Top 10 Tips for Choosing Your Surgeon

If you are considering plastic surgery choosing your surgeon can seem like a daunting task. Many undergo cosmetic surgery to help boost their self-esteem so having your long awaited procedure go wrong can really affect your body and mind.

Together with our Medical Director, Mr Adrian Richards we have put together a 10 point guide to help you choose the best surgeon for you;

We have put together some top tips to help you choose the best surgeon for you;

  1. A personal recommendation is always a great place to start. It doesn’t mean you should book in with the surgeon or clinic instantly but it gives you a name or location to start your search. Surgeons rarely advertise themselves so getting a good recommendation from someone you trust such as a close friend, family member or even a colleague at work can really help.
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  2. Check to see if your surgeon is listed on the General Medical Council’s list of Specialist Plastic Surgeons. This is a list of surgeons who are specifically trained in Plastic Surgery.
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  3. Once you have some names of potential surgeons you should check to see if they are registered, or are members of the main professional organisations for Plastic Surgery in the UK. These include;The British Association of Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeons which lists recognised Plastic Surgeons in the UK.The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons which lists Surgeons in your area who specialise in Cosmetic Surgery and are submitted to yearly audit.
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  4. You should also check to see if the surgeon you are considering is specialised in the procedure you wish them to perform on you. For example someone who is a breast surgery specialist may not necessarily be as skilled when it comes to a facelift.
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  5. Don’t be afraid to ask your surgeon how many procedures they have performed, in particular for the type of surgery that you are enquiring about too.
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  6. A good surgeon should be open and honest with you and this includes making sure you are well informed about all the possible risks and complications that could occur following the treatment you are considering.
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  7. You should be able to see before and after photos of patients that your surgeon has treated. Feel free to ask for more information about the photos including the time between which they were taken.
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  8. Your surgeon should be happy to put you in contact with patients he or she has treated so you can hear a personal testimonial of their work.
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  9. Check out which hospital you will be treated in. The major hospital groups in the UK have very high standards and are regularly audited. Have there been any cases of MRSA or C-difficile acquired in the hospital.
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  10. Be sure to cover what happens after surgery if you are not happy with your results. There should be a revision policy in place.

The Private Clinic
Here at The Private Clinic we have been established for over 30 years and pride ourselves on offering patients the most advanced and effective cosmetic treatments. Our doctors and surgeons are amongst the most experienced in their field, and you can rest assured that you are offered honest advice and the most suitable treatment for you.

We have clinics nationwide where you can have your surgical consultations;

London Harley Street, London City, Birmingham, Bristol, Buckinghamshire, Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester and Northampton

 

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A spotlight on Varicose Vein Clinics

 

Here at The Private Clinic we have over 30 years’ experience in offering the most advanced, minimally invasive treatments for all types of veins and we pride ourselves on being one of the UK’s most recognised, specialist varicose vein clinics with nationwide locations.  We are able to offer to offer non-surgical varicose vein treatments to 99% of patients that come to see us and together with our team of pioneering Vascular surgeons we have an impressive success rate for our EVLA treatment.

What are Varicose Veins and how are they treated?

Varicose veins are enlarged, swollen veins that most often appear on the legs but can be seen elsewhere. They sometimes appear blue or purple but are often just noticed as a bulging lump under the skin which can be unsightly and even painful to some.

Firstly we would invite you to come in for a consultation, you are welcome to see an advisor free of charge. When you meet the surgeon we are proud to offer a private surgical scan as part of the consolation fee and at no extra cost to yourself.

There are 3 options for treating Varicose Veins; EVLA (Endovenous Laser Ablation), Foam Sclerotherapy and a Phlebectomy.

-EVLA uses ultrasound technology to locate the problem vein and heat to eliminate it.

-Sclerotherapy is great for thinner veins and uses a liquid solution which converts to foam, blocking the vein encouraging the body to shut the vein down naturally.

-A Phlebectomy involves a hook to entering very small incisions under local anaesthetic to remove the veins.

To find out more about Varicose Veins and the treatments click here.

As well as impressive results we are happy to report that our treatments require minimal to no downtime, they are literally walk-in, walk-out procedures. Gone are the painful days of stripping veins!

If your veins are the thinner thread or ‘spider’ veins then a simple laser treatment may be the best option for you. Sometimes a combination of treatments is required, that’s why we are firm believers in creating a plan with you and for you, there’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to your body.

Who can treat me?
Here at The Private Clinic we have a number of clinics and doctors you can visit for Varicose Vein treatments. We cannot overstate their experience and expertise.

London Harley Street
At our London Harley street clinic you will be able to see Mr Constantinos Kyriakides or Mr Dynesh Rittoo.

Glasgow
At our Glasgow clinic you will be able to see Mr Dynesh Rittoo.

Bristol
At our Bristol clinic you will be able to see Mr Charles Ranaboldo.

Birmingham
At our Birmingham clinic you will be able to see Professor Rajiv Vohra or Mr Rajiv Pathak.

Manchester
At our Manchester clinic you will be able to see Mr Tahir Hussain or Mr Ferdinand Serracino-Inglott.

Leeds
At our Leeds clinic you will be able to see Mr Tahir Hussain.

Weybridge Veins Clinic
At our consulting room at Weybridge Veins Clinic you will be able to see Miss Catharine McGuinness or Mr Keith Humphries

Bexhill Veins Clinic
At our consulting room at Bexhill Veins Clinic you will be able to see Dr Mo Farris.

Before and After Photos

Patient Testimonials/Reviews

“I’m so pleased with the results and it is really life changing for me!” * -Nicole Hopkirk, Former Managing Editor, MSN Health

I have been a patient of the Bristol clinic for a few years after having treatment on my varicose veins with Mr Ranaboldo which was very successful. “ – Mrs B, Bristol

“This was a big step for me to take both financially and physically but I have no regrets and am glad I went through the Private Clinic. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend both Mr Ranaboldo and the clinic.” – Rachel, Bristol

“Came to The Private Clinic to have thread veins treated. Dr Rittoo was extremely professional and caring in his manner and treatment with me. The staff were lovely, would highly recommend this clinic. Very happy with the results so far.” – Heather, London

“I attended the Manchester clinic for the EVLA varicose vein treatment with Mr Inglot. I had a large amount of unsightly veins which caused me discomfort. I was supported throughout the procedure by the clinic staff and Mr Inglot. Although I had a large amount of veins treated my recovery was swift and simpler than I expected and I am delighted with the result”.- Pat, Manchester

“Excellent service and customer care from Mr Rittoo, Stefanie and all the team at The Private Clinic, Glasgow. I’m delighted with the results. A quick, efficient and pain free treatment. Wish I had done it sooner as I can now show off my legs after years of hiding them.” – Joanne, Glasgow

The Private Clinic

Here at The Private Clinic we offer competitively priced walk-in walk-out varicose vein procedures that are performed by some of the Country’s top Consultant Vascular Surgeons. Our surgeons have also performed amongst the highest number of EVLA treatments in the UK, and have helped develop the procedure into the safe and highly recommended method it is today.

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Prep Your Way to a Confident Summer Body

As the first signs of summer slowly start to make an appearance, you may be dusting off that summer wardrobe and getting ready to ditch the baggy jumpers and tights in favour of bare legs, summer tops and dresses.

To many this may seem heavenly but for some, the months of summer can be difficult when you are not feeling as confident about your body as your friends and family are.

Liposuction/VASER Lipo

With many of us now living healthy and active lifestyles it can be really frustrating when your hard work just doesn’t seem to be paying off. Sometimes certain areas of our body are predisposed to store fat and often no matter how much exercise you do, it just won’t shift. When this is the case, one of our minimally invasive Liposculpting procedures could help you achieve the body you have been working hard to achieve.

Vaser Lipo is able to target the thighs, hips, flanks, waist, abdomen, buttocks, arms, chin, back, neck, breasts, chest, knees and ankles and we are able to treat any gender.

We perform over 1,300 minimally invasive liposuction and body contouring procedures a year, and, combined, our doctors perform the highest number of VASER liposuction procedures in the UK.

Our Vaser Liposuction procedures are carried out at our own local theatres in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester and Leeds. We tailor-make each procedure, meaning you’ll always be given our full attention and we will work hard to ensure you receive the kind of results you want – whether it’s an athletic, masculine figure or more subtle, feminine curves.

Breast Surgery

If the idea of donning a bikini and spending a week in the sun with your gal pals fills you with dread then you may have already started to look at breast surgery. Whether it’s increasing the size of your bust or reducing it we have variety of options to suit you and get you to your desired goal.

We can use a combination of our procedures to fix asymmetry and tuberous busts and even if it’s something more minor (like inverted nipples) that are making you feel uncomfortable then we can help you.

We have been treating patients for over thirty years and our team of breast surgery specialists are able to use their years of expertise to ensure you find the right option for your needs.

Breast Surgery consultations are available in – London, London City, Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester, Glasgow, Buckinghamshire and Northampton.

Tummy tuck/Mini Tummy Tuck

If your problem is not excess fat but sagging skin then a tummy tuck (or abdominoplasty) would be your best option. Sagging skin often occurs due to pregnancy or weight loss and for many who have excess skin around their stomach it can leave you feeling self-conscious and uncomfortable especially when it comes to wearing swimwear or fitted/summer clothes.

Depending on the severity of your excess skin and whether your muscles need to be tightened or not will determine what type of procedure will be best for you. A mini tummy tuck for example only removes a small portion of tissue between the area above your pubic region to the tummy button rather than the whole area of the tummy like in a full tummy tuck.

Working with only the very best surgeons ensures that we can produce the results you want safely. We’re proud to have some of the UK’s most respected doctors as part of our Tummy Tuck team.

Tummy tuck consultations available in –London, London City, Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester, Glasgow, Buckinghamshire and Northampton.

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Young Men and Hair Transplants

It is clear to see that these days’ men are feeling a lot more comfortable with the idea of hair transplants and we are seeing a lot more famous men embracing the procedure every day.

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The most common source of celebrity reference to hair transplants is Wayne Rooney with his name being mentioned by many of our hair transplants patients who come in for their initial consultations. Other top celebrity mentions include the likes of Gordon Ramsay, Calum Best, James Nesbitt and more recently – George Sampson & Lloyd Daniels

You may remember George Sampson as the 14 year old who won the second series of Britain’s Got Talent and Lloyd Daniels who was the youngest act on The X Factor in 2009 aged 15 so it may have come as a bit of a shock to see them both, now at the age of 23 – sporting bald heads after a seemingly successful hair transplants.

George took to twitter before the procedure to let his followers know stating that his hair loss has been a result of alopecia which was caused by stress and the loss of a family member, genetics and head spinning.

Lloyd similarly took to social media letting his followers know that he was preparing for the procedure and that he had always been uncomfortable with his hairline since his early teens.

It may seem like a rash decision to some being only 23 in age but they have both have put posts out on social media discussing their frustrations over spending so much time on their hair for the purpose of covering up their receding hairlines and balding too in George’s case.

 “’I’ve decided I’ve had enough of that. I want my own hair. I am only 23 and balding seems like something which happens to older men. “– George Sampson

We found George’s and Lloyd’s stories quite interesting here at The Private Clinic and decided to speak to some of our cosmetic surgeons that offer hair restoration about the reducing age of many of hair transplant patients.

Dr Michail Mouzakis

There is no age limitation about having your first transplant but every time that you have a session it will use part of your available donor area, which can be limited in your lifetime.

Moreover when you are less than 30 the hair loss can be quite fast because of the increased hormone levels in the blood stream

The pattern of the hair loss becomes more stable after your 50s when your testosterone levels are significantly reduced.

Testosterone is the main reason for male pattern hair loss. You are at your peak in your 20s before it starts to decline through your 30s. Interestingly there is a recent paper in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism which concludes that men actually have reduced levels of testosterone now compared to 10 years ago – This can really affect the hair loss issue.

Every time a younger male has a procedure there is a risk that you may need a revision operation in order to increase density or restore gaps in the adjacent areas. These gaps have the tendency to flare up rapidly in those who are younger.

I insist that all hair restorations should be offered and performed by clinicians that have significant training in surgery and a solid background in treating patients because hair loss is not just a cosmetic procedure but it is a medical condition and the patient should be following specific steps of diagnosis and the guidelines of proper treatment.

When I meet a young patient I firstly try to pursue the correct diagnosis by asking him first to see our trichologist team who will do essential blood tests and run diagnostic tests.

My aim is to give long lasting natural results and not to put my patients into trouble after 5, 10 or 15 years.

Dr Mark Tam

Those who follow our Blog at The Private Clinic will know that we had already mentioned some of the ages when some of the well-known football heroes had their hair transplant.

Yes, it seems that there is a trend that younger patient are also exploring hair transplant as a treatment options. But when assessing one’s suitability for a hair transplant, age is merely one of the many factors I would take into consideration when offering hair transplant treatment. I would not totally rule out a hair transplant treatment, simply because they are ‘young’, nor I would proceed a hair transplant treatment for someone who is simply ‘old enough’

Let me give you an example:

Last week I saw a gentlemen who is in his late 40’s suffer from slight receding hairline with minimal family history of hair loss, he had been using medication to address his receding hairline and had seen it stabilized over the years and planning to continue. While this may be a textbook example of stabilized hair loss, when I explore his desired outcome and hairline design, it turn out that we had totally different ideas of what a natural looking, age appropriate and facial proportional hairline would look like. I said no to him based on his unrealistic expectations.

I recently saw a patient in his 20’s who had been experiencing hair loss. He came to see me with both of his parents to explore his options in treating his receding hairline. Like many other patients he had been doing research online, he had started on medications and had been thinking about a hair transplant and had been turn down by a few clinics purely because of his age. He had a good understanding of the pros & cons and the limitation of a hair transplant treatment at his age, and what it means for him in the longer term. I said yes to him based on his thorough understanding of his treatment options.

Age is only one of the many factors when patients considering a hair transplant as a treatment options. I consider each and every patient individually, taking into consideration of their hair loss potential, circumstances, psychological aspect, views on medications and further procedures. Like many other elective procedures, one of our roles is to ensure our patient understands and make an informed decision.

I would not say “yes, I will treat you” if you are above certain age or say “No, I won’t treat you” if you are under certain age.  Of course our clinic is only approved to treat adults over 18 years of age so there are certain limitations.

Dr Kouremada Zioga

A patient looking at hair transplants would need to be at least 18 years old to even be considered. It is generally recommended that younger patients suffering from hair loss should initially be offered medication or trichology treatments first, medications such as Minoxidil and Finasteride work very well.

There is not really a ‘best age’ for a hair transplant as this depends on the area affected and on the quality of the donor area. There are a certain amount of risks for a younger hair transplant patient in particular including the fact that as younger guy you are potentially going to continue losing your hair at a later date so you are more likely to need a further procedure later on. A good hair transplant surgeon should take this into consideration and put a safe plan for life to try and get a good and natural looking result for life – this includes controlling the distribution of the newly implanted hair, the density, the design and how many hairs are going to be harvested in order to ensure an adequate amount of hair will be left for future uses. These critical differences can make all the difference which is why it is highly important for a patient to choose an experienced and reputable doctor in order to perform the procedure.

A bigger risk for younger patients is undergoing a bad hair transplant and messing up their donor area meaning there is not enough hair to be used in the future and their results are also very unnatural looking.

The Private Clinic

The Private Clinic’s Hair Transplant and Hair Restoration surgeons have the most extensive experience in treating Male Pattern Baldness with the minimally-invasive, no visible scarring, no stitch technique known as FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) Hair Transplantation.

Hair transplant treatments are available at The Private Clinic London Harley Street, Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester, Bristol, Glasgow and Northampton. However, we offer hair transplant consultations across the UK.

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A Spotlight on Male Chest Reduction

What is it?

Gynaecomastia is often more commonly known as man boobs. It is a condition that affects 15% of adult men in the UK. It is a condition which can run in families and is often caused by excess glandular tissue, fatty tissue or excess chest skin developing in the male’s chest area.

Although the condition is not life limiting in any way, it can cause some mental distress with many men worrying about their appearances and choosing to hide their chest away under baggy tops and they often find themselves avoiding social situations like swimming or holidays.

What are my options?

We offer 3 treatment options here at The Private Clinic for gynaecomastia/male breast reduction. They are , Vaser Liposuction,  Micro Liposuction or Surgical Liposuction. We have found that liposuction is the best way to target those stubborn areas of fat that simply won’t shift.

Vaser Liposuction is a great option if you are looking for a minimally invasive treatment for gynaecomastia. It involves the fat being liquefied and then removed from the areas being treated using a gentle suction process. The treatment does not require a hospital stay and you will be able to get back to work and sport much quicker.

Micro liposuction is ideal for those with not a huge amount of excessive tissue, but enough to make them feel uncomfortable. The treatment uses a cannula less than 3mm to remove the fat.

Surgical liposuction is usually only recommended to those who have a larger amount of fat to be removed and have been unsuitable for vaser or micro lipo. It is performed under general anaesthetic so it may require a hospital stay and a longer recovery time but your surgeon will be able to discuss this with you.

Who can treat me?

Coming to us for your chest reduction treatment you can rest assured that you are in the hands of some of the most experienced doctors and surgeons in the country.

Vaser Liposuction: Dr Dennis Wolf

Micro Lipo: Dr Puneet Gupta

Surgical Lipo:  Mr Prashant Govilkar, Mr Bhagwat MathurMiss Linda Fiumara, Mr Davood Fallahdar, Mr Navid Jallali, Mr Deemesh Oudit, Miss Sujatha Tadiparthi,  Mr Miles Berry and Dr Kenneth Kok

How much will it cost?

Prices for male chest reduction start from £2,940. You will be given an accurate quote following your consultation.

Before and After Photos


Patient Testimonials/Reviews

“My only regret is not finding Dr. Gupta sooner.  I feel so much more comfortable in clothing and with myself.  I have positively alerted my life.” * – P.L., London

“I saw the difference immediately and after just one week no swelling was left and my chest is as flat and manly as any other man in the gym. My only regret is that I suffered unnecessarily for 30 years. I have purchased new t-shirts and wearing them without a baggy jumper is a joy” – D.C, Buckinghamshire

“My man boobs were always a problem and I felt embarrassed in the changing rooms after going to the gym. I had a fit body and good physique but with breasts!

I had Vaser Lipo and after reduced bruising and swelling the results look impressive! I would recommend it to anyone!” *

The Private Clinic

Our doctors have performed thousands of lipo-contouring treatments including over 4,000 VASER treatments to date, more than any other clinic in Europe. If you are interested in finding more about male breast reduction, then visit us for a consultation with clinics across the UK;

London Harley Street, London City, Birmingham, Bristol, BuckinghamshireLeeds, Manchester and Glasgow

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Ear Correction Surgery What to Expect?

Ear correction surgery is also known as an Otoplasty or a Pinnaplasty and it is a surgical procedure that aims to reshape the ear if you are unhappy with their appearance, size or position.

This surgical procedure is usually performed on children however it is not unusual for adults to consider the operation at a later date.

So ear correction surgery– what should you expect?

Will I need local or general anaesthetic?
The procedure itself can actually be performed under a local anaesthetic or general anaesthetic depending on individual cases.

How long does the procedure take?
An otoplasty procedure would usually take between 2-3 hours.

What scars will I have?
There should only be minimal scaring, if any after ear correction surgery. Our surgeons make sure that incisions are made within the natural lines and creases of the body so that scarring is normally unnoticeable. Sometimes when the ear is resized or reshaped it is possible that a thin white scar may be visible where the cartilage has been reshaped.  Your surgeon will be able to discuss in more detail what scars are likely to appear depending on the technique they plan to use.

What is the recovery period like?
A standard otoplasty recovery timeline;

First 24 hours– You will be required to wear a mild compressive garment around your head.  If you do manage to catch a glimpse, your ears may appear or feel larger but this is due to the swelling.

24 to 72 hours– Although the initial compression bandages may be removed, you will still be required to wear a light head band around your ears for the next 1-2 weeks. The majority of your swelling will begin to reduce. You will be able to shower/bathe from the neck down without any restrictions however you should avoid washing your hair until at least 2 days after the procedure.

72 hours to First Week– Some patients feel happy to return to work at this point but this will depend on the swelling and what your job involves.

First Week to Second Week– At this point the swelling should have subsided and most patients feel comfortable to be in social situations and have returned to work and their normal activities. You will also be able to shower as normal at the end of the first week. After two weeks you won’t need to wear the headband at all times, just at night for another couple of weeks.

Three Months– Your swelling should be completely gone at this stage.

Before/After Photos;

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The Private Clinic

We are proud to have some of the most experienced Cosmetic Plastic Surgeons as part of our ear reshaping team including:

Mr Davood Fallahdar in London
Mr Navid Jallali in London
Mr Miles Berry in London
Miss Sujatha Tadiparthi in London
Mr Shivram Singh in Birmingham
Mr Deemesh Oudit in Manchester
Mr Vasu Karri in Leeds
Mr Alastair Lowrie in Glasgow

 

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10 Post Breast Augmentation Surgery FAQs

Once you have had your breast augmentation it is up to you to ensure you allow your new breasts to heal fully before you return to whatever you know as being normal life.

It will mean you have to make a few changes and adjustments to some activities that you will have taken for granted before but good things will come to those who listen to the advice of their surgeon!

We have decided to share our top 10 post breast augmentation surgery FAQs;

When will I be able to return home from the hospital?
Breast augmentations are usually performed as day cases so you will be returning home from the operation on the same day. This is usually around 2 hours after the procedure as you will be kept in for post-op checks before being discharged by your surgeon and/or his team.

How long do I need to wear the surgical bra?
When you wake up from your operation you will already be wearing your surgical bra. It is highly recommended that you continue to wear this bra until your plastic surgeon says otherwise. The time ranges between 4-6 weeks depending on how you are healing. You can of course switch your surgical bra for another support bra between washes.

When can I have a bath or shower?
The advice for this will vary from surgeon to surgeon. Ideally you should not be submersing the wound in water at all until after your wound check at 6 weeks. You should be able to shower a week after surgery if you take care not to get the wound excessively wet. Take care to pat dry the wound after your shower. In terms of having a bath, this is not really recommended however a quick shallow bath where the wounds are not underwater should be fine.

How long do I need to sleep on my back?
You should ideally be as upright as possible when sleeping after breast augmentation surgery which means sleeping on your back in an elevated position ideally for up to 6 weeks.  This may feel very unnatural especially for those who are used to sleeping on their front or sides. We advise that you sleep on your back to help reduce any swelling or discomfort but it also avoids the risk of the implant shifting before it is fully healed.

Is it normal for my nipples to feel numb or overly sensitive?
You may experience numbness and tingling or be extra sensitive on the breast, nipple and scar areas after your surgical procedure. This is completely normal and any changes should return to normal 3-6 weeks after the operation.

When can I drive?
We do not recommend you drive until your plastic surgeon has said you can. Your reaction times may be affected and you do not want to risk any sudden movements or pulling of muscles in the breast area during the early stages of recovery. You should also wait until you are finished your course of pain medication which can make you drowsy.  If you are driving quite quickly post-surgery, check that you are still covered by your insurance and do not operate the car unless you feel you are able to safely and comfortably manoeuvre the car.

When can I buy new bras?
We would not recommend you go out and buy new bras until at least a month after surgery. This will allow for any swelling to reduce and implants to have started to settle. Although you may have been given an estimated bra size before your surgery, this is not always guaranteed so should only be taken as guidance and it may be wise to book in for a bra sizing at a store after your surgery to make sure you are buying the right size.

When can I return to work?
It is advised that you take 7-10 days off work so that you are able to rest as much as possible after your operation.  If your work involves you being a little more active, rather than sitting at a desk for example then it may be worth either seeing if you can lessen the activity or taking a few extra days. Any stretching or heavy lifting is definitely not advised in the first 10 days post-surgery.

When will my implants settle?
You might notice that your implants are sitting a little higher than you may have previously imagined. Your implants will take up to 3 months to settle into their new positions within your bust. You should notice a change in them a month after surgery and this will then continue to improve and they will become softer and a little more natural looking.

What should I do if I have any additional questions or concerns?
After your surgery you will be given a post op guide from your surgeon and their team. Your post-op guide should cover the majority of the questions you may have and all guidelines on it should be followed in order to ensure the results of your surgery are the best that they can be. If you find yourself with any additional questions or concerns you should contact your plastic surgeon or the company you booked with who will be able to put you in contact with one of their nurses. If you are in any way concerned about your healing but are unable to get in contact with your surgeon we would recommend that you get in contact with your local GP for their advice.

The Private Clinic

We are proud to offer the highest quality breast implants, with procedures performed by some of the UK’s top consultant plastic surgeons. Our team includes some of the most recognised Breast Surgeons in the UK, based in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow, Princes Risborough (Buckinghamshire), Northampton and Bristol– all of whom are on the specialist register for Plastic Surgery and are members of British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS).

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Rhinoplasty – Open vs Closed?

Rhinoplasties, more commonly known as nose jobs are no longer that ‘secret surgery’ with stories about celebrities undergoing the procedure appearing in magazines and online more regularly.

However, the procedure itself is still a little less spoken about, with not many people being able to detail what exactly is involved with the procedure. Here at The Private Clinic we like to make our patients as informed as possible before going ahead with any procedure so we have tackled a popular question asked by many of our rhinoplasty patients – what is the difference between an open and a closed rhinoplasty?

Closed Rhinoplasty
A closed rhinoplasty is when the procedure is performed via internal incisions. It involves the surgeon making one or more incisions along the inside of the nose and lifting the skin up from the nasal bone structure. Once the skin has been elevated the shape of the nose is then altered to the patients requirements.

Advantages:

  • Shorter operative time (Can be up to 30 minutes shorter)
  • Less swelling of the tip
  • No external scar

Disadvantages

  • A harder procedure to perform (Only pick a specialist in closed rhinoplasty)
  • Limited number of revisions (Not advised for patients who require complex changes)
  • Difficult for surgeons to see the final result as the way the skin is stretched can distort the appearance.

Open Rhinoplasty
An open rhinoplasty actually does use the same incisions as the closed rhinoplasty but it also requires an incision to be made beneath the columella which is the column of tissue that separates the nostrils. This does result in a small scar on the exterior of the nose, but in most cases this scar actually heals really well and is not usually noticeable.

Advantages:

  • The nose is more visible making it easier for the surgeon to perform the operation.
  • The nasal tip can be altered by sight and not just by feel.
  • Direct exposure of the anatomic structures
  • The direct exposure of the nose means a more precise diagnosis can be made during the operation
  • Less distortion of the nasal framework from intraoperative retraction
  • Ideal for complex nasal deformities

Disadvantages:

  • Swelling of the nose can last longer
  • Visible scarring
  • Longer surgery time (2-3 Hours)

A rhinoplasty is actually one of the most technically challenging cosmetic procedures and so it is important that you take the time to research fully and pick the most suitably qualified surgeon with all the right credentials who specialises in rhinoplasty surgery.

The Private Clinic
We believe the only way to achieve the very best results is to work with the very best staff. We have a respected team of some of the UK’s leading surgeons, including:

Mr Davood Fallahdar in London
Mr Navid Jallali in London
Mr Miles Berry in London
Mr Deemesh Oudit in Manchester
Mr Alastair Lowrie in Glasgow

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Anti-Ageing – What are my options?

The term ‘anti-ageing’ actually started becoming a recognised term in the 80’s with the idea of getting older and looking older becoming a negative thing.

Here at The Private Clinic we prefer the term ‘Pro-Ageing’ as, let’s be honest – there is no defined way to stop the process of ageing, but we can instead help our skin look the best it can for the age it is and the result of that is actually a younger and fresher appearance.

So what are your options?
We have recently launched the Miracle Face Booster package which is perfect for those who are relatively new to aesthetic procedures.

The Miracle Face Booster package was put together by our Non-Surgical Lead Mel Recchia who has described the package as being good for anyone considering anti-ageing treatments for the first time and for those starting to show the first signs of fine lines or the skin not being as radiant.

The package itself includes;

  • Wrinkle Relaxing Injections (one area)To improve the appearance of lines/wrinkles
  • Juvederm® (Vycross) Dermal Fillers 1MLTo restore fullness and volume
  • Circadia Vitamin C Reversal Serum 15MLTo Increase firmness and neutralise free-radicals
  • Circadia Alpha Beta PeelA high performance peel which gently exfoliates

As well as the package above, we also have a wide range of treatments that all aim to reduce the signs of ageing. The signs of ageing can include:

Fine Lines and Wrinkles, Loss of volume, Dull Skin, Sun Damage/Age spots and Drooping

Wrinkle Relaxing Injections
Wrinkle relaxing injections are the most popular non-invasive treatment in the UK. The injections are the most effective rejuvenating treatment for reducing the appearance of deep lines and wrinkles. They can target areas such as the forehead, frown lines and around the eyes.

Dermal Fillers
Dermal Fillers are also popular non-invasive treatments that work by restoring volume to hollowed areas to contour your face and to tackle fine lines and wrinkles. The treatment is particularly effective when used to increase volume in the lips and cheeks but is also popular for use in the tear trough area under the eye, around the mouth and your jawline and chin.

Dermal fillers can also be used to achieve the 8 Point Lift which is known as the ‘non-surgical facelift’.

Chemical Skin Peel
Chemical Peels are great for targeting specific skin issues, from fine lines to sun damage and uneven pigmentation to moderate acne scars there is pretty much a peel for all skin types. Although not all of our peels give you that instant change that Wrinkle Relaxing Injections or Dermal Fillers can achieve, you will be treating the skin as a whole to firstly target any issues and then with regular maintenance restore a healthier natural glow.

Thread Lift
A thread lift is another great alternative to a surgical facelift. The treatment gently lifts and repositions tissues that have previously dropped due to gravity. Hollow cheeks will appear fuller and any drooping or sagging of the skin will appear instead lifted and wrinkles smoother. The sutures used in the treatment are completely bio-degradable, meaning they will not need to be removed.

There are plenty more non-surgical procedures including IPL Photo rejuvenation, Laser Skin Resurfacing, Thermage, PRP Therapy and Microdermabrasion that are also all great at rejuvenating your skin.

With our extensive list of specialist treatments, it is important that you understand each one before deciding, which is why if you are considering any of treatments you should book in for a free consultation to first discuss your skin concerns so we are able to create a treatment plan tailored specifically to you.

We have clinics in; London Harley Street, London City, Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester, Leeds, Princes Risborough, Northampton and Glasgow

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Considering a hair transplant abroad?

If you are considering having a hair transplant you may be considering the options of having the procedure abroad vs in the UK.

Many patients have openly admitted that they have looked into having a hair transplant procedure abroad as it had the potential to be cheaper. Hair transplant procedures admittedly do not come cheap so it is of no surprise that patients are looking to save as much money as possible where they can – but at what cost?

Turkey has recently become a popular choice for those seeking hair transplants and with there being over 500 clinics across the country; you are certainly spoilt for choice. Huyesin Kirk, chairman of the Middle East Tourism and Travel Agencies Association, estimates that there are between 150-500 hair transplant surgeries performed every week.

However, it is reported that 60% of clinics are actually believed to be operating illegally and many clinics are going to extreme levels in order to cut costs to keep the procedure prices down in order to compete with others.

Although, just like the UK it is a legal requirement in Turkey for doctors to perform all hair transplants you may be surprised to hear that a large majority of clinics instead have their nurses who are not professionally trained in the technique and practitioners with no medical qualifications performing them instead.
When FUE Hair Transplants are not performed by professionally qualified, experienced surgeons it could result in your newly implanted hair follicles growing in the wrong direction or worse, growing straight upwards meaning you will be unable to style or part your hair in any way which will make your hair transplant look fake and very obvious that you have had something done.

Not only are Turkish Hair Transplants putting your health and safety and risk but they are also mistreating their staff members too.

Turkish hair transplant clinics are taking advantage over the surge of Syrian refugees and are recruiting them to work for the clinics with low wage and long working hours which keeps those procedure prices low for you.

A consultation with any hair transplant surgeon here in the UK will be able to warn you of the implications of hair transplants abroad. Of course there are probably many patients who have had very successful hair transplants abroad and they are very lucky to have had such good experiences. If you are still considering a hair transplant abroad we urge you to be very cautious and speak to other patients from the same clinic and surgeon so you can see the results for yourself. We also recommend that you get full reassurance from the surgeon themselves that they will be the one performing the procedure and not delegating it to inexperienced trainees.

If reading this blog has made you re-think having a hair transplant abroad then we highly recommend you have a consultation here in the UK so you can clearly see the benefit;

Hair Transplant in the UK Benefits

  • Much easier to visit a number of clinics and surgeons before booking the procedure
  • Better aftercare
  • No language barrier
  • You will be treated by highly experienced Doctors who are specialised in FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction)
  • No travel risks
  • High success rates
  • UK Quality Standards
  • Recover in your own home and surroundings

Should you still decide to get your hair transplant surgery abroad, it is so important that you do your research thoroughly. Take a look through forums and reviews about your hair transplant surgeon and the clinic and make sure that they are duly certified before allowing them to perform the procedure on you.

The Private Clinic
Our specialist hair transplant surgeons – Dr. Raghu Reddy and Dr. Kouremada Zioga in London Harley Street , Dr. Mark Tam in Leeds and Bristol, Dr. Michael Mouzakis in Birmingham and Dr. Vikas Kunnure in Manchester and Glasgow offer the most advanced, minimally invasive Hair Transplant techniques available today.

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