We understand that reading about other patient experiences is important to you so we have put a selection of stories online for you to read. When you attend your free consultation, your nurse counsellor will be able to offer you the opportunity to talk to previous patients about their experiences here at the Southampton Clinic.
Rae Moore - Breast Enlargement
I’ve always been conscious of my breasts from the early years of secondary school and being aware that other girls were developing more than me, I always felt the need to wear padded bras for confidence and pick my clothing around my figure to try and give the appearance of a more womanly, fuller breasted figure.
Having my breasts enlarged was something I always considered as I knew it would build my confidence and change my life, in a way that only I would appreciate. It was always something that I would end up talking myself out of because I didn’t really understand the process and was nervous about voluntarily having surgery. I researched the main cosmetic surgery companies and I wanted one I felt genuinely comfortable with. However, after doing a lot of research, this all changed when I found The Harley Medical Group. The Harley Medical Group, for many reasons, was my first choice.
I finally plucked up the courage and booked my initial consultation at the clinic with one of the Surgical Counsellors. At this appointment my Surgical Counsellor took me through step by step the processes of having surgery with The Harley Medical Group and explained to me in further detail what Breast Augmentation surgery entailed. This helped to answer a lot of the questions I had been wondering about for years and put my mind at ease about the surgery itself. My counsellor was very approachable and knowledgeable and I felt comfortable about asking any question, however small or complex I felt it was and I did not feel rushed. I was able to try on implants with a special sizing breast implant that you put into a specially designed bra with a top over the top to visually see what having implants would look like. This made me very excited at the prospect of having breasts for the first time and couldn’t wait to meet the surgeon and take the next steps.
I decided to book in my consultation with the surgeon, Mr Mark Solomos, and this was the best decision I ever made taking that leap to take the first steps of cosmetic surgery. At the consultation, Mark, was great. First we discussed what it was that I didn’t like about my breasts, why I wanted surgery and what my expectations of my outcome would be. After listening carefully to my reasons, taking on board my expectations and examining my breasts and body frame, he discussed what size, shape and profile of implant would be best suited and explained to me what he hoped to achieve and the results I could expect. I was able to try on the implants again at this appointment but this time with the sizes he had recommended so we could choose together and decided on a size and shape that worked both with my body frame and existing tissue to help me achieve the size and look I was aiming for.
After trying on the implants in my initial consultation I had expected that Mark would choose something fairly small considering I was a 32 A cup size pre surgery, also because I wanted them natural and a similar size to what they were when wearing my super padded bras. When he discussed the size he would be looking to take me after taking into consideration my wishes it was a lot bigger than I expected and took me a little by surprise, but as he is a multi skilled surgeon and is highly experienced I had complete faith and trust in him and decided to go for his recommendation, which was the best decision.
On the day of surgery I drove to the Highgate hospital in London with my mum and fiancé. As soon as I got to the hospital the staff were lovely and very welcoming and showed me to my room where I made myself comfortable. My mum and my Fiancé were with me for support and the staff had no qualms of them joining me. I arrived at 7:30am so as I was one of the first patients on the list I was in theatre by 10am, I was too excited to feel any nerves. Before going into theatre Mark came to my room to discuss any remaining concerns or questions I had – not that I really had any! We just chatted about my upcoming procedure, while also going over my medical history and BMI ensuring one more time that I was good for surgery. Once I was out of my operation I had nurses coming in to see me every half hour or so to make sure everything was ok and if I was ready for anything to eat or dink so I knew that I was really being cared for. I was discharged the same day, but felt that I was able to leave at my ease when I was ready. Before I made my way home with my Mum and fiancé, the nurses came in to help me put on my post surgical bra after letting me having a quick preview of my new additions. My fiancé had the week off work with me so I was well looked after as I was a little sleepy and achy for a few days after surgery - he definitely earned some brownie points!
The level of care from both The Harley Medical Group and The Highgate Hospital was outstanding; I could not fault it at all. I always knew that should I need a nurse to answer any questions there was always one on the end of the phone. They followed up my surgery with weekly wellness calls and pre booked all my post operative appointments prior to my surgery so everything was well organised.
Months on I can genuinely say I have no regrets, I honestly wouldn’t change a thing... in fact, if I needed to I would do it all over again. I love the way my breasts now look and I can finally enjoy shopping for clothes and have no boundaries. I’m now a 32DD and can not believe how much they feel like they’ve always been there and are completely mine. I’m so glad I didn’t go any smaller and I went with Marks recommendation as they are absolutely perfect and exactly what I asked for. Natural and in proportion. I decided not to tell anyone beforehand about my decision on having surgery for my own reasons, only my parents and fiancé. Post surgery no one could obviously notice the difference from when it was all bra and padding. However, if they asked (usually close friends when getting ready for an evening out) I will tell and share my experience with them, but knowing I did this for me I don’t feel the need to make it common knowledge and love the fact its not obvious I’ve had a Breast Augmentation and they are mistaken for my own natural breasts.
I would highly recommend to anyone considering cosmetic surgery to take the first stages and find out the answers to all those questions by booking in a consultation making sure you are with a safe and registered company with experienced surgeons, you have to feel completely comfortable and confident.
Jack Drake – Laser Hair Removal
I was pleasantly surprised how painless the treatment was. I almost fell asleep I was so relaxed
Wendy Muncaster – Breast Augmentation
Brilliant experience OP went very well. 1 Week later all healed would thoroughly recommend to anyone
Denise Samuels – Laser Hair Removal
I’m very pleased with the results of the laser treatment. As a woman I’ve found myself very self conscious about my facial hair, especially on my chin. I had to shave twice a day and put thick foundation on, so people couldn’t see the black dots on my face. I even felt nervous when my husband touched my face. It has been a brilliant experience and The Harley Medical team is very professional and efficient. All the nurses are very kind, understanding and always received the best advice. Now my confidence is back I can go out with no foundation :) Everyone should go for it who has similar hair issues!
Ashley McGarry – Rhinoplasty (Nose Reshaping)
I have always wanted Rhinoplasty since I was in school and I finally had this surgery which went well. I would recommend this to anyone who would like this surgery. I future I would use The Harley Medical Group again as the staff and surgery process was helpful. Just would like to say thank you to all the staff again for all the help and support.
Angela Thornton - Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) and Liposuction
Following the loss of my husband I was under mixed feelings of moving forward with a new relationship. I have always struggled with my excess skin hanging over my trousers and age brought with it excess saddle bags. I questioned the operation so many times, but finally the day came. I am over the moon with the results more than I thought possible. Plus Doctor Solomos took time and care to leave me with the best results possible, I now have a figure like I had in my 30s and to make things even better I met a new partner a couple of months ago. The thing about all of this is I did it for me, not because or for anyone else. I now feel on top of the world with my new figure.
Daniel King – Botox and Skin Peels
Always found them to be very clear and accurate on treatments. A professional experience.
Eloise Drummond – Laser Hair Removal
I am extremely happy with the nurse who treated me. She is extremely professional, thorough and very courteous. I would warmly recommend her and the clinic for the effective treatment, professionalism and customer care.
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