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This three part series from ITV, provides unprecedented access to London transgender Surgery clinic, which treats both NHS and Private patients. The programme gives a unique insight into patients journey for transgender describing their issues not seen before on television.


It covers the challenges and lives of trans people as they undertake transformations from one gender to the other. The topics covered are wide ranging and relevant. Educating the wider population of their needs and complex issues was of major benefit to many.

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Skin Medical, as a clinic providing NHS transgender services, we found it to be compelling viewing. The programme follows men and women who believe they were born into the wrong body, over 12 month period as they approach and undergo transgender transitioning and in some cases surgery. We learned that as of April 2017, there were 280 patients in the UK on the list for gender reassignment surgery and another 169 consulting on the process, according to the Imperial College Health Care Trust. Also figures published in July 2017 showed that the number of children being referred to gender identity clinics has quadrupled in the past five years. One question on the minds of some is whether the NHS is supportive enough of people with gender dysphoria? It has been accepted that NHS has failed to prioritise for transgender patient care, however the good news is that NHS now agreed to expand the Service.

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Here at Skin Medical we are an NHS provider aiding patients in the clearance of hair before gender reassignment. We also treat private patients. This is something which we are proud to be associated with and gives us great joy to help patients on their life changing journeys.

Skin Medical ManchesterIn line with new guidance set out by the General Medical Council (GMC), doctors and surgeons must now follow strict regulations in order to ensure that they are held accountable for providing the best possible care for cosmetic patients.

The change in guidelines has been produced as a result of the review, carried out by Sir Bruce Keogh, into the standards in the cosmetic treatment industry. In this report, he paid particular attention to the risks associated with cosmetic procedures and how vulnerable patients need greater protection from aggressive sales tactics.

Coming into force from June, the new guidance dictates a number of changes that must be adhered to, ranging across all procedures from Liposuction to Dermal Fillers, or potentially face been struck off the medical register. The changes include:

Cosmetic clinics must now act more responsibly towards their marketing, ensuring that all advertising is completely transparent, factual and doesn’t use any promotional offers, or language, such as “two for one” deals.

It also restricts sales people from misinterpreting surgeons, stating that the procedure and all of its risks must be explained by a doctor, or surgeon. At Skin Medical, all consultations are carried out by the practitioner who is performing the procedure, so that you are fully educated on the procedure before making a decision. This particular regulation has been introduced to ensure that patients do not make “ill informed decisions”. This also means that consent must be obtained by the surgeon and not delegated to another person to do on their behalf.

Patients must also be given time to reflect, following their consultation. This allows them ample time to process the information that they have been given about the risks and complications, allowing them to decided whether or not they would like to continue, without feeling pressurised.

It is also the doctor’s responsibility to inform the patient of their aftercare options and ensure that they know who to contact and protocol of what will take place if they have any concerns, or experience any complications.

Skin Medical are governed and licensed by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and you can see the full breakdown of our most recent report here. This includes upholding the following standards of care:

  1. Quality of patient service to achieve optimum outcomes and results
  2. Patient safety and care
  3. Clinical staff training and competencies
  4. Patient confidentiality and dignity

With us, you can rest assured that you are receiving the highest level of care, across all procedures. Not only do we make it a priority for you to receive accurate information, so you can make an informed decision, but we also carry out healthcare assessments to ensure the treatment is suitable for you. It’s important to go with a trusted provider for cosmetic procedures to avoid the need for costly cosmetic surgery solicitors. Get it right from the beginning with trusted practitioners.

Not all clinics are the same and at Skin Medical we pride ourselves on being completely independent, allowing us to focus our entire attention on the safety of our patients.

If you would like to find out more, contact us on 0161 839 7663, or fill out our online contact form.

non-surgical and surgical procedures2016 will see a whole new range of both surgical and non-surgical procedures coming onto the market. A report by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery claims that due to social media making patients more aware of their looks, 1 in 3 practitioners have seen a rise in demand for plastic surgical.

One of the new non-surgical procedures entering the market is known as Kybella, a treatment that The Sun claims will “do for double chins what Botox has done for wrinkles.” Kybella is made of deoxycholic acid which dissolves fat and breaks it down into small particles which are then absorbed by the body. It’s an FDA approved treatment and has been suggested for use on small areas of flab like double chins – however it may also be useful for fat around the knees or the fold around the bra line. It should be available in the UK later this year, although as of yet a launch date hasn’t been confirmed.

Another popular procedure this year is expected to be labia lipo. Due to fashion trends leaning towards tighter clothing and the increase in the popularity of exercise clothes – driving a new trend known as ‘athleisure wear’- women are wanting to remove extra for from the area. As the demand for this surgery is increasing, new non-surgical alternatives are also being developed. One such alternative is the MonaLisa Touch – which involves laser treatment inside the vagina to stimulate collagen production.

Meanwhile the demand for breast enhancements took a dip in 2014 with 23% fewer procedures being performed, according to the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS). There has been an increased demand for a more natural look using smaller implants instead, to give a little bit of a boost. One London clinic has began to offer B-lite implants which are filled with silicate (a silicone gel), making them light than others. However it could be a couple more years until these implants become widely available.

Subtle procedures are expected to continue to be popular throughout 2016. In one study it was found that 72% of Brits who are considering a cosmetic procedure wanted minor results that only they will notice. Many women want to avoid going under the knife altogether, which is why there is a constant evolution of non-surgical facelifts and other procedures. PDO threads lifts are increasing in popularity, and are one of the exciting new treatments available now at Skin Medical. Thread lifts have been dubbed a non-surgical facelift, in which the facial area is numbed using a local anaesthetic before dissolvable threads are injected to lift certain areas of the face.

2016 is set to be an exciting year for surgical and non-surgical aesthetic treatments.


Vaser Liposuction Manchester | Skin MedicalAs the UK continues to recover from the recession, it appears that Brits are now investing more money into surgical enhancement. This contradicts the previously dwindling figures that the industry had seen over the last couple of years.

New figures released this week from the British Association of Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) show that 2015 had a significant increase in the number of cosmetic surgery procedures, with an overall increase of 13%. The exact numbers rose from 45,406, up to 51,140.

The preceding dip that we saw in the numbers of patients choosing to have cosmetic surgery has been blamed on a number of factors, including the financial pressures that the recession caused on the economy. But, perhaps one of the biggest contributing factors has been attributed to the faulty breast implant scandal that started in 2012.

The ratio of men to women opting for cosmetic surgery remained the same, with nine out of ten procedures being performed on women. However, the number of men choosing to have surgery overall did rise. The procedures most popular amongst men included Face and neck lifts, which rose by 14%. 

Breast augmentation continued to be the the most popular cosmetic surgery choice for women, which was up 12% compared to 2014’s figures. Other procedures on list included liposuction, which rose by an astonishing 20% and eyelid surgery which increased by 15%. One the services that Skin Medical specialise in is minimally invasive liposuction, using vaser technology. For your ease, all procedures are performed by an experienced female doctor, or nurse practitioner.

According to BAAPS, the top 10 procedures were:

  • Breast augmentation up 12% to 9,652
  • Eyelid surgery up 12% to 8,689
  • Face and neck lifts up 16% to 7,419
  • Breast reductions up 13% to 6,246
  • Liposuction up 20% to 5,551
  • Nose jobs up 14% to 4,205
  • Fat transfer operations up 3% to 3,261
  • Tummy tucks up 8% to 2,933
  • Browlifts up 7% to 2,110

The sharp rise in numbers has been attached to a number of theories from various surgeons associated with BAAPS. This includes the rise in popularity of celebrity culture, spurred on by social media, encouraging women to chase an ideal aesthetic appearance. It is also thought that more people are taking a greater interest in educating themselves about cosmetic surgery, questioning the procedures and products that will be used. This is not only helping patients to see that they can achieve natural and subtle results, but may also helping women to regain trust in cosmetic surgery following the PIP scandal.

Consultant plastic surgeon, and BAAPS president, Michael Cadier, expressed how the decision to undergo cosmetic surgery should not be one that is taken for granted. The decision should take considerable thought and research in order to manage your expectations along with an adequate knowledge of the risks associated. Most importantly, choosing the right consultant is vital.

If you would like to discuss your options regarding one of our available treatments, contact a member of the Skin Medical team on 0161 839 7663.


cosmetic surgeryA recent trend has seen hundreds of British women using crowdfunding websites to fund cosmetic procedures, particularly breast implants. The controversial sites allow women to share photos and messages in return for ‘donations’ towards their procedure. The Sunday Times claim the site has seen a recent surge in popularity, with the number of British women using the site rising by 51% last year.

Crowdfunding sites like MyFreeImplants have been suggested to take advantage of vulnerabilities experienced by women. The site pays the funds raised directly to the surgeon, although it does retain 19% as its service fee. Furthermore, the sites terms and conditions grants MyFreeImplants worldwide license to copy and distribute any content in the public area of the site.

The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeon (BAAPS) has described the site MyFreeImplants as “degrading” and “inappropriate” in a recent article published in The Sunday Times, whilst the BBC has condemned the site as on numerous occasions as far back as 2007. Marc Pacifico, a consultatant plastic surgeon and BAAPS member, last year described the site as “completely exploitative and trivialises what is a serious decision and what is major surgery.” Worrying, in a recent interview, the sites founder expressed his wishes to expand into other types of surgery also.

The rise in popularity for the site comes at the same time as the General Medical Council (GMC) has introduced guidelines for the first time regarding cosmetic procedure. Written by the Royal College of Surgeons, the guidelines discuss the marketing and funding of procedures. Failure to comply with the guidelines could result in doctors being banned from practising.

The guidelines instruct that doctors are not to offer competitions in which surgical procedures are a price, or use other promotional tactics. Doctors who currently use the crowdfunding site will also be required to adhere to the new guidelines.

When making a decision to undergo a major procedure such as breast augmentation, the decision should not be trivialised. Surgical procedures require in-depth deliberation, and for the patient to be fully informed. Likewise, patients should choose a surgeon based upon their qualifications and after conducting thorough research; not because of the availability of scrupulous funding for their services.


As you may already be aware, liposuction is a surgical procedure that helps to improve the contour of the body, removing fat from beneath the skin. Many people wrongly assume that liposuction should be used as a method for drastic weight loss, however it is more suited to sculpting the body, resulting in a more desirable shape.

Liposuction isn’t the right procedure for everyone, especially if you have a significant amount of weight that you want to lose. This fat removal procedure is better suited to those who are close to, or are at their ideal body weight, but are struggling to shed fat from specific areas that are difficult to target with diet or exercise. These unwanted pockets of fat could be in places such as the lower back, upper thighs, or abdomen, where the fat is notoriously hard to shift, even with the most strict exercise routines.

There are a number of different forms of liposuction, however the method used at Skin Medical is Vaser Liposuction. This is the least invasive form of liposuction and far more efficient than traditional methods. Vaser liposuction transmits ultrasonic waves of energy through the targeted area which loosens the fat, making it easier to remove. This technique means that fat can removed in larger volumes, whilst creating a much smoother finishing product.

The recovery from Vaser liposuction is much quicker than other methods also, allowing you to continue with normal activities after just a few days. It doesn’t require an overnight stay and you can be discharged on the same day. Although the results can be seen almost immediately, the swelling can take up to 3 months to completely subside.

If you continue to maintain a balanced lifestyle following the procedure the fat should not return, meaning you can have your perfect body contour long after the procedure has taken place.

To find out more information about the liposuction procedure, or to book an appointment with a member of our medically qualified staff, please contact our Manchester clinic today on 0161 839 7663.


Dermal fillers | Botox injections | skin medicalAs we age, those deep lines and wrinkles on the face can become something that we dwell on. Especially when they seem to have appeared over night. Although it is a natural, unpreventable part of the ageing process, it isn’t a pleasant one – but you do have choices on how to address them.

Many people incorrectly believe that Botox is the only option for treating wrinkles, however there are other injectables that your plastic surgeon may suggest that you use to battle those fine lines. Although Botox is an option, there are also Dermal Fillers, such as Juvederm that may be more suitable. But what is the difference between Botox and Fillers?

What Does Botox Do?

Botox has grown significantly in popularity over the last decade, due to its short-term improvement of smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles in the face. It can also be used for treating non-cosmetic ailments, such as excessive sweating and teeth grinding. It is a very safe injectable, that is both reliable and effective.

The effect that ageing has on our faces causes the tiny muscles under the skin to contract, which over time causes those pesky little wrinkles. When Botox is injected directly into these muscles, it creates a barrier, stopping the nerve impulses causing further contractions. The area where the solution is injected is then forced to relax, which smoothes the skin covering the creases. Having several rounds of Botox can not only improve the appearance of wrinkles, but help it to disappear altogether!

What are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers, much like botox injections, are used to treat those facial imperfections, such as wrinkles, that develop as we age. Fillers are also popular amongst younger men and women who want to enhance their natural features, by augmenting the cheeks, chin and especially for plumping the lips. Dermal Fillers can also be used to replenish fat loss and gauntness in the face, creating a fuller effect. The most popular areas that people treat with dermal fillers include:

  • Lips
  • Forehead lines
  • Crow’s feet
  • Nasolabial lines Lines around the mouth
  • Cheeks
  • Hands
  • Acne scars
  • Frown lines

Juvéderm in particular, is extremely popular as it is so effective at improving lines and wrinkles on the face, as well as lip enhancement, and can last for over 12 months.

The amount of treatments that you will need for both Botox and Fillers depend completely on the look that you want to create, however results are usually visible within a matter of weeks.

Depending on the look that you want to create, your practitioner will advise you at your consultation on which procedure is best suited to your skin, its appearance and the effect that you wish to create.

Please contact the clinic on 0161 839 7663 to discuss your treatment options and to make an appointment for an initial consultation.


Some interesting trends have been identified from the most recent cosmetic industry review:

  • 17 – the age at which most women start thinking about having cosmetic surgery
  • 21 – the estimated average age for first operations.
  • 30s – the age bracket which men spend the most on skincare and grooming products, at £100 per month.
  • Liposuction under local anaesthetic, such as Vaser lipo, is faster growing.

The vast majority of these procedures are available at Skin Medical in Manchester and Leeds. To find out more about each treatment, click on the associated hyperlinks.

Most Popular Treatment/Procedure FAQs ResearchediStock_000013707496_ExtraSmall

  1.  Radiofrequency for Facial Rejuvenation (up 1 place)
  2.  Laser and IPL Hair Removal (down 1 place)
  3.  Penile Augmentation Surgery (non-mover)
  4.  Vaginal Surgery (Labiaplasty) (up 3 places)
  5.  Laser Tattoo Removal (down 1 place)
  6.  Dermal Fillers (down 1 place)
  7.  Specialist Skin Cream (up 3 places)
  8.  Microdermabrasion (non-mover)
  9.  Radiofrequency for Cellulite and Fat (up 4 places)
  10.  Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing (down 3 places)
  11.  Laser and IPL Skin Rejuvenation (non-mover)
  12.  Chemical Peels (non-mover)
  13.  Ultrasonic Body Contouring (down 5 places)

As there is so much information available online or directly from clinics, it really is worth taking extra time to do your research before undergoing any treatment. A little bit of extra research can potentially show you treatments that will be more suitable for you. The cosmetic industry is constantly evolving, so it is always a good idea to see what are the newest and most popular treatments.

Most Popular Clinic Searches by Treatment or Procedure

  1.  Laser and IPL Hair Removal (non-mover)
  2.  Botulinum Toxin (up 2 places)
  3.  Dermal Fillers (non-mover)
  4.  Chemical Peels (up 7 places)
  5.  Microdermabrasion (down 3 places)
  6.  Laser and IPL Skin Rejuvenation (up 6 places)
  7.  Laser / IPL Treatment Pigmented/Vascular Problems (down 1 place)
  8.  Sclerotherapy and Microsclerotherapy (up 2 places)
  9.  Specialist Skin Creams (new entrant)
  10.  Medical Skin Needling (up 5 places)
  11.  Laser Tattoo Removal (up 2 places)
  12.  Micropigmentation (Semi-Permanent Make-Up) (new entrant)
  13.  Radiofrequency for Facial Rejuvenation (new entrant)
  14.  Mesotherapy (new entrant)
  15.  Cellulite Treatment (Mechanical Massage) (new entrant)

Top 15 Most Popular Clinic Searches by Product

  1.  Botox ® (non-mover)
  2.  Juvéderm ®  ULTRA (non-mover)
  3.  Restylane ®  (Perlane, Lip Volume and SubQ) (non-mover)
  4.  Restylane ®  Skinboosters (Vital and Lip Refresh) (up 2 places)
  5.  Genuine DermarollerTM(up 2 places)
  6.  Juvéderm ®  VOLUMA (up 4 places)
  7.  Sculptra ®  (up 2 places)

Generally, the more popular a brand is searched, the more reliable it is. When it comes to choosing cosmetic products, it is important to ensure that they are safe and effective and, ideally, that they are approved by the FDA.

The Cosmetic Surgery Review led by the NHS Medical Director Sir Bruce Keogh – key findings.

The cosmetic treatments industry is facing a wide-ranging changes in an effort to improve patient safety and outlaw aggressive promotional tactics.

New regulation and legislation is likely following the PIP beast implant fiasco and the likes of Harley Medical’s Company administration in attempt to avoid prosecutions and class actions by 1700 patients. Key observation and recommendations are:

1. Ban free consultations.

2. Ban consultations with non-medical personnel.

3. Ban cash incentives and two for one deals.

4. Dermal fillers have been identified for more legislation to protect patients, with those administrating treatments and premises to be regulated.

5. Consultations are likely to be a two stage process to avoid pressure selling techniques.

At Skin Medical we are proud to report that we are in compliance all of these recommendations, including all fillers, injectables and our vaser lipo treatment.

Final recommendations are schedule to be announce in March 2013, when it is expected that Care Quality Commission with be expected to expand their role in the audit of all forms of injectables and laser providers.This will effectively outlaw beauticians from offering such treatments.

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