Four Pre-Holiday ‘Quarantweakments’ for 2021

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The Telegraph
December 2020

Rosie Green took advantage of her pandemic-induced holiday hiatus to book a series of game-changing body treatments

As a spa reviewer and travel lover, I’m never more than a couple of months away from my next sun-soaked destination. But thanks to Covid-19, my passport has been gathering dust for almost a year. I’m fully aware this is a first-world problem, but in an effort to keep spirits buoyed I decided to embark on a body overhaul. People often go away for these sorts of treatments, but obviously that’s pretty difficult right now. And a year in and out of lockdowns has afforded me the chance to book in for some body treatments I would never normally be able to undertake. Why so?

Well firstly, they all cause a degree of bruising and redness and I don’t ever seem to have enough time to sit out. I want to be able to don a bikini at a moment’s notice should a last-minute invitation to a beach-front hotel materialise. Secondly, many of these treatments require you don’t expose your skin to UV light for a while afterwards (it can cause pigmentation problems or scarring). And my beauty knowledge means that I know however careful you are with Madonna-style wide brimmed hats and factor 1000, a hot sun always finds its way round and through.

So, while jet setting is off the menu for me (and I suspect you too) for a while, it does mean it’s the perfect time to get these ‘quarantweakments’ done. The clinics are still working out how and when they will open to be Covid-compliant and mood sensitive, but they’re all ready to answer your questions, dole out information and get you booked in when guidelines are clearer.

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Veins vamoosed

Nothing can get you sidelining your shorts like visible veins. There are those spidery red ones that seem to appear overnight, and then there are bulging blue ones. I discovered one of the latter snaking down my left calf last summer, and I wanted it gone. I opted for the new procedure on the surgical block, VenaSeal with Mr Tahir Hussain at The Private Clinic.

First you get a local anaesthetic, then a catheter is inserted into the offending vein and it is ‘glued’ together at a few points at the top of the leg to seal off the blood supply. After this, the vein should be redundant and thus should disappear over time, but to make sure the bulge goes entirely, Mr Hussain sometimes pulls out the offending vein from the lower part of the leg. He did this for me.

After the procedure I walked out in a pair of surgical stockings (which I kept on for a few days afterwards) and was told to keep the incision sites dry for three to four days. Again there is some localised, but quite obvious bruising, that slowly fades over the next few months. The small pink bumps from the incisions will last for six months and it is good to keep them out of the sun’s rays if you can. Three months on I am truly delighted, and shorts are back on my packing list.

What is it? VenaSeal
Where I got it done? theprivateclinic.com
How many sessions? One
Cost? From £2,960 per leg

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