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Cosmetic Surgery

Facial cosmetic surgery options

There are many reasons why people come to The Harley Medical Group for Facial Cosmetic Surgery. Our skilled and experienced Cosmetic Surgery Nurses and Cosmetic Surgeons have been performing Facial procedures to the highest standard and they are always happy to offer you advice and surgical recommendations to help you achieve your desired result and leave you feeling confident and happy with your appearance. We offer a range of Facial Cosmetic Surgery procedures for both men and women and encourage you to book a free consultation with one of our experts to find out more about how we can help you.

What is Designer Vagina? All Your Questions Answered

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.

Is Breast Surgery Right For You

There’s no denying the popularity of breast surgery – in fact, it’s the most commonly undertaken Cosmetic Surgical procedure, with Breast Enlargement numbers rising by 13 per cent in 2013. But how much do you really know about it? 

Considering Rhinoplasty? Real Patients Share Their Journey

Years of feeling insecure, being taunted through school and refusing point blank at having a photograph taken of my profile, not choosing particular hair styles or colours because you felt it would only make your nose stand out even more, over the years it took its toll on my self esteem – it had to go. 

Emmalee, Rhinoplasty patient.

The Psychology of Cosmetic Surgery

With more than a quarter of UK women (29%) feeling unhappy about the way they look and over half (51%) considering having a Cosmetic Procedure[1], it’s interesting to look at the psychology behind cosmetic surgery.

 

What can we do for you

What we can do for you – men

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.

What we can do for you – older women

Our experience has taught us that there are many reasons why people decide to undertake Cosmetic Surgery or opt for non-invasive treatments, and one of the key audience groups of cosmetic solutions are older women looking to improve and regain a more youthful appearance.  We’ve all heard of “growing old gracefully”, and our range of services, both Surgical and Non-Surgical, can be undertaken to help regain a fresher, more revitalised look, reducing and removing the tell-tale signs of ageing.

What can we do for you - Mums

'Mummy makeovers' enquirers are an ever increasing group seen seeking advice from cosmetic surgery clinics, driven by the fact that no sooner has just about any female celebrity you could name given birth she will be photographed out and about looking perfect, and of course she will be fitting neatly into her pre-baby jeans and the rest of her close-fitting wardrobe.

Skin & Laser Treatments

Botox – everything you need to know

Botox® is the most popular Non Surgical treatment in the world but how much do you really know about it? We’ve compiled a guide to help answer all of your Botox®-related questions, from what it is to how it works and what it can be used for. Read on to find out everything you need to know about Botox®.

How Computerised Skin Analysis Works

At The Harley Medical Group, we often see patients who wish to improve the appearance and condition of their skin. Whether you suffer from Adult Acne, Hyperpigmentation, Sun Damage or are looking for a way to reverse those early signs of Ageing, our medical experts are here to offer advice and assistance. With the help of our Computerised Photo Imaging Skin Analysis tool, we can identify any damage and suggest the best course of action to help treat it and prevent further damage from occurring in the future. Read on to find out more about how computerised skin analysis actually works.

Makeup vs. Laser & Skin Treatments

There’s no doubt about it – the beauty industry is big business. But just how much time and money do we invest in looking good? From daily makeup application to regular body treatments, it turns out that British women really do take their appearance seriously. 

Acne Causes, Effects & Treatments Guide

Acne is a common skin condition, suffered by many. Some people mistakenly believe that acne only occurs during teenage years, but in actual fact, it can happen during adulthood as well. Acne spots can affect your face, neck, back and chest, ranging from mild to severe. 

The Skin Fillers Debate

With 37% of us worrying that lip fillers would leave us with an infamous ‘trout pout’ and over half of women being more inclined to undertake subtle enhancements to look ‘like themselves but on a good day’ whilst maintaining a youthful appearance (61%), there’s much debate around skin fillers[i]. Here, Dr Justine Hextall FRCP, our Consultant Dermatologist, tells us what there is to know…

New mums battle to regain their pre-pregnancy bodies

With celebrities snapping back to their former selves just weeks after giving birth, it's no wonder 40% of mothers say slim celebrity mums make them feel obliged to lose weight quickly, and nearly half of mums to be are conscious of putting on too much weight whilst pregnant.

Acne – Nutritional Solutions

We all long to have clear, glowing and vibrant skin. Great skin radiates health and vitality, boosts our self-confidence and often reflects a healthy body within. For many the impact of blemishes, blackheads, and scars runs more than skin deep. While acne is typically thought of as a condition of our teenage years, the fact is millions of adults are also afflicted.  

Sun Protection

Sun protection guide for sports people and outdoor workers

We all enjoy going out in the sun every now and again – after all, that extra dose of vitamin D is good for you, right?  However for those who spend a lot of time outdoors exposed to the sun there is a high risk of developing sun damage.  In the best of cases this can cause sun spots or moles to form on your skin, and you may be left with sunburn which is painful, itchy and can lead to premature ageing.  In the worst of cases excessive sun exposure can lead to skin cancer.  That’s why it is vital to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays each time you go outside, and especially if you’re outside often.

Sun protection guide for holidaymakers

A TNS study into the British holiday market found that around 7 in 10 Britons go away on holiday or take a short break at least once a year, with 44 per cent of adults travelling overseas once or more each year and 61 per cent choosing to holiday at home. One of the suitcase items that should feature as priority on every holidaymaker’s list is sun cream. It’s likely that you’ve heard of the dangers and health risks associated with a lack of sun protection, but when you intend on travelling to a hotter climate for your holiday, sun protection becomes even more important. With that in mind, let’s take a look at how you can best protect yourself from the sun when you’re on holiday, as well as how you can deal with the subsequent effects of sun exposure.

Safe Sport in the Sun infographic

While playing sports and training outdoors is great for fitness levels, being exposed to the sun’s harmful UV rays is not. Studies on the subject highlight that athletes of certain disciplines are at greater risk of developing Skin Cancer, as well as other skin problems, such as Sunburn, Sun Damage and Sun Spots. Luckily, this risk can be reduced by taking extra care when out in the sun.

Anti Ageing

The Anti-Ageing Diet - Best & Worst Foods

The appearance of fine lines and wrinkles is a natural part of the Ageing process. So too, is the inevitable fact that the older we get, the shorter our remaining lifespan is. While The Harley Medical Group offers many Cosmetic Surgical procedures and Non Surgical treatments to help reverse the common signs of Ageing, there is something else we can do which not only has an Anti-Ageing effect on our appearance, but may also influence our chances of living to an advanced age – and it’s all to do with our diet. 

How your skin ages

Ageing is a natural process which we all go through over time. Often, the first signs of ageing can be noticed in the condition of your skin. You may start to see a few fine lines and wrinkles developing around your eyes, or the corners of your mouth; you may also notice a change in the elasticity of your skin, and the feel of it

Beauty

Beauty Through The Ages – 1930s

The Wall Street Crash of 1929 gave way to the Great Depression, which marked the majority of the 1930s. Although people had very little money to spend on fashion and beauty, Hollywood became all glitz and glam, offering escapism from the normal everyday life. Contrary to the boyish look of the 1920s, women of the 1930s preferred a softer, feminine style – characterised by curly locks, ball gown dresses and pink hued makeup palettes. Let’s take a closer look at this iconic beauty style and how you can recreate it for yourself.

Beauty Through The Ages – 1940s

The end of the 1930s brought World War Two. While the men went off into battle, the women were left to pick up the jobs traditionally held by men. A combination of war rations and unfeminine working conditions led women of the 1940s to develop a more understated, less maintenance look. This didn’t stop them from using makeup as a form of escapism from the mundane everyday life though – they simply had to be more creative about how they used it. Let’s take a closer look at how the war impacted on women’s beauty regimes in the 1940s and how you can recreate the look for yourself.

Beauty Through The Ages – 1950s

The world of beauty exploded during the 1950s – with the war over, television programming started up again and more movies were produced in vivid colour, all of which contributed to women becoming more daring than ever with makeup colours. Gone were the pale faces of the previous decades and the UK and USA welcomed the screen sirens of Hollywood who are still topping the Most Beautiful Women of All Time polls today.

Beauty Through The Ages – 1960s

During the 1960s, popular beauty and makeup trends were divided into three marked stages: the earlier part of the decade was influenced by trends from the 50s with women favouring subtle and classic looks. Next came the mod phase, characterised most famously by model Twiggy with a more natural look, focusing heavily on the eyes. Towards the end of the 1960s, feminism largely influenced women’s roles in the world, the glamorous look which reigned during the 1950s came to a sharp halt and developed into the early hippy style.

Beauty Through The Ages – 1970s

As in the 60s, the beauty trends of the 1970s were diverse. The beginning of the decade saw the continuation of the flower power trend of the sixties, before evolving into a retro glamorous look, harking back to the 1920s. Next came disco – a glittery dance look associated with the likes of Donna Summer. Towards the end of the 1970s, a new look took off – punk. This rebellious and dramatic look was short lived and echoed the social and economic unrest at the time among the working class population. 

Beauty Through The Ages – 1980s

Retro is huge at the moment and you’ll not find a more fun decade to recreate than the 1980s. Can you believe that just 30 years ago we were donning neon legging warmers, brighter than bright makeup and big big perms? When you consider the 80s, so many icons spring to mind; from Madonna to Cyndi Lauper, one thing’s for sure – girls just wanted to have fun!

Beauty Through The Ages – 1990s

The 90s - a decade that brought us grunge and girl power. Beauty in this era was distinctive; hairstyles were alternately spikey, twisted, butterfly-clipped creations while makeup fell into two looks: iridescent or vampish, both topped off with a choker necklace. 

On Trend: Harley Says…

The Worrying Thigh Gap Trend

Trends come and go, and over the years we’ve seen more than our fair share of them. From the washboard abs of the 90s to the more recent Butt Lift surgeries – it’s safe to say that when it comes to our bodies (and particularly women’s bodies) we’re continually striving to change them. 

Are Beauty Vloggers Glamorising Cosmetic Surgery?

They hold great sway over their audience, promising them flawless skin and perfect makeup in the space of just 30 minutes. It’s fair to say that YouTube has propelled every day girls to new heights of stardom. And it all comes down to their image.

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.

A tan-line to die for?

We’ve seen our fair share of unhealthy social media trends over the past few years – the Kylie Jenner Lip Challenge and Thigh Gap are two that immediately spring to mind – but there’s a worrying new craze that’s got Dermatologists cringing in their boots: Sunburn Art.

To go bare or keep the body hair? Surely it’s a lady’s choice!

It’s the latest beauty craze that everyone seems to have an opinion about. But as scores of women take to Instagram to display their unshaved underarms, not everyone is sharing in their loud-and-proud approach to female body hair.

Learning to love your lines: the real skin beauty movement

Have you ever covered up in a one-piece at the beach, danced around ridiculously under a towel so no one would see your body in the changing rooms, or stared enviously at the smooth skin of a woman younger than you are? Let’s be honest – we all have!

All about the pout

When it comes to beauty trends of late it seems bigger is always better! Whether it’s bum, boobs, lashes or lips there’s a definite leaning towards all-out glamour.

Crazy about contouring! Everything you need to know about the latest beauty trend

It’s the beauty trend taking over the world faster than you can say Kardashian - so what do you need to know about contouring?

The Rise In Manscaping

Men are becoming increasingly concerned with their physical appearance, with more men than ever investing time and money in making sure they look well-groomed. The recent spike in the male beauty phenomenon has led to many coining terms such as 'manscaping' and 'Brotox' when describing treatments undertaken by men... 

Light Up Instagram With Glow In The Dark Hair

2015 was the year of wild and wacky hair trends, with the likes of rainbow hair, galaxy shades and ombre gracing the heads of many. But the fabulous hair trend doesn’t stop there because this year, glow in the dark hair is having its moment. Yes, you read that right – glow in the dark hair is here and it’s exploded in popularity on social media, particularly Instagram.

But what exactly is glow in the dark hair, and how can you get it? We reveal all.

All About Those Brows

Over the years, eyebrow shapes have come and gone – but it’s not until this year that they’ve featured so highly on our radar. It’s fair to say we’re a nation obsessed with brows; the bigger, the better. So how can you ensure your eyebrows are on point? We’ve discovered a hot new trend for beautiful brows. Keep reading for details on how you can benefit from Microblading. We’ve also uncovered this season’s must-have eyebrow shapes with tips on how you can recreate the look for yourself at home.

Why everybody’s talking about Cosmetic Gynaecology

Cosmetic Surgery… for your vagina. Once this might have seemed like an outrageous suggestion, something women were reluctant to discuss and an area of the body generally approached with great coyness. In the world of modern medicine, however, all this is changing. 

Selfies and Body Dysmorphic Disorder – What’s the Connection?

Love them or loathe them, selfies are near impossible to avoid. They took off with a bang around 2011 and now never a day passes without waves of the self-portraits flooding our social media feeds.