How long is a consultation?
Most consultations require up to an hour to discuss medical history, requirements and procedure options.
Should I bring photographs of my younger self?
Absolutely. I use photographs to explain the ageing process. Photographs are an essential tool to help understand the architecture of a face and body and to see how it might be rejuvenated.
Do I need to provide medical history?
All patients are required to disclose a full medical history.
What procedures do you perform?
All procedures booked with me are performed by me. Top of my list is facial rejuvenation including face and neck lifts, mini facelifts and short scar facelifts with Stemcell Volumising Rejuvenation. I also perform body contouring which includes liposuction and breast and buttock.
What is Stemcell Volumising Rejuvenation?
SVR is my own unique treatment where I identify key areas of fat and carefully select fat cells for transfer to specific areas of the face. Skin texture is visibly rejuvenated, the face is lifted and volume is increased. As I tell my patients: I want to restore your face – not create a new face.
What is an SVR life plan?
This is where I create a bespoke life plan for patients so we can identify and eliminate imperfections with SVR as they appear. It is a journey we go on together and I build relationships with patients that last years.
This is an organic non-surgical procedure where the patient’s own platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is used to rejuvenate the face.. A tiny amount of blood is taken and platelets and plasma are separated using a centrifuge. The PRP is then injected into the desired areas. These platelets stimulate collagen, cell growth and tissue regeneration.
I have taken PRP to the next level with a new technique which I offer exclusively. The treatment uses tiny needles so the procedure is fast with minimal discomfort. As it is totally natural this treatment is set to overtake fillers and Botox in popularity this year.
How can I see what I will look like after body contouring?
I use the latest 3D imaging system Crisalix which ensures the ultimate in precision whether we are discussing procedures for the face, breast or body. It is also a useful way for patients to understand what they can expect from surgery.
What are the most popular procedures?
The face remains my main area of focus with blepharoplasty or eyelid lifts, mini facelifts and short scar facelifts and orbital rejuvenation. The next most popular procedures are for the body - liposuction and breast augmentation.
What procedures do you perform under local anaesthetic?
There’s been an evolution in anaesthesia and many patients are surprised at how many procedures can be performed under local anaesthetic. For example, blepharoplasty, mini neck plasty, lower facelift and mini liposuction. However, this form of anaesthesia is not for every patient and we will discuss your requirements in full.
Will my procedure require an overnight stay?
There is no overnight stay however we can arrange accommodation nearby with a nurse if required.
How should I prepare for surgery?
All surgical procedures are teamwork between the surgeon and the patient. You wouldn’t run a marathon without training so you need to prepare for any surgery.
From the time you book the procedure ensure you get good rest, eat well and take gentle exercise. Alcohol consumption should be limited as should smoking.
If a patient feels prepared for surgery then they will arrive for their procedure feeling positive which in turn will reduce any anxiety and encourage a stress-free recovery.
Do you consult patients on the day of the procedure?
On the morning of surgery you will meet the anaesthetist then I will go through the procedure again and will be present as you sign consent forms. I will also see you after the procedure to ensure you are ready to be discharged.
What aftercare do you offer?
This depends on the type of procedure. Dressings and stitches will be managed by a specialist nurse here at the Cadogan Clinic. A follow-up appointment will be booked for 4-6 weeks after the procedure then 3-6 months and then in a year’s time.
There’s always a risk involved but a full assessment will be made based on health, age, medical history and the sort of procedure involved. Every patient is issued with a consent form which informs of actual risk.
An initial consultation is £250.
Will I be in pain after the procedure?
We have a pain management programme for all patients who are issued with painkillers appropriate to their needs. You may feel some discomfort from swelling and bruising but this will be managed with painkillers.
Is there anything I can take to minimise swelling?
If you are in good health then swelling should be minimal. We encourage patients to keep hydrated, use a water spray for facial treatments and keep an eye mask in the fridge. Some patients also use homeopathic remedies to help with the healing process.
How long before I can return to normal activities?
Patients who undergo facial procedures usually return to normal activities after a week to ten days and for body procedures around ten days. We can arrange an appointment with a medical make-up artist who will help conceal bruising. I recommend patients return to gentle exercise as soon as they feel comfortable to do so – but nothing strenuous.
You will notice a difference straight away. After two to three weeks you will see results and appreciate them after six weeks. The final version of the new you will be in six months and healing will be complete after a year.
How long will the results last?
A facelift will last a few years – however - the longevity of results depends on many factors including how well you look after yourself. Plus lifestyle factors such as weight gain, weight loss, smoking, drinking and stress which can take their toll on our appearance.