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For the very best facial aesthetics and cosmetic surgery advice come along to Andie McLeans Clinic. You are guaranteed to receive the best advice for non-surgical solutions and advice from Harley street surgeons on cosmetic surgery.
Andie has her own beautiful private clinic in Bedfordshire within easy reach from Milton Keynes, Bedford, Luton, Hertfordshire and very easy access from London. As an independant nurse prescriber she has worked for one of the leading cosmetic surgery companies and was involved with training many of the consultants on non-surgical options. The Clinic has now been established for over 12 years making it the longest serving in the area.
We specialise in:
* Facial Aesthetics
* Cosmetic Surgery
* Skin Peels
* Face Lifts
* Thread Vein Removal
* Medical Skin Care products
With more than 17 years professional experience working along side the market leaders in the cosmetic surgery industry. Andie has gained an immaculate reputation for providing a service that both delights her customers and improves self confidence.
A strictly 1-2-1 personal service is offered with no obligation. Consultations are provided before any treatment commences, in order to find the ideal solution to meet your needs. You will not be seen by a sales person, but medically trained staff at all times.
If you would like to learn more about Andie's range of fillers, 8otox treatments, skin peels and all cosmetic surgery procedures, please feel free to contact her personally or visit the main website.
Andie McLeans Clinic - Milton Keynes - Bedfordshire. The retreat is 'Harley St' in the county!
Why Choose Andie McLean's Clinic for your Cosmetic Surgery?
Andie McLean has been at the forefront of cosmetic surgery for the last 12 years, working in Harley Street with the very best Surgeons the UK has to offer.
Andie McLean's breast enhancement specialists also offer the full range of surgical and non-surgical procedures. With competitive finance packages and a national network of consultation clinics, there has never been a better time to transform yourself.
You will experience a first class service with Andie McLean's Clinic from the first moment that you make contact. With over 12 years of cosmetic surgery experience, Andie has been able to call upon her enviable list of contacts in the cosmetic surgery world to create a fantastic team. You will find that all Andie McLean's staff are extremely knowledgeable and passionate about cosmetic surgery and that they want to help inform you.
Each of Andie McLean's surgeons has carried out hundreds, and in many cases thousands, of cosmetic surgery procedures. This allows Andie McLean's Clinic to offer the best advice and to be able to produce amazing results.
With just one phone call or by completing Andie McLean's Clinic online form The Retreat can arrange for you to attend a free and discreet consultation with one of our medically trained patient co-ordinators. Andie McLean's Clinc have clinics in London, Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle, Bristol, Birmingham Nottingham and Glasgow. Andie McLean's medically trained patient co-ordinator will be able to talk to you about the wide variety of procedures available and often be able to explain first hand what the experience is really like. Then, if it is a surgical procedure that you desire, Andie McLean's Clinic will arrange for you to have a free initial consultation with one of their experienced and skilled cosmetic surgeons.
With a comprehensive aftercare package and the teams years of experience Andie McLean's Clinic will help minimise any anxiety that you have and give you the confidence to have the surgery that you desire to transform yourself.
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What is Cosmetic Surgery?
The origin of cosmetic surgery date back to over 4,000 years ago but it was not until the late 19th century that the US medical community embraced reconstructive surgery and the history of plastic surgery in the United States began. At a similar time in the UK the foundations of cosmetic surgery were being laid by notable, if isolated, achievements of British surgeons in the realm of reconstructive surgery.
The development of plastic surgery in the UK and US was heavily influenced by war. World War I presented physicians with scores of severe facial wounds and burns, changing the history of plastic surgery. Modern weapons caused types and severity of injuries that were unprecedented in the history of plastic surgery. Some of the greatest medical talent devoted themselves fully both to exploring the history of plastic surgery and creating new techniques to treat men maimed by the war.
It was at this time that cosmetic surgery really started to evolve as surgeons realised the link between appearance, happiness, confidence and ultimately a persons success.
The history of cosmetic surgery in America owes much to the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons (ASPRS) which was established in 1931 whist in the UK the British Association of Plastic Surgery (BAPS) first met in 1946. The main principles behind its introduction was to control and safeguard the interests of surgeons practicing in this specialty. Then in 1948 The British Journal of Plastic Surgery first appeared and this continues today, all be it with a change of name, to the Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (JPRAS).
The modern, and more well-known, history of cosmetic surgery really began in the UK in the 1970s when pioneers brought cosmetic surgery to a wider audience and helped to fuel the enormous advances in treatment and awareness among the public. In Britain today there are daily magazine and press articles as well as before and after cosmetic surgery television shows. Cosmetic surgery is very much accepted into our culture and is set to continue to grow.
The most popular procedures in the UK are now breast enlargement, breast reductions, liposuction, eyelid surgery, face and neck lifts, tummy tuck and rhinoplasty (nose corrective surgery) with an estimated 100,000 surgical procedures being carried out in the UK in 2006.
Why Have Cosmetic Surgery?
Many people are troubled by one or more parts of their body. This can affect their confidence which can impact on their love life, career and general happiness.
Whether you are troubled by your breasts and want a breast enlargement, breast uplift or breast reduction, perhaps you are overly conscious of your stomach and you want liposuction or a tummy tuck, your eyes, mouth, ears, legs, or if there are other areas of your face or body then there are now readily available, sensibly priced, surgical procedures to help you.
If you want to find other types of treatments for hair removal, cellulite reduction or general skincare then there are ranges of options available both surgical and non-surgical. Non-surgical treatments include Laser and IPL Skin Rejuvenation, Laser and IPL Hair Removal, Dermal Fillers, Botulinum Toxin (8otox), Chemical Peels. Microdermabrasion are now common place with such brands as Teosyal®, Restylane® and Restylane Perlane®, 8otox® , Vistabel®, RadiesseT and AccentT.
Some General Risks Associated With Cosmetic Surgery
No surgery is risk free, but fortunately, in the hands of experienced surgeons, complications are seldom and more often than not correctable. An experienced cosmetic surgeon will do several things to minimise your chances of unwanted results.
He or she will screen your medical history and lifestyle very carefully to make sure that you are physically and emotionally a good candidate for cosmetic surgery.
You will be asked to stop taking certain types of medication before surgery that can promote bleeding, and in some cases, your doctor will require you to obtain medical clearance from your general practitioner to make certain that it is safe to proceed.
Your surgeon will also give you specific pre and post-operative instructions that are carefully designed to minimise any risk of complications. While serious complications are rare, they do occur from time to time, even with the most careful cosmetic surgeons under the strictest conditions.
With any operation during which the skin is cut, a scar will inevitably form but a good surgeon will ensure that this is hidden wherever possible. Bleeding and haematomas (blood collections under the skin), infections, or seromas (fluid collections under the skin) are possible surgical complications, and are usually easily treated when discovered early. Skin rashes or reactions to the sutures or anaesthesia are also possible complications of cosmetic surgery.
Finally, damage to nerves may result in changes in sensation of the skin or movement of the affected muscles. Those with the least risk of complications are in excellent health, abide by medication guidelines given by their cosmetic surgeon, and strictly adhere to the pre and post-operative instructions.
Top Eight Cosmetic Surgery Procedures
1. Breast Enlargement
2. Breast Uplift
3. Breast Reduction
5. Eyelid Surgery
6. Face and Neck Lifts
7. Tummy Tuck
8. Rhinoplasty (Nose Corrective Surgery)
1. Breast Enlargement
Breast Enlargement otherwise known as breast implants, breast enhancement, breast augmentation or in the tabloid press the boob job is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures in the UK.
Pregnancy, the impact of breast feeding, gravity, the aging process, changes in hormone, weight fluctuation, and just plain genetics can all be triggers for women wanting a breast enlargement.
Whatever your reasons for wanting to change the size of your breasts, the results are about much more than a physical change. A breast enlargement can make you feel more desirable, feminine and enhance intimacy. A breast enlargement can boost self-esteem and increase your confidence. A breast enlargement can have positive effects in love, work and life generally.
There are a variety of breast enlargement implant types varying in size, shape, and texture. The way the breast enlargement implant can be inserted and where the incisions are placed can vary as can whether the implant lies over or under the muscle. A skilled and experienced breast enlargement surgeon will guide you through these decisions so that you can achieve the best breast enlargement results for you.
2. Breast Uplift
A Breast Uplift raises and reshapes sagging breasts and nipples. The breast uplift repositions the breast to allow a fuller, perkier and more youthful appearance.
3. Breast Reduction
Breast reduction surgery removes any excess breast and fatty tissue whilst reducing the areola (small circle area around the nipple) and lifting the breast. The breast reduction provides for a smaller better proportioned younger and more desirable appearance.
Liposuction can sometimes be referred to as liposculpture or lipectomy. Liposuction is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic surgery procedures in the world. Put simply it is the surgical removal of fat from certain areas of the body. Liposuction is often performed on fairly small, stubborn areas of the body which are resistant to a healthy diet and exercise regime. Although many types of liposuction are performed, the basic procedure requires anaesthetic followed by a hollow tube, with a powerful vacuum, being passed back and forth through the stubborn body fat areas.
Liposuction results are the best on a patient who is near their target body weight (10% to 15%), exercises regularly, eats and drinks well, and has fairly elastic skin with either one or a few stubborn fat deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise. By 'vacuuming' the fat cells it will remove some of the bulk making you slimmer. Not only that, but the area will then have less tendency to accumulate fat again.
Patients with chronic medical conditions such as heart or kidney disease should avoid liposuction. During your consultation with the cosmetic surgeon, he or she should examine you thoroughly, especially in the areas to be treated. They will also need to very carefully go through your medical history. It is important that you tell your surgeon if you have a hernia as this could be punctured during the operation.
Not all body areas are ideally suited to liposuction. The best liposuction results occur around the hips, abdomen, thighs, and neck. The least aesthetically pleasing results can occur with the dimpling, rippling and other contour deformities of the buttocks.
In the case of abdominal fat, the fat is located both within the abdomen itself and around the organs (This is known as "deep fat") and between the abdominal muscles and the skin (This is known as subcutaneous fat). Liposuction can only remove subcutaneous fat, but many people, especially men, have most of their abdominal fat stored as "deep fat" behind the abdominal muscles. Patients like this will not experience as much of an improvement with liposuction as patients with most abdominal fat stored subcutaneously. This is an area that a skilled and experienced cosmetic surgeon can advise you on.
Cellulite is a common condition characterised by the dimpling of the skin over fat. It is most common on the buttocks, thighs and hips. Cellulite is caused by fibrous bands of connective tissue that are connected to the under surface of the skin. Liposuction will not significantly improve Cellulite and it may make it appear worse, especially in older people.
5. Eyelid Surgery
Eyelid surgery is medically known as Blepharoplasty. The most prominent feature on a person is the face and often the eyes are the most distinctive. Your eyes can give away if you are feeling happy, tired, sad, or stressed.
A very subtle change in the eyelids can create a massive change in your outward appearance. The impact this surgery has on how people react to you is one of the reasons why eyelid surgery is becoming a very popular cosmetic surgery procedure.
Using different techniques a cosmetic surgeon can remove excess eyelid skin, remove pockets of bulging fat, and remove under eye bags. The cosmetic surgeon can repair torn or damaged muscles provide a more youthful lower eyelid contour. In certain cases removing upper eyelid skin or repairing the eyelid muscles can even improve vision or the functionality of the eyes.
Eyelid surgery can be carried out on any age person so long as they are medically and emotionally suitable. It is most common after the age of 40.
Surgery can remove excess skin, but will not change the quality of the skin itself. For lines and wrinkles, a chemical peel or laser treatment may also be performed. Eyelid surgery does not prevent crow's feet or frowning but injections of 8otox may help.
6. Face Lifts
The face suffers in many ways. From the aging process, to gravity, sun exposure, muscle contractions, poor diet, smoking and genetics,thus the face takes on many changes over the years.
Sagging of the cheeks causes hollowness under the eyes and jowls along the jaw line. Loss of elasticity in the skin leads to loose, wrinkled skin on the face and neck, and deepening of the lines that run from the nose to the lips or from the nose all the way to the chin. Drooping muscles and fat pockets lead to bulges and depressions in places you never had when younger.
A facelift carried out by a skilled and experienced cosmetic surgeon can remedy most, if not all of these concerns. The modern face lift can turn back time producing a refreshed and healthy look, rather than create the pulled unsubtle look in which early facelifts resulted.
Face lifts are not usually performed until the 40s, 50s, and sometimes beyond. As a maintenance measure people in their 30s or 40s may have a mini facelift for minor corrections. In most cases, a facelift can take 10 years from your age.
Generally, a face lift can remove excess skin, reposition sagging muscles, and eliminate fatty deposits. It can smooth the jaw and neckline, lift the cheeks, and reduce lines between the nose and mouth. There are a variety of techniques that can be used depending on your individual circumstances and the surgeon's preferences.
A facelift does not correct problems around the eyes or forehead, and some people need a more extensive neck lift to address issues of aging and contour of the neck area. While a face lift can soften the lines between nose and mouth it will not reduce them completely. The lines around the lips or around the mouth itself will not be addressed. Although the facelift will remove excess skin it will not change the quality of the skin itself.
For these reasons, a facelift is often combined with other surgical and non-surgical procedures such as a brow lift, neck lift, eyelid surgery, dermal fillers, chemical peels and laser resurfacing.
7. Rhinoplasty (Corrective Nose Surgery)
Corrective nose surgery otherwise known as Rhinoplasty is an operation performed to change the shape of the nose.
Rhinoplasty may be required to alter the appearance caused by an injury, correction of a congenital deformity, or to simply improve the appearance of a normal nose.
Corrective nose surgery can improve a crooked nose, nasal hump, wide nasal bridge, wide nasal tip (often referred to as a bulbous nose), flaring nostrils, overly turned up nose, overly turned down nose and a pinched nasal tip.
Most cosmetic surgeons consider rhinoplasty to be the most complex cosmetic operation. This is based on the fact that the cosmetic surgeon has to combine aesthetic goals of the surgery with the critical structural concepts. Corrective nose surgery is not just about sculpting but also about architecture and support.
Incisions are generally placed inside the nostrils and frequently just above the lip in a way that leaves no visible scars after surgery. The surgeon reshapes the cartilage in the nose by cutting, suturing, and grafting cartilage pieces taken from inside the nose. When it is necessary the bone is reshaped by cutting and rasping.
At the time of the rhinoplasty additional nose procedures may be carried out for nasal airway correction. In certain cases the rhinoplasty may need to be complimented with a chin augmentation to balance the shape and size of the nose.
The most common risk of nose surgery is not meeting expectations. The difficulty is that a minor imperfection may not be equally acceptable to the surgeon and the patient. This may require a minor revision procedure to correct the problem. The most serious complication is a secondary deformity due to a structural problem that requires a revision rhinoplasty.
An expert nose re-shaping surgeon can largely avoid this type of complication. However because of the complexities of the cosmetic surgery an accepted revision rate ranges from 5% to 15% of cases. Although most are minor this could be very frustrating for the patient. Occasionally, a patient may be left with a restricted nasal airway. Rarely, nasal bleeding that requires medical intervention can occur up to 10 days after the operation as can prolonged bruising under the eyes which can last up to 6 weeks.
Top Five Non-surgical Procedures
1. Laser and IPL Skin Rejuvenation
2. Dermal Fillers
3. Botulinum Toxin (8otox)
4. Chemical Peels
1. Laser and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Skin Rejuvenation
Treatment using lasers can improve the appearance of fine lines or wrinkles and age spots with intense bursts of laser energy. The heating of the water within the skin causes both water and skin to turn to vapour which removes the outer layer of the skin.
Intense Pulsed Light sources can be used to stimulate collagen production in the skin. The heating causes mild thermal damage which the skin repairs by producing collagen. This results in an improvement to the way the skin looks and provides a fresher texture without removing or damaging the outer skin layers.
Depending on the precise procedure for both laser and IPL treatment a course of treatments could be required.
2. Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers are used to help plump out lines and wrinkles giving a younger and more youthful look. Temporary fillers tend to last between 6 months and a year. More permanent solutions are not available. There are many different types of fillers made from natural or synthetic materials.
Dermal fillers are good for treating crow's feet, lines around the nose, mouth and lips, smile lines as well as for contouring the chin and cheek.
3. Botulinum Toxin (8otox®)
8otox® made by Allergan is now known as Vistabel and Dysport made by Ibsen, belongs to a class of drugs called botulinum toxins and is intended to reduce muscle contraction. 8otox® is the most well known of botulinum toxins and has been used for over 11 years to treat over 1 million patients worldwide.
8otox® is one of the most popular treatments for vertical expression lines between the eyes and forehead frown lines. It is also used for patients suffering with Migraine and Hyperhidrosis ( severe sweating). It is a quick and simple procedure that relaxes the underlying muscles that cause the surface of the skin to wrinkle. It is a 'treat and go' procedure with many people having lunchtime treatments. The effects are not permanent, lasting typically for between three and six months.
( Six to nine months for Hiperhydrosis.)
4. Chemical Peels
A chemical solution is applied to the skin and left on for a specified period of time. This carefully removes the outer layers of aged or damaged skin. There are three different types of peel:
" Light - salicylic or glycolic acid
" Medium - trichloroaecetic (TCA) acid
" Deep - Phenol acid
The deeper the peel the more uncomfortable it will be but the more dramatic the results. Light peels will need repeating weekly for 4-6 weeks, medium peels maintaining every 6-12 months and deep peels may take 3-4months for the effects to be fully realised but can give a fresher look that can last for up to 10 years.
Microdermabrasion effectively blasts the face with sterile micro-particles to rub off the very top skin layer. The particles and the dead skin are then vacuumed out. The removal of the harder outer skin leaves behind a fresher more supple texture. Microdermabrasion can be used to improve skin texture, tone, superficial lines on the skin and to fade brown spots.
After the treatment the face may have a rosy glow but makeup can be applied immediately. Usually a course of treatments are required to obtain the best results.
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