NHS Glasgow Treatment Options
We discuss the approach of the NHS Glasgow to treating a range of physical issues, including varicose veins, acne and oversized or asymmetrical breasts. Some issues, which may be considered restraining, with physical and or mental effects or risks, are sometimes interpreted as cosmetic or periphery issues by the NHS, and treatment is limited, or unavailable.
The NHS offers restricted treatment for varicose veins, largely regarded as a periphery issue. For both complicated and uncomplicated varicose veins, compression stockings is often recommended as the primary, first line treatment. For more advanced disease cases, the NHS will advise higher grade compression (limited by the patient’s tolerance and ability to reapply the stockings daily). For veins with moderate skin changes, severe chronic venous insufficiency cases, experiencing significant skin changes or healed or active ulceration, your doctor will consider referring you for vascular assessment, as varicose vein surgery may be suitable.
The issue with trialling compression stockings, however, is the suffering of the patient is lengthened; meanwhile the condition could worsen and also develop to be more serious. It’s also important to note that varicose vein surgery offers a lower success rate and higher recurrence rate than other treatments, such as the minimally-invasive EVLA procedure, a highly effective varicose vein treatment available at The Private Clinic, and with a 95.4% success rate after 5 years according to NICE.
At The Private Clinic, we are able to offer a prompt solution, avoiding potential issues with delayed treatment. We are able to offer treatment from our portfolio of advanced non-surgical varicose vein procedures to 99% of patients visiting us.
Breast reduction with the NHS is again limited. The procedure is unavailable for cosmetic reasons only, or to resolve breast, back, neck or shoulder pain, and cannot be used to reverse typical ageing or post-involutional changes. It will only be considered if the patient has asymmetry of more than one cup size, if there is asymmetry after breast cancer treatment, large disproportion to body habitus, or intractable intertrigo. Patients will often need to be seen by a Clinical Psychologist prior to a surgeons assessment and BMI restrictions are in place. So patients not meeting requirements will need to look into private options for breast reduction surgery.
At The Private Clinic, we offer Surgical Breast Reduction (Mammoplasty) or minimally invasive Micro Liposuction to the breast for breast reduction, carried out by some of the leading, most experienced Consultant Surgeons UK-wide, achieving impressive results.
The NHS offer limited topical and oral acne solutions. For patients with mild to moderate acne, topical treatments usually will be prescribed and reviewed. Oral antibiotics tend to be prescribed in only extreme cases, due to risk of patients building tolerance to the medication. For cases of severe cystic acne with scarring, with severe psychological upset, and who have responded poorly to at least six months of either one of two antibiotic types and topical therapy, systemic isotretinoin, also known as Roaccutane, may be advised. Although, patients recommended the latter must be referred to an NHS dermatologist and take medical tests potentially involving long wait times. It is important to note that some acne medications involve strong side effects and have varied success rates.
Frequently selected by patients who have not achieved success with oral or topical treatment, or would prefer to avoid medication as a means, at The Private Clinic we choose to offer patients the alternative option of highly effective, safe aesthetic acne treatments, such as the N-Lite Laser treatment – considered the most advanced treatment for acne in decades. For patients preferring private dermatology treatment, we additionally offer highly trained and experienced, industry renowned Consultant Dermatologists, who carefully develop a highly bespoke treatment plans, with close, careful monitoring and all precautions taken.
Weight Management Services are available at the NHS, encouraging a change of behaviour in terms of physical activity and eating. The programme’s focus is health improvements through realistic weight loss and healthy eating instead of striving for an ideal bodyweight. At The Private Clinic, we offer exclusively in Glasgow, Alevere Therapy, instead allowing you to achieve your ideal weight quickly then maintain it while you contour your body and tighten your skin. The safe, highly effective weight loss therapy is an increasingly popular medically supervised programme.
The NHS also has a limited offering of gastric bands, with the gastric sleeve and Laparascopic Gastric banding surgery being potential options. Patients must meet several criteria before the surgeon can make the final decision on whether the patient is eligible. Gastric bands can be highly effective but it is important to note that it involves a relatively high rate of re-operation and side effects.
At the Private Clinic, we are proud to offer an award winning portfolio of liposuction and body contouring treatments, including vaser liposuction and vaser high definition. This covers a wide selection of advanced minimally-invasive treatments offering varied levels of definitions and body sculpting.
A specialist NHS nurse may be able to offer guidance on snoring and assess the need for and potentially arrange tonsil surgery. Although, snoring treatments are difficult to attain through the NHS, as only more extreme cases will be treated.
At The Private Clinic, we can offer you the latest radio frequency and non-invasive laser snoring correction techniques, presenting Professor Yves Kamani for treatment, inventor of the LAUP snoring correction method.
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At The Private Clinic, we are able to provide you the most advanced and effective treatments available, to achieve the best and safest results for you, with quick turnaround around time.
Treatments are carried out by only highly experienced medical specialists who carefully examine each patient’s individual case during consultation, and with their advanced knowledge and experience, will recommend treatment for you. Your treatment will also be bespoke to you, customised to your individual needs.
To find out more about our varicose vein treatments, breast reduction surgery, snoring treatments, acne treatments, dermatology department, Alevere Therapy for weight loss, and liposuction treatments, visit our website here. If you would to arrange a consultation with one of our expert specialists please do give us a call on 0333 920 2471 or you can do so via our website.