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Everything you need to know about Varicoseveins

Everything you need to know about Varicoseveins

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COST: £1,000-£3,000 PER SESSION
TREATMENT TIME: AROUND 1 HOUR
LONGEVITY: PERMANENT FOR AFFECTED VEINS
RECOVERY TIME: AROUND 3 WEEKS

Everything you need to know about Varicose Veins

What are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are swollen veins that appear blue or purple in colour and often look twisted or lumpy. They are treated by sealing or eliminating diseased veins and redirecting blood flow to healthy veins to improve circulation throughout your body. 

Why do people have Varicose Veins treatment?

People choose to have varicose vein treatment to improve the appearance of the veins and relieve the aching pain and discomfort caused by the varicose veins.

Am I a good candidate?

If you believe your veins are getting dark purple or blue in colour, and appear twisted and bulging, then varicose veins treatment may be appropriate for you.

What are my options?

There are a number of non surgical treatments for varicose veins which seal the problem veins, but only surgery can fully remove problem veins.

In endovenous Laser Treatment, a thin tube (a laser thread) is inserted into the vein through a small cut. The laser probe heats the vein from the inside, causing it to close.

In radiofrequency ablation, a thin tube is inserted into the vein above or below the knee. The tube delivers radiofrequency energy to the vein wall causing it to collapse and seal shut.

In sclerotherapy, a glycerin like solution is injected into the affected vein to close it completely, so that it no longer carries blood.

What should I look out for?

Varicose Veins are relatively low risk in the hands of a good medical practitioner. Serious complications are rare.

Other risks specific to varicose veins surgery are outlined below:

  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Discolouration of the skin
  • Scarring.
Everything you need to know about Spiderveins

Everything you need to know about Spiderveins

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COST: £200-£400 PER SESSION
TREATMENT TIME: 30 MINUTES – 1 HOUR
LONGEVITY: AROUND 3 – 6 MONTHS
RECOVERY TIME: NO DOWNTIME

Everything you need to know about Spider Veins

What are Spider Veins?

Spider veins are dilated or stretched blood vessels that have a branching pattern. Spider vein treatments are used to treat the affected veins and erase them from the skin. 

Why do people have Spider Veins treatment?

People choose to have spider vein treatment to improve the appearance of spider veins.

Am I a good candidate?

If you have visible veins on your legs, thighs or face that have a branching or weblike pattern, then you may want to consider spider vein treatment.

However, it is very important that you are in good health, have a positive attitude and realistic expectations, before undergoing this procedure.

Another important consideration is that you should not be pregnant and you should not have a history of blood clot formation.

What are my options?

Spider Veins are relatively low risk in the hands of a good medical practitioner. Serious complications are rare.

Other risks specific to spider veins surgery are outlined below:

  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Discolouration of the skin.

What should I look out for?

All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Fortunately, significant complications from a eyelid surgery are infrequent. Risk specific to eyelid surgery is outlined below:

  • Scarring
Everything you need to know about Dermal Fillers

Everything you need to know about Dermal Fillers

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COST: £150-£300 PER SESSION
TREATMENT TIME: UNDER 1 HOUR
LONGEVITY: 6-12 MONTHS FOR HA FILLERS
RECOVERY TIME: NO DOWNTIME
POPULARITY: 10+ MILLION GLOBAL PROCEDURES IN 2017
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Everything you need to know about Dermal Fillers

What is Dermal Fillers?

Fillers, or Dermal Fillers, are injections used to fill out wrinkles and creases in the skin, and to increase the volume and definition of the lips and cheeks.

Why do people have Dermal Fillers?

People choose to have dermal filler treatment to add volume, alter the contours of the face, and/ or to fill in wrinkles. Most common sites for dermal fillers are Glabellar wrinkles (or the Elevens refer to the lines and creases between the eyebrows), tear trough (areas under our eyes), cheek volume, lip volume, marionette lines (also known as nasolabial folds or laugh lines are creases or folds that run vertically from the corners of the mouth down to the chin) and chin wrinkles.

Ultimately, most people see dermal fillers as a way to get a fuller, smoother and more youthful appearance, resulting in an external look which matches with how they feel inside.

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How much does it cost?

The cost in the UK usually cost around £150 – £300 per session. Click here to find medical practitioners and their treatment prices.

What are the key drivers for Dermal Fillers cost?

The cost for dermal filler treatments can widely vary depending on the medical practitioner’s experience, the geographic location, and the amount and brand of product used.

Generally, higher medical practitioner’s experience and location in an area with a high cost of living, would generally mean higher costs. At the same time, higher experience may translate into lesser risks for you.

Dermal fillers are administered with a syringe to various areas of the body, primarily the head, face and neck. The number, location and depth of the injections depend largely on the desired results. As such the cost of the treatment varies depending on the number of areas treated, volume of product used and time taken.

Am I a good candidate?

If you believe you have lines or wrinkles around your mouth, eyes or forehead, or would like to enhance the volume in areas such as the cheeks, jaw line or lips or you have scars and depressions in the skin resulting from acne, injury or congenital imperfections, then you may want to consider dermal fillers.

However, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, it is not advisable to have filler injections since the effects on the baby aren’t known.

What are my options?

Filler treatment takes only a few minutes and doesn’t require anaesthesia though some fillers contain a local anaesthetic like lidocaine to enhance comfort. The results are visible immediately following the procedure and can be temporary, semi-permanent, or permanent.

Temporary Fillers

These are Collagen-Based Fillers (Collagen is a naturally occurring protein that adds strength and structure to the skin), or Hyaluronic Acid-Based Fillers (Hyaluronic Acid is a naturally occurring substance and primarily used to promote fullness and volume) or Calcium Hydroxyapatite Based (Calcium Hydroxylapatitea is also naturally occurring material and is usually found in bones). Effects of collagen fillers last from 2-4 months and HA fillers last from 6-12 months

Semi-Permanent Fillers

These typically contain thicker substances, such as the biodegradable synthetic filler known as poly-L-lactic acid. These types of soft tissue fillers are used to treat deeper facial lines, and the results last for 12-18 months.

Permanent Fillers

These are made of polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA), which are microspheres that are not absorbed by the body. The filler also contains collagen and is only recommended for thick-skin areas such as the nasolabial folds. It is not recommended for any areas around the eyes or for the lips. The results last for up to five or more years.

HA Fillers are most common. Popular HA fillers include Juvederm, Restylane, Belotero, Teosyal and Vivacy. Popular non-HA fillers include Radiesse and Sculptra.

How long does the procedure take?

The procedure usually takes less than 1 hour depending on the number of sreas treated.

Is Dermal Fillers painful?

Dermal filler treatment is generally not painful as its a quick procedure and some fillers even contain a local anaesthetic like lidocaine to enhance comfort. However, if you have any prolonged pain and swelling this could be a sign of infection or an allergic reaction. If you notice any sign of this, you should contact your doctor.

Are there any risks I should look out for?

Although all procedures have some degree of risk, dermal filler injections are relatively low risk in the hands of a good medical practitioner. The most common side effects are scarring and infection. In rare instances, patients may experience:

  • Blocked blood vessels in the face, which can cause tissue death and permanent blindness,
  • The filler moving away from the intended treatment area, which may need to be removed using surgery,
  • A lumpy appearance under the skin, which might need to be treated with surgery or medicine

How do I find a medical practitioner I can trust for my dermal filler treatment?

Non-surgical is not non-medical, and hence it is essential that you find an appropriately educated, trained and experienced healthcare professional for your treatment. Dermal filler injections are relatively low risk in the hands of a good medical practitioner.

  • Qualifications: There are no prescribed minimum qualifications for dermal filler treatment providers. However, make sure the treatment is provided by a suitably qualified medical practitioner, such as a doctor, dentist, or nurse prescriber. You should avoid practitioners who have no training or have only completed a short training course.
  • Experience: Make sure your doctor is experienced in dermal filler treatments. The field of cosmetic medical treatments is rapidly advancing, whether it is the latest treatment techniques, products or services, an experienced doctor is the best way to ensure comfort, safety, and satisfaction.
  • Connection: You are putting your trust in another individual and that means you need to find a practitioner that makes you feel in safe hands. Personality and respect is key, make sure you have a strong connection with your practitioner and that they listen to you and give honest, open advice in good measure.

We can help you find a medical practitioner you can trust. Click here to get started.

Would I be required to do anything prior to the procedure?

In the weeks before your injections, you’ll be asked to avoid taking certain medications, such as aspirin, that could cause bruising. Be sure to inform your physician of any medicines you are taking. Your doctor may ask you to stop smoking before the procedure. Regardless of the type of procedure to be performed, hydration is very important before and after treatment for safe recovery.

What is the recovery like?

You will likely see the results of your injections immediately following the procedure. You may experience swelling or minimal bruising in the area of the injection, which usually disappears within a week.

Aftercare is vital when it comes to your wellbeing and achieving the very best result, so stick to these rules and you’ll thank us later:

  • To help alleviate swelling you can apply ice for the first 45 minutes after the injection and continue to do this on and off for an additional hour or so
  • Keep your head elevated for the first night (sleeping on your back with extra pillows) to prevent additional swelling
  • Avoid touching the treated area for at least 6 hours. Refrain from massaging the lip – the injected product can be malleable so make sure any issues are resolved with your practitioner
  • Make up should be avoided for at least six hours after treatment
  • Avoid blood thinners for 2 days after treatment as these can increase the risk of bruising and swelling
  • Until the initial swelling has subsided, do not expose the treated area to intense heat (e.g. sunbathing, sauna) or extreme cold.
  • Refrain from taking aspirin as this can increase bruising
  • Avoid alcohol and excessive caffeine for at least 24 hours after treatment
  • Your doctor may advise you to avoid wearing hats or other headgear for the first few days.

How long do the results last?

The results are visible immediately following the procedure and generally last anywhere from three to eighteen months for non-permanent fillers and upto five or more years for permanent fillers.

Are dermal fillers same as Botulinum toxin?

Botulinum toxin relaxes the muscles while dermal fillers add volume. Generally, Botulinum toxin has been used to erase wrinkles above the nose, while dermal fillers have been used to fill wrinkles below the nose.

Everything you need to know about Botulinum Toxin

Everything you need to know about Botulinum Toxin

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COST: £150-£350 per session
TREATMENT TIME: UNDER 30 MINUTES
LONGEVITY: AROUND 3-6 MONTHS
RECOVERY TIME: NO DOWNTIME
POPULARITY: ~20 MILLION GLOBAL PROCEDURES IN 2017
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Everything you need to know about Botulinum Toxin

What is Botulinum Toxin?

Cosmetic botulinum toxin injection blocks the nerve signals that cause muscles to contract thereby relaxing and smoothening the look of lines and wrinkles. These treatments are often called Botox, though it is important to know that Botox is one of the many available branded forms of botulinum toxins. Botulinum toxin is made from a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It is used in small doses to treat health and cosmetic conditions.

Why do people have Botulinum Toxin treatment?

People choose to have cosmetic botulinum toxin treatment to relax or smooth the looks of lines and wrinkles and/ or to balance facial asymmetry and relax tight neck bands. Most common sites for botulinum toxin injections are between the brows, crows-feet around the eyes, and horizontal forehead creases.

Botulinum toxin injection is also used medically to reduce perspiration and to treat migraine headaches and muscle spasticity. The cosmetic use of botulinum toxin injections is to get a smoother and more youthful appearance, resulting in an external look which matches with how they feel inside.

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How much does it cost?

The cost in the UK is usually between £150 – £350 per session.

What are the key drivers for botulinum toxin cost?

The cost for botulinum toxin can widely vary depending on the doctor’s experience, the geographic location and the amount and brand of product used.

Generally, higher doctor experience and location in an area with a high cost of living, would generally mean higher costs. At the same time, higher experience may translate into lesser risks for you.

Botulinum toxin is administered with a syringe to various areas on the head, face and neck, including between the brows, crows-feet around the eyes, and horizontal forehead creases. The number, location and depth of the injections depend largely on the desired results. As such the cost of the treatment varies depending on the number of areas treated, volume of product used and time taken.

Am I a good candidate?

If you believe you have deep lines between your eyes that make you look tired, angry, or upset, or your facial expressions cause wrinkles in and around your eyes and forehead, and/ or there is asymmetry in your eyebrows or face that can be corrected by relaxing a muscle, then you may want to consider Botulinum toxin treatment.

However, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, it is not advisable to have Botulinum toxin injections since the effects on the baby aren’t known.

What are my options?

Botulinum toxin treatment takes only a few minutes and doesn’t require anesthesia. It is injected with a fine needle into specific muscles with only minor discomfort. In the UK, popular brands of botulinum toxin injections are Botox, Bocouture and Dysport.

How long does the treatment take?

The treatment time is usually less than 30mins depending on the number of areas treated.

Is Botulinum Toxin painful?

The needles used are short and thin and the injections are usually painless. The number of injections will depend on the outcome you desire. Short-lasting swelling, and minimal redness and bleeding will likely occur as a result of your procedure.

How do I find a doctor I can trust for botulinum toxin?

Non-surgical is not non-medical, and hence it is essential that you find an appropriately educated, trained and experienced healthcare professional for your treatment. Botulinium toxin injections are relatively low risk in the hands of a good medical practitioner.

  • Qualifications: Botulinum toxin can only be prescribed in a face-to-face meeting by a qualified medical practitioner, such as a doctor, dentist, or nurse prescriber. The person prescribing botulinum toxin is responsible for making sure it’s given safely. You should make sure that you get the injection either from the prescriber directly or through a qualified and experienced practitioner under their supervision. You should avoid practitioners who have no training or have only completed a short training course.
  • Experience: Make sure your doctor is experienced in Botulinium toxin treatments. The field of cosmetic medical treatments is rapidly advancing, whether it is the latest treatment techniques, products or services, an experienced doctor is the best way to ensure comfort, safety, and satisfaction.
  • Connection: You are putting your trust in another individual and that means you need to find a practitioner that makes you feel in safe hands. Personality and respect is key, make sure you have a strong connection with your practitioner and that they listen to you and give honest, open advice in good measure.

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Would I be required to do anything prior this treatment?

Botulinum toxin injections are generally a low-risk and do not require the intensive screening of a surgical procedure, however you should  disclose a full medical history and inform of any medications you are currently using to your plastic surgeon. Regardless of the type of procedure to be performed, hydration is very important before and after treatment for safe recovery. Your doctor or injector may ask you to stop smoking at least six weeks before your procedure.

What is the recovery like?

After the injections you can return to your regular activities immediately; however, strenuous activity is discouraged for the remainder of the day. Swelling and redness that occur at the time of injections usually resolve quickly. Any bruising that might occur post-treatment will usually resolve over 1 or two weeks.

Aftercare is vital when it comes to your wellbeing and achieving the very best result, so stick to these rules and you’ll thanks us later:

Immediately After Treatment:

  • The most important one…keep your face upright for 2 hours after treatment to allow the results to settle naturally. Try not to rub or massage the injected area during this time
  • No saunas, sun beds or hot baths/showers for 2 hours after treatment

For Ultimate Wellbeing:

  • Give yourself a break and avoid strenuous exercise for 24 hours after treatment
  • Ideally avoid excessive caffeine and alcohol for 24 hours after treatment. Alcohol can thin the blood increasing the risk of bruising so stick to the soft drinks if you can
  • Keep it clean and avoid applying make up for an hour after treatment. However, if you can’t wait, mineral make up can be worn straight away
  • Avoid having a facial for at least 24 hours after treatment to prevent any disruption to your treatment’s effect

How long do the results last?

It generally takes about three to five days before the injections take effect, and up to two weeks for the full effect to be seen. Results last anywhere from 3-6 months, depending on your age, skin condition and habits. If you want to maintain the effect, you’ll need regular follow-up injections. 

Is Botulinum toxin same as fillers?

Botulinum toxin relaxes the muscles while dermal fillers add volume. Generally, Botulinum toxin has been used to erase wrinkles above the nose, while dermal fillers have been used to fill wrinkles below the nose.

Everything you need to know about Ear Correction

Everything you need to know about Ear Correction

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COST: £2,500-£5,000
TREATMENT TIME: AROUND 2 HOURS
LONGEVITY: PERMANENT
RECOVERY TIME: AROUND 1-2 WEEKS
POPULARITY: 0.3 MILLION GLOBAL PROCEDURES IN 2017
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Everything you need to know about Ear Correction

What is Ear Correction?

Ear correction surgery, alters the size or shape of the ears, or pin them back closer to the head if they stick out. It is also referred to as Otoplasty or Ear Reshaping or Ear Pinning.

Why do people have Ear Correction?

There are many reasons people choose to have ear correction surgery: to improve the shape and proportion of ears or to boost self-confidence.

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How much does it cost?

This procedure usually costs between £2,500 – £5,000 plus the cost of any consultations or follow-up care that may not be included in the price.

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Because Eyelid surgery is an elective cosmetic surgery, you may not be able to get the surgery with NHS. We can help you find financing plans to make the procedure more affordable.

However, the surgery may be available on the NHS, particularly for children who need it and occasionally adults with significant distress due to their prominent ears. You should check with your General Practitioner (GP) who will undertake a full clinical assessment and advise whether you can have surgery at the NHS.

What are the key drivers for the cost of Ear Correction Surgery?

Ear correction surgery costs can widely vary depending on the surgeon’s experience, the type of procedure used, the geographic location and operating room facilities.

Generally, higher surgeon experience and location in an area with a high cost of living, would generally mean higher costs. At the same time, higher experience may translate into lesser risks for you.

The cost of the surgery also varies depending on your anatomy, desired changes and the procedure type.

Am I a good candidate?

If you believe you have protruding ears, abnormally large ear lobes or folded ear tips, or if you have suffered an injury that has impacted the shape or positioning of your ears, or if certain features of a normal ear are missing, then you may want to consider ear correction surgery.

This surgery is more common in younger people, including children ages 6 to 14.  It is not suitable for children younger than 5 because their ears are still growing and developing.

It is very important that you are in good health, have a positive attitude and realistic expectations, before undergoing this procedure.

What are my options?

An incision would be made hidden inside or behind the ear, and extra cartilage or soft tissue that makes the ear “stick out” too much can be removed, or the missing normal folds would be re-created by shaping the cartilage with permanent sutures or scraping the cartilage to contour it.

How long does the surgery take?

The treatment usually takes around 2 Hours depending on the treatment required and your personal situation. Ear correction surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis and an overnight stay is not required.

Is ear correction painful?

Ear correction surgery is not painful as it is performed under anesthesia (commonly local anesthesia or intravenous sedation for older children and adults, and under general for younger children). You may experience some pain once the anesthetic wears off after your surgery. Pain is usually minimal however if you have any pain your doctor may subscribe you will painkillers to reduce any discomfort. If you have any long lasting pain, redness or  swelling after you surgery, you should contact your surgeon.

Are there any risks I should look out for?

All surgical procedures have some degree of risk, such as bleeding, infection and an allergic reaction to the anaesthetic. Fortunately, significant complications from ear correction are infrequent. Possible occasional risks specific to ear correction surgery are outlined below:

  • Scarring: small scar behind each ear, which will fade in time
  • Inflammation of the ear cartilage
  • A blood clot in the skin of the ear
  • Stiff ears – it can take several months for them to become flexible again
  • The ears no longer being symmetrical

How do I find a surgeon I can trust?

Choosing your surgeon is a hugely important step. This is THE person who is going to help you achieve the change you want and trusting in their abilities is key. Here are the three top things to consider when making your selection:

  • Qualifications: Ear Correction surgery should be done by a Plastic Surgeon who has a FRCS (Plast) or FRCS qualification and should be on the UK’s General Medical Council (GMC) specialist register for plastic surgery. This ascertains that your cosmetic surgeon has received six years of training in plastic surgery on top of their general medical training.
  • Experience: Make sure your surgeon is experienced. The field of cosmetic medical treatments is rapidly advancing, whether it is the latest treatment techniques, products or services, an experienced surgeon is the best way to ensure comfort, safety, and satisfaction.
  • Connection: You are putting your trust in another individual and that means you need to find a practitioner that makes you feel in safe hands. Personality and respect is key, make sure you have a strong connection with your practitioner and that they listen to you and give honest, open advice in good measure.

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What does the initial consultation entail?

During your first consultation, you’ll discuss the details of ear surgery and desired results. Your surgeon will evaluate you as a candidate for the surgery, and will evaluate the shape, size, and placement of your ears to determine what sort of changes may be possible. The surgeon may examine both of your ears, even if you think only one needs pinning or reshaping. The surgeon may also take photos of your ears and face to help further investigate the proportions of your facial features.

What is Ear correction surgery Cooling off period?

Ear correction surgery is an important decision. It is essential that you are making the appropriate choice and understand all the implications of the surgery. If you are not offered a cooling-off period of around 2 weeks, or you are put under pressure to proceed, you should walk away and look elsewhere.

Would I be required to do anything prior to the surgery?

In advance of your procedure, your surgeon will ask you to:

  • Stop smoking at least six weeks before undergoing to promote better healing.
  • Avoid taking aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications and vitamins/homeopathic regimens that can increase bleeding.
  • Regardless of the type of surgery to be performed, hydration is very important. Appropriate hydration before and after surgery is critical for safe recovery and optimal outcomes.

What is the recovery like?

Your surgeon will give you detailed care instructions, including normal symptoms you will experience, potential signs of complication, and the level and type of activity that is safe. The amount of time it takes for recovery varies greatly among individuals, but the below gives a broad idea:

Immediately

Usually one week after your procedure, you will return to the doctor’s office. Your surgeon may remove stitches at this time, though absorbable stitches are often used, which do not require removal.

Long-Term

You can expect to return to work and any light activity after one to two weeks. In two weeks, your final results will be visible, though small changes to the ears can occur for up to twelve months. You may be able to do swimming a month after your surgery and contact sports after 3 months.

How long do the results last?

Results for Ear Correction surgery are typically life-long, barring any incidents which impact the shape or proportion of the ears.