Sleep plays a vital role in your everyday health and wellbeing. Not getting an ample amount of rest can have dramatic effects on your cognitive function, mental and physical health, body development and quality of life.

If turning down for the night is a daily struggle for you, take a look at some of the simple tips Elite Daily recommends.

5 simple things you need to do for better sleep

Feel soothed

Soothing the mind and body can feel like a real treat just before bed, and you only need to do a few things to fully wind down. Sipping on a warm herbal tea like camomile, peppermint or lavender is particularly calming. You could also infuse your herbal tea with natural sleep aids such as honey, lemon, and ginger.

If you think your body could do with some TLC before bed, why not try a lavender bath soak? Lavender is proven to soothe sore muscles and relax nervous tension due to its high levels of special aromatic molecules called ‘esters’. If you love the way lavender makes you feel, add a few drops of lavender oil in a diffuser beside your bed, or spray your pillow with a lavender essential oil to calm you down and keep eye bags at bay.

Tune out

It’s no secret that technology can be distracting, no more so than in the bedroom. The blue and white lights given off by phones, televisions and tablets prevent the brain releasing melatonin: a hormone that tells the body to get some shut-eye.

For the best chance of a good night’s sleep, try switching off all your electronic devices, or, better still, leave them out of your bedroom completely.

5 simple things you need to do for better sleep

Power down

There are a few things you can do throughout the day to help you wind down. Experts recommend laying off caffeine by early afternoon, as many caffeinated foods and beverages take around eight hours to completely leave your system. This means that if you have caffeine in your system when you go to bed, it could be difficult to nod off.

It is not only the mind that takes a while to wind down, the digestive system needs restorative calm too. This is because, when we digest food, an amino acid called C-peptide is released. Studies have found that C-peptide correlates strongly with lower levels of melatonin, so when you eat later in the day, you may inadvertently be keeping yourself awake for longer. To make sure you are primed for a great night’s sleep, try to eat small meals late in the day, and avoid eating anything at least a few hours before you go to bed.

Find the perfect pillow

Rebecca Robbins, Ph.D., a fellow at the New York University School of Medicine, says your pillow should match your dominant sleep position. For instance, if you are a side sleeper, a firm or extra firm pillow is recommended to properly support the neck. Medium-firm pillows are ideal for back sleepers who need their neck gently cradled; stomach sleepers can benefit from a soft pillow, so the neck isn’t forced backwards. Try out different types of pillows to see what suits you best if you are unsure.

Relieve tension

During the day, your body may experience an abundance of small, but niggling stresses. You might finish the day feeling slightly stiff, or with tension in common pressure points, such as your neck, shoulders, and back, which can make it difficult to sleep easy. recommends practicing short restorative yoga sequences before bed. The most beneficial, they say, are the following four poses:


Make sure to consult your doctor before doing any strenuous movements.

What are your tips for a good night’s sleep?

Dry brushing is a detoxifying practice people have used for centuries, but chances are you’ve probably never heard of it. This Ayurveda-inspired practice is actually really simple: all it takes is a wooden skin brush, a little bit of body oil and some gentle exfoliation. The result is super smooth skin.

There is no need to go to a spa for this either: you can get a natural bristle brush for less than £10 and, best of all, you can do a whole skin care routine in under five minutes!

The Fashion Spot advises on some of the ways you can make dry brushing a part of your skin routine.

The health benefits of dry brushing

It promotes a healthy lymphatic system

The lymphatic system is made up of organs, lymph nodes, ducts and vessels, and they all play a core role in supporting a healthy immune system. As many of the major lymph vessels run just below the skin, dry brushing helps to stimulate the normal lymph flow within the body.

It helps the skin cells to remove waste

The lymphatic system is responsible for eliminating the waste our cells produce. Annet King, ELEMIS VP of Global Education, recommends making this ancient practice part of your skincare routine as it “helps the penetration of your body oils and helps to purge waste, salt and toxins.” The more oil, dirt and residue you find on your skin, the more likely you are to develop skin problems, such as acne and eczema. Although acne treatments are available, dry brushing is effective for easing mild cases.

It improves digestion

Easing the lymph vessels has anti-inflammatory benefits. When the lymphatic system is congested, it becomes inflamed and makes it hard to digest food. When you dry brush, inflammatory conditions, such as bloating, are calmed.

It naturally boosts energy

Brushing over your skin stimulates blood flow and improves circulation. If you’re feeling groggy, it’s a great way to wake yourself up.

When should I dry brush?

The best time to dry brush is first thing in the morning, usually before showering. This is because it naturally energises the body, gets the blood flowing and promotes healthy digestion.


Where do I dry brush?

Gina Mari, celebrity aesthetician, recommends starting “at the bottom of the feet, and then moving up to your legs in an upward motion. Once you reach the stomach, start moving the brush in a circular motion. Next, brush your arms moving toward your chest and onto your chest in a circular motion. You can also brush your neck area starting in the back and moving forward.”

Stevie Dance, fashion stylist and beauty reviewer at Into The Gloss, advises paying attention to the inner thigh, and under the arms during dry brushing. These are what she calls ‘the sweet spots’, as they are the prime areas for lymph drainage.

How do I dry brush?

Try to avoid putting too much pressure on the brush, as abrasive skin care can actually be more harmful than doing nothing at all. A natural brush is usually the safest bet, as synthetic materials can sometimes be harsh on skin. If you notice your skin is going red or stings a little, you are probably pushing down too much on the brush.

Lise Sargent, supervisor at the Mayflower Grace Spa, told Goop that she chooses a brush with “medium soft cactus bristles” as it is gentle on skin. Mary Coyne, spa supervisor at Ashford Castle, likes to use a tea tree spray or disinfectant spray to remove dead skin cells after dry brushing.

If you’re new to dry brushing, start by doing it just once a week, slowly working your way up. RealSelf contributor, Dr. Sejal Shah, says you don’t necessarily have to exfoliate every day, instead “one to three times a week is sufficient for most people”.

Have you ever tried dry brushing? Did you feel the benefits? Tell us all about your skin care routine over on Facebook and Twitter!

Skin is the single largest organ in the human body, but it is also one of the most vulnerable. As the skin ages, it loses resilience and everything from hormonal imbalances, to environmental aggressors like viruses, UV rays and air pollution, can contribute to dull and tired-looking skin.

Leading dermatologists believe you should start prioritising skin care in your 20s and 30s, and we agree wholeheartedly - prevention is always better than cure!


Fine lines can begin to show

Fine lines usually start appearing during your late 20s and early 30s. While these can be mild, it’s a good idea to care for them early on. Caroline Hirons, a London-based aesthetician, explains:

“Your skin, right now, looks like it's in its prime, but what you do right now will determine how it looks later on”.

You can prevent fine lines from developing into deep wrinkles by giving your skin a little extra TLC, starting with the areas most prone to lower collagen production. These are the areas where skin is typically looser, such as around the eyes, mouth and neck.

Collagen-boosting treatments, such as skin peels, can contribute to a brighter appearance, whilst retinoids and microdermabrasion can also work well in the long-term. If you’re unsure, your dermatologist should be able to advise on the best products for your skin.


Thinning hair starts earlier than you think

Hair loss and hair thinning are common eventualities for many people, but did you know that the best person to help with hair issues is actually your dermatologist?

This is because hair thinning is not because of an issue with your hair; it’s to do with the scalp. To give yourself the best chance of luscious locks in later life, a trip to the dermatologist can help. They may be able to diagnose your scalp issues, and can sometimes provide remedies which target your specific scalp issues.


Skin cell turnover begins to turn down

Skin cell turnover slows down as you move through your 20s, which in turn could lead to duller looking skin. Celebrity dermatologist Harold Lancer, highlights when you should start upping your skin routine:

“Skin-repair replacement mechanisms begin to slow by age 20. By age 25, the skin has decelerated its repair mechanisms, and that affects your entire body”.

You should consider a revitalising daily skin care routine. Exfoliating with an antioxidant-rich serum can remove dead skin cells, and cleansing milks are effective at balancing the complexion and removing the day’s grime. It is worth, however, speaking to your dermatologist, as they can advise a routine that is specifically tailored to your skin.


Sun damage can be dealt with early on

Using a foundation or sunscreen that has SPF 15 to 30 is generally recommended by experts:

“You should be using [SPF] 15 to 30, because much more than that is [just] marketing. Just make sure to apply it liberally — that’s the one mistake a lot of my patients make with sunscreens”, Dr Lancer says.

If you think your skin could do with a check-up, our resident dermatologist, Justine Hextall, is an expert in maintaining healthy skin: “When I talk about a skin care plan, this may involve a course of clinical treatments but also guidance on diet, exercise and a skin care regime that will maintain optimum skin health”.



Your beauty products might not be age-appropriate

If you’ve been using the same beauty products since you were a teenager, it might be time for you to switch it up. Inflammatory conditions, such as acne or psoriasis, tend to affect your skin differently as you get older. Peter Lio from Northwestern University says:

“Adult acne tends to be deeper and more cystic, but our skin gets drier and thinner overall as we age”.

Your dermatologist can look over the most vulnerable areas of your skin, offering recommendations based on your individual needs. Some products can be bought from over the counter, but most topical solutions will need to be prescribed by your dermatologist, so it’s definitely worth a visit.


Our Dermatologist says...

Dermatologist Dr Georgi Tzakov, based at our Harley Street Clinic

Our eyes may be the windows to our soul, but it's our skin that really tells people how we are. The damage we unconsciously do to the skin when we are in our adolescence, teens and early 20s becomes visible from 25 onwards as collagen production in the skin slows. By looking after your skin, using the right products, protecting it from UVA and UVB rays and meeting with a dermatologist at least annually it is possible to dramatically slow the ageing process and repair damaged skin.

How do you look after your skin? Tell us your skin routine, and why it works for you, over on our Facebook and Twitter.

We’re always told to cut down our fat and reduce our sugar intake if we want to stay fit, healthy and slim.

Now nutritionists have revealed that sometimes, going fat-free is not always the best thing – and some ‘naughty’ foods can actually have real benefits to our skin and health.Read on for the full fat foods you should be including in your diet – and reap the skin benefits!



Lard is used for roasting vegetables and potatoes, as well as for baking pastry. Made from pig fat, it’s the least likely food you’d expect experts to be recommending you include in your diet. In actual fact, lard is a healthy source of cholesterol. High in vitamin D, it’ll boost your skin’s radiance, giving you an enviable glow.



You’ll find gelatine in jelly and sweets. It’s made from collagen that is taken from the bones and connective tissue in cows. This makes it great for those looking to slow down the ageing process as gelatine will help to tighten and firm skin, prolonging the development of fine lines and wrinkles. The amino acids found in gelatine (proline and glycine) offer benefits for your hair, skin and nails. What’s more, adding more gelatine to your diet can improve your digestive system, decrease the time it takes for wounds to heal, as well as eliminate food intolerances.



If you’re struggling with weight management, eating more potatoes can help! This starchy food keeps you fuller for longer, meaning you’re less tempted to snack on sweet, sugary treats. They’re also a rich source of potassium (and actually contain more potassium than bananas!) which helps to keep your skin cells hydrated and boosts your internal moisture levels. So if you suffer from dry skin, try adding more potatoes to your diet.



Dark chocolate (70% and above) is rich in vitamins, fibre, protein and magnesium, leading to flawless skin and healthy, shiny-looking hair. Containing plenty of essential antioxidants, snacking on dark chocolate can help to brighten a dull complexion. And it’s not just your skin and hair that will benefit. Eating cacao is also a great way to improve your circulation, digestion, reduce your blood pressure and enhance your mental wellbeing.


Peanut butter

Experts recommend organic peanut butter (check it’s made from 100% peanuts) for boosting your complexion and moisturising dry skin. Its antioxidants, protein and monounsaturated fatty acids will give you healthy hair and nails.


Do you know of any other ‘naughty’ foods that are good for you? Let us know on Twitter.

Although women remain the majority of those opting to undergo Cosmetic Surgery procedures figures show that an increasing number of men are breaking through the taboo by “going under the knife” to get the appearance they want.

Over 9.5 per cent of all cosmetic procedures performed in 2013 were undertaken by men, these included Rhinoplasty, Male Chest Reduction, Liposuction and Otoplasty.

The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) released their member’s figures in February this year, the results proved surprising to many with a significant increase in Facial procedures; Eyelid surgery and Face and Neck lift procedures saw a double-digit rise in popularity with their patients.

Before we delve deeper into what exactly each procedure involves, and how it can be of benefit to you, here is a quick overview of the top surgical procedures for men (in 2013).


Most popular male cosmetic procedures 2013 (4,757 in total*)  


Reasons men undertake Cosmetic Surgery

British males are not the only ones who are turning to Cosmetic Surgery and Non-Invasive Treatments. Line and Wrinkle Reduction, Botox and Dermal Fillers, tops the list of Minimally-Invasive Treatments for Americans. According to a report by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons of the 6.1 million patients treated in 2012 one million of those were male.

Through our years of experience we have developed a deep understanding why men choose to undergo a cosmetic surgery procedure, and the reasons vary greatly. Some men have a problem from childhood that they want addressed while others are looking to remedy a sporting injury. Health is a causal factor, whether it’s a Rhinoplasty to help with breathing problems, a Tummy Tuck from dramatic weight loss, or Male Breast Reduction that no amount of gym workouts can address. Older men are often looking to maintain a fresh appearance in an increasingly competitive workplace or are newly single and looking to regain their youth before entering the dating market!

Our nurses have met men from all walks of life and heard a lot of reasons, nothing is surprise to them and they understand the end goal of each man who comes to us, which is most often to be more confident and happy with the way they look.  So let’s take a look at some of these procedures in more detail.


Rhinoplasty (Nose Reshaping)

There are many reasons why you may be unhappy with your nose and feel Rhinoplasty is the right solution.  The most common causes cited by men for undergoing nose reshaping are: the result of a broken nose from a sporting injury; difficulty breathing, in particular while sleeping; they are simply unhappy with the size, shape or overall appearance of their nose.

Rhinoplasty is a common surgical procedure which takes place inside the nose to prevent any scars from being seen from the outside.  Your Cosmetic Surgeon will make a cut inside the nostrils and lift the skin to gain access to the underlying bones and cartilage.  The procedure undertaken will depend the results you want, as discussed during your consultation; your Cosmetic Surgeon will make the necessary alterations to the bones and cartilage before draping the skin back over the newly shaped nose.

You can expect this procedure to take about two hours with an overnight stay in hospital.  A splint will rest over your nose for up to a week to help keep it in place while it heals.  Normally the signs of surgery take up to three weeks to disappear, with your new nose fully healing after six months.


Blepharoplasty (Eye Bag Removal Surgery)

During the natural ageing process, it is normal for skin around the eyes to become thinner, looser and even start to sag.  The weakening and loosening of the muscles can also cause fat to bulge forward, making lower eyelids seem baggy.  Undertaken generally by older men, Eye bag Removal Surgery (Blepharoplasty) is a procedure during which excess skin or fat from around the patient’s eye is removed, resulting in a more youthful and alert appearance.

You can expect this procedure to take between one to three hours but may not require an overnight stay in hospital.  Recovery is generally quick with most people returning to work after seven days.

Before receiving Blepharoplasty surgery some men choose to try Non-Surgical alternatives such as Botox, Dermal Fillers or Laser Rejuvenation treatments which can also help to reduce wrinkles around the eyes.  You may also find that a Brow Lift upon the forehead is recommended to combat the problem of drooping eyebrows.


Brow Lift

With an increase of 18 per cent for male Brow Lift procedures it is clear that men are increasingly concerned about the tell-tale signs of ageing. You can choose to have a Brow Lift in conjunction with Eye Bag Removal Surgery or on its own to lessen the amount of forehead wrinkles or help to reduce signs of a deep frown. Also known as an Open Brow Lift, the men who undergo this type of surgery do so in order to correct sagging of the forehead, eyebrows and upper eyelids that comes as part of the ageing process.


There are three main types of Brow Lift:

An incision is made above the line of the eyebrow and tissue is removed from the area.  You may be left with some small scars but these are likely to follow any natural forehead creasing.

Your Cosmetic Surgeon will make very small incisions in your scalp to free up the ligaments in the skin on your forehead.  The skin will be stretched upwards and reattached to smooth out lines and wrinkles.

Combining a Direct Brow Lift and Upper Blepharoplasty this procedure involves the removal of excess skin from the upper eyelid.

Depending on the procedure required to get the best result the operation may take between 1.5 to 2 hours and will require an overnight stay in hospital.


Male Chest Reduction

Male Breasts, medically known as Gynaecomastia and commonly called “Moobs”, is offset by a hormone imbalance.  It is estimated that between 40 – 60 per cent of the UK male population are affected by Gynaecomastia.  Unlike other body fat, the tissue that causes this condition cannot be reduced through healthy diet or exercise, and it is this that leads so many men opting to have their “man boobs” flattened to make them feel more masculine.

During the procedure, an incision will be made around the areola and your Cosmetic Surgeon may have to use Liposuction to remove any excess fatty tissue.  Following the operation, you will be expected to wear an elastic garment over the area for up to six weeks to encourage smoother overall results.


Otoplasty (Ear Reshaping)

Otoplasty continues to be one of the most popular procedures for men; it can be used to reduce the size of earlobes or to change the overall position of the ear in relation to the head.  Well known for boosting self-confidence, Ear Reshaping surgery can completely alter the appearance of the patient’s face as well as their overall demeanour with increased self-esteem.

It involves removing skin from the ear and then reshaping the cartilage.  Your Cosmetic Surgeon will then stitch your ears into their new position, concealing the incision marks in your ear’s natural crease.  The procedure usually takes around two to three hours in total, with immediate and permanent results.



With the growing trend towards a healthier lifestyle of sensible eating and exercise men are starting to find pockets of stubborn fat, from such areas as old love handles, extremely hard to remove. 2013 saw an astronomical surge in the demand for Liposuction, with the number of patients undertaking such surgery up by 28 per cent in an attempt to complete their new look.

Liposuction involves the insertion of a cannula (tiny tube) through an incision in the skin, which is then moved around the problem area to suck out the excess fatty tissue.  In order to limit the amount of blood loss it is recommended that just two to three litres of fat is removed in a single operation.

Operation time for Liposuction largely depends on the size of the area being treated.  Hips and thighs generally require an operation of one hour in length.  Those who have had the maximum amount of fat removed will also be required to stay overnight in hospital.  Following the procedure you’ll also be asked to wear an elastic pressure garment over the area for around six weeks to prevent any fluid from collecting under the skin and to ensure best results.


Face/Neck Lift Surgery

More prevalent in men who are in their 40s and 50s, Face and Neck Lift surgery is one of the most efficient procedures to fight the signs of ageing.  It focuses on improving the appearance of sagging skin around the eyes, mouth and jaw line to leave the patient looking more rejuvenated.

With a Face Lift, or Rhytidectomy, your Cosmetic Surgeon will make an incision at the front of your ear. This will then be extended behind the earlobe and to your lower scalp.  For any neck work your Cosmetic Surgeon may also make an incision underneath your chin. They will then separate the skin from the underlying fat and muscle, to improve and smooth the contours this may be trimmed and suctioned, and will then be tightened before stitching the skin back in place.  This type of procedure can last up to three hours according to the amount of work being carried out, and may require one or two overnight stays in hospital.


Chin Implants

Since the beginning of the Hollywood era masculinity and success, both professionally and privately, are associated with a strong chin and jaw line, and with the term “chinless” meaning ineffectual it’s no surprise. Of those males undertaking Chin Implant surgery, many seek to emulate the defined chin and jaw line of male celebrities such as Brad Pitt, Hugh Jackman and David Beckham.

Men can improve their jaw line in two ways; either by having a Chin Implant inserted or by having the jaw advanced.  The former procedure takes 45 minutes in general and involves a silicone implant being inserted through the mouth or under the chin so as to limit the visibility of scars.  Jaw Advancement is a longer, more painful procedure and should only be undertaken if there is a reason for not being able to have a Chin Implant.


Tummy Tuck

An article in the Daily Telegraph reported that between 2012 and 2013, Male Tummy Tuck procedures increased by 15 per cent, and that the overall demand for male Cosmetic Surgery rose by 16 per cent, from 4298 to 4757.  Once regarded as a procedure undertaken by “yummy mummies” to regain their post pregnancy figure, a consultant Cosmetic Surgeon explained that it is not surprising that men are now adding Tummy Tucks to their surgery wish list.  “Patients are looking to get the most ‘impact’ from their surgery to enhance their mental well-being and self-confidence.”

As with liposuction the growing awareness of obesity issues and the trend towards a healthier lifestyle many men who were overweight now find themselves with “a lot of loose skin that causes physical problems and unsightly body contour which can only be addressed by surgery”. An Abdominoplasty removes loose skin and fatty tissue through an incision which extends across the abdomen, the outcome of the procedure is a flat stomach with a tightened abdominal muscle wall. The procedure takes around two hours and requires a one or two night stay in hospital.


Other procedures

We also offer a fully comprehensive range of Laser and Skin treatments, including Dermal Fillers to smooth out the appearance of wrinkles; Skin Peels to help rejuvenate and revitalise the skin as well as reduce acne scarring and early signs of ageing; and Laser treatments for scars, stretch marks and thread vein removal.


Let us help

Our years of experience in the field of Cosmetic Surgery ensure that you can rely on The Harley Medical Group to assist you at all stages of your chosen procedure.  We offer free consultations with qualified Medical Professionals, as well as a thorough after care service to ensure that your experience is positive throughout your entire journey.

Ass, backside, booty, bum, butt, buttocks, caboose, derriere, tush – we have so many words for ‘bottom’, it’s no wonder the nation is all about that bass. Big bums have been popular for years – with the likes of Kylie and Jenny-from-the-block Lopez making a plush posterior the desired trait of women the world over.

What’s the big obsession with booty?

Ass, backside, booty, bum, butt, buttocks, caboose, derriere, tush – we have so many words for ‘bottom’, it’s no wonder the nation is all about that bass. Big bums have been popular for years – with the likes of Kylie and Jenny-from-the-block Lopez making a plush posterior the desired trait of women the world over. But while everyone was aware that they existed, it’s only recently that women have taken things one step further and undergone Cosmetic Surgery to acquire a more shapely derriere. Known as the Butt Lift, this procedure does exactly what it says on the tin, lifting the patient’s bum upwards and outwards, giving you a behind even J.Lo would be envious of.


What are the options for Butt Lift surgery?

There are two ways to change the size of your bottom: Implants and Fat Transfer. The former are better suited to those who have little fat, and offer a rounded, more contoured behind.

For those wanting to lose fat from elsewhere on their body (such as their stomach), Fat Transfer does just that – the fat is removed from one area and injected into your buttocks. And the procedure is on the increase, with The Harley Street Journal reporting a 300 per cent increase in the number of Fat Transfers in the UK in 2014.


Are there any risks associated with the procedure?

Many experts prefer to focus on Fat Transfer rather than Butt Implants, on account of the risks associated with the latter. Implants have been known to become dislocated, inverted, infected, or in some cases, erupt.

Hannah Carlile, Nurse at The Harley Medical Group said

The are numerous methods to increase your posterior giving it a more curvaceous look including injections, fat transfer and buttock implants, but none come without risk.Fat transfer is good for augmenting smaller areas but won’t provide optimum results for larger areas such as the buttocks. While buttock implants will provide the desired look there is a possibility that the implants will rupture or have capsular contracture, this means that revision surgery would be required. Further complications with butt implants include movement over time creating an asymmetrical appearance. Unfortunately the best and the safest way to increase your butt is through exercise, in particular squats and lunges!


Are belfies to blame for the increase in Butt Lift popularity?

Step aside selfies – there’s a new trend in town. The bum selfie, or belfie as it is more affectionately known can be found all over Instagram. It started off as a way for those blessed with bigger behinds to flaunt them proudly – but it soon turned into something much more serious, with women from all corners of the globe competing for the best belfie.

And what better way to acquire a belfie-worthy bottom than by undergoing Butt Augmentation?

But are belfies really to blame or should the celebrity women behind them answer for the recent surge in Butt Lift procedures? After all, the likes of Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, and the Kardashian sisters are fully aware just how much influence they have over women’s body ideals – and social media is the perfect outlet for these women to celebrate their desirable curves.

What about the side bum?

What’s a side bum, we here you ask? Well essentially, it’s a new name for your hip. In the past, women have been criticised for having flesh which sticks out at the side when sitting down. But thanks to Queen Bey, Khloe Kardashian and Nicki Minaj, it seems the side bum is now an area to be revered and celebrated – and these three ladies just can’t seem to resist posting snaps of their side bums all over social media.

It all started back in 2013 when Gwyneth Paltrow stepped onto the red carpet at the Iron Man 3 premiere wearing a dress with sheer panelling down the side, exposing her body from hip to toe.

Then earlier this year, Beyoncé wore that dress to the Met Gala and the side bum craze was born.

Since then, social media has been inundated with images of celebrity women showing off their side bum. But according to some, it’s mainly illusion – with photos being taken from certain angles and celebs posing in strange positions – all the better to flaunt their curvy posteriors. And they only have one aim in mind; the bigger the bum, the better.


So will the big booty craze ever fade? It’s the big question on our lips – and only time will tell. Like fashion, body trends come and go. The 60s and 70s were all about being skinny; nowadays curves are en vogue. Who knows what the next big beauty ideal will be?


Nowadays, more men than ever are starting to pay attention to the appearance of their skin, with growing numbers investing in Skin Care products and following tailored regimes to ensure that their skin gets the best possible care. The main thing you need to be aware of when it comes to male Skin Care is that both male and female skin is different.

That means what works for women will not necessarily have the same effect on men’s skin. So how do you know what ingredients to look out for when buying Skin Care products? Let’s take a look.

Nowadays, more men than ever are starting to pay attention to the appearance of their skin, with growing numbers investing in Skin Care products and following tailored regimes to ensure that their skin gets the best possible care. The main thing you need to be aware of when it comes to male Skin Care is that both male and female skin is different. That means what works for women will not necessarily have the same effect on men’s skin. So how do you know what ingredients to look out for when buying Skin Care products? Let’s take a look.

Top Anti-Ageing ingredient, Beta Glucan stimulates the fibroblasts in your skin, helping to reduce early signs of Ageing and leaving you with healthy-looking skin.

Proven to help tighten skin and improve skin tone, peptides work by improving your skin cell structure and providing essential nourishment from within.

While moisturising is important, you’ll also need to ensure that your skin is protected from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Shea butter is an excellent source of both, giving you twice the protection for your money.

Men’s skin tends to be oilier than women’s as your pores are larger. That doesn’t mean you don’t need to moisturise though ‘ look for products containing silicone to help nourish and moisturise your skin without adding more oil.

If you’ve noticed the delicate skin around your eyes starting to sag, give it a helping hand with subar bark extract. This ingredient has been clinically proven to smooth and tighten skin instantly, giving you a refreshed, rejuvenated appearance.

We all know how important it is to eat food containing vitamins ‘ and the same thing applies when applying Skin Care products. Vitamin A is essential for Anti-Ageing and is known for stimulating cell renewal, leaving your skin smooth and supple.

Vitamin E is another essential ingredient to look out for. Products which contain this will boost your skin’s appearance thanks to the high level of antioxidants within the vitamin, giving your skin a healthy glow and encouraging broken or scarred skin to heal.

Those of you with dry, sensitive skin will benefit from Skin Care products containing vitamin F, to help boost your skin with essential fatty acids, moisturising and protecting it from the sun.


If you’re looking for an easy solution to make Skin Care, take a look at our Male Skin Care Package, available to buy from The Harley Medical Group. Let us know your Skin Care queries on our Facebook and Twitter pages.


Cosmetic Surgery has steadily increased in popularity over the years, with procedures that were once seen as taboo now commonly requested. Cosmetic Gynaecology (more commonly, and misleadingly, known as Designer Vagina) is the collective term for any Cosmetic Surgical procedure performed on the vagina, of which there are multiple.

The term "Designer Vagina" actually refers to procedures undertaken purely for cosmetic reasons but is often misused (due to a lack of terminology) to refer to medical procedures. Cosmetic Gynaecology is not something to be undertaken lightly. It is important that prospective patients weigh up all of the reasons for having surgery and that these are discussed in full with your Cosmetic Surgeon during consultation.

The Harley Medical Group is a responsible and ethical provider of Cosmetic Surgery, and our specialist team of Cosmetic Surgeons have been known to decline to perform surgery on patients if the reason for having their chosen Cosmetic Gynaecology procedure would not be deemed responsible.


To find out more about all of our Cosmetic Gynaecology procedures such as Labiaplasty and Vaginoplasty, including pricing, real life stories and more, please click the link above.

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Cosmetic Gynaecology procedures

These are the main procedures which are classed as Cosmetic Gynaecology:

ThermiVa Vaginal Rejuvenation Treatment

What is it? ThermiVa is a non-invasive, non-hormonal vaginal rejuvenation treatment using radio frequency energy to gently heat tissue with little to no discomfort. The treatments improves: vaginal looseness or laxity, vaginal dryness, incontinence and bladder control.

The procedure: The treatment lasts 30 minutes and is delivered once a month over a three month period. Anaesthetics and post treatment medication are not required. ThermiVa is a non-surgical procedure which uses a small disposable wand specifically designed to deliver radio frequency to the vagina. ThermiVa treatment is pain free. It has a warming effect as a small amount of energy is used to heat the tissue and muscles around the vagina.

Recovery time: There is no downtime after ThermiVa treatment. ThermiVa delivers instant results and you can enjoy the improvements the same day.

Results: After treatment, you will notice the muscles and tissues in your vagina are tighter, bladder control improves and there is an increase in lubrication.

Aftercare: Although no aftercare is required after ThermiVa treatment, we recommend a single top up session after one year. Whether you choose a follow up treatment or not, The Harley Medical Group will be here for you whenever you need.



What is it? Also known as Labia Reduction surgery, Labiaplasty is undertaken to alter the size of the labia minora (inner labia). Whether the size of your labia makes you feel self-conscious or uncomfortable during sexual intercourse; you experience chafing from your underwear or clothing such as jeans; your labia have been stretched during childbirth or you have lost a large amount of weight, this is an effective solution.

The procedure: This common procedure takes around an hour to complete, during which your Cosmetic Surgeon will make small incisions to reduce or correct the shape of your labia.

Recovery time: You may experience some discomfort and swelling afterwards but this should go within two weeks. We recommend that you book at least one week off work following the procedure.

Results: As the incisions made during Labiaplasty are small, they will be barely noticeable and generally heal quickly. It is important that you allow the area to heal fully before engaging in sexual intercourse. This usually takes around three to four weeks.

Aftercare: Your Cosmetic Surgeon will dress the area post-surgery and you will be invited for a post-op review around one week later to check that everything is healing well. In the meantime, please follow our aftercare guidelines to speed up the recovery process.


Pelvic Floor Repair

What is it? Performed to help repair any damage to the perineum which has been caused during a difficult childbirth, as well as to strengthen the muscles in control of urinary function, Pelvic Floor Repair is a fairly common procedure. This surgical procedure is undertaken to help women regain their confidence during sex and to abate any feeling of discomfort. It can also help to stop incontinence by strengthening your vaginal and pelvic floor muscles.

The procedure: Pelvic Floor Repair surgery involves tightening your ligaments and vaginal muscles. You will be given a general anaesthetic and will be required to stay overnight in hospital afterwards.

Recovery time: You will be given painkillers to help ease some of the pain and discomfort you may feel post-surgery. It is common to experience soreness and swelling in the area afterwards. We advise you to book up to two weeks off work and avoid strenuous exercise or heavy lifting for around four weeks to help speed up the recovery process.

Results: Post-surgery you will notice an improved appearance of the perineum, with no more excess skin or lumpy scarring. The procedure will restore your bladder control and you should no longer feel any discomfort during intercourse, helping you to regain your confidence.

Aftercare: It's important to allow your body to fully heal after Pelvic Floor Repair surgery. After the swelling has subsided, you should abstain from sexual intercourse for up to eight weeks.


Vaginal Tightening

What is it? During the ageing process, it's common for your vaginal muscles to lose tone, which can lead to a loss of sensitivity during intercourse. Vaginal Tightening is also undertaken by women who have been left with loose and weak vaginal muscles from having children. This procedure is an effective way to restore control, strength and tone to your vaginal muscles, restoring your confidence and improving your sexual satisfaction.

The procedure: Vaginal Tightening is performed under either local or general anaesthetic (determined by your Cosmetic Surgeon) and takes about 60 minutes to complete. It involves shortening any muscles at the back of your vagina which have been stretched, removing the excess skin and joining them together to reduce the size of your vagina.

Recovery time: It's common to feel sore after the procedure but this should ease after two to three days. We advise you to book a week off work to speed up the recovery process, which usually takes up to three weeks.

Results: Following the procedure, you can expect to notice an improvement in the muscle tone of your vagina. All scars are internal so you will not need to worry about them affecting the appearance of the area.

Aftercare: We're committed to providing a full aftercare service which includes a check-up post-surgery to make sure that your body is healing well. We recommend that you avoid having sexual intercourse for between four and eight weeks after surgery – your Cosmetic Surgeon can advise you on this during your check-up.


Why do people have Vaginal Cosmetic Surgery?

There are many reasons for choosing to have one of the three main Vaginal Cosmetic Surgery procedures. Many of our patients have experienced particularly traumatic childbirths, which have left them with a lack of confidence as well as a loss of sensitivity during intercourse. For others, the impact of ageing has caused muscle tone in the vagina to weaken. Whatever your reason for wishing to have one of the above procedures, our specialist Cosmetic Surgeons will be with you at every stage of the process to make sure your needs are catered for.


Important factors to consider

Choosing to undergo Cosmetic Gynaecology is a life changing decision which should only be made once you've considered all of the options available to you. In addition to attending an initial consultation with one of our experts, it's important for you to bear the following in mind:


General aftercare guidelines

While you will be given procedure specific aftercare, there are some general guidelines which you should follow after having Cosmetic Gynaecology:



As every patient is different and needs to be treated on a case-by-case basis, we do not have set prices for any of the Cosmetic Surgical procedures available at The Harley Medical Group. We use the initial consultation with you to gauge your needs and to determine which procedure will give you the desired results. The procedure, any overnight stay and all aftercare appointments are covered in the price you are quoted.


Let us help

The Harley Medical Group has a team of experienced Cosmetic Surgeons who are specialised in the various Cosmetic Gynaecology procedures. We can offer you our expert advice and opinion on which procedure is best suited for your needs during your FREE consultation. Book now and find out how we can help you.

Nowadays we turn to technology for everything, from advice about what we should be eating to looking up our symptoms to avoid having a trip to the doctor.

Nowadays we turn to technology for everything, from advice about what we should be eating to looking up our symptoms to avoid having a trip to the doctor. It’s safe to say that technology has been designed to help make our everyday lives easier. Not seen your friend in ages? You can reconnect via text message, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, email, Snapchat – and that’s all from your mobile! With Christmas on the way and the cold weather settling in for the coming months, it’s more important than ever to take good care of your health.

So we’ve done some research and come up with a list of our five favourite apps for health and wellbeing – take a look!

If you suffer from Acne, it’s likely that some of the foods you’re eating could work as triggers, making symptoms worse. So the clever scientists at Northwestern University in America have come up with an app to help you determine which food groups could be having the biggest effect on your Acne. Armed with the knowledge, the user is able to make better informed dietary choices, which ultimately could help your Acne to disappear.

We’ve all seen the dietary information labels on food these days. While they’ve improved significantly in recent years, helping you to quickly spot just how unhealthy that cheese and tomato sandwich is, sometimes you just need a helping hand to remind you that there’s a healthier alternative. After all, what can seem healthy may be loaded with hidden calories – and that’s where FoodSwitch UK comes in handy. Simply use the app to scan the barcode of a food product. It will then display the nutritional information of the product using the traffic light system (red for unhealthy, green for healthy) – give it a go and see how healthy that salad really is.


We’re always being encouraged to be more active – and when you’ve been sat down at your office desk all day boredom eating, it can be hard to work up the motivation to go to the gym. With Garmin Fit, you can store all of your exercise stats, including the number of calories you’ve burned, how far you’ve run, and how long you’ve been exercising for. All of your progress is mapped out for you so you can refer back to it and it’ll give you the incentive to keep on going.

Nobody feels positive and happy 100 per cent of the time so when you’re feeling blue, the Five Ways To Wellbeing app sets you activities to complete to help you focus on improving your general wellbeing and happiness. And everyone knows that when you feel happy, you look great.

Beauty sleep is essential for staving off fine lines and wrinkles but sometimes a good night’s sleep can leave you feeling drowsy. It’s all to do with your sleep cycle – if you’re woken up during a deep sleep, you’re more likely to feel tired, which impacts on the rest of the day and over time, your health. Use Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock to ensure that you’re woken up at the best possible time, leaving you feeling refreshed and energised for the day ahead.


Computerised Photo Imaging Analysis

We’re big fans of using the latest advanced technology here at The Harley Medical Group. Our Computerised Photo Imaging Analysis takes a series of photos of your face and analyses the condition of your skin to help us to determine which products and treatment solutions are best for your skin’s needs. So if you’ve got a skin issue, book your FREE consultation with us today and we’ll use our Photo Imaging Tool to find the right solution for you.

Do you have a favourite health and wellbeing app? Let us know on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

London Fashion Week is just around the corner! Can you tell we're excited? The changing season gives you the perfect opportunity to try something new beauty-wise not to mention shake up your Skin Care routine to give your complexion a helping hand.

London Fashion Week is just around the corner! Can you tell we're excited? The changing season gives you the perfect opportunity to try something new beauty-wise not to mention shake up your Skin Care routine to give your complexion a helping hand. Changing old habits is something which can be difficult to do, especially where your skin is concerned  but fear not, because The Harley Medical Group is on hand to answer your beauty and Skin Care woes. Prepare for LFW in style by following our pick of this season's beauty trends:

This autumn, all eyes will be on metallic makeup & whether you choose to add some warm gold and copper tones or prefer an icy silver blast, look out for shimmery, creamy shades. Don't forget to add a sweeping line along the lower lash line too for a more dramatic effect.

Channel your inner 50s girl with winged eyeliner flicks in retro blue for a striking look. Remember to always remove your makeup thoroughly before going to bed to leave your skin in healthy condition.

As the summer gives way to damp, dismal weather, add a pop of colour to your lips with this season's berry lip trend. Try on a few different shades to get the perfect match for your skin tone & keep the rest of your makeup neutral for a more powerful effect.

Fancy heading back in time to the 60s? This autumn, huge lashes will be all over the catwalks & recreate the look yourself by piling on mascara with added volume and pairing with a nude lip.

Okay, it may not be the latest trend but face wipes are so last season. We've come across some rather worrying statistics recently which show that younger women are failing to adhere to a proper Skin Care regime & ladies, don't you realise that poorly prepped skin will lead to the early formation of wrinkles? So this autumn, start as you mean to go on and follow a strict cleanse, tone and moisturise routine & your skin will thank you for it, trust us.

So there you have it & why not give one of these upcoming trends a try? You'll be the envy of all of your friends. Share your autumn beauty and skin tips on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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