Frequently Asked Questions

Treatment FAQ


You will have the opportunity to ask any questions you might have to your surgeon or surgeon assistant during your consultation. But we have outlined a few of our most frequently asked questions here for you. Select the treatment you are most interested in from the drop-down menu below.

Please remember, if there is anything else you would like to know, don’t hesitate in contacting us.

Is breast enlargement surgery safe?
Breast enlargement surgery is generally safe, and our experienced cosmetic surgeons have the knowledge and skills to ensure your procedure goes as smoothly as possible and you live comfortably with your implants, with no complications. As for any risks related to breast enlargement surgery, your cosmetic surgeon will talk these through with you at your consultation.
Does breast implant surgery hurt?
You’ll be under general anaesthetic during your surgery, so you won’t feel any pain. Afterwards, you might feel a bit sore for a few days, but taking painkillers should help with this. Once your breasts have healed and your implants have settled, you shouldn’t feel any discomfort.
Can I still breastfeed after getting breast implants?
Yes, you could still be able to breastfeed if you have breast implants. If the incision for your implants was made through your armpit or under your breast, then this is unlikely to affect your ability to breastfeed. However, if you have an incision around your areola, then this might pose a problem. Your cosmetic surgeon will be happy to discuss your options around implant method and breastfeeding.
What type of breast implants do you offer?
At The Hospital Group, we use breast implants from the world’s leading supplier. We offer Motiva and Mentor implants, and your surgeon can advise you on the best option for you. Motiva breast implants: · 5 years capsular contracture cover · Unique Q inside safety technology – next generation of breast implants · BluSeal – patented barrier layer indicator · TrueMonobloc – high performance shell · Choice of two controlled surfaces – velvet or silk. We also offer Mentor implants, which offer other benefits, which you can discuss with your surgeon when you book a consultation.
How long does breast enlargement surgery take?
Breast enlargement surgery normally takes between one and two hours under general anaesthetic.
What’s the difference between ‘above the muscle’ and ‘behind the muscle’?
‘Over’ or ‘above the muscle’ procedures involve placing the breast implant in front of your breast muscle, which means it’s more superficial and sits just below the breast tissue. This might be the best option for you if you have some breast tissue already or if you’re restoring fullness to deflated breasts. ‘Under’ or ‘behind the muscle’ refers to an implant that sits behind the breast muscle. This is suitable for patients with very small breasts who have very little breast fat. This method reduces the likelihood of your breast implants showing and gives a more natural looking result but it’s more difficult to place larger implants this way. Your surgeon will discuss with you the results you want to achieve from breast surgery and will advise the best implant placement for your body.
How do I know what size breast implant to choose?
After discussing the look you want to achieve, your surgeon will make his/her recommendations on which size of implant to go for and explain their choice to you. Although your surgeon will be able to give you an estimation of your new breast size based on the implant size and the current size of your breasts, we can’t guarantee exactly what size your breasts will be after surgery.
Can I have a breast uplift with my breast enlargement?
Yes – in fact, if your breasts have lost volume, your surgeon might also recommend having a breast uplift in order to achieve the look you want.
What is ALCL?
Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (ALCL) is an extremely rare type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL), a cancer involving the cells of the immune system. ALCL can affect 1 in 24,000 patients who have breast implants. It is important to emphasise the extremely low probability of ALCL occurring in patients with breast implants. The majority of cases are easily treated by removing both the implant and the surrounding capsule.
Are there any safety concerns for patients with Motiva Implants with Q Inside Safety Technology?
Motiva Implants® include a microchip embedded in the silicone gel. When scanned by a handheld reader, a unique electronic serial number (ESN) gives healthcare providers and patients access to verify the implants without invasive surgery. The company have released a safety notice regarding the maximum magnetic field a patient can go under when scanned under an MRI. The notice is in relation to a specific MRI scanner, 7 Tesla scan. The 7 Tesla MRI scanner availability is very limited, and mostly used in investigation centres for head and extremities and not the upper chest area. In summary, it is highly unlikely, if not impossible for a patient with Motiva implants to undergo a scan over 3 Tesla. On behalf of Motiva, we would like to inform our patients that have had Motiva implants that it is safe to undergo a scan with a 3 Tesla MRI scanner. There is no significant risk to patients. You can find out more information you can visit Motiva’s Q&A section: http://www.motivaimagine.com/support/breast/screening/
How long will I have to stay in hospital?
You may be able to return home the same day, but many of our patients require an overnight stay in one of our hospitals. We’ll discuss what we think is best with you before we book your surgery.
How long will my implants last?
Breast implants are not designed to last forever, but they don’t have a specific lifespan. Most surgeons say it’s wise to have your implants replaced between 10 to 20 years after the original procedure. Even if you haven’t experienced any problems with them, we recommend getting your implants checked over by a surgeon around 10 years after your surgery to make sure everything’s still okay.
Will I have scars following a breast enlargement?
You can expect minor scarring from your breast enlargement surgery, but these usually fade significantly over time and become much less noticeable. Your surgeon will explain to you where the incisions will be made to place your implants; one method leaves a scar under the breast hidden in the crease, or your surgeon might use an approach where the incisions are made around the areola or through the armpit.
How long does it take to recover from breast enlargement surgery?
It’s worth taking the first week after your surgery off work to give yourself some time to recover, and you might feel sore during this time. Every patient is different, but you should see the final results of your surgery within six to eight weeks. We’ll also give you plenty of advice, as well as a personalised care plan along the way.
How much does breast enlargement surgery cost?
The price of breast enlargement surgery varies between patients, as everyone is different and has their own needs. You’ll get a personal quote for how much your breast enlargement surgery will cost during your initial consultation. We offer finance options, so you can spread out the cost of your procedure if you’d rather do this than pay for it in one lump sum.
How long does labiaplasty surgery take?
Labiaplasty surgery usually takes around one hour under general anaesthetic.
How long will I have to stay in hospital?
Labiaplasty surgery usually takes around one hour under general anaesthetic.
What happens after labia reduction surgery?
After a labiaplasty, you will have a dressing put on in the operating theatre. You will then have a post-op review with a nurse at your local clinic approximately 7 days after your procedure.
Will labia reduction surgery be painful?
You will feel some discomfort following this procedure. However, we will provide pain relief in hospital and also advise on managing any discomfort when you return home. You’ll have a review after 7 and 14 days, and then you’ll see your cosmetic surgeon again after a month so we can ensure that you are recovering well.
When can I return to work after labiaplasty?
We advise that you take one week off work following labia reduction surgery.
When can I resume sexual activities?
Recovery can vary, but you should expect to abstain from intercourse for 3-4 weeks after surgery to allow the area to fully heal.
Will I have any scarring after labiaplasty?
Scarring should be minimal following a labiaplasty and should be hidden as much as possible within the natural folds.
Is a lap band different to a gastric band?
Lap band is short for laparoscopic gastric band, so it’s just another name for a gastric band. If you’re not sure that a gastric band is for you but are interested in other types of weight-loss surgery, we also offer gastric sleeve and gastric bypass.
What happens during the operation?
A gastric band operation is performed under a general anaesthetic. You'll be asleep throughout the procedure. The band itself is fitted using a procedure known as laparoscopic surgery – but you'll probably know it better as 'keyhole' surgery.
Your surgeon will make small cuts or incisions in your stomach, before placing a thin telescope – a laparoscope – inside. This is fitted with a light and a camera so your surgeon can see what they are doing as they place your gastric band around your stomach.
The injection port is also stitched into place, just under your skin. With this, your surgeon will inflate or deflate the band. Finally, the small cuts made at the start of the gastric band surgery are then closed, normally with dissolvable stitches.
How long does gastric band surgery take?
The length of time it can take will vary from person to person, and can range from 30 minutes to up to two hours.
What is the gastric band recovery time after surgery?
As each person is different, so too is the length of gastric band recovery time. Typically, you’ll be able to leave the hospital a day after your surgery, but it's worth taking a week off work to give yourself time to rest after this.
We usually advise that you take it relatively easy during the first two weeks after surgery. You should then be able to resume your day-to-day activities and exercise regimes after six weeks.
Your dedicated and expert dietitian will advise you on food and liquid intake during your recovery time.
Will I need to stay in hospital?
In some cases, you may be able to go home on the same day as a gastric band operation. But it's normal to stay in hospital for one night after the procedure. Your surgeon will then talk you through your personalised care plan following your surgery.
Will I need time off work?
Time off work is often needed to aid your gastric band recovery time. We'll usually recommend that you take at least a week off. But this might vary from patient to patient, depending on the procedure that you have. Your surgeon will be able to advise exactly how much time you’ll need to rest after your surgery.
How does gastric band surgery work with pregnancy?
Pregnancy after gastric band surgery is perfectly safe. In 2014, a study called "Pregnancy after laparoscopic gastric banding: maternal and neonatal outcomes" concluded that it is safe to carry a child with a gastric band fitted.
Of course, your specialist dietitian will advise you on the best way to manage your pregnancy – both nutritionally and in terms of fluid in your band. We would advise waiting a year or so after gastric band surgery before getting pregnant, however.
Talk to your surgeon and local GP if you have any concerns, or you think you may be pregnant.
How important is diet after my gastric band is fitted?
The aim of a gastric band is to make you feel full after eating sooner than you generally would. As such, this can reduce the amount you actually eat and help you lose weight. But it can only be truly effective if you also make changes to your lifestyle after your operation.
This could mean changing your dietary habits and calorie intake. As gastric bands can only work effectively with solid foods, you'll need to take particular care with high-calorie drinks or fluids to see the weight loss you want to achieve.
It's also important to remember that your diet will be restricted while you recover from gastric or lap band surgery. Your dedicated and specialist dietitian will explain more about this as part of the aftercare we provide to our patients.
What's the typical weight loss following gastric band surgery?
Gastric bands can help you lose weight gradually. Any weight loss you experience will depend on how healthy your lifestyle is. You'll also need to follow your expert dietitian's advice to see the best results. According to third 2020 National Bariatric Surgery Registry Report, however, the average weight loss after one year is 39% of excess weight.
Can you drink alcohol after lap band surgery?
You can. But please remember that alcoholic drinks have a higher calorie count and will easily pass through a gastric band. So, it may affect the weight loss results you wish to achieve.
Can the band be removed?
Yes – your gastric band can be removed if you want to reverse the procedure.
How often will I need an adjustment?
This varies from person to person. Sometimes, just having the band in place is enough to offer the desired benefits.
If an adjustment is needed, however, the first one takes place at least five weeks after gastric band surgery. It usually takes about 4-6 months, however, to reach a level where you're comfortably and consistently losing weight.
After the first modification, adjustments must be at least three weeks apart – if they’re needed. We advise patients to take their lead from our specialist dietitians when deciding if you need or want to adjust your band.
This can help you recognise how your own eating patterns and food choices activate the fluid in your band and how you can work with it.
How much does a gastric band operation cost?
We tailor our treatment plans in line with each patient's unique needs. For this reason, the cost of a gastric band operation may vary.
You can use our price check to find out how much it might cost. This first calculates your BMI to see if you're suitable for a weight loss procedure. Please note – this is only an estimated price. Your patient advisor can give you detailed pricing information during your consultation.
As well as our finance plans of up to five years, we also offer a 0% finance option. This lets you spread the cost over one year with no interest to pay. All finance options are subject to status – and are provided by Omni Capital Retail Finance Limited, who are authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority.
What is a gastric band?
Gastric bands are made from silicone and contain three key components – a reinforcing band, tubing and balloon. The balloon is filled with saline fluid by the surgeon to an amount suited to each patient – which can vary from 0ml to 9ml. The reinforcing band is wrapped around the stomach to form a small pouch which reduces the amount of food that can fit in the stomach, aiding weight loss. The tubing connects the balloon and the injection port, which the surgeon uses to adjust the amount of fluid in the balloon.
What is gastric band surgery?
The gastric band procedure involves placing a silicone ring close to the top of your stomach. This stimulates the nerve endings and helps to make you feel satisfied on smaller portions of food. The gastric band is fully adjustable, and you will need band adjustments every so often to ensure it is optimal for you and your body. It is important to make lifestyle changes too in terms of healthy eating and regular activity to achieve the best possible results.
How long will I have to stay in hospital?
Male chest reduction surgery is performed under general anaesthetic. Following the procedure, you’ll normally need to stay in hospital for one night.
What happens during male chest reduction surgery?
Surgery to correct ‘man boobs’ is called reduction mammoplasty and reduces breast size, flattening and enhancing the shape of the chest. The procedure involves liposuction to remove excess fat and, depending on your requirements, excess skin may also be removed.
Will there be any scars?
The surgeon will seek to conceal any incision lines within natural contours, although some scarring may be visible. Scarring can take around a year to fade. However, the improvement in your profile will be immediate.
How long does nose surgery take?
When you’re deciding whether to have surgery, it’s reassuring to have all the facts. You’ll be able to ask any questions at your consultation, but here are some that our patients most frequently ask.

It is important to remember that although cost is, of course, an important factor in your final decision, it should be considered alongside other elements such as high levels of care and patient safety, and surgeon expertise and experience.
How long does nose surgery take?
‘Nose job’ surgery normally takes around two hours under general anaesthetic.
How long will I have to stay in hospital?
You’ll normally need to stay in hospital overnight after nose surgery.
Can I decide the shape of my new nose?
At your consultation, you can discuss what you want to change about your nose with the surgeon. You can agree what size and shape nose you would like to achieve. There are many considerations to be taken into account and these will be discussed during your consultation with your surgeon.
Will I have scars following a nose job?
Most surgery involves performing rhinoplasty from within the nose, making their incision inside the nostrils so scarring is undetectable. Occasionally an open procedure (operating on the outside of the nose) is more suitable, especially in complicated cases. This may leave very fine scars.
What happens after a rhinoplasty?
After your rhinoplasty surgery is completed, you will have a plaster cast that is applied in the operating theatre. It is important that this plaster cast is not removed for a period of at least 7-10 days.
How much do lip fillers cost?
This depends on how much filler is being used during the treatment. Your medical aesthetic practitioner can discuss this with you at your free consultation.
How long do lip fillers take?
The treatment can be carried out within 30-45 minutes.
Do lip fillers hurt?
There will be slight discomfort during the treatment and there may be some swelling/bruising in the area afterwards. The swelling should subside after 2 days, with the bruising taking a little longer to disappear. Over the counter painkillers can be taken to reduce any mild pain.
Are there any after effects or side effects?
The side effects from lip fillers may include swelling, bruising and redness, although these should subside within 2 days.
How long do lip fillers last?
Lip fillers can last between 6-12 months. We recommend that you have your lip fillers topped up, which will help maintain lip volume and definition. You can discuss the frequency of top ups at your free consultation.
What are lip fillers?
Lip fillers, also known as lip filler injections or lip augmentation, are non-surgical cosmetic procedures designed to add volume to the lips. The process involves injecting a solution into the lips using a very fine needle. Although not permanent, lip filler is an effective way to add fulness to the lips over an extended period, with results usually lasting between 6-12 months. Exactly how long lip fillers last can vary, depending on the types of lip fillers used and your lifestyle.
Who will perform the lip filler treatment?
Lip filler injections are only ever administered by our fully qualified, highly trained practitioners, nurses and doctors. All our practitioners are registered with the Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners, which means they have the right qualifications and skills to perform your treatment. Our expert team is committed to providing the highest standard of care to patients – so you can book your lip line fillers with confidence, knowing you’re in the best hands.
Will my lips look noticeably different?
It's up to you how much of a change you want to achieve. Some of our clients are just looking to make a subtle change, while others want much fuller lips. We'll talk to you about the look you want and let you know our recommendations.
How do lip fillers work?
So, how do lip fillers work, exactly? Essentially, filler solution is injected beneath the skin, which plumps up the lips and helps to improve definition. The types of lip fillers we use at Transform are made of hyaluronic acid – a naturally occurring acid that our skin cells produce to keep skin moisturised and healthy. Sometimes our environment, the products we use, and the natural ageing process mean our levels of hyaluronic acid can decrease. This may lead to dry, dull skin, and lines and wrinkles. This is where lip filler injections come in, filling the skin with hyaluronic acid to boost hydration, add volume and improve definition.
What different types of lip fillers do The Hospital Group use?
Here at The Hospital Group, we’re dedicated to offering the highest-quality lip filler injections to our patients. All our products are FDA-approved and are carefully designed by premium brands to make sure you achieve your desired look. The types of lip fillers we use in our UK clinics are made from hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally-occurring acid produced by our skin cells. They are non-animal and suitable for all different skin types. Please note that these are not permanent lip fillers and the solution will be absorbed naturally by your body over time. For this reason, you may wish to have a lip filler course, separating each treatment by around three to six months to maintain your desired level of volume.
How much lip filler do I need?
It’s up to you to decide how much of a change you want. Some of our clients simply decide on a subtle change, while others want much fuller lips. We’ll talk to you about the look you desire, and let you know our recommendations.
Are lip fillers permanent?
Here at The Hospital Group, we offer non-permanent lip fillers that give exceptionally good results. Although they are not permanent, our lip fillers are long-lasting and will usually maintain their volume for between 6 and 12 months – but exactly how long lip fillers last will vary between patients. Because they are not permanent, lip fillers will typically need topping up. You can discuss the frequency of top ups at your free consultation.
How often can you get lip fillers?
Our non-permanent lip fillers offer great long-lasting results, so you shouldn’t need to get them topped up regularly. Typically, our patients will need to get their lip line fillers redone every three to six months to maintain the same level of fulness and definition.
Are lip fillers safe?
Rest assured that your lip filler course will be carried out by a qualified and experienced practitioner registered with the JCCP. However, as with any form of cosmetic surgery or procedure, there are some lip filler risks, like bruising, swelling and infection. During your consultation, your patient advisor will talk you through all the potential lip filler risks and side effects. They’ll also give you lip filler aftercare tips to ensure the potential risks are minimised.
How long does swelling last after lip filler?
After the insertion of lip filler, swelling is common, and you may find that your lips feel quite tender for several days. In terms of the lip filler swelling stages, your lips are likely to be most swollen the morning after the procedure. This will gradually ease, and all swelling will usually disappear after 48 hours. Your practitioner will talk you through all potential side effects and how to manage them, including how to reduce swelling after lip fillers.
Is there a lip filler aftercare routine to follow?
You may experience some swelling and bruising after lip fillers, but you should be able to leave the clinic straight after your treatment and go about your usual daily activities. However, there are some lip filler aftercare tips to follow to aid the healing process. We recommend you don’t do any exercise for 24 hours after your treatment and avoid putting makeup on or around your lips. Your patient advisor can give you more information on lip filler aftercare during your consultation, and you’ll have access to our 24/7 helpline if you need any advice once you get home.
Can I wear lipstick after lip fillers?
We recommend you avoid wearing any make up on or around your lips for at least 24 hours after your treatment to aid the lip filler healing process.
Can you smoke after lip fillers?
If you’re wondering whether you can smoke after lip fillers, the general advice is to avoid smoking straight after your treatment. This is because it may increase the risk of infection and may also dry out the skin. However, smoking should not impact the overall outcome of your lip line fillers.
Can you drink alcohol after lip fillers?
We advise patients to avoid drinking alcohol after lip fillers. This is because alcohol is known to thin the blood and can also enlarge blood vessels – which may make the bruising and swelling after lip fillers worse. We also recommend avoiding alcohol for the days leading up to your appointment to minimise these side effects.
Is a skin peel right for me?
There are many types of chemical skin peels, which can be customised to suit each person’s individual needs. An experienced practitioner will ensure that the peel they recommend for you is suitable for your skin colour, texture and needs.
Which skin peels do you offer?
Our UK clinics offer skin peels in a variety of strengths to suit differing requirements. Chemical peels are generally categorised as mild, medium and deep. Mild peels including the Obagi Blue Radiance Peel do not penetrate below the epidermis (top layer of the skin). Medium peels such as TCA (trichloroacetic acid) reach the surface of the middle and thickest layer of the skin (the dermis) and deep peels including Phenol chemical peels reach the deeper levels of the dermis.
How long does treatment take?
The treatment takes around half an hour, but it may be longer depending on the product and treatment chosen. A chemical solution is applied to the area being treated and you will feel an initial warm sensation as the chemical becomes active. A post-peel cream is then applied. Two to three days later, your skin will begin to peel to reveal the healthy new skin beneath.
What other treatments can I consider?
Skin peels can be combined with many of our other treatments, both non-surgical and surgical, such as face lifts.
Is the treatment safe?
Our skin peel treatment is a superficial, controlled professional peel used by trained professionals. It is a deeper peel than you could achieve at home, as the chemicals used are more intensive.
Is it painful?
Peels are not painful, but you can expect a warm sensation during the acid solution’s action on the skin. The acid solution is removed after a set time and soothing creams and serums are applied.
Will I have any redness or peeling?
Depending on your skin type and the intensity of the peel, you may experience some redness, temporary dryness or superficial peeling/flaking. These symptoms are normal and they will diminish progressively and should disappear completely within 3 days. The use of the pre- and post-peel products will minimise the potential after effects.
Can I combine peeling with other treatments?
Yes, peeling can be done alone but will also work well in combination with other aesthetic treatments such as fillers or anti-wrinkle treatment. Your practitioner can recommend the best combination of treatments for your skin type and personal requirements.
How much does a facial peel cost?
Every patient is unique, and so the cost of our facial peels will depend on the type of chemical peel that is best for your individual skin type. Your medical aesthetic practitioner will discuss your options and the cost of your procedure at your free consultation.
How long does a facial peel take?
A facial peel treatment will generally be carried out in around 30 minutes.
How do facial peels work?
During a facial peel, a chemical solution deeply exfoliates the skin on the face which removes the top layers of dead skin cells, allowing for cell renewal.
What skin conditions can facial peels help with?
Pigmentation, acne, scarring, sun damage and wrinkles can all be addressed by a chemical peel.
What results can I expect from a skin peel?
After a facial peel, you should expect to have smoother, healthy, glowing skin.
Which facial peel is right for me?
We provide a range of medical formulation chemical peel treatments of varying strengths. Each is safe and designed to penetrate and exfoliate to a particular depth. These range from light peels such as Epionce refresh, Obagi Blue Radiance and Glycolic right through to deep phenol peels that can help to reduce facial wrinkles or treat sun damaged skin.
What is involved in a facial peel treatment?
Each peel has a different strength of active ingredients and therefore the treatment itself varies. Generally, the treatment involves the preparation of the area to be treated and the careful application of the chemical peel. It will be removed after a specific time and then a cream may then be applied.
How long will I need to recover?
Some chemical peels are single skin peel treatments and involve no down time. Others require a course of treatments, some of which have little or no down time, others with a maximum of 7 to 10 day recovery period. You should always use sunblock post-treatment, as your skin can be quite sensitive. After any chemical peel you can leave the clinic as soon as you feel comfortable to do so.
What’s the difference between SculpSure and Coolsculpting?
While CoolSculpting and SculpSure treatments achieve the same goal – removing fat - the way that this is achieved differs.

CoolSculpting removes the fat cells through freezing, and SculpSure removes the fat cells through heat.

Coolsculpting treatment takes longer than SculpSure. Most areas of the body will take 35-45 minutes to complete, while SculpSure will take approximately 25 minutes for most areas of the body.

Coolsculpting numbs the skin, so the procedure is not painful. It can be a better choice for anyone wishing to remove larger areas of fat. SculpSure uses heat without hurting the skin.
How does CoolSculpting work?
During CoolSculpting, areas of fat are cooled to -11 degrees Celsius using state-of-the-art technology. The cold kills the fat cells in the targeted area without affecting any surrounding tissue. Through its natural processes, your body will then naturally remove these treated fat cells from your body.
Who is suitable for CoolSculpting?
At your consultation, your medical aesthetic practitioner will detail your medical history so that they are able to determine if CoolSculpting will be right for you. In general, though, CoolSculpting treatment is suitable for people who have stubborn areas of fat that refuse to shift through diet and exercise.
How many CoolSculpting treatments will I need?
You will be given detailed advice regarding the number of CoolSculpting treatments you will require at your consultation, but as a guide this depends on which areas are to be treated and the size of the area/s of fat that you are seeking to reduce. For example, treatment on the stomach may take longer than chin fat, as it’s a larger surface area and the fat will be denser.
What is the recovery time for CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting does not require any recovery time, so you will be able to go about your daily activities straight after the procedure.
How long does a CoolSculpting treatment take?
Treating one area of the body with CoolSculpting takes from 35-45 minutes. If you want to treat several areas in the same session, it can last anywhere between one and three hours.
Are there any areas of my body that are not suitable for CoolSculpting?
This procedure can be safely performed on most fat-prone body areas, including the chin, neck, stomach, thighs, abdomen, hips, flanks, back, arms and buttocks. It can't be used on the face, calves, feet, ankles or hands.
Are the results of a CoolSculpting treatment permanent?
The fat cells eliminated are permanently killed off and can't come back. It's important to remember, though, that new fat cells can grow in their place, so you'll need to try and keep your weight consistent if you want the results to last.
What happens if I gain weight after my CoolSculpting treatment?
The results are long lasting, but if you put on any weight after your procedure, it's possible that fat could again gather in the area that you've had treated. That's why it's best to stick to a healthy lifestyle and diet.
Are self-administered weight loss treatment safe?
Our non-surgical weight loss treatment is FDA-approved and is proven to be a safe, effective method for helping people who suffer with obesity. The UK's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence also recommends it as an option for managing weight loss in certain cases.
How does the self-administered weight loss products work?
This form of weight loss treatment mimics an intestinal hormone that sends a signal to your brain and tells you that you're full. In turn, this leads to a reduced appetite and weight loss.
Who is this self-administered weight loss treatment suitable for?
If you're aged between 18 and 75-years-old and have a body mass index (BMI) of more than 30, this treatment could be suitable for you. You must have already tried other methods first, however, such as diet and exercise.

For patients suffering from a weight-related condition such as Type 2 diabetes, the treatment could be suitable if your BMI is 27 or higher.
How long will it take me to recover from this treatment?
There is no recovery time. You'll be able to continue with your normal daily activity on the same day you administer this weight loss treatment at home.
Will I have scars from breast reduction surgery?
After breast reduction surgery, it’s quite natural to see some scarring where you’ve had incisions. However, these will fade over time and our cosmetic surgeons take care to ensure the incisions are made in areas where any scars would be discreet.
Will breast reduction lift my breasts?
We can do a breast uplift as part of your breast reduction when it is wanted and needed for you to achieve the look you want.
Will breast reduction help me lose weight?
Breast reduction surgery involves removing excess breast tissue and fat, so it will remove some of the weight from your chest and help you feel more comfortable. However, this type of procedure isn’t there to help you lose weight. We do offer weight loss surgery if this is something you’re interested in.
Will breast reduction help with back pain?
If the weight of your breasts has been causing you back pain, then a reduction can help to relieve some of this discomfort.
Will breast reduction affect breastfeeding?
There is a chance that breast reduction could affect your ability to breastfeed. Your cosmetic surgeon will discuss this with you at your initial consultation if you are concerned about this.
Is breast reduction surgery painful?
You won’t feel any pain during your breast reduction surgery because you’ll be under general anaesthetic. Afterwards, it’s quite normal to feel a bit sore for a few days, but we’ll be there to give you all the advice and support you need.
Is breast reduction surgery safe?
Our cosmetic surgeons are highly experienced, so they’ll ensure your procedure goes as smoothly as possible and without complications. While breast reduction, as with all types of surgery, comes with some level of risk, your surgeon will discuss this with you at your first consultation and help to allay the fears you might have.
What’s involved in breast reduction surgery?
During your breast reduction procedure, your cosmetic surgeon will make incisions in your breasts and carefully remove excess skin and breast tissue to give you a smaller bust. They’ll also reshape your breasts and reposition your nipples to raise your bustline.
Is a breast reduction right for me?
A breast reduction is usually performed for physical relief to help reduce the patient’s physical discomfort or any embarrassment caused by very large or sagging breasts.
How long does breast reduction surgery take?
Breast reduction surgery usually takes around two hours under general anaesthetic.
Can you treat ‘man boobs’?
Yes, there is a separate procedure for male breast reduction, or gynaecomastia, which can create a sleek, trim physique by removing the excess fat and skin from the chest area. Read more about our gynaecomastia procedure.
What are the side effects of breast reduction surgery?
After your surgery, it’s quite normal to feel a bit sore and bruised. Your cosmetic surgeon will talk to you about this, as well as other potential risks related to this procedure when you come for your first consultation. They’ll be able to answer any questions you have and relieve your worries.
How long is the recovery period?
All cosmetic surgery is associated with bruising, so you should expect this for 7-10 days after your breast reduction. Some patients remain bruised for longer and in rare cases for up to a month or more. You may start to see the results quickly, but you will not see the final benefits of your surgery for many months.
How long will I have to stay in hospital?
Following the procedure, you’ll normally need to stay in hospital for two nights.
How much smaller can my breasts become?
Each patient’s breast reduction surgery is different. Your surgeon will examine you and discuss the achievable reduction in size.
How much does breast reduction surgery cost?
Because everyone is unique and has different needs, we’ll give you a personalised quotation for your breast reduction when you come for your first consultation. You’ll also find out about our finance options, including our 0% finance that lets you spread the cost out over 6 or 12 months.
How long does ear surgery take?
Ear surgery normally takes around two hours and is performed under local anaesthetic.
How long will I have to stay in hospital?
You’ll normally be able to leave hospital on the same day as your ear surgery.
Can I decide the shape of my new ears?
You’ll be able to discuss the shape you are looking for with your surgeon. There are many considerations that need to be taken into account and these will be discussed during your consultation.
Is the surgery painful?
The procedure is performed under local anaesthetic to ensure that you are comfortable and don’t feel any pain. Any discomfort after surgery will usually subside in a few days.
What happens after ear correction?
After an otoplasty is completed, you will have a dressing put on in the operating theatre. It is important that this dressing is not removed for at least 7-10 days.
How long does vaginal tightening surgery take?
Vaginal tightening surgery usually takes around one hour under general anaesthetic.
How long will I have to stay in hospital?
Following the procedure, you’ll need to stay in hospital for one night.
What does vaginal tightening surgery involve?
Vaginal tightening surgery tightens the stretched tissues and pelvic floor muscles and ligaments. The surgeon will also remove any excess skin to reduce the overall size of the vagina.
How will I feel after vaginal tightening surgery?
You should expect your vagina and the internal and external surrounding area to be quite swollen and sore after surgery. It is a sensitive area, so walking and sitting may be uncomfortable at first. You’ll be given pain relief while in hospital and advice on managing the pain and discomfort when you return home. An ice pack wrapped in cloth may also give you some relief. The early recovery stage will pass, but if you have any concerns, you will have 24/7 contact details for our nursing team.
How long is recovery?
You should be able to return to work about one week after surgery and expect to be fully recovered in four weeks. You will need to abstain from sexual intercourse for 4-8 weeks, depending on your recovery.
What happens during gastric sleeve surgery?
Gastric sleeve surgery is a procedure where most of your stomach is removed, reducing its capacity by up to 90%. It includes the part of the stomach that produces the hormone that affects appetite. As such, your appetite is reduced – as is the amount of food you can eat.
The process itself is called laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy. 'Laparoscopic' means 'keyhole' – and is where the surgeon makes several small cuts in your stomach. A telescope with a camera will be inserted, along with several small medical instruments which are used to carry out the procedure.
If you’re having a total gastrectomy, much of your stomach is removed and the remainder is stapled into the 'sleeve' shape that gives the procedure its name. Your surgeon will also seal blood vessels connected to the part of the stomach that is removed. Once the procedure is complete, the small cuts will be closed using stitches.
How is it different to a gastric bypass?
Both procedures are forms of weight loss surgery which can help you hit your long-term goals. It's often said, though, that a gastric bypass is more complicated.
In a sleeve gastrectomy, part of your stomach is removed in a one-step procedure – and it's as simple as that. Gastric bypass surgery, however, involves two steps. The first is the removal of a part of your stomach and small intestine, while the second is to reconnect the two.
What is the difference between a total and a partial gastrectomy?
A gastric sleeve can either be total or partial, depending on you and your specific situation. A total gastrectomy is the most likely option you'll be given, and it involves the total removal of the stomach (apart from the remaining sleeve).
In comparison, only part of the stomach is removed in a partial gastrectomy. This is most likely to be carried out if you have a condition such as an ulcer or growth which needs removed.
What are the pros and cons of bariatric sleeve surgery?
Gastric sleeve surgery can completely transform your health and overall quality of life. Most of our patients are successful in losing weight after the procedure. In the UK, research shows the average excess weight loss rate for gastric sleeve patients is 61.5% after 12 months.

Losing a significant amount of weight can lead to a happier, more fulfilling life. It can also give you more energy and freedom to enjoy the things you want to do. Not only that – a gastric sleeve can help to treat and reduce the impact of illnesses and medical conditions linked to obesity.

But you should always weigh up the benefits against the risks. This form of weight loss surgery is permanent and irreversible, so you can't change your mind once the procedure is performed. And, as with any surgery, there are some potential risks, which we will discuss with you before you make your decision whether to go ahead with treatment.
How much weight can you lose after gastric sleeve surgery?
How much weight you can lose depends on a variety of factors. According to the NHS, more people tend to lose weight faster with a gastric sleeve or bypass than with a gastric band. That is backed up by research from the National Bariatric Surgery Registry, which found the average excess weight loss after 12 months with a gastric sleeve to be 61.5%.
In comparison, the figure for a gastric band in the period between 2013 and 2018 was 38.3%.
The amount of weight you could lose with a gastric sleeve will vary from person to person. It'll also reflect the amount of effort that you put into changing your lifestyle and eating habits.
BMI for gastric sleeve: To be a suitable candidate, what should mine be?
It's important to remember that a sleeve gastrectomy is a serious operation. But it can also be an effective solution for people who suffer with obesity and have already tried other methods of diet and exercise to no avail. We can let you know if you're suitable during your free consultation.
As a guide, however, the operation could be an option if your BMI is 35 or higher. A gastric sleeve may also be suitable if you suffer from a health condition linked to obesity, such as hypertension.
How long will I be in hospital after private gastric sleeve surgery?
You'll normally stay in one of our specialist hospitals for 2-3 nights after surgery. Rest assured, though, that our team offer exceptional standards of patient care and all of our clinical facilities are registered with the Care Quality Commission.
What is the typical gastric sleeve recovery time?
The overall recovery time will vary, based on you and your unique circumstances. Many of our patients can feel comfortable walking a day or two after the surgery. You could return to work within a few weeks too. But there's no set gastric sleeve stomach healing time, and it's always best to always follow the advice of your expert weight loss surgeon.
What can I eat after my operation?
A gastric sleeve is designed to reduce portion sizes, rather than restricting specific food types. There are fewer types of food you'll need to avoid afterwards, especially in comparison with gastric bypass surgery, although some patients may struggle with certain textures like bread or red meat.
Our experienced dietitians will let you know what to eat after your surgery to make sure you're getting all the essential vitamins and minerals you need. We'll also advise you about your short-term gastric sleeve diet after surgery, including food and liquid intake during your aftercare period.
It's essential that you stick to the diet your specialist advises or you may not achieve the desired results after the operation.
Is drinking alcohol after gastrectomy surgery OK?
For at least the first four weeks after your operation, we advise that you avoid drinking alcohol. After this, you should be mindful that your tolerance is likely to reduce. While consuming small quantities of alcohol one month after a gastric sleeve is OK, it's likely you'll absorb alcohol into your bloodstream more quickly than you did before.
What is Dumping Syndrome?
Dumping Syndrome or rapid gastric emptying – is one of the potential risks of gastric sleeve surgery. But it's also relatively common following bariatric procedures that bypass the majority of the stomach.
It describes symptoms when food moves too quickly through the stomach and is 'dumped' into the small intestine. Just 1% of patients find their symptoms are hard to manage, however, and the sensation often occurs less as time passes.
You'll be fully supported by one of our specialist dietitians after your surgery. This helps ensure that side effects like malnutrition and Dumping Syndrome are avoided as far as possible.
How much is a gastric sleeve?
Each patient we help comes to us with different needs. That's why our team creates a bespoke treatment plan that reflects this. It'll be in tune with your weight loss goal and lifestyle dreams. As such, it'll affect how much private gastric sleeve surgery and your aftercare will cost.
Don't let this worry you, though - you can use our price check to learn how much your procedure could be. Whatever the figure is, we also have various payment choices. You can pay in full or spread the cost over a period between 24 and 60 months with our finance options.

If your gastric sleeve costs £9,145, for example, you could pay a £500 deposit on a payment plan at 12.9% APR. After this, you'd then pay 60 monthly instalments at £193.18pcm. This would mean you'd pay £12,090.80 in total.

We also offer 0% finance options if you choose the spread the cost over 6, 10 or 12 months.
Is there a gastric sleeve diet to follow post-surgery?
Yes, you’ll need to follow a gastric sleeve diet after your procedure. As 75% of your stomach is removed, naturally your appetite and the portion sizes you can manage to eat will reduce. One of our expert dietitians will advise you on your diet after gastric sleeve surgery, including your food and liquid intake throughout the length of your aftercare. They’ll be able to give you detailed information on what to eat and any foods to avoid after sleeve gastrectomy to ensure you get the desired results following your surgery.
Is a tummy tuck right for me?
Tummy tuck surgery is suitable for patients who want to eliminate excess skin as a result of pregnancy or weight loss, along with muscle tightening in the stomach area. The surgery is not in itself a means of losing weight – diet and exercise are the best way to remove unwanted fat. If diet and exercise has not enabled you to reach your target weight, and you have a BMI over 30, bariatric surgery may be a suitable procedure for you. Your surgeon will advise you which form of surgery is most suitable for you.
How long does tummy tuck surgery take?
Tummy tuck surgery usually takes 2-3 hours under general anaesthetic.
How long will I have to stay in hospital?
Following the procedure, patients usually need to stay in hospital for two nights.
Will I have scars following a tummy tuck?
Yes. An incision is generally made from one hip to the other along the bikini line, which could later be covered by underwear. The scar can stretch from one side of the lower abdomen to the other depending on the size of the stomach. All scars take time to soften and fade, and this can take up to a year.
What is a compression garment?
You’ll need to wear an appropriate post-surgical compression garment to aid healing. The specialist 3-panel abdominal binder can be purchased at Dolan Park Hospital, where your surgery will take place, or at selected clinics. The three panels of the binder apply the correct pressure to the abdominal area, which stops fluid building up, prevents swelling and reduces bleeding. The binder is fastened with Velcro to allow easy adjustment. Abdominoplasty patients need to wear this binder for six weeks. You will be discharged in one of these post-surgery, however due to the length of time the garment needs to be worn patients often feel that it is better to replace the garment.
Is eye bag removal right for me?
When you’re deciding whether to have surgery, it’s reassuring to have all the facts. You’ll be able to ask any questions at your consultation, but here are some that our patients most frequently ask.
What happens during eye surgery?
The procedure removes excess skin and fat in the area beneath the eyes to provide tauter skin and aims to achieve a more youthful-looking eye area.
Will the wrinkles return after eye surgery?
During your consultation, your surgeon will explain that the skin will continue to age. It is important to understand that the ageing process will not stop after eye bag surgery.
Will I have scars following eye surgery?
In the case of eye bag removal, an incision is made close to the lower lashes to minimise the appearance of scarring. During a facelift, incisions are made in the natural crease lines. In both procedures, post-operative scarring should fade over time.
Could I combine a facelift and eye surgery?
This depends on your individual requirements. One of the experienced surgeons we work with can advise you which procedures would be most suitable to achieve the results you are looking for.
What are the advantages of fillers?
The range of fillers we use is suitable for all skin types and requires no pre-treatment skin test. It’s a non-animal, naturally based product, highly purified and biodegradable, and available in a choice of strengths to suit the area being treated. An in-built local anaesthetic offers a less painful experience so there’s no need to use anaesthetic creams. It provides immediate, visible results that last 9-12 months.
How long does fillers treatment take?
The treatment session takes up to half an hour. The injection process itself is 15-20 minutes. You will see the benefit soon after the treatment. The results can last around 6-9 months, sometimes up to a year depending on the individual. With repeated treatments over time, the benefit of fillers can build up so that the effects last longer.
What’s the difference between fillers and wrinkle treatments?
Dermal fillers are designed to mimic the hydrating and lifting effect of your skin’s natural hyaluronic acid, which keeps the skin hydrated and elastic. It fills in and smooths away facial lines and lost volume – this means the static facial lines you can see when your face is still. Wrinkle-relaxing treatments work by relaxing the tiny dynamic muscles that cause frown lines, smoothing out wrinkles for four months or longer.
Are fillers painful?
Injections can cause discomfort even when a very fine needle is used, as is the case with fillers. However, the addition of local anaesthetic improves the overall experience.
What results can I expect from my fillers treatment?
Results generally begin to become visible soon after your treatment. After the first fillers treatment, you should start to notice the softening of facial lines, wrinkles and scars as well as an improvement in lines around the mouth. Some swelling and reddening may appear, which usually fades quite quickly. Modern fillers are soft, safe and non-permanent, lasting for around 6-9 months.
Which treatment is right for me?
We offer a variety of non-surgical treatments, including wrinkle treatments and skin peels, which can be used to complement dermal fillers. One of our aestheticians will discuss your requirements with you and recommend a treatment plan to achieve the best results.
Which facial lines can be treated?
Lines around the eyes (crow’s feet) and forehead lines can be treated, as can the lines around the nose and mouth. Besides filling lines, fillers can also be used to add fullness to lips to enhance a smile or create a subtle pout. They can also be used on the cheeks to add definition and softness to the cheekbones.
How does the HydraFacial treatment work?
HydraFacial treatments involve six steps: detox, cleansing and extraction, brightening, extraction, hydration, and rejuvenation. The HydraFacial Skin Health for Life treatment uses antioxidants, peptides and hyaluronic acid to boost hydration and protect skin from environmental damage. The DermaBuilder serum is used to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Britenol Vortex-Booster is clinically proven to minimise the appearance of brown spots. It's worth noting that a GylSal peel procedure can be also be used as part of the HydraFacial Acne and Acne Scarring treatment.
How much does a HydraFacial cost?
We know that each skin type has different needs and requires special attention. This is why the HydraFacial treatment will be tailored specifically around you. This means that the cost of your HydraFacial treatment can vary depending on the concerns which you wish to treat and the number of treatments you require. Together with your aesthetics specialist, we will create a bespoke treatment plan. Following our consultation process you will have a detailed HydraFacial cost overview, as well as plenty of information regarding our flexible payment options, so don't hesitate to get in touch.
What does a HydraFacial treatment involve?
A typical HydraFacial treatment lasts approximately 30 minutes. First, your skin is exfoliated a process that removes any dead skin cells. At the same time, your skin receives botanical cleansers to start to soften impurities and start the hydration process. Next, a solution that softens any blockages in your pores is given before any blackheads and serum deposits are extracted using antibacterial honey extract. Vitamins and antioxidants are then put into the skin, giving your skin the nourishment, it needs and plumping up wrinkles to reduce their appearance. Finally, red and infrared light is used to calm any redness created on your skin giving you the ultimate in clean, smooth, soft and clear skin.
How quickly can I see results with HydraFacial?
HydraFacial starts to deliver results immediately. In fact, you might start to notice a difference after your very first treatment. For best results, HydraFacial is recommended as a monthly treatment as part of your usual skincare routine.
What is the typical recovery period for HydraFacial treatments?
There is no recovery period needed for HydraFacial treatments. You are free to continue with your day as soon as your treatment has finished.
What is a HydraFacial?
A HydraFacial is a skin rejuvenation facial that leaves your skin glowing. The facial includes exfoliation, softening of any blockages in your pores and a red and infrared light treatment, leaving you with the ultimate clean, smooth skin.
What are the benefits of a HydraFacial?
HydraFacial treatments are effective for every skin type and offer immediately visible results, no discomfort or downtime and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as helping to improve other skin impurities such as blackheads, congestion, brown spots and so on.
What is the difference between a HydraFacial treatment or Microdermabrasion?
HydraFacial and Microdermabrasion are both skin resurfacing treatments that remove dead skin cells and impurities from your skin. Microdermabrasion is quite abrasive on the skin using a rough tip to resurface the skin, it can cause a rough pulling effect on the skin which can cause redness or inflammation post-treatment. HydraFacial, however, is very gentle on the skin and uses vortex technology which uses a liquid to lift off dead skin cells, dirt, and oil from your skin. HydraFacial is often referred to as a total rejuvenation treatment as it combines various procedures in one session, including cleansing, exfoliation, serum infusion, lympathic massage and LED light therapy to create an overall effective yet gentle effect on your skin, whereas Microdermabrasion is just one procedure.
Laser hair removal FAQ's
When you’re deciding whether to have treatment, it’s reassuring to have all the facts. You’ll be able to ask any questions at your consultation, but here are some that our customers most frequently ask.
How does laser compare with other hair removal methods?
Shaving, waxing and depilatory creams are all temporary methods of hair removal, which must be repeated on a frequently. Laser hair removal offers a more permanent method hair reduction. It is also much faster than electrolysis, as the laser can cover a large area and works in far fewer treatments. All skin types will require a patch test to assess suitability. It can be difficult to treat light, red or grey hair, and tanned skin (including fake tan) cannot be treated.
What does laser hair removal feel like?
When the pulse of light is delivered, some patients experience a mild pinching or stinging sensation. However, this is generally quite minimal. A patch test will enable you to feel what the treatment will be like before undertaking a course.
How many treatments will I need?
Most areas require 3-6 treatments. However, the number of treatments required does vary depending on factors such as hair thickness, the area treated and your hair’s growth cycle. Not all hairs grow actively at the same time. Laser hair removal treatments work by disabling the hair that is in the active growth phase at the time of treatment. Since other hairs will enter this active growth phase at different times, additional treatments may be necessary to disable all of the hair follicles in a given area.
What happens after the treatment?
Immediately following your treatment, the area may appear slightly red and swollen. Three to seven days after treatment, you may experience what appears to be regrowth of hair. Actually, most of these hairs are being shed as a result of your treatment and are not re-growing. Between treatments you should not wax or pluck your hair, but it is permissible to shave if necessary.
What are the possible side effects?
Although patients experience few side effects, the most commonly noticed are slight reddening and local swelling of the skin, similar to sunburn. These effects typically last for several hours or less. You will have a patch test prior to any treatment.
How much do dermal fillers cost?
The cost of your dermal fillers will depend on how much filler is being used during the treatment and the area/s being treated. This can be discussed with your medical aesthetic practitioner at your free consultation.
How long do dermal fillers last?
Dermal fillers can last between 6 months to 2 years.
Do dermal fillers hurt?
Dermal fillers can feel slightly uncomfortable during the treatment, and there may be some swelling/bruising in the area afterwards, but this should subside within 48 hours. Over the counter painkillers can be taken to reduce any discomfort.
Are there any after effects or side effects?
Side effects of dermal fillers are minimal, but may include swelling, bruising and redness, which should subside within a couple of days.
How long does it take?
The treatment generally takes around 30 to 45 minutes, and you can usually get back to everyday life straight away.
What causes deep lines and wrinkles, hollows and sunken cheeks?
Over time, your skin slowly loses the collagen that helps to shape and support it. Sun exposure, smoking, air pollution and everyday stresses can speed up the ageing process, causing lines, wrinkles and sagging to develop more quickly. Dermal fillers replace the collagen that's been lost to help you look fresher again.
Who will perform the dermal filler treatment?
At Transform, dermal filler treatments are only ever administered by our fully qualified, highly trained practitioners and nurses.
Is there any aftercare required?
Other than a follow up appointment one to two weeks later, there's no aftercare required. Any temporary discomfort you may feel after the procedure can be treated with painkillers.
What is a HydraFacial?
The HydraFacial is an advanced technology facial that deeply cleanses and rehydrates the skin.
What does a HydraFacial treatment involve?
The treatment involves six steps: detox, cleanse, brightening, extraction, hydration, and rejuvenation.
How quickly can I see the results with a HydraFacial?
You will notice results directly after the procedure.
What is the typical recovery period for HydraFacial treatments?
We advise patients not to wear any makeup for 12 hours after treatment to avoid blocking open pores, although there is no recovery period.
What are the benefits of a HydraFacial?
This is a versatile, anti-aging and brightening treatment which can be used to address issues like acne and pigmentation. You’ll see instant results and go home with very clean, hydrated skin.
?What is the difference between a HydraFacial treatment or Microdermabrasion?
HydraFacial and Microdermabrasion are both skin resurfacing treatments that remove dead skin cells and impurities from your skin. Microdermabrasion is quite abrasive on the skin using a rough tip to resurface the skin, it can cause a rough pulling effect on the skin which can cause redness or inflammation post-treatment. HydraFacial, however, is very gentle on the skin and uses vortex technology which uses a liquid to lift off dead skin cells, dirt, and oil from your skin. HydraFacial is often referred to as a total rejuvenation treatment as it combines various procedures in one session, including cleansing, exfoliation, serum infusion, lympathic massage and LED light therapy to create an overall effective yet gentle effect on your skin, whereas Microdermabrasion is just one procedure.
How much does laser hair removal cost?
The cost of your laser hair removal treatment will depend on the size and number of the areas being treated, and the amount of hair being removed. Your surgeon assistant can show you our flexible finance plans and give you a detailed breakdown of the cost involved.
What is IPL hair removal and how does it differ from laser hair removal?
IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) technology is not a laser treatment, as it uses a broad spectrum of light to heat and destroy the hair follicle at the root, preventing it from regrowing. Laser hair removal heats and destroys the follicles in the skin using a powerful laser that emits precisely controlled pulses of energy.
Can you treat my skin type?
Hair that is a darker pigment than the skin is most effective when treated with laser hair removal. Your medical aesthetic practitioner will advise you at your consultation as to whether you are a suitable candidate for the treatment.
How many sessions will I need?
Most people require six to eight sessions of laser hair removal to get the results they want, and annual top up treatments may be required to maintain the results. Typically, it is best to remove hair which is in the active growth stage and not all hair is in that phase at the same time, so the interval between laser hair removal treatments is between 4-6 weeks. You will notice that the regrowth becomes sparser each time.
Will the hair grow back after my treatment?
You’ll notice that your hair grows back finer with each laser hair removal session, reducing by approximately 10-15% with each treatment until it disappears entirely. We recommend a top-up treatment once a year to maintain the smooth results.
When should I plan laser hair removal treatments?
Winter is the best time to have laser hair removal treatment because it's easier to avoid direct sunlight, which can damage sensitised skin. However, you can have laser hair treatment or top-ups at any time of year, as long as you don't have a tan. As it takes several months to fully complete a course of treatment, it's important to plan ahead, so if you want hair-free skin in time for summer, you probably need to book your first session in the winter months.
Do I need to avoid sunlight after my treatment?
You'll need to keep the treated area out of the sun for approximately two weeks before and after your laser hair removal course, depending on your skin type. Your practitioner will advise you on what precautions you need to take and for how long. For darker skins, you may need to avoid sunlight for six weeks before and after your treatment to avoid marks appearing on your skin.
Do I need to prepare before having laser hair removal?
For your first consultation and patch test, you should leave hair unshaven so that the practitioner can properly assess the hair and take accurate before photos. After that, we advise that you shave before each treatment session.
Are self-administered weight loss products safe?
The treatment is FDA approved and has a proven track record of being safe.
How does the self-administered weight loss products work?
The treatment works by mimicking an intestinal hormone that sends a signal to your brain indicating that you are full. This is turn leads to a decreased appetite and weight loss.
Who is suitable for self-administered weight loss products?
The treatment is suitable for most people aged 18 - 75 with a BMI of over 30 (27 if you have weight related health conditions for instance diabetes) and have already pursued diet and exercise.
What is the recovery time?
There is no recovery time and you will be able to continue your daily activity on the same day as the treatment.
Who will perform my breast uplift surgery?
We have a highly experienced team of cosmetic surgeons who will give you the breast uplift you desire. Read more about them on our Meet the surgeons page. They’re all GMC-registered and perform hundreds of procedures each year, so you know you can trust the person performing your surgery.
What’s involved in breast uplift surgery?
To create that more lifted look, your surgeon will remove and tighten the skin in your breasts. They’ll do this by making incisions around the areola, down to the crease under your breast, and along this crease. Your nipple will also be re-positioned and resized to fit your new look.
How long does a breast uplift last?
We aim to give you results that you’ll be happy with for a long time. How lasting these results are depends on a number of factors, such as the size of your breasts and the elasticity of your skin. Patients with smaller breasts tend to stay lifted for a longer time, and, if you’re planning to have children, it’s best to wait until after pregnancy before having your procedure in order to maintain your results.
Is a breast uplift right for me?
Patients with small, sagging breasts usually benefit the most from breast uplift surgery. If your breasts are too large, gravity may make them sag again. If you are planning more children in the future, you may want to postpone surgery as pregnancy may stretch your breasts again. Your surgeon will advise you which form of breast surgery is most suitable for you, but only you can decide whether to go ahead. Although no surgeon can give a guarantee, cosmetic surgery should not be scheduled unless there is a good chance you will be pleased with the result.
How long does breast uplift surgery take?
Breast uplift surgery usually takes around two hours under general anaesthetic. for six weeks.
Can I have implants with my breast uplift?
When too much volume has been lost to achieve a full breast shape an implant may be necessary. In some cases a breast enlargement is performed at the same time as a breast uplift to increase the overall size of the bust.
Are there any safety concerns for patients with Motiva implants with Q Inside Safety Technology?
Motiva Implants® include a microchip embedded in the silicone gel. When scanned by a handheld reader, a unique electronic serial number (ESN) gives healthcare providers and patients access to verify the implants without invasive surgery. The company have released a safety notice regarding the maximum magnetic field a patient can go under when scanned under an MRI. The notice is in relation to a specific MRI scanner, 7 Tesla scan. The 7 Tesla MRI scanner availability is very limited, and mostly used in investigation centres for head and extremities and not the upper chest area. In summary, it is highly unlikely, if not impossible for a patient with Motiva implants to undergo a scan over 3 Tesla. On behalf of Motiva, we would like to inform our patients that have had Motiva implants that it is safe to undergo a scan with a 3 Tesla MRI scanner. There is no significant risk to patients. You can find out more information you can visit Motiva’s Q&A section: http://www.motivaimagine.com/support/breast/screening/
What results can I expect after my breast uplift surgery?
Breast uplift surgery gives you a tighter, more lifted profile. The exact results depend on your own body and what you want from the procedure, which your cosmetic surgeon will discuss with you. See some of the results and read the experiences of some of the people we’ve helped in the past on our Patient stories page.
Can I get breast uplift surgery revisions?
If you’ve had a breast uplift elsewhere before and want to have this procedure again, you can book in with us to have one of our surgeons perform this. Also, if you’ve had breast uplift surgery performed with us recently and you want a revision, then your surgeon could agree for it to be done as part of your aftercare. Make sure to get in touch.
What are the side effects of breast uplift surgery?
A bit of soreness is quite common after surgery but will go away in time. You also might have some scarring, but this will fade considerably after a while. When you have your first consultation, your cosmetic surgeon will talk you through all the risks and side effects and will answer any questions you have.
How long will it take to recover from breast uplift surgery?
Your recovery time purely depends on you as an individual, as everyone is unique. Generally, your breasts will settle down and you’ll be able to see your new shape a few months after your procedure. It may also be worth taking a week off work just after your surgery to give your body a bit of time to heal.
How long will I have to stay in hospital?
Following the procedure, you’ll normally need to stay in hospital for one or two nights.
Will I have scars following breast uplift?
The scar for a breast lift is usually placed around the nipple, from the nipple to the natural crease under the breast and then along the crease of the breast. Various methods may leave different scars. All scars take time to soften and fade. The scar is usually red and raised for the first month or two after your operation and you will not see the final appearance of your scar until up to a year after surgery.
How long will my implants last?
Breast implants are not designed to last forever, but they don’t have a specific lifespan. Most surgeons say it’s wise to have your implants replaced between 10 to 20 years after the original procedure. Even if you haven’t experienced any problems with them, we recommend getting your implants checked over by a surgeon around 10 years after your surgery to make sure everything’s still okay.
Will I have scars following a breast enlargement and uplift?
The scar is usually placed around the nipple, from the nipple to the natural crease under the breast and then along the crease of the breast. Various methods may leave different scars. All scars take time to soften and fade. The scar is usually red and raised for the first month or two after your operation and you will not see the final appearance of your scar until up to a year after surgery.
How long does it take to recover from breast uplift?
Everyone is unique, so your recovery time might vary. We’ll give you a personalised care plan to help you with this. It’s worth taking a week off work after your surgery to allow some time to heal. Your breasts should be fully settled a few months after your surgery, and you’ll also get to see your final results.
What results can I expect after my breast enlargement and uplift surgery?
Our cosmetic surgeon will discuss the kinds of results you can expect, based on the sort of look you want and your body type. Read about some of our previous patients and see results they achieved on our Patient stories page.
Can I breastfeed after having a breast enlargement and uplift?
If you’re hoping to breastfeed in the future, this is something worth discussing with your surgeon. There’s a chance an enlargement and uplift can interfere with your ability to breastfeed depending on the implant method. Also, pregnancy can have an effect on your uplift results, so it might be worth waiting until after your children are born before having your procedure.
How much does breast uplift surgery cost?
The price of breast uplift surgery varies from patient to patient. You’ll get a personal quote when you have your first consultation, and you’ll find out about our finance choices, which includes a 0% option.
Is a facelift right for me?
Facelift surgery is most suitable for patients who have jowls, loose neck skin and a general saggy appearance to the skin on the face and neck. If you also have wrinkles, non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatment can be combined with a facelift to help improve the overall result.
How long does facelift surgery take?
This depends on the type of facelift surgery. A full facelift procedure usually takes around 4 hours under general anaesthetic.
How long will I have to stay in hospital?
Following the procedure, you’ll need to stay in hospital for one or two nights.
Can I have eye surgery at the same time?
Yes, if that’s what you need. Your surgeon will advise on the best treatment for your requirements. As well as the facelift, we offer eyelid surgery, eye bag removal and brow lift treatments.
Will I have scars following a facelift?
Most of the scars will be hidden within your hair and the normal creases of your skin. During a facelift, incisions are made in the natural crease lines in front of the ear, behind the earlobes and along the lower scalp. If you have eye surgery, an incision is made close to the natural crease of the eyelid. In both procedures, post-operative scarring will fade over time.
Is a brow lift right for me?
Brow lift surgery is most suitable for patients who have a general saggy appearance to the skin on the forehead and upper face.
Can I have facelift or eye surgery at the same time?
Yes, if that’s what you need. Your surgeon will advise on the best treatment for your requirements. As well as the brow lift, we offer eyelid surgery, eye bag removal or facelift.
Will I have scars following a brow lift?
Yes, if that’s what you need. Your surgeon will advise on the best treatment for your requirements. As well as the brow lift, we offer eyelid surgery, eye bag removal or facelift.
Will the wrinkles return after brow lift surgery?
During your consultation, your surgeon will explain that the skin will continue to age. It is important to understand that the ageing process will not stop following brow lift surgery.
Is liposuction right for me?
Our liposculpture procedure is generally suitable for patients who have stubborn areas of fat that are resistant to diet or exercise, and who want to achieve fat loss and body contouring. Fat removal areas may include the tummy, buttocks, chin, arms and knees. A number of areas can be treated in the same session. A consultation with a surgeon can help you identify the results you could expect.
How long do the liposuction take?
Liposuction can take between one and three hours, depending on how much fat has to be removed and the areas being treated.
Will I have to stay in hospital?
You will normally need to stay in hospital for one night if you have a general anaesthetic. We’ll discuss what we think is best with you before we book your surgery.
What is the maximum amount of fat that can be removed?
This can be anything between three and four litres of fat per operation. For anything more than this, we would recommend multiple surgeries.
Which areas can be treated?
Stubborn fat deposits that can’t be removed by diet or exercise usually occur in areas such as the stomach, thighs, buttocks, sides, back, chest or chin. Liposuction is a fat removal procedure designed to reduce areas of excessive fat in areas that can be resistant to fat loss. It isn’t a weight loss procedure, but enables you to target specific problem areas.
Will I have any scars after liposuction?
After liposuction, a scar of about a quarter of an inch will be left, placed wherever possible in a body fold or crease. Scars generally fade and reduce in visibility.
Why get gastric bypass surgery?
Like any surgical procedure, having a gastric bypass is a major decision, but there can be great benefits from it. It's a proven method of weight loss, and is ideal when you have a lot of weight to lose and have already tried many conventional methods without long-term success.
What are the advantages of gastric bypass surgery?
For anyone suffering with serious obesity, the advantages of gastric bypass surgery often tend to outweigh the risks. The benefits can include:

− Improvements in heart disease and cancer risk factors
− Lower cholesterol levels
− Improvements in a range of health conditions including sleep apnoea, asthma, joint pain, arthritis, reflux, fatigue, and shortness of breath
− Reduced feelings of depression, improved self-esteem, and confidence, as well as an increased sense of wellbeing

The third 2020 National Bariatric Surgery Registry Report also found how the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass reduced the incidence of Type 2 diabetes in patients from 34% to 14% in only one year. The prevalence of hypertension also fell from 38% to 22% in the year after Roux-en-Y surgery.
Gastric bypass vs sleeve vs band: Which should I get?
Here at The Hospital Group, our specialist team will help you find the weight loss solution that's right for you. We offer several different procedures, including gastric bypass, gastric band and gastric sleeve surgery.
As part of your initial consultations, your surgeon assistant and surgeon will guide you through the key differences between a gastric bypass and other options. That way, we can help you find the best solution that's in line with your weight loss goals.
Gastric bypass surgery: What is it and what happens during it?
Gastric bypass surgery is a proven method of weight loss which could be perfect if you've tried other conventional methods without seeing long-term success. We can offer a complete service, including skilled surgeons, specialist dietitians, nurses, and weight loss support team members. We see this as the best way to help you get the best possible results from your weight loss journey.
The operation is carried out under general anaesthetic, generally using keyhole (laparoscopic) surgery. This means your surgeon will make several small cuts into your stomach and use a set of small medical instruments that are guided by a telescope equipped with a camera.
A stapling device is used to make the pouch at the top of your stomach. The next step is to cut the small intestine and connect to the stomach pouch. The amount of small intestine 'bypassed' will be determined by the weight you want to achieve, and the nutrients required to maintain it.
The small cuts will then be closed by your surgeon with stitches or metal clips.
How long does gastric bypass surgery take?
This depends on the patient, the surgeon, and the type of gastric bypass operation. For Roux-en-Y procedures, it normally between 90 minutes and two hours if carried out by keyhole surgery. A mini-loop gastric bypass can be a quicker procedure.
If you’re having a gastric band removed at the same time, the operation will usually take longer. But you can discuss this with your surgeon.
What happens after the gastric bypass procedure?
After gastric bypass surgery, you'll only be able to manage smaller portions of food and as a result your body will absorb fewer calories. There will also be changes in your gut hormones that will lead to reduced feelings of hunger, so you should feel satisfied for longer on smaller portions.
As with any weight loss, a healthy diet and regular exercise are needed to ensure you achieve the best results. And this means you'll have to make a few lifestyle changes.

How long will I be in hospital?
Again, this depends on the patient and the surgeon. Usually, you'll stay in one of our specialist hospitals for 2-3 nights after your surgery, but in some cases you can return home after one night.
How long is the gastric bypass recovery time?
The gastric bypass recovery time varies from person to person. Your surgeon and bariatric team will tell you what this will be for you as part of your personalised care plan. After you leave hospital, we advise you don’t do anything too strenuous for at least six weeks after your surgery.
Are there any gastric bypass side effects?
As with any surgery, there can be complications during and after surgery. These include:
− Bleeding
− Complications due to anaesthesia and medications
− Infections
− Blood clots on the lung
− Deep vein thrombosis
− Wound breakdown or leaks from the staple line
− Spleen injuries
− Marginal ulcers
Such complications are rare, however. Our expert surgeons are highly skilled and experienced in performing bariatric procedures, with a proven record of safe, successful surgery. We'll be sure to make you aware of all the possible short and long-term risks of gastric bypass surgery too. That way, you're fully informed before you decide to have the procedure.
What does my BMI need to be for gastric bypass surgery?
A gastric bypass could be suitable if you have a BMI of 40 or more – or 35 or more if you have an obesity-related condition such as Type 2 diabetes. New guidelines state that surgery should be offered as a first-line treatment if you were recently diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and your BMI is over 30. These are just guidelines, however, and every patient is different.
Will gastric bypass surgery help if I have diabetes?
The World Health Organization (WHO) believes that being overweight/obese is major risk factor for diabetes. The unique changes in gut hormones that follow a gastric bypass are also thought to improve diabetic control, independently of weight loss.
While we can't guarantee that your personal management of diabetes will change, many of our patients have reduced their diabetic medications and improve their condition overall.
Can gastric bypass surgery be reversed?
No – this type of surgery is permanent. If you're looking for something less permanent, gastric band surgery could be an alternative.
Can I have gastric bypass surgery twice?
It's possible to revise your gastric bypass. But this does have increased risks of complication. For this reason, a second gastric bypass generally won't be offered if you've regained weight and didn't make the changes needed to your diet and lifestyle.
What can I eat after gastric bypass surgery?
It's really important you follow the advice of your dietitian and surgeon in relation to your diet after a gastric bypass. You’ll need to follow a nutritious and healthy diet, making sure you consume the right amounts of protein and vitamins.
Our team will go through this in detail with you, so you know exactly what you can eat after a gastric bypass. As you can't absorb as many minerals and vitamins after gastric bypass surgery, you must take supplements for the rest of your life.
You'll also need regular blood tests to check for any nutritional deficiencies

After 2-3 months, most patients are usually back on a varied diet of solid food. Some patients may struggle with certain textures of food, however, such as bread or red meat.
In addition, a phenomenon known as Dumping Syndrome can occur if too much sugar is consumed. This results in symptoms such as dizziness, sweating, palpitations, and bloating. Patients often say these symptoms can help stop them from eating too much sugar and enhance weight loss.
What can I drink after gastric bypass surgery?
A gastric bypass won't affect what you can drink, or how much. But it's vital to remember the dietary advice that our team will give you to help achieve your goals. Drinks high in sugar (e.g., colas) or calories (e.g., alcohol) can reduce the weight loss impact of a gastric bypass.
How much is gastric bypass surgery?
All of our treatment plans are based on your unique needs as our patient. As each plan is tailored to you, this means the costs will differ from person to person. But you can always use our price check guide to get a rough idea of how it will work with your budget.
You can pay for your treatment outright, or take advantage of our finance options. These plans can help spread the cost of a gastric bypass from between two and five years. We also have an attractive 0% interest payment plan over a 12-month period.
All finance options are subject to status. Terms and conditions apply. Our plans are provided by Omni Capital Retail Finance Limited, who are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.
Is there a gastric bypass post-surgery diet to follow?
Our expert team of dietitians will talk to you in detail about what foods you can eat after gastric bypass surgery, and help you make sure you’re getting all the nutrition you need. Generally, you’ll have to follow a more nutritious diet after a gastric bypass, since your portions will be smaller and fewer nutrients will be absorbed. It’s important you are managing a good protein intake, so our dietitians will advise you on this. Also, because you won’t be able to absorb as many minerals and vitamins after your gastric bypass, you’ll have to take supplements for life and will need regular blood tests to check for any nutritional deficiencies. Here at The Hospital Group, we offer a wide range of weight loss supplements to help you with your gastric bypass diet.
How long does liposuction take?
Liposuction can take between one and three hours, depending on how much fat has to be removed and the areas being treated.
Will I have to stay in hospital?
You will normally need to stay in hospital for one night if you have a general anaesthetic. We’ll discuss what we think is best with you before we book your surgery.
What is the maximum amount of fat that can be removed?
This can be anything between three and four litres of fat per operation. For anything more than this, we would recommend multiple surgeries.
Which areas can be treated?
Stubborn fat deposits that can’t be removed by diet or exercise usually occur in areas such as the stomach, thighs, buttocks, sides, back, chest or chin. Liposuction is a fat removal procedure designed to reduce areas of excessive fat in areas that can be resistant to fat loss. It isn’t a weight loss procedure, but enables you to target specific problem areas.
Will I have any scars after liposuction?
After liposuction, a scar of about a quarter of an inch will be left, placed wherever possible in a body fold or crease. Scars generally fade and reduce in visibility.
How long does ear surgery take?
Ear surgery normally takes around two hours and is performed under local anaesthetic.
How long will I have to stay in hospital?
You’ll normally be able to leave hospital on the same day as your ear surgery.
Can I decide the shape of my new ears?
You’ll be able to discuss the shape you are looking for with your surgeon. There are many considerations that need to be taken into account and these will be discussed during your consultation.
Is the surgery painful?
The procedure is performed under local anaesthetic to ensure that you are comfortable and don’t feel any pain. Any discomfort after surgery will usually subside in a few days.
What happens after ear correction?
After an otoplasty is completed, you will have a dressing put on in the operating theatre. It is important that this dressing is not removed for at least 7-10 days.
What is used in our anti-wrinkle treatments?
Our anti-wrinkle treatments use a natural purified protein produced by the Clostridium Botulinum Bacterium, which reduces the activity of the muscles that cause lines to form over time. When injected into a muscle, it temporarily blocks the chemical signals that make the muscle contract. Only minute quantities are injected and only the injected muscle is affected. It works by temporarily reducing the contractions of the muscles that cause permanent lines, to create a smoother appearance.
What areas does it work on?
Anti-wrinkle injections are used to treat facial lines caused primarily by facial muscles. These are often the creases that occur between the eyebrows, crow’s feet wrinkles and forehead lines. The appearance of these lines can be dramatically softened with the use of anti-wrinkle treatments. They can also be used in the treatment of excessive sweating, where it is injected into the underarm to stop problem perspiration.
How long does the treatment take?
Anti-wrinkle injections take just a few minutes. You’ll see an improvement in the appearance of your skin within days and the results can last up to 3-5 months. In your consultation, your aesthetician will assess your muscle movement by asking you to frown or smile. This will determine the precise injection site to achieve the best results for you. The anti-wrinkle treatment is then administered by several tiny injections. No anaesthetic is required and you can return to work or normal activities immediately.
Are anti-wrinkle injections safe?
Anti-wrinkle injections have an excellent safety record and have been actively used for over ten years in tens of thousands of patients worldwide. It has US FDA and European approval (including France and Switzerland). It is also now called VISTABEL.
When will I see results?
Usually on day two, although it will take up to 14 days for the full results to be visible.
How long does it last?
Anti-wrinkle injections last for approximately 3-6 months.
Who is SculpSure suitable for?
SculpSure is suitable for anyone who has been dieting and exercising but still cannot shift stubborn pockets of fat. The best results will be achieved by patients whose BMI is lower than 30.
What does a SculpSure treatment involve?
SculpSure is a non-invasive, body sculpting treatment that takes only 25 minutes using a hyperthermic laser which heats the targeted fat tissue to 42-47 degrees Celsius. This process disrupts the structure of the chosen cells and breaks them down. You will feel a warm, tingling sensation during the treatment, but “Contact Cooling” technology will keep you feeling comfortable. Over the 6-12 weeks after the procedure, your body will remove the broken down fat cells through its natural process.
How quickly can I see the results of SculpSure?
You will notice the results within 6-12 weeks of treatment. If further treatments are required to get your desired results they can be performed after 6 weeks.
What is the difference between SculpSure and Coolsculpting?
Both CoolSculpting and SculpSure achieve the same goal of removing fat, but the manner in which this is achieved is different:

Sculpsure uses heat to remove fat cells, while Coolsculpting uses freezing to remove them.

SculpSure takes around 25 mins for most areas of the body, while Coolsculpting takes longer, with most areas of the body taking 35-45 mins to complete.

SculpSure uses heat without damaging the skin. Coolsculpting numbs the skin and is not painful.

Coolsculpting is better for those patients who wish to remove more fat cells.
Is SculpSure safe?
Yes, SculpSure is an FDA approved treatment which is carried out by our highly qualified medical aesthetic practitioners.
How long does varicose vein removal take?
The procedure can be completed in around 45-60 minutes. This depends on which of the three different techniques is used – Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA), Radiofrequency VNUS Closure, or Vein Avulsion. Vein Avulsion treatment may take the longest as this is a surgical procedure.
Which surgical and non-surgical options are available?
You may opt for surgical or non-surgical treatment for varicose vein removal. Your options will be discussed in your consultation, where we will also talk about which one will give you the best results. Our non-surgical options include Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA) which uses laser light to seal the varicose vein from the inside, and Radiofrequency VNUS Closure, which is similar to EVLA but uses heat instead of a laser to seal the vein from the inside. Our surgical option is called Vein Avulsion, where a small incision is made into the skin and the varicose veins are removed using a surgical hook.
Is the treatment painful?
Varicose vein removal usually requires a local anaesthetic, so you will be comfortable throughout the procedure.
How long will the results last?
The results are permanent, meaning you will not need further treatment.
Is varicose vein removal safe?
Removing varicose veins is a safe and well-practiced procedure performed by our highly qualified surgeons and medical aesthetic practitioners.
Is this procedure suitable for everybody?
During your consultation, a review of your past and present medical history is discussed. The Consultant or nurse will choose the pre-operative tests considered to be appropriate, most of which are typically routine blood tests. If necessary, the medical team may request further tests, before your treatment commences.
Who will perform the treatment?
One of our highly qualified consultant vascular surgeons will carry out the varicose vein removal procedure.
What can I expect after the procedure?
Slight discomfort is normal after varicose vein surgery. We should point out that pain thresholds vary from patient to patient. It is common to experience bruising and swelling in the early post operative period. This is entirely normal and will settle down naturally.
Is any aftercare required?
Following varicose vein removal treatment, most patients can walk and be discharged on the same day and are able to continue normal activities. A follow up appointment with the Nurse and Surgeon/Consultant is advised.
Is varicose vein removal safe?
We at Transform, work to ensure that we minimise the risks involved. Removing veins is a safe procedure.
What is the difference between varicose vein removal and thread vein removal?
At Transform we offer a range of difference vein removal treatments.

Varicose veins are swollen and enlarged veins frequently found in the legs or feet. They can often cause extreme discomfort due to their enlarged twisted shape. Our varicose vein removal treatments permanently remove problematic varicose veins through surgical or non-surgical procedures, the results of which are permanent.

Thread veins, or spider veins, are smaller in size and appear as small purple or blue thin veins usually found on the face, legs or arms. Removal treatments don't involve invasive surgery and there are a number of options available to help reduce thread vein visibility.
Will my vein treatment cost need to be paid upfront?
Varicose vein treatment cost will be discussed in your consultation and your consultant will talk to you in depth about our finance options.

With Transform, you will have the option of paying a deposit of just £500 and can choose either 12 monthly interest-free payments or spreading the cost over two to five years.
What is a non-surgical nose job?
A non-surgical nose job provides you with the temporary effect of a nose job, but without the surgery. It’s a quick and effective treatment carried out by our medical aesthetic practitioners to subtly smooth out any bumps in the nose.
What are the benefits of nose fillers over a traditional nose job?
A non-surgical nose job is far less invasive than undergoing rhinoplasty surgery, allowing you to achieve the look you want without having an operation. Treatment time is quick, so quick that you can fit it into your lunch break and the downtime is minimal.
How much does a non-surgical nose job cost?
This can be discussed with your medical aesthetics practitioner at your free consultation as the cost of the treatment will depend on the amount of filler being used.
How long do the results of non-surgical rhinoplasty last?
The life expectancy for the fillers in your nose is 18 months and 2 years, as your body will slowly break the filler down over time.
How does a non-surgical nose job compare to other treatments?
A non-surgical nose job is a popular option for people who want to reshape their nose without undergoing a surgical procedure. It’s minimally invasive, the benefits are immediate, and there is minimal swelling and recovery time compared with surgical rhinoplasty.
How much does mole or cyst removal cost?
The cost of your mole or cyst removal treatment will depend on the number of growths that need removed. Our surgeon assistant will give you a detailed breakdown of the cost involved and provide details of our flexible finance options to suit your individual needs.
How long does mole/cyst removal take?
The procedure can take around 30 minutes, depending on the number of moles and/or cysts which are being removed. A topical anaesthetic will be applied 5-10 minutes prior to treatment.
Is the treatment painful?
You will not feel any pain during the treatment because of the topical or local anaesthetic which will be applied to the area. It may feel slightly sore afterwards when this has worn off, but any mild pain after the procedure can be treated with over the counter painkillers.
Will mole or cyst removal leave a scar?
While scarring is minimal from the techniques used in the procedure, you may have a small, faint scar that will fade in time.
Are there any after effects or side effects?
While it is very rare to experience side effects with mole and cyst removal, there is a risk of infection, bleeding and scarring. Our highly experienced clinicians will talk you through the risks involved before you decide whether you wish to go ahead with the procedure.
Which skin conditions do you treat?
We offer treatment for pigmented moles/growths on the skin. Cysts sacs filled with fluid or semi-fluid material. Skin tags small protruding pieces of skin that can grow in the groin area, armpits, neck and eyelids. Skin lesions surface growths or patches of the skin that don't resemble the skin around it. Lentigines, small dark spots on the skin that can be a genetic condition caused by excessive radiation or sun exposure
Who will perform the treatment?
This procedure is commonly performed by our resident Dermatologist, who will remove the mole, cyst, skin tag or lesion, and send it for analysis to ensure that there are no abnormal cells. Our experienced doctors will then complete the procedure by inserting small stitches.
Is any aftercare required?
You'll be able to leave the clinic as soon as your treatment has been completed, and you should be fine to go about your normal day-to-day activities. You'll need to keep the wound dry for two days and you'll be advised to return to the clinic to have your stitches removed 7-10 days post-treatment.
Is a lap band different to a gastric band?
Lap band is short for laparoscopic gastric band, so it’s just another name for a gastric band. If you’re not sure that a gastric band is for you but are interested in other types of weight-loss surgery, we also offer gastric sleeve and gastric bypass.
What happens during the operation?
A gastric band operation is performed under a general anaesthetic. You'll be asleep throughout the procedure. The band itself is fitted using a procedure known as laparoscopic surgery – but you'll probably know it better as 'keyhole' surgery.
Your surgeon will make small cuts or incisions in your stomach, before placing a thin telescope – a laparoscope – inside. This is fitted with a light and a camera so your surgeon can see what they are doing as they place your gastric band around your stomach.
The injection port is also stitched into place, just under your skin. With this, your surgeon will inflate or deflate the band. Finally, the small cuts made at the start of the gastric band surgery are then closed, normally with dissolvable stitches.
How long does gastric band surgery take?
The length of time it can take will vary from person to person, and can range from 30 minutes to up to two hours.
What is the gastric band recovery time after surgery?
As each person is different, so too is the length of gastric band recovery time. Typically, you’ll be able to leave the hospital a day after your surgery, but it's worth taking a week off work to give yourself time to rest after this.
We usually advise that you take it relatively easy during the first two weeks after surgery. You should then be able to resume your day-to-day activities and exercise regimes after six weeks.
Your dedicated and expert dietitian will advise you on food and liquid intake during your recovery time.
Will I need to stay in hospital?
In some cases, you may be able to go home on the same day as a gastric band operation. But it's normal to stay in hospital for one night after the procedure. Your surgeon will then talk you through your personalised care plan following your surgery.
Will I need time off work?
Time off work is often needed to aid your gastric band recovery time. We'll usually recommend that you take at least a week off. But this might vary from patient to patient, depending on the procedure that you have. Your surgeon will be able to advise exactly how much time you’ll need to rest after your surgery.
How does gastric band surgery work with pregnancy?
Pregnancy after gastric band surgery is perfectly safe. In 2014, a study called "Pregnancy after laparoscopic gastric banding: maternal and neonatal outcomes" concluded that it is safe to carry a child with a gastric band fitted.
Of course, your specialist dietitian will advise you on the best way to manage your pregnancy – both nutritionally and in terms of fluid in your band. We would advise waiting a year or so after gastric band surgery before getting pregnant, however.
Talk to your surgeon and local GP if you have any concerns, or you think you may be pregnant.
How important is diet after my gastric band is fitted?
The aim of a gastric band is to make you feel full after eating sooner than you generally would. As such, this can reduce the amount you actually eat and help you lose weight. But it can only be truly effective if you also make changes to your lifestyle after your operation.
This could mean changing your dietary habits and calorie intake. As gastric bands can only work effectively with solid foods, you'll need to take particular care with high-calorie drinks or fluids to see the weight loss you want to achieve.
It's also important to remember that your diet will be restricted while you recover from gastric or lap band surgery. Your dedicated and specialist dietitian will explain more about this as part of the aftercare we provide to our patients.
What's the typical weight loss following gastric band surgery?
Gastric bands can help you lose weight gradually. Any weight loss you experience will depend on how healthy your lifestyle is. You'll also need to follow your expert dietitian's advice to see the best results. According to third 2020 National Bariatric Surgery Registry Report, however, the average weight loss after one year is 39% of excess weight.
Can you drink alcohol after lap band surgery?
You can. But please remember that alcoholic drinks have a higher calorie count and will easily pass through a gastric band. So, it may affect the weight loss results you wish to achieve.
Can the band be removed?
Yes – your gastric band can be removed if you want to reverse the procedure.
How often will I need an adjustment?
This varies from person to person. Sometimes, just having the band in place is enough to offer the desired benefits.
If an adjustment is needed, however, the first one takes place at least five weeks after gastric band surgery. It usually takes about 4-6 months, however, to reach a level where you're comfortably and consistently losing weight.
After the first modification, adjustments must be at least three weeks apart – if they’re needed. We advise patients to take their lead from our specialist dietitians when deciding if you need or want to adjust your band.
This can help you recognise how your own eating patterns and food choices activate the fluid in your band and how you can work with it.
How much does a gastric band operation cost?
We tailor our treatment plans in line with each patient's unique needs. For this reason, the cost of a gastric band operation may vary.
You can use our price check to find out how much it might cost. This first calculates your BMI to see if you're suitable for a weight loss procedure. Please note – this is only an estimated price. Your patient advisor can give you detailed pricing information during your consultation.
As well as our finance plans of up to five years, we also offer a 0% finance option. This lets you spread the cost over one year with no interest to pay. All finance options are subject to status – and are provided by Omni Capital Retail Finance Limited, who are authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority.
What is a gastric band?
Gastric bands are made from silicone and contain three key components – a reinforcing band, tubing and balloon. The balloon is filled with saline fluid by the surgeon to an amount suited to each patient – which can vary from 0ml to 9ml. The reinforcing band is wrapped around the stomach to form a small pouch which reduces the amount of food that can fit in the stomach, aiding weight loss. The tubing connects the balloon and the injection port, which the surgeon uses to adjust the amount of fluid in the balloon.
What is gastric band surgery?
The gastric band procedure involves placing a silicone ring close to the top of your stomach. This stimulates the nerve endings and helps to make you feel satisfied on smaller portions of food. The gastric band is fully adjustable, and you will need band adjustments every so often to ensure it is optimal for you and your body. It is important to make lifestyle changes too in terms of healthy eating and regular activity to achieve the best possible results.
How much does implant removal cost?
The cost of breast implant removal surgery varies from patient to patient. You’ll get a personal quote when you have your first consultation.
How long does implant removal take?
Implant removal surgery will take up to 3 hours and you’ll be under general anesthetic throughout.
How long will I have to stay in hospital after my breast implant removal surgery?
With implant removal surgery you may need to stay in hospital for 1 night and you’ll be safe to return home the next day.
Will I be able to have implant removal surgery at the same time as a breast uplift?
If you would like have a breast uplift at the same time as the breast implant removal, you will have the opportunity to discuss with your surgeon during your consultation.
When will I be able to see the results?
The results will be immediate after surgery, but it will take a few weeks for the swelling to completely settle and show the final results.
How much does a thigh lift cost?
Costs can vary, as every patient is different. Each treatment is specifically tailored to your individual needs. During your initial consultation your surgeon assistant will be able to provide you with the cost of your procedure.
What does a thigh lift involve?
Incisions are made along the inner thighs and the excess skin is carefully removed, before the skin is stitched into its new shape. If required, liposuction can also be used to remove excess fat and/or help streamline the shape of the thighs.
How long does a thigh lift surgery take?
Thigh lift surgery takes around two hours and is performed under general anaesthetic, so you will need to stay in hospital overnight after your surgery.
When can I return to work?
Recovery time varies from person to person. We usually advise you to take two weeks off work and avoid lifting or driving for four weeks after your thigh lift procedure.
Will I have scarring?
There will be some visible scarring following surgery, but this will be minimised as much as possible. Over time, any scars will fade and become less noticeable.
Are there any risks?
As with all surgical procedures, there are some risks attached, but we fully explain these to you so you can feel as confident and reassured as possible before going ahead.
Can i spread the cost of treatment?
Yes, we offer a choice of two finance options. You can pay a deposit of just £500 and choose either 12 monthly interest-free payments or spreading the cost over two to five years.
Is a hair transplant safe?
Yes, our surgeons are very experienced and have expert knowledge performing hair transplants.
Who is suitable for a hair transplant?
Hair transplants are suitable for women and men though your surgeon will determined your suitability during your free consultation.
What is the recovery time for hair transplant?
Your scalp will need time to heal and we recommend that you don't wash your hair for two days. We also recommend that you take a few days off work and avoid strenuous activity.
What is a non-surgical nose job?
A non-surgical nose job provides you with the temporary effect of a nose job, but without the surgery. It’s a quick and effective treatment carried out by our medical aesthetic practitioners to subtly smooth out any bumps in the nose.
What are the benefits of nose fillers over a traditional nose job?
A non-surgical nose job is far less invasive than undergoing rhinoplasty surgery, allowing you to achieve the look you want without having an operation. Treatment time is quick, so quick that you can fit it into your lunch break and the downtime is minimal.
How much does a non-surgical nose job cost?
The life expectancy for the fillers in your nose is 18 months and 2 years, as your body will slowly break the filler down over time.
How long do the results of non-surgical rhinoplasty last?
The life expectancy for the fillers in your nose is 18 months and 2 years, as your body will slowly break the filler down over time.
How does a non-surgical nose job compare to other treatments?
A non-surgical nose job is a popular option for people who want to reshape their nose without undergoing a surgical procedure. It’s minimally invasive, the benefits are immediate, and there is minimal swelling and recovery time compared with surgical rhinoplasty.
What’s the difference between SculpSure and Coolsculpting?
While CoolSculpting and SculpSure treatments achieve the same goal – removing fat - the way that this is achieved differs.

CoolSculpting removes the fat cells through freezing, and SculpSure removes the fat cells through heat.

Coolsculpting treatment takes longer than SculpSure. Most areas of the body will take 35-45 minutes to complete, while SculpSure will take approximately 25 minutes for most areas of the body.

Coolsculpting numbs the skin, so the procedure is not painful. It can be the better choice for anyone wishing to remove larger areas of fat. SculpSure uses heat without hurting the skin.
How does CoolSculpting work?
During CoolSculpting, areas of fat are cooled to -11 degrees Celsius using state-of-the-art technology. The cold kills the fat cells in the targeted area without affecting any surrounding tissue. Through its natural processes, your body will then naturally remove these treated fat cells from your body.
Who is suitable for CoolSculpting?
At your consultation, your medical aesthetic practitioner will detail your medical history so that they are able to determine if CoolSculpting will be right for you. In general, though, CoolSculpting treatment is suitable for people who have stubborn areas of fat that refuse to shift through diet and exercise.
How many CoolSculpting treatments will I need?
You will be given detailed advice regarding the number of CoolSculpting treatments you will require at your consultation, but as a guide this depends on which areas are to be treated and the size of the area/s of fat that you are seeking to reduce. For example, treatment on the stomach may take longer than chin fat, as it’s a larger surface area and the fat will be denser.
What is the recovery time for CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting does not require any recovery time, so you will be able to go about your daily activities straight after the procedure.
What is fat freezing?
This is a treatment which involves using a specialist machine to cool areas of fat to -11 degrees Celsius. This safely kills fat cells in the targeted area, which are then naturally processed by your body. CoolSculpting is a non-invasive, non-surgical weight-loss method that involves no needles or anaesthetic – so you can carry on with your day-to-day life straight after treatment.
Does fat freezing work?
Many people wonder does fat freezing really work on stubborn areas? And the answer is yes - this cold freeze fat loss method is an effective way to get rid of fat that won’t shift through normal diet and exercise. The average weight loss for CoolSculpting varies from patient to patient, but the process can provide as much as a 27% reduction of fat.
Is fat freezing treatment safe?
Around the world, more than seven million CoolSculpting treatments have been performed and 52 peer-reviewed papers have assessed its ability to deliver effective and safe treatment. The applicator contains a sensor that automatically shuts down the system if it detects that your skin has dropped below -11 degrees Celsius, ensuring each fat freezing treatment is safe. As with any procedure, there are always potential CoolSculpting risks, however these will be explained in full during your consultation.
What’s the difference between surgical lipo and fat freeze treatment?
Many patients ask us what the difference between lipo and fat freeze treatments are. Essentially, liposuction is a surgical procedure that’s carried out under general anaesthetic, and requires patients to miss up to a week of work to recover from their surgery. Liposuction patients also need to wear compression garments, sometimes for several weeks. Unlike lipo, fat freeze treatments are non-invasive and involve no needles or anaesthesia, and most patients don’t need to take any time off work.
If I have CoolSculpting, how long will it take?
If you choose to have CoolSculpting, how long it takes to complete will depend on the size of the treatment area. To give you a rough idea, fat freezing one area of the body takes an average of 35-45 minutes, though this may be more or less depending on the area being treated. If you want to treat several parts of your body in the same session, such as CoolSculpting your arms, stomach and back, this can take anywhere between one and three hours. As you can’t treat the same area more than once in a session, you may require more than one visit.
Who is suitable for CoolSculpting?
You may be suitable for CoolSculpting in our UK clinics if you have small, stubborn pockets of fat that seem resistant to exercise. However, at your free consultation we’ll ask more questions about your areas of concern, medical history, and why you want the fat freezing treatment, to make sure that it’s the most suitable procedure for you.
How many fat freezing treatments will I need?
The number of fat freezing treatments you need will depend on the area you’re treating and the size of the fatty build-up that you’re trying to reduce. For example, chin fat freezing may take less time than CoolSculpting the stomach, because it’s a smaller surface area. We’ll be able to give you more detailed advice and guidance once you have been assessed at your free consultation.
Are CoolSculpting results permanent?
CoolSculpting and weight loss go hand in hand, as the fat cells destroyed by the machine will not come back. Over a period of three weeks to six months, they are naturally processed and absorbed by your body’s lymphatic system. If you maintain a balanced diet and exercise regularly, the results of your fat freezing sessions will be maximised. However, if you follow a poor diet and move less, there is no reason why fat could not build up in the same areas again (this is in extreme cases).
Which areas of my body does CoolSculpting work for?
CoolSculpting can target fat in many areas of the body. Whether you’d like to freeze belly fat, love handles or stubborn areas on your back, or whether you’re interested in CoolSculpting your face, neck, thighs or another area, our experts are here to help you. During your consultation, you can chat through any areas you’d like to target, and your patient advisor will create a bespoke treatment plan in line with your needs.
Can you drive after CoolSculpting?
Yes, you can drive after CoolSculpting treatment. There is no recovery period needed following fat freezing, meaning you can go about your normal day to day activities once your procedure has finishehttp://transforminglives.bbpdev.com/admin/pages/edit/show/96d.
Are there any CoolSculpting risks?
As with all types of cosmetic surgery and aesthetic treatments, there are some CoolSculpting risks to be aware of. After the treatment, you may have some slight bruising, tingling or numbing in the treated area, and you may also notice some redness of the skin. These CoolSculpting side effects will ease off fairly quickly – usually within two or three days.
How much will the procedure cost?
The cost of your scar revision procedure will vary depending on the size of the scar. Our medical aesthetics practitioner will talk you through the likely costs involved and guide you through our flexible payment plans.
How does surgical scar revision work?
Surgical scar reduction is carried out by making incisions on either side of the scar to remodel the surrounding skin. Depending on the location of the scar, it can be made into a skin fold so that it’s less noticeable. While there will still be some visible scarring, it should look much neater and less obvious.
What are my non-surgical scar revision options?
Non-surgical scar revision/reduction options include cool laser, TCA peels, microneedling, fillers and steroid injections. A combination of these are sometimes used, and you can learn more about them in your discussion with your medical aesthetics practitioner.
Are the results permanent?
The results of scar reduction are permanent, but you will have scarring from the revision. The goal is to create a neater and tidier scar that’s less conspicuous than it previously was.
Does scar revision hurt?
You won’t be able to feel anything throughout a surgical scar revision procedure as it’s carried out under local anaesthetic, but you will feel some pain and have some swelling for a couple of weeks afterwards while the wound heals.

Non-surgical treatments will also be pain free. Because different types of anaesthetics will be used depending upon which is the best option for you, your medical anaesthetic practitioner will discuss this at your initial consultation.
How much do anti-wrinkle treatments cost?
The cost of your anti-wrinkle injections will depend on the number of areas being treated. This can be discussed with your medical aesthetic practitioner at your free consultation.
How do anti-wrinkle treatments work?
Anti-wrinkle injections work by temporarily paralyzing the muscle to reduce movement. This stops the skin from creasing in the areas treated such as frown lines and crow’s feet.
Are there any after effects or side effects?
You may feel a slight bruising around the injection site, or a mild headache after the treatment, but this should subside within 24 hours.
When will I be able to see the results of the treatment?
The results will be visible in around 5-14 days.
How long will the results last for?
The results usually last up to 4 months.
What causes wrinkles?
Over exposure to the sun, smoking, city living, squinting at monitors and, of course, the ageing process all take their toll on your skin. As you get older, your face starts to develop fine lines and wrinkles as collagen and elastin fibres break down, causing skin to lose its strength and smoothness.
How much will the procedure cost?
The cost of your scar revision procedure will vary depending on the size of the scar. Our medical aesthetics practitioner will talk you through the likely costs involved and guide you through our flexible payment plans.
How does surgical scar revision work?
Surgical scar reduction is carried out by making incisions on either side of the scar to remodel the surrounding skin. Depending on the location of the scar, it can be made into a skin fold so that it’s less noticeable. While there will still be some visible scarring, it should look much neater and less obvious.
What are my non-surgical scar revision options?
Non-surgical scar revision/reduction options include cool laser, TCA peels, microneedling, fillers and steroid injections. A combination of these are sometimes used, and you can learn more about them in your discussion with your medical aesthetics practitioner.
Are the results permanent?
The results of scar reduction are permanent, but you will have scarring from the revision. The goal is to create a neater and tidier scar that’s less conspicuous than it previously was.
Does scar revision hurt?
You won’t be able to feel anything throughout a surgical scar revision procedure as it’s carried out under local anaesthetic, but you will feel some pain and have some swelling for a couple of weeks afterwards while the wound heals.

Non-surgical treatments will also be pain free. Because different types of anaesthetics will be used depending upon which is the best option for you, your medical anaesthetic practitioner will discuss this at your initial consultation.
Can you have a buttock lift after weight loss?
Yes, many men choose to have a buttock lift after substantial weight loss because they want to bring more tone and definition to the area when the skin has become loose.
How much does a buttock lift cost?
The price of a buttock lift varies. Everyone is different and has their own individual requirements. You will get a personal quote for how much your buttock lift will cost at your consultation. We offer finance options, so you can spread out the cost of your procedure if you would rather do this than pay for it in one lump sum.
What does a buttock lift involve?
Your surgeon will make an incision around the buttocks area to remove excess skin and pull the remaining skin taut. If required, liposuction can also be used to take out excess fat and/or help streamline the shape of the buttocks.
How long does a buttock lift surgery take?
A buttock lift is performed under general anaesthetic and will take around 2 to 3 hours. After your surgery you may need to stay in hospital for the period of time specified by your surgeon.
When can I return to work?
Depending on what you do, we would usually advise you to take around 2 weeks off work and avoid driving or lifting for at least 4 weeks.
Will I have scarring?
There will be some visible scarring following surgery, but this will be minimised by keeping the incision lines within natural contours. Over time, any scars should fade.
What happens during gastric sleeve surgery?
Gastric sleeve surgery is a procedure where most of your stomach is removed, reducing its capacity by up to 90%. It includes the part of the stomach that produces the hormone that affects appetite. As such, your appetite is reduced – as is the amount of food you can eat.
The process itself is called laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy. 'Laparoscopic' means 'keyhole' – and is where the surgeon makes several small cuts in your stomach. A telescope with a camera will be inserted, along with several small medical instruments which are used to carry out the procedure.
If you’re having a total gastrectomy, much of your stomach is removed and the remainder is stapled into the 'sleeve' shape that gives the procedure its name. Your surgeon will also seal blood vessels connected to the part of the stomach that is removed. Once the procedure is complete, the small cuts will be closed using stitches.
How is it different to a gastric bypass?
Both procedures are forms of weight loss surgery which can help you hit your long-term goals. It's often said, though, that a gastric bypass is more complicated.
In a sleeve gastrectomy, part of your stomach is removed in a one-step procedure – and it's as simple as that. Gastric bypass surgery, however, involves two steps. The first is the removal of a part of your stomach and small intestine, while the second is to reconnect the two.
What is the difference between a total and a partial gastrectomy?
A gastric sleeve can either be total or partial, depending on you and your specific situation. A total gastrectomy is the most likely option you'll be given, and it involves the total removal of the stomach (apart from the remaining sleeve).
In comparison, only part of the stomach is removed in a partial gastrectomy. This is most likely to be carried out if you have a condition such as an ulcer or growth which needs removed.
What are the pros and cons of bariatric sleeve surgery?
Gastric sleeve surgery can completely transform your health and overall quality of life. Most of our patients are successful in losing weight after the procedure. In the UK, research shows the average excess weight loss rate for gastric sleeve patients is 61.5% after 12 months.

Losing a significant amount of weight can lead to a happier, more fulfilling life. It can also give you more energy and freedom to enjoy the things you want to do. Not only that – a gastric sleeve can help to treat and reduce the impact of illnesses and medical conditions linked to obesity.

But you should always weigh up the benefits against the risks. This form of weight loss surgery is permanent and irreversible, so you can't change your mind once the procedure is performed. And, as with any surgery, there are some potential risks, which we will discuss with you before you make your decision whether to go ahead with treatment.
How much weight can you lose after gastric sleeve surgery?
How much weight you can lose depends on a variety of factors. According to the NHS, more people tend to lose weight faster with a gastric sleeve or bypass than with a gastric band. That is backed up by research from the National Bariatric Surgery Registry, which found the average excess weight loss after 12 months with a gastric sleeve to be 61.5%.
In comparison, the figure for a gastric band in the period between 2013 and 2018 was 38.3%.
The amount of weight you could lose with a gastric sleeve will vary from person to person. It'll also reflect the amount of effort that you put into changing your lifestyle and eating habits.
BMI for gastric sleeve: To be a suitable candidate, what should mine be?
It's important to remember that a sleeve gastrectomy is a serious operation. But it can also be an effective solution for people who suffer with obesity and have already tried other methods of diet and exercise to no avail. We can let you know if you're suitable during your free consultation.
As a guide, however, the operation could be an option if your BMI is 35 or higher. A gastric sleeve may also be suitable if you suffer from a health condition linked to obesity, such as hypertension.
How long will I be in hospital after private gastric sleeve surgery?
You'll normally stay in one of our specialist hospitals for 2-3 nights after surgery. Rest assured, though, that our team offer exceptional standards of patient care and all of our clinical facilities are registered with the Care Quality Commission.
What is the typical gastric sleeve recovery time?
The overall recovery time will vary, based on you and your unique circumstances. Many of our patients can feel comfortable walking a day or two after the surgery. You could return to work within a few weeks too. But there's no set gastric sleeve stomach healing time, and it's always best to always follow the advice of your expert weight loss surgeon.
What can I eat after my operation?
A gastric sleeve is designed to reduce portion sizes, rather than restricting specific food types. There are fewer types of food you'll need to avoid afterwards, especially in comparison with gastric bypass surgery, although some patients may struggle with certain textures like bread or red meat.
Our experienced dietitians will let you know what to eat after your surgery to make sure you're getting all the essential vitamins and minerals you need. We'll also advise you about your short-term gastric sleeve diet after surgery, including food and liquid intake during your aftercare period.
It's essential that you stick to the diet your specialist advises or you may not achieve the desired results after the operation.
Is drinking alcohol after gastrectomy surgery OK?
For at least the first four weeks after your operation, we advise that you avoid drinking alcohol. After this, you should be mindful that your tolerance is likely to reduce. While consuming small quantities of alcohol one month after a gastric sleeve is OK, it's likely you'll absorb alcohol into your bloodstream more quickly than you did before.
What is Dumping Syndrome?
Dumping Syndrome or rapid gastric emptying – is one of the potential risks of gastric sleeve surgery. But it's also relatively common following bariatric procedures that bypass the majority of the stomach.
It describes symptoms when food moves too quickly through the stomach and is 'dumped' into the small intestine. Just 1% of patients find their symptoms are hard to manage, however, and the sensation often occurs less as time passes.
You'll be fully supported by one of our specialist dietitians after your surgery. This helps ensure that side effects like malnutrition and Dumping Syndrome are avoided as far as possible.
How much is a gastric sleeve?
Each patient we help comes to us with different needs. That's why our team creates a bespoke treatment plan that reflects this. It'll be in tune with your weight loss goal and lifestyle dreams. As such, it'll affect how much private gastric sleeve surgery and your aftercare will cost.
Don't let this worry you, though - you can use our price check to learn how much your procedure could be. Whatever the figure is, we also have various payment choices. You can pay in full or spread the cost over a period between 24 and 60 months with our finance options.

If your gastric sleeve costs £9,145, for example, you could pay a £500 deposit on a payment plan at 12.9% APR. After this, you'd then pay 60 monthly instalments at £193.18pcm. This would mean you'd pay £12,090.80 in total.

We also offer 0% finance options if you choose the spread the cost over 6, 10 or 12 months.
Is there a gastric sleeve diet to follow post-surgery?
Yes, you’ll need to follow a gastric sleeve diet after your procedure. As 75% of your stomach is removed, naturally your appetite and the portion sizes you can manage to eat will reduce. One of our expert dietitians will advise you on your diet after gastric sleeve surgery, including your food and liquid intake throughout the length of your aftercare. They’ll be able to give you detailed information on what to eat and any foods to avoid after sleeve gastrectomy to ensure you get the desired results following your surgery.
How long does nose surgery take?
‘Nose job’ surgery normally takes around two hours under general anaesthetic.
How long will I have to stay in hospital?
You’ll normally need to stay in hospital overnight after nose surgery.
Can I decide the shape of my new nose?
At your consultation, you can discuss what you want to change about your nose with the surgeon. You can agree what size and shape nose you would like to achieve. There are many considerations to be taken into account and these will be discussed during your consultation with your surgeon.
Will I have scars following a nose job?
Many plastic surgeons perform rhinoplasty from within the nose, making their incision inside the nostrils so scarring is undetectable. Occasionally an open procedure (operating on the outside of the nose) is more suitable, especially in complicated cases. This may leave very fine scars.
What happens after a rhinoplasty?
After your rhinoplasty surgery is completed, you will have a plaster cast that is applied in the operating theatre. It is important that this plaster cast is not removed for a period of at least 7-10 days.
How long does nipple correction surgery take?
Nipple correction surgery usually takes around one hour under local anaesthetic.
How long will I have to stay in hospital?
Many nipple correction procedures can be carried out on an outpatient basis, which means you should be able to leave hospital on the same day as your surgery.
Can nipple correction be combined with breast surgery?
Yes, nipple correction can be performed in conjunction with other breast surgery such as enlargement or uplift.
Can you treat ‘man boobs’?
Yes, there is a separate procedure for male breast reduction, or gynaecomastia, which can create a sleek, trim physique by removing the excess fat and skin from the chest area. Read more about our gynaecomastia procedure.
Will I have scarring?
Any scarring caused by nipple correction surgery is minimal, and the stitches used are usually dissolvable.
Is a tummy tuck right for me?
Tummy tuck surgery is suitable for patients who want to eliminate excess skin as a result of pregnancy or weight loss, along with muscle tightening in the stomach area. The surgery is not in itself a means of losing weight – diet and exercise are the best way to remove unwanted fat. If diet and exercise has not enabled you to reach your target weight, and you have a BMI over 30, bariatric surgery may be a suitable procedure for you. Your surgeon will advise you which form of surgery is most suitable for you.
How long does tummy tuck surgery take?
Tummy tuck surgery usually takes 2-3 hours under general anaesthetic.
How long will I have to stay in hospital?
Following the procedure, patients usually need to stay in hospital for two nights.
Will I have scars following a tummy tuck?
Yes. An incision is generally made from one hip to the other along the bikini line, which could later be covered by underwear. The scar can stretch from one side of the lower abdomen to the other depending on the size of the stomach. All scars take time to soften and fade, and this can take up to a year.
What is a compression garment?
You’ll need to wear an appropriate post-surgical compression garment to aid healing. The specialist 3-panel abdominal binder can be purchased at Dolan Park Hospital, where your surgery will take place, or at selected clinics. The three panels of the binder apply the correct pressure to the abdominal area, which stops fluid building up, prevents swelling and reduces bleeding. The binder is fastened with Velcro to allow easy adjustment. Abdominoplasty patients need to wear this binder for six weeks. You will be discharged in one of these post-surgery, however due to the length of time the garment needs to be worn patients often feel that it is better to replace the garment.
Is a PDO thread lift right for me?
PDO thread lift treatment can be suitable for men and women who have sagging around their cheeks, jawline and neck. It is a minimally invasive procedure, so it is often a good option for customers who are not ready for traditional face lift surgery.
How long does a PDO thread lift take?
The PDO thread lift treatment usually takes less than one hour under local anaesthetic, but this is dependent on the number of threads required.
How does a thread lift work?
From a small entry point close to the ear, fine threads are inserted along the contours of the face in the areas that you have discussed with your practitioner. The threads create a subtle lifting effect and can encourage collagen production. The effects typically last 12-18 months and the threads will dissolve naturally over time.
Will I have scars following a thread lift?
There is minimal scarring and recovery times are much less than traditional face lift surgery.
Are microneedling results permanent?
Microneedling isn’t a permanent solution because the skin is always changing, but depending on the skin issues you have, multiple treatments can be performed to achieve the desired result.
Is microneedling painful?
Microneedling isn’t overly painful and the use of a topical anaesthetic will help to manage any discomfort.
How many microneedling treatments will I need?
The number of treatments you need will be based on your skin concerns. As a guide, if you have tired and dull skin, one treatment would be effective in restoring brightness. But if you have deep acne scarring, multiple treatments will be required to see results.
What topical solutions are used?
At The Hospital Group, we use the c.prof range of products from mesoestetic which has treatments for depigmentation, anti-ageing and scarring.
What skin conditions can microneedling treat?
Our microneedling treatment can help to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, reduce acne scarring and help treat hyperpigmentation resulting from sun damage.
Where can microneedling be used?
The microneedling treatment can be used across all areas of the face including the forehead, cheeks, chin, nose and under eye area.
Are there any side effects?
Following your microneedling treatment, you experience some redness, tenderness to the skin and flaking which can last up to 72 hours, but will subside after this. We recommend using sun protection following your treatment and do not exfoliate as this may irritate the skin.
Can I go back to normal activity following treatment?
After treatment no make-up should be worn for the first 48 hours. For the first 14 days, you should avoid using any hair removal products, waxing, using sunbeds, swimming or self-tan products.
Who is SculpSure suitable for?
SculpSure is suitable for anyone who has been dieting and exercising but still cannot shift stubborn pockets of fat. The best results will be achieved by patients whose BMI is lower than 30.
What does a SculpSure treatment involve?
SculpSure is a non-invasive, body sculpting treatment that takes only 25 minutes using a hyperthermic laser which heats the targeted fat tissue to 42-47 degrees Celsius. This process disrupts the structure of the chosen cells and breaks them down. You will feel a warm, tingling sensation during the treatment, but “Contact Cooling” technology will keep you feeling comfortable. Over the 6-12 weeks after the procedure, your body will remove the broken down fat cells through its natural process.
How quickly can I see the results of SculpSure?
You will notice the results within 6-12 weeks of treatment. If further treatments are required to get your desired results they can be performed after 6 weeks.
What is the difference between SculpSure and Coolsculpting?
Both CoolSculpting and SculpSure achieve the same goal of removing fat, but the manner in which this is achieved is different.

Sculpsure uses heat to remove fat cells, while Coolsculpting uses freezing to remove them.

SculpSure takes around 25 mins for most areas of the body, while Coolsculpting takes longer, with most areas of the body taking 35-45 mins to complete.

SculpSure uses heat without damaging the skin. Coolsculpting numbs the skin and is not painful.

Coolsculpting is better for those patients who wish to remove more fat cells.
Is SculpSure safe?
Yes, SculpSure is an FDA approved treatment which is carried out by our highly qualified medical aesthetic practitioners.
Can I carry on with my normal life while using SculpSure?
Absolutely. Many people choose to have SculpSure treatments during their lunch hour because no recovery period is needed. You can also do other activities, such as swimming or flying short or long haul, immediately after your treatment.
Why get gastric bypass surgery?
Like any surgical procedure, having a gastric bypass is a major decision, but there can be great benefits from it. It's a proven method of weight loss, and is ideal when you have a lot of weight to lose and have already tried many conventional methods without long-term success.
What are the advantages of gastric bypass surgery?
For anyone suffering with serious obesity, the advantages of gastric bypass surgery often tend to outweigh the risks. The benefits can include:

− Improvements in heart disease and cancer risk factors
− Lower cholesterol levels
− Improvements in a range of health conditions including sleep apnoea, asthma, joint pain, arthritis, reflux, fatigue, and shortness of breath
− Reduced feelings of depression, improved self-esteem, and confidence, as well as an increased sense of wellbeing

The third 2020 National Bariatric Surgery Registry Report also found how the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass reduced the incidence of Type 2 diabetes in patients from 34% to 14% in only one year. The prevalence of hypertension also fell from 38% to 22% in the year after Roux-en-Y surgery.
Gastric bypass vs sleeve vs band: Which should I get?
Here at The Hospital Group, our specialist team will help you find the weight loss solution that's right for you. We offer several different procedures, including gastric bypass, gastric band and gastric sleeve surgery.
As part of your initial consultations, your surgeon assistant and surgeon will guide you through the key differences between a gastric bypass and other options. That way, we can help you find the best solution that's in line with your weight loss goals.
Gastric bypass surgery: What is it and what happens during it?
Gastric bypass surgery is a proven method of weight loss which could be perfect if you've tried other conventional methods without seeing long-term success. We can offer a complete service, including skilled surgeons, specialist dietitians, nurses, and weight loss support team members. We see this as the best way to help you get the best possible results from your weight loss journey.
The operation is carried out under general anaesthetic, generally using keyhole (laparoscopic) surgery. This means your surgeon will make several small cuts into your stomach and use a set of small medical instruments that are guided by a telescope equipped with a camera.
A stapling device is used to make the pouch at the top of your stomach. The next step is to cut the small intestine and connect to the stomach pouch. The amount of small intestine 'bypassed' will be determined by the weight you want to achieve, and the nutrients required to maintain it.
The small cuts will then be closed by your surgeon with stitches or metal clips.
How long does gastric bypass surgery take?
This depends on the patient, the surgeon, and the type of gastric bypass operation. For Roux-en-Y procedures, it normally between 90 minutes and two hours if carried out by keyhole surgery. A mini-loop gastric bypass can be a quicker procedure.
If you’re having a gastric band removed at the same time, the operation will usually take longer. But you can discuss this with your surgeon.
What happens after the gastric bypass procedure?
After gastric bypass surgery, you'll only be able to manage smaller portions of food and as a result your body will absorb fewer calories. There will also be changes in your gut hormones that will lead to reduced feelings of hunger, so you should feel satisfied for longer on smaller portions.
As with any weight loss, a healthy diet and regular exercise are needed to ensure you achieve the best results. And this means you'll have to make a few lifestyle changes.

How long will I be in hospital?
Again, this depends on the patient and the surgeon. Usually, you'll stay in one of our specialist hospitals for 2-3 nights after your surgery, but in some cases you can return home after one night.
How long is the gastric bypass recovery time?
The gastric bypass recovery time varies from person to person. Your surgeon and bariatric team will tell you what this will be for you as part of your personalised care plan. After you leave hospital, we advise you don’t do anything too strenuous for at least six weeks after your surgery.
Are there any gastric bypass side effects?
As with any surgery, there can be complications during and after surgery. These include:
− Bleeding
− Complications due to anaesthesia and medications
− Infections
− Blood clots on the lung
− Deep vein thrombosis
− Wound breakdown or leaks from the staple line
− Spleen injuries
− Marginal ulcers
Such complications are rare, however. Our expert surgeons are highly skilled and experienced in performing bariatric procedures, with a proven record of safe, successful surgery. We'll be sure to make you aware of all the possible short and long-term risks of gastric bypass surgery too. That way, you're fully informed before you decide to have the procedure.
What does my BMI need to be for gastric bypass surgery?
A gastric bypass could be suitable if you have a BMI of 40 or more – or 35 or more if you have an obesity-related condition such as Type 2 diabetes. New guidelines state that surgery should be offered as a first-line treatment if you were recently diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and your BMI is over 30. These are just guidelines, however, and every patient is different.
Will gastric bypass surgery help if I have diabetes?
The World Health Organization (WHO) believes that being overweight/obese is major risk factor for diabetes. The unique changes in gut hormones that follow a gastric bypass are also thought to improve diabetic control, independently of weight loss.
While we can't guarantee that your personal management of diabetes will change, many of our patients have reduced their diabetic medications and improve their condition overall.
Can gastric bypass surgery be reversed?
No – this type of surgery is permanent. If you're looking for something less permanent, gastric band surgery could be an alternative.
Can I have gastric bypass surgery twice?
It's possible to revise your gastric bypass. But this does have increased risks of complication. For this reason, a second gastric bypass generally won't be offered if you've regained weight and didn't make the changes needed to your diet and lifestyle.
What can I eat after gastric bypass surgery?
It's really important you follow the advice of your dietitian and surgeon in relation to your diet after a gastric bypass. You’ll need to follow a nutritious and healthy diet, making sure you consume the right amounts of protein and vitamins.
Our team will go through this in detail with you, so you know exactly what you can eat after a gastric bypass. As you can't absorb as many minerals and vitamins after gastric bypass surgery, you must take supplements for the rest of your life.
You'll also need regular blood tests to check for any nutritional deficiencies

After 2-3 months, most patients are usually back on a varied diet of solid food. Some patients may struggle with certain textures of food, however, such as bread or red meat.
In addition, a phenomenon known as Dumping Syndrome can occur if too much sugar is consumed. This results in symptoms such as dizziness, sweating, palpitations, and bloating. Patients often say these symptoms can help stop them from eating too much sugar and enhance weight loss.
What can I drink after gastric bypass surgery?
A gastric bypass won't affect what you can drink, or how much. But it's vital to remember the dietary advice that our team will give you to help achieve your goals. Drinks high in sugar (e.g., colas) or calories (e.g., alcohol) can reduce the weight loss impact of a gastric bypass.
How much is gastric bypass surgery?
All of our treatment plans are based on your unique needs as our patient. As each plan is tailored to you, this means the costs will differ from person to person. But you can always use our price check guide to get a rough idea of how it will work with your budget.
You can pay for your treatment outright, or take advantage of our finance options. These plans can help spread the cost of a gastric bypass from between two and five years. We also have an attractive 0% interest payment plan over a 12-month period.
All finance options are subject to status. Terms and conditions apply. Our plans are provided by Omni Capital Retail Finance Limited, who are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.
Is there a gastric bypass post-surgery diet to follow?
Our expert team of dietitians will talk to you in detail about what foods you can eat after gastric bypass surgery, and help you make sure you’re getting all the nutrition you need. Generally, you’ll have to follow a more nutritious diet after a gastric bypass, since your portions will be smaller and fewer nutrients will be absorbed. It’s important you are managing a good protein intake, so our dietitians will advise you on this. Also, because you won’t be able to absorb as many minerals and vitamins after your gastric bypass, you’ll have to take supplements for life and will need regular blood tests to check for any nutritional deficiencies. Here at The Hospital Group, we offer a wide range of weight loss supplements to help you with your gastric bypass diet.
Is eyelid surgery right for me?
Eyelid surgery is most suitable for patients who have wrinkles and/or drooping layers of skin on their eyelids.
What happens during eyelid surgery?
The procedure removes excess skin and fat in the eyelids to provide tauter skin, and aims to achieve a fresher-looking eye area.
Will the wrinkles return after eye surgery?
During your consultation, your surgeon will explain that the skin will continue to age. It is important to understand that the ageing process will not stop following eyelid surgery.
Will I have scars following eye surgery?
In the case of eyelid surgery, an incision is made close to the natural crease of the eyelid. During a facelift, incisions are made in the natural crease lines. In both procedures, post-operative scarring should fade over time.
Could I combine facial rejuvenation and eyelid surgery?
This depends on your individual requirements. One of the experienced surgeons we work with can advise you which procedures would be most suitable to achieve the results you are looking for.
Is Vaser® liposuction right for me?
Vaser® liposuction may be suitable if you have some localised areas of fat that don’t respond to diet and exercise and you want to achieve fat loss and body contouring.
How long does Vaser® liposuction take
Vaser® liposuction usually takes between one and three hours, depending on how much fat has to be removed and the area being treated.
Will I have to stay in hospital
You may be able to return home the same day if you have a local anaesthetic. We’ll discuss what we think is best with you before we book your surgery.
What is the maximum amount of fat that can be removed?
This can be anything between three and four litres of fat per operation. For anything more than this, we would recommend multiple surgeries.
How long will I need off work after Vaser® liposuction?
The recovery time is usually quite quick and you should be able to go back to work after a few days.
Which areas can be treated?
Vaser® liposuction can treat any area of the body, but popular areas include hips, thighs, stomach, chin, knees and bottom.
What happens if I gain weight after Vaser® liposuction
If you gain weight after liposuction, the area treated can also gain some of this weight. However, if you keep a healthy lifestyle and diet, you can continue to have the same results post-treatment.
How much does mole or cyst removal cost?
The cost of your mole or cyst removal treatment will depend on the number of growths that need removed. Our surgeon assistant will give you a detailed breakdown of the cost involved and provide details of our flexible finance options to suit your individual needs.
How long does mole/cyst removal take?
The procedure can take around 30 minutes, depending on the number of moles and/or cysts which are being removed. A topical anaesthetic will be applied 5-10 minutes prior to treatment.
Is the treatment painful?
You will not feel any pain during the treatment because of the topical anaesthetic which will be applied to the area. It may feel slightly sore afterwards when this has worn off, but any mild pain after the procedure can be treated with over the counter painkillers.
Will mole or cyst removal leave a scar?
While scarring is minimal from the techniques used in the procedure, you may have a small, faint scar that will fade in time.
Are there any after effects or side effects?
While it is very rare to experience side effects with mole and cyst removal, there is a risk of infection, bleeding and scarring. Our highly experienced clinicians will talk you through the risks involved before you decide whether you wish to go ahead with the procedure.
Which skin conditions do you treat?
We offer treatment for: Moles brown or black growths on the skin. Cysts sacs filled with fluid or semi-fluid material. Skin tags small protruding pieces of skin that can grow in the groin area, armpits, neck and eyelids. Skin lesions surface growths or patches of the skin that don't resemble the skin around it. Lentigines small dark spots on the skin that can be a genetic condition caused by excessive radiation or sun exposure.
Who will perform the skin tag, cyst or mole removal procedure?
This procedure is commonly performed by our resident dermatologist who will remove the mole, cyst, skin tag or lesion and send it for analysis to ensure there are no abnormal cells. Our experienced doctors will then complete the cyst or mole removal procedure by inserting small stitches.
Is any cyst or mole removal aftercare required?
You’ll be able to leave the clinic as soon as your treatment has been completed, and you should be fine to go about your normal day-to-day activities. You’ll need to keep the wound dry for two days and you’ll be advised to return to the clinic to have your stitches removed 7-10 days post-treatment. During your consultation, your patient advisor will be able to speak with you in detail about mole, ganglion or sebaceous cyst removal aftercare and what you should or shouldn’t do following the procedure. With all cyst and cosmetic mole removals, aftercare is of the utmost importance to us and you’ll be able to contact our 24/7 helpline if you have any questions or concerns.
Can I spread the cost of removing my skin tags, mole or cyst?
Absolutely. We understand that there’s a lot to consider when getting treatment, including how much your mole, skin tag or sebaceous cyst removal will cost. That’s why we offer a range of different payment plans which your advisor can discuss with you during your consultation. In addition to paying outright, we offer a choice of two finance options which allow you to spread the cyst or mole removal cost. Our interest-free plan enables you to pay a minimum deposit of just £500 and then the remaining amount over 12 monthly installments at 0%. We also offer finance plans that allow you to spread the mole, cyst or skin tag removal cost over 12, 24 or 36 months at 16.9% APR. All our finance options are subject to individual status and you must meet the eligibility criteria. To find out more, head to our finance page. Our finance plans are provided by Omni Capital Retail Finance Ltd who are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.
Can you remove moles?
Yes, we offer a wide range of treatments for different skin conditions, including moles. Our professional team know exactly how to remove moles safely and effectively through surgical excision. We have a huge amount of experience in performing private mole removals in our CQC-registered clinics across the UK. We can also help with cysts, skin lesions (surface growths or patches of the skin that don’t resemble the skin around it), as well as lentigines (small dark spots on the skin that can be a genetic condition caused by excessive radiation or sun exposure). If you’re interested in any of these treatments, don’t hesitate to get in touch and we’ll be happy to help.
Can you remove a cyst?
Absolutely. Our team of experts can remove a cyst safely by surgical excision. Skin cysts are usually round in shape and can vary in size from a few mm to several cm in width. There are various types of cyst, including epidermoid, pilar and sebaceous cysts and they can appear in many different areas on the body. Here at Transform, we can offer a range of treatments including sebaceous cyst removal, ingrown hair cyst removal, and ganglion cyst removal in our 22 specialist clinics across the UK. Our professional practitioners will examine your cyst before proceeding with removal and will refer you to your GP if they think you need any other form of treatment. Get in touch with our friendly team for more information about private cyst removal surgery.
Can you remove skin tags?
Yes, our practitioners can remove skin tags from areas such as the groin, armpits, neck and eyelids. Skin tags are small protruding pieces of skin that are typically smooth and similar in colour to the rest of your skin. They can vary in size, from small growths of several mm to large growths several cm wide. While they are common, painless and not dangerous, you may benefit from private skin tag removal surgery if you feel concerned or uncomfortable with the growths. We offer skin tag removal across our UK clinics, all of which are registered with the Care Quality Commission and provide the highest standards of care. Get in touch with us today and we can chat about how to remove your skin tags with no obligation whatsoever.
How do you remove a cyst, skin tag or mole?
When you book your treatment with Transform, you can be sure that our team of qualified professionals know exactly how to remove skin tags, moles and cysts safely and efficiently. Before commencing any treatment, your consultant will examine the area carefully to ensure removal will be right for you. We do not offer laser mole removal – instead, your mole, cyst or skin tag removal will take place by surgical excision at one of our UK clinics. Firstly, a local anaesthetic will be applied to the area 5-10 minutes before the procedure begins. Then, the surgeon will carefully cut around the mole, cyst or skin tag with a scalpel to remove it. Once the removal is complete, the wound will be closed with stitches and a dressing applied to cover the area.
How does microdermabrasion work?
Microdermabrasion polishes away lifeless skin cells by using unique diamond chip wands paired with vacuum suction to remove cells from the skin. Buffing away the top layer of the skin will make way for new skin cells to grow, resulting in radiant skin.
How many sessions of microdermabrasion will I need?
This depends on the condition of your skin. You can discuss this with your medical aesthetic practitioner at your free consultation.
How long will I need to recover?
There is no recovery time needed after the microdermabrasion treatment. We do recommend that you keep your skin hydrated, use SPF, and avoid heat treatments such as saunas or steam rooms for 2 days. You can apply makeup a day after treatment.
How long does microdermbrasion treatment take?
The treatment takes around 30 minutes in one of our state-of-the-art clinics.
What results can I expect?
After your course of microdermabrasion treatments, the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles should be smoothed. In addition to smoothing and improving the complexion of your skin, it can give it a more luminous glow and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Your skin tone should also appear brighter*.

* Non-surgical treatment results and benefits can vary and are different for each individual. As such, Transform cannot guarantee specific results
What other treatments can I use?
Microdermabrasion can also be used to enhance the results of other skin rejuvenation treatments. Combined with anti-wrinkle injections or dermal fillers, it can help the effects of other treatments last longer. Microdermabrasion also compliments IPL laser skin rejuvenation and facial peels.
Are self-administered weight loss treatment safe?
Our non-surgical weight loss treatment is FDA-approved and is proven to be a safe, effective method for helping people who suffer with obesity. The UK's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence also recommends it as an option for managing weight loss in certain cases.
How does the self-administered weight loss products work?
This form of weight loss treatment mimics an intestinal hormone that sends a signal to your brain and tells you that you're full. In turn, this leads to a reduced appetite and weight loss.
Who is this self-administered weight loss treatment suitable for?
If you're aged between 18 and 75-years-old and have a body mass index (BMI) of more than 30, this treatment could be suitable for you. You must have already tried other methods first, however, such as diet and exercise.

For patients suffering from a weight-related condition such as Type 2 diabetes, the treatment could be suitable if your BMI is 27 or higher.
How long will it take me to recover from this treatment?
There is no recovery time. You'll be able to continue with your normal daily activity on the same day you administer this weight loss treatment at home.
Who is PRP suitable for?
PRP therapy is suitable for anyone who is fit and healthy and would like to boost their complexion or improve hair growth on the scalp. People who should consider alternative treatments are those who are pregnant, or have active acne or blood disorders.
What does a PRP treatment involve?
PRP is a minimally-invasive treatment that takes around 30-45 minutes using the platelet-rich plasma from your own blood. Your practitioner will extract blood from your arm, like a standard blood test. The blood is then placed into a centrifuge and spun for 10 minutes to separate the platelets and plasma from the other blood components. Your practitioner will inject the platelet-rich plasma into the desired area, whether it be scalp or face.
How quickly can I see the results of PRP?
You will notice the results within 3 weeks of treatment. A course of treatment may be required depending on your skin condition.
Can I carry on with my normal life while having PRP?
Yes, there is minimal downtime after the treatment although your skin may feel sore. Any soreness and swelling will subside within 2 days.
Is PRP safe?
Yes, PRP therapy is safe because it uses your own plasma. It can be administered exclusively or used in conjunction with other aesthetic procedures, such as dermal fillers.
How much will the procedure cost?
As a responsible provider of cosmetic surgery, we tailor the treatment specifically around you, as we understand that each individual’s procedure is different. Because of this, thread vein removal costs vary, and we place a great deal of importance on our free face-to-face, no-obligation treatment consultations. Following our consultation process, your medical aesthetics practitioner will provide a detailed pricing overview.
What are thread veins?
Thread veins can appear red, blue or purple, and are generally more visible and larger than normal veins. They can occur anywhere, but are usually found on the face and legs. You might spot them as unconnected lines, or they can appear in a web-like pattern. While they initially may appear to be small, often they can grow larger and become more noticeable.
What causes thread veins?
Thread veins are veins which are damaged and can no longer return blood to the heart and lungs. It is also possible for micro-tears in the vein to release small amounts of blood and cause staining. The damaged veins can cause neighbouring veins to malfunction and stretch, which is why thread veins often get worse over time. Facial thread veins can be caused or exacerbated by rosacea, sun exposure, repeated sneezing and frequent coughing.
Who is most likely to have thread veins?
Women are generally at a greater risk of getting thread veins, but men do sometimes have them too. You are more likely to suffer from them if they already run in your family. Female hormones can increase the risk by softening of the walls and valves of a vein, and the extra blood volume created by pregnancy can also add to the likelihood of getting them. Additional risk factors include injuries or trauma, and some evidence points to prolonged periods of sitting or standing as increasing the risk of thread veins.
How can I prevent them in the first place?
You can reduce the risk of developing thread veins by maintaining a healthy weight and diet, as well as avoiding excessive alcohol and smoking. Make sure you avoid prolonged sun exposure, too, and wear SPF cream at all times, even while in the UK. You should also avoid very hot or very cold water when you are in the bath or shower, and you can improve the blood flow in your legs through the use of compression garments.
Can you have a buttock lift after weight loss?
Yes, many patients opt to have a buttock lift after substantial weight loss because the skin is loose, and they want to bring more tone and definition to the area.
How much does a buttock lift cost?
The price of a buttock lift varies between patients, as everyone is different and has their own needs. You will get a personal quote for how much your buttock lift will cost during your initial consultation. We offer finance options, so you can spread out the cost of your procedure if you would rather do this than pay for it in one lump sum.
What does a buttock lift involve?
Your surgeon will make an incision at the top of the buttocks, in the hips, groin, or under the buttock cheeks to remove excess skin and pull the remaining skin taut. If required, liposuction can also be used to remove excess fat and/or help streamline the shape of the bottom.
How long does a buttock lift surgery take?
A buttock lift will take around 2 to 3 hours and is performed under general anaesthetic. After your surgery you may need to stay in hospital for 1 night, but this will be discussed with your surgeon.
When can I return to work?
Depending on what you do, we would usually advise you to take 2 weeks off work and avoid driving or lifting for 4 weeks.
Will I have scarring?
There will be some visible scarring following surgery, but this will be minimised by keeping the incision lines within natural contours. Over time, any scars should fade.
Can a gastric band be removed?
The gastric band is designed to stay with you for life to assist you in achieving your target weight. However, it can be removed if you want to reverse the procedure.
What are the reasons for removing a band?
Occasionally patients experience problems such as heartburn. If this does not respond to medication, it may be advisable to remove the gastric band and convert to a different procedure. If band slippage or erosion has occurred, this may also require the band to be removed.
What are the options for converting a band?
Some patients decide to convert to a gastric bypass or gastric sleeve to help them to fully achieve their weight loss goals.
What is the difference between a gastric sleeve and a gastric bypass?
The sleeve is a procedure that reduces the stomach size. It is less invasive than the bypass, which involves reducing the stomach size and re-routing and re-connecting the intestines.
How does it work?
The principle of skin needling takes advantage of the body’s natural response to damage or injury, which is to repair itself by regenerating the collagen and elastin fibres. The Dermaroller triggers the self-repair mechanism through hundreds of tiny pin pricks to boost collagen growth.
Are there any side effects?
Following your treatment, your skin may appear red or flushed, which will fade within a few hours. The Dermaroller may leave a few small marks at the most and may leave none, as the needles are extremely fine.
How many treatments do I need?
It is possible to have one Dermaroller treatment with noticeable results, however results can vary from person to person. For optimum results, we recommend a course of 3 sessions, 6 weeks apart.
Is the Dermaroller safe?
Skin needling requires no injections. It is minimally invasive, side effects are unlikely, and the instrument used is 100% sterile.
Can I combine Dermaroller with other treatments?
Yes, Dermaroller works well in combination with other aesthetic treatments such as fillers or anti-wrinkle treatment. Your practitioner can recommend the best combination of treatments for your skin type and personal requirements.
Can a gastric band be removed?
The gastric band is designed to stay with you for life to assist you in achieving your target weight. However, it can be removed if you want to reverse the procedure.
What are the reasons for removing a band?
Occasionally patients experience problems such as heartburn. If this does not respond to medication, it may be advisable to remove the gastric band and convert to a different procedure. If band slippage or erosion has occurred, this may also require the band to be removed.
What are the options for converting a band?
Some patients decide to convert to a gastric bypass or gastric sleeve to help them to fully achieve their weight loss goals.
What is the difference between a gastric sleeve and a gastric bypass?
The sleeve is a procedure that reduces the stomach size. It is less invasive than the bypass, which involves reducing the stomach size and re-routing and re-connecting the intestines.
Why should I take weight loss supplements?
There are a number of reasons to take weight loss supplements. Following a weight loss procedure, you can expect to consume less food. As a consequence, it will be difficult to meet your daily nutritional requirements. This places you at risk of developing nutritional deficiencies such as iron, folate, vitamin D, protein and calcium deficiencies. It is vital for your long-term health to understand that your risk of developing various vitamin deficiency related problems will never completely go away, so supplements are a great option to look after your health and wellbeing.
Why should I use weight loss scar products?
When skin is wounded due to surgery or other trauma, scar tissue develops as part of the body’s natural healing process. The formation of scar tissue is a complex process, which begins when the dermis (the middle layer of skin) is torn due to the injury.
Scar treatment products can be used as part of your long-term scar management plan. Options can be discussed with your surgeon and surgeon assistant.
Where can I get access to weight loss products?
All of our products can be ordered by getting in touch or by placing an order with your weight loss advisor.
Why choose The Hospital Group for weight loss surgery?
As a highly experienced provider of weight loss conversion surgery, The Hospital Group has over 4 decades of surgical expertise - helping their patients turn dreams into reality.
Our patients are at the heart of what we do. We’re committed to providing a truly personalised experience for each person in our care. If you decide to have weight loss conversion surgery with us, you’ll benefit from:

· World-class facilities, including our state-of-the-art private hospital, Burcot Hall in Bromsgrove, and a network of clinics nationwide so we’re never too far away.

· Over 45 years of surgical expertise, delivered by our extensively qualified and leading surgeons.

· Exceptional care that begins at your consultation continues throughout your journey with us, right through to the comprehensive aftercare we offer following surgery.

· Clear, competitive costs and flexible finance options, so you can work towards your weight loss goals whatever your budget.

We are with you every step of the way on your weight loss journey.

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