Liposuction is one of the UK’s most popular cosmetic surgery procedures for both men and women, yet there are some common misconceptions.

Lipo myth #1: Liposuction is not suitable for older patients

If you are in good health with realistic expectations, then liposuction can be an effective body contouring procedure. However, as we get older we lose collagen and elastin, components in the skin which gives it support and structure and skin elasticity is one of the most important considerations when deciding if you’re suitable for liposuction, as the skin needs to retract to your new contours.

Lipo myth #2: Liposuction can reduce cellulite

Cellulite is not just a fat problem. Subcutaneous fat is trapped by constrictive bands of tissue which pushes it up against the skin causing the dimpled appearance. Liposuction is effective at removing soft, fatty tissue and does not target fibrous tissue.

Lipo myth #3: Liposuction is a quick fix

Liposuction can remove stubborn pockets of fat permanently, but it is important to maintain a healthy weight to maintain your results. While you will be left with fewer fat cells, the remaining fat cells can still become enlarged if you put on weight. 

Lipo myth #4: Liposuction isn’t surgery

Often liposuction isn’t considered a surgical procedure. Unlike the lengthy incisions made during an abdominoplasty or arm lift, small incisions are made through which to insert the cannula. However, conventional liposuction will be performed under a general anaesthetic or heavy sedation and involves a degree of downtime. You’ll also be given comprehensive aftercare instructions, such as avoiding strenuous exercise for the first few weeks.

Dr Mooz offers micro-cannula liposuction and there are several advantages over traditional liposuction:

  • MicroLipo is carried out under local anaesthetic
  • There is minimal risk of bleeding, bruising and discomfort
  • No stitches are required
  • Typically you can return to work within just a couple of days and exercise within a week 

Lipo myth #5: Liposuction is just for women

In the most recent official UK plastic surgery figures, liposuction was in the top 5 most popular cosmetic surgery procedures for men, up by 11% compared to the previous year. However, men and women accumulate fat differently and women often want fat removed from their thighs and hips, while men typically focus on the stomach and chest area and even the area under the chin.

More questions on liposuction? For more advice, call 020 3325 6540 to arrange a consultation with Dr Mooz.

The latest cosmetic surgery figures from the US have pinpointed a rise in demand for facial rejuvenation, both surgical and non-surgical. New data from the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) recorded a 40 per cent increase in facelifts. Anti-ageing injectables in the form of wrinkle relaxing injections and dermal fillers remained popular also.

So how do you determine which is the best facial rejuvenation procedure for you. If you look in a mirror, are you able to identify what has changed or what’s bothering you. Is it the emergence of fine lines and wrinkles round the eyes or on the brow? Deepening folds between the nose and mouth? Sagging on the upper or lower eyelids? Or is it loss of definition on the jawline and neck and the appearance of jowls?

Eyelid rejuvenation

Known medically as a blepharoplasty, eyelid rejuvenation is a popular procedure to refresh the upper and lower eyelids. Gravity can cause sagging of the skin on the upper lids, obscuring the natural contours of the eyelids and is often the first sign of ageing. On the lower lids, eye bags or hollows below the eyes can appear. Surgery can address either the upper or lower lids or both, reducing excess skin and fat and tightening the muscles to produce an instantly refreshed appearance.

Facial rejuvenation

During a facelift procedure, the tissues are elevated and tightened and excess sagging skin is removed to produce more youthful facial contours. This is particularly effective for restoring the definition of the jawline and neck. A facelift is often combined with an eyelid lift or non-surgical procedures such as dermal fillers.

Wrinkle smoothing

If you’ve noticed the first signs of ageing in the form of fine lines, wrinkle smoothing injections are highly effective. Dynamic wrinkles form around the eyes and on the brow due to the constant contraction and relaxation of our facial muscles as we smile, frown or squint. Botulinum toxin temporarily block the nerves that control our facial muscles, diminishing unwanted crow’s feet or frown lines.

Volumising

As we age, we lose fat as well as collagen and elastin, the naturally occurring components in our skin that provide support and elasticity. In the face, this is most evident in the mid-face, resulting in flattening of the mid-cheek area and the appearance of folds between the nose and mouth. Temporary hyaluronic acid dermal fillers reduce these lines and restore youthful volume and fullness in the face. Overall, they can plump and smooth the skin.

For more advice on which facial rejuvenation procedure is best for you, call 020 3325 6540 to arrange a consultation with Dr Mooz.

The poets say that the eyes are the windows to the soul and they are also the first area to show signs of ageing, whether it’s wrinkles, bags, hollows or dark circles. There are several reasons why the eye area is more vulnerable to the ageing process.

  1. The skin around the eyes is very thin and delicate, making it more prone to skin laxity and developing fine lines.
  2. The supporting structure of fat and muscles in the eye socket is also less robust than other areas of the body, so you’re more susceptible to sagging and the loss of the natural contours of the eye.
  3. The eye area also has less concentration of oil glands and studies have shown that skin with less oil glands are more prone to wrinkles.
  4. Around the eyes and across the brow are powerful dynamic muscles that are constantly used for facial expressions. Overtime, crow’s feet and frown lines develop.
  5. As we age, our skin becomes thinner and veins become more prominent, presenting as dark circles and hollows. Thin skin also fills more easily with fluid which leads to puffiness under the eyes.

Eye concern #1: Crow’s Feet

Crow’s feet as well as frown lines across the forehead and between the brows are the result of the constant contraction and relaxation of our facial muscles. As we age and naturally lose elastin and collagen, permanent lines become etched around the eyes.

Crow’s feet and other dynamic wrinkles respond brilliantly to anti-wrinkle injections which work by temporarily blocking the signals sent by the facial nerves, relaxing these muscles and smoothing the overlying skin. Botulinum toxin lasts approximately between three and four months, before you notice the muscles begin to work as normal.

Many patients can be apprehensive that they’ll look frozen after a wrinkle relaxing treatment. Dr Mooz is a highly skilled and experienced practitioner, and the aim is always to gently relax and smooth these deep lines, rather than losing all natural facial expression.

Eye concern #2: Dark Circles & Hollows Under the Eyes

As we age, our skin thins and we lose volume; under the eyes this presents as dark circles and a hollow that forms at the junction between the periorbital area and the cheeks, known as the tear trough.

This isn’t always an ageing concern as younger men and women can be genetically predisposed. Lifestyle factors such as stress, alcohol, smoking, lack of sleep and sun damage can all also contribute.

Injections of hyaluronic acid dermal filler can build-up the area under the eye, reducing the appearance of dark circles and the tear trough. HA is a naturally-occurring component in the skin that naturally depletes as we age. It attracts hydration so the area becomes brighter and plumper. They are also very malleable, so Dr Mooz delivers results that are perfect for your facial structure and ageing concerns.

Eye concern #3: Sagging on the Upper Lids

As the skin and muscles on the upper lids start to sag, fine lines develop, and the contours of the eye are lost. Alongside these aesthetic changes, patients can experience functional issues if the hooding on the upper lids starts to cause vision problems.

An upper eyelid lift, known as a blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure to remove excess fat and skin and strengthen the supporting structures of the eye. Recovery after an eyelid lift is relatively straightforward and the eyes will look instantly rejuvenated.

For more advice on ageing concerns around the eye, call 020 3325 6540 to arrange a consultation with Dr Mooz.

Many men – and women – struggling with hair loss may be contemplating hair restoration surgery, but there are myths and misconceptions out there that are holding them back. Here is the truth about hair transplants.

Hair transplant myth #1: Hair transplants are just for men

Many people associate balding and hair transplant surgery with men only, yet androgenetic alopecia affects women also and a hair transplant can be a viable solution. It’s estimated that in the UK over 10% of premenopausal women experience pattern hair loss. This rate increases around the time of the menopause and up to 56% of women over the age of 70 years have female pattern baldness.

Hair transplants for women can be more technically challenging which is why choosing a highly experienced surgeon is a must. Men typically experience hair loss in distinct areas whereas women usually have diffuse thinning across the whole scalp. A male hair transplant can restore specific areas of hair loss, whereas a woman may require a larger number of grafts to increase coverage. Also, the donor area is less predictable in women in terms of genetically resistant hair follicles.

Hair transplant myth #2: The results won’t look natural

A common myth is that everyone will be able to tell you have undergone hair loss surgery, but modern techniques combined with a skilled and experienced hair transplant surgeon will now produce natural and subtle results.

In the 1980s and 90s, several hair follicles would be implanted in a plug with gaps in between, with the end result looking very unnatural. Now the FUE or Follicular Unit Extraction method extracts and then carefully implant each individual follicle, depending on the number of hairs per graft and its angle. Your surgeon will also take into account your hairline and hair growth patten and any potential future hair loss.

Hair transplant myth #3: It will leave scars

Many men contemplating hair loss surgery are concerned about likelihood of scarring and this is due to an older hair transplant technique known as FUT or Follicular Unit Transplantation. Also known as Strip Surgery, this entailed removing a wide section of healthy hair follicles from the donor area at the back of the head. The follicles were then separated and transplanted to the area of hair loss. Men were usually left with a very distinct area of scarring.

Dr Mooz only performs FUE hair transplants. The hair follicles are removed individually, leaving minimal scarring which is usually invisible once healed.

The good news is that Dr Mooz may be able to improve old hair transplant scarring results from the FUT procedure by transplanting hair follicles into the area of scar tissue.

Got further questions about hair restoration surgery? Call us on 020 3325 6540 to arrange a consultation with Dr Mooz.

Liposuction consistently remains one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures worldwide, reflecting that many of us have at least one area of the body that we’re less than happy with. Over the years, the techniques and technology have evolved and Vaser liposuction has emerged as an effective alternative to traditional liposuction.

If you’re contemplating a procedure to remove stubborn pockets of fat or sculpt and contour your shape, here’s a guide to the pros and cons of each procedure.

Fat removal

Liposuction is more suited to patients that have a higher BMI as it targets deeper layers of fat and can remove more fat in one session. Vaser isn’t suited to removing large fat deposits. It’s suitable for patients that are at their ideal body weight and have smaller amounts of fat to remove, revealing the muscle tone underneath.

Treatment areas

Both Vaser and traditional liposuction can remove fat located on the abdomen, thighs, flanks and buttocks, but for more delicate areas of the body such as the chin, neck, knees, and lower legs, Vaser is a more precise technique producing smoother results.

Hi Def Lipo for Abdominal Sculpting

Vaser is also best suited to more fibrous areas of the body, such as the male breast, bra rolls and love handles. Vaser also achieves a greater degree of skin retraction.

Downtime

Once the treatment area has been prepared with a mixture of local anaesthetic, epinephrine and saline, Vaser’s ultrasound energy emulsifies the fat cells before they are aspirated through a small needle. By gently breaking up the fat cells first, Vaser involves much less damage to the surrounding tissue. As a result, there is much less swelling and bruising and a quicker recovery.

During a traditional liposuction procedure, the fat cells are also broken up before they are removed, but this is where the two methods differ. In tumescent liposuction, the area is prepared with the same mixture of fluid before the surgeon moves the cannula back and forth to disrupt the fat cells. Although the fluid makes it easier to break up the fat and the epinephrine constricts blood vessels to limit blood loss, there is more damage to the surrounding tissue.

Safety

Vaser technology is now fourth generation so is now considered a very safe procedure. The potential complications are the same as liposuction including bruising, bleeding and swelling in the days and weeks after your procedure, skin numbness, scarring from the incisions and potential asymmetry or skin irregularities, but the risks are much less.

Vaser lipo is also typically performed using local anaesthetic whereas – depending on the extent of the procedure – traditional liposuction is often performed under a general anaesthetic which has more associated complications.

To find out whether you’re best suited to Vaser lipo or traditional liposuction, call 020 3325 6540 to arrange a consultation with Mr Michael Mouzakis.

For many of us, January is a time of reflection and resolutions and often we’re focused on getting healthy and achieving the body we’ve always wanted. Yet, studies have shown that approximately 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail so it’s no surprise that searches for body contouring procedures such as liposuction or abdominoplasty go up in the first few months of the year.

Vaser liposuction uses ultrasound energy to break down the fat before it is suctioned out, meaning it’s a highly effective method to remove fat cells without damaging the surrounding tissues. London Vaser expert Mr Michael Mouzakis will give you comprehensive advice on the recovery process such as wearing compression garments and when you can return to exercise, but maximising your Vaser results is often due to the decisions you make pre-procedure.

TIP #1: understand the limitations of the Vaser procedure

To maximise your Vaser results, it’s essential that patients realise that Vaser liposuction is not a quick fix and it’s not a weight loss procedure. It’s best suited to men and women that are at or near their ideal body weight but wish to eradicate stubborn pockets of fat to achieve a more contoured physique.

Patients that are further away from their end goal will see a significant improvement in their shape but won’t achieve the dramatic body sculpting results that Vaser can achieve.

Hi Def Lipo for Male Body Sculpting

Being committed to a healthy diet and exercise routine prior to your procedure is also key to maximising your results and can determine which Vaser procedure you’re suitable for.

TIP #2: choose the right Vaser procedure

Vaser 4D Hi-Def and Mid Def are more advanced forms of Vaser liposuction that allow specially trained surgeons to reveal muscular definition rather than just remove excess fat. The thin layer of fat surrounding the muscular structures is sculpted out to achieve a ‘shredded’ or ‘ripped’ appearance.

Vaser 4D Hi-Def is best suited to very athletic men and women who are dedicated to a programme of nutrition and exercise which allows them to maintain their results.

Vaser Mid Def and Vaser liposuction require a less intense maintenance programme and Mr Michael Mouzakis will discuss your aims and current lifestyle in your consultation to ensure that you’re choosing the appropriate Vaser procedure.

TIP #3: choose the right surgeon

In order to maximise your Vaser results, it’s critical that you choose a surgeon that possesses expert knowledge of both anatomy and surgical technique. Highly experienced plastic surgeon and body contouring expert Alfredo Hoyos developed the Hi Def technique and Mr Michael Mouzakis recently completed his Total Definer course. The training covered the position of superficial fat, the concavities and convexities of every single muscle structure and the techniques required to sculpt and contour.

To find out which Vaser procedure is right for you, call 020 3325 6540 to arrange a consultation with Mr Michael Mouzakis.

Over the last decade, we’ve become obsessed with the state of our eyebrows, from watching Instagram tutorials to spending hundreds of pounds on new brow fillers and gels to achieve full, beautiful brows. Market research company NPD recently released data that shows British women spend on average £200 on eyebrow grooming alone.

However, many years of overplucking or shaping your brows may have left them looking sparse. Pulling out the hair follicles can damage the area underneath the follicle, preventing them from regrowing. Each hair is connected to a tiny blood vessel which keeps it healthy. Once the vessel is ruptured, the hair might not grow back.

New advances such as microblading can mimic the appearance of a full brow by tattooing tiny strokes of ink to resemble hairs, but this is only temporary and sometimes the results can look less than natural.

Recently, though, Chrissy Teigen’s unveiling of the results of her latest beauty tweakment has put the eyebrow transplant firmly in the spotlight.

What is an eyebrow transplant?

Eyebrow transplants aren’t new, but the quality has increased rapidly as practitioner skill and the technology they use has developed.

Eyebrow transplants are performed in a similar way to a conventional hair transplant. Mr Michael Mouzakis will take hair grafts from a donor area, typically the back of the scalp, and then individual hair follicles are grafted into the eyebrow area.

Preparation is key to achieve a natural look. The first step is to agree the size, shape and density of the eyebrows. The area is carefully marked beforehand to shape the brow and fill in any areas that have become thin. Mr Mouzakis will note the margins, midlines and peak points of the brows.

Once the hair follicles have been harvested from the scalp, they are prepared and trimmed down. A small amount of numbing agent is injected into the brow area and the hair follicles are carefully inserted.

Recovery is quick after an eyebrow transplant and you’ll see the results immediately, although it can take six months to the new hair follicles to fully graft. Once the scalp hairs have grafted to the new area, they are more likely to grow quicker than normal eyebrow hair, so you’ll need to maintain the shape and length regularly.

eyebrow transplant results

As well as those patients that have overplucked their brows in the past, this procedure can be performed on patients that have lost their brows for other reasons. Following an acid attack in 2008 where she lost her natural brows, Katie Piper recently underwent a successful eyebrow transplant.

For a permanent solution to thin or non-existent eyebrows, call 020 3325 6540 to find out if you’re suitable for an eyebrow transplant.

A recent poll of UK Snapchat users discovered that young men and women increasingly view minimally invasive aesthetic treatments as commonplace. Over half of VICE UK’s 51,000 respondents thought fillers were comparable to getting a facial.

While it’s good that much of the stigma about having an aesthetic treatment has been erased, these are still specialist procedures that carry some risk. Here’s our guide to getting flawless fillers every time.

What are dermal fillers?

Facial fillers, known as dermal fillers, are small injections of a gel-like substance that fill in wrinkles and add volume to soft tissue. The most popular are composed of hyaluronic acid, a substance that naturally occurs in the body, and produce instant results.

Depending on your body’s reaction and the area where they are injected, HA dermal fillers can last between six and 12 months, meaning the procedure will need to be repeated to maintain results. They can also be reversed if there has been a reaction, asymmetry, or you’re just not happy with the results.

Another category are those dermal fillers composed of biostimulants which stimulate the production of collagen as well as filling. This means there is a gradual improvement of volume and skin quality in the months after treatment and results typically last up to two years.

What can dermal fillers do?

Dermal fillers fill facial lines and add volume where it is lost. In the upper face, they are used to fill hollows at the temples. In the mid-face, they can smooth tear trough furrows beneath the eyes and replace lost volume in the cheeks. Often this will improve the appearance of the nasolabial folds that form between the nose and mouth and marionette lines that run from the corners of the mouth to the chin, but these lines can also be treated with dermal fillers.

The lips are a very popular treatment area for dermal fillers with women of all ages. Younger women can have the size of the lips can be increased as well as the shape enhanced. More mature patients that have seen their lips lose volume as they age, can have their pout restored and very fine facial fillers can be injected into the vermillion border of the lips to reverse the fine lines that start to form.

London Lip Augmentation Results

Facial fillers are not just an anti-ageing treatment. They are increasingly being used to produce a more harmonious balance to the face by reshaping the nose or sculpting the chin and jawline.

However, a new study has proven that as well as filling and volumising, dermal fillers can now provide a lifting effect. The study, which appeared in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Dermal fillers were injected into three main areas – the forehead and temple, the midface and the perioral and jawline. 3D scanning technology was used to measure the effect and it found that as well as filling, there was a vertical lifting effect, producing a one-millimetre lift in the forehead, for example.

What can dermal fillers not do?

Dermal fillers are not the same as wrinkle relaxing injections composed of botulinum toxin. The latter will temporarily freeze the nerves that instruct our facial muscles to relax and contract, smoothing wrinkles which typically form across the brow and around the eyes. Dermal fillers will not have the same effect on these dynamic wrinkles but are often used in conjunction with wrinkle relaxing injections for the optimal results.

How should I choose to perform my facial filler treatment?

Unfortunately, there is little regulation of who can perform dermal filler treatments and, although deemed minimally invasive, they can still produce adverse reactions and botched results, so it is essential you choose a practitioner that has the skill and experience to produce naturally beautiful results and manage any risks.

“I only use FDA-approved products that are clinically proven with impeccable safety records,” Dr Mooz explains. “I am an Allergan Inject Surgeon and use Juvéderm from Allergan which has an impeccable safety record. As a plastic surgeon, I fully embrace injectables either to enhance the results of a surgical procedure or as a standalone, preventative treatment.”

For more advice on dermal fillers, call 020 3325 6540 to book a consultation with Dr Mooz.

Last week was the first ever World Hair Transplant Repair Day, organised by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS), the global non-profit medical association and leading authority on hair loss treatment and restoration, of which Dr Mooz is a member.

Hair transplant surgeons around the world joined forces to raise awareness of how unqualified, inexperienced or even fraudulent clinics and practitioners are risking patient safety and producing botched results.

What is driving this explosion in fraudulent hair transplant clinics?

Hair restoration surgery is worth a staggering $4 billion worldwide and the profits at stake are powering this growth in hair loss clinics both here in the UK and abroad. When performed by a trained and experienced medical practitioner, hair transplants are a safe and highly effective solution to hair loss. However, clinics have now sprung up that offer low-cost deals to draw in patients with surgery performed by technicians rather than a properly licensed hair transplant surgeon.

  1. Is the clinic properly registered?

As with cosmetic surgery, there is little oversight of the hair restoration industry. Check that your clinic is registered with the Care Quality Commission. This is the NHS regulatory body that keeps medical standards in check and regulates hair transplant surgery.

  1. Is there website transparent?

Many fraudulent clinics have very impressive, sophisticated websites and pay a lot of money through Google paid advertising, but do not clearly demonstrate who will be performing the procedure and detail their qualifications, training and experience.

  1. Is your surgeon properly registered?

Unfortunately, there are no regulations stopping inexperienced or improperly qualified practitioners performing hair transplant surgery. First, check your practitioner is registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) – Dr Mooz is on the specialist register for plastic surgery which demonstrates that he has been through a rigorous training and examination process.

Membership of leading professional organisations is also a good indicator as they will enforce certain standards for their members. Dr Mooz is a member of the UK Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (UKAAPS), The International Society of Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) and The International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS).

  1. Is the price too good to be true?

If the cost of a hair transplant is significantly lower than at other reputable clinics, then it probably is too good to be true. Also beware clinics that offer financial inducements such as discounts or time limited offers.

  1. Are you being rushed into surgery?

If the clinic is using salespeople to perform the initial consultation or are putting pressure on you to commit to surgery in a short time frame, then you should be wary.

Beware a hair transplant surgeon who suggests that the operation is ‘scarless’ or ‘painless’ or guarantees a certain outcome. All surgery carries some risk, and a reputable practitioner will make sure you’re fully informed about all the potential complications and give you breathing space to make your decision.

To find out more about both the benefits and possible risks of hair transplant surgery, call 020 3325 6540 to arrange a consultation with Dr Mooz at The Private Clinic.

The very best surgeons are committed to continuous learning and expanding their skills for their patients’ benefit. Dr Mooz recently completed a three-day training course with Dr Alfredo Hoyos, a world-leader in body contouring surgery and hi def lipo, and has become a Total Definer Master.

During the three-day course, Dr Mooz was trained in all aspects of high definition body contouring using Vaser ultrasound technology. For both male and female patients, there was training in static and dynamic surgical markings pre-surgery and an emphasis on the multi-dimensional approach of body contouring.

Hands-on guidance gave an emphasis to the key areas of concern that patients may have – the back, abdomen, glutes, arms, legs and chest. Fat transfer to further enhance the results was also covered.

Dr Mooz is now on the official Total Definer site, as one in only ten definer surgeons qualified in the UK.

What can high definition lipo achieve?

Also known as Hi-Def Lipo, liposculpturing or 4D Lipo, Vaser liposuction allows surgeons to create more artistic, defined results than conventional liposuction. Vaser uses ultrasound technology to break up and loosen the fat cells before they are extracted using the smallest cannulas. As a result, it’s possible to sculpt closely to the muscles, revealing a more athletic, toned physique.

As the fat cells are gently removed with little damage to the surrounding connective tissue, veins and nerves, patients do not experience the same degree of discomfort, bruising and swelling that they can feel after traditional lipo.

Benefits include:

  • Procedure is always performed under sedation so no general anaesthetic
  • Safely removes a larger amount of fat
  • Quicker recovery
  • Less swelling and bruising afterwards
  • Less pain and discomfort are reported
  • Only tiny incisions are required so no visible scarring once healed

Every Vaser procedure is unique as it depends on your individual physique and your goals. During your consultation with Dr Mooz, he will discuss in depth what you’re hoping to achieve and can then advise you on what you can expect from surgery. To book a consultation, call us on 020 3325 6540.