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Tummy tuck surgery, or abdominoplasty, is popular among women as a solution for excess abdominal fat and loose skin. Unfortunately for many, even the most dedicated lifestyle changes in diet and exercise cannot remove loose skin or stubborn pockets of fat.

Unsurprisingly then, tummy tuck surgery is an option that is considered by many women after pregnancy who are struggling with some of the associated aesthetic changes.

However, not all women who decide to undergo tummy tuck surgery do so after pregnancy and may either intend to continue having children after surgery or change their mind years later regarding a previous decision to stop having children. This, of course, gives rise to questions around the safety of pregnancy post tummy tuck or how previous results will be affected by pregnancy. Here we will cover many of the common questions and concerns.

Pregnancy after tummy tuck

Perhaps the most commonly expressed concern relates to how abdominoplasty might affect future pregnancies and women commonly ask, ‘Can you have a baby after a tummy tuck?’ or ‘Is it safe to get pregnant after a tummy tuck?’. Although all pregnancies are associated with risks, tummy tuck surgery has not been linked to additional pregnancy risks provided that adequate recovery time has been allowed before the pregnancy. In the early months following surgery, the tightened skin and underlying fascia are less amenable to the changes that occur during pregnancy. Therefore any imminent pregnancy is heavily discouraged.

Providing that at least 6-12 months of recovery time is allowed, the most likely impact of tummy tuck surgery on a subsequent pregnancy is the feeling of a tighter sensation when compared to previous pregnancies.

How might a pregnancy affect my results?

Another important consideration is how a pregnancy will affect the aesthetic results of abdominoplasty. In some cases, women report satisfactory results following pregnancy. However this will depend on the nature of the pregnancy, the extent of muscle repair prior to pregnancy and the nature of the birth. In many cases however, it is likely that a revision procedure will be required following pregnancy to maintain a woman’s desired results. This is because the natural changes that occur during the pregnancy process will cause stretching of the skin and separation of the abdominal muscles once again.

Consequently, the safest and most cost-effective course of action when it comes to abdominoplasty is for a woman to be as sure as possible that she no longer intends to become pregnant before undergoing abdominoplasty.

Can you have a C-section after tummy tuck?

Despite the fact that becoming pregnant after abdominoplasty is not an ideal scenario, at The Harley Medical Group we understand that life is not always predictable, so patients need to have the answers to questions such as this. Fortunately, providing that adequate recovery time is allowed, caesarean section surgery itself should not be affected by previous abdominoplasty surgery. The Obstetrician may even be able to use the tummy tuck incision site to perform the caesarean section, so it is important to discuss all previous surgery during your pregnancy appointments. That being said, it is likely that any subsequent scarring is likely to be more prominent than it was before the C-section.

If you are considering abdominoplasty, you can find out more about the procedure, view results and explore the costs here. You can also discuss any questions relating to your personal circumstances during a free no-obligation consultation with a Patient Advisor at The Harley Medical Group.

Tummy tuck surgery, or abdominoplasty is a technique involving the removal of excess fat and skin from the abdomen whilst strengthening the underlying muscle tissue. This process provides patients, both male and female, with a more aesthetically desirable appearance, and improved confidence following significant weight-loss.

Before making the decision to undergo any medical or surgical procedure, it is essential that all patients have a detailed understanding of the recovery process so that consent can be properly informed. Here we shine a spotlight on tummy tuck recovery and answer some FAQs.

Tummy tuck recovery time

As with any procedure, recovery time can vary based on several factors including:

Your expert Surgeon will work with you on a person-centred basis to formulate a recovery plan and provide a more specific timeline for you to plan around.

As a guide, recovery time usually ranges from 6 to 8 weeks. Although it can be tempting to return to normality soon after surgery, it is important to allow your body enough time and space to rest, avoid any postoperative complications and achieve the best possible results.

Tummy tuck aftercare

    1. Immediately after surgery

In the days following surgery, it is crucial to rest according to your surgeon’s advice. Many patients will spend the first night in hospital where they will be monitored by clinical professionals. It is expected that bruising and swelling will occur post-surgery and it is important to avoid positions that will place pressure on or aggravate the incision.

    1. The first few days at home

Once you have been discharged, you will require somebody to take you home. It may help reduce stress and anxiety to make these arrangements in advance. Once you’re back home, you will likely need some assistance as your mobility will be reduced, so tasks involving bending or lifting must be avoided. You will also have been provided with a compression garment and wound care guidance to help.

    1. Initial weeks

At this time, excitement will be building in anticipation of your results, but it is important to remain focused on your recovery. All strenuous exercise should be avoided for the first 6 weeks and time away from work should be arranged for the initial fortnight. By this point you will have become accustomed to your compression garment, wound care routine and relaxed lifestyle.

    1. Follow- up

It is important that you attend your post-operative follow up appointments to discuss your progress with your Surgeon and ask any questions you may have.

How long should I wear my compression bandage after tummy tuck?

Compression garments are an essential element of the recovery process. By improving blood flow and oxygen delivery to healing tissue, and promoting venous and lymphatic drainage, compression garments help to reduce swelling, aid the healing process and minimise scarring.

These garments must be worn throughout the recovery process for at least the initial 4 weeks, although timings and specific guidance will be provided by your Surgeon.

Traditionally, compression garments are considered uncomfortable and unsightly. However, at The Harley Medical Group we collaborate with a leading provider of high-quality, handmade medical grade garments to provide our patients with comfortable, well-fitting options.

How long does it take for a tummy tuck incision to heal?

Immediately after surgery, abdominal incisions will be covered with surgical dressings. There may also be specialist tubes inserted to drain any accumulating fluid from underneath the skin, but these will usually be removed within the first few days.

The incision healing process takes 1-2 months. Proper use of compression garments and avoidance of strenuous movements and positions can help to minimise the length of this process. Part of the aftercare experience at The Harley Medical Group involves guidance on caring for the healing incision, and your personal Nurse Counsellor will be on hand to answer any questions throughout the recovery process. The best way to ensure a seamless transition back to normal is to seek advice when unsure and attend your postoperative follow-up appointments with your Harley Medical Group Surgeon.

Mini tummy tuck recovery period

Whilst a mini tummy tuck is an excellent alternative to full abdominoplasty for suitable patients who have excess skin below the belly button only, the procedure is invasive and still requires a shortened period of recovery. This will depend on whether muscle tissue has been tightened during the procedure, however strenuous activity should generally be avoided for the first 6 weeks regardless.

Tummy tuck recovery tips:

The following tips are applicable to both full and mini tummy tuck surgery:

  1. Follow all guidance provided by your Surgeon and Nurse Counsellor
  2. Wear your compression garment as directed
  3. Keep the incision site clean
  4. Avoid strenuous activity
  5. Engage with all follow-up appointments and utilise support services

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Considering Vaser Liposuction but not sure where to start? We sat down with Dr Leonardo Fasano, body sculpting specialist at The Harley Medical Group who answered some of the most asked questions surrounding the popular surgery.

What inspired you to be a Liposuction surgeon?

Growing up I had always been fascinated by cosmetic surgery and in general aesthetics and beauty. So when I grew up and embarked on my medical studies, that led me to cosmetic surgery. The reason why I love what I do is that I create a drastic change in shape in the body of my patients and that translates to a completely new attitude in their life, giving them a boost in confidence that allows them to reach not only the shape that they want but also the best version of themselves.

Click here to read some of our amazing 5* patient reviews by Dr Leonardo’s patients.

What’s the difference between traditional Liposuction and Vaser Liposuction?

I consider Vaser Liposuction the natural evolution of traditional Liposuction. Vaser Liposuction melts the fat using heat and ultrasound before we gently suck the fat out, that is a major difference that really makes the procedure much more gentle on the body and less traumatic.

Click here to discover the top Liposuction trends.

What are the steps of Vaser Liposuction?

Vaser Liposuction is divided into three steps. First, we infiltrate the area we would like to treat with some numbing solution that again, not only numbs the area but also constricts the blood vessels so that there is minimal blood loss. After that step we then start melting the fat using ultrasound and heat that is done very gently with different cannulas. Then with another sucking cannula, we are able to gently and very specifically aspirate the fat that is in the areas we want to treat so that we can sculpt the area we want.

Does Vaser Liposuction hurt?

My patients usually experience just some achiness, as if they had just ran a marathon or they had done an intensive workout, so nothing too intense. However, that’s just an average and some people feel much worse and some people feel nothing at all.

What aftercare should patients follow?

After Vaser Liposuction it is important to have some time off work to allow your body to rest and heal properly. Usually one week is more than enough if my patients do an office based job. If they have more of a physical job then we recommend two weeks. We also make patients use compression garments, as I usually say they are as important as the procedure itself because they really teach the skin where to heal, preventing the skin from falling inappropriately.

Is Vaser Liposuction permanent?

Providing that the patient carries out a healthy lifestyle, Vaser Liposuction provides a relatively permanent change in shape.

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We understand not everyone can always travel to one of our clinics, that’s why we’re pleased to share that we are now offering free, non-obligation virtual consultations! This means you can speak to one of our trusted experts from the comfort of your own home, either by telephone or video appointments, saving time and money whilst helping to put your mind at ease in a familiar environment.

Our virtual consultations can be up to 45 minutes long, ensuring any questions you may have can be answered in detail. During this our friendly patient advisors will also run through your medical history, your desired goals and outcomes as well as outlining the level of support we offer pre and post surgery.

From your initial enquiry through to your aftercare and your safety is our number one priority. Whatever method you choose you can be reassured that you will receive the highest quality expert care and advice.

How to book a virtual consultation

Booking your virtual consultation is as easy as 1,2,3! All you need is a stable internet connection and a Zoom account.

Step 1 – Fill out the form or call us on 0330 838 4292 to arrange a free, non-obligation consultation.

Step 2 – We will confirm the date of your consultation and your preferred method, whether this be virtual or in-person at one of our many clinics across the country.

Step 3 – If you opt for a telephone consultation we will call you on the scheduled day and time. If you opt for a virtual consultation you will need to have access to a stable internet connection before clicking the link you will receive in your email to join the call via Zoom.

One of our experts will then take the time to understand your requirements and discuss your medical history, what to expect and the next steps. They will also of course be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

 

Meet our friendly Patient Advisors

Liverpool - Laura Kerwin

Laura is the first point of contact for anybody attending the clinic to discuss a surgical procedure at The Harley Medical Group in Liverpool. Laura has over a decade of experience in the cosmetic surgery industry and keeps up to date on the latest industry knowledge and trends.

Nottingham - Jade Warren

Jade has worked within the Cosmetic Surgery industry for 6 years specialising as a Surgical Counsellor whilst working alongside many extremely skilled reconstructive and cosmetic surgeons, chaperoning surgeons and even observing the procedures within theatres. Her experience and knowledge allows her to take each patient along their life changing journey, answering all of their questions from the start. Jade feels very privileged to be a strong form of support to her patients and to help them achieve what they have always wanted. Giving patients back their confidence is the most rewarding part of her role.

Coleshill - Sophie Walsh

Sophie is a fundamental member of the team having worked at The Harley Medical Group for ten years. During this time, Sophie has gained and developed an enhanced knowledge of cosmetic procedures and is happy to answer any question big or small. Her calming and reassuring nature makes patients feel both safe and cared for, and ensures she is on hand to address each patient’s individual needs throughout their journey with us.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a virtual consultation?

A virtual consultation is a video or telephone appointment that gives you access to our trusted experts without the need to travel to one of our clinics.

How long is a virtual consultation?

A virtual consultation can be up to 45 minutes where our patient advisors will go through in detail the procedure you are interested in, your requirements and any questions you may have.

What happens in a virtual consultation?

One of our friendly patient advisors will go through your requirements in detail and what results you are looking to achieve. They will also go through your medical history and the patient journey at The Harley Medical Group, so you understand next steps and the level of care we offer. We are here for you from the beginning of your journey and our experts will go through in depth and answer all your questions.

How to prepare for a virtual consultation?

Just like a face-to-face consultation, we recommend researching the procedure you are interested in and writing down any questions that you may have. So we can achieve your goals, you may also want to look at our before and after pictures to help you decide which surgeon and procedure is right for you.

How do I join a video consultation?

We will send you an email with a link to a Zoom meeting invitation. Please check you have this link for the scheduled date, we will send it no later than 24 hours before your appointment is due.

You can use Zoom from a mobile, tablet or computer and an account is not needed. If using a mobile or tablet you will need to download the Zoom app ahead of the consultation. Once the app is installed, you will be able to join by following the link we send.

Please note, you must have a stable internet connection to engage in a video consultation.

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With demand for cosmetic procedures on the rise, Mr T K Sankar, Group Chief Medical at The Harley Medical Group reveals the top cosmetic surgery trends which have emerged on Harley Street in 2021

 

The UK cosmetic surgery industry is big business, currently worth an estimated £3.6 billion[1]. However, it is an industry which has seen a great deal of evolution in procedure trends over the years.

Most recently, this has been driven by the ongoing pandemic and “Zoom dysmorphia”, which together have had a negative impact on our collective self-esteem and confidence[2]. Added to this, is an emerging desire amongst patients looking to achieve a more ‘natural’ appearance through their cosmetic treatments.

The Harley Medical Group treats thousands of patients every year with procedures to help improve body confidence and wellbeing. As 2021 comes to a close, Mr T K Sankar, Chief Medical Officer and Consultant Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon at The Harley Medical Group, reveals the top surgical procedures that people have booked over the last 12 months. He also shares his expert advice on what potential patients should consider before embarking on their cosmetic surgery journey.

1. The Natural Look

In recent years, there has been a significant increase in patients seeking a more natural-looking appearance. This particularly the case when it comes to breast surgery. For instance, while breast augmentation remains one of our most popular treatments, we have seen enquiries for breast reduction surgery boom since we’ve come out of the pandemic.

Not only are breast implants also getting smaller, another popular procedure for patients opting for breast augmentation is a fat transfer. This is a surgical intervention in which the fat from another body part (such as the abdomen or thighs) is transferred and injected into the breasts.

With this procedure, we aim to eliminate excess fat and improve the shape and volume of the breasts, which may have been lost due to ageing, weight loss, pregnancy, or breastfeeding. This helps us to achieve a more natural result, without the need for breast implants.

While breast surgery is a great option for patients seeking to improve their body confidence or correct asymmetric concerns or birth defects, it is important for anyone considering this surgery to research their options thoroughly and 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. Hair transplant

At The Harley Medical Group, we have seen the number of people undergoing hair transplant surgery rise by over a third (34%) between 2020 and 2021. This is a procedure carried out under local anaesthetic and involves transferring hair follicles from parts of the scalp with most hair to thinning areas or bald spots.

The treatment is most popular amongst males aged 30 – 34, which is perhaps unsurprising given that many men experience gradual, permanent hair loss with age. Referred to as androgenetic alopecia or ‘male pattern baldness’, it often develops around the hairline and on top of the head.

It is likely that this rise in demand has been driven by the pandemic. With many people continuing to work from home, coupled with the varying lockdown restrictions experienced throughout 2020 and 2021, patients have had the time and discretion they need to rest and recover after this invasive procedure.

Although it is more common amongst men, we do also offer hair transplant surgery to female patients, who generally experience androgenetic alopecia (also known as female pattern baldness, or female pattern hair loss), which is when they permanently lose hair with age. Unlike men, there is more of an overall effect of thinning hair, although it tends to be most noticeable around the parting.

It is important for prospective patients to note that if they experience sudden hair loss or it or occurs in random patches, it can be a sign of a medical condition requiring treatment. It’s therefore important to speak with a doctor if hair loss is experienced.

3. Tummy tuck

A tummy tuck (or abdominoplasty) is a popular procedure for anyone carrying excess skin on their abdomen. Although the tummy area is a typical place for stubborn fat on both men and women, it is particularly common amongst women. In fact, in the last 12 months, we have seen interest in this treatment soar by 18%, primarily amongst female patients aged 30 – 34.

The popularity of this treatment among female patients is in large part driven to the physical changes the body experiences throughout pregnancy. As we gain weight, whether this is through puberty, pregnancy or lifestyle choices, our skin stretches to accommodate our new shape. If this weight is lost quickly and you are extremely lucky, the skin may snap back as it once was, however many people are left with loose skin on the tummy.

Carrying excess and loose skin on the abdomen can leave us feeling self-conscious and may have a knock-on impact on our confidence and happiness. When it's not possible to rectify this issue through diet and exercise alone, tummy tuck surgery may be the right option.

4. Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty (nose surgery) has always been a common cosmetic procedure, both within our group and throughout the UK. However, there has been plenty of discussion around how the initial lockdown period led to an increase in cosmetic surgery, with a noted rise across the industry in requests for video consultations for new cosmetic procedures in the past 12 months.

Even now, we are continuing seeing to see a rise in demand for surgeries such a nose job, with this procedure up by 8 per cent at The Harley Medical Group within the last year.

This is likely attributable to our new lifestyles, with Zoom calls by now an established and integral part of the hybrid working environment. Coupled with our selfie obsession and video calls with friends and family, which amplify facial asymmetry and distort the image of ourselves as we know it, this has potentially led to greater anxiety about our physical appearance.

That said, nose surgery is not only carried out for self-esteem and cosmetic reasons but can also be used to treat health reasons, such as breathing difficulties.

However, as a central part of the face, before undergoing nose surgery I would advise potential patients to remember that even with surgery, they will still look like themselves. It is fundamental to have a full understanding of what is realistic and achievable before embarking on a cosmetic surgery journey.

Our job as surgeons is 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.

For more information, visit www.harleymedical.co.uk.

NOTES TO THE EDITOR

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About The Harley Medical Group

The Harley Medical Group is one of the UK’s leading cosmetic groups specialising in cosmetic surgery, facial treatments, body treatments, skin peels and advance skincare products.

As a group we are committed to the highest standards in delivering medical procedures and aftercare, with our founded on care approach at the heart of everything we do.

The group has clinics across the UK, including London (Harley Street, Chiswick, Wimbledon and Liverpool Street) Watford, Marlow, Birmingham, Leeds, Brighton, Bristol, Manchester, Nottingham, Southampton, Cardiff, Chelmsford, Northampton, Maidstone, and Liverpool.

A dedicated strong team of nurses, surgeons, and doctors along with their commitment to each and every patient is one of the Group’s greatest assets. The Group’s primary goal is to look after all patients, offering the highest standards of care at all times.

For more information, please visit: https://www.harleymedical.co.uk/

[1] British Dental Nurses Journal, Face the Demand February 2020
[2] https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm5801/cmselect/cmwomeq/805/80502.htm

 

With over 30% of people feeling unconfident about thinning or balding hair[1], Mr. Mabroor Bhatty, Cosmetic & Hair Transplant Surgeon
at The Harley Medical Group exclusively reveals why we suffer with hair loss and what we can do to prevent it.

 

Before we know it ‘Jingle Bells’ will be on the radio, wreaths will adorn our front doors and the Christmas party invitations will be being sent thick and fast. Unlike last year, this Christmas we will be able to celebrate with our friends and family, and for this occasion we want to look and feel our best.

With 20% of us saying our hair is our favourite physical feature, there is no doubt it plays an important role in helping us feel our most confident with a further quarter of Brits claiming a new hair style ups our confidence levels1.

However, if you start to discover that you are experience hair loss it can be a very worrying and stressful experience, especially when you just want to get out there and look your best. To help, Mr. Mabroor Bhatty, Cosmetic & Hair Transplant Surgeon at The Harley Medical Group outlines the main issues that could be behind your hair loss and the best methods to avoid and counteract the problem.

What are the main causes for hair loss?

Firstly, it's normal to lose hair. We can lose between 50 and 100 hairs a day, often without even noticing. However, some types of hair loss can be permanent, such as male and female pattern baldness. This type of hair loss is usually genetic.

Other types of hair loss may be temporary. Stress is the second biggest trigger for hair loss after genetics. Stress can have an impact on almost every aspect of our mental and physical wellbeing and our hair is no exception. Stress can negatively impact our hair growth cycle and therefore contribute to hair loss. According to Google searches, since the start of the pandemic searches for ‘hair loss’ almost doubled, which is potentially due to the added stress of the environment we’ve been living in.

Iron deficiency is another key reason for hair loss, a lack of iron can send your body into survival mode, which means your body will channel oxygen to support your vital functions as opposed to ones like keeping your hair intact, which can result in hair thinning and loss.

How can you promote hair growth?

Foods to fight iron deficiency

Changing your diet to ensure it contains enough protein and iron can help both your health and your hair. Try adding more omega-3 oils (found in oily fish like salmon and seeds including chia and flax) into your meals to ensure you’re receiving enough.

Scalp massage

Massaging the scalp can help to restore hair growth and can be used in conjunction with hair oils and masks. This stimulates the scalp and can improve hair thickness. Taking the time to massage your scalp each day can also help you relieve stress and tension.

Brushing your hair gently can also help to encourage better circulation in the scalp and promote hair growth.

What are the best treatments for permanent hair loss?

Hair transplant surgery provides a long-lasting, natural-looking solution to patterned baldness. Hair follicles from areas of the scalp that still have hair are transferred via a simple surgical procedure to areas that are thinning or bald, resulting in a full head of hair.

There are two key methods to achieve hair restoration. Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) involves a surgeon extracting the donor hair as a strip of follicles. The follicles are then harvested from the strip and replaced in the desired area.

The second option is Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). In this method, the follicles are removed from the donor area one by one, and then implanted in the desired area individually.

The tiny hair that is transplanted during surgery normally falls out within two - three weeks. After this, the hair will grow normally from the root, and you will begin to see noticeable results from approximately 12 weeks after treatment.

What should you consider before having a hair transplant?

Arrange a consultation with a specialist surgeon who will recommend the treatment that is best suited to you and your needs, so you can get back to enjoying good hair days once again.

NOTES TO THE EDITOR

Press contacts:

For more information or images, please contact The Harley Medical Group press office:
harleymedical@speedcomms.com

About The Harley Medical Group

The Harley Medical Group is one of the UK’s leading cosmetic groups specialising in cosmetic surgery, facial treatments, body treatments, skin peels and advance skincare products.

As a group we are committed to the highest standards in delivering medical procedures and aftercare, with our founded on care approach at the heart of everything we do.

The group has clinics across the UK, including London (Harley Street, Chiswick, Wimbledon and Liverpool Street) Watford, Marlow, Birmingham, Leeds, Brighton, Bristol, Manchester, Nottingham, Southampton, Cardiff, Chelmsford, Northampton, Maidstone, and Liverpool.

A dedicated strong team of nurses, surgeons, and doctors along with their commitment to each and every patient is one of the Group’s greatest assets. The Group’s primary goal is to look after all patients, offering the highest standards of care at all times.

For more information, please visit: https://www.harleymedical.co.uk/

[1] OnePoll Survey of 2,000 UK Adults

Expert advice from Mr. T K Sankar, Chief Medical Officer for The Harley Medical Group

Mr. T K Sankar, Chief Medical Officer for The Harley Medical Group reveals the key reasons to consider cosmetic surgery in winter and shares his expert advice on optimising recovery after a cosmetic procedure.

Downtime for rest and recovery

Often patients seek cosmetic procedures, such as an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), prior to a summer holiday. However, cosmetic surgery is not a ‘quick fix’ solution, but instead offers a long-term benefit. I advise patients to wait at least six weeks to recover from this type of procedure before travelling. This allows the body to heal and for the patient to have a follow up consultation to confirm if they are fit to travel.

Certain cosmetic procedures are well-suited to the winter months, particularly when it comes to aftercare, rest, and recovery. For example, the winter holidays are a good time to consider more invasive procedures, such as breast augmentations, reductions, or uplifts, which require time off work to rest and recover.

As we are typically more sedentary during winter, it is easier to spend time curled up in the comfort of our own homes or relaxing indoors. This is exactly what is required in the weeks following cosmetic surgery to allow the body to recover.

Strenuous exercise and stretching should be kept to a minimum for at least six weeks post operation, as vigorous movement can cause stitches to open, and can increase bruising, bleeding, and inflammation through elevating your blood pressure.

Reduced sun exposure

Following a cosmetic procedure, it is important to avoid unnecessary sun exposure to the operated area and scars and use a high factor sunscreen to protect the skin and prevent unwanted sunburn. This is particularly the case after procedures such as laser resurfacing or a facelift, as the skin on the face is more delicate. In winter, this tends to be easier for patients, due to the limited sun exposure during these months.

Conceal the side effects

Cosmetic surgery is often accompanied by visible signs, including dressings, redness, swelling, sutures, and bruising. For those who prefer to keep their cosmetic surgery discreet, winter apparel such as hats, scarves, and chunky sweaters can help to conceal obvious signs of a surgical procedure. In addition, by having the surgery during winter, the scars will have plenty of time to heal and fade in the run up to summer, when they are likely to be more exposed.

Another advantage associated with the cooler temperatures is that recovery essentials, such as compression garments and bandages, are much more comfortable to wear as prescribed.

Optimising recovery

If a patient is considering any cosmetic procedure – whether it’s a breast augmentation, liposuction, tummy tuck or face surgery - it is important to remember that it will take some time to recover. However, there are some simple steps that can be taken to aid the healing process.

First and foremost, it is vital to stay well-hydrated after surgery, drinking two - three litres of water per day, depending on your weight. This helps the body to heal faster and remove waste materials, such as anaesthesia and pain medication, which may lead to constipation. Water also helps the blood to transport nutrients to the wound site.

To prevent infection at the wound site, hands should be washed often, especially if cleaning the incision or changing surgical dressings. It is important to inspect any incisions regularly to check for signs of infection or allergies. With certain procedures, such as breast surgery, it is also preferable to take showers instead of a bath and avoid going swimming for at least six weeks post op.

Finally, a healthy diet is important to promote healing and help the body to fight off infection and boost energy and strength. This should include healthy fats, which are high in vitamin E, to help reduce the appearance of scars. These can be found in foods such as nuts, olive oil, avocados, and oily fish. Berries, such as cranberries, blueberries, and blackberries, which are high in antioxidants are also a good choice as they rebuild collagen and help the body to heal.

Ultimately, choosing to undergo a cosmetic procedure is a big decision – at any season. For those considering surgery, it is important to seek a consultation with a highly skilled aesthetics surgeon who is registered with the General Medical Council’s Specialist Register, and who can provide expert advice and guidance on what procedure is best suited and which will provide the best results.

For more information, visit www.harleymedical.co.uk.

NOTES TO THE EDITOR

Press contacts:

For more information or images, please contact The Harley Medical Group press office:
harleymedical@speedcomms.com

About The Harley Medical Group

The Harley Medical Group is one of the UK’s leading cosmetic groups specialising in cosmetic surgery, facial treatments, body treatments, skin peels and advance skincare products.

As a group we are committed to the highest standards in delivering medical procedures and aftercare, with our founded on care approach at the heart of everything we do.

The group has clinics across the UK, including London (Harley Street, Chiswick, Wimbledon and Liverpool Street) Watford, Marlow, Birmingham, Leeds, Brighton, Bristol, Manchester, Nottingham, Southampton, Cardiff, Chelmsford, Northampton, Maidstone, and Liverpool.

A dedicated strong team of nurses, surgeons, and doctors along with their commitment to each and every patient is one of the Group’s greatest assets. The Group’s primary goal is to look after all patients, offering the highest standards of care at all times.

For more information, please visit: https://www.harleymedical.co.uk/

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.” 

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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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