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When it comes to feeling fabulous on your big day, you needn't turn to drastic surgical procedures. We've all got hang ups about different parts of our bodies, and if you're serious about enhancing something, you'll need to turn to one of the best in the business. These body specialists can help minimise fat, firm loose skin and tackle varicose veins to enhance your best features and help you feel fantastic in your own skin - all without going under the knife.
Dr Luca Russo
As the first to bring CoolSculpting to the UK, Dr Russo is one of the country's most experienced practitioners. A plastic surgeon by training, he knows better than anybody how fat stores are laid down and performs all treatments himself with an expert eye and the newest, most comfortable hand pieces. For bigger bulges on the tummy he uses a suction cup that grips flesh with cool plates on three sides for deeper, more effective penetration. He's also got the nippy CoolMini applicator that skillfully tackles smaller areas around knees, armpits and even chins. To protect your investment, Russo often prescribes sessions with his in-house hypnotherapist to reinforce healthy eating habits so you won't pile the weight back on. He can also improve skin texture with his collection of Fraxel lasers that reduce the appearance of scars and stretchmarks by up to 80%.
THE LOWDOWN: CoolSculpting, from £695, and Fraxel from £695 (0800 009 6596; therejuvenationclinic.co.uk)
Dr Katerina Charakida
A consultant dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon, Dr Charakida is EF Medispa's star body sculptor. Using the new PDO Thread Lift, a technique where dissolvable threads (similar to those used as absorbable surgical stitches) are inserted under the skin through super-fine cannulas, and twisted to lift and firm skin. Thighs can be slimmed, baggy knees can be lifted and cellulite smoothed as the threads create an internal mesh that pulls and tightens tissues, contouring curves and making skin look smoother. The threads are naturally reabsorbed by the body after eight months, but they leave behind a network of collagen to firm skin from within. With very little downtime (some experience a bit of swelling and bruising that's gone in a week) and long-term results (the effects last about 18 months), is this the future of firming?
THE LOWDOWN: Body thread lifting, from £800 (020 7937 5554; efmedispa.com)
Dr Ariel Haus
If you're shopping for a Brazilian beach body, head to see Dr Haus, one of Rio's best-loved dermatologists who's currently practising on Harley Street. Offering the most high-tech array of body-contouring treatments, he's getting results with Ultra Shape Power, a fat-blasting ultrasound treatment that shoots sound waves deep into stubborn fat pockets, causing fat cell walls to rupture while leaving surrounding skin unaffected. Crash dieters left with pouchy loose skin should book in for a course of Velashape 111, which picks up the slack and improves cellulite with a combination of radio frequency energy, infrared light and strong vacuum massage.
THE LOWDOWN: Ultrashape Power, from £500, and Velashape 111,
(020 7935 6358; drhausdermatology.com)
Prof Mark Whiteley
Pinning your hopes on a knee-skimming dress or planning the
ubiquitous leg selfie on that honeymoon sunlounger? Head to Prof
Whiteley's clinics (locations include Guildford, Birmingham and
London). Dealing with everything from surface spider veins to
deep-routed snaky networks, all patients are assessed with an
ultrasound scan as apparently nine out ten people have underlying
hidden varicose veins. Prof Whiteley's procedures are high tech
a lot less painful than vein stripping of old.
THE LOWDOWN: Venaseal, from £3,000 (01483 477180; thewhiteleyclinic.co.uk)
If you are considering undergoing a cosmetic procedure, it's crucial to get a reliable referral and check (and then double-check) your doctor's credentials. All the doctors in this guide are properly accreditd, but if you're thinking of looking beyond these recommendations, a useful resource is the consultingroom.com, the UK's largest aesthetic information website.