FUE Hair Transplant Results

Just like any cosmetic or surgical procedures, you will often leave the clinic or hospital with a good idea of what your new look will be but the real results will take some time to develop.

A hair transplant is no different and for some it can take up to a year after the procedure to finally see the final result which means a huge amount of patience is required.

So while you are waiting for your new hair follicles to grow, or perhaps you are debating if an FUE Hair Transplant is for you why not take a look through some of our before, during and after images, read some patient testimonials and watch our patient story videos.


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“I had FUE treatment at the clinic and from start to finish everything was great. I first met the patient co-ordinator Steven and he was really welcoming, reassuring and answered any questions I had and put my mind to rest. I then had a consultation with the surgeon Michael and we looked further into the detail of my specific case. He was a really nice guy and was honest and open about what I needed and the pros and cons and realistic about worst and best case scenarios. I decided to go ahead as I felt this was the right place for me. On the day of the surgery I met Nabil and Monica the specialist nurses part of Michael’s team. Again they were really genuinely nice people, making sure I was ok every step of the way and also along with Michael again answering any questions or concerns I had. The procedure went great and I couldn’t ask for more. From the receptionists to the surgeons everyone I found was professional yet approachable.” – Joe

“The real skill is the care, knowledge, experience and attention to detail in making the results look so natural. There simply can’t be a better place to get an FUE transplant and if you’re still unsure then go for an assessment with Dr Zioga and see for yourself.” – Sean

“Dr Mouzakis and his team worked so well that day not only with the transplant but just being really friendly !!would not hesitate in recommending the Private clinic in the future ! Thank you” – Nathan

“Before I went to the private clinic I was told by other doctors that because I have Afro-Caribbean hair they couldn’t help me with FUE hair transplant, as my kind of hair is very hard to work with. My first consultation with Dr Zioga I could tell she genuinely cares for her patients, very friendly with a professional attitude. I just been through FUE hair transplant and I felt amazing, looked younger and couldn’t stop looking in the mirror at how natural it looked, what a great job done. I would recommend Dr Zioga to my friends and family any day, she is the Leo Messi of FUE hair transplant (top of her game).” – David

“Having undergone the FUE hair transplant procedure at the Leeds clinic I can safely say it was one of the best decisions I ever made. From the initial consultation with Sorena to the actual procedure carried out by Dr Mouzakis I felt well informed and well cared for. If anyone is contemplating a hair transplant, I would highly recommend The Private Clinic”. – MG

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Patient Story

Graham is one of our past FUE Hair Transplant patients who let us share his story.

Graham started noticing hair loss from the age of 23 and by the time he reached 34 he described himself as being bald. After trying various treatments which had all been unsuccessful it wasn’t until he was 63 that he decided to book a consultation with us here at The Private Clinic.

Despite being declared a number 7 on the Norwood Scale of Hair Loss which is actually the severe and final stage of Male Pattern Baldness our surgeons still felt he had enough healthy hair follicles in his donor area for an FUE Hair Transplant to be successful.

After the treatment had performed Graham was thrilled with the results, despite the final results still not being able to be seen instantly.

 “I could see a real hairline for the first time in 30 years. I can’t tell you how good it made me feel”

Click here to read Grahams full story

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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Snoring Treatment at The Private Clinic

Did you know that there are over 15 million snorers in the UK, whether they like to admit or not?!

There are so many products and techniques out there that claim to stop snoring but we are seeing an increasing number of patients who have been left feeling let down, disappointed and out of pocket after trying a vast number of them.

Snoring can have a negative impact on your life and your relationships with disturbed sleep for both of you. So it is no surprise that everyone is now seeking a ‘cure’

We have both good news and bad news here at The Private Clinic, whilst we are sorry to say that there is no one ‘cure’ for snoring, as everyone’s reasons for snoring are different. The good news is that we can actually help source the cause of your snoring and offer treatments to help control and drastically reduce it.

In this blog we are going to look at our most commonly performed treatment of Laser Assisted Uvulopalatoplasty.

Laser Assisted Uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP) to treat snoring which has become increasingly popular in the UK with over 40,000 procedures being performed to date with a success rate of over 98% (as of 2016).

The treatment is designed to free your airways and increase oxygen supply which will help to prevent your snoring as well as lift your mood and increase energy levels as well as improve sleep for you and those who were kept awake by your snoring.

Will I be suitable?
Before you consider booking in for this treatment however it is worth noting the treatment is not always suitable for everyone. We recommend that all possible causes of your snoring are ruled out initially which could include being overweight, diet, smoking and allergies.

The LAUP treatment, although very effective –should only be seen as a final stop to compliment a healthy lifestyle. If you are able to lose weight and reduce your alcohol consumption for example you may find this is enough to stop your snoring.

Snoring could also be caused by another medical issue such as a deviated septum or enlarged tonsils which would require additional surgery to solve them.

What is causing me to snore?
There are a number of different elements that can cause snoring.

The first step in sorting out treatment would be to come and visit us for a consultation which allows us to assess exactly what is causing your snoring. Your consultation will last around 30 minutes and will include a physical examination of your throat and nose. During this time we will ask you about your medical history and your symptoms and we will ask you to fill in an Epworth questionnaire which will help us determine if you are suffering from sleep apnoea, in which cases some treatments may not be effective at all.

What is the treatment?
LAUP uses laser technology to target the uvula and surrounding area to gently remove excess tissue. This reduces the size of the uvula and creates a larger airway with less chance of it becoming blocked during sleep.

Will I have to stay in hospital?
The treatment is performed under local anaesthetic and requires no overnight stay. Treatment times vary from 15 – 30 minutes and you will be free to leave shortly after your appointment has ended. So it is a walk-in, walk-out treatment.

Will I be in pain?
The treatment is carried out under local anaesthetic so pain should be low (if at all) although a slight level of discomfort may be experienced. After the procedure you will have the feeling of a sore throat for around 7-10 days but painkillers will be prescribed to you. Our outpatient nurse will talk you through the aftercare pack and be on hand to speak to if you have any questions post-treatment.

Will I be able to eat normally post-procedure?
There should not be any issues with you being able to eat normally after the procedure. It may be suggested that you eat softer foods for the first few days but this should be discussed with your surgeon.

How soon can I expect results?
We say that full results are often not seen until 6 months post procedure but some patients have experienced results within days or weeks after having the procedure.

Will I need additional treatment?
Some patients find that they may need to come back for additional LAUP sessions to continue to remove more tissue if they find they are still snoring loudly but this is unlikely.

The Private Clinic
Our mission for the last thirty years has been to provide only the most effective treatments. This means working with industry leaders. Our LAUP treatment is performed by its inventor, Mr. Yves Kamami, who has over 30 years’ experience in the field and is one of the leading figures in the treatment of snoring, blocked noses and sleep apnoea. We know small problems can have a huge effect on how you feel, which is why we work hard to make sure we find the best solution for you to stop it for good.

LAUP is available at;

Mr VermaLeeds & Manchester 
Professor Kamami – Treatment available at London Harley Street with consultations possible with the clinic team at Bristol and Birmingham too

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Do I need a Facelift or Blepharoplasty?

When it comes to facial rejuvenation there are two surgical options to alter the appearance of ageing. Facelifts or blepharoplasties are two types of facial surgery that can help restore a youthful appearance. When it comes to choosing between one or the other ultimately your surgeon will be the one to make the decision, but sometimes it may be suggested that both would benefit you.

A facelift (less commonly known as a rhytidoplasty) is a surgical procedure that aims to tighten the skin not only around the face but also the jawline and the neck. The results should be a fresher, youthful and more rejuvenated look rather than a complete change in appearance.

There are actually 5 different types of a facelift to target different areas of the face these are the mini facelift, full facelift, forehead lift, cheek lift and a combined facelift and blepharoplasty procedure.

A blepharoplasty is slightly different to a facelift in that it only focuses on the eyes hence why it is also referred to as eyelid or eye bag surgery.  The procedure aims to remove or reposition excess skin around the eyes in order to achieve a younger appearance. Sagging skin around the eyes can affect your upper eyelids causing hooded eyes, and your lower eyes resulting in eye bags and drooping. Your blepharoplasty procedure will be tailored to you, some find themselves only needing an upper or lower procedure but some may benefit better from an upper and lower procedure.

When it comes to having your consultation with your surgeon about the best procedure for you, it may be suggested that both a facelift and a blepharoplasty would be required to give you the results you desire.

It is common for a facelift and a blepharoplasty to be performed at the same time and there are many benefits to this including;

  • Only having to go under anaesthesia once
  • Better and more uniformed results
  • Combined recovery time
  • Better financial value
  • Less time off work (compared to having the procedures at separate times)

But for some this may not be an option and you may find yourself in the midst of trying to decide what is going to give you the best result.

If you have been suggested a combined procedure then it is probably likely that the biggest cause for concern is your eyes. Sagging around the eyes is enough to age anyone and opting for blepharoplasty surgery over a facelift is sometimes enough to give you that restored youthful appearance that you so desired.

The eyes are the focal point of your face and when it comes to interacting with others, it is the eyes that you will always find yourself focusing on. So any enhancement to this area would be much more impactful than a subtle lift to the face.  In the majority of cases the face will look much younger and more rested if you have an eyelid/eye bag surgery without a facelift than if you have a facelift without a blepharoplasty procedure.

In some cases, once you have had a blepharoplasty you may find yourself being able to treat any additional ageing skin issues with some of our non-surgical treatments such as a thread lift, laser skin resurfacing or even an 8 point lift, which is when dermal fillers are injected into certain points of the face to contour and revitalise the mid and lower face.

The Private Clinic

The Private Clinic has a second-to-none reputation for working with the best plastic surgeons in the UK. Our Cosmetic Surgeons are registered with the General Medical Council, are on the Specialist register for Plastic Surgery and are members of BAAPS (The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery) and BAPRAS (The British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons).

Clinics Located Nationwide;

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

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Skin Tag, Cyst & Cosmetic Mole Removal at Lincoln House

The vast majority of us will all have, or have had a skin tag, mole or cyst. The appearance of them can vary from person to person and they can form almost anywhere on the body. If you are bothered by them, they can of course be easily removed with minor surgery.  We do recommend however that before you seek cosmetic surgery that you should have your GP check over the area to make sure that they are harmless and are safe to be removed.

Moles are generally harmless skin growths or spots on the skin that are made up of melanocyte cells which produce the pigment in your skin. Moles have a wide variety of appearances some may appear raised and rough whilst others are flat and smooth or vice versa. Moles are usually brown in colour and are circular in shape too.

If you are going to have a mole it will usually appear in the first 30 years of your life although certain lifestyles types can affect how likely you are to develop them such as being fairer skinned, genetics and spending increased time in the sun too.

It is very important to note that if you have a mole that changes in colour or size, or starts to bleed, it is really important to get it checked by your GP.

Skin Cysts
A skin cyst is a fluid filled bump that lays just beneath the skin, they can appear on any part of the body and can vary in size. They have a number of causes including infection and clogging of the sebaceous glands. A cyst should not be causing you pain unless it is ruptured, infected or inflamed.  Often cysts are benign and will cause no harm however all cysts should be checked by your GP.

Skin Tags
Skin tags are often found in your skin folds where the skin rubs against itself such as the armpit area, on the neck or around the groin. They are small flesh or brown coloured growths that hang off the skin. They are actually loose collagen fibres and blood vessels that are then surrounded by skin. Anyone can develop a skin tag however they are more common among people who are obese or have type 2 Diabetes.

Skin tags are harmless and should not cause pain or discomfort, however you may consider having them removed if they are affecting your confidence or make wearing jewellery (for example) uncomfortable.

Should I get them removed?

Getting a cyst, mole or skin tag removed is a very easy and quick procedure and is well worth considering if you are feeling self-conscious about them.

Once you have picked a surgeon they will be able to examine the lesion carefully to determine the best method of treatment. Moles that are considered to be healthy are simply removed by a short wave diathermy or curettage but suspicious moles will be removed surgically and sent to a lab for testing.

Our surgeons will always use the latest techniques to make any scarring as faint as possible and once treated – the same mole, skin tag or cyst is very unlikely to grow back.

What else can be treated as a minor op?

We are able to perform a number of procedures in our minor op clinic at Lincoln House in Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire under local anesthetic including Inverted Nipples, Nipple Reduction, Split Earlobe and Tribal earlobe repair

We offer consultations and perform our full range of minor procedures on site at Lincoln House. For your convenience, most are available on a ‘See and Treat’ basis with no pre or post-operative appointments needed. If you wish to attend a consultation for any of our major cosmetic surgery procedures then this can be done down the road at our Buckinghamshire Clinic

The Private Clinic

The Private Clinic has only the most experienced Surgeons, Doctors and Nurses in their respective fields, so you can be confident you are in safe hands.

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Breast Reduction vs Breast Uplift

If you are looking to reposition, reduce and/or reshape your natural breasts without the use of implants then you may be starting to look at possible Breast Reduction or Breast Lift procedures.

Breast reduction and a breast uplift are actually fairly similar. In many cases, they both require similar incisions known as the anchor. The anchor pattern is when the incision goes around the areola and then runs from the bottom portion of the areola to the fold under the breast known as the inframammary fold.

There are of course differences between the procedures though and which one you should be choosing generally comes down to what you want you desired result to look like.

What is a breast reduction?
A breast reduction is when excess fat and tissue are removed from your breast. This is often performed to give patients permanent relief from the discomfort caused by having large breasts. The procedure can also be performed to correct large sagging breasts too.

The result of a breast reduction is smaller, lifted breasts.

How do I know if breast reduction is for me?
When it comes to deciding if breast reduction is suitable for you, ask yourself the following questions;

  • Are my breasts limiting my physical activity?
  • Am I unhappy with having breasts that are too large?
  • Do I experience irritation underneath my breasts?
  • Are my breasts causing me neck, back and/or shoulder pain?

If you find yourself answering yes to at least one of the questions then a breast reduction is likely to be the best choice for you.

What is a breast uplift?
Breast uplift, also known as a lift or mastopexy is a procedure designed to improve the shape of your natural breasts if they are sagging. The procedure can also be performed to correct breast asymmetry, tuberous breasts and the position of your nipples.

The volume of your breast should remain unchanged in a breast uplift procedure however they may appear smaller due to the change in position. Only the breast skin tissue is removed rather than the breast fat and your end result should be a perkier bust.

How do I know if breast uplift is for me?
When it comes to deciding if breast uplift/mastopexy procedure is suitable for you, ask yourself the following questions;

  • Does one of my breasts droop lower than the other?
  • Do my breasts have a long shape?
  • Do my areolas or nipples point downwards?
  • Do my nipples drop lower than my breast crease?

If you find yourself answering yes to at least one of the questions then breast uplift is likely to be the best choice for you.

The best way to determine what type of surgery you need would be to speak to a surgeon or patient advisor. This way you can share your concerns and let us know what your end goal it for us to be able to determine which surgical procedure/s would be best suited for you.

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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Vascular Surgeons answer your top 9 questions about Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are actually very common and can affect more than 1 in 3 adults.

As the weather starts to get warmer you naturally start to ditch the tights and jeans in favour of bare legs but what happens when you are faced with those blue lumpy veins that you forgot about at the end of summer last year!

With over 30 years’ experience in offering the most advanced, minimally invasive treatments for all types of veins, we are one of the UK’s most recognised, specialist varicose vein clinics and we have a team of the most experienced Consultant Vascular Surgeons ready to help boost your confidence ready for summer 2017!

We decided to put forward some of our most frequently asked varicose vein treatment questions to Consultant Vascular Surgeons , Mr Constantinos Kyriakides, Dr Dynesh Rittoo and Professor Rajiv Kumar Vohra who have given their answers below;

Do the veins that have been treated stay away for good?

Mr Kyriakides: This depends on the type of treatment that the patient is having. I believe the best results are seen after EVLA treatment where there is less than 10% of a chance of the veins coming back. The old stripping treatment method that is traditionally associated with varicose veins had a 60% chance of veins returning after around 10 years. So in comparison EVLA treatment is quite impressive!

Dr Rittoo: When the varicose veins are cut, tied or stripped the cut ends tend to regrow which is part of a normal healing process. When we do EVLA treatment there are no cut ends and the cells at the end of the veins are sterilised and therefore there is less risk of vein regrowth. As a result the recurrence rate from EVLA is very small.

Professor Vohra:  Varicose veins can recur but not necessarily in the same system we like to advise our patients about the anatomy and physiology of the venous system so they know what to look out for in the future.

How long can I expect vein free legs for?

Mr Kyriakides: It is unlikely for the same vein to appear again after treatment, especially when using the EVLA method as the laser is very comprehensive and sealing the vein. You may find that new veins appear and sometimes even normal looking veins you have had for years can develop into varicose veins so it is best to keep a close eye on them. I would say there is a 1% chance of new veins developing for each year after treatment.

Professor Vohra: Depending on what treatment you have the results will vary; your surgeon will be able to discuss the right treatment for you in order for you to achieve the best results.

When can I resume normal activities after EVLA treatment?

Mr Kyriakides: I don’t like my patients to be lying around post-treatment. I recommend walking 4 miles a day after surgery and you should be up and about during the day too. In terms of getting back to exercise it is best to wait till you are 5 days post procedure to avoid any potential injury.

Dr Rittoo: I usually advise my patient that they can return to normal activities as soon as they leave the clinic. The only restrictions are that they should avoid contact sports for about 2 weeks and avoid going swimming.

Professor Vohra:  Most treatments are walk-in walk-out treatments meaning you will be able to resume normal activities straight away, with some limitations obviously. You will be on painkillers for the first 4-5 days so probably best not to do anything too strenuous during the first 5 days post procedure.

Can I drive myself home after treatment?

Mr Kyriakides: I wouldn’t recommend driving yourself home after treatment. Your response time may be less due to the compression stocking and bandages and you may not be covered on your insurance if anything was to happen. You should be fine to drive the following day but maybe avoid long journeys and take regular breaks so you can move your legs around.

Dr Rittoo: After EVLA I do not recommend that you drive yourself home. EVLA is performed under local anaesthetic and following your treatment I usually put a firm bandage and a stocking on your leg. While this may not interfere with your ability to walk, it may interfere with you doing an emergency stop and therefore I do not recommend that you drive following your treatment. The day after your treatment you will remove the bandage but you will carry on wearing the stocking, if you feel comfortable and you know that you are in control of your car you may wish to drive but more importantly you should always check with your motor insurance to make sure that they are happy to cover you in these circumstances. These are my guidelines and I usually modify them to suit individual patient needs.

Professor Vohra: Agreed, you should not be driving for at least 24 hours after any type of leg vein treatment.

Will I have to take time off work after EVLA treatment?

Mr Kyriakides: Previously you may have been looking at 2 weeks off work but we only recommend 3-4 days of work after EVLA treatment. It varies between patients and some are back in work after 3 days whereas others prefer to take the full 4.

Dr Rittoo: Most patients do not need to take time off after EVLA treatment, some patients may experience some discomfort typically a few days after EVLA and they can usually take simple painkillers to control the discomfort.  Most patients can go back to work the day after the treatment.

Professor Vohra: Everybody is different, some patients may need a few days off whereas others I can treat on a Saturday and they will go back to work on Monday.

After treatment, will I be able to see a difference straight away?

Mr Kyriakides: You will be able to see a difference straight away after EVLA treatment, but you won’t be able to go and show off to all your family and friends as you will leave the clinic wearing a compression stocking.

Dr Rittoo: When I perform EVLA I usually treat all visible varicose veins at the same sitting when you take off your stocking a week or two post treatment you will notice a big difference in the appearance of your treated leg. You may notice some bruising but the visible varicose veins will have disappeared. Usually you get the full benefit of your treatment in about 6 weeks.

Professor Vohra: I normally say to my patients to wait and see the real difference 3 months after the treatment.

How long do I need to wear my compression stockings for?

Mr Kyriakides: After EVLA treatment you will be required to wear a compression stocking for two weeks. This should not get in the way of your daily life too much and you will be able to remove it for showers etc.

Dr Rittoo: The use of compression hosiery is an integral part of endovenous treatment. In the first few days following treatment most patients will feel more comfortable wearing the stocking however, the stocking can sometimes fall down or dig behind the knee and some patients when they take the stocking off to have a shower they may feel it is more of a problem putting it back on again. It you are able to tolerate the stocking then you should try to wear it as directed, if the stocking is causing you problems then you may stop wearing it after 48hrs.

Professor Vohra: Compression hosiery is advisable for 2 week but I would say the first 3 days are the most important.

How long can it take after treatment to go on holiday abroad?

Mr Kyriakides: I tell my patients to avoid flying for ideally up to 4 weeks after treatment and I give the same advice for sun exposure too, try and avoid direct exposure to the sun for 4 weeks to avoid any excess bruising.

Professor Vohra: I would recommend no flying for a minimum of 2 weeks.

If you have any additional questions about Varicose Veins and the treatments we offer please don’t hesitate to get in contact.

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.

Book in for a consultation today at London Harley Street, London City, Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester, Glasgow, Weybridge Veins Clinic, Bexhill Veins Clinic and Bournemouth Veins Clinic.

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Acne Treatment FAQs

It doesn’t matter if we are young, old, male or female just about all of us get acne at some point in our lives. Traditionally acne is associated with our teenage years and the sudden surge in hormones but many of us have found our breakouts have continued through into our 20s and some of us who have never experienced acne before are having sudden breakouts in our 50s.

If you are finding yourself hiding your face behind long long hair, avoiding selfies and photos with friends or cancelling social events because of your acne then we are here to help.

We get many patients through our doors who are looking for treatments to help with their current acne and to avoid future breakouts too. We have listed some of our frequently asked questions about acne treatments to allow you to be more informed about your potentially life-changing treatment.

Is adult acne common?
Adult acne is much more common than people think with and you shouldn’t feel embarrassed about seeking help for it. Many celebrities have even suffered with adult acne including Victoria Beckham, Cameron Diaz and Kate Moss.

Do you treat all types of acne?
There are lots of different types of acne and recognising what type of acne you have is key to finding the right treatment to help. Here at The Private Clinic we have over thirty years of medical experience in treating a variety of skin problems.

Do you treat all skin types?
We are able to treat all skin types, during a consultation with one of our practitioners we will be able to assess your skin and decide which treatment will work best. If you have darker skin and are considering laser treatment you will need to have a patch test first. Certain health conditions and medications may mean you are unsuitable for treatment and these will be discussed with you during your consultation.

What types of treatments do you offer for acne?The Private Clinic: NLite Session
We have a range of treatments for treating acne including the most popular NLite laser which is a SmartPulse™ laser light that targets the bacteria in the skin and stimulates the natural repair mechanism of the skin. Other treatments include chemical peels and a range of products that can be tailored to your skin type including the nurse prescribed Obagi treatment system.

Is acne treatment permanent?
It is important to remember that acne can be treated but not cured. We recommend that if you are having treatment for acne prone skin then you should maintain them to avoid the risk of acne returning.

Will I need to continue having treatment?
Patients with long term acne often opt to continue having treatment in order to manage and control their flare-ups. This doesn’t necessarily have to be the same treatment they started with however, many patients have intense acne treatments to begin with but then top up with alternative treatments that work for them.

Are acne treatments painful?
Pain levels obviously vary from patient to patient. The NLite laser may feel warm as it passes over the area being treated and some have described it as a tingling sensation but as it is a low level laser it should be relatively pain free.

A chemical peel will have a similar feeling of warmth and tingling of the skin.

Will my acne get worse after treatment?
Some patients may find they experience breakouts after treatments but this doesn’t mean that the treatment is not working. The breakout is often due to your skin clearing the acne causing debris that is clogging your pores and unfortunately it is often the case that your skin may look worse before it gets better. The more treatments you have the less your skin will breakout afterwards, we recommend that you continue with a course of treatment to ensure you get the best results.

The Private Clinic
We are the UK’s leading non-invasive cosmetic group and have some of the most experienced nurses and skin therapists working with us. During your free consultation one of our highly experienced practitioners will talk you through the different types of acne treatments available and explain how they could work for you.

Acne Treatments are available at; London Harley Street, London City, Birmingham, Bristol, Buckinghamshire, Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow and Northampton

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Mini tummy tuck surgery FAQs with Mr Adrian Richards

Kerry Katona has been hitting the headlines again after revealing her new look after her recent weight loss, although she was very quick to admit that liposuction and a mini tummy tuck had helped transform her look too!

Many of us I’m sure may be wondering what a mini tummy actually is which is why we contacted Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Mr Adrian Richards and asked him just that “What is a Mini Tummy Tuck?”

What is a Mini Tummy Tuck (Mini Abdominoplasty)?
A mini tummy tuck, also known as mini abdominoplasty differs from a full tummy tuck or abdominoplasty in that it only removes a 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.

What are the benefits of a mini tummy tuck?
The benefits are that the scar can be lower and hence more hidden in your clothes. It is also a smaller procedure compared to a full tummy tuck and the recovery is often a bit quicker too.

What is the ideal patient for a mini tummy tuck?
The ideal patient for a mini tummy tuck is someone with a lower abdominal over hang but without enough tissue to need to remove all the tissue from the tummy button down to the pubic area.

Would a patient need to lose weight before booking in for a mini tummy tuck?
The patient should ideally be at a weight that they are happy with when they have a mini tummy tuck as with all plastic surgical procedures. It is not advisable to either gain weight or lose weight prior to a plastic surgery procedure; generally plastic surgeons would insist that your BMI is at 30 or below before considering surgery. This is because it is an elective procedure and your safety is above the most important. Studies have shown that there is an increased risk of complications following surgery for people with a BMI over 30.

The other aspect is that when you lose weight following a tummy tuck some of the loose skin lasticity may come back.

Does a mini tummy tuck require a general anaesthetic or hospitalisation?
Some mini tummy tucks can be performed under local anaesthetic but there is a limit to how much can be removed without general anaesthetic. Surgery is normally performed as either a day case which means you are in and out on the same day or with a one night stay in hospital.

How long are you in surgery for a mini tummy tuck?
Mini tummy tucks tend to take between 1 and 1 and half hours compared to a full tummy tuck which takes between 2 and 3 hours.

What are the scars like following a mini tummy tuck?
The scars are on the lower part of your tummy and those on a full tummy tuck are similar. The full tummy tuck scars are slightly longer than the mini tummy tuck. The advantage of the mini tummy tuck is the scar can be lower and can be hidden easier in clothes.

A full tummy tuck will also involve a scar around the tummy button as the skin for a full tummy tuck is drawn down and stitched to the skin above your pubic area and a new tummy button is made for you.

Will the abdominal muscles need to be tightened at the time of my mini tummy tuck?
The muscles can be tightened in both mini and full tummy tucks but whether you need tightening of the muscle and the extent of muscle tightening can be determined by a discussion between you and your surgeon prior to surgery.

How long is the recovery time after a mini tummy tuck?
The recovery time is much shorter for a mini tummy tuck but it does also depend on whether you have had your muscles repaired or not. As a guide, if you have had your muscles repaired you will not be able to drive for 2 weeks whereas if you haven’t had your muscles repaired many people can return to driving after 1 week.

How long until results can be seen after a mini tummy tuck?
You will see the results immediately following surgery but there will inevitably be some swelling and likely bruising so it will take up to three months for you to be able see the final result.

How long do the results last after a mini tummy tuck?
The results of a tummy tuck either mini or full are considered relatively permanent unless you have extensive weight gain or become pregnant. In these situations the skin and tummy muscles will be stretched and this is not ideally recommended after a tummy tuck.

How would a future pregnancy affect the mini tummy tuck?
It is generally not recommended to become pregnant after a mini abdominoplasty as the stretching of the skin and muscle layer can cause recurrent excess skin in the lower abdomen. People have however become pregnant inadvertently following a mini abdominoplasty and have had no significant adverse effect as a result.

Is there an alternative to a mini tummy tuck?
There are many types of mini abdominoplasty and an alternative would be a scar revision. In a scar revision the scar itself is removed without a mini abdominoplasty being performed. This is often used for tissue overhanging a caesarean scar. Caesarean scars tend to become slightly tethered to the underlying muscles when they heal causing an overlap of the tissue above them. A scar revision is often classified as a mini mini abdominoplasty.

The Private Clinic
We are proud to offer you a team of the most experienced Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons in the UK for our tummy tuck treatments available in London, London City, Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester, Glasgow, Buckinghamshire and Northampton.

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We address 5 common breast complaints on National Cleavage Day

Push up bras at the ready, its National Cleavage day!

Originating in South Africa, National Cleavage Day started in 2002 and was started as a way to; ‘solemnise women’s independence and power in all facets of life, from their careers to their relationships to their own destiny‘ The day is sponsored by Wonderbra, Cosmopolitan Magazine and 5fm and all money raised during the day goes towards Sunflower Fund which helps South African citizens diagnosed with leukaemia and other life-threatening blood diseases.

Of course the day itself should all be seen as a bit of fun and nothing to take too seriously but while some women are digging out their low cut tops others may be feeling a little deflated about breast issues of our own.

Research from lingerie brand Playtex last year found that 6 out of 10 women in Britain were unhappy with their breasts. So we spoke to Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Mr Adrian Richards and asked “what are the most common breast complaints?” that he receives from patients.

Asymmetrical Breasts

We should always think of our boobs as being sisters and not twins and so to have perfectly symmetrical breasts is very unrealistic. Mr Richards says. “All women have some variance between their breasts. The only difference is that, for some, the asymmetry is almost impossible to spot, whereas the difference between other women’s breast size and shape may be more obvious.”

A breast augmentation is often used to correct asymmetric breasts in which different sized implants or single implants are used or often the procedure is combined with a breast uplift which is done as a two stage procedure to create a more symmetrical look.

Sagging Breasts

Sagging breasts is such a common complaint we get here in clinic and although often symbolised with ageing, it is an issue that can occur at any age. “Sagging breasts are often diagnosed as breast ptosis. It can not only be embarrassing for women, but it also creates back pain and can lessen their ability to enjoy certain activities and exercise”, Mr Richards says.

Breast ptosis can be caused by a number of things including weight loss and breastfeeding. Generally the issue is normally easily corrected by breast uplift surgery also known as a mastopexy. This surgery will not dramatically reduce or increase the size of the bust but will instead raise the breast using the surrounding tissue to give the breast more shape and support to counteract any drooping or sagging.

Oversized Nipples

Many of us can find ourselves feeling self-conscious about the size of our nipples despite them not being on display for all to see. “Enlarged protuberant nipples can cause embarrassment for both men and women, and it is an issue patients come to me with frequently, particularly as we head into the summer months” says Mr Richards.

Enlarged nipples are easily fixed by a simple nipple reduction procedure that is often performed under local anaesthetic meaning the downtime is minimal. The procedure however is not recommended for any women who have plans to breastfeed in the future so for some it may be best to wait.

Tuberous Breasts

Tuberous breasts are an abnormality in the breast and is categorised when the breast has a narrow base combined with a high breast crease meaning the breast can appear to be elongated.

“Tuberous breasts are extremely common but the severity can vary greatly meaning that the treatments are varied too” says Mr Richards.

In most cases tuberous breasts are corrected with breast implants however more severe cases may need to consider a tissue expander which is an inflatable breast implant designed to stretch the skin and muscle enough to create room for a breast implant.

Inverted Nipples

“I see many patients who are insecure about inverted nipples and generally they have no idea just how common they are.” says Mr Richards.

Inverted Nipples are down to in imbalance between the inward traction of the milk ducts and the traction of the muscle which actually pushes the nipple out. Essentially the force of the inward pull from the milk ducts is stronger than the outward pull from the nipple muscle resulting in the nipple being pulled into the breast which gives it an inverted appearance.

Despite the technical sounding reasoning above, inverted nipple surgery is a very simple procedure which is often performed under local anaesthetic. In some cases inverted nipples can even be treated without surgery through the use of a niplette which we always encourage all our patients to try before booking in for surgery.inverted-nipple-before-after-adrian-richards-aurora-clinics-part-of-the-private-clinic

More often than not breast abnormalities are simply natural occurrences, however sometimes there are underlying medical issues that could be the cause of changes in the look or feel of your breasts. If you are ever concerned or notice any changes in your bust then make an appointment to visit your GP as your first point on call.

The Private Clinic

The Private Clinic is renowned for setting high standards in the cosmetic industry and we value our excellent reputation for patient safety and satisfaction. From the first consultation through to your first-class aftercare, our team is sympathetic, caring and highly skilled. There’s no hard-sell, just good advice and the best possible results. We have some of the most experienced and well-respected surgeons in the industry as part of our breast implant team across all our locations in London, London City, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Glasgow, Bristol, Buckinghamshire and Northampton

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Is Vaser Right For Me?

Vaser liposuction is one of our most asked about treatments offered here at The Private Clinic. The procedure is a popular choice for those looking to contour their body and remove any stubborn areas of fat.

Vaser Liposuction differs to traditional surgical liposuction as it uses ultrasound to dissolve the fat and the minimally invasive technique makes recovery time a lot quicker with initial results being seen after the procedure and improving in the following weeks/month.

So it Vaser right for me?

Vaser Liposuction is recommended for patients who have small areas of fat that they are struggling to loose despite the patients best efforts at dieting and exercise. Vaser can be carried out on almost all areas of the body including the neck, upper arms, tummy, thighs and even your knees.

Vaser Liposuction is often used to get rid of the excess fat stored around the neck area which can result in a double chin or drooping jowls.

Vaser Liposuction is not suitable for the face however, if you are struggling with bags under the eyes for example or are just looking for full facial rejuvenation then you may be better off considering a blepharoplasty or full face lift.

The most common area to get vaser liposuction tends to be around the abdomen. We see many patients who are living an active and healthy lifestyle but despite their best efforts fat pockets around the stomach and flanks are proving difficult to burn off. As long as you don’t have any loose skin then vaser liposuction will most likely be the best option for this issue.

If you are struggling with loose skin as a result of weight loss, or pregnancy for example, then an abdominoplasty will most likely be recommended instead in order to get the desired result.

Arms and Legs
Troublesome fat on the arms and legs can feel like a real burden when no amount of exercise seems to be shifting it. Vaser liposuction is great at targeting the pockets of stubborn fat and contouring your arms and legs.

In some cases however Vaser Liposuction may not be suitable, particularly if you have a fair amount of excess skin. If vaser liposuction is not an option then we may refer you to one of our plastic surgeons who will be able to discuss a thigh or arm lift with you.

Despite its quick procedure times and short recovery periods, Vaser Liposuction is still surgery and it should not be seen as a quick fix or the easy option. Have a consultation with your doctor, surgeon or patient advisor and make it really clear what you wish to achieve. Don’t feel put down if vaser is not recommended as this would only be down to getting the best results that you desire which may instead require surgery.

The Private Clinic
Our Vaser Liposuction procedures are carried out at our own local theaters 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.

We also have some of the UK’s most recognised Consultant Plastic Surgeons on hand for consultations in London, London CityBirmingham, Bristol, Manchester, Leeds, Bristol, Glasgow, Princes Risborough – Buckinghamshire and Northampton and to help you achieve your goal if Vaser Liposuction is not the right option for you.

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