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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.

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. 

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

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.

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.