to over the phone before I go, or one that will do my consultation and look at all my pictures before I go over there.


Right, ok

Mr Alex Karidis

Again, it’s not ideal because before committing to any surgery a surgeon should ideally see the patient and examine the patient up close. Sure you can only get so much via pictures, skype or whatever but unless you exactly examine them, the individual and speak to them in person, it’s not always easy. You know to be fully 100% with explaining to the patient what can and cannot be achieved.


Ok Thank Alex, Hopefully that’s something to think about Stacy, yes?


Yeah, it is thank you


CALLER NO.3 Jackie’s Question

Morning doctor

Mr Alex Karidis


I had a double mastectomy in 2005 due to breast cancer and I’m wondering if it’s still possible to have implants after such a length of time because of the scarring?

Mr Alex Karidis

Hello Jackie yes, of course it is possible, I presume that you are under the care of somebody in the NHS, your GP? Yes there are many options available to patients that have had mastectomy’s these days. If you feel the need to reconstruct your breast, I think it will totally be understandable for you to seek advice and I ‘am certain that your GP will be able to guide you accordingly, to help you go through the appropriate routes but yes there is no reason why you couldn’t have some form of reconstruction.


Ok, Thank you

Marvin, Rochelle and Mr Alex Karidis

Thank you


Ok Jackie hope that helps




We’ve had a couple of emails as well Alex, the first one is from a lady called Jane, says that she’s Afro-Caribbean and she feels her nose is too broad and wants to make sure she finds a good surgeon that can give her the effect that she wants as she doesn’t want to look to European, what should she look for?

Mr Alex Karidis

Well, Afro-Caribbean noses in particular are very specific noses; they’re different to Caucasian noses


Hmm yes

Mr Alex Karidis

Afro-Caribbean noses have slightly flatter and slightly thicker, and so you need to have a surgeon who’s got a lot of experience with them type of noses. It’s very likely that that person does a lot of noses anyways but more specifically they should have a lot of experience with afro Caribbean noses. Again, I think with many of these situations when a black individual want to change their nose, they need to be very specific about what they would like to achieve, as she said she doesn’t want to look to European and she’s clear about that, because you don’t want to go to the extreme where you’ve changed your nose so radically that it’s not you anymore.

Marvin and Rochelle

Mm yeah,


That it’s no longer you anymore, yes yes – Next is a common one on Botox, Michelle sent an email saying she wants to have Botox surgery on her forehead but she has asthma, will it be safe for her to have that surgery?

Mr Alex Karidis

Yes, there’s no contrary indication, or reason why she couldn’t have it if she has asthma, no, absolutely not.


Botox is very common isn’t it, it seems to be

Mr Alex Karidis

It is the most common Non-surgical procedure that we do and it’s great because people can see the difference after a few days once the Botox has kicked in, it’s great at smoothing lines and creases. It’s a form of toxin, its actually got Botulinum Botox is the trade name but it’s very very effective it’s been used for cosmetic purposes for a number of years now, so we know it’s safe and it’s very readily accepted by patients.


I think Botox, I always think about it, Is it not something that you have to regularly keep up, it’s not something where you have it just the once but you have to maintain it for the rest of your life

Mr Alex Karidis

You are absolutely correct; it’s not a one off


It’s not a problem solver

Mr Alex Karidis

No, No and if you like the effect you have to commit to having it done every 3-6 months depending on how much you tolerate. I think we have evolved with things like Botulinum toxin in that we now understand that we don’t want to give you the frozen look anymore.


Yes it’s not good to have too much

Mr Alex Karidis

Yes, you’re absolutely right, because initially when it first came out people were all excited, putting in lots, resulting in no lines or movement at all”, but that’s very unnatural. Now we’ve realised that it’s about putting soft small amounts in each areas you can actually achieve a much more natural result and at the same time smooth out any creases or lines that you are not happy with.

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C4 BodyShockers: Katie Piper Wants You

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Are you tired or regretful of your breast, buttock, chin or cheek implants…Nose, ear or eye surgery…or any other cosmetic procedure done?


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Top 5 Reasons why Ultherapy is an A-list Treatment

ultherapy“Are you interested in making your skin look smoother and younger, but you’re not ready to commit to surgery? Many celebrities feel the same way. Courtney Cox, Vanessa Williams, and Real Housewives of New Jersey star Jacqueline Laurita are all advocates of Ultherapy, a non-invasive procedure that uses ultrasound energy to stimulate the body’s creation of new collagen. Here are the revolutionary Top 5 reasons wy Ultherpay is an A-List treatment thats Lasts“.

Mr Alex Karidis




1. It’s Unique

This is the only procedure that can lift and smooth skin on the face, neck, and chest without cutting or disrupting the surface. No other procedure uses ultrasound imaging to target the deep foundation of the skin without the knives.

2. It Lasts

While results typically take up to three months to reach their full potential, the jump start that the procedure gives to collagen production keeps going. Patients have fresh, young collagen over a year later. Though personal biology and laxity of skin are factors, many people only need one treatment.

3. It’s Safe

The FDA approved Ultherapy after multiple clinical trials proved its safety, and over 200,000 procedures have been performed effectively all around the world. Patients can feel even better knowing ultrasound energy has been used in medicine for over half a century.

4. It Can Compliment Surgery

What if you already had a facelift? Celebrities have access to the top plastic surgeons, and they still choose this procedure to prolong the effects of cosmetic surgery and keep them looking fresh. While it’s not a replacement for the surgery itself, many patients find it works alongside it.

5. It’s Easy

A session takes only 60-90 minutes, and the side effects are amazingly minimal. While it may involve slight discomfort and redness for about an hour afterwards, it is remarkably free of the risks and downtime associated with cosmetic procedures.

If you’re not prepared for surgery but have begun to see the signs of aging, Ultherapy may be a fantastic solution for you. A-list stars have discovered you can tighten and smooth the skin in a natural, non-invasive way. This groundbreaking use of ultrasound energy may keep patients looking young and feeling their best for years to come.



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Smooth and Perky: The HydraTight Bottom Treatment

It’s summer, time to show off your tight, toned, perky bottom in your favourite bikini. Except perhaps your bottom isn’t as perky or smooth as it could be. Well, no need to hide in baggy shorts- get your bottom treated today. The HydraTight Bottom Treatment combines three treatments in one to prep, tone and perfect your bottom, just in time for that beach party.
HydraTight Bottom

The first part of the HydraTight Bottom treatment consists of Accent Radio Frequency treatment. Accent Radio Frequency warms and softens the deep tissues of the bottom. Accent causes the tissues beneath the skin to begin tightening. The deep heating effect induces the fat cells to break down, and it also increases blood circulation to the area to allow drainage of the fatty deposits into the lymphatic system.

The second part of the treatment is Velashape III. This treatment combines infrared light, bipolar radio frequency and vacuum massage into one time-saving procedure. The radio frequency portion of Velashape III continues to deeply heat the tissues to continue the breakdown of the fat cells. The vacuum treatment plus the additional deep heating of the infrared light tightens and tones the tissues of the bottom.

The combination of infrared light, bipolar radio frequency and vacuum has been demonstrated in scientific studies to improve the appearance of the buttocks (for example, These studies demonstrate increased firmness of the treated bottom, tightening of the skin and a general improved appearance. These same studies demonstrate that the Velashape III treatment is completely safe, with no adverse effects. The authors of the studies suggest that performing regular maintenance treatments of the combined infrared, radio frequency and vacuum will produce continuing and lasting improvements in the tightness of the bottom.

The final phase of the treatment perfects the skin. A light glycolic peel is applied to deeply exfoliate the skin, causing the bottom to renew its skin layer with a fresh new layer of skin that has an even colour tone and no imperfections.

A complete HydraTight Bottom Treatment takes only 45 minutes and will restore your bottom to its proper perky self.

HydraTight Bottom Treatments start from a well worth it £200 available with Karidis Medispa  London 020 7432 8727 and Liverpool 0151 709 8593


Top 5 Benefits of Treating Gynecomastia with Male Breast Surgery

Between social pressures and roller coaster ups and downs, the road to becoming comfortable in your own body is full of harrowing experiences. For many men, this road is made particularly difficult due to a condition called gynecomastia.

Gynecomastia is a physical condition that is marked by the growth of male breasts. This condition often starts in childhood and persists into puberty and adulthood, though it can be triggered by events later in life. The severity of the gynecomastia differs, ranging from incredibly mild to devastatingly severe. For those with more severe forms, one method to treat gynecomastia is male breast surgery.

While treating gynecomastia with male breast surgery carries with it the same risks as any other form of survey and should not be taken lightly, for many patients, the benefits far out-weigh the risks.


1. Increase in self-esteem

Once the bandages come off and the majority of the healing is done, men often feel a surge in their levels of self-esteem. For many people, no amount of exercise and self-control is enough to get rid of gynecomastia. With breast surgery, they are able to cross that final hurdle that they otherwise would not be able to achieve.

2. Uplifts confidence

While there are plenty of people who do not care about their gynecomastia, if this condition is causing mental anguish, then no amount of self-soothing is enough to repair the damage to a person’s confidence. Sometimes, breast surgery to remove the extra issue is what is needed.

3. Health benefits

Without worrying about the unfortunate social stigma of noticeable male breasts, many men report an increase in their overall health as they take up more active life styles.

4. A Boost to social life

As with many other conditions that lower confidence and self-esteem, gynecomastia can inspire men to be less social for fear of embarrassment. Once the tissue is removed, men are free to enjoy the company of others once again without being self-conscious.

5. Feeling at Home in your Own Skin

Ultimately, it is up to the patient to decide whether or not male breast surgery is an option they want to pursue. It is not a decision that should be made rashly and without consideration and for some, perhaps it is not the right choice. But for others, male breast surgery will be able to give them the ability to finally feel comfortable in their own skin.

Everyone should be able to show the world the person they really are and for some men, male breast surgery gives them that opportunity.


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Hair Removal: Waxing vs Laser


When it comes to hair removal, there are a multitude of options. While laser options are viewed more favourably by most, there are advantages and disadvantages to both methods, and knowing these will help you make a more informed choice when it comes time to choose your method of method.



Wax removal is something many people fear, mainly because they don’t like the idea of having their hair ripped from their body. However, that’s the stuff of horror tales and poorly trained cosmetologists. Professionals know how to pull the hair in such a way that there is barely any pain; in addition, this pulls the hair out at the root, which makes it take longer to regrow.

Wax removes hair for around three weeks on average, although some might find hair gone for as many as six weeks. It’s typically best for the legs, under the arms, and the bikini area, and is a great option for people with thicker, darker hair.

The downside to wax is that it can somewhat painful, and can potentially lead to ingrown hairs. Waxing can cost anywhere from £5 to £50, and sometimes even more. Wax also requires that the hair be at least ¼” in length in order to be effective. If not, the hair won’t stick to the wax as well.


Laser Treatment

Laser method is a much more long-term option than wax options, as the hair removal from this method is permanent.

This method is great for people with sensitive skin, as it doesn’t damage the skin in any way. This makes it much less irritating than waxing. Another benefit is that once methods are completed, a person never needs more.

On the downside, it can be painful; the heat from the beam is uncomfortable, and the method requires a certain level of specification and training. This can lead to expensive methods that cost as much as £70 and sometimes as much as £1000+. It usually takes around six methods before hair is permanently removed.

However, despite this cost, this treatment is the most cost effective in the long run; once the hair is gone, it doesn’t come back, unlike with other hair removal methods. It’s the best choice for people with hair that’s darker than the skin, as the machine uses this disparity in colour in order to better lock on to the hair.


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The Rise of Corrective Surgery

Cosmetic surgery can revitalize your body by improving your appearance or altering a source of discomfort. Under the right circumstances, cosmetic procedures can offer very satisfying results. However, the surgery does not always meet the patient’s expectations, and corrective procedures for botched cosmetic surgeries are on the rise.


The Rise of Corrective Surgery
For many years, cosmetic surgery was a luxury that was reserved for the rich and the famous, but many procedures are becoming popular in the general population. Payment plans and special discounts have greatly reduced the immediate financial burden of cosmetic surgery. Promotional mailer packets and newspaper advertisements often feature fast and cheap cosmetic surgery deals. The increased affordability has fostered the growth of the cosmetic surgery industry.

The cosmetic surgery industry is currently flooded with surgeons, so it is very easy for patients to access a local practice. However, some surgeons are not fully qualified to perform some procedures.

The general public views cosmetic surgeries as casual procedures, but most surgeries are very serious procedures. Unfortunately, many patients undergo surgery without fully evaluating the surgeon or the associated risks. Many of the special surgery discounts are only valid for a limited time, so some patients will make a hasty and uninformed decision to undergo a relatively complicated procedure.

Celebrities serve as role models, and many celebrities have utilized some form of cosmetic surgery. As a result, many people see cosmetic surgery as a gateway to the celebrity lifestyle. Unfortunately, the general population does not have access to the upscale surgical teams that cater to the cosmetic needs of Hollywood’s best and brightest. It is difficult to get the celebrity treatment at a steep discount.

Corrective Surgery

Making an Investment
A corrective surgery has a great deal of potential in the hands of a capable surgeon, but you should never approach corrective surgery as an easy fix for a cosmetic surgery blunder. A botched surgery can be expensive, unattractive, time consuming, and extremely painful. You should approach your cosmetic procedure as an important investment. Ideally, you should only plan to have the initial surgery.

A surgery that costs £15,000 is not guaranteed to have a better outcome than a surgery that costs £10,000. However, a larger price tag can provide some information about the surgeon and the practice. Some certifications require years of expensive training, and the price of a surgery will reflect that investment. Additionally, the sophistication of the facilities, the equipment, and the drugs that are used during surgery will influence the price. In many cases, the quality of the surgical experience is related to the price.

A botched cosmetic procedure is very disruptive. The initial surgical costs and recovery time are compounded by the time and money needed to endure the corrective procedure. Additionally, the botched surgery can have painful and unattractive side effects, and the discomfort can interfere with daily activities. In some cases, correcting the initial surgery can be more complicated than the original procedure.

When it comes to your health and appearance, a botched cosmetic surgery can lead to many problems. Corrective procedures can repair many issues, but you should do everything in your power to ensure that your initial procedure will have a satisfying outcome. The quick and cheap option will not produce the best results, so you should exercise caution when you are making important decisions about cosmetic surgery.


Beauty Treatments: Top 10 reasons to try a Hydrafacial


Taking care of our skin is so important, especially in the summer when many of us spend more time outside exposed to the sun. This is a great time to get a Hydrafacial, making it part of our beauty regime for healthy, younger looking skin. The following are 10 reasons to try the Hydrafacial and bring out the natural beauty in your skin.

1. Like the name implies, this type of facial provides instant hydration for your skin. Unlike other skin procedures that leave your skin feeling irritated and even dried out, this method leaves the skin moist and dewy.

2. It works well on all skin types and even sensitive skin can easily tolerate this treatment method.

3. This treatment can take as little as 15 minutes to complete. It’s something that can be completed over your lunch break.

4. It feels cool and soothing. There isn’t any pain during the procedure. Some people have compared it to having a soft brush with cream being stroked over their face.

Hydrafacial5. The procedure helps to eliminate common skin problems such as discoloration, clogged pores, and even fine lines. There are different solutions to choose from that will meet the needs of each skin type. The amount of serum used can be controlled by the esthetician.

6. With a deep cleansing process and exfoliation, many people will see results after just one treatment. Your skin will look radiant and clean right away.

7. There are add-on features that can be done along with the basic procedure. An example is the lymphatic drainage that helps detoxify and may even relieve sinus congestion.

8. The results of even one treatment may last a week or longer.

9. There is no “downtime” when you’re finished. You’ll be able to put on make-up after treatment is completed.

10. If continued on a regular basis, the Hydrafacial will only continue to improve the look and texture of your skin. It is sometimes recommended to schedule several treatments every few weeks and then once every month or two for maintenance.


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