Protect Your Eyelids

We have already seen record temperatures and unusually sunny days this summer in the UK. With further heat waves expected, now is the perfect time to start thinking about keeping the body protected.

While it’s natural to want to enjoy the beautiful weather that we have been treated to this year, it can cause havoc for our skin and eyes. Without adequate protection, the sun could trigger signs of ageing. Particularly in delicate areas like the eyelids.

So, how can you reduce the risk of your eyelids ageing in the sun? Check out the best tips you can follow to help protect your eyelids this summer.

Why protect your eyelids?

The sun’s rays don’t just put your skin at risk, they can also have a detrimental impact on your eyes too. Not only can they increase the risk of cancer, but they can also cause premature ageing around the eyelids too.

It is the UV radiation from the sun that causes problems for the eyes. Some of the main conditions that can be triggered by the sun’s rays include:

  • Cataracts
  • Macular degeneration
  • Corneal sunburn
  • Conjunctival cancers

The risks are very real, making it crucial to focus on protecting the eyelids during the summer months.

Keeping the eyelids protected

If you want to keep your eyelids protected this summer, there are some things you can do. Let’s look at some of the most effective protective steps you can take…

Wearing sunglasses – Wearing sunglasses is one of the most effective ways to keep your eyes protected. Ideally, you’ll want to opt for sunglasses that block out 99% to 100% of UVA and UVB rays.

Wear a wide brimmed hat – A tightly woven fabric wide brimmed hat can help to keep the sun out of your eyes. Choose a hat with a three-inch brim, and it will help to block out around 50% of the sun’s rays.

Use broad spectrum sunscreen – Even with protective gear, it’s a good idea to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen. It should contain an SPF of 15 or higher, and state that it is safe to be used around the eyes.

Take care near water, snow, and sand – Water, snow, and sand are known to reflect the rays of the sun upwards. This means you can be hit by its harmful rays twice.

Avoid being in direct sunlight during peak times – One of the best ways to protect the eye’s during summer is to stay out of the sun during peak times. These tend to be from 11am through to 3pm.

Reversing the signs of ageing

If sun damage has already occurred around the eyes, taking protective steps can prevent the damage from worsening. However, if you want to reverse it completely, you may benefit from undergoing a blepharoplasty.

Also known as an eyelid lift, a blepharoplasty is most commonly used to correct droopy eyelids. However, it can also eliminate the signs of ageing from around the eye area. To see if the procedure could help you to achieve a younger, fresher look, book a consultation with Mr Nigel Horlock today.

Breast Reconstruction

Like many types of cosmetic surgery, breast reconstruction procedures took a backseat due to the pandemic. Unfortunately, this has left a huge backlog of patients waiting to undergo the surgery.

Now, the BAPRAS (British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons), has addressed the backlog, stating procedures should now be able to be carried out normally.

So, what does this mean for patients and how long will you need to wait for surgery?

The BAPRAS statement

BAPRAS and ABS released a joint statement, letting patients and practitioners know it is now safe to perform breast reconstructive procedures. Part of the statement reads:

“During the height of the COVID pandemic, advice was issued regarding surgical prioritisation in the treatment of breast cancer. Initially treatment was avoided completely in all but the most high-risk patients.

The situation in 2022 is radically different, and while COVID remains common, a combination of a less aggressive dominant variant, widespread vaccination, and better treatment mean that morbidity and mortality from COVID infection is much reduced.”

They finished the statement by saying there is now no medical reason why breast reconstruction cannot be continued.

Undergoing fat graft breast reconstruction

While there is currently a backlog of breast reconstruction procedures, these largely affect those undergoing traditional procedures. One option patients have if they want to undergo the procedure faster, is to opt for a fat grafting breast reconstruction.

Typically carried out on cancer patients who have undergone a mastectomy, fat grafting to the breast is a natural way to rebuild lost volume. The procedure is medically known as autologous fat transfer. It involves using the body’s own fat to achieve additional volume and correct asymmetry. Therefore, there are fewer complications associated with it than traditional procedures.

The fat is taken from the thighs, buttocks, or stomach, using a cannula. Before it is inserted into the breasts, the fat is spun in a machine to separate it from the blood and fluids. It is then injected into the breast for natural looking results.

What are the risks and complications of fat graft breast reconstruction?

Although there are very few risks and complications associated with this type of breast reconstruction, there are some you need to be aware of. These include infection, necrosis, and cysts. The risks are very low, but it is recommended you speak with your surgeon. This will help to determine your individual risk factors.

Compared to traditional breast reconstruction procedures, a fat graft procedure is much safer. It also requires a shorter recovery period, and the results will look and feel a lot more natural.

To find out more about fat grafting breast reconstruction, book a consultation with Mr Horlock now. He will be able to answer any questions you may have, as well as help determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure.

Procedures This Summer

Ready to achieve the body you’ve always dreamed of this summer? With only weeks to go until summer finally arrives, now is the perfect time to undergo body-contouring procedures. The question is, which cosmetic surgeries are better for delivering perfect summer body results?

In this blog, we reveal some of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures this summer.

Liposuction

Liposuction has come a long way since it was first introduced. Once used to remove large portions of fat, these days it works more as a body contouring procedure. That is, it can remove small stubborn pockets of fat.

The procedure produces bruises and some swelling that can last for several weeks. However, it depends upon how much fat you are having removed and if you are combining it with another treatment.

Rhinoplasty

Popular with students and those who can enjoy a long summer break, rhinoplasty is one of the most common procedures carried out in the UK. Helping to alter the size and shape of the nose, it can produce significant results.

The only thing to consider here is that swelling, and bruising can last from six to 12 months. So, if you are looking to have the results ready for summer, you may be a little late. However, if you have no plans, you can have the procedure done and take the summer to recover.

Otoplasty

Otoplasty, or ear procedures, are ideal to undergo during the summer. However, like rhinoplasty, it is better to take the summer months to recover from the surgery. This allows you to show off your new results as you return to work or school. The procedure can help to alter the shape of the ears, leading to more aesthetically pleasing results.

Breast procedures

Presently, breast surgeries are among the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures that can help patients achieve the perfect summer body. Whether you are thinking of undergoing a breast enlargement, breast lift, or breast reduction, now is the time to book the procedure.

It takes around six weeks for swelling and bruising to go down after breast procedures. However, if you undergo breast augmentation it may take a couple of months to achieve the final result. This will depend entirely upon the size of the implant inserted, alongside the type of implant you choose.

These are some of the most common cosmetic procedures carried out that can help you feel more confident this summer. Each procedure has its own risks and complications, so you should always seek advice from a qualified surgeon first.

To get your body summer ready, book a consultation with Mr Horlock today.

After a Breast Procedure

After having a breast procedure, you’ll understandably be wanting to show off your new assets as quickly as possible. However, before you jet off on holiday, it’s important to understand the risks.

Can you fly soon after the surgery? And is it safe to top up your tan while recovering? These are just a couple of questions you should be asking. Discover everything you need to know about planning a holiday after a breast procedure below.

How long after a breast procedure can I fly?

The length of time you should wait before you fly after a breast procedure depends upon how far you are travelling. For short haul flights, you can consider jetting off a couple of weeks after having the surgery. However, if you are planning on a long-haul flight, it’s safer to wait for 6 weeks prior to travelling.

There is a common myth that flying after a breast augmentation procedure will cause the implants to explode. This simply isn’t true. But it does increase your risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis. For this reason, it is better to ask for advice from your surgeon over how long you should wait to travel.

What type of holiday are you planning?

Another thing you’ll need to factor in is the type of holiday you are planning. Is it an action-packed adventure holiday or a chance to let your hair down and party? If so, you’ll want to resist too much activity until you are fully healed.

If you do want to travel soon after undergoing a breast procedure, make sure it is more of a relaxing break. This will give the body time to fully recover, ensuring you see the best results from the surgery.

Can I use sunbeds before I go?

It might be tempting to hop on the sunbed to build up your tan, but it could be hazardous to your results. Like natural sunlight, sunbeds can cause discolouration and hyperpigmentation around the surgical site.

If you are set on using them, make sure you keep the breasts fully covered and protected. However, sunbeds in general are best avoided due to their long-term health risks.

What about sunbathing?

You can sunbathe, but once again you will need to keep your breasts covered and protected and use a good SPF lotion. It is especially important to keep your scars out of the sunlight as like sunbeds, the sun’s rays will discolour the surgical site.

You might need to take extra precautions if you want to head off on holiday after a breast procedure. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t still have fun. Seek your surgeon’s advice on planning a holiday and follow all safety precautions provided.

 

choosing eyelid surgery

Think you might be too young for eyelid surgery? While these types of procedures used to be popular with patients in their 50s and 60s, in recent years there has been a rise in the number of younger people choosing eyelid surgeries.

So, what is driving the trend and why might you want to undergo eyelid surgery in your youth? Discover everything you need to know below…

Why are younger people choosing eyelid surgery?

There are a few reasons why younger people are considering eyelid surgery. These include:

  • Cosmetic surgery is no longer a taboo
  • It is used as a preventative measure
  • Non-invasive treatments haven’t worked
  • Make-up trends

Cosmetic surgery itself has become much more widely accepted and less stigmatised in the last decade. People are a lot more confident about undergoing surgery to get the results they want.

Younger people have also been starting to see the benefits of seeking treatment early. Often used as a preventative measure, eyelid surgery is seen as a great alternative to a facelift. Creating a more ‘awake’ look, as well as eliminating small lines and wrinkles from around the eye and forehead area – it stops early signs of aging.

Another reason young patients are choosing eyelid surgery is because non-invasive treatments haven’t given them the results they want. It could be that non-invasive treatments don’t quite eliminate all of the patient’s concerns, or that the results just don’t last long enough. Eyelid surgery provides permanent results, making it a cost-effective procedure for young patients.

Finally, make-up trends have also been driving a rise in eyelid surgeries. Latest trends place a lot of emphasis on the eyelids. To fit in with the trend, young people are undergoing drastic measures for a more permanent effect.

What are the benefits of eyelid surgery?

Eyelid surgery does offer a lot of benefits. Here’s some of the reasons the procedure has become so popular today…

Provides a more youthful appearance – Eyelid surgery can make you look a lot more youthful. It smooths out the skin on the forehead and around the eyes, providing better results than non-invasive treatments such as Botox.

Boosts your confidence – Many patients report a boost in their confidence after undergoing eyelid surgery. Even younger patients who don’t necessarily need the surgery often feel much more confident after having it done.

You’ll look more awake – An eyelid lift can help to make you appear a lot less tired. Dark circles and under eye bags can make you look constantly fatigued. Eyelid surgeries can help to eliminate these bags and circles, leaving behind a more awake, refreshed look.

These are just some of the benefits of choosing eyelid surgery. For younger patients, they act as a preventative measure, helping to slow down the signs of aging. Before you consider undergoing an eyelid surgery, book a consultation with Mr Horlock today to discover if you are an ideal candidate.

anti-aging

A group of UK scientists claim to have discovered a new anti-aging technique that can reverse the signs of aging. The technique, which involves rejuvenating skin cells, is said to help rewind the signs of aging by up to 30 years. If found to be true, this exciting discovery could revolutionise anti-aging treatments.

So, what is this new, potentially revolutionary technique? Discover everything you need to know below…

Understanding the latest research

The new research has discovered a way to cut the time it takes to reprogram cells by 13 days. Up until now, scientists haven’t been able to re-differentiate stem cells into mature adult cells. Instead, they have been able to produce foetal cells. Discovered by the latest team of researchers, the new method halts the reprogramming of the cells partway through. This allows them to identify a more accurate balance of creating biologically younger cells that retain their original function.

The technique has been dubbed ‘maturation phase transient reprogramming’ (MPTR). It has been tested on dermal fibroblasts donated by middle-aged participants. Researchers discovered that the method was able to successfully rejuvenate several cellular attributes, including transcriptome. Using a novel transcriptome clock, the transcriptome was found to have been rejuvenated by a staggering 30 years.

This is an exciting development that could greatly help to reduce the signs of aging in treatments moving forward.

What does this mean for patients?

While this new discovery is exciting, it’s important to realise that it won’t lead to new treatments or methods to reverse aging for quite a few years. Additional research will need to be carried out, followed by clinical trials.

Researchers still need to take the discovery made and turn it into viable treatment options. All of these things take time, but it does prove promising for future treatments.

Anti-aging treatment available now

If you don’t want to wait for new treatments to be developed, there are ways you can look up to 10 years younger right now. For instance, a facelift is one of the most effective, long-term procedures to help patients wipe up to a decade off their appearance.

Certainly, the technique used to carry out a facelift has improved dramatically in recent years. Nowadays, the results look more natural, and they often address the underlying cause of aging. Patients can undergo a facelift to tighten up the tissue and muscles of the face, remove excess skin, and increase volume in areas that have lost it.

While a facelift might not be for everyone, it can produce outstanding results. Book a consultation with Mr Nigel Horlock today to find out if a facelift could be the right option for you.

prominent ears

Around 1-2% of people in the UK consider themselves to have prominent ears. Most of the time, they develop due to genetic factors. However, they can also occur due to the fold that tucks the top of the outer ear in (the antithetical fold) failing to develop correctly. Additional cartilage within the concha area can also cause prominent ears.

Whatever the cause, protruding ears can lead to embarrassment and, in some cases, functional issues. However, the good news is there are treatments available that can help. Setting back prominent ears is one of the most common procedures used to correct the issue.

So, what does setting back prominent ears involve and is it the right option for you? Discover everything you need to know below.

How are prominent ears set back?

Prominent ears can be corrected with an ear reshaping procedure known as Otoplasty or Pinnaplasty. There are two surgical methods that can be used, and they can be carried out on both adults and children.

One procedure uses sutures to pin the ears back into place. The other procedure involves creating an incision behind the ear, then removing or reshaping cartilage and skin before pinning them back with stitches. These are permanent stitches, so the patient won’t need to have them removed.

Children undergoing the procedure will be placed under general anaesthetic. Adult patients can choose whether they want local or general anaesthetic.

What non-surgical options are available?

While some clinics do advertise non-surgical ear pinning techniques, unfortunately, they can be misleading. They include earfold implants, which are inserted through an incision located at the front of the ear. This is a fairly new technique, and it is still considered a surgical procedure.

Only surgical procedures can produce permanent results. Patients will need to undergo a consultation with an expert to determine which type of surgical treatment would be most beneficial.

Which treatment option is right for you?

If you are embarrassed by your prominent ears, book a consultation with Mr Nigel Horlock today. After an assessment, you will be advised which procedure is better suited to you. While there is a small chance protruding ears may recur further down the line, in most cases the treatment is permanent.

For the first week after the procedure, patients may experience some degree of discomfort. A bandage will also need to be worn until your follow up appointment. Mr Horlock will explain what you can expect from the recovery, alongside the potential risks involved with the procedure.

Setting back prominent ears is a straightforward procedure that has helped thousands of patients regain their confidence. Book a consultation today to discover whether ear reshaping could be a good treatment option for you.

surgeries giving natural results

Cosmetic surgery trends have long been driven by celebrity influence. However, the number of patients trying to imitate their favourite stars by changing their appearance is decreasing.

Now, a new trend is taking over which focuses on individuality and surgeries giving natural results. This means tailoring procedures to suit each individual. Here, we’ll take a look at the surgeries that are meeting a new trend of individuality.

Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty is one of the most common procedures carried out on patients. It can have a drastic impact on your overall appearance, and there are several techniques the surgeon can use to manipulate the results.

But, now that the focus is on surgeries giving natural results, patients are requesting smaller changes that don’t alter their ethnic identity. This includes removing humps, correcting asymmetry, and fixing a crooked nose.

Fat transfer to the breast

One of the latest innovations in the cosmetic surgery field is fat transfer procedures. Fat is taken from one part of the body and transferred into another. This helps to provide natural volume where it is needed.

Fat transfer to the breast is becoming increasingly popular for those seeking a breast augmentation procedure. Most importantly, the results are natural, and there are much fewer risks involved compared to having implants inserted into the breasts.

But, keep in mind that fat transfer to the breast can only help to add a little volume. Therefore, it isn’t suitable for those looking to achieve a more dramatic increase in breast size.

A brow lift

Those who are looking to achieve a natural, youthful appearance, could benefit from a brow lift. Facelift procedures are great for turning back the clock, but the changes aren’t always natural. A brow lift on the other hand is a more natural procedure.

The minimally invasive surgery aims to lift the brows, which in turn lifts the forehead and the eye area. Certainly, these are notoriously the areas where signs of aging first start to appear. However, with this procedure, it is difficult to tell if any work has been done and it focuses on natural results.

These are some of the main types of surgeries that are helping to keep up with the individuality trend. In short, improvements in the way procedures are carried out, alongside new techniques, have helped surgeons to produce more natural results.

If you are looking to undergo cosmetic surgery that focuses on a more natural appearance, book a consultation with Mr Horlock. Certainly, he will be able to advise you on the best procedures to help maintain your individuality.

prevent jowls

Did you know that most people develop jowls as they age? Located underneath the chin, the saggy areas of skin are typically caused by ageing. The level of sagging can vary but left untreated, they can cause issues with self-confidence.

So, what causes jowls to develop in the first place and is it purely down to ageing? Here, we look at the main causes of jowls, and how you can treat and prevent jowls.

What are the main causes of jowls?

Jowls can be caused by a variety of factors. Some of the most common causes include:

  • A reduction in collagen and elastin
  • Environmental/lifestyle factors
  • Genetics

As you age, your skin starts to lose its collagen and elastin. These are proteins that make up the connective tissues, keeping the skin firm and supple. As the amount of collagen and elastin produced in the body declines, gravity begins to take over. In the face, your cheeks and mouth area start to lose their firmness. This causes the skin to begin to droop down, leading to the development of jowls.

In some cases, jowls are also caused by environmental and lifestyle factors. It could be you have lost weight, or you make certain facial expressions that contribute to sagging skin. Smoking can also speed up the ageing process by damaging collagen and elastin.

Genetics can also play a role, as well as determine how noticeable the jowls are. If your parents have them, there is a good chance you’ll develop them too as you age.

Can you prevent jowls?

It may be possible to prevent jowls from developing, but in most cases, they are down to the natural ageing process. If you want to prevent them from developing prematurely, you can follow these simple tips…

Reduce your sun exposure – Damage from UV rays can speed up the ageing process. To reduce the risk of developing jowls early, it’s a good idea to reduce your sun exposure. When you are out in the sun, always wear adequate sunscreen, and try to avoid being out in the sun during peak times.

Quit or avoid smoking – The nicotine and thousands of other chemicals contained in cigarettes can damage the collagen and elastin in the skin. Avoiding smoking or quitting is a great way to minimise the risk of developing jowls.

Limit your screen time – Spending long periods of time looking down at a screen can cause the neck area to become scrunched up. This in turn can cause it to start to sag, as well as develop fine lines and wrinkles. Always try and look at your screens in a natural, comfortable position.

Your options for treating jowls

If you do develop jowls, the good news is there are ways to eliminate them. Two of the best procedures to tackle this common problem are a facelift and injectable dermal fillers.

A facelift can provide a drastic improvement in the firmness of the skin. You could also potentially undergo a neck lift to minimise the signs of ageing in the jowl area. Dermal fillers are great for restoring lost volume, providing a natural lift.

To find out which treatment option is right for you, book a consultation with Mr Nigel Horlock today.

chin concerns

Did you know the size and shape of your chin can have a significant impact on your overall appearance? Whether you have a long, prominent, strong, or weak chin, it can cause issues with self-confidence.

Over time, the appearance of the chin can alter. This can lead to issues with insecurity and in some cases, asymmetry. There are all kinds of concerns patients have about their chin and consequently, several types of treatments available. Here, you’ll discover some of the most common chin concerns our patients have and the various treatments available.

What are the most common chin concerns?

Several factors impact how the chin looks including fat, genetics, bone structure, and skin elasticity. Each of these factors can contribute to a range of aesthetic issues. Some of the most common chin concerns patients have include:

Dimpled chin – If there is a dimple in the chin, it is usually caused by a tight muscle that is pulling the skin inward.

Double chin – Submental fat, or a double chin, is one of the most common concerns patients have. It is mostly caused by excess weight gain, though in some cases it can be genetic. Double chins can sometimes be difficult to get rid of through diet and exercise alone.

Large chin – Those with a large chin may feel like it is too broad. When the mandibular protuberance is larger than other facial features, it will draw attention to the mouth and jaw area.

Small chin – A small, or recessed chin, can also significantly impact your overall appearance. There will be a lack of definition in the area, making other facial features more prominent.

Drooping chin – As we age, we start to lose elastin and collagen in the skin. This can lead to drooping, especially in the chin area. When the skin sags, it can create jowls underneath the chin, leading to issues with self-confidence.

These are the most common chin concerns patients have. The good news is there are treatments to solve each of the issues above.

What treatment options are available?

There are several treatment options available to address concerns with your chin. If you want to change its shape, for example, a genioplasty could be the best option. This surgical procedure can be carried out in a couple of different ways. Implants are commonly used to add volume and alter the shape of the chin. Another, more intensive option, is to change the alignment or position of the chin.

If you have a small chin, fillers can be a great semi-permanent option. This minimally invasive procedure is an alternative to surgery. Or, for those looking to eliminate a double chin, liposuction can help. This targeted procedure will eliminate pockets of fat, helping to banish submental fat.

To find out which treatment option is right for you, book a consultation with Mr Nigel Horlock today.