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.

There are many reasons why women are choosing to undergo breast surgery. This ranges from individuals seeking relief from physical pain and discomfort to those wanting to enhance their shape in order to boost their body confidence.

Whatever the reason, choosing to undergo breast surgery is a big decision. It is important that you have all the information you need to embark confidently on the procedure.

Which Breast Surgery?

It requires a lot of research to find both the procedure and the surgeon that is right for you. What’s more, it is really important that you have confidence in your plastic surgeon to perform the procedure safely and to suit your individual needs.

Based at the Private Clinic of Harley Street, Mr Mouzakis is a very accomplished GMC Specialist Registered Consultant Plastic Surgeon who specialises in Aesthetic Breast Surgery and has performed over 3,000 procedures.

With a strong focus on creating realistic results, Mr Mouzakis gives great attention and care to his client’s wishes in order to deliver results that are individualised to his client’s natural body shape and size.

Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures in the UK. It involves enhancing the size and shape of the breasts and can be carried out in a number of ways best suited to your needs.

Mr Mouzakis offers breast augmentation surgery using either premium Motiva breast implants or the natural approach of transferring fat to the breasts from other areas of the body.

Breast Uplift

A breast uplift procedure is designed to lift or reshape breasts that have changed shape due to gravity and the effect it has on the ligaments that support the breasts and nipples.

Through breast uplift surgery, Mr Mouzakis can remove any excess tissue from the breasts and can also reshape and reposition the nipple if required.

Often this procedure can be combined with breast augmentation and the transfer of fat to the breast to help achieve optimal results.

Breast Reduction

Also often referred to as a mammaplasty, breast reduction is a cosmetic procedure that helps to reduce and reshape large, sagging breasts as excess breast tissue, fat and skin are removed to improve the shape and lift.

It is often carried out when large breasts are causing discomfort, neck and back pain and body confidence issues.

This procedure is often more invasive than other breast surgery procedures and will require both general aesthetic and often an overnight stay.

The Next Stages

If you are thinking of breast surgery and you have more questions please get in touch to book a personalised consultation with Mr Mouzakis. Call us on 020 3325 6540 to book an appointment at The Private Clinic of Harley Street.

What is Micro Lipo?

Micro Lipo is the most recent cutting edge innovation in the field of liposuction and is a highly effective yet minimally invasive alternative to traditional liposuction.

It involves using small incisions and microcannulas to gently remove unwanted fat under the skin which is resistant to diet and exercise. It is a sculpting procedure that aims to enhance the body’s contour, definition and physique.

Micro Lipo VS. Traditional Liposuction

In traditional liposuction techniques, incisions are made for a metal tube to pass through into the areas of excess fat. This tube is then connected to a suction pump and is moved back and forth under the skin to collect and remove unwanted fat. Historically, this technique is known to cause significant bruising and swelling with extended recovery times.

However modern liposuction methods have revolutionised and can now be performed with much smaller devices meaning significant reductions in blood loss, trauma, bruising and has also been proven to be less painful.

Micro Lipo can also be carried out under local anaesthetic meaning it avoids the risks and prolonged recovery time associated with general anaesthetic. The rapid post-operative recovery means that you can return to normal activities much quicker. There is no need for stitches after the procedure and you should be able to return to work within 2 days and exercise within a week.

Micro Lipo Procedure

During the procedure, a very diluted local anaesthetic is injected into layers of fat which causes the areas to become swollen and firm. It is this swelling that then helps to separate the fat cells from the surrounding tissue. The fat is then removed using microcannulas with a diameter of less than 3mm and can often remove up to 3.5 litres of fat in one single session.

Micro Lipo can be used on the following areas of the body:

  • arms
  • inner thighs
  • knees
  • flanks
  • abdomen
  • male chest
  • chin
  • neck

It is essential that your treatment begins with a bespoke consultation that details the procedure and ensures that you are suitable for liposuction surgery. This will include your medical history, expectations from surgery, risks and complications and aftercare regime.

Get Started

Deciding on what type of liposuction to opt for is a big decision and we will always advise you on the best option suited for your body type, shape and needs.

Mr Mouzakis has vast experience in minimally invasive surgery. And by using the least invasive approach to surgery as possible, he can help you to achieve the most natural and satisfying results. Start your journey today and get in touch for a personalised consultation.

Travelling abroad for cosmetic surgery can seem very appealing. Prices are often lower than undergoing treatment in this country. In recent times, there has been a big rise in men travelling abroad to undergo hair transplant procedures in places like Turkey, Hungary and Greece.

Mr Mouzakis has performed over 1600 hair transplants and is a fully accredited Plastic Surgeon based in the UK. His memberships and professional standards, commitment to superior patient service, as well as using the most up-to-date hair restoration techniques.

But are there any risks of going abroad for a hair transplant? Sadly there are many, and we’ve listed just a few below.

Clinical standards may not be the same

In this country, private doctors and surgeons are subject to strict hygiene and safety standards. Clinics are regularly inspected and reviewed by the Care Quality Commission to ensure that these standards are met.

Government bodies in other countries may not perform the same rigorous checks, and often a discounted price reflects this.

It is important to meet with your surgeon

In the UK it is expected that the first step in the hair transplant process is that you will meet your surgeon. In your consultation, you can discuss your personal hair loss experience and what you hope to achieve from the surgery. You must then be allowed a two week cooling-off period before booking in for the surgery itself.

When you book to have a hair transplant abroad, you will usually not meet with the surgeon until you have arrived in the country where the operation will be performed. So unless you have booked a very extended holiday, that mandatory cooling-off period is unlikely.

If you do have a consultation before leaving the UK, it is likely to be with a salesperson – not the surgeon. So their knowledge of the surgery itself is minimal, and whose main priority is to encourage you to go ahead.

Seeing the clinic

Another important consideration is the clinic itself. As mentioned above, it may well not be subject to the same stringent checks as a UK clinic, but you won’t know for sure what it is like without seeing it.

As medical tourism continues to rise, more and more people are seeking to take advantage of this by operating illegal clinics offering low-price procedures with minimal expertise, hygiene or safety standards.

Post-operative care

Of course talking to your surgeon is important before the procedure. But you need to be able to contact them with any concerns you may have afterwards too. So this can be very difficult to organise when they are based abroad.

With hair transplants in particular, it can take several months before the real results start to be seen. And you may well have a number of questions and worries in the intervening period.

Dr Mooz and his experienced team in the UK are committed to you throughout the whole hair transplant process. From the initial consultation to every aftercare appointment, they are with you every step of the way. There is also a 24-hour phone line should you feel worried or concerned about anything.

Mr Michael Mouzakis is one of the UK’s top hair transplant surgeons, so if you are considering a hair transplant, you couldn’t be in better hands. For more information or to book an appointment, please contact us.

Hair loss in men is a topic that has been covered countless times. But hair loss in women is also very common. According to NHS figures, around 8 million women in the UK suffer from some form of hair loss – that’s almost a quarter of the female population.

Whilst male hair loss can of course have a devastating impact on a man’s mental health, it is a problem that is recognised and to a certain extent expected. The taboo surrounding female hair loss, however, means that many women are left feeling alone, and are ashamed to reach out for help.

The causes of female hair loss can be numerous and varied, so we’ve put together a list of the most common ones:

Androgenetic alopecia (female pattern hair loss)

Just like in men, hereditary alopecia is by far the most common cause of hair loss in women. However, the problem presents itself very differently in women from men. Men tend to lose their hair in one very specific pattern: beginning at the temples, then receding back from the hairline, often with some accompanying thinning around the crown.

Female pattern hair loss, however, tends to be much more diffuse – usually most obvious around the parting. If your hair feels like it is thinning generally, rather than falling out in clumps, or leaving obvious bald patches, then the likelihood is that you are suffering from female pattern hair loss.

Traction alopecia

Another common cause of hair loss in women is traction alopecia. This is when certain hair styles or products cause the hair to be pulled out from the root. When this happens too often over too long a period, the follicles can be irreversibly damaged.

Caught early, however, traction alopecia is very treatable. Although the best treatment is simply to avoid hair styles that pull too hard on your hair. Weaves and extensions are particular culprits, but very long hair can be heavy, which pulls on the follicles.

Alopecia areata

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune condition, which often presents as patchy hair loss. But it can also result in total baldness (alopecia totalis), and sometimes even extends to body hair (alopecia universalis).

Exact causes of alopecia areata are not fully understood, although it can be linked to other autoimmune conditions. The condition will usually resolve itself over time.

Stress related hair loss for women

Another common cause of hair loss in women is telogen effluvium. This is thought to be linked one major stressful event or prolonged stress. Telogen effluvium causes the hair follicles to enter the resting phase of the cycle all at once.

Usually, each hair on your head will be on a slightly different phase of the hair growth cycle. This is why you will notice hairs falling out without generally seeing large hairless areas on your scalp. With telogen effluvium, however, all the hairs enter the resting phase at once, causing them all to fall out.

The hair loss usually occurs weeks or months after the precipitating event, so the link is not always immediately obvious. Again, the issue will usually resolve itself over time.

There are treatments available to help with female hair loss, including hair transplant surgery. To find out which would be best for you, you first need to establish which type of hair loss you have.

If you are concerned about hair loss and want to find out more about hair transplant surgery, book a consultation with Mr Michael Mouzakis at The Private Clinic of Harley Street. Call us on 020 3325 6540.

In Mr Michael Mouzakis’ recent Instagram Q&A session, the question that came up time and time again was: ‘am I a suitable candidate for a hair transplant?’ So we thought it was worth dedicating a post to the topic.

If you’ve been considering a hair transplant, chances are your hairline is receding, and a hair transplant is the one procedure that is virtually guaranteed to solve that problem. However, there are some things to consider before you take the plunge:

How far along the hair loss journey are you?

Some practitioners like to talk about age as a factor, but the real question is how far your hairline has receded. If you have been losing your hair for a number of years already, whether you’re 25 or 55, you are likely to be a good candidate for a hair transplant.

If you have only recently started to lose your hair, a transplant will still be effective. But you may find you need to have further surgery at a later stage. Whilst the transplant will replace hair that has already been lost, it won’t prevent you losing hair in the future. So there is a strong chance that your hairline will continue to recede behind the line of implantation.

However, there is another option if you are still keen to undergo a hair transplant. You can combine a hair transplant with the use of drugs or topical treatments that counter the effects of DHT (dihydrotestosterone) on the hair follicles.

2. What type of hair loss do you have?

Another major factor when considering whether somebody is a suitable candidate for hair transplant is the density of hair in the donor area.

These days, the surgery is performed using a technique known as FUE (follicular unit extraction). Follicles are harvested individually from across a fairly large donor site. The results after FUE surgery are more natural with no scarring. And the missing follicles are pretty much imperceptible to the naked eye. However, it does mean that you need to have enough donor hair available.

People who have male or female pattern hair loss (androgenic alopecia) are usually the best candidates for a hair transplant. This is because the hair follicles at the back and sides of the head are far less susceptible to the effects of DHT. So there is usually a good donor area from which to take the follicles.

Other forms of hair loss, such as alopecia areata or telogen effluvium can affect any of the hair follicles. These are not easily treatable with hair transplant surgery. The good news, however, is that these conditions usually right themselves over time.

3. How good is your general health?

As with any form of surgery, it is important to be in fairly good health generally. If you have any underlying medical conditions, you must make your surgeon aware of this as it may impact on the surgery.

If you are keen to find out more about your personal eligibility for hair transplant surgery, book an appointment with Mr Michael Mouzakis at The Private Clinic of Harley Street, call us on 020 3325 6540.

There’s no doubt that there has been a surge of interest in cosmetic procedures since the beginning of the pandemic. The so-called ‘zoom boom’ has seen some clinics claiming a 500 per cent interest in demand.

The reasons for this are several fold: firstly, the rise in video conferencing means we have been confronted with our own image far more than is usual over the past eighteen months. Secondly, the ubiquity of working from home has negated any problems with taking time off to let any swelling die down. Finally, lockdown weight gain has left many of us seriously considering weight loss surgery.

But while there’s nothing wrong with any of the above as a spur to undergo surgery, it is important that we don’t throw caution to the wind. Cosmetic or otherwise, all surgery carries a risk, and it is vitally important that you choose your surgeon carefully.

Why qualifications matter

Cosmetic surgery holds all the same risks as any other surgical procedure, but with one additional possibility: if the procedure does not go as planned, then rather than improving your appearance, it could end up having the opposite effect.

Unlike other forms of surgery, cosmetic procedures are fairly unregulated from a legal standpoint. Because cosmetic surgery is not deemed a specialty in its own right, anyone with any kind of medical training can call themselves a cosmetic surgeon.

So, unless you are happy for someone with no formal surgical training to perform your surgery, it does pay to do your research.

How to choose a qualified cosmetic surgeon

It’s all very well to look into a surgeon’s background, but if you don’t know what you’re looking for you could spend hours trawling the internet and be none the wiser. The cowboy practitioners are more likely than anyone to talk up their ‘training’, whilst conveniently forgetting to mention a lack of actual qualifications.

Thankfully, there are some simple ways to recognise if a surgeon is the real deal. Here’s what to look out for:

  • The letters after their name – Mr Michael Mouzakis, MD, MSc – meaning he is a medical doctor with 6 years in medical school. He is in the Specialist Register, trained in plastic surgery and he has a master in science in aesthetic medicine from the Queen Mary University of London.
  • Membership of professional organisations – whilst the government does not yet see fit to regulate the cosmetic surgery industry, many of the more reputable practitioners have taken matters into their own hands. Organisations like the UK Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (UKAAPS) and the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS), both of which Mr Michael Mouzakis is a member, exist to provide accountability. All their members are fully qualified and are answerable to a code of ethics.

Make the right choice

If you’re keen to show the world a ‘new you’, do make sure that you choose a reputable practitioner to perform your cosmetic procedures.

Mr Michael Mouzakis is not only highly qualified and experienced in his chosen areas of cosmetic surgery, he has also chosen to become a member of several professional organisations in order to provide reassurance for patients and help set a standard within the industry.

To find out more, or to book an appointment with Mr Michael Mouzakis at The Private Clinic of Harley Street, call us on 020 3325 6540.

National Breastfeeding Week falls on 20th-26th June this year, and we are keen to lend our support to this worthy cause.

If you are able to, breastfeeding is the best and simplest way to give your baby all the nutrients s/he needs, whilst also fostering a bond that will last a lifetime.

Once your child is weaned, however, some women do find that their breasts have lost the perkiness of youth. This gradual drooping of the breasts does happen eventually anyway, of course, as age and gravity begin to take their toll.

But the swelling of the breasts as the milk glands fill can cause the fibrous tissues of the breasts to stretch and break down earlier than they might otherwise. Which in turn can leave many women feeling older than their years.

Breast uplift surgery

If this problem sounds familiar to you, you might be pleased to know that there is a solution available. Of course, advancements in underwear and shaping technology mean that these days most of us can create the illusion of a reasonable figure with our clothes on.

But if what greets you in the mirror when you shed your clothes is getting you down, then breast uplift surgery or mastopexy could provide the answer.

Unlike breast augmentation surgery, the aim of an uplift is not to make your breasts larger, but to restore them to a more youthful shape and position on the breast.

What happens during a breast uplift procedure?

There are different types of uplift surgery available, and in a consultation Dr Michael Mouzakis will talk through your options with you. The treatment that you choose will also depend on the size of your breasts and the result you are looking for.

Most commonly, a cut is made around your areola (nipple), and another vertical incision is made running down from the nipple underneath the breast. Any loose tissue is removed, the nipple is repositioned to a higher point on the breast, and the incisions are sewn up.

Can I have an augmentation at the same time?

If you would like your breasts to be made larger as well as more pert, it is possible to combine a breast augmentation with uplift surgery.

Mr Mouzakis uses Motiva implants, a premium breast implant brand. They have an impeccable safety record and a low complication rate. Another increasingly popular option is a natural breast augmentation. He can also enhance the shape and size of the breasts with fat transferred from a donor site. This will provide a more youthful result than uplift surgery alone, as it gives more fullness above the nipple.

What should I expect after surgery?

Mr Michael Mouzakis will explain everything in your consultation, but breast uplift surgery is usually performed as a hospital day case using a general anaesthetic.

You should be able to get up and walk around on the day of surgery, and back to light activity levels after a fortnight. Most patients choose to take two weeks off work anyway, as your breasts will be swollen and tender after surgery.

Within six weeks you should be able to exercise as usual. But it can take several months for the initial swelling to settle and for the final results to become visible.

Most women are extremely pleased with the results of breast uplift surgery. They also find that their confidence and self esteem is improved dramatically. You can ensure the best results by following the advice of Mr Mouzakis post surgery.

If you are keen to find out more about breast uplift surgery or breast augmentation, book an appointment with Mr Michael Mouzakis at The Private Clinic of Harley Street, call us on 020 3325 6540.