Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
A Tummy Tuck or Abdominoplasty may help to restore your body shape for those bothered by a large fat deposit and loose skin in the abdomen or stomach area.
Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)
Upper and lower eyelid surgery or Blepharoplasties can help restore a more youthful appearance by tightening droopy or hooded eyelids and removing or moving fatty pouches beneath the eyes.
Body Implants (Pectoral, Calf, Buttock)
Body implants, (e.g. pectoral, testicular, calf and buttock) are used to correct defects, which have existed since birth, or to put right tissue loss, which has occurred through injury or disease.
Botulinum toxin type A, know by the brand names Botox (Vistabel), Dysport (Azzalure) and Xeomin (Bocouture), is a naturally occurring protein produced by the bacterium clostridium botulinum. It is licensed as a prescription only medicine and can be used to treat wrinkles like frown lines and crow`s feet as well as hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating. As a prescription only medicine, it requires a face-to-face consultation to determine your suitability for treatment.
Breast implants, enhancement, enlargement or augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures in the UK. This section contains more info on implant cost, risks & UK clinics.
A breast lift or Mastopexy can improve the appearance of the breasts in several ways. It raises the breast tissue, repositions the nipple and areola and enhances breast shape.
Breast Nipple Surgery
There are several different cosmetic procedures used for the enhancement or reduction of the nipple or brownish area around the breast (areola). These treatments are available for both men and women.
Breast Reduction (Male Gynaecomastia)
Gynaecomastia is a medical term that comes from the Greek meaning female-like-breasts. This condition occurs when firm breast tissue forms in men. Surgery can reduce the size of these breasts.
Breast Reduction or Mammaplasty (Female)
Breast reduction or a reduction mammaplasty is an operation that removes fat, tissue, and skin from the breasts to reduce and reshape them. Afterwards, the breasts should have a more youthful shape.
Brow Lift (Surgical)
The muscles under the skin of the forehead that cause lines can be released to help create a smoother brow. This can be performed using an endoscopic forehead or brow lift.
There are several different procedures that can be used to improve the buttock shape and appearance. The buttock can be lifted, reshaped with liposuction or added to with implants or fat.
Cell Therapies like Recell® use the patient’s own skin cells to repair and rejuvenate the skin; treating lines and wrinkles, scars and burns.
Cellulite Treatment (Mechanical Massage)
Cellulite is often referred to as looking like “orange peel” on the skin. Endermologie® is the world’s first patented mechanical cellulite treatment technology to be approved by the FDA.
The use of chemical peels to soften and improve the appearance of skin dates back to the ancient Egyptians. Today, scientists have identified numerous forms of acid which can be used to treat skin.
Cryolipolysis is a non-invasive fat removal procedure. It involves the cooling of subcutaneous fat cells, which induces lipolysis, the breaking down of the fat cells, without damaging any of the surrounding tissues or the skin.
Dermal fillers are made of various kinds of natural, man-made or synthetic materials that have been developed for injection into the skin and lips; including hyaluronic acid.
A face lift or rhytidectomy can reduce the appearance of loose skin and wrinkles around the cheeks and neck, by tightening the muscles and removing excess skin and fat, restoring a more youthful look.
Facial Implants (Cheek and Chin)
Facial implants for areas such as the cheek or chin are used to correct defects, which have existed since birth, or by cosmetic surgeons for malarplasty (reshaping of the cheeks and jaw line)
Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing
Unlike ablative and non-ablative lasers Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing (Fractional Photothermolysis) only damages small zones within a target area, causing fractional trauma and quicker recovery.
Hair Loss Drugs
The drugs that are currently medically approved treatments for hair loss are Minoxidil, first discovered in the 1970’s and Propecia which has been used since the 1990’s.
Hair Transplant Surgery
Hair transplant or hair restoration surgery for hair loss involves the surgical transplantation of small hair grafts, which produce quite natural looking results and are often indistinguishable from normal hair.
HydraFacial ™ - Hydradermabrasion
The Hydrafacial ™ hydradermabrasion treatment marketed as Skin Health For Life™ uses patented Vortex fusion tips to deeply exfoliate and cleanse the skin, as well as extracting impurities and hydrating the skin using specific serums.
Infra Red Laser Skin Tightening
Infra Red Laser Skin Tightening, currently available in the UK using the Titan device, is the latest, minimally invasive way to tighten skin and reverse the signs of ageing.
Injectable Body Contouring
Injectable Body Contouring currently available using Macrolane, is the first body shaping and volume restoration product which uses hyaluronic acid, a natural component of our own bodies.
Injectable Tissue Stimulators
Unlike dermal fillers which are aimed at mechanically filling wrinkles, folds and skin depressions, tissue stimulators are injectable products which cause a biological reaction in the tissue.
Laser and IPL Hair Removal
Many different types of Laser and IPL, or LHE devices have been developed to remove body hair to a significant degree. This section contains more info on treatment cost, side effects and UK clinics.
Laser and IPL Skin Rejuvenation
Laser, Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), Light Heat Energy (LHE) and Light Emitting Diode (LED)technologies have been developed to treat a variety of skin problems including sun damage effects and wrinkles.
Laser and IPL Treatment Pigmented/Vascular Problems
Laser and light technologies have been developed to treat people with a variety of different skin problems including pigmented (skin colour, birthmark) and vascular (vein) problems.
Laser Hair Loss Therapy
On its own low-level laser hair loss therapy has been shown to be effective in improving hair thickness, but is often combined with proven hair loss drugs for a full hair loss treatment program.
Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser skin resurfacing involves the removal of the outer layer of the skin using an ablative laser to improve the appearance of sun damaged skin or acne scars, lines, wrinkles, and pigment changes.
LED - Acne Treatment & Skin Rejuvenation
The use of Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs), red, yellow and blue light sources for the treatment of acne and for skin rejuvenation.
Light Treatment for Active Acne
Until recently, topical preparations and oral medications, including antibiotics, have been used almost exclusively to combat acne. Now laser & light-based technologies and photodynamic therapy had been shown to improve acne.
Lip implants using natural or man-made products are used as a more permanent cosmetic procedure than dermal fillers or fat transfer, to improve the shape and size of the lips.
Liposuction (also called lipoplasty, liposculpture or lipectomy) is a surgical technique for removing specific areas of stubborn fat that do not respond to a healthy diet and regular exercise.
Lipotherapy (Injection Lipolysis)
Lipotherapy or Injection Lipolysis treatment involves the use of an injectable solution to break down stubborn areas of fat, which are then eliminated through the body`s own lymphatic system. Products include Aqualyx.
Otoplasty (Cosmetic Ear Surgery/Pinning)
Cosmetic ear surgery or otoplasty can be used to correct ears which stick out, reduce large ears or earlobes, increase the size of small ears, or reshape cartilage in ears with an unnatural shape.
Penis Augmentation Surgery
Penis augmentation surgery or penoplasty (penis lengthening and enlargement), is one of the least talked about areas of cosmetic surgery that is available for the male genitalia.
Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) for Varicose Veins
Radiofrequency Ablation or RF Ablation (RFA) is a form of Endovenous Thermal Ablation or Endothermal Ablation (ETA) used to treat varicose veins.
Radiofrequency For Cellulite & Fat
RF energy is able to penetrate deep into the skin causing tissue tightening, heating of fat cells and increased blood circulation for body contouring, fat and cellulite reduction treatments.
Cosmetic Rhinoplasty or a nose job is a range of surgical procedures which are used to re-shape the nose, or correct nasal deformities to relieve blockages in the nose.
Scar Prevention & Treatment
Common scars that affect many people include acne and chicken pox scars. Less common raised, red scars known as keloid scars or atrophic scars where the scar tissue is sunken away from the level of the normal skin surrounding it are able to be treated with the application of various products.
Sclerotherapy and Microsclerotherapy
Sclerotherapy was developed for treating varicose veins. Microsclerotherapy is a technique of injecting thread veins with a sclerosant that causes swelling in the vein’s wall which destroys it.
A thigh lift (sometimes known as a thighplasty) is part of a cosmetic surgery procedure called body contouring which is designed to remove large amounts of skin and fat from the hips and thighs.
Thread lift uses free floating cogged (barbed) or smooth sutures for lifting sagging tissue in the face and neck. It is marketed as APTOS Thread Lift, Contour Lift, Silhouette Soft, Scarless Suture Lift & Feather Lift.
Ultrasonic Body Contouring
Ultrasonic Body Contouring, available in the UK using the Ultrashape® and LipoSonix® devices, is the latest, minimally invasive way of effectively removing excess fat cells from the abdomen, thighs & flanks.
Ultrasonic Skin Tightening
Ultrasonic skin tightening, introduced with a device called Ultherapy, is a non-invasive, non-surgical cosmetic procedure that uses micro-focused ultrasound waves to stimulate collagen production, resulting in an uplifted effect to the face and neck.
Vaginal surgery, such as labiaplasty (labia reduction) and vaginoplasty (vaginal tightening), is one of the least talked about areas of cosmetic surgery that is available for the female genitalia.
The term `body contouring` refers to a range of procedures that encompass size and weight reduction, as well as re-shaping of certain areas of the body, in some cases following massive weight loss where excess skin is a problem.
Breast and Chest - Augmentation, Enlargement, Reduction and Lifting ( Boob Job )
The size and shape of the chest can be a cause of much concern for both men and women. There are a number of surgical treatment options, many of which are widely available, that can alter your physical appearance, particularly of the female breast.
Complexion Improvement, Skin Texture Concerns
Commonly concerns are focussed on changes in the skin and ones complexion that occur as we age. Skin specialists now believe that most of the changes that we see in our skin as we grow older are due to the sun (sometimes referred to as "photodamage").
Ear Correction, Ear Pinning
Protruding ears can be a problem from an early age for young children who may be teased at school. Surgical correction of this is one of the few cosmetic operations performed on children.
Eyes - Bags and Crow’s Feet
The development of small crows feet, or shadows beneath the eyes (dark circles) can be the first signs that our skin is not as youthful and elastic as it once was.
Fat ( Love Handles, Saddle Bags, Muffin Tops )
Liposuction is the most commonly performed aesthetic surgical procedure for fat removal and body contouring.
Genital Surgery ( Male and Female )
There are a number of cosmetic procedures available to alter the appearance of both male and female genitals.
Gynaecomastia ( Man Boobs or Moobs )
The condition known by the medical term of gynaecomastia occurs when firm breast tissue forms in males. The mainstream media have recently named this condition as `man boobs` or `moobs`.
Hair Removal ( Hirsutism )
Permanent hair removal has only been clinically proven and demonstrated for methods using electrolysis. Several lasers and light based machines have demonstrated permanent hair reduction and are allowed to make this claim.
Eyebrow shape and position can make an important difference to how you look. Plucking them is not the only way to achieve a difference in shape, and sagging eyebrows can be lifted using surgery.
Hyperhidrosis ( Excessive Sweating )
Hyperhidrosis is the condition whereby an individual has abnormally increased or excessive perspiration or sweating which can occur most commonly on the hands, feet, armpits and groin area. Botulinum toxin, Botox is a popular treatment choice.
Lines and Wrinkles
The signs of ageing on a person’s face start to show as early as the end of the second or the beginning of the third decade of a persons life. At first, fine lines start to form between the nose and the mouth, around the eyes and on the forehead.
Lip Volumising and Shaping
Lip augmentation, volumising, shaping or enhancement is a cosmetic procedure which uses various materials to plump out and re-shape the lips.
Moles, Warts, Skin Tags and Benign Growths
Moles, warts, skin tags can be both upsetting to look at and cause social and psychological unease. Thankfully though, most growths are benign and harmless, and removal is often quick and simple with reassuring cosmetic results.
Pigmentation ( Age Spots, Brown Spots )
Age spots or lentigos, sometimes known as "liver spots" are medically known under the condition of hyperpigmentation. Professional skincare clinics have effective treatments to reduce the appearance of more pronounced age spots or hyperpigmentation.
Rosacea is a common chronic skin condition that tends to affect the face. Individuals with vascular rosacea, which tends to include symptoms such as flushing, redness and thread veins, can often be successfully treated with laser or IPL treatment.
Scarring ( Acne, Keloid, Atrophic Scars )
Scarring can affect a person’s confidence and self-esteem, particularly when the scars are on the face. Depending on the type of scar and the way an individual heals there are a variety of options for improving the appearance of scarring.
In recent years aesthetic practitioners who study the outward signs of ageing on the face have been focussing on the loss of facial volume that occurs as many of us get older.
Successful removal of a tattoo (or the significant fading of it) will depend very much on the type of tattoo (professional or amateur), the inks used and the colour of those pigments as some colours respond better to the various treatments than others.
Teeth - Cosmetic Dentistry
Cosmetic Dentistry is a combination of the art and science of creating an attractive smile. This is accomplished by using state of the art aesthetic materials and techniques in order to achieve the best smile possible for a single individual.
Thread Veins or Spider Veins
A variety of options, including using heat generating technologies such as light and electrical currents have been developed to treat thread veins, also called spider or broken veins.
Vaginal Atrophy and Vaginal Dryness
Vaginal atrophy can cause vaginal dryness, burning and itching, dyspareunia or painful sexual intercourse, decreased vaginal lubrication during sexual intercourse and urinary incontinence.
Traditional treatment for venous reflux or varicose veins is ligation or tying of the great or small saphenous veins and stripping them from the leg. This is not considered the best option for treatment nowadays.
One of the most common forms of weight loss procedures is bariatric surgery, including gastric bypass surgery. Other weight loss programmes combine a system of dietary changes, supplementation, exercise and non-surgical body contouring treatments.
AQUALYX™ is an injectable treatment of deoxycholate solution (containing deoxycholic acid) which is being marketed for ‘Aqualysis’ or ‘Aquaplasty’ treatment as a means of body contouring.
BodyTite™ & FaceTite™ (RFAL™)
Radiofrequency Assisted Liposuction (RFAL™) using the BodyTite™ device from Invasix Ltd provides minimally invasive body tightening and skin contraction.
Botox ®, botulinum toxin type A, was the first botulinum toxin to gain a cosmetic licence in the UK. It is a prescription-only medicine and is licensed to treat a variety of medical and cosmetic concerns, including certain wrinkles and excessive sweating. You will require a face-to-face consultation with a prescriber to determine your suitability for treatment.
The Fraxel™ SR machine was launched in the USA at the end of 2004. The current Fraxel range includes three fractional lasers - two for non-ablative treatments and one for ablative treatment; Fraxel Re:fine™, Re:store™ (also available as Re:store Dual) and Re:pair™.
Skinade is marketed as providing better skin from within. It is a nutraceutical supplementation product, and more specifically a collagen drink, designed to give healthier and more youthful skin.
VASER ® Lipo
VASER Lipo is a liposuction procedure performed using the VASER (Vibration Amplification of Sound Energy at Resonance) device, which uses ultrasound energy for a treatment known as Liposelection.
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