News Dr Leah Totton, right, alongside Apprentice mentor Karren Brady

The first cosmetic skin clinic launched by last year’s winner of The Apprentice, in partnership with Lord Sugar, has opened its doors

In Brief:Girl dies after plastic surgery

A hospital has ordered an inquiry after a 14-year-old girl, Janine Connor, from Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, died after what should have been a simple operation to pin back her ears at Withington Hospital, in Manchester.

VITAL SIGNS : Help for babies with bat ears

Bat ears in children can be avoided if a simple splint is applied at birth, according to David Gault, a plastic surgeon at Mount Vernon Hospital, Middlesex, who says he has successfully used this approach with 30 babies, including his own two chi ldren.

Tighter and brighter and wrinkle-free: Monique Roffey puts tongue in cheek to look at a new form of facelift

Say facelift and I think scalpels, operating theatre, blood and bandages. I don't think of a face covered in cold, ectoplasmic goo and blue-hued mini-light dancing over my features as electrical probes are applied.

TELEVISION REVIEW / The nips and tucks of outrageous fortune

I MOANED aloud quite a lot during 'The Body Shop' (BBC 1), an Inside Story film about plastic surgery. I moaned when a steel chisel was pushed up a young man's nostril and hit with a mallet; I moaned when the surgeon waggled a liposuction cannula underneath his patient's skin, like someone hoovering underneath a pink rug; I moaned piteously when they did the tummy tuck, stitching the skin over what looked like a badly set trifle. But the loudest groan came when they played 'Stay Young and Beautiful' on the soundtrack.

Letter: My priceless return to the world of sound

Sir: So cochlear implants are considered on a par with cosmetic surgery by the Bromley Health Authority ('NHS treatment list varies by region', 26 September). In 1984 I was one of the first recipients of a cochlear implant in the UK. The implant, albeit a simple protoype, brought me back from 26 years of silence to the world of sound. The birds sang and the doorbell rang, my speech improved, I could modulate my voice correctly and, last but not least, I could enjoy an easy, relaxed conversation.

Men who want a perfect body: Going under the plastic surgeon's knife is becoming a popular option for men. Alex Spillius reports

'DOESN'T it look great?' smiles Damian Hockney, sticking out his chest like a peacock. 'Go on, feel it. I worked out a lot but somehow it always stayed a bit flat.' His chest feels like good firm muscle, even though it is full of silicone implanted six weeks ago. As is his chin, which he had filled out a few years ago - 'I just wanted a bit more prominence.' Damian then turns his head sideways and runs his finger down his runway-smooth nose - 'I used to have a bump and I think the tip was shortened a bit.' He remembers something else to show and lifts up his shirt. 'Look, I had lipo done at the sides, you know, to get rid of those love handles, and they haven't come back.'

Etc: Liposuction

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'Nightmare' of woman seeing son fight for life: The killer microbe: A man has survived the life-threatening infection, at a price of appalling trauma. Liz Hunt reports

JOAN ARMSTRONG describes the three weeks in January that her son was fighting for his life against a deadly microbial infection as a 'living nightmare'.

Cosmetic surgery licence call

COSMETIC surgeons are to have their profession scrutinised in Parliament after the Independent on Sunday reported that one in four practising in Britain have not been trained, writes Esther Oxford.

The woman who fights plastic surgeons

CINDY JACKSON lives at a secret address, under a false name, behind an 'armoured' door and barred windows. She says she has had death threats, her telephone has been tapped and her post tampered with.

Cosmetic surgery that leaves a scar: If a nose-job goes wrong, what can you do about it asks Esther Oxford

SUE MACY had her back to her boyfriend when he came in the door. She was cocking her face at the mirror, examining her rhinoplasty. When she turned round he stared. Then he sat. Then he laid his forehead on the table and sobbed.

Court requires Jackson to have medical check: Singer must disclose medical records if libel case is to proceed

MICHAEL JACKSON will have to undergo a medical examination if he wishes to pursue a libel action against allegations that he was 'hideously disfigured' by plastic surgery, the Court of Appeal ruled yesterday.

Health: The deeper the cut, the younger the look

We have received a number of letters from consultant plastic surgeons contesting claims attributed to Jan Stanek in the article 'The deeper the cut, the younger the look' (Health, 11 January). Among the points they made are: Mr Stanek will not be the first to perform the subperiosteal face-lift in the UK. The operation was first performed by a French surgeon, Paul Tessier, in 1980. It was wrong to compare risks with those in infected abdominal conditions. There is a risk of complications in all surgical procedures and to suggest otherwise is misleading.

BEST-SELLERS / Top 10 Cosmetic Surgery Procedures

-------------------------------------------------------------- TOP 10 COSMETIC SURGERY PROCEDURES -------------------------------------------------------------- 1 Liposuction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . from pounds 1,600 2 Rhinoplasty. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . from pounds 1,600 3 Collagen Replacement Therapy. . . . . . . . .from pounds 170 4 Sclerotherapy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . from pounds 170 5 Surgical face lift. . . . . . . . . . . . .from pounds 2,100 6 Blepharoplasty. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .from pounds 1,700 7 Breast re-shaping . . . . . . . . . . . . .from pounds 2,000 8 Varicose vein removal . . . . . . . . . . . .from pounds 900 9 Cosmetic face peel . . . . . . . . . . . . from pounds 1,600 10 Removal of warts, moles and cysts. . . . . . from pounds 400 ----------------------------------------------------------------- Chart supplied by The Harley Medical Group, London -----------------------------------------------------------------
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