Cardi B is no stranger to cosmetic surgery and has been candid about the breast augmentation and liposuction she had following the birth of her daughter three years ago. Now, nine months after her son was born, she has announced her next procedure will be a tummy tuck as she feels her shape has changed post-pregnancy.

Many women share this feeling after childbirth and breastfeeding which is why the mummy makeover has become one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures in recent years.

Pregnancy usually affects two areas of the body the most – the tummy and the breasts – and many women find it impossible to rectify these changes, however hard they work in the gym.

To accommodate the growing baby, the abdomen stretches and women are often left with lax muscles and stretched skin, even when their tummy shrinks back down. Post-childbirth and breastfeeding, women often feel their breasts have lost volume and have begun to sag.

A mummy makeover is a combination procedure that consists of an abdominoplasty or tummy tuck which will improve the contours of the stomach and waistline, performed in conjunction with breast surgery. The type of breast surgery – whether it’s an augmentation, uplift or uplift with implants – depends on the individual patient’s requirements.

Abdominoplasty

Even very slim women can find it hard to tone up their tummy after pregnancy as it stretches the abdominal muscles as well as the skin. During a tummy tuck, Dr Mooz will be able to tighten and repair the abdominal muscles, ensuring a flatter tummy and tighter waistline. Then any excess skin is removed and the belly button will be repositioned if necessary.

Breast augmentation

Childbirth and breastfeeding can often affect the breast profile and many women experience a loss of volume particularly on the upper pole of the breast. Your frame and desired shape and size will inform which incision technique is used and where the implant is placed, as well as the type of implant during a breast augmentation procedure.

Breast uplift

An uplift procedure will address issues with ptosis or sagging of the breast tissues. Incisions are made around the breasts and nipples so excess skin and tissue can be removed. The breasts are then lifted and tightened to a more youthful and flattering position on the chest wall. If necessary, the nipples are repositioned and their size can be reduced if they have become stretched and enlarged.

The breast uplift and augmentation are often performed together to ensure the best result possible. These procedures can also be combined with liposuction if further contouring is required.

For more advice on which combination of procedures will best suit you, call 020 3325 6540 to arrange a consultation with Dr Mooz.

According to the latest report from The International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS), advances in techniques and technology mean that the hair transplant is becoming an increasingly effective surgical solution to hair loss.

In the ISHRS 2022 Practice Census, 68% or hair restoration surgeons reported performing an average of one procedure per patient in 2021 to achieve the desired result. This represents a significant improvement, as in 2019 ISHRS members estimated an average of 3.4 procedures were required and five operations needed in 2016.

Dr Mooz is often asked during hair transplant consultations, ‘how successful will my procedure be?’ While it is not ever possible to give a definitive answer, there are certain steps you can take to ensure a positive outcome.

Which hair transplant method is used?

The current prevailing technique is Follicular Unit Extraction or FUE. During this procedure, follicular units or grafts of one to four hairs are extracted individually from the donor area and then small incision are made in the recipient area into which the units are inserted.

The other commonly used hair transplant technique is FUT or Follicular Unit Transplantation, which entails taking a strip of tissue from the donor area and then the follicular units are removed from the strip. The major drawback of this technique is that it can leave a large scar on the back or sides of the head, which is why FUE has become more popular in recent years.

Initially, FUE survival rates were not as good as FUT, as the grafts underwent more ‘trauma’ during the extraction process. During FUT, the hair follicles are carefully dissected from the donor strip, potentially leaving more of the connective tissue intact.

However, as a recent study revealed, advances in FUE technique means that the survival rate has improved and is now comparable to FUT.

Dr Mooz further ensures a successful outcome by using a hair transplant implanter pen. The pen creates the incision in the scalp at the same time as the graft is inserted. There are several benefits to this technique. As well as ensuring a higher density of implantation, the device gives Dr Mooz full control over the angle of implantation. By placing grafts at specific angles to recreate the direction of hair growth, results appear more natural. The implanter pen also allows the hair transplant surgeon to safely implant grafts between existing hair follicles, so it is possible to perform an unshaven hair transplant.

For more advice on Dr Mooz’s hair transplant success rates, call 020 3325 6540 to arrange a consultation.

A UK plastic surgery organisation has called for action to be taken to halt the rise in botched procedures due to cosmetic surgery tourism. The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) carry out annual audits of their members and the most recent check has revealed some alarming figures as complications from cosmetic surgery abroad rose by 44% from the previous year.

The latest BAAPS audit shows that hundreds of patients have required surgery in the UK to address complications after undergoing procedures performed abroad. The 2021 figure was 44% higher than the previous year when travel was limited due to the pandemic.

Life-threatening problems range from surgical removal of dead tissue to admission to intensive care following systemic infection. Abdominoplasties accounted for 75% of all complications followed by breast surgery procedures. It has been estimated that the cost to the NHS per patient is potentially £15,000.

BAAPS calls for travel insurance to be made compulsory to reduce the burden on an already overstrained NHS, as well as protect patients.

The cost of cosmetic surgery abroad

As well as the strain on the NHS, many patients find themselves having to pay many thousands on private treatment for cosmetic correction, wiping out the main perceived benefit of medical tourism which is the lower cost.

The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) estimates that the cost of a procedure can drop by between 40 and 80%, depending on the country of origin. So, what are you paying for when you choose a UK-based cosmetic surgeon?

  • All cosmetic surgery comes with risk, yet your UK surgeon will be able to provide comprehensive aftercare whereas accessing care from a surgeon in another country will be challenging once you’re returned home. These risks are also enhanced due to air travel soon after a major surgical procedure.
  • Training and accreditation in the UK costs far more than other countries, but it means that you can easily check that your surgeon is on the register for plastic surgery that is maintained by the General Medical Council (GMC).
  • Similarly, private hospitals and clinics in the UK must be regulated by the Healthcare Commission that inspects them regularly.
  • Plastic surgeons in the UK must have costly malpractice indemnity in case something does go wrong, and this means that patients are fully protected.

Are there any risks to having a hair transplant abroad?

As well as being a fully qualified plastic surgeon, Dr Mooz also specialises in hair transplant surgery. He is unsurprised that the BAAPS survey found 100% of complications were experienced by those that had travelled to Turkey.

Although hair restoration surgery is perceived as low risk in comparison to some cosmetic surgery procedures, there are complications to be aware of including infection and scarring. Irregularity of results is common as many foreign clinics use a team of technicians for speed and fail to achieve a uniform look. In fact, in some cases, the damage done to the donor hair follicle area can make it challenging to perform corrective treatment in the future.

To find out more about the care that Dr Mooz offers, call 020 3325 6540 to arrange a consultation.

The latest cosmetic surgery figures are in from the US and, although they found that 94% of all procedures in 2021 were performed on women, The Aesthetic Society also identified the top 6 most popular cosmetic surgery procedures for men.

  1. Liposuction: lipo is not the answer to excess weight gain, but for men that are committed to a healthy diet and exercise routine but aren’t seeing the results they are working towards, it can be the solution to eradicating stubborn fat. Dr Mooz offers microcannula laser and VASER to achieve body sculpting.
  2. Gynecomastia: both lipo and male breast reduction surgery have become increasingly popular in recent years as more and more men realise there is a treatment for an accumulation of fat or glandular breast tissue in the chest area that creates the appearance of moobs.
  3. Blepharoplasty: an upper and/or lower eyelid lift can reduce drooping or hooded eyelids, tighten up any loose, sagging skin folds and remove bags from under the eye. It is typically a simple and safe procedure that can quickly take off up to ten years.
  4. Rhinoplasty: strong, masculine features are popular, and the nose is key to this. A male nose job can create a more symmetrical and proportional facial appearance, as well as correct any trauma to the nose that might affect breathing. Dr Mooz also performs non-surgical nose jobs, using dermal fillers to create balance.
  5. Abdominoplasty: frequent weight fluctuations and a tendency for fat to accumulate in our midsections as we get older, means that a flabby, untoned stomach is a common cause for concern for many men. The male tummy tuck restores a more youthful, slimline contour by removing excess skin and tightening the abdominal muscles.
  6. Facelift: the aims for facial rejuvenation surgery for men and women are the same, but there are important considerations when planning a male facelift. There are anatomical differences between the male and female face, and it is important your surgeon is highly experienced to achieve a natural result.

For more advice on any of the male cosmetic surgery procedures offered by Dr Mooz, call 020 3325 6540 to arrange a consultation.

Last week we touched on some common misconceptions about liposuction, but one of the most prevailing is that lipo is a weight loss procedure. Liposuction is a highly efficient way to recontour the body and permanently remove stubborn pockets of fat, but it is not a quick fix weight loss method.

Here’s the truth about liposuction and losing weight:

Lipo results aren’t immediate

True: Many patients think that they’ll see an instant body transformation after a liposuction procedure. However, there will be a degree of swelling in the immediate recovery period, and it can take between one to three months to see the final outcome. Dr Mooz also encourages you to wear compression garments to ensure the best results.

Fat loss equals weight loss

False: Many patients think that permanently removing excess fat will help them lose weight. However, liposuction is most effective for men and women that are near or at their ideal body weight and just have stubborn pockets of fat that are proving resistant to diet and exercise.

Dr Mooz offers micro-cannula liposuction, known as MicroLipo, which uses small cannulas to finely sculpt the body’s contours and add definition. The technique can remove up to 3.5 litres of fat and can contour the arms, inner thighs, knees and under the chin as well as larger areas as the abdomen and flanks.

Fat loss is permanent

True and false: the fat cells that are removed during liposuction are permanently removed and will not regenerate. However, if you gain weight after your procedure, the remaining fat cells in the target area and the rest of the body can enlarge.

It’s easier to lose weight after liposuction

Often true: many of Dr Mooz’s lipo patients report that they have successfully achieved their weight loss goals or found it easier to maintain a healthy body weight after their lipo procedure. This is usually because their mindset has transformed and they are motivated to sustain their results.

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

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.