The Zoom Effect ? It’s You, But Ugly.

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The Zoom Effect Its You But Ugly

The story that is trending everywhere on beauty and lifestyle sites is that ‘Zoomplasty' is here.   You are in a business meeting on Zoom and you see your face in close up and you don't like what you see.  Whether it is the overlarge nose or the eyes with bags or the pronounced crow's feet or the thin unkissable lips it's you but ugly.

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I don’t think it’s especially vain of me or anyone else to worry about our on-camera grotesquery; video conferencing awakens the vanity in all of us, It is this vanity that has been the major driving force in the  Zoom boom that is hitting cosmetic surgery clinics this season

Members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons report increased demand for cosmetic enhancements, especially Botox injections and fillers that erase lines, wrinkles, crow’s feet and all those telltale signs of ageing on the face. Patients also are inquiring about more invasive surgical procedures, including tummy tucks, breast augmentations and liposuction.  The same phenomenon is occurring in the UK, France and Germany.  All the surgeries I have spoken to this September tell me that ‘Zoomplasty' is here to stay.

The five most popular minimally invasive procedures: Botulinum toxin type A, soft tissue fillers, chemical peels, laser hair removal and intense pulsed light treatment, a skin treatment that works similarly to laser therapy.

“It’s been an increasing trend for years now,” said Dr Lynn Jeffers, a California plastic surgeon and president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons in an interview with the Star Tribune.

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Dr Lynn Jeffers

“I think part of it is … some people aren’t quite ready to have a procedure like a face-lift, yet in the meantime, they can use Botox and fillers and peels and lasers and all the things that are out there, minimally invasive procedures, as a bridge. But the pandemic clearly has picked up the pace.”

“One attraction', says Jeffers, “is that people can spend post-surgery in privacy.” They think, “This is a great time because now I can recover at home and still work and (no one has) to see me recovering.”

I know that I sometimes hesitate to click the video feed button when I enter a Zoom room.  How is my thumbnail looking this morning?    I guess it's nice to know I'm part of a trend.



Chinese Girls and Cosmetic Surgery Excesses.

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Chinese Girls And Cosmetic Surgery Excesses

This morning I was watching a video about young Chinese girls and their enthusiasm for cosmetic surgery.  It dealt with well-covered territory about how millions of young chines girls – really young (early teens) dream of having cosmetic surgery to look more like their social media influencers.  It is just a short documentary piece about Chinese girls and cosmetic surgery and doesn't advance the topic very much.

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What it did do, however, was lead me to the strange tale of a teenage Chinese human doll called Little Z Nana who has spent tens of thousands of dollars to transform herself into a doll.  According to the Chinese Post, she has over 100 cosmetic surgeries since she was 13.

She apparently shared that, included in the 100+ surgeries, she’s had six double-eyelid surgeries, five lateral canthoplasties (outer eye corner) procedures, three body liposuctions, one full-face bone reduction surgery, two facial liposuctions, two thigh liposuctions and three surgeries on her mouth.

Little Z Nana is completely without regret on this extraordinary extravaganza of cosmetic work.  She is quoted as saying  “Don’t say I’m doing these procedures to meet other’s beauty standards. I’m willing to spend the money to do this and it brings me confidence and joy.”

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To the questions from the online community about the origin of the amount of money Tieu Z Na Na paid for dozens of surgeries over the years, she frankly replied: “My family's money”

Currently, Xiao Z Na Na is temporarily absent from school and at home, because her health is not good due to too much surgery. However, in the face of criticism from the outside world, she is always optimistic: “My story cannot be controlled … And not everyone dares to lie on the operating table like that. ! 

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Pics of the transformation of Little Z Nana

Extreme? Yes of course it is but is a bizarre example of how surgeons can agree to perform operations on what is certainly a totally disturbed young girl.   I have written many times about the need for psychologic control over extreme body dysmorphia.  At 14 years of age, a girl is in no position to decide to turn herself into this phantasmagorical creation of her own disturbed ego. She stands as an icon to Chinese girls and cosmetic surgery addictions.

Frankly, this story is so bizarre that I thought it might have even been ‘fake news' but it does seem to have been documented by various sources so I am posting about it today.



Cosmetic Surgery and Reality TV Stars the New Season Starts.

.Another week and another reality star gets outed for her cosmetic surgery.  This time it is Kaitlyn Bristowe whose star is on the ascent in the reality TV galaxy.

Rumours are flying that former Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe has undergone plastic surgery. This is in the run-up to the new season of Dancing With the Stars (DWTS).

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Fans accuse Kaitlyn of plastic surgery on her face

Kaitlyn is a naturally beautiful woman who truly shone on her earlier TV appearances. However, many think she has had cosmetic work done on her face,.  But, people can be cruel. Recent photos of her have been compared to her pictures from days of The Bachelorette.  And, it’s rather obvious there are some big noticeable differences.   But this is natural considering the enormous pressures reality stars are under to keep the producers happy and the fans enthused.  She has probably had some ‘tweaks' but nothing to justify the unpleasantness aired online.

Kaitlyn reacted badly to the trolls who posted about her looks:

“I forgot how mean people are when you go on TV,” Bristowe wrote. “Just so many ‘She looks so old and plastic comments’ everywhere. You win today trolls. It got to me.”

You can see her point when faced with stuff like this.

One fan said, “I feel like she has way too much plastic surgery.” Another commented, “the lips.” Yet another reply said, “she looked so much better before, it’s too bad.”

Meanwhile, over in Australia, another Bachelorette alumni is getting her share of cosmetic surgery chatter.  Angie Kent was back in the spotlight on Wednesday, appearing in an interview with The Kyle and Jackie O Show.

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Rumours are flying that she has a plumper face since her Bachelorette days and that it is down to fillers and other treatments.   Although she accepts that she has used fillers in the past she insists her current look is down to COVID and other health issues.    But truly, does it matter?   Angie Kent is looking good and a great advertisement for cosmetic surgery and reality TV.

It's back to Europe for our final reality star and her cosmetic surgery ‘journey'‘.  This time we are in France who have been very active in the reality TV cosmetic surgery reveals recently. Jessica Thivenin the lovely young French reality star from the Marseillais is …wait for it .. Planning on some cosmetic surgery!

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Jessica Thivenin Instagram Photo

The candidate of the Marseillais vs the Rest of the World 5 is no longer happy with her butt that she thinks is too flat since giving birth. So like the other women in the lineup, she has opted for plastic surgery.  I assume it will be a Brazilian butt lift style tweak.  Her surgeon apparently suggested butt implants which she realised could lead to quite an uncomfortable period of recuperation.   Jessica is, however,  used to the downside of surgery having had some painful work done on her chin the other year.  It took 4 months before she could look in her mirror without feeling upset.  Quite without irony, she warned the young girls in her fanbase against the systematic recourse to cosmetic surgery which could also “massacre” the most harmonious physique.


Cosmetic Surgery Celebrity News From Around the World.

Welcome to Celebrity cosmetic surgery news – our weekly roundup up of reality stars and their cosmetic surgery adventures.  Nollywood star Omalicha Elom has broken cover and admitted to the Nigerian Sun Online that she has decided to have liposuction sometime this September.

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In a recent encounter, Inside Nollywood asked Ms Elom if she fancies a liposuction procedure to which she responded. “Yes. In fact, I’m doing my liposuction this month.”   Hopefully, this will add a boost to Ms Elom's work schedule which she admits has been badly hit by Covid-19 forcing her away from acting into writing comedy skits.  The Nollywood star has an enthusiastic fan base and we wish her well in her liposuction journey and hope it helps get her career back on track.

Back here in the UK lovely Irish reality star, Ferne McCann’ from the TOWIE show has decided firmly against more cosmetic surgery.

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In the past, Ferne has talked openly about her cosmetic surgery which included a ‘nose job' which she had done to lessen her insecurities.

“Everyone thinks surgery is a slippery slope and that you get addicted but, for me, my nose job was the only thing I wanted to get done,” she said following the surgery.

“I don't know what else I would have done, even if I wanted it.

“I think Botox and fillers actually make you look older. I like the expression on a face!”

The reality star also admitted to having ‘teeth tightening' but whether that was veneers or a brace we aren't sure.  Her smile is, however, perfect.  Ferne also had a ‘vampire facelift' – a procedure made famous by  Kim Kardashian.

Exactly what procedures Ferne has undergone seems to be disputed.  In an article in the Irish Mirror this week a cosmetic surgeon from MYA Clinic suggested that Ferne may have undergone the non-surgical treatment of fillers to her lips as she appears to have fuller lips compared to previous images – especially when smiling.  It is exactly this non-surgical (dermal)  type of procedure that the Irish authorities are looking to restrict promoting to young girls.

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What is certain however is that ‘Human Ken Doll' Jessica Alves has had way too much plastic surgery in his much-publicised journey.  Since the age of 17, the transgender Brazilian-British TV star who lives in London has had more than 100 cosmetic procedures costing roughly $1 million.  Jessica has now developed a hole in her chin.  How did this happen?

Jessica Alves explains:

“Not long (ago) I got hyaluronic acid fillers injected into my chin to make it narrower,” she told her more than 1 million Instagram followers on Tuesday.

“I had a very bad infection; the product has been pouring out of my chin. It has been really bad.”

Jessica explained that while the procedure was performed at a hair salon in Essex, UK, by someone who is “nearly trained”, she herself is to blame.

“I am very experienced when it comes to plastic surgery and aesthetic procedures,” she said.

“I have learned my lesson throughout the years but I insisted I needed that filler and now I have a big hole on my chin,” adding it is the reason she covers it with a bandaid.

Well, that is our Sunday roundup of the Celebrity cosmetic surgery news from around the web.   Some admit to surgery, some deny it and some positively revel in it.

Ireland Wants to Control Dermal Fillers For Young Women.

Coming just 24 hours after we announced that the UK authorities are going to limit the exposure of young people to cosmetic surgery promotions the Eire authorities seem to be taking dermal fillers for young women seriously.

In Ireland, fillers are classified as a cosmetic treatment and not a medical procedure. But, in my mind anyway, having collagen pumped into young mouths is not the same as a seaweed face mask at the local spa.

Dr Caitriona Ryan, a Consultant Dermatologist at the Institute of Dermatologists, said the sector needs to be regulated.

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Dr Caitriona Ryan,

Speaking on Newstalk Breakfast, said there has been an “explosion” in recent years of young girls using dermal fillers to enhance their lips.

She said: “It's becoming almost the norm, I'm sure people have seen girls in their teens and early 20s with overfilled lips.

It is almost a fashion accessory for young women.

Dr Ryan said medics have a responsibility to protect young women and “the warped sense of reality” they have over their appearance.

This is largely due to the pressure of social media and advertising, she said.

She said: “I think the other big problem is that women in this age group tend to be a lot less cautious of where they go to get these dermal fillers done. Because dermal fillers for young women are treated so casually and so normalised on social media the market has become overrun with amateur practitioners.

“They fall victim to botch jobs by non-medical professionals.

Maybe she had Ava Van Rose in mind.  She was an Irish glamour model who appeared on US TV show Botched, announcing that she wishes to become “the most memorable Irish celebrity possible.”

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Amanda Brunker – a big fan of dermal fillers

Other Irish celebs like Amanda Brunker the TV personality have admitted to having plastic surgery.  Speaking to the Irish Independent the other year Brunker said “I have had Botox for the past seven years, but I believe in moderation as I don't want to look plastic. I had my lips done once and really liked it, but the doctor only put in a quarter of what the young ones are getting now. But hey, if it makes you feel good, then knock yourself out, kid.

“There is a complete lack of regulation around who does dermal fillers  for young women and now they can be done by beauticians in salons who don't have the expertise or equipment to deal with the complications that can occur.”

Dr Ryan said there is “irresponsible advertising” targetted to young women who see images on social media of people before and after cosmetic procedures.

She said: “I think we need to regulate the injectors, I don't think it's as much about age.

“It needs to be people who are accountable and will be responsible for the people they are injecting and I think that's all that's really needed.”

Well, for the second time in 24 hours I say “Bravo' to the UK and Eire in tackling the growing problems surrounding young girls and cosmetic procedures.

Cosmetic Surgery Advertisements To Be Banned From Targeting Young Audience in UK

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Cosmetic Surgery Advertisements To Be Banned From Targeting Young Audience In Uk


Finally, the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) – the body responsible for writing the UK Advertising Codes – is consulting on new rules that would ban cosmetic surgery adverts on content directed at children.


This is in response to mounting concerns amongst psychologists, health professionals, teachers and journalists like me who are distressed to see teenagers being targeted with positive content about breast enlargement and other popular surgeries.

Cosmetic Surgery Advertisement Proposals.

  • The rules will outlaw cosmetic surgery advertisements around all media; including TV programmes and online content that is geared toward under-18s or likely to appeal to young audiences.
  • In practice, this means that viewers of shows targeted towards young people would no longer be subjected to breast enlargement offers during airtime.
  • The age-based restrictions would span the targeting, scheduling and placement of such ads, outlawing any association to media with specific appeal to audiences aged 18 and under.
  • The procedures set to fall foul of the toughened rules include breast enlargements, nose jobs, and Botox treatments.
  • Cosmetic products such as creams, makeup and hair care products would be unaffected.
  • The measures have been driven by public health concerns around the insecurities generated by external body image pressures on young people.
  • Fears have also been expressed about the risks of side-effects and complications arising from unnecessary surgical interventions.
  • The promotion of cosmetic surgery will still be permitted for adults.

Why now?

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This is all part of a broader package of regulations to mitigate the harm caused by showing particular body images in advertisements.  So it means that bloggers such as Sarah Ashcroft can't talk about disliking her body before having a boob job.  Arah said in a TV promotion “I never really looked at any part of my body past my neck because it wasn't something I liked.”

Statements like that will be prohibited under the new regulations.  I am really delighted that this is being dealt with.   Obviously I am all in favour of cosmetic surgery and the ‘right to beauty' but I do not want young people being made to feel insecure so that they jump into having procedures that are life-changing and unnecessary just to top up the profits of cosmetic clinics.   Also, I am concerned that encouraging teenagers to get cosmetic procedures will normalise it and provide a gateway for cosmetic abuse as they get older.

In 2018 the Mental Health Foundation complained to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) about adverts for breast enhancement during Love Island. Made for the clinic MYA, these depicted scantily clad women dancing and laughing around a swimming pool, beach and boat.

At the time, Isabella Goldie, the director of the charity, said: “Implying that people can only enjoy body confidence and an aspirational lifestyle by undergoing cosmetic surgery is dangerous and unacceptable.”

Research by the charity last year suggested that 37 per cent of teenagers felt upset about their body.

It is a start.  Obviously social media platforms such as Instagram Tik Tok and YouTube will carry on posting videos by ‘influencers ‘  – that is still ‘the wild west' but every step in the right direction is worth applauding.



Hair Helmets and Goodbye to KUWTK Show.

I enjoy using my column on this site to look at the world of cosmetic surgery and identify trends and celebrity news.  I also enjoy watching marketing ideas for the multi-million dollar aesthetic market.  An email in my box today directed my attention away from the Kardashians and the end of their cosmetic extravaganza reality show to a product on the Amazon site. More especially to the advertisement alongside it which had a retro science-fiction feel to it.

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We see a young guy with his admiring and loving girlfriend sitting reading ‘GQ Magazine' whilst the guy has a hair restoration helmet perched on his head.  He will, however, have to sit there for at least 6 months if the most optimistic online reviews are anything to go by.  These reviews usually planted by commission affiliates tend towards expectation management rather than outright enthusiasm.  Some other consumers just said the helmet stopped working or that there was little change or that the recommended shampoo was quite good for the hair.  The gizmo costs in excess of $500 which is much cheaper than going to a hair transplant clinic but I am not sure it will deliver much in the way of noticeable results in a hurry.  But if you think the helmet gives you visual appeal then give it a try and let us know.

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So, back to the Kardashians.  That amazing family who have made a fortune from their cosmetic surgery journeys and their social media empires.  I won't bore you with a blow by blow account of which sister has had which cosmetic procedure.  Between the whole bunch of them, they have had an ‘open buffet'  of treatments,  Implants, explants, fillers, Brazilian butt lifts, the list goes on.  If you want a full documented history of their cosmetic ‘journey' then I direct you to the Daily Mail who have presented a wondrous gallery of Kardashian excess over the years.

So, although we say goodbye to the Kardashian clan their influence will last and they certainly won't be shutting down their empire any time soon.  They have truly influenced a generation of women in a way few other ‘influencers' have achieved.

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Indeed one young lady who belongs to that generation is Maeva Ghennam french star of Les Marseillais – a reality star who, by her own admission has done a lot of cosmetic surgery in her 23 short years. She seems majorly inconvenienced that her confected cleavage makes playing pool an impossibility.

Maeva recently posted the following message in the caption: “I take responsibility for my stretch marks, my cellulite and my orange peel skin.

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Maeva Ghennam has lost much weight in recent months, so she finds that her large breasts do not match her new figure! Otherwise, she also finds that her breasts are way too heavy!    According to MCETV who take a deep interest in Maeva, she is embarking on a new project.  whether this is simply her breast reduction operation or something more substantive we will find out in time.


Erica Lugo Weight Loss Leads To Excess Skin Removal Surgery.

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Erica Lugo Weight Loss Leads To Excess Skin Removal Surgery

It was just last week that I wrote a blog post about rapid weight loss and skin removal surgery.  I predicted that the UK Govt initiative to put the 5000 chronically obese patients on an extreme weight loss programme would have unintended side effects.  The most important being that rapid weight loss will lead to loose skin and an upswing in skin removal surgery.


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Skin removal surgery is often used after rapid extreme weight loss.

Today I learn that TV personality Erica Lugo has made the decision to go under the knife to remove loose skin.  The 33-year-old celebrity trainer reported a 160lb weight loss on Instagram and revealed that she will go under the knife to remove her loose skin.

Erica Lugo weighed 322 lbs. after the birth of her son but since then has lost 160 lbs. Last year, after getting injured in a car accident, she was diagnosed with stage 2 thyroid cancer, which led to surgery and radiation treatments.

Writing to her dedicated followers she said:

“I’ve spent too many years never wearing bikinis because I felt I shouldn’t,” she wrote alongside one bathing suit snap. “But ya know what? This body lost 150 lbs. This body created life. This body beat cancer. This body is working through an autoimmune disorder. This body is worthy despite society standards and my own negative self-chat and it felt good to slip on a bikini for the first time in years and truly be COMFORTABLE.”

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Erica is fortunate that she can allow herself the possibility of skin removal surgery.  Unfortunately, many other.candidates are unable to do so since it is not usually covered by insurance.   In the UK the NHS will often step in and provide the procedure which is a great help to British patients who have been on a massive weight loss programme. In 2016/17 just 752 abdominoplasty's (tummy tucks) were carried out on the NHS.

Steph, who's from Staffordshire, talking the BBC recently, says she approached her GP about having surgery to remove her excess skin on the NHS.

“I was told I don't fit the criteria, they're here to save lives and not get me beach-ready for the summer and I should go private.”

But Steph feels that's harsh.

“Hopefully by losing all this weight I have reduced my risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer – and in the long run I am saving the NHS money.

“I am not saying they should dish out cosmetic surgery for everyone, I think each case should be looked at individually.”

Over in California, Lugo is scheduled to undergo her skin removal surgery on Sept. 22 with Athenix Body Sculpting Institute, an accredited plastic surgery network that has locations throughout the West Coast. Additionally, Lugo wrote, “I’ll be tracking every second of this journey.  This will be something for her 650k Instagram followers to look forwards to.  I will also be following her journey and will be reporting back on the results. Lugo is an inspiration to millions with her ‘Biggest Loser Trainer' appearances on TV.



Varicose Veins-Your Definitive Guide With Video.

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Varicose Veins Your Definitive Guide With Video

Cosmetic Treatments for Varicose Veins

Thanks to advances in medical technology, cosmetic treatment for varicose veins can now often be carried out without surgery.

In many cases, varicose veins can be removed with laser treatment instead of conventional surgical vein stripping. Other options for individuals embarrassed by unsightly varicose veins include phlebectomy and sclerotherapy.

Here, you’ll find a quick overview of these treatments, but first, let’s look at the causes of varicose veins and the resulting problems.

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What Are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are enlarged veins that mainly affect the legs, with a purple or blue appearance.

Veins carry blood to your heart, with valves that only allow flow in one direction. Valves in leg veins have to work hard to pump blood all the way to the heart, and problems arise when they weaken and don’t close properly.

Faulty valves that cause varicose veins are often in the two large veins running along the length of the leg just beneath the skin. Blood flows backwards and

pools in the veins, enlarging the valves.

Varicose veins tend to run in families. The problem can be aggravated if you’re overweight, and more women than men get varicose veins, particularly during or after pregnancy.


Problems That Varicose Veins Cause

Varicose veins can cause your legs to ache and feel heavy, sometimes with a throbbing or burning sensation.

Other problems caused by varicose veins include:

  • Swollen ankles
  • Muscle cramp in the legs, especially at night.
  • Flaky, itchy skin over the affected area.

Symptoms of varicose veins usually worsen in warm weather, particularly if you've been on your feet a long time.

Although varicose veins can be uncomfortable, they don’t generally cause a serious health issue. According to the NHS, unless the problem causes discomfort or complications such as leg ulcers, you may not need to see your doctor.

Because the NHS regards varicose veins as largely a cosmetic issue, it’s unlikely you’ll get free treatment, so many people seek private cosmetic solutions.


Varicose Vein Private Treatment Options

Top private varicose vein clinics can be found both in the UK and abroad for medical tourists. Treatment usually entails the removal of the affected veins, which won’t affect your circulation because blood will flow through other veins.

Varicose vein treatments include:


EVLA (Endovenous Laser Ablation)

Endovenous laser treatment is a minimally invasive procedure to eliminate varicose veins. Carried out with local anaesthetic, EVLA locates the damaged area with ultrasound and then collapses the vein wall with laser-generated heat.

Depending on how many veins are being treated, the EVLA procedure generally takes about one hour.

EVLA has a high success rate – more than 95 per cent – and is considered by the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) as the gold standard of varicose vein treatment.

Patients who have EVLA can usually resume most everyday activities within 24 hours of treatment.



A phlebectomy entails making small cuts to facilitate removal of varicose veins – usually large, bulging veins near the surface of the leg.

A hook is inserted through the incisions and attached to a section of the vein, which is then taken out.

Phlebectomy is carried out with local anaesthesia and the incisions are so small that no sutures are required. The procedure takes from 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the severity of the problem.



VenaSeal is an innovative treatment designed to treat problems with the great saphenous vein (GSV) – the largest vein in the body. It uses a special medical glue that seals the varicose veins so blood flows through other, healthy veins.

VenaSeal is minimally invasive and can be performed in just 15 minutes by an experienced VenaSeal specialist, without any special anaesthetic injections. Because no heat is used, VenaSeal eliminates the risk of nerve damage.




Sclerotherapy reduces the effects of vein damage and makes varicose veins less visible. It involves injecting a solution into the veins that makes them shrink. This solution is an irritant called a sclerosant that causes the vein to swell, cutting off blood flow so the vein then contracts.

Sclerotherapy can take two forms:

  • Liquid sclerotherapy – for small varicose veins.
  • Foam sclerotherapy – for larger veins.

The procedure generally takes less than 30 minutes and is done with local anaesthetic.


Varicose Vein Surgery

Surgery to remove varicose veins is usually performed under general anaesthetic and takes 20 minutes to three hours.

It involves accessing and stripping out the vein via small incisions on the back of the knee or in the groin.

Patients are usually able to go home the same day or the following day and return to work within a few days.


Choosing the Varicose Vein Treatment That’s Best for You

With the multiple options in varicose vein treatment available today, it can be difficult to decide which one is right for your specific needs and desired outcome.

If you have larger varicose veins, laser treatment – or radiofrequency treatment – provides a non-surgical alternative to vein stripping.

Smaller varicose veins and spider veins are typically treated with sclerotherapy or laser therapy.

In some cases, a combination of treatments may work best.

Non-Surgical Alternative Treatments for Varicose Veins

To fully round out our considerations of Varicose vein treatment, we should mention some herbal and lifestyle options that might alleviate the problem and avoid surgery or at least delay it.

Regular Exercise.  

as with so many medical conditions, regular exercise can help in the management of varicose veins.  High blood pressure is often a factor in varicose veins and exercise is a proven way to bring down your blood pressure over the long term.  Swimming and cycling are particularly effective in this regard.

Herbal and Alternative Diets

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There are many organisations that will tell you that varicose veins can be managed or, indeed, eliminated by changing diet or adding more flavinoids to your system  Every week we come across new schemes to solve the problem. Here is a one that might be worth checking out , although the scientific evidence is quite sparse,  but it sounds good.   Reducing water retention can also help.  Salty or sodium-rich foods can cause the body to retain water, so cutting down on salty food can minimize water retention. Foods high in potassium can help to reduce water retention. Personally I quite like the sound of Varicorin which is produced by a reputable health foods company.

Finding an experienced varicose vein clinic will enable you to make an informed decision about your treatment options, in consultation with an expert in the field.


Male Cosmetic Surgery. Manchester is Istanbul Without the Minarets.

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Male Cosmetic Surgery Manchester Is Istanbul Without The Minarets

Manchester has been many things over the years, an industrial heartland, a football paradise, as well as a living symbol of the UK's rainy weather.  Now, according to a survey by Manchester TV, it is the hub of male cosmetic surgery in the UK.  Like all surveys, we must take the results with a pinch of salt especially since the survey was sponsored by a cosmetic surgery clinic, but the fact remains that a lot of the Mancunian male population are seemingly unhappy with the way they look.


55% of Mancunian men claim to either already have had some form of cosmetic surgery or are planning to get a procedure done in the future.   Now with a total population approaching 3 million, I can guesstimate that at least 750k would be men in the 20-50 age range and 55% of that would be a lot of potential customers for local cosmetic clinics.

So, what do these Mancunians want to get fixed? Certainly their hair.  Here they have a role model in Wayne Rooney their local footballing hero who famously went on a hair transplant journey.   I use ‘journey' in a figurative sense – he didn't go to Istanbul or Delhi – his journey was of the spiritual sort that celebs emote about to the tabloid press.  His ‘journey' did, however,  have a huge impact on mainstreaming hair transplants in England and presumably also in the Manchester homeland.

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Rhinoplasty came next in the wishlist closely followed by the stomach, as body parts they most wanted to change. This I can also understand,   Manchester is a ‘red zone' for obesity in the UK  and thus a potential goldmine for clinics offering liposuction and gastric sleeve procedures.  Also, male breast reduction (moobs) figures high on the wish list.  Indeed, according to figures from Transform Clinic who sponsored the survey, Gynecomastia  (male breast reduction) accounted for 11% of their male surgery last year.

A quick Google search shows a huge number of clinics offering hair transplant procedures which do make it seem rather like Istanbul but certainly more expensive.  I know from talking to companies active in cosmetic surgery tourism that many top hair transplant clients do hail from the Greater Manchester area so demand is obviously there.  In researching this article I have realised that I need to do a complete set of listings for Manchester to recognise the vast hub it is for male cosmetic surgery.