What’s in the January sales for health and wellbeing seekers?

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News from Nowhere has a commercial theme at the beginning of 2017, asking “what’s in the January sales for health and wellbeing seekers?”

Cosmetic surgery

Less is more as ‘mini facelifts’ look set to be biggest trend for 2017, with enquiries up 589% in past three months, and by 135% over the past 12 months,according to WhatClinic.com. The youth-enhancing procedure is set to continue its domination as a key trend for 2017.
Breast implants remain the cosmetic procedure of choice in the UK despite a slight decrease of 9% in enquiries compared to the previous year. Yet the numbers seeking this cosmetic enhancement surgery almost doubled those of the second most popular procedure, eyelid surgery. At number two on the top ten list, is eyelid surgery, with an 8% increase in enquiries, and an average cost of £2,691, in the UK.
Fat reducing surgeries also featured on the list, showing double digit growth in enquiries during 2016. Liposuction saw a 64% increase in enquiries and jumped to third place on the most popular procedures list. Enquiries for male breast reduction surgery, saw a 58% increase on 2015 figures and costs £3,567 on average. Despite its higher average price tag of £5,168 in the UK, tummy tucks have also seen a huge increase in enquiries in 2016, up 56% in the past 12 months.
Dr Foued Hamza, Cosmetic Surgeon, Queen Anne Street Medical Centre, London said of these figures, “More and more patients are seeking less aggressive and less invasive procedures, in particular ones that have faster recovery times. Patients are seeking ‘lunchtime procedures’ which means they are in and out quickly and get more subtle treatments.”

2016’s top 10 most popular cosmetic surgery procedures based on volume of traffic to WhatClinic.com

Procedure

Change in enquiries over the last year

Average price UK

1. Breast Implants

-9%

£4,118

2. Eyelid surgery

8%

£2,691

3. Liposuction

64%

£2,954

4. Rhinoplasty

21%

£3,772

5. Tummy Tuck

56%

£5,168

6. Fat Transfer

-23%

£2,921

7. Gynecomastia

58%

£3,567

8. Breast Reduction

11%

£5,089

9. Facelift

-5%

£5,585

10. Breast Lift

-14%

£4,800

Don’t be alone with your New Year resolutions

Those thinking of making a lifestyle change this New Year might want to speak to a qualified GP first, according to private, on-line GP clinic ‘Push Doctor’. Whether it’s losing a few pounds, changing your diet, cutting back on drinking, quitting smoking or improving general wellbeing, having a doctor on hand to talk through and review progress could be important.

According to Push Doctor, getting advice from a medical professional could be the difference between success and failure for people seeking a positive lifestyle change in 2017, and with health and fitness at the top of many people’s New Year resolution list, it’s never been so important to speak to a GP.

The internet is filled with advice and information on diet and exercise, however following the wrong advice could be damaging to your health. A GP can help banish any dangerous diet myths and can provide advice on the safest way to introduce or increase physical activity into your daily routine, as if done incorrectly, these things could cause back ache, fatigue, joint damage and light headedness.

Push Doctor, offers access to one of 7,000 GMC-registered UK General Practitioners within six minutes. Eren Ozagir, CEO and founder of Push Doctor adds: “There is no better feeling than achieving a goal you have set for yourself, whether it’s losing a few pounds or getting on top of stress. The important thing to remember is that GPs are here to help and you don’t have to go through important lifestyle changes alone.”

Money Matters

On a slightly different note, the NHS Consultants and Specialists Association (HCSA) has obtained representation rights for hospital doctors. This makes it into a serious rival to the British Medical Association (BMA), which until now had a monopoly in negotiating about hospital doctors’ pay and conditions with the NHS. The BMA has lost some standing in the eyes of some junior doctors, after its failure to stop the introduction of a new contract for junior doctors see Junior doctors dispute.

The HCSA – which claims to have 3500 members – has in the past recruited hospital doctors who support the NHS, and now may attract discontents who may be less interested in the ideological differences between the two organisations and more interested in their combativeness with their employers. Unlike the BMA, the HCSA is affiliated to the Trades Union Congress (TUC). The TUC already has an affiliated organisation for doctors, the Medical Practitioners Union, now known as Doctors in Unite. Doctors in Unite has a very small membership, mostly of GPs, and does not have negotiating rights. In the trades union world GPs are weaker and fewer in number than specialists, just like they are in the NHS.

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