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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Rhinoplasty Recovery FAQs

Taking care of yourself after a rhinoplasty is key to achieving the best result. Our surgeons love answering any questions you may have, especially recovery after nose job questions because we want you to feel happy, comfortable and confident during your healing time.

We have picked some of the most popular and common questions but if you have any additional questions don’t hesitate to contact your surgeon or patient advisor where you can talk in more detail about your concerns.

Will I be in pain straight after the operation?
Your first stage of recovery will be overcoming the side effects caused by the general anaesthetic and medication. You will probably be quite drowsy and the only recommendation is to just relax, take it easy and try and sleep if off. Your pain should be low but if you are feeling any let the nursing team or your surgeon know and they can look at your medication again.

When will I be able to remove the splint?
You will go home in a splint which may feel a little uncomfortable but it is important that this is left on until your nurse or surgeon says otherwise. Normally splints are removed at your 1 week post op appointment. After the splint has been removed your nose will swell slightly so it may be a few more weeks before you see the final result.

Can I blow my nose?
Ideally you should try to avoid blowing your nose for at least three weeks after your surgery. You nose will be feeling very delicate so not only would it be quite painful but blowing your nose could also cause further bleeding and open you up to the risk of infection.

How should I be sleeping?
For the first two weeks you will be advised to avoid sleeping on your side or on your front as this could result in you displacing bones in the bridge of your nose. We recommend sleeping elevated with 2-3 pillows to try and reduce any facial swelling too.

When will I be able to wear my glasses?
If you wear glasses on a daily basis it may be worth looking into getting a supply of contact lenses. Due to the pressure that glasses put on the bridge of the nose we ask that patients avoid wearing them for at least 6 weeks after the operation. Another option is to look for glasses that instead take support on the sides of the nose, these can be worn as soon as it feels comfortable to do so – although check with your surgeon first.

When can I start exercise again?
You should not exercise for at least 2 to 3 weeks after surgery. Starting to exercise again too soon could cause unnecessary nose bleeds so it is best to start gradually but avoid any yoga positions for example that cause you to be in a head-stand position or similar.

When can I wear make-up?
Make-up will be fine to wear 1 week after surgery although be very careful applying it if you still have your splint on as you want to be able to keep that area as clean as possible and any leftover make-up could cause your skin to break out.

I feel like my nose is blocked, is this normal?
You may find that trying to breathe through your nose is a little restricted straight after a rhinoplasty. You don’t need to panic however this is just temporary and is mainly due to the swelling in the lining of the nose.  You will find your nose will start to feel clearer and breathing through it will start to come naturally again after 3 to 4 weeks but if you are concerned at any stage don’t hesitate to contact your surgeon or nursing cream.

How soon can I go on holiday?
Ideally you should be keeping out of direct sunlight and avoiding sunbathing for at least 6 weeks post-surgery. If you know you may be in contact with the sun for extended lengths of time then make sure to use a high factor sun cream on and around your nose especially. Sunbathing with a newly reshaped nose could put you at risk of pigmentation which can be permanent so best to avoid sun exposure totally for the first couple of days after surgery although you should still have a cast on at this point so it shouldn’t impact you too much.

The most important thing is to listen to your body for the first two to three weeks during your recovery period. Make sure to eat when you feel hungry and sleep when you feel tired as you need to make sure you are healthy and getting all the rest you need. If you do have any worries about anything during this time don’t hesitate to contact your surgeon or their nursing team and they will be more than happy to help.The Private Clinic
We believe the only way to achieve the very best results is to work with the very best staff. We have a respected team of some of the UK’s leading surgeons, including:

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

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Breast Augmentation for Athletic Women

We all like to take care of our appearance and visiting the gym and healthy eating has all become part of modern day life, so as our lifestyles change should this change how we approach surgical procedures?

When you exercise, your body burns calories and builds muscle which can lead to changes to your body. Your breasts in particular, regardless of their size are all made up of the same compounds; blood vessels, connective tissues, lymph nodes, lobules, lobes, milk ducts and of course fat. When your body fat percentage alters this can cause changes in your breasts first.

  • Strength Training – This is involves the use of resistance bands, weight machines and free weights. It helps to tone your muscles as well as building new muscle tissue too. Depending on your breast size to start with you may not notice a lot of difference to your size, however if your breasts are naturally very lean then you may notice an increased loss in volume. It is also possible for strength training exercises to actually lift and firm your bust.
  • Aerobic Exercise – This covers a large number of activities including running, swimming, tennis and even just cardio workouts. The main goal for this type of exercise is weight loss and for each pound lost you are losing body fat too. It is common that your breasts are the first place that visibly shows your weight loss.

We have many women who come to see us in clinic who have lost fat tissue in their breasts and they are now looking to restore this.  It may sound a little counter-intuitive for an athletic woman to choose to up-size their bust when many are actually reducing the size of their breasts after feeling restricted during exercise with their range of movements.

So what are the options?

  • Under the muscle – This is often the default placement for breast implants if you are an athletic woman. It all comes down to the amount of tissue that you have and those with limited breast tissue will be best suited to placement underneath the muscle. However, placing an implant under the muscle also comes with its own issues. There is a slight risk of the implant moving or changing shape when the muscle is contracted during exercise. The recovery time is also a lot longer which is not always favoured upon by those with a strict gym routine.
  • Over the muscle – If you have enough breast tissue to accommodate the implant then you will have the option of going over the muscle which will give you a shorter recovery time. The risk with this option is that if you are very lean with thin skin over the breast and minimal breast tissue it will look more obvious that you have breast implants compared to how they would look under the muscle.

There are pros and cons for each decision which is why we always recommend you attend a free, no obligation consultation with us so we are able to best advise you on the size, shape and placement of your implants.

A good surgeon will listen to your thoughts on what you wish to achieve and shouldn’t be persuading you to go for anything that you really don’t feel comfortable with.  Ask to see before and after images and attend a sizing appointment to try out different sized implants to see how they suit your frame.

Sometimes the biggest fear for athletic women considering surgery is actually the recovery and downtime rather than the surgical procedure itself.

It is important to remember that cosmetic surgery is just an invasive and traumatic for the body as any other surgery and so great care must be taken to ensure you achieve the best results.  The downtime depends on placement and of course the size of your new implants. If you went behind the muscle you are looking at a six week rest period or if your implant is placed in front of the muscle then you will be looking at a two week rest period.

You will be able to be up and walking around the day after your surgery, we encourage gentle walking exercises as this will oxygenate bruised muscles and will help to reduce inflammation. After two weeks you will most likely be fine to start light exercise, such as a low intensity spin class, but it is best to remain seated to avoid the pressure associated with holding the handle bar. As you get to four weeks you should be able to start running again however you must not let your breasts move excessively so best to wear a good support bra or two, if your breasts are bouncing up and down then you are not wearing the right bra and you should stop your workout straight away.

After four weeks you can start to visit the gym again. We suggest you start with short and low intensity sessions and listen to your body,  do not ‘push through’ the pain like you would normally, this is instead your body telling you it is not ready and to stop.

At six weeks you will be booked in for a post-op check with your surgeon. It is here that you will be able to review your progress and discuss your plans to start working out again and your surgeon will be able to give you the green light if acceptable to do so.

Careless exercises following breast augmentation surgery can impact the final positioning of the implant, as well as cause further complications with your recovery. Make sure to speak to your surgeon or care team before starting any kind of exercise again.

The Private Clinic

We are proud to offer the highest quality 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 use their years of expertise to ensure you find the right option for your needs.

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Acne Treatment at The Private Clinic

It has recently been reported that “a lack of trained skin specialists is having a huge impact on acne patients” It means that there are often long waits for those seeking specialist advice on skin issues such as acne.  Those suffering with acne especially may already be feeling frustrated and helpless to then be denied access to a dermatologist can cause a skin condition to become almost be life-ruining.

Here at The Private Clinic we understand how much acne can affect your life and especially your self-confidence. We have over thirty years of medical experience in treating a variety of skin problems and we are now one of the UK’s leading clinics for dermatology and skin. There has actually been a 65% increase in dermatology enquiries at The Private Clinic so far this year compared to the same period of time in 2016.

The N Lite is our most popular treatment for acne. This treatment aims to target the root cause of acne, bacteria. The treatment is suitable for all skin types and it can be used to treat acne on the face, neck, back and chest. It has been described as the most significant advancement in the treatment of acne in decades.

Find out more about the N Lite Treatment here

What is N-Lite ?

We have spoken to practitioner Vicki Newman from The Private Clinic at The Gatehouse Clinic, Northampton about her top products and treatments that she recommends for acne prone skin.

In clinic we have a range of different products and treatments to help improve and control acne but here are some of mine, and my patient’s favourites;

The Advanced Nutrition Programme ‘Accumax’ are supplements that work to clear acne prone skin. It contains unique blend of ingredients – including an exciting ingredient called DIM. DIM is a metabolinite known as a hydroxy pathway which sends a message to the hormones to calm down and together they help to maintain healthy looking skin and a flawless complexion. The supplements also won’t cause any dryness or flakiness which is often common in most topical acne treatments.

The Obagi Clenziderm range is a prescription strength range of products aimed at clearing acne. The products are nurse prescribed and ingredients include a solubilized form of 5% BPO which is designed to penetrate deep into the follicle and clear acne fast. Results start from 1-2 weeks after use and the products are also designed to help prevent future breakouts.

Peroxide works for acne as it is a keratolytic agent with antibacterial actions.  The effects from using is can include peeling form the drying action helping the skin become more balanced

I have personally been using the Obagi 360 system and I am astounded by the results, I have used Cosmeceutical products which have been glycolic based for 2 years now and had accepted my skin was as clear and exfoliated as it could be and I was happy but did feel I lacked a little in brightness. After  two weeks of using Obagi I can’t believe the enhancement of my skin in every way, it was brighter, younger, clearer, healthier  and felt tighter. I am so confident now that I feel I do not have to wear make up (unless I want to for special occasions) and a lot of people compliment my skin when I am not wearing make up and say ‘they want it like mine’, which is a shock to them when I say I not wearing any!  The retinal 0.5 within the product is what has achieved this result and it is a fabulous range to use forever or like myself fluctuate between different types of products and use when needed.

The Cleansing Gel with Salicylic Acid from Circadia is another favourite. The product gives your skin a deep cleanse and the beta-hydroxy salicylic acid helps to soften your skin and exfoliate. It works by drying the oil within the skin that normally triggers the acne keeping it under control. I normally recommend that this product is used as regularly as 3-5 times a week although you should attend a consultation first so we can assess your skin.  Used in combination with the Circadia Day and Night Time Control Moisturisers this is a great skin care regime to add into your routine.

Alongside all the great products we offer here, we also have a range of Skin Peel treatments that are perfect for exfoliating and enhancing the skin. The peels available here can be tailored to your skin type and often the peels work to remodel your skin rather than physically peel it although this is a common side effect with the stronger peels. Whatever your skin type is, there will be a peel suitable for you.

So whether it is acne or another skin complaint that you are seeking specialist advice for we recommend your make an appointment at a clinic local to you to come in for free skin consultation where we can look at your skin as well as speak through your lifestyle and skin care regimes and tailor a skin treatment and product plan that is unique to you.

The Private Clinic

Our leading UK dermatologists target root cause bacteria, the underlying factor behind problem acne, and create bespoke plans for all skin types.

Visit us in clinic at;

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

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Could hair loss be affecting your career?

Impressions count when it comes to your career and we are not just talking about your ability to meet targets or your performance. How you look can play a big part in firstly securing the role, but also your potential to move up from your role too.

Think back to your first interview and how much care and attention you took, right down to the shine on your shoe. Wanting to make a good first impression is totally natural of course and everyone wants to stand out from the crowd when meeting a potential employer, but what about when it comes to moving up the career ladder and securing that promotion you most likely are due.

An article in Management Today listed 10 things that can unexpectedly ruin your career and within the list was hair. Hair covered a lot of topics from the change of hairstyle to facial hair but balding was also a factor.

So is hair loss really putting you at a disadvantage? Hair loss is simply hair loss, there is no known side effect which would involve you not being able to carry out your job in the same way that others can, it just means that you may have less hair on your head than others. But is that where the issue is? Competition within the workplace for promotions is often high and it may seem like those with a full head of hair are favoured on due to their youthful looks. But is that the real reason?

Losing your hair is tough and of course there is an effect on you physically but it can also affect you mentally. Hair loss may impact your confidence levels and then your focus levels too. Avoiding social situations like meetings with clients, staff events and networking because you are feeling embarrassed about your hair loss could be damaging your work life and prospects. If you are sat at your desk over thinking then this could be causing a negative result on your mood levels meaning your ability to focus will suffer.

So what is the cure? Hair loss affects over 50% of men and many before they reach 50 so it should not be seen as a reason to hide away. If you are younger and concerned about hair loss then book a visit to a trichologist who will be able to assess you, and give a list of helpful tips about how to secure your hairline. If you are already noticing your hair line receding and/or areas of baldness then you may be starting to look into a hair transplant.

Recent headlines have reported hair transplant ambassador, James Nesbitt stating that after getting hair transplant surgery he has had resurgence in his career with roles in The Hobbit, The Missing and the new series of Cold Feet. Nesbitt first became a household name playing Adam Williams in the romantic comedy-drama Cold Feet before going on play lead roles in a number of TV Series and film.

The Irish actor’s hair loss was beginning to become apparent when the initial run of Cold Feet came to an end in 2003, he is believed to have had his first hair transplant treatment in 2009 undergoing three procedures in total. It is thought before the hair transplants Nesbitt was at Norwood Stage 4A with his hairline appearing heavily receded, leaving almost no hair at the front of his head.

Nesbitt’s first hair transplant greatly improved his hair line giving him a more youthful, flat hairline but the density of the hair was still quite thin so it was understandable that he decided to have another two procedures to improve on this further.
The actor has been very open about his surgical procedures since 2013 stating “I was very happy to be open about it. I just thought, ‘Come on, somebody is going to say it before I say it’.

“It was something I struggled with. And that was probably the vanity in me. But also, career-wise, it had an impact. In terms of the range of leading roles I’ve had since then, it’s probably helped.”

Despite Nesbitt saying that he felt the hair transplant helped his career he is also very honest in saying it was for vanity reasons too. Working in the public eye and having a job that is very much based on appearance, means it can be particularly difficult when you feel you are not looking your best.

A Hair Transplant procedure by Dr. Thomy Kouremada-Zioga on The Independent journalist Tom Peck.
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Whether you are in the public eye or not, here at The Private Clinic we do not feel that wanting to look your best is anything to be embarrassed about. And whilst we respect everyone’s right to privacy it is refreshing to hear an actor of James Nesbitt’s calibre speak so candidly about his hair transplants. We have men and women from all walks of life come to see us for treatment. Our role is to help give you access to the best possible quality cosmetic procedures. If you are considering a hair transplant we encourage you to do your research, despite the procedure being fairly non-invasive it is still a surgical procedure that will require some downtime.

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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Be stubble free by the summer with Laser Hair Removal

Watching all the celebrities grace the red carpet we can’t help but feel oddly envious of their perfectly smooth and hairless legs and armpits and wonder what their secret is. An exclusive razor? Waxing? The most likely cause is probably laser hair removal.
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Armenian beauty, Kim Kardashian is very open about her laser hair removal treatments and many of her sessions have been filmed for her reality show. She has previously admitted on US talk show Oprah that laser hair removal is one of her regular routines. “It’s like a job, I’ve lasered everything”

So why the secrecy for others?
We are surprised that celebrities are not more open about receiving laser hair removal treatment but at the same time, we don’t exactly tell all our work colleagues what brand of razor we are using, so it is understandable that some things we just naturally keep to ourselves.

However; the reaction we get from our patients who have received laser hair removal is incredible, with many so impressed that they have in fact told all their friends about it and probably the poor stranger that sat next to them on the bus home too!

“I had laser hair removal and the results have been unbelievable. I went in with dark, course and plentiful hair and now I barely need to shave. I can safely say that the results have been life changing and confidence boosting. I can now strut myself on a beach at late notice without a worry.”Sammy

Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal unfortunately isn’t ‘magic’. It is an advanced laser treatment that works by laser light converting to heat as it passes through the skin. The heat is then absorbed by the hairs dark pigment in the follicle. The heat damages the hair follicle and inhibits its ability to grow.  Pretty cool right?

Of course there are a couple of important rules that you will need to follow before your appointment.

  • Ideally you should stay out of the sun for four weeks before your appointment. (Autumn/Winter we feel is the best time to start your treatment in order to be stubble-free by the summer!)
  • You must shave before your appointment. (Do not wax as the laser needs to target the pigment and waxing often removes this making the entire treatment pointless)
  • Avoid fake tan including sun beds. (This could increase your chances of blisters and burns as well as making the treatment slightly more difficult as the darkness of the hair follicle will be less obvious for the laser to pick up)
  • Make sure you have a patch test before starting your treatment. (Not everyone’s skin will react well to cosmetic laser treatments and we need to rule out any possibility of pigment, discoloration and scarring)
  • Do not book in for a full body laser hair removal treatment (If you are told that this is possible then it may be worth reconsidering your clinic choice. There is only so much cosmetic laser light that your body should be safely absorbing each session.)

One of the most common misconceptions is that after one treatment you will be hair free. Depending on the area, you may notice a dramatic improvement after your first treatment but the best results are actually seen after having 3-6 treatment sessions. It is also important that you attend your sessions within a close timescale of 4 to 6 weeks in-between each one. Leaving it too long will just allow the hair to grow back again to its past state. As well as avoiding the above points before your treatment you will also be advised on what to avoid after treatment too;

What to avoid after treatment

  • Do not wax or pluck after your treatment (Shaving is fine but pulling out hair follicles after your session complicates the process, your follicles need to fall out naturally instead)
  • Avoid perfumes and deodorant for 24-48 hours after treatment
  • Avoid hot showers, saunas and steam rooms for at least 24 hours after treatment. (Ideally 48 hours)
  • Use sun cream post treatment (Your skin will be very sensitive so protect it)

So if you are looking to upgrade your beauty routine put down the razor and say goodbye to hot wax and book in for a laser hair removal consultation at your nearest clinic today.

We use the most up to date technologies, and we are registered with the Care Quality Commission, ensuring that we continue to comply with the highest industry standards.

Laser hair removal is available at many of our clinics including:

London Harley Street, London City, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester and coming soon to Princes Risborough

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Get your legs prepped for summer

Many of us get through winter with our woolly tights, trousers and jeans not even really taking notice of the status of our legs. But all it takes is one big event – a wedding, a party or even a work night out and all of a sudden they become all we can focus on.

Those veins that you have been hiding away since last summer unfortunately haven’t magically disappeared over the winter period but instead they are still there with no signs of fading any time soon.

Now is the perfect time of the year to consider leg vein treatment in order for your legs to be ready for the big reveal once the sun starts to make a regular appearance.

What vein do I have and what treatment do I need?

Thread Veins (Telangiectasia)
Thread veins are also known as spider veins due to their web-like appearance.

Nearly all of us will develop thread veins as we age and you may be surprised to know that one in five women in their 20s will have thread veins. Thread veins can occur anywhere on the body but are most common on the leg and face. Thread veins are actually tiny blood vessels that run close to the surface of the skin. They are most often red in colour but sometimes show up as purple and have a ‘wiggly line’-like appearance.

There is no apparent cause for thread veins; they just develop as we age. Some factors that can cause them to appear include pregnancy, hormonal changes, sunbathing, exposure to extreme temperatures, cortico-steroid medication and radiotherapy exposure.

Smaller thread veins are generally much easier to treat so early treatment and prevention is key before they start to get more difficult later on in life.

Here at The Private Clinic there are several treatments available for thread veins depending where they are located on the body.

  • CoolGlide is a vascular laser system designed to treat thread veins. The laser delivers pulses of light energy which causes the blood inside the vein to thicken and destroy the vessel which is then absorbed naturally by your body. The blood flow is then redirected into deeper lying veins so the problem should not re-occur once treated
  • Sclerotherapy involves injecting the visible capillaries with a sclerosing agent which causes the vein walls to become sticky. Once the vein walls are sticky the blood is unable to pass through meaning the vessel will then collapse and be absorbed naturally by your body.

Varicose Veins
Varicose veins are enlarged and swollen veins that are often raised above the skin. They can be red, blue or skin coloured. They may also appear lumpy or twisted in appearance. They are most commonly seen on the legs and ankles but can also appear anywhere on your body.

Varicose veins are caused when the small valves within the veins become weak or damaged and stop working. When damaged, blood is able to flow backwards and collect in the vein causing the vein to become swollen.

The reasons why the valves become damaged and cause varicose veins is still unknown and many people get varicose veins for no obvious reason. Factors that can increase your likelihood of developing varicose veins include pregnancy, weight gain and old age.

In some cases varicose veins are actually an indication that something else might be wrong which is why during our consultations we make sure we do a full check-up to establish there are no underlying conditions before we start treatment.

Here at The Private Clinic there are 3 treatments available for varicose veins, your vascular surgeon will explain your options to you and help you decide which treatment is best for you.

  • EVLA (Endovenous Laser Ablation) is performed under a local anaesthetic. The treatment involves laser energy being delivered through a probe which is inserted through a small incision near the knee. The short pulses of energy seal the damaged valve resulting in blood not being able to flow through it anymore which eventually means the vein walls will collapse.
  • Sclerotherapy is generally only used for smaller veins but for larger veins like varicose veins a foam version is used. The foam sclerotherapy process is fairly similar to the liquid sclerotherapy technique however the sclerosing agent is instead mixed with gas to create foam. Once a local anaesthetic has been applied the foam is then injected into the vein but the needle is carefully monitored using ultrasound imaging to ensure it is in the right place. The air within the foam is quickly absorbed by the veins naturally but it leaves the sclerosing agent to be able to treat the veins.
  • A phlebectomy is performed under local anaesthetic and it involves making a small incision next to the vein to allow a small hook entry which then grasps the vein and removes it. The incisions are very small so no stiches are required, and you have generally a very quick recovery time.

If you are unsure which treatment or even what veins you have, then we suggest coming in for a surgeon-led consultation which includes a free ultrasound scan worth over £350 to ensure that your varicose veins are examined with the utmost accuracy and your treatment is tailored to you.

The Private Clinic
Our Consultant Vascular Surgeons have helped thousands of people regain their confidence whilst avoiding the health issues associated with varicose veins and, owing to their success, our vein treatments have been featured on both Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies and TLC’s My Naked Secret.

We have specialist varicose vein clinics with nationwide locations in London, Weybridge, BexhillBristol, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Bournemouth and Glasgow.

Thread veins treatments are available at; London Harley Street, London City, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Bristol, Glasgow, Princes Risborough and Northampton

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Minimally Invasive Treatment Options for a Red Carpet Entrance

Known as being one of the most glamorous events in the showbiz calendar, the Oscars held its 89th academy awards this weekend and the stars certainly put on a show! From the outfits to the hair and make-up, we just didn’t know where to look! Everyone looked stunning and we could only wish to have been there to join in with the glitz and glam of celebrity life.

Of course, the majority of us can only dream to be invited to something as exclusive as the Oscars but we have many events going on in our own lives that are just as special to us. From weddings and parties to fundraisers and nights out there are important times in our lives when we want to look red carpet ready as if we were turning up for the Oscars.

For many however, times like these go from being enjoyable to instead making us feel quite anxious and uncomfortable especially when it comes to deciding what to wear and feeling confident with our appearance.

Here at The Private Clinic we offer a number of minimally invasive, non-surgical treatment options to deal with issues like excess weight and leg veins. One of the most popular reasons for patients to choose to go ahead with procedures is down to a special event lurking that they want to look their best for.


If you have varicose veins then the thought of baring your legs at a special event can be just unthinkable. Our EVLA treatment is a minimally invasive way of removing varicose veins. The procedure is performed under local anaesthetic which means quicker recovery times and most treatments are completed in under an hour meaning you will be able to head home shortly after with results being seen instantly. Removing varicose veins is a perfectly safe procedure as often the varicose vein is no longer serving any purpose with its role being taken over by other veins.

Vaser Lipo
You’ve had the event marked up on the calendar since last year but despite your best efforts of healthy eating and regular exercise, the weight is struggling to shift. If you are left with some stubborn areas of fat then vaser liposuction is a great way to remove this and leave you with the toned body that you have been working so hard for. Vaser liposuction is another of our minimally invasive treatments performed under general anaesthetic with no overnight stay. You can have vaser liposuction almost anywhere including your thighs, buttocks, stomach and upper arms. The procedure works by using a small probe to transmit the ultrasound energy which liquefies the fat cells prior to them being removed through a gentle suction process. Most patients can see the results straight away but it will be a few months before the best results are seen once the initial swelling has subsided. You will not require any stitches and you will be able to get back to your normal routine within a couple of days.

Hair Transplant
When it comes to hair loss, hiding it is not always an option. Many men opt for hats, hair pieces and even a variety of hair loss sprays, but this can often be a very costly and time-consuming lifestyle to maintain.  Some men openly admit to their hair loss and are not too bothered about showing it but for others it can be a huge factor in their life and can find events, where photos are being taken for example, quite uncomfortable. The FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) hair transplant technique is a minimally invasive way to restore the hairline back to its pre-hair loss position. The procedure works by using donor hair follicles taken from healthy areas of growth on the patient’s own head and then grafting them into the bald or thinning areas of hair. The procedure is performed under a local anaesthetic and many patients are able to return to work the next day. However this is not an instant fix with the full results of the transplant not being seen until 6-12 months later, meaning you will have to plan your treatment well in advance of any special events.

So why not be the one to make a grand entrance at your next special event? Whether you have been lucky enough to be invited to the Oscars or if it’s simply your best friend’s birthday party, you deserve to be the best version of you…because it’s your body.

The Private Clinic
At The Private Clinic, we only offer treatments that our growing team of Doctors and Surgeons specialise in. They are among the most experienced in their field, and you can rest assured that you are offered honest advice and the most suitable treatment for you.

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Top Skin Rejuvenation Treatments for the Oscars

Between dress fittings and hair appointments, celebrities attending the Oscars will have been visiting their favourite skin clinics to rejuvenate their skin leaving them fresh-faced for the big night.

Having a special treatment before a big event is a great way to ensure you are looking your best although the timing of these treatments is vital to get right to avoid any skin dilemmas! If it is a facial or topical treatment we would recommend a week or two beforehand although depending on the strength of treatment this could be done days before with minimal redness and downtime.

Injectables however should be carried out between four to six weeks before an event to avoid any bruising or swelling and to allow the skin to settle.

So what treatments do we think the celebs would have been opting for before attending the Oscars?

A medical microdermabrasion is the ideal way to perk up your skin before a big event. The treatment involves a hand piece being passed over the skin which distributes a flow of medical grade crystals that remove the top layer of dry microdermabrasion-aurora-part-of-the-private-clinicsdead skin cells. At the same time the vacuum in the hand piece is removing oil and congestion from your skin which also stimulates the epidermal layers promoting collagen and elastin growth. After the treatment you will be left with fresher, younger looking skin. There is no downtime to this treatment either so you will be able to return to work immediately and attend an event shortly after.

Circadia Enzyme Peels
An enzyme peel is usually made up of a blend of natural fruit ingredients and is a really gentle form of exfoliation for the skin. The treatment works by removing the top layers of skin to exfoliate and kick-start cell turnover leaving you with fresher and glowing skin. You should not expect to see any downtime with an enzyme peel however it is recommended that you book in a couple of days before an event just to allow for any redness.

Red Carpet Facial
As the title suggests the Red Carpet Facial is the ideal treatment to have before a big event. Developed at our London City clinic and also available at Harley Street, Princes Risborough and Northampton this exclusive three stage treatment is the ultimate pampering session that you need to de-stress before an event. The first stage of the treatment is an enzyme peel which is detailed above; stage 2 is a lactic acid peel which removes the uppermost layers of dead skin cells. The final stage of the peel is an Oxygen RX treatment which increases the flow of blood to skin cells resulting in clear and luminous skin that feels firmer.

The 8 Point Lift
Gone are the days where getting a facelift meant shutting yourself away in your home for weeks while you recover, if you are looking for a subtle lift then a similar result can be achieved with an 8 Point Lift. Often referred to as the non-surgical facelift, the 8 point lift is an advanced technique used to restore volume and lift the mid and lower facial areas. There is minimal, if any downtime associated with the procedure and
the results can last up to 18 months.


Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty
The non-surgical rhinoplasty is ideal for anyone who is unsure about committing to a surgical procedure. The advanced technique involves the practitioner using a combination of dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections to improve the appearance of imperfections such as bumps in the bridge of the nose, crooked line in the shape of the nose and cartilage irregularities at the tip of the nose. There is little downtime, just some slight swelling that can last up to a couple of days but the results can last for up to 2 years.

The Private Clinic

Here at The Private Clinic we offer a wide range of skin rejuvenating treatments and we are sure to have something that is suitable for your skin type and that will improve any concerns you have with your skin too.

We understand how important it is to look and feel good about yourself. We can devise an individual treatment package with carefully chosen treatments just for your skin concerns. We are happy to discuss your needs and requirements so please ask our Aesthetic Practitioners for advice and information.

For over 30 years we have pioneered safe, effective and the most advanced minimally-invasive skin treatments, offering our patients treatment solutions carried out by only the most qualified and reputable medical professionals available in the industry.

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What is the Male Pattern Hair Loss Norwood Scale? Part 1

If you are looking into hair transplant procedures especially here at The Private Clinic you may have heard of the Norwood scale being referenced. If you are suffering with hair loss then you may already be familiar with the Norwood scale but for others this may be an unfamiliar way of defining the stage of your hair loss.

We have spoken to experienced Hair Restoration doctor, Dr Mark Tam who deals with stages 1 – 3 of the Norwood scale.

Dr Tam’s Quick Fact: Norwood scale was actually one of the many classifications of pattern hair loss, and you know, it has been there since 1975. Yup 42 years ago!!  OK, Norwood scale has 1-7, today let’s have a look at the first 3 stages, where it is likely to have the most noticeable changes to the way that you look at yourself.

Norwood Scale 1 Hair Loss
This is the earliest stage of the Norwood scale to classify a normal or minimal recession of the hairline.

If you have just noticed your hairline has gone back slightly or if it is starting to look thinner then you will most likely be in this stage

A trichologist will be able to check your pattern of hair loss and recommend appropriate treatments which will most likely be topical medication or non-surgical therapy. Take note, if you know that you have a strong family history of hair loss and you take no actions now, it is possible that you will continue proceed to next stages of the Norwood scale. Prevention is always better, so they say…

Noorwood Scale 2 Hair Loss
At this stage you will have noticed triangular and normally symmetrical areas of hairline recession at the frontal (front of the head) and temporal (on your temples) sections of your hairline.

This is when you start to notice that your facial framing ratio has started to changed. A trichologist will be able to advice you on therapies of controlling future hair loss. The history of hair loss that runs in the family will determine your likelihood of significant future hair loss. A consultation with a hair transplant doctor may be useful to see if you are suitable for a hair transplant procedure but only if you feel strongly about restoring your temples or hairline at this stage. Don’t be surprised if some doctors say that it is too early for a hair transplant and may not achieve the best results.

Noorwood Scale 3 Hair Loss
If you are at Norwood scale 3 you will see very clearly that your temples have receded deeper. It is likely that your hairline and temples have receded past an imaginary line between your ear canal and over your scalp.

You may find that you are not able to style your hair how you used to and hopefully no one has mentioned it to you in an insensitive way. If you are happy with the way it is and wish to keep your hair as it is, a trichologist is your friend. If you are looking to restore the temples or have your hairline filled in then a visit to the hair transplant doctor should be able to help you with your restoration project! If you have a particular hairline that you are looking for, you can bring a photo too, but the doctor may advice a different one base on your shape of forehead, availability of donor hairs and naturalness of the design, (yes, keeping it natural is equally important!!) I like to say that if you are in doubt ask your mum, mums know best!

Part 2 of the Male Pattern Hair Loss Norwood Scale covering stages 4-7 coming soon!

The Private Clinic
Our specialist hair transplant surgeons – Dr. Raghu Reddy and Dr. Kouremada Zioga in London Harley Street and Dr. Mark Tam in Leeds and Bristol, Dr. Michael Mouzakis in Birmingham, and Dr. Vikas Kunnure in Manchester offer the most advanced, minimally invasive Hair Transplant techniques available today – leaving no visible scarring or linear scar at the back of the head. You can wear your hair however you want after your procedure and get back to your daily life as quickly as possible with minimal fuss and discomfort.

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