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Mr Pundrique Sharma, Consultant Plastic Surgeon at The Harley Medical Group, shares aspects to consider in breast surgery to help feel confident with your breasts.

With beauty standards constantly evolving, body image and self-esteem are sensitive issues that have been amplified in the recent years. A Body Image report conducted by the UK Mental Health Organisation[1] worryingly revealed that one in five adults (20%) felt shame, just over one third (34%) felt down or low, and 19% felt disgusted because of their body image. Much of this is driven by unrealistic expectations of what is seen in the media, which is often viewed as normal but, in truth, is not representative of most people.

For women, when it comes to self-confidence, the appearance of their breasts can be a particular area of concern, and one where surgical procedures can help improve overall confidence and wellbeing. Whether it be for cosmetic or medical reasons, breast surgery in general can be a great option for those wanting to feel more confident with their breasts.

Mr Sharma from The Harley Medical Group shares his insights into the different reasons women turn to The Harley Medical Group for breast surgery and what aspects to keep in mind when considering investing in cosmetic breast surgery.

Medical Reasons

From body issues affecting mental health to physical symptoms being caused by one’s breasts, many women opt for breast surgery due to ongoing medical conditions.

Mr Sharma shares that for some women with specific medical disorders of their breasts (such as severe breast asymmetry), social functioning can be heavily impacted by low self-esteem due to lack of confidence. Not only can it greatly impact their mental wellbeing, but it can affect their personal relationships as well.

In addition to mental health, physical health is another reason women may consider breast surgery. This can include symptoms from conditions such as macromastia or gigantomastia which result in the size of the breasts causing pain in a woman’s back, neck and shoulders. In these instances, breast reductions can significantly help with pain relief.

Cosmetic Reasons

When it comes to cosmetic reasoning for aesthetic breast surgery, Mr Sharma notes the top three reasons behind consultations: increasing the size of the breast, decreasing the size of the breast, and addressing asymmetry.

Larger breasts are seen quite often on celebrities and in social media, which in turn has led to a surge in patients seeking to increase their breast size. Mr Sharma notes that when considering breast enlargement, it is important to keep in mind natural proportions, how the breasts look compared to the rest of the body, and to remember that bigger is not always better as larger implants can also pose larger risks.

Breast reductions and breast uplifts are commonly sought after for cosmetic reasons due to the volume of breast and quality of the skin – both of which can be worsened by sun exposure, smoking and weight gain, ultimately causing sagging. Many women who opt for cosmetic breast reductions are aiming for a perkier disposition.

Lastly, asymmetry is where one breast may have a different size, shape or volume from the other. It is completely normal, and in nature, it’s unlikely to find two perfectly symmetrical breasts. However, it is a popular reason to pursue breast surgery. The surgery can include either an enlargement or reduction of one of the breasts to achieve more even proportions.

Whichever the reasoning, Mr Sharma stresses the importance of finding a surgeon who matches your expectations. He recommends researching images of their previous work to help decide if they’re the right fit for you.

Size & Proportion

Successful aesthetic breast surgery comes down to understanding and considering proportions. When deciding on the overall size, Mr Sharma recommends choosing one that is right for you. For a natural look, you should consider the overall body proportions to create a balance between the upper torso and the hips.

Overall volume and sagging are additional considerations to keep in mind. When looking for what breast shape might be right for you - too much volume at the top of the breasts and slight-to-no sagging toward the bottom can lead to a look that is less natural.

Each patient has an idea of what is right for them, so work together with your surgeon to understand how different sizes can look and feel in order to achieve a result that makes you feel your most confident.

Footprint

The footprint is an important consideration and refers to how the breasts fill out the front of the chest wall in comparison to the overall body proportions, and the total outline of the breasts on the chest. For some women, their breasts don’t naturally fill out to match their proportions, which is where aesthetic breast surgery can help.

The nipple-areola complex, (often referred to as the nipple), is another consideration. Many women considering breast surgery are also looking to achieve a smaller areola complex. Mr Sharma mentions that when increasing the breast size with augmentation, naturally, the areola complex will also increase in size.

Ultimately, investing in breast surgery is a very personal and significant decision. Whether it be for medical or cosmetic reasons, it’s equally important to find a qualified surgeon and care team that you trust, whose portfolio matches your expectations, and is best suited to help you on your journey to feeling your most confident.

If you'd like to learn more about breast surgery and which procedure is right for you, book a no-obligation consultation with an experienced specialist at The Harley Medical Group. 

[1] https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/body-image-report/exec-summary

 

Medically reviewed by T K Sankar, Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon

If you’ve decided that you’d like a breast augmentation, one of the first things to consider is the best size breast implants for your body. And when thinking about your desired look, it’s important to take into account the overall appearance.

Why are you having breast implants? 

Are you a young woman trying to create curves on a small, slender frame? Maybe you’re looking to balance out unevenly sized breasts, or a bottom-heavy frame? Are you hoping to reshape your silhouette after a large increase/loss of weight? Do you want to reconstruct the breast after surgery? Or address age-related volume loss or sagging? 

Different answers will result in different sizes, shapes, and types of implants. And why you’re having breast implants will need to be carefully considered alongside your lifestyle, age, existing body shape, and skin type. 

While it may help you to assess whether you would like to increase by one or more bra cup sizes, implants aren’t sized in this way because bra sizes vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. 

So how are breast implants actually measured then? 

Although implants come in a range of shapes, sizes, and textures, most providers use round or anatomical/teardrop shaped implants, filled with either silicone or saline. 

Plastic surgeons work in cubic centilitres (cc), which is more precise than bra cup sizes. Different women will require differently sized implants to increase by a cup size, as this is related to the measurement around their rib cage, under the bust. 

The normal range of breast implant sizes can be from 125cc up to 600cc (anything larger than this would require a custom-made implant). The width of the base can vary depending on the shape and size of the implant and the ‘profile’ or projection can range from ‘low’ to ‘very/ultra high’.  

Please note that brands will categorise their implants differently, so sticking with measurements by volume or weight will help avoid confusion. The base width and profile of an implant can have just as much impact as the size because the base width needs to match the breast width and projection needs to match the availability of skin excess, so it’s important to assess the overall shape. 

How is your body built?

Before undergoing breast enlargement, it’s very important to consider your natural body shape. This includes height, weight, chest and shoulder width, torso length, hip width, breast size, and body fat levels. 

Your surgeon will measure the dimensions of your natural breasts and assess breast tissue thickness. What looks flattering on a tall, broad, or pear-shaped woman could appear very unnatural on a small, slender one with narrow hips and naturally smaller breasts. 

This has resulted in the increasing popularity of breast augmentations which use smaller breast implants (or so-called ‘mini boob jobs’) or fat transfer from another part of the body. The term covers using small breast implants to go up by half a cup size, creating a more natural look and comfortable feel for slender women. 

Although they still carry the risk of complications, this is lower with small breast implants and post-op recovery may be swifter than with larger implants. 

It’s not all about the look...

It’s not just appearance that needs to be considered when a woman chooses breast augmentation. She must be able to accommodate the implants safely. 

For example, there may not be enough body fat to stretch over a large implant without skin looking ‘see through’, or creating permanent stretch marks. Rippling, premature sagging, and implant malposition/lateral displacement—also known as ‘bottoming out’, or the ‘double bubble’ effect—can also occur.

While a woman with more body fat and wider hips may find that the larger and/or wider implants look flattering, going too large can result in back and neck pain, as well as posture problems. Unfortunately, big breast implants are also more likely to be rejected by the body, causing hardening of the skin (capsular contracture). 

Lifestyle

It’s not solely about whether to choose between the ‘natural’ look or the appearance of large breasts. Lifestyle will play an important role in deciding breast implant size. For example, how active a woman is, whether or not she has had children and her age are all important considerations. 

This is because athletic women will want an implant size that won’t impede their ability to run or partake in sport. 

Pregnancy & breastfeeding

Equally, women who haven’t had children yet will need to consider the potential effect of weight fluctuations on the breast area — as well as the potential risk to the ability to breastfeed that certain placements of implants can pose. 

Learn more about breast implants and pregnancy.

Skin and muscle tone also change with age, which will need to be considered, particularly the potential strain caused by large breast implants. 

Preparing for your consultation

You can perform your own breast implant size comparisons at home using dry rice and a pair of tights. Then you can confirm your gut instincts by trying on some implant sizers during your consultation. 

It’s also worth viewing our breast augmentation before and after pictures and taking note of women with a similar body shape to yours to get an idea of how different breast implant sizes may look on you. The ones that best match your desired look can be brought along to your cosmetic surgery consultation. 

Please note that the above is only intended as a guide to prepare you for your individual plastic surgery consultation. A qualified, experienced, and GMC specialist registered surgeon should make an in-depth assessment of how best to achieve your desired look. 

At The Harley Medical Group, our patients are our number one priority - if you are considering breast surgery, whether augmentation, implant removal or breast reduction, our expert plastic surgeons can advise which route is best and safest for you.

Book a consultation today

Medically reviewed by T K Sankar, Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon

If you’re considering having breast implants, you’ll understandably have questions about how the scars will look. It’s a common area of concern, so we’ve produced a brief guide to the different types of incisions and how to reduce the chance of highly visible scars. 

We often get asked ‘how long do breast implant scars take to heal?’ The answer is that while they will close up within a few weeks, they can take up to two years to fade. If you google ‘breast implants scars before and after’ you will see many variations of scars post-surgery, and how the vast majority of them will fade with time.

As breast enlargements and breast uplifts with implants both require surgical incisions to be made, scarring will inevitably occur. But because these are both planned and controlled procedures undertaken by experienced plastic surgeons, any scarring should be minimal. 

Over the years, surgeons have trialled different ways of inserting breast implants and ‘lifting’ the breast—resulting in various incision locations. These options differ depending on the size and shape of your natural breast, your nipple size and the type of implant you would like.

Insertion techniques also take into account whether the procedure is a first-time implant (or a replacement) and if you would like to breastfeed. Your plastic surgeon should discuss all of the above, along with your general health. During your consultation, you may also ask if there are any available breast implant scars photos to guide your expectations. 

Breast augmentation incision types

breast augmentation incision types

There are three breast augmentation incision types. Each has its advantages and disadvantages and results in different breast implant scar locations. 

The most common incision occurs in the inframammary fold or breast crease. The inframammary incision is located where the breast meets the breast wall and is popular for obvious reasons. 

In addition to being covered by the breast in most cases, it also allows surgeons greater control and precision during breast implant placement and can be reused if they need to be removed or replaced. 

As this incision doesn’t involve the nipple or milk duct area, it shouldn’t affect nipple sensitivity or the ability to breastfeed. 

The ‘areolar’ or ‘periareolar’ approaches refer to incisions around the nipple. The resulting breast implant nipple scar can be all the way around (areolar) or just a semi-circle around the lower half. 

While this usually results in a small incision that blends in well—if for some reason it doesn’t heal properly, it's located in a more visible area than the breast crease. 

And although it allows the surgeon to be able to place the implant precisely and easily, it’s also not suitable for women with small nipples and can affect the nerves in the area causing decreased nipple sensation. 

Like the inframammary incision, a breast implant can be removed and replaced using the same opening. However, this is not a suitable procedure for women who may wish to breastfeed in future. This is because it involves cutting the milk ducts, which can also make this incision type more prone to infection. 

The less commonly known transaxillary incision is placed in the crease of the armpit. This technique is not a popular one, and is only used on selected patients by selected surgeons. This is popular with people who don’t want any scars on the breast, but can be visible when wearing sleeveless tops. 

The transaxillary approach may or may not affect nipple sensation, but it shouldn’t affect the ability to breastfeed. However, it’s less easy for the surgeon to be precise and is mostly suitable for saline implants. 

It can cause decreased sensation around the scar and issues with hair removal in the area. This transaxillary incision is not suitable for women who have previously had implants, or would like a breast lift with implants. 

Please note - If you’re considering any breast surgery involving the removal or ‘lifting’ of breast skin and breast tissue, it will result in different incisions to those above. Your surgeon can give you a thorough overview of breast uplift and implant scars, as well as those caused by breast reductions.

How to reduce the chance of highly visible scarring

Surgeon skill, as well as your skin type and age, will play a huge role in the final appearance of your scars after breast implant surgery. It’s therefore important to only approach highly recommended, qualified and experienced professionals when considering plastic surgery. 

Also pay attention to how any of your scars have healed in the past when thinking about the results you can expect. Breast implant scar removal involves further, costly procedures that can result in more scarring. So it’s worth doing the following to improve your chances of faint, fine, smooth breast implant scars: 

Key Takeaways

At The Harley Medical Group our patients’ safety and satisfaction is our number one priority. If you are considering breast surgery, whether augmentation, implant removal or breast reduction, our expert plastic surgeons can advise which route is more likely to deliver the results you want. 

Book a consultation today

Medically reviewed by T K Sankar, Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon

Breasts and nipples come in all different sizes and shapes – everyone’s are unique. They can be influenced by many factors such as weight, genetics and age, and can often be a source of low confidence and self-esteem if they do not look how you would like them to.

Some women decide to have breast surgery if they are unhappy with the appearance of their breasts, but did you know that nipples can also be corrected too as part of breast and nipple surgery? 

If you are considering having breast surgery and are wondering about nipple pain after breast augmentation or other complications, read on to find out more about boob job nipples problems in our latest blog post. 

Different types of nipples

Nipples vary by shape, colour and size. Experts have identified 10 key nipple features:

    1. Flat: remain at the level of the areolae, but they may become erect after stimulation.
    2. Inverted: retract inward instead of standing out like erect nipples.
    3. Everted: are erect, standing up away from the areolae even without stimulation.
    4. Unilateral inverted: a combination type, with one nipple being inverted and the other everted.
    5. Protruding: stand erect, further than everted nipples, even without stimulation.
    6. Supernumerary: also known as a third nipple - which is actually very common.
    7. Bumpy: have small noticeable bumps around the areolae, called Montgomery glands.
    8. Hairy: some people have lots of hair growing around their nipples.
    9. Puffy: the areola and the nipple make up a raised mound.
    10. Large areolae - the pigmented skin around the nipple can be quite wide (over 6cm width in females or 3cm in males)

Learn more about the different types of breasts and nipples.

Breast surgery types

If you are unhappy with the appearance of your breasts and/or nipples, the following types of breast surgery may provide you with the results you are looking for:

During these breast surgeries, your surgeon will be able to alter the size, shape and location of your nipples as part of the procedure. For example, enlarged, protruding or inverted nipples can be corrected and their position changed, giving asymmetrical breasts and nipples an even look with the desired proportions and shape. 

Nipple problems after breast surgery

Following breast surgery, it takes time for your breasts to settle into their final position. Initially, they may appear unnaturally high on your chest, one may seem bigger than the other and your nipples may appear uneven or swollen. 

However, the healing process will take about three months – so if you have nipple swelling after breast augmentation there is no need to be concerned, unless this persists longer than usual. 

Sharp, short-lived pain may be experienced in your nipples after breast surgery. However, nipple pain after breast augmentation is typically normal and is just a sign that your nerve endings are healing.

If you’re worried that you can’t feel your nipples after breast augmentation, it’s important to realise that following breast surgery your nipples will experience numbness or tingling, as a normal part of the recovery process. Some patients may feel an increased and unpleasant sensation in their nipples.

This is because your nerves are starting to heal and recover following the procedure, and these effects will fade with time – usually within a few months. 

Key takeaways

If you are embarrassed about the appearance of your nipples, this can be corrected and altered as part of breast surgery. However, it’s important to be aware that you may experience some temporary side effects such as nipple swelling, nipple pain and nipple coldness or lack of sensitivity.

If you would like to improve your confidence, contact us to book your no-obligation consultation with one of our expert professionals, where you’ll be able to discuss your breast surgery expectations and requirements.

Our years of experience in the field of Cosmetic Surgery ensure that you can rely on The Harley Medical Group to assist you with a tailored treatment programme for any breast concerns you may have. We offer consultations with qualified Medical Professionals, as well as a thorough after care service to ensure that your experience is positive throughout your entire journey.

Mr Sankar, Chief Medical Officer at The Harley Medical Group shares some of the popular procedures and treatments that are known to boost body confidence & self-esteem.

The Women and Equalities Committee shared results from a Body Image Survey in Parliament and they found that over 6 in every 10 women feel negatively about their bodies. Additionally, their findings showed that 2020 has accelerated negative trends pertaining to self-esteem and body confidence in the UK, with 53% of adults responding that the lockdown made them feel worse or much worse about their appearance.

Body image and self-esteem are sensitive issues, however aesthetic treatments and procedures can help improve overall body confidence and wellbeing. Body contouring and breast enhancements and reduction are helping patients improve self-confidence, especially as lockdown continues to trigger those feelings of low self-esteem and self-consciousness.

It’s very important to find ways to love our bodies and investing in ourselves via cosmetic procedures can help to support body confidence. Mr Sankar shares some of the most popular treatments from The Harley Medical Group that can give people a welcomed boost of confidence.

Body Contouring

Lockdown has accelerated weight gain in nearly 48% of Britons due to increased comfort eating, drinking more alcohol and increased anxiety and stress levels. While simple diet and exercise changes can help many get back on track with weight maintenance and improving overall wellbeing, cosmetics procedures can help amplify the appearance of those results while restoring some self-confidence. 

Mr Sankar says that patients can consider treatments such as liposuction and tummy tucks to help achieve their desired outcome.

Procedures such as breast reduction, tummy tucks, thigh and arm lifts/liposuction can provide long-term results in alleviating areas of stubborn and unwanted fat. Liposuction treatments have boomed during lockdown, as people have had the extra time to recover at home, as well as the opportunity to be more discreet. 

“A lot of our clients desire improved body confidence, which can be achieved through a tummy tuck procedure along with appropriate liposuction,” says Mr Sankar. “Female clients also often enquire about thigh reductions, as well as targeting the upper arm area as this is another key part of the body for storing unwanted fat.”

Breast Cosmetic Surgery

According to a medical study from Anglia Ruskin University, 75% of British women are unhappy with their breast size, affecting their body confidence and self-esteem. It is no surprise that breast surgery remains one of the highest performed cosmetic procedures in the UK.

One of the reasons why women are dissatisfied with their breast size is due to wanting something that fits their body profile more suitably, or to have something that is more proportionate to their body to ease self-consciousness. “While many opt for breast augmentation due to reduced development or loss of breast tissue from weight loss or pregnancy, many are also looking to correct asymmetric concerns,” Mr Sankar says.

There is also an increase in demand for women requesting breast reduction and uplift to address concerns of body proportion that triggers feelings of self-consciousness. “Those with larger breasts find that a breast reduction can help boost their self-confidence to help improve overall body proportion while alleviating back and neck pain as well as deep shoulder strap marks.”

Cosmetic Gynaecology

Cosmetic Gynaecology is one of our fastest growing surgical procedures, with women increasingly realising that they don’t have to simply accept something that is making them unhappy or making them feel unconfident.

The most common cosmetic gynaecology surgery we carry out is labia reduction, which is a surgical procedure that reshapes and reduces the labia minora/majora, the inner and outer of the ‘lips’ that surround the opening of the vagina to help regain body confidence.

Changes to the vagina can occur throughout a woman’s life, for example as a result of childbirth, ageing, menopause, hormone deficiency related to cancer therapy or weight loss. 

Need help?

At The Harley Medical Group, patient care and safety is our number one priority. If you are considering a cosmetic surgery procedure, our expert plastic surgeons can advise which route is safest for you.

Book a no-obligation consultation today. 

Our founded-on care approach is at the heart of everything we do and due to the escalating nature of COVID-19, it is so important we play our part in helping to support and protect our NHS colleagues over the coming weeks.

Due to the immense pressure on our NHS at this time, it is essential that all resources are focused on those sadly affected by the COVID-19 situation.

Chief Medical Officer for The Harley Medical Group, Mr Sankar Explains:

“As always, the ongoing safety and care of our clients and teams is our absolute priority. All our decisions, regarding COVID-19 are made in conjunction with leading industry safety bodies as well as our expert medical teams, to ensure we are making the right decisions at the right time.

It is a hugely challenging period for our hospitals, and we are all incredibly mindful of the current surgical delays the NHS are facing, and all resource needs to be focused on those who need it most.

Therefore, we have a moral obligation to do the right thing and temporarily pause all surgical treatments to support our NHS and we’d also like to take the opportunity to thank all our amazing colleagues who are working around the clock to support those affected.”

Dedicated care for all patients who have undergone surgery will continue as normal, with our fantastic team on hand to provide support in the coming weeks.

As we navigate through these tough times, we must all play our part to keep safe and keep well.

Our passionate and knowledgeable teams will continue to keep you up to date via email and on our website with all the latest developments.

However, should you wish to contact us, please do so via the call centre on 0800 288 4101 or email: customerservices@harleymedical.com

The start of the New Year provides the perfect time to refocus our health and lifestyle choices, saying goodbye to the unhealthy habits we may have picked up in the year, and kick starting January with the long overdue detox we need.

For many of us, we will be going into 2021 without that dreaded dark daily commute to work as many continue to work from home, but with the dark and cold days still with us until spring, getting in our daily exercise isn’t quite as appealing as it was back in the summer. 

Easy To Follow - 5 Day Programme

An easy-to-follow fast diet is an ideal way to achieve a New Year cleanse, so you can start off the year feeling fabulous, and without the need of breaking any of those challenging resolutions you would usually set yourself.

Our medical expert Dr Leonardo Fasano provides an exclusive dive into the world of ProLon, the Fast-Mimicking Diet® that gives all the benefits of a fast, while providing delicious food to fight hunger and protecting lean body mass.

“As a doctor I deal with patients who have weight issues on a daily basis with a wide range of concerns. ProLon combines the latest evidence-based scientific research and can make a huge difference in a patient’s weight loss journey.The 5-day plant-based diet takes advantage of the benefits of fasting while reducing the downsides that other diets can have.”

How is ProLon different from other diets?

As opposed to other types of dieting, ProLon allows you to maintain the same levels of muscle mass while reducing body weight and fat. Weight loss comes with excellent benefits for your health, such as a reduction in the inflammatory state of your body, drop in blood cortisol and a better ability for our cells to repair and regenerate damaged tissues. 

What is the daily calorie intake?

The caloric intake varies throughout the diet. It starts at 1100 calories and drops to 750 until day five. ProLon meals come in five small boxes (one for each day) and include energy bars, soups, a variety of snacks, drinks and supplements, which are designed to nourish your body, encourage cellular rejuvenation and promote healthy ageing.

Is ProLon an effective way to lose weight?

ProLon is effective at achieving cleansing and weight loss. However, it is important to note that the most significant weight changes are amongst those with a higher BMI. Therefore, I often advise my patients to start the ProLon diet after their initial recovery period to enhance their body sculpting surgery results. 

Do the effects of ProLon last?

At a microscopic level, ProLon translates into the activation and enhancement of our metabolism, which leads to an anti-ageing effect. In general, research shows the results achieved with ProLon are maintained well after the diet ends in the majority of people.

I recommend going on a ProLon diet for five days a month for a minimum of three months to achieve the best results. In addition to this, eating healthy and exercising three to five times per week is a great way to feel at your best. Whether you go for a run, fast paced walk, or set up circuits in your garden, it will help you to continue your weight loss journey whilst at home.

Interested in ProLon?

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In a recent client survey, The Harley Medical Group found that over half of us admitted to looking at our appearance more than ever and only a shockingly low 4% said they felt happy with what they saw in the mirror. So, it’s hardly surprising that it has been widely reported that there has been a surge in demand for cosmetic treatments and tweakments after the first lockdown restrictions were eased.

In particular, noses and wrinkles seem to be the most common areas of concern, according to recent research published in the Facial Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Medicine journal. The study suggests the spike in demand for cosmetic surgery is being driven by more people looking at themselves on video calls since the pandemic began, dubbing the trend ‘Zoom Dysmorphia’.

Mr Sankar Reveals the Top Treatments 

The Harley Medical Group treats thousands of patients every year and has experienced a significant increase in enquiries after the first lockdown period. With more people looking to enhance their appearance, Our Chief Medical Officer and Consultant Aesthetic Plastic Surgeon, Mr Sankar reveals the top 4 surgical procedures that people are booking in for right now.

1. Breast augmentation

“Over half of patients come to us looking for breast surgery of some description, which is in line with the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons data.

The most common reasons women come to us for breast augmentation include, reduced development of breast tissue, a loss of breast tissue following weight loss or pregnancy or to correct asymmetric concerns. We also see patients coming to us to correct birth defects through breast augmentation.

Most women opt for breast implants that fit with their body profile, however depending on the geographical region and patient age group we do see the trends towards requests for larger implants. There is also an increase in demand for women requesting breast reduction and uplift

It is really important for anyone seeking breast enhancement to do their research thoroughly and to consult an appropriately qualified surgeon who is registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) in their specialist register either in plastic surgery or breast surgery.” 

2. Rhinoplasty 

Rhinoplasty is the second common surgery within our group and one of the most popular facial procedures in the UK and has seen significant growth over the last few years. The nose is such a central part of the face, so before undergoing surgery it is vital to understand the client’s expectations to ensure they are aligned with what is realistic and achievable.

Often, we have clients wanting to look like celebrities, such as Kylie Jenner or Kim Kardashian, however, it’s important to remember that even with surgery you will still look like you, so understanding and accepting this is really important before embarking on your cosmetic surgery journey.Our job as surgeons is all about improving our client’s psychological self-awareness and the quality of their day to day life. This can be achieved only by delivering patient centred safe and appropriate surgical procedures.” 

3. Tummy tuck

“When we ask our clients what they would like to change most about their appearance. The body shape is often a key issue for them, particularly the tummy area.

The tummy area is a common place for stubborn fat on both men and women. A lot of our clients ask for more slender, toned torsos, which can be achieved through a tummy tuck procedure along with appropriate liposuction. Female clients also often enquire about hip and thigh reductions, as well as targeting the upper arm area as this is another key part of the body for storing unwanted fat.

As with any treatment it is important to understand the limitations and what you can achieve safely to make sure expectations between the client and the surgeon are aligned.”

4. Liposuction

“We are seeing an increasing trend towards minimally or non-invasive treatments but this is not suitable for larger and more pronounced areas. Hence conventional liposuction with the assistance of power or water or laser or ultrasound or Radiofrequency driven devices have become more popular in the recent past, to achieve precise and desired outcomes. The removed fat can also be used safely to enhance other parts of the body like the breast or face. The body is less likely to react when using the patient's own fat and therefore the results are often better and long lasting.

Liposuction surgery can be performed on most parts of the body and the technique is often used as part of other cosmetic surgery procedures, such as a tummy tuck or breast reduction or male breast removal to achieve the desired result. Therefore, it is always a popular treatment for our clients.

However, when considering liposuction it’s important to understand that if you remove a large amount of fat you are likely to have loose skin and therefore you may also need skin removal or skin tightening treatments to take place afterwards to achieve the desired look. It is also important to know that the liposuction is not a weight reduction surgery.” 

Let Us Help

The Harley Medical Group is one of the UK’s leading providers of cosmetic surgery, facial treatments and body treatments. With a dedicated team of surgeons, doctors and nurses, we are committed to always deliver the highest standards in medical procedures and aftercare.

If you are considering cosmetic surgery, book a FREE consultation today and get expert advice on which procedure is best suited for your needs.

Let’s face it, there has been a lot of change this year. With lockdown restrictions in place, you might not be getting out and about as much, have access to your favourite gym classes, or perhaps your travel itch hasn’t been scratched and you’re looking to make up for it with an extra special holiday next year. 

Chances are your body is also feeling the effects of these changes too. It might have been more of a challenge to maintain a healthy weight during the past few months, or maybe your hard-earned muscle definition has faded. 

Believe it or not, the festive season is well and truly on the horizon – usually a time where we take our foot of the breaks, relax and indulge. It’s safe to say after the year we’ve had, that extra mince pie or glass of prosecco will be a welcome treat! 

With this in mind, if you’re looking to fast track that “summer body” and glow with confidence as we head into the winter months, read on… We all know simple diet and exercise changes can do wonders for your body, self-confidence and mental wellbeing. However, if you’re doing your bit to keep in shape but struggle to shift persistent areas of fat, which are perfectly natural, you might be considering alternative methods to achieve a more slender and defined physique. 

To help give you the full picture on Vaser Liposuction, our medical expert Dr Leonardo Fasano, provides all the need-to-know details. 

The ins and outs of body sculpting 

Vaser Liposuction is a surgical procedure, using state-of-the-art ultrasound technology to precisely target and remove areas of unwanted fat. It can decrease a high amount of fat in one go (up to 80%) and also help to improve skin quality and muscle definition too. 

However, it is far more about body sculpting; the treatment targets areas of stubborn fat to create a more defined look, such as creating defined calves, stomach and arm muscles, as well as tightening loose skin in small, intricate areas such as under the chin. The procedure leaves you with immediate results, with swelling and other temporary side effects completely disappearing within a few weeks. 

Men Vs women: the trends 

The most popular reason to undergo body contouring, for both men and women is to look and feel great. Winter is the perfect time to finesse that summer body, ready for the next time you unpack your bikini or shorts on holiday. 

For women the most common areas are the stomach and flanks; body contouring in these areas can help smooth the stomach and create a desired hourglass figure. In addition to this, inner thighs are also a popular focus area, as well as the chin and lower face to create a more defined jawline.

Whereas, the chest is a key focus area for men, who often feel self-conscious about natural changes to the body, which usually start to appear after the age of 30-years-old. At this age, the chest starts to become sunken due to a decrease in skin quality and an increase in fat and glandular tissue, a condition also known as gynecomastia. The stomach and love handles are another popular body contouring area, with the aim to reduce fat, as well as enhancing muscle definition.  

Improving skin quality 

Vaser Liposuction isn’t just used to decrease fat areas, but it is also to enhance the patient’s skin quality. It achieves this by melting fat and stimulating the skin, to produce more collagen and structural proteins, creating a skin tightening effect. This improvement can be enhanced by following aftercare procedures, such as regular lymphatic drainage massages, Radio-Frequency treatments, as well as micro needling of stretch marks, which are often used as an add on to Vaser Liposuction.

The download on downtime 

It’s no surprise that liposuction treatments have boomed during lockdown, as people have had the extra time to recover at home, as well as the opportunity to be more discreet.

The process requires a short period of down time (usually 4-5 days) depending on how many areas are treated. I’d always recommend taking a week off work to give time for the body to heal after treatment. 

On top of this, wearing compression garments and a binder are required for 3 weeks full time (24 hours) and 3 weeks part time (12 hours a day), as this will teach the skin where to heal, while decreasing the swelling and speeding up the recovery time. The compression garment is a bit like hard spanx and it is worn underneath your clothes, so you can still carry on with daily life as normal. The binder is similar to a corset and offers additional support for the torso area.

Aftercare advice do’s and don’ts for exercise 

To promote the healing process initially, I’d recommend avoiding physical activity for 4 to 6 weeks after the procedure – don’t do anything to break sweat or increase your heart rate excessively. It’s also important to keep your body properly nourished, I wouldn’t advise going on a strict diet during the recovery period. 

In the longer term, you don’t need to be a gym addict or go on an extreme diet to maintain the results. However, once you’re back doing more physical activity, it’s important to take care of your body. As long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle, the changes will be permanent.

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