The modern technique of hair restoration

Dr. Menahem Hodara in the early 1910s (Courtesy of the Hodara Family)
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When you think of a hair transplant, you may have images of large strips of the scalp being removed before being dissected into individual grafts and placed into the area of baldness. This is known as Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) and is actually an old way of performing hair transplants now.

Follicular Unit Transplantations date back to the 19th century and they did not start to develop their procedures until 1897 when Dr. Menahem Hodara was able to successfully implant hair that was taken from unaffected areas of the scalp onto scars that were left bald by favus, a fungal infection of the scalp which led to scarring alopecia.

It wasn’t until the 1930s when more modern hair transplant techniques started to make an appearance with surgeons in Japan using smaller grafts to restore damaged areas of eyebrows and lashes but not baldness of the head.

By Walter P. Unger, M.D. – From textbook: Unger W, ed. Hair Transplantation. 3rd ed. New York: Marcel Dekker, 1995. pg 184., CC BY-SA 3.0,
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In the 1950s the modern technique of hair transplant finally started to take shape. New York dermatologist Norman Orentreich was experimenting with implanting free donor grafts to balding areas in patients showing signs of male pattern baldness. The theory was then advanced by Walter P. Unger, M.D who came up with the “Safe Donor Zone” system. This ensured that surgeons were focused on picking the most permanent hair follicles to be used as transplanted hair only grows in its new site for as long as it would have in its original one. This is a fundamental parameter still used today by surgeons performing a modern FUE Hair Transplant.

The first FUE was reported to have taken place in 1988 with Masumi Inaba in Japan and then went on to be conducted on public patients by Dr Ray Woods a year later in Australia. However FUE Hair Transplants were not described in medical literature until 2007.

So bringing it back to 2017 where are we now with hair transplants?

The amount of surgeons and practices that offer FUE Hair Transplants is still fairly limited with few surgeons mastering the technique due to the procedure taking a considerable amount of time and expense for surgeons to fully learn and develop skills to a high standard.

Luckily for you, The Private Clinic has a team of some of the most esteemed, reputable and sought after Hair Restoration specialists in the world who have all perfected their hair transplant techniques to be able to offer you natural looking, densely packed hair by selecting only the healthiest follicles and implanting them in the direction your hair grows.

There are tonnes of benefits for choosing a FUE Hair Transplant technique over the older FUT procedure including;

  • No cuts or stitches
  • Quicker recovery time
  • No linear scar
  • Less pain & discomfort in the donor area
  • Donor area will return to normal after hair growth
  • Natural results
  • Unshaven FUE option available

Why not find out if you are suitable for a FUE Hair Transplant by booking in for a consultation with one of our surgeons or patient advisors where they will be able to set out an individual treatment plan as well as go into more detail about the procedure itself and the pre and post procedure advice.

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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Things you should know before getting Breast Implants

When it comes to enlarging your breast size breast implants have always been the popular option. There such a wealth of information out there these days that you may feel you know everything there is to know, but we are going to share some of our helpful tips about things you should know before getting breast implants as a breast augmentation option.

doctor-the-private-clinicTrust your surgeon’s opinion

You may turn up to your consultation fully set on what size, profile and make of implants you want as well as the location you want them to sit in and you may feel slightly put down if your surgeon suggests otherwise. An experienced surgeon will know what works and after discussing your lifestyle and assessing your current breast tissue and body type they will be able to best suggest which implant and technique is going to give you the best result without any avoidable complications.

Breast Implants will feel different to normal breastsbreast-implants-feel-the-private-clinic

Although the implants are generally designed to feel like natural breasts, they are still man-made and won’t feel like natural breast tissue. If you are of a smaller frame with little breast tissue you may wish to opt for a smaller implant to achieve a natural look and possibly consider the under the muscle option.

You can try out different implant sizesbreast-implant-exchange-the-private-clinic

Before your procedure you will have a sizing session, this may take place during your initial consultation or you may come back a second time. This session is your chance to try on the different sizes of implants to help give you an idea of what you might like.

 

Have realistic goalsbreast-size-the-private-clinic

It is unlikely that you will be able to go from a small A cup to a large F cup all at once. Set realistic goals as your body and skin will take time to adapt to drastic changes. If you are looking to go large, your surgeon may advise that you take it a couple of cup sizes at a time.

Pregnancy may affect your implantpregnancy-the-private-clinic

If you are planning on having children in the near future you may wish to wait before having breast implants. During pregnancy your breast tissue increases in volume and if you choose to breastfeed they will stay large during that time. The increase in breast size can cause your skin to stretch then shrink and those who have implants are more at risk of drooping and possibly needing a revision at a later date.

no-smoking-the-private-clinicMedical Check

It is important that you are fit and healthy before your operation. You need be at your ideal weight; dramatic weight loss after surgery could change the appearance of your breasts resulting in possible revisions in the future. If you are a smoker you should stop smoking at least two weeks before surgery, smoking can slow down the healing of your body after surgery and leave you more at risk to infections, wound breakdown and other complications.

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 including:

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2017 Plastic Surgery Trends: Nipple Reduction

You may have read online and in the press recently about the latest treatments and procedures that surgeons have tipped as being popular for 2017.

An interesting statement came from The Daily Mail with plastic surgery experts saying that smaller nipples are going to be a popular request this year.

Those that are new to the world of plastic surgery may have not even considered that your nipples could be altered, much of the attention around plastic surgery tends to be focused on increasing or reducing the size of the breast.nipple-reduction-the-private-clinic

So why would anyone want to change the size of their nipples?

It has been recently reported that there is a 30% rise in patients asking if their nipples could be made smaller whilst they are going under the knife for breast surgery anyway.  Surgeons here at The Private Clinic have commented that it is becoming a popular request but usually with patients who are having breast uplifts where the nipple would be repositioned as standard.

It is thought that a request of a smaller nipple is a result of the trend of the smaller, natural breast augmentation where patients have a desire for a natural breast shape with aesthetically pleasing smaller nipples.

What actually is a nipple reduction though?

A nipple reduction is just how it sounds, a reduction of the nipple size or shape. For some people they may feel that their nipple protrudes too much, is too wide or is uneven in shape in which case they would request nipple reduction surgery to make the nipples smaller.nipple-reduction-female-mr-adrian-richards-the-private-clinic-web

Usually it is not essential that you go under general anaesthetic for a nipple reduction with many procedures taking place under local anaesthetic. It is a relatively simple procedure taking around 20 minutes to treat each nipple.

It is worth noting however that as with any surgery involving the nipples, it is likely to leave you unable to breastfeed. So if you are still yet to have children and this is something that concerns you then it is highly recommended that you wait.

Not just for women

It is not just women who can have nipple reduction surgery. Men are often opting for the same procedure after feeling self-conscious about the appearance of their nipples and how they may be visible through clothing and nipple-reduction-mr-adrian-richards-the-private-clinic-webcausing embarrassment.

At The Private Clinic, we have several experienced surgeons around the UK who specialise in all types of nipple surgery. The surgery is offered to both male and female patients, with an average of 50/50 split for each gender. Surgery is minimally invasive and the majority of cases are performed under local anaesthetic.

Nipple Correction Surgery Consultations are offered at our London, Princes Risborough, Northampton, Birmingham, Bristol and Manchester clinics.

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New Year, Same You

It’s January and you are probably surrounded by messages of ‘New Year New You’ with people making their resolutions and letting everyone know of their goals for the year, but what about you?

Common resolutions include the usual; be healthier, work out more and lose weight… but what if the appearance of your body can’t be solved by exercise? Or what if you were that person last year who made the resolution and stuck to it but are now left feeling less than satisfied with the result? The Private Clinic is a place to come where we can offer advice to help almost everyone with any hair, body and skin concerns.

Hair Loss
Hair loss is a common issue for many men with as many as 50% experiencing hair loss by the time they reach 50 and many will start to see the signs of hair loss in their 20’s or 30s’. Here at The Private Clinic we have a team of some of the most esteemed, reputable and sought after Hair Restoration specialists who work alongside our specialised team of trichologists to provide advice and treatment plans that are personal to your individual needs.

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

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Cosmetic Surgery
For many, certain areas on their body can be the source of a great deal of anxiety and insecurity. The idea of plastic surgery can be incredibly daunting for many but the amount of feedback we have had from past patients that say “why didn’t I get this done sooner?” is staggering!

From removing excess skin for that smoother tummy to changing the size of your breasts – the possibilities within cosmetic surgery are wide.

Here at The Private Clinic we have an expert team of surgeons offering a range of procedures to get you reaching your ‘new you’ goals safely.

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Vaser Liposuction
Many of us are now exercising and eating healthily in order to get the bodies that we desire but unfortunately for some despite the efforts you are putting in, the results are not always showing and for cases like this we would recommend liposuction.

There are a number of different kinds of liposuction offered here, the most popular being Vaser Liposuction but we also have Micro Lipo, Vaser Hi-Def and Vaser Mid-Def.

The Vaser liposuction procedure involves minimum downtime which is ideal for our busy lifestyles. Initial results are seen almost instantly but they will continue to develop over the following months.

If you are considering any kind of surgery or cosmetic treatment this year then make it your resolution to not only follow through with the idea but to do your research, attend multiple consultations and make sure all your questions have been answered before making any kind of decision.

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We also offer a range of non-surgical options such as Non-Surgical Nose Jobs, Wrinkle Injections, Dermal Fillers, Thermage, Fractional Laser Resurfacing, Skin Rejuvenation, Thread Lifts and more. At The Private Clinic our focus is on making you look and feel like the best version of you, while others may be striving for a new version of themselves, in 2017 we want to take the best of you and help you maintain it for years to come.

Happy New Year

Here’s to another wonderful year ahead, and remember, our priority is you.

Because it’s your body.

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Post Christmas Body Contouring Procedures

Christmas is a time of festivity with endless feasts and food on offer it has become a standard time of year for excess weight gain.  Gaining a few extra pounds is often harmless, just make sure to head back to working out and eating healthily come the New Year and you will be back to your pre-Christmas weight in no time, but for some people it’s just is not that easy.weight-gain-the-private-clinic

If isolated areas of troublesome fat are not responding to exercise or your efforts to cut back on the Christmas treats then you may be starting to look into what your next option is.

Surgical body contouring procedures such as abdominoplasties and vaser liposuction are able to help many that are struggling.

Abdominoplasty
Also known as a tummy tuck, an abdominoplasty can help restore a trimmer appearance to your abdomen. Changes in weight can cause a number of problems to areas like your stomach, the abdominal muscles often become separated when skin is stretched and this is often not repaired again by any weight loss which results in excess, baggy stomach skin and damaged muscles.

During a tummy tuck, the surgeon will be able to rectify these problems by removing any excess fatty tissue and skin, repairing the damaged abdominal muscles resulting in a flatter abdominal frame.

An abdominoplasty procedure however is not suitable for those wishing to just lose weight, you will need to put the time in first to get to as close to your ideal weight as possible as any excess gain or loss after surgery could alter the look of your abdominoplasty often resulting in you needing revision surgery.

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Vaser Liposuction
Vaser Liposuction, not to be confused with standard liposuction is a fat removal technique that allows you to target specific stubborn areas of fatty tissue.  It is by no means an alternative to weight loss but more a helping hand at focusing on specific areas that despite eating healthily and exercising you are struggling to lose weight from.

Visceral fat is fat that is commonly associated with weight gain and is often reduced with diet and exercise. Subcutaneous fat however is generally harmless but sticks to locations like your hips and it can be very hard to get rid of with diet and exercise alone.

Vaser Liposuction is a minimally invasive treatment which uses ultrasound energy to break down and liquefy fat cells before removing them through a suction process resulting in a body that is more defined and sculpted. Vaser Liposuction can be performed on pretty much any part of the body including Tummy, Thighs, Backs, Buttocks and even your knees.

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The Private Clinic
With thousands of procedures performed to date and an extremely high success rate, The Private Clinic is one of the UK’s leading medical clinics renowned for fat removal and body contouring, using the most advanced and effective techniques available.

Our Vaser Liposuction & Tummy Tuck team include:

Tummy Tuck
Mr Davood Fallahdar in London
Miss Linda Fiumara in London
Mr Nick Percival in London
Mr Navid Jallali in London
Mr Miles Berry in London
Mr Shivram Singh in Birmingham
Mr Maisam Faizal in Birmingham
Miss Sujatha Tadiparthi in London
Mr Adrian Richards in Princes Risborough, Northampton and London
Mr Deemesh Oudit in Manchester
Mr Vasu Karri in Leeds
Mr Alastair Lowrie in London
Mr Paul Tulley in London

Vaser Liposuction
Dr Dennis Wolf  in London and Birmingham
Dr Grant Hamlet in London, Manchester and Bristol
Dr Vlok in Leeds and Birmingham
Dr Ravi Jain in London
Dr Paul Cronin in Manchester

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Freshen up your face

And just like that it’s all over! The past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind of late nights, festive food and potentially too much drink that may have left your skin looking slightly dull and neglected.

Catching a glimpse at yourself in the mirror may come as a bit of a shock, in the hustle and bustle of Christmas you haven’t had a chance to have a proper look and now you are left dreaming of what it would be like to have a fresher and healthier complexion looking back at you instead.

Our range of skin rejuvenating treatments here at The Private Clinic can make those dreams a reality so why not look into perking up your skin this January paving the way for sensational skin for 2017?

Microdermabrasion
A medical microdermabrasion is the perfect place to start if you are new to skin treatments. It is a microdermabrasion-the-private-clinicquick and simple procedure to achieve an instant fresh-faced glow. The procedure works by passing medical-grade crystals over the face which removes the top layer of skin cells which in turn stimulates the underlying epidermis which promotes collagen and elastin production resulting in younger looking skin.

skin-peel-the-private-clinicChemical Peels
At The Private Clinic we offer a wide variety of different peels, after attending a consultation we will be able to advise you on the best peel for your skin type.  Chemical peels are ideal for treating common skin issues such as sun damage, acne scarring, and pigmentation as well as reducing fine lines and wrinkles.  Skin peels generally work by removing the top layer of damaged skin cells to reveal smoother and brighter looking skin

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A dermaroller is a medical roller with hundreds of tiny micro-needles. Despite sounding scary it does achieve smother, brighter and healthier looking skin over a period of 6 weeks so it is well worth the initial discomfort. You will of course have numbing cream applied before the dermaroller is rolled over your skin causing damage to the dermis layer which as a result kick-starts the skin to repair itself producing new collagen.

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IPL is an effective treatment to smooth out the texture and tone of your skin. It is recommended for treating rosacea, age spots, sun damage and other skin tone irregularities. The treatment involves a system of pulsed light and lasers that penetrate the skin. Although a series of six treatments are often recommended to achieve the best results, you should be able to see an improvement after the first session.

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Laser Skin Resurfacing is an effective way to rejuvenate skin that is damaged, reverse the signs of ageing and even out pigmentation.  At The Private Clinic we have two main resurfacing treatments; Pixel Laser and Pearl Laser. The Pixel laser is great at improving acne scarred skin by targeting specific areas on the face and taking away the epidermis and upper dermis layers to stimulate the body’s natural healing process. Pearl is a single session laser method that targets lines, wrinkles, sun damage and uneven skin tone

Other treatments available;

Non-Surgical Nose Job, Wrinkle Injections, Dermal Fillers, Thermage, Fractional Laser Resurfacing, Sagging Jowls, Fluid Face Lift, Skin Rejuvenation, 8 Point Lift, Thread Lift, Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy, Laser Hair Removal and Cellulite.

With such a vast list of specialist treatments available it is vital that you understand each one and know which is the right treatment for you. It is important to always attend a consultation before your treatment to discuss your concerns with a qualified physician or practitioner.

Our specialist Medical team will be able to offer you advice on which treatments will suit you and provide you with an easy to follow treatment plan to ensure you get the best, safest, most effective results.

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Winter Skin Rejuvenation

Winter is here and as the weather changes so can your skin. As you may have experienced  your skin feels and looks drier than usual, even lackluster, this is due to your skin being exposed to cold sometimes freezing temperatures and then going into a warmer environment with the heating on can seriously dehydrate your skin. But don’t despair we are here on hand to keep your skin healthy throughout winter.

What are common skin issues that occur during the winter months?
Winter can, for a lot of people, dry the skin out to the extent that their skin can feel tight, sore and sensitive not only their face but their hands and scalp can also take the brunt of this season. Skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis can become irritated and inflamed during this time causing great discomfort.blog-winter-skin-moisturise-the-private-clinic

  • In general the problem is down to the air, cold air is often very dry as it is unable to carry much moisture which means any moisture from your skin is sucked out and you can find yourself needing to put moisturiser on a lot more often.
  • When you are inside in the warm, the central heating is actually drawing up moisture from the air meaning whilst you are sat there watching your favourite shows your skin is slowly becoming dry and flaky.
  • When you shower or bath in the winter, you may not realise but you are most likely using water that is much hotter compared to how it was in the summer. This is not ideal for your skin.
  • Hot drinks are often drunk by the plentiful in the winter with the hope of them keeping you warm. Although a welcome toasty treat, don’t forget to stay hydrated with regular glasses of water too as caffeine can dry your skin from the inside.
  • The harsh winds of winter can strip your skin of its natural lipids leaving it open to redness and irritation.

What are your top treatments recommendations?

  • IPL is an intense pulsed light used on lower energy to wake up your fibroblasts to encourage your skin to produce more new collagen and hyaluronic acid which will helps to plump your skin and give you a brighter vibrant appearance.
  • Glycolic Peel is AHA derived from sugar cane, it hydrates, de-congests and increases collagen in the skin as well as boosting hyaluronic acid production, giving you a beautiful radiant glow without any downtime.  (Skin must be prepped with some Jan Marini products before 1st treatment)blog-winter-skin-peel-the-private-clinic
  • Alpha/Beta Peel is great for an oilier skin type or someone who is concerned with congestions or breakouts. Lactic acid with salicylic acid, salicylic brings the inflammation down in the skin and helps to deep clean and heal the breakouts while lactic acid helps to brighten and hydrate.
  • Lactic Acid Peel is when lactic acid is derived from lactose in milk to gently exfoliate the skin as well as hydrating and brightening it at the same time.

What products should we be using this time of year?
You may find yourself having to switch up your skin products during the winter but knowing what your skin actually needs can often be difficult. A top ingredient to look for is hyaluronic acid as this will benefit winter damaged skin. We also of course recommend any products with SPF – despite the sun not making an appearance, your skin is still exposed to UV rays which can cause premature ageing, wrinkles and sun spots.

Any other general winter skin tips?blog-advanced-nutrition-skin-complete-the-private-clinic
Make sure your skin is healthy as it can be by ensuring you are using products with vitamin a & c but also taking these via food and supplements helps too! We recommend Skin Complete by Advanced Nutrition IIAA which is new in stock, available at City.

The Private Clinic

With over 30 years’ of excellence and a team of leading skin experts behind us, we know a thing or two about helping to restore you back to yourself. From our team of experienced Nurses and Therapists, to industry-heading Doctors and Consultant Dermatologists – we’re all here to help you find a solution that works for you. Whatever your problem, we’re here to help.

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Trichologist for Female Hair Loss

 

When something is not feeling right with our teeth we visit the dentist, with our body we visit the doctor and our eyes we visit the optician but what about if there is something wrong with our hair?

A Trichologist is someone who specialises in hair loss problems such as balding, breakage and itchy scalps. Although hair loss is more common in men, hair loss can still occur in women and it is often a trichologist that you need to see who will be able to diagnose the problem and advise the best way to treat it.

We asked Jane Mayhead a Trichologist at The Private Clinic about female hair loss and how to tell if your hair is healthy or not.team-jane-mayhead-the-private-clinic

What are the most common female hair issues that you are seeing recently?

Female hair loss is an issue frequently seen and can at times, prove a challenging problem to solve!

A trend towards this type of hair loss seems to be quite apparent in recent years and indeed research has shown that as many as 1 in 4 women can experience hair loss of this kind.

The condition Telogen Effluvium is quite common. This is when stress causes the hair roots to be pushed into a resting state. It usually presents itself with an increased number of hairs in the grooming and washing process, sometimes even blocking the plug! In some cases, thinning of the hair is observed resulting in less dense hair causing much anxiety. Fear of washing the hair can then lead to further problems with the hair /scalp and even more noticeable hair fall when eventually the hair is washed.

Female pattern hair loss is also a common issue and is presented by more of the scalp becoming visible and wider partings observed over time rather than a sudden hair fall.

When you come to see a Trichologist your visit will include various examinations to exclude other types of hair loss and to determine if any hairdressing practices or scalp issues are causing or adding to the problem.

Is your hair healthy?trichology-the-private-clinic

Most people characterise ‘unhealthy’ hair when it feels course, rough or brittle in texture and looks dry in appearance with breaks or splits in the hair shaft. This is in fact damaged hair that has endured external treatments that have caused the condition to deteriorate. Looking after the hair with a good hair care regime and products can alleviate and prevent these problems. When the hair has become ‘over processed’ then it cannot not be repaired, if it becomes matted when wet and feels like ‘wet cotton wool’. This is a sure sign it is over processed by chemicals.

Best Hair Care Advice?

Maintaining a healthy head of hair starts with healthy eating. All the nutrients required for normal healthy hair growth come from the blood passed to your hair via its follicle. Interruptions in this process can lead to hair growth issues. As well as diet for newly growing hair a good hair care regime is vital in preserving a healthy head of hair. Particularly as it is often there for a few years before it is replaced! 

If you are unsure of how to care and maintain your hair through diet and hair care regimes, then why not visit a Trichologist for a tailor-made regime to suit you.

Jane Mayhead is part of our elite team of Trichologists here at The Private Clinic. Our team have advanced knowledge on hair loss and are able to use their years of experience to ensure that they best treatment plan for you.

 

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Top tips for a seamless FUE Hair Transplant Recovery

If you are reading this, you may have just got home after a FUE hair transplant procedure or you are potentially booked in to have one soon and want to be prepared. Recovery after a hair transplant procedure should not impact on your life too much with the general healing period taking between 5-7 days for all redness and swelling to subside

Hands Off!blog-fue-recovery-hand-the-private-clinic
It may be tempting to want to touch and feel your new hair line but it is important that you try not to touch the new area of grafts and this includes with your hands, hats, combs and helmets.

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An FUE hair transplant can be a long day so one of the first things you are going to think about doing when you arrive back home is probably sleeping. It is best if you try to sleep in a semi-sitting position just in order to keep the head elevated and avoid any unwanted extra swelling.

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You may question why spending some time on the running machine could affect the healing of your hair? But it is all to do with the sweat, sweating increases the risk of infection and when you have open wounds you want to avoid anything that is going to cause this. So it is best to avoid the gym for at least 1 week and not to attempt any heavy lifting for 10 days. You should also avoid steam rooms, saunas and any other strenuous activities that cause excessive sweating.

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After finally going through with the procedure you may have been hoping to celebrate with friends and family but you should be avoiding drinking any alcohol during the recovery process as it affects the blood supply to your head. It is also best to avoid smoking and steer clear of spicy food as the body’s reaction to the food can interfere with the natural healing process.

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After the procedure you will be given a variety of medications and advice from your doctor and his or her team. It is important you listen to this and take the said course of action especially for the first 3 days, which may involve you having to spray the donor hair regularly to promote healing. Make sure you understand the medications and the frequency you should be taking them and if you have any questions get back in contact with your doctor.

Recovery from an FUE Hair Transplant can take time with full results often taking up to 12 months to be seen. Following all the advice and guidance from the medical team will help ensure that your recovery process is simple and stress free.

The Private Clinic

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

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Tummy Tuck after a Caesarean Section

Having a caesarean section, or c-section, may have not been in your original birthing plan but when it comes to delivering your baby safely, you’ll do anything to ensure that happens.

blog-tummy-tuck-after-c-section-surgery-the-private-clinicDuring a caesarean, layers of your tissue and muscle in your tummy are cut so that the surgeon can access your womb. This can cause scar tissue to form and the skin on your stomach to sag and no amount of exercise seems to be helping you tone back up so there is no surprise that we get a number of enquiries about tummy tucks for post c-section mums.

It may appear that women, especially celebrities are back to normal life straight after pregnancy and having a c-section but recovering from a c-section in preparation for a tummy tuck is something that can’t be rushed.

What can a tummy tuck do?

A tummy tuck or an abdominoplasty can provide many benefits to those who are healthy and have recovered fully after her pregnancy and a caesarean section.

A tummy tuck procedure involves removing excess skin and fat to flatten the tummy, however during a tummy tuck you can also ask your surgeon if they are able to repair your rectus abdominis muscles which many have separated during pregnancy.

If you do have a separated rectus abdominis muscle then the procedure will be able to tone and strengthen your tummy and waist again as well as removing  the c-section scar and any stretch marks.

How soon?blog-tummy-tuck-after-c-section-baby-feet-the-private-clinic

We recommend waiting at least 6 months after a c-section before considering surgery as this will give your c-section scar enough time to heal, any swelling to go and your body to return to its pre-pregnancy state before further surgery is carried out. It may also be beneficial for both you and your child that you wait until they are a little older as a tummy tuck is still major surgery and the downtime means you may find tasks like lifting difficult and struggle to keep up with the demands of a new baby.

It is also best to be at your ideal weight before you book in for a tummy tuck as keeping at a stable weight before and after the procedure will ensure that the results last.  It can be challenging to lose weight whilst breast feeding so we would also recommend waiting until you are no longer doing this as any medications taken during surgery could also have negative effects on your baby.

Another factor to consider is if you are likely to continue having children, in order to get the best results it is probably better if you were to wait until you have no more plans for future children.

What about the c-tuck?

When doing your research about a tummy tuck after a c-section, you may have seen the term ‘c-tuck’ appearing which is where the tummy tuck is performed at the same time as the c-section.

Although seemingly a great idea, in respect of everything mentioned above we would not recommend this at all.  Your body changes so much during pregnancy, your skin and muscles are stretched now but they will contract back down on their own meaning that the type of tummy tuck procedure you require may be different in a few months’ time.

A c-section is a major operation in itself and you will need to take the time out to recover. Having another operation on top of that is not only going to add to the risks and complications but it is also going to affect your recovery time when you should be focusing your time and efforts on caring for your newborn.

So although it may be tempting to rush into getting your pre-pregnancy body back, for the first year at least we suggest focusing your time on your child and instead exercising to ensure your body is in the best condition for surgery and of course always make sure to do your research.

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