Assess your hair loss with the Norwood Scale

The Norwood scale is mentioned a lot when it comes to diagnosing the extent of hair loss. It has been used since the 1970s and is quite simply a series of images that depict the different stages of male pattern hair loss.

The Norwood scale is a topic that comes up often in hair loss consultations and we admit it can be a little confusing on first glance which is why we have come up with a way to help you understand the Norwood types featuring some memorable faces;

Norwood Type 0

This is often left off the majority of scales used in consultations; it is quite rare for someone to have a Type 0 hairline, especially grown men and it is debateable if it even exists or not. Norwood 0 hairlines indicate that there is no recession at all and they can sometimes descend slightly at the corners. Even a young boy often has a slight recession along the edges of their hairlines so if your hairline is referred to as Type 0 then you should consider yourself very lucky.

A good example to visually show a type 0 hairline is to look at David Shwimmer especially during his time playing Ross from Friends.  Another good example is Simon Cowell

Norwood Type 1

A type 1 hair loss refers to minimal hair loss and is often reminiscent of a juvenile hair line so you most likely have not had any noticeable changes since your youth. Type 1 hairlines often indicate a very slight recession along the corners of the hairline and they usually have a rounded appearance. Some good visual examples of a type 1 hairline would be Jay Z, Eminem, Matthew Fox (Lost) and even Brad Pitt although the latter two are gradually becoming a Type 2.

Norwood Type 2

A type 2 hair loss is known as the mature hairline and it is the natural recession that the vast majority of men will experience and unfortunately that is just the natural progression of ageing. You may notice that your hairline has receded 1 to 1.7cm cm and your hairline corners may also recede resulting in a v shape pattern. At this stage, it is not considered to be male pattern baldness and it is unlikely that you would be considered for treatment. Some visual examples include Bradley Cooper and Leonardo DiCaprio but most men between the ages of 17 and 30 will be sporting a similar hairline too.

Norwood Type 3

A type 3 hair loss is the first stage when we would consider treating you for a hair transplant. It is known as the first stage of balding and is actually the most common pattern of balding which can take on a variety of appearances depending on the severity including the M and U-shaped varieties which are both usually easily treatable. At this stage it is also quite easy at this stage to change your style and your hairline to make the balding less noticeable.  Some visual examples for a type 3 hairline are Bryan Cranston, Sting and Tom Hanks.

Norwood Type 4

If you have a type 4 hair loss your hairline will have most likely receded quite far back towards the top of your head. You may have also noticed balding areas elsewhere like on the back/crown of your head. A good visual example of this stage of hair loss is actor, Jude Law who has more recently been sporting a fuller head of hair but rumours of a potential hair transplant are still unconfirmed.

Norwood Type 5

A type 5 hair loss is often defined as having no hair at the front of your head and the balding area on the crowd of your head will be of a larger scale. You will still have hair around the sides of your head however. A good visual example of this stage of hair loss is actor Michael Kelly, most notably at his time playing Doug Stamper from Netflix show House of Cards.

Norwood Type 6

A type 6 hair loss generally means that your hairline essentially has disappeared and there is only sparse hair remaining on the top of the head. Hair loss around the sides may have extended further. A good visual example of this stage of hair loss is former UK Prime Minister, Winston Churchill.

Norwood Type 7

A type 7 hair loss is the most severe stage of hair loss; any remaining hair will take on a typical horse shoe shape around the sides and back of the head.  The remaining hair will most likely be fine and sparse.  A good visual example of this stage of hair loss is Curb Your Enthusiasm Star, Larry David.

We hope this guides have helped to give you an idea to better understand the Norwood Scale. Your surgeon will be able to explain the scale in more detail at your consultation.

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 and have treated hundreds of patients each year. FUE is a minimally invasive treatment carried out under local anaesthetic and unlike the strip (FUT) procedure, you won’t require any stitches. Thanks to our advanced skills and techniques results can be undetectable and the recovery time is minimal compared to previous strip surgery.

After surgery you will be free to wear your hair long or short as there will be no linear scaring across the back of your head and you will instead have natural results with denser packing as the hair is implanted to match your natural hair growth and only select the healthiest follicles to use.

Our surgeons are also the only surgeons in the UK to be able to offer the Unshaven Hair Transplant for those who prefer not to shave their head beforehand.

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 our clinics in the UK.

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London Harley Street Clinic

London Harley Street is well known for being the home of many private specialists in medicine and surgery. It has been home to some of the world’s most well-known and best medical practitioners since the eighteenth century and records show that although there may have only been around 20 doctors working there in 1860, that number has increased year after year with more than 3,000 medical personnel being employed on Harley Street to this day.

Following Harley Street’s grand medical history, it is no surprise that this was the chosen location for our flagship clinic.

Here at 98 Harley Street( as with all our clinics ) we put safety, expertise and patient satisfaction at the core of what we do.

We pride ourselves on providing you with all the expertise, experience and knowledge that you would expect and more from our team of leading doctors, surgeons, nurses and laser practitioners.

The Private Clinic only offers treatments that our doctors and surgeons specialise in. We also understand that the treatments we offer are elective procedures which is why it is so important for us to take a conservative approach as it is our duty to safeguard out patients ensuring that their experience is always a positive one.

 “I can’t thank The Private Clinic enough for totally transforming my life. Their Doctors and Nurses come across as real experts in the field and have such a wonderful caring and encouraging manner.”
Tracy, London

“Very helpful and knowledgeable staff; particularly Dr Richards, and all the nurses and lovely Alicia at the reception, who helped me throughout the whole day! Big thanks for that! I felt like they all really took the time to listen to all my concerns very carefully and give me the best advice. I would recommend the clinic to everyone, both those certain about what they want to change and those who still are unsure.”
Julia, London

The team at London Harley Street.

London Harley Street is our biggest clinic so we have a huge team of doctors, surgeons, nurses and practitioners who all consult and treat out of here including;

Vaser Liposuction
Dr Puneet Gupta, Dr Dennis Wolf and Dr Grant Hamlet

Plastic Surgery
Mr Adrian Richards, Mr Davood Fallahdar, Mr Miles Berry, Miss Sujatha Tadiparthi, Mr Navid Jallali, Mr Paul Tully and Mr Roberto Uccellini

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Hair Transplant & Trichology
Dr Raghu Reddy, Dr Thomy Kouremada-Zioga, Dr Mark Tam and Jane Mayhead

Veins
Mr Constantinos Kyriakides and Mr Dynesh Rittoo

Dermatology

Dr Rishika Sinha

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Professor Yves Kamami

Plus a team of aesthetic doctors, nurses and practitioners including;

Dr Richard Brighton Knight, Dr Rosa Santa Cruz and Dr Bruno Amendola

Treatments performed at London Harley Street

Varicose vein treatments can be performed in our in-house theatre at London Harley Street. These treatments include EVLA, Foam sclerotherapy and phlebectomy

FUE Hair Transplants are carried out in our specialist suites at London Harley Street over a period of 1-2 days depending on the number of grafts being carried out.

Micro Liposuction is performed at our Harley Street clinic as a walk-in, walk-out procedure meaning

We also perform Wrinkle Relaxing Injections, Dermal Fillers, Dermaroller, Chemical Peels, Thread Lifts, IPL Rejuvenation, PRP Therapy, Thermage, Pixel Laser Resurfacing, N-Lite and Facial thread lifts.

We also offer consultations for;

Plastic Surgery including Breast Augmentations, Eyelid Surgery, Facelifts and Nose Jobs.

Vaser Liposuction and Fat Transfer.

But whilst we don’t perform these procedures at our clinic, they are instead often performed out our state of the art new hospital in Fitzroy Square which is only a 10 minute walk from Harley Street.

The Private Clinic

Our elite medical and customer service teams allow us to deliver the highest standards of medical care and safety at Harley Street while delivering high satisfaction rates from the wide range of treatments available.

For bookings please call 0333 920 5531

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Male Facial Maintenance Trends

The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) is the world’s largest specialty association for facial plastic surgery. They represent more than 2,700 facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons throughout the world which is why when they released the results of their male cosmetic maintenance survey we were keen to find out what the men of the world are booking in for compared to us in the UK!

Cosmetic treatments are becoming increasingly popular and are no longer reserved for the likes of women and celebrities only – it is now evident that treatments such as laser skin resurfacing and anti-wrinkle injections are much more common in masculine circles.

Reasons for the sudden rise in interest vary with the most popular being to feel better about themselves and looking less tired or stressed. But also interestingly others reported they would have a treatment to please their partner and to remain competitive in their careers.

Speaking to our team of practitioners they have said that men are not necessarily trying to combat ageing but are instead just aiming to maintain a youthful appearance or even make themselves look ‘right for their age’ when they appear older than they are. Reports find the most common ages for the majority of male clients they see is 25 – 44, which is a real cross section.

So what are they coming in for?

Anti-wrinkle injections are used to soften those deep lines and wrinkles most commonly found on the forehead. Men tend to be bigger frowners than women which often results in them being more prone to developing those deep frown lines and burrows which make them an ideal candidate for this treatment.

Practitioners treating male patients need to find the right balance between using enough of the product to get results, but not so much as to lift the brows into an unnatural position (in men, eyebrows are usually lower and straighter compared to a more feminine arched brow) which is why it is important you go to someone who has had plenty of experience injecting anti-wrinkle injections for men.

However men are now becoming more aware of other non-invasive procedures, beyond anti-wrinkle injections, that are available to them.

Chemical peels, microdermabrasions and even the Dermaroller are all great treatments for men who want to achieve a younger and fresher looking face. There are also a range of treatments that are useful at targeting skin issues such as rosacea, acne and pigmentation.

Laser hair removal is also becoming increasingly popular in our clinics with men. We are able to treat all areas of the body from removing unwanted back hair to tidying up those angry looking brows.  Men are more likely to steer away from their regular wax and threading appointments and instead commit to a course of laser hair removal as once their course has finished it is far less likely that the hair will grow back again.

The Private Clinic
At The Private Clinic we understand that looking great and feeling amazing is just as important to men as it is to women. The majority of our procedures are able to be performed on everyone but since the composition of a male body is different from a woman’s, the goal and methods used may also be quite different. We work with a number of practitioners, nurses and doctors who are highly experienced in treating everyone.  Our priority is you.

Visit us for a consultation in our clinics located nationwide;

London Harley Street, Birmingham, Bristol, Buckinghamshire (Princes Risborough), Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester and Northampton

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7 Questions answered about Breast Reductions

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For most, the idea of reducing their bust size may seem an unusual concept, especially at a time where there’s a more common desire to increase cup size. Oversized breasts however, can come with so many downsides and their popularity in the spotlight is increasing with celebrities such as Amber Rose and Imogen Thomas expressing their desires to have the procedure. Romanian professional tennis player Simona Halep recently announced she had a breast reduction.

“At the time of her operation, Halep said of her breasts: ‘I don’t like them in my everyday life, either. I would have gone for surgery even if I hadn’t been a sportswoman.’ “

So why might you consider a breast reduction?

A breast reduction is exactly what the name suggests, a reduction of the breasts. The aim of the procedure is to make your breasts smaller whilst still retaining a good shape.

Women who have large breasts often complain of them being heavy and it is not unusual for them to experience back, neck, shoulder or breast pain. They may also have difficulty exercising, finding clothes and bras that support the breasts as well as feeling embarrassed, tired and even depressed.

When is a good time to have a breast reduction?

We have discussed this in more detail in a previous blog here but we often get questions regarding pregnancy and breast feeding which is sometimes a cause for breasts to become larger than they were pre-pregnancy. We always would advise waiting anywhere from six months to a year after pregnancy and breast feeding, as during this time your breasts will naturally be decreasing in size. If you were to have a breast reduction during this time your bust may continue to get smaller post-surgery.

What does the procedure involve?

There are a couple of different breast reduction techniques which vary from patient to patient depending on the size of their bust. Once the incision is made, the nipple which will remain attached to its original blood and nerve supply is repositioned, if required the areola can also be reduced at this stage.  The skin and/or tissue are then removed from the underlying breast before the bust being lifted and shaped. For larger breasts the areola and nipple may need to be removed completely and moved to a new position which would mean sensitivity is lost from the nipple and you will not be able to breast feed in the future.

What are the scars like?

Scarring after a breast reduction is going to be visible unfortunately, this is why we like to make all our patients considering a breast reduction well aware of what to expect post-surgery. Initially the scars will be very red and lumpy but good scar care will help to reduce this and they will eventually fade into white lines.

The most common scars for breast reduction are lollipop scars and anchor scars.

How long will the procedure take?

We estimate around two hours for a breast reduction procedure. You will be under general anaesthetic and will be required to stay for at least one night before leaving the following morning.

What is the downtime?

Just like most surgical procedures, there will be a period of downtime following a breast reduction procedure. Overall for the first six weeks we advise you to take it easy and avoid anything too strenuous to avoid the stretching of the scars. You will be able to return to ‘normal life’ after two weeks which includes returning to work and driving your car again after confirmation from your surgeon.  You will be able to start gentle exercise again after three weeks but avoid any excessive movements or stretching of the arms. You should also avoid sleeping on your front for at least four weeks.

Is breast reduction permanent?

It is rare for your breasts to get larger again after a reduction but not impossible. Breast size comes down to the amount of fat in the breast which is usually determined by your natural body shape and size. If you gain weight for example after surgery then your breasts, as a result, are likely to increase in size. Breasts also contain glandular tissue, so if you have a breast reduction surgery at a younger age, there is a risk that your breasts will continue growing.  It is of course possible to carry out a second breast reduction if this was to occur.

The Private Clinic

Here at The Private Clinic, we have over 30 years of medical cosmetic experience and expertise. We do the groundwork for all our patients and offer you only the most reputable and specialised Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons in the UK.

We have some of the UK’s leading Consultant Surgeons as part of our surgical breast reduction team in our clinic locations nationwide including;

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

and we also have consultation rooms in Newcastle, Nottingham, Milton Keynes, Southampton, Cardiff and Edinburgh.

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Top 5 Breast Uplift FAQs

Sagging breasts are a natural consequence of aging and the severity of them will vary from person to person. Factors which kick start the process can include weight loss and pregnancy but for some early sagging may have already occurred due to the effects of gravity.

Breast ptosis as it is medically known, is a very common condition that can be diagnosed in a range of stages and grades from mild to advanced.  Unfortunately breasts are actually an external organ to the body and no amount of exercise will realistically be able to improve their shape – so what are your options?

What is a mastopexy?

A mastopexy, or breast uplift as it is more commonly known, is a procedure where the natural breast is lifted to a higher position. This is usually recommended for patients who are happy with the volume of their breasts but want a more uplifted appearance.

What does the procedure involve?

During the procedure, which is performed under general anaesthetic, only skin is removed from the breast instead of the tissue. This means the original breast tissue is reshaped with the aim to produce a more rounded and uplifted look. The nipple may also move to a new position to give the result of a lifted bust.

What is the scarring like?

There is more noticeable scarring after a mastopexy compared to a breast augmentation. There will be scarring around the circumference of the areola which will then continue in a line down the lower portion of the breast and then spread out to both sides in the sub-mammary groove underneath the bust. This is known as an anchor scar, occasionally a mastopexy will result in a lollipop scar which is just a scar around the areola and then down the lower portion of the bust, this scar usually means that only a small amount of skin was removed.

Other scars include the Donut which is a scar all the way around the areola and the Crescent which is a scar just on the top arch of the areola. Only your surgeon will be able to tell you which scar to expect as it will all depend on the amount of skin that needs to be removed to give you the desired result.

Will I be able to breastfeed after the procedure?

As a general rule, we do not recommend patients who want to breastfeed in the future have this procedure. A woman’s ability to breastfeed relies on the breast gland being connected to the nipple by the breast ducts, as the nipple is often moved during surgery it is more than likely that these ducts are cut and therefore no longer connected to the nipple.

It is highly recommend that you finish your family before having this operation for both this reason and also to avoid any future revision surgery. If you become pregnant after having this procedure, there is a chance that your breasts will enlarge and stretch the skin again taking you back to a drooped appearance.

Is it possible to have a breast augmentation at the same time?

It is possible for both of these procedures to be performed at the same time. Sometimes a breast augmentation alone is not enough to get the results desires so often a mastopexy is suggested too. There are then two different options for performing these procedures.

Performing the procedures together is possible, and is successful in many patients, however it does run an increased risk of capsular contraction, problematic scarring and reduced sensitivity of the nipple. Your surgeon may suggest a two-stage-procedure which would lower the risk of these, but it does mean you would need two separate operations around six months apart.

It is not uncommon for patients to then decide not to go ahead with the breast augmentation as they are happy with their results after the breast uplift alone.

Breast Uplift with implants.

Breast Uplift

The Private Clinic

Some of the UK’s most talented and experienced Plastic Surgeons work with us to bring you effective results. Our clinics are located around the UK including; London, Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester, Glasgow, Buckinghamshire and Northampton.

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The secret cosmetic procedures for men

There is often a common misconception that cosmetic procedures are only for women but there are actually a wide range of treatments that are very common for the male population to undergo. All it takes is a little bit of research and you are often dealt with a wide range of treatments and solutions for the concerns you are having. Here at The Private Clinic our priority is you, which is why we aim to offer the best range of treatments for both male and females to help you feel good.

Here is our list of some of the most common cosmetic procedures for men that you may have not even known existed.

Hair Transplant

Hair loss is such a common issue with men (more so than females) so it is surprising when some men have not even heard of, yet alone considered, a hair transplant. Many men assume a hair transplant means a large area of their scalp being removed which is more typical of a follicular unit transfer (FUT) procedure. We only use the follicular unit extraction method here which leaves very minimal signs that you have had anything done.

The FUE method instead extracts hair follicles one by one from your donor area and then carefully places them in the areas being treated. You will have slight redness and very small pin marks for a few days after the procedure but little to no scaring will be visible in the long-term.

We also have an option of different styles of FUE Hair Transplants, before your procedure you will be required to shave your hair which can be off-putting for many  but you may suitable for an unshaven FUE Hair transplant which does not require you to shave at all and instead extracts your donor hair at full length. Your hair is not however transplanted at full length; it is instead trimmed to the shorter length and then implanted the same as a standard FUE procedure.  You will still experience some redness but your existing longer hair will then be able to hide the evidence of a hair transplant taking place. In most cases we are able to do a partially shaven or ‘marine’ procedure meaning we only shave the back and sides, which fits nicely with the most popular haircut for men this year.

Hair Transplant clinics at: London Harley Street, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Bristol, Glasgow and Northampton

Male Chest Reduction

“Man boobs” are not generally something discussed amongst groups of male friends unless in jest, but with many men expressing their embarrassment around removing their top, going to the gym and swimming -I’m sure many would be pleased to know that there is something that can be done.

“Man boobs”, or gynaecomastia, as it is medically known, consist of the enlargement of the male breast tissue.  True gynaecomastia is not fat tissue; it is glandular tissue which is why exercise is very unlikely to make any change and in some cases can actually make it worse.

There are many ways to perform a male chest reduction, the post popular choice is vaser liposuction but for smaller areas micro liposuction may be ideal. These are both day case procedures and you will be able to return home afterwards. For larger areas then you may be recommended to have surgical liposuction which usually requires overnight stay.

Male Chest Reduction clinics available in: Birmingham, Bristol, London Harley Street, Leeds, Manchester and Glasgow.

Blepharoplasty

One of the biggest ageing factors for men is their eyes, hooded lids and puffy bags are common complaints for many men which unfortunately no amount of skin care will be able to reverse.

A blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure for the eyes that either targets the upper, lower or entire eye area to lift or remove excess skin surrounding it to achieve a rejuvenated youthful appearance.

A simple upper blepharoplasty is a short 30 minute procedure that can also be performed under local anaesthetic. A lower blepharoplasty is a little more complex and requires you to be under general anaesthetic and can take between 1-2 hours. Both operations are performed as day case procedures however meaning that you will not need to have an overnight stay.

Blepharoplasty clinics available at: BirminghamBristolLondon Harley StreetLeedsManchesterGlasgow. Buckinghamshire and Northampton

Hyperhidrosis

Excessive sweating is often reserved for someone who is feeling nervous and scared or someone who has had a good session in the gym but for some of us it is an everyday occurrence that is becoming a huge inconvenience especially in warmer weather.

Hyperhidrosis is actually a medical term for excessive sweating and it can occur anywhere from the armpits to your hands and feet. What many don’t know is that there are actually some treatments that can help reduce the sweating.

Botulinum toxin can actually be injected into the skin in areas where excessive sweating occurs. The most popular place to inject is the armpits. The substance works to block the signals that run between the brain and sweat glands to stop sweating.  It does involve around 15+ injections in the areas being treated but this quick 30 minute procedure can be a saving grace for sufferers.

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Hyperhidrosis treatment available at: London Harley Street, Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester, Northampton and Buckinghamshire.

Hi-Definition Vaser Liposuction

The gyms are becoming busier places these days with more of us spending the time working on achieving our dream bodies but for some, the work just may not feel like it’s paying off. Stubborn areas of fat are common issues and especially when you are taking the time to eat right and exercise regularly it can be very frustrated and disheartening.

Alongside Vaser Liposuction, which is one of the most popular minimally-invasive liposuction procedures aimed at removing excess fat – we also offer a Vaser Hi-Def which goes a stage further and not only reduces the fat, but also tones it creating an athletic, sculpted appearance which is a popular choice for many men.

The procedure works by removing both superficial and deep fat that surrounds muscle groups when then enhances the appearance of the muscles and the surgeon is then able to sculpt and define the underlying muscles through a gentle suction process. The treatment is often used to create an athletic six pack, defined upper arms and strong looking pectorals.

Vaser Liposuction Clinics available at: London Harley Street, Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Bristol and Buckinghamshire.

Varicose Vein Treatment

It is incredible what an unsightly vein can do to someone’s confidence, including even the most outgoing of men.

Varicose veins are most commonly found on the legs and are easily diagnosed by their lumpy or twisted appearance.

Traditionally the treatment for veins like these was a surgical stripping method which understandably many of us were keen to avoid due to the downtime. New methods these days have made vein removal a much less painful experience with limited downtime too.

Our minimally invasive EVLA (Endovenous Laser Ablation) procedure is increasingly popular with varicose vein sufferers. The procedure takes around 45 minutes and you are able to leave the clinic afterwards with minimal pain or discomfort returning to your usual activities (with some restrictions) relatively quickly.

Varicose Vein treatment clinics available at: London Harley Street, Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Northampton, Manchester, Glasgow, Weybridge Veins Clinic, Bexhill Veins Clinic, Bournemouth Veins Clinic and Essex.

The Private Clinic

Our team of Consultant and Reconstructive Plastic Surgeons is dedicated to helping you achieve the body you want by relying on their extensive knowledge and experience. It’s a goal shared by our Consultant Cosmetic Doctors, who specialise in Body Contouring techniques and have spent years perfecting their Liposuction skills. You can expect our team to treat you in complete confidence and with absolute professionalism when you come in for a consultation.

We have clinics and consultation rooms nationwide.

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Breast Augmentation 5 top tips for pre and post-surgery

When you book your breast augmentation surgery you will be given pack of information detailing what you need to do both pre and post-surgery. We have put together a quick list of some points and tips that may not necessarily be on the official checklist but have been noted as useful to know by a selection of our nurses and past patients.

Pre

  • Try and build your abdominal strength before your op. This doesn’t mean turning into a fitness buff overnight but you will be using these muscles a lot after surgery and the stronger they are – the less of a shock it will be afterwards. Performing stretches with your upper body combined with strength training with low weights can really help with your posture and strength following surgery.
  • Stay healthy – An obvious one surely but it is so important that come the day of your op you are healthy. Even something as simple as a cold or bladder infection could result in the cancellation of your operation.
  • Practice sleeping on your back. If you are normally a side or front sleeper then sleeping post-surgery is likely to be a struggle. After surgery it is important that you sleep on your back in a upright position supported by pillows (we recommend investing in a V shape pillow!), although it sounds comfy initially, many go on to struggle to get a good night kip as they are just not used to the position. If you start sleeping like this in the upcoming weeks to surgery it will be less of a change as you will already be used to sleeping in this position.
  • Stock up on entertainment. You will need to get plenty of rest following surgery so to avoid feeling bored make sure you have a supply of books, magazines and DVDs so keep you entertained during your recovery period. Although key tip is to be careful of comedies as laughing makes your pectoral muscles to tighten and contract, so depending where your implant is positioned, you could experience some pain!
  • Prep your home. Take some time to walk around your home with your elbows tucked in close to your sides as this is how it will feel post-surgery. See what you are able to reach and open and what you are struggling with and make changes to help you. This is will mean you are able to be more independent post-surgery as it is good to get up and about rather than spending all day every day in bed but at the same time you should not strain yourself.

Post

  • Be prepared for the ups and downs. Having surgery is a huge deal and although initially it is all excitement and feeling good, you may find yourself riding a roller coaster of ups and downs. This is completely normal during your recovery and is usually down to the anaesthesia, medications and exhaustion.
  • Eat regularly. To avoid additional feelings of sickness it is important that you don’t take your pain medications on an empty stomach. Have something substantial to line your stomach during or after taking the medication will help to avoid any unwanted side effects and complications.
  • Stay hydrated. Drinking water is not only good for you in general but it will really aid your recovery. Constipation is common after surgery and drinking water will help move things along. You may also experience swelling which water can help reduce but overall it will just make you feel better.
  • Don’t get measured too soon. Don’t make the mistake of going to get measured for a new bra before your breasts have dropped and settled into their positions. We do not recommend wearing anything other than your surgical or a soft sports bra until at least 6 weeks post-op. At this stage you can discuss with your surgeon about moving to an alternative styles of bras.
  • Stick to buttons and zips. The last thing you are going to want to do after your operation is struggling to get tops on and over your head. We thoroughly recommend sticking to button up shirts and zipped hoodies and jackets – this way you can retain some independence when it comes to dressing yourself and avoid any complications from over stretching yourself in the early days.

The Private Clinic

We pride ourselves on providing the most comprehensive cover in the industry including free consultations with our specialist breast surgeons, 24 hour patient helpline, dedicated post-operative care and appointments, three years of all surgical, hospital and nursing care free of charge, Nagor lifetime guarantee on the implant, unique peace of mind warranty of £1000 all of which are detailed in our comprehensive Patient Guide.

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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Cosmetic procedures to maintain youthful looks

It has been reported that 230,000 people aged over 50 in the UK have opted for a nip, tuck or other procedure. This figure is not really of a surprise to us here at The Private Clinic. We often have a waiting room full of clients wishing to turn back the years but is there a way to refresh your look without losing your identity?

There are so many treatment options these days to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, smooth out the skin and lift the face for example and it all comes down to choosing the right one to maintain a youthful look. It is very easy to get the results you desire without letting the whole world know – just look at some of your favourite celebrities who seemingly have not aged at all during their career. It is very likely that they have had some kind of treatment even if they have chosen not to disclose it.

There are a few ways to help ensure that you achieve a subtle change;

Take a look back – When you attend your appointment with your doctor, nurse or surgeon, bring along some photos of your younger self. This is a great way for them to be able to see the natural shape of your face and avoid any changes that are not within your natural structure.

Start young – When you are younger, your collagen will respond well to skin treatments that promote the production of more collagen and the results will last longer. Treatments like skin peels and the dermaroller are a great place to start; they are great at reducing lines and making the skin look overall healthier and regenerated. If you are a bit older and looking for something a bit stronger then consider a laser resurfacing treatment which will help to improve any sun damage and the general texture of your skin. If you do go on to decide on surgery then having your skin in the best condition is a great start for better results.

Don’t skimp – Cosmetic surgery and treatments do come at a cost and there are many reasons for this, the most important is for the skill of the surgeon, doctor or nurse. It is very easy these days to find cut price deals which will make you wonder why you should pay full price. Choosing a skilled and certified surgeon, doctor or nurse will make a huge difference when it comes to getting the results that you want. Always check to make sure they are registered with the relevant bodies and ask to see before and after photos of their previous work to assess their natural aesthetic skills.

Combine Treatments – Don’t be surprised when your surgeon tells you that there’s not one surgical procedure that is going to fix your concerns. It may be that you need to combine a mix of surgical and non-surgical procedures to get the result you want, without dramatic surgery and a complete change of the face. A good example of this is someone looking to rejuvenate their eyes they may benefit from a blepharoplasty which will help with the sagging but in order to reduce dark circles you may need dermal fillers rather than any additional surgical procedures. This will make your results a lot more natural.

Don’t wait until it’s too late – Some surgical procedures have recommended ages in which the best results are going to be seen. For example surgeons tend to not perform tummy tucks on anyone who is still yet to have children or anyone that has additional medical concerns. This generally means it is unlikely for a tummy tuck to be performed on anyone over the age of 60 or under the age 35 in order to rule out patients who would not be getting long lasting results with a smooth recovery. Facelifts are another good example for this, although it may see premature to be looking into the procedure at 40+, your skin will have a lot more elasticity at this age to give you a better result  and people will say you look rested and may not even notice that you have had surgery.


If you are concerned with the appearance of your skin we recommend coming in for a consultation first where you will be able to discuss your skin concerns with a practitioner and discuss in detail the variety of treatments available and which one would be best suited for you.

The Private Clinic
At The Private Clinic we like to call ourselves pro-ageing; we think every year makes us that little bit more beautiful and, while changes might seem daunting, they don’t have to be a bad thing. By knowing your options you can consult a professional and pick an approach that is personally best for you, so that your body can better reflect the youthfulness of your spirit. So take control and be the best ‘you’ that you can be.

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

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Steven’s Hair Transplant Journey

Steven Ashworth is one of the patient co-ordinators here at The Private Clinic who actually consults for Dr Michail Mouzakis on a regular basis. As someone who suffers from hair loss himself he was able to sympathise with his patients.

Having worked in the cosmetic industry for 7 years, it was only after joining The Private Clinic and working closely with the surgeons here that he finally felt confident and comfortable enough to go ahead with FUE Hair Transplant surgery.

As a patient co-ordinator Steven knows how much potential patients love seeing and hearing about other patients’ results and so decided to document his journey through regular video diary updates that he would then be able to share future patients who are looking into hair transplant surgery.

Steven’s hair loss has been a gradual process since he was 18, now aged 33 he finally decided it was time to take action and decided to have a Partially Shaven FUE Hair Transplant to treat the crown and temples on both sides of his head with Dr Michail Mouzakis.

In the lead up to the procedure Steven had to keep his head out of direct exposure from the sun, avoid spicy food, alcohol and coffee for a week.

Arriving at the clinic feeling a little nervous but more excited it wasn’t long before Dr Mouzakis got him prepped and ready to start his procedure. You can see what happened on the day here;

Steven soon catches up with us again 1 day, 2 days and 4 days after the procedure letting us know what the recovery has been like.

As part of the FUE Hair Transplant recovery procedure you will have been given both painkillers and antibiotics to take and a saline spray which needs to be sprayed over the treated and donor areas regularly.

Recovering from a hair transplant is a slow process and results are sadly not instant, but if you follow the aftercare advice given to you by your surgeon then you should be able to make a quick initial recovery with minimal fuss and discomfort and return to work and normal routines relatively quickly.

Your results will start to be seen about four – six weeks after treatment with full results being seen after approximately six months but it can take up to 12 months for the hair to be fully-grown.

It has now been a month since Steven has his procedure and he has recorded a video diary entry to let us know how he has been getting on and show us his results so far.

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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Your comprehensive breast care package

Here at The Private Clinic we already pride ourselves on offering excellent care, highly experienced surgeons and top quality implants. So we are now excited to reveal to you our new comprehensive breast care package for all breast implant related procedures which includes:

  • 24 hour patient helpline with a dedicated team.
  • 3 years free dedicated aftercare appointments with your surgeon or nurse.
  • 3 year re-admission policy if clinical complications arise (this covers all surgical, hospital and nursing care free of charge).
  • Nagor Lifetime guarantee on the implant for Rupture and Capsular contracture.
  • The Private Clinic’s unique quality warranty of £1000 towards surgical costs in case of rupture for 10 years from the date the implant was inserted. 
  • The Private Clinic Breast enlargement Patient Guide with comprehensive information about your forthcoming surgery with us.

The Nagor Lifetime guarantee is provided by the manufacturer directly and is offered automatically to all patients who have used Nagor implants in their Breast Augmentation procedure which is why we have added two new terms which are unique to The Private Clinic:

The ‘£1,000 warranty towards surgical costs in case of rupture for up to 10 years’ is an amazing cover to have. This means that you will not only receive replacement implants free of charge from Nagor but you will also then receive £1,000 to put towards hospital fees or other costs for up to 10 years after your original surgery date.

Another unique addition is our ‘3 year re-admission policy’ which means that all fees including the implants, hospital and surgeon costs will be covered by us in the case of complications that occur within the first 3 years after your original procedure date.

Although complications after surgery are rare it is important to be aware of them, and more importantly know what cover you receive with your chosen surgical company in the event of anything happening.

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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