With it being Men’s Health Week from 15th to 20th June, we thought we’d take a look at a major concern for men: male hair loss.

Hair loss in men is extremely common. In fact studies have shown that 30% of Caucasian men experience male pattern hair loss by the age of thirty. That figure increases to 50% by the age of fifty, and to 70% by eighty years of age.

There are many causes of hair loss in men:

Nutritional deficiency and hair loss

We all know that eating a balanced, varied diet is good for us, but did you know it is also good for your hair? If you’re not eating enough of the right kinds of nutrients, that could cause your hair to weaken and fall out.

Nutrients that are essential for healthy hair include:

  • Iron – found in greatest quantities in red meat and green, leafy vegetables such as spinach and broccoli
  • Omega 3 and other essential fatty acids – most commonly found in fish
  • Vitamin B – found in meat, fish, eggs and dairy produce as well as some dark green vegetables

Ensuring that your diet is rich in these nutrients should help your hair to stay stronger for longer.

Stress and hair loss

One major cause of hair loss in both men and women is stress. This can be ongoing, low level stress, or more commonly a major stressful event.

The latter tends to cause a form of hair loss called telogen effluvium, where the hair enters the resting phase of its life cycle early. This causes a lot of hair to fall out at once, instead of the usual process where a few hairs fall out each day.

This will usually happen around three to six months after the stressful event, so the link may not be obvious. The good news is that telogen effluvium is usually temporary and the hair will grow back eventually.

Genetics and male pattern baldness

Most men – and women – will experience a degree of hair thinning as they get older. However, men are more susceptible to a more noticeable, progressive hair loss that can begin as early as their 20s and 30s.

The most common reason for this type of male hair loss is genetics. Some men are more susceptible to the effects of the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which causes hair follicles to shrink as you get older.

The hair loss typically follows a distinctive pattern, with loss of hair either at the front of the hairline and temples and/or the top of the head. Male pattern baldness, known medically as androgenetic alopecia is estimated to affect about half of all men by the age of 50.

What to do about hair loss that’s already happened

Preventative measures are all well and good, but for many of us it’s too late for a change in our diet or stress levels to have much effect. If your hair loss is already noticeable, you might want to consider a solution that will restore your hairline to its former glory.

If this is the case, a hair transplant might be your best option. These days the follicular unit extraction (FUE) method means that hair transplant surgery is both highly effective and virtually undetectable.

While it might not seem like a big deal, for some men losing their hair can present a huge threat to their emotional wellbeing, and having a hair transplant can provide the confidence boost they need to lead a fuller life.

If you are concerned about hair loss and want to find out more about hair transplant surgery, Dr Mooz is a highly experienced and talented surgeon. He has performed over 1,600 procedures and harvests and transplants every follicle himself.

For more information or to book a consultation with Mr Michael Mouzakis at The Private Clinic of Harley Street, call us on 020 3325 6540.

Hair transplants can get a bad rap. From the obvious plugs of the nineties to glaring scars at the back of the head, many people are put off by the transplants of old.

But times have changed, and hair transplants these days are hugely effective and often undetectable. Here’s why:

Technology has moved on

If you think back to the computer games we played in the nineties and then consider the virtual reality gaming of today, perhaps it becomes slightly less surprising that medical technology has improved too.

Hair transplants today use a process called FUE, or follicular unit extraction. Instead of harvesting a strip of follicles from the back of the head (leaving a large, unsightly scar), follicles are individually removed from a range of areas. This is usually around the back and sides of the head. They are then implanted into the thinning areas, using a pen-like device.

Because the follicles are transplanted individually, it is virtually impossible to detect where they have been removed from the donor site. They can be implanted in a way which exactly mimics a natural hairline.

It is practically guaranteed to succeed

There are myriad hair loss treatment options out there, but while drugs and topical treatments often only have limited success, hair transplant surgery is almost guaranteed to work.

It may take a while for the implanted hairs to grow, but grow they will, and what’s more, they won’t fall out. The hairs at the back and side of the head are genetically different from those at the top of the head and are not susceptible to male pattern hair loss.

And you don’t need to be concerned about the transplant being obvious in the days and weeks after the procedure. Mr Michael Mouzakis offers an unshaven hair transplant option. This means the surgery is virtually undetectable from day one.

Things to consider

A hair transplant is an expensive option, so it’s important to give it the best chance of success. If you have only recently started losing your hair, it is worth considering that whilst the transplanted hair won’t fall out, the natural hairs behind them may still thin as time goes on.

If you’d prefer not to delay your transplant for this reason, it might be worth considering combining a hair transplant with some prescription hair loss drugs. Finasteride and minoxidil are the most popular hair loss drugs for strengthening the remaining hair follicles and avoid further hair loss in future.

It will take up to six months before you start to see an improvement in hair growth in the area, and it might be a year before those hairs reach their full thickness. By that stage, you should have a full and youthful hairline, that no one would ever guess isn’t entirely natural.

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

All surgery carries a risk, and when that surgery is elective, rather than a medical necessity, it is important to assess the risk to reward ratio. It is important to ask yourself, do the rewards of plastic surgery outweigh the potential risks involved.

With plastic surgery, that decision is just as important as it is with any other elective procedure. We’ve taken the time to analyse some of those risks and benefits for you, to help you to make a decision.

Physical risks of plastic surgery

There are certain physical health risks that are common to all surgical procedures – although it is worth bearing in mind that the risk with all these complications is minimal. These include:

  • Blood clots
  • Infection
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Paralysis
  • Risks from the anaesthetic, including allergic reactions to the drugs used
  • Nerve damage

There is also the risk that you will be dissatisfied with the results and so will require further corrective surgery. This risk is arguably greater with cosmetic surgery than with other procedures, as the perceived success of the procedure is even more subjective.

All these risks will be discussed in detail with the surgeon before you undergo any procedure, and the potential for an unsatisfactory outcome can be minimised by undergoing a thorough consultation beforehand.

Psychological risks of plastic surgery

There is no doubt that cosmetic plastic surgery does carry some psychological risk. These should be thoroughly addressed by your surgeon at the consultation stage. Any reputable surgeon will dissuade you from surgery if they feel it presents a risk to your mental health.

Things you should consider in terms of the psychological impact of surgery include:

  • Reactions of family and friends – not everyone will think you’ve made the right decision. How will you feel if they express that to you?
  • Having surgery might improve the specific issue you are having addressed, but it won’t change anything else in your life. This leads to the question – are you having this done for the right reasons?

It is also important to think about whether you may suffer from body dysmorphia syndrome. Do you look in the mirror and see only flaws? Once you have fixed this particular ‘problem’, will something else crop up to take its place?

Rewards of plastic surgery

Provided you are having it done for the right reasons and are aware of all the risks, plastic surgery can be life changing.

Some procedures, like breast reduction, genuinely can produce a huge, quantifiable improvement in your daily life. Women report an almost immediate reduction in back pain, clothes fit better, and they are able to take part in activities they’ve had to avoid for years.

Micro lipo can be the trigger needed to lead a healthier lifestyle, exercise more and improve our overall wellbeing.

For many procedures, the main reward is psychological. The boost to your self esteem can be enormous, especially when a particular issue has been bothering you for years.

Ear surgery is one such procedure. Other people may not even notice what your ears look like. But if you feel like your ears protrude too much, or the lobes hang too low, then having the problem corrected can provide a major improvement in your self image.

Scar revision surgery can also be lifechanging. To have a ‘flaw’ removed from your body can make all the difference to your self confidence.

Mr Michael Mouzakis provides a full and thorough consultation to all his patients, to ensure that all the risks and benefits of surgery are discussed. To book an appointment with Mr Michael Mouzakis at The Private Clinic of Harley Street, call us on 020 3325 6540.

After months of being shut up inside with only our nearest and dearest, even the most vain among us have started to neglect our appearance a bit. After all, what’s the point in wearing lipstick if the only living thing that’s going to see it is a dog? And will your three-year-old really appreciate those towering heels? Or are you better off in a pair of comfy and practical Uggs?

And that’s before we think about the lockdown weight gain. This last one has been tough on us all. It’s been cold, it’s been dark and it’s been just after Christmas, so is it any wonder if we’ve turned to the comforts of the treat cupboard?

So perhaps it’s time to pull ourselves together and get our game face on. If you think you might need a bit of extra help, here are our top cosmetic surgeries to get you looking and feeling your best:

Jowl tightening/filler facelift

If there’s one thing these pesky masks have been good for, it’s covering up the lower half of our face. So no one needs to know how saggy our jowls are getting. However, as we start to meet up outdoors without the masks, what can we do then?

Mr Michael Mouzakis performs a treatment known as the filler facelift. This is a totally non-invasive alternative to cosmetic surgeries, but it is a highly effective way to lift, shape and rejuvenate the face. It lifts the jowls and gives an overall more youthful appearance. You can also expect natural looking results, immediately.

Wrinkle-smoothing injections can also be used to tighten the jowl area, as well as smoothing away any lines that may have appeared over the course of lockdown.

Micro Lipo

If your problem is less a result of ageing, and more down to an overabundance of chocolate, Micro Lipo is a great way to remove stubborn pockets of fat.

A minimally invasive procedure, Micro Lipo uses small cannulas to suck fat out of certain areas. This is most commonly performed on the upper arms, thighs, tummy, knees or under the chin.

It’s not a cure-all solution, but you can expect long-lasting results after this minimally invasive treatment. It is important to maintain a healthy diet and exercise regime both before and after treatment to maximise the results.

Hair transplant

Stress can do terrible things to your hairline, so it’s no surprise that many men have found their hair loss has worsened considerably over lockdown.

If this is the case for you, why not bite the bullet and opt for a hair transplant? Techniques have improved immeasurably over the past decade. Mr Michael Mouzakis offers advanced Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) hair transplant surgery. This is one of the most up-to-date and effective hair restoration procedures, which offers optimal results with minimal scarring.

You need to shave your head for the operation, which can be passed off as a style choice in itself. And while you might want to wear a hat for the first week or two, the scarring fades quickly, and within a couple of months you should see a whole new hairline growing in.

For more information about any of these cosmetic surgeries and non-invasive treatments, or to book an appointment with Mr Michael Mouzakis at The Private Clinic of Harley Street, call us on 020 3325 6540.

It’s been a funny old year, and we’ve all had to change the way we live our lives quite dramatically. Kitchens have been turned into schools, bedrooms into offices, and meetings that would once have been held in boardrooms are now conducted over Zoom, with pets and children making regular cameos.

There have been some surprising winners from this strange turn of events – make-up sales are down, but skincare is doing a roaring trade.

One trend that nobody saw coming, however, is the rise in men seeking cosmetic treatments. Aesthetic doctors and surgeons the world over have confirmed they’re seeing an increase in the demand of wrinkle-smoothing injections for men.

Zoom with a view

Why, in a year when we’ve neglected our appearance in almost all other respects, are cosmetic treatments suddenly having a moment? Experts say video conferencing is the answer.

These days, whenever we attend a meeting, we are forced to confront our own image throughout, and most of us aren’t liking what we see. The stresses of lockdown have taken a toll. And without the benefit of flattering lighting, the webcam can reveal our dark circles, wrinkles and puffiness we might otherwise not have noticed.

‘Male resting face’

All well and good, but why is it men who are suddenly rushing to the clinic? Explanations vary, but one theory is that men tend towards a particular expression when their face is at rest – a slight frown, which causes a deep crease between the brows as age and gravity take their toll.

And for the men seeking help with cosmetic treatment, it’s not vanity that’s fueling their interest, but rather the desire for professional success. As younger colleagues start to move up the ranks and bite at their heels, they can’t help but question. Would their chances of promotion be improved if they looked that bit more youthful, less worn down by the job?

Tweakments, not treatments

So what are these men having done? Well, unlike their female counterparts, they aren’t generally seeking smooth, wrinkle-free foreheads and plump, glowing cheeks. The average man wants something more subtle. A slight softening of the lines, a tightening of the jaw line. Maybe a tiny injection under the eye to create a fresher, more alert look.

As an experienced cosmetic practitioner and an Allergan Inject surgeon, Mr Michael Mouzakis is highly skilled in performing these delicate procedures. It’s a fine art; too little product and you’ll barely notice a difference, but too much and the work could be obvious.

Summer is hurtling towards us, so if you’ve been thinking about joining the ranks of men seeking wrinkle-smoothing injections, now could be the perfect time. For more information or to book an appointment with Mr Michael Mouzakis at The Private Clinic of Harley Street, call us on 020 3325 6540.

Dr Mooz recently took over The Private Clinic’s instagram account to answer questions on anything hair transplant-related.

With almost a year of some sort of lockdown under our belts and working from home very much the new normal, Zoom (or whatever equivalent platform your company prefers) has become part of our everyday lives.

And whilst there’s no doubt that video conferencing has made the transition from office life much easier, it does have its downsides. According to the Guardian, plastic surgeons in the UK reported a 70% rise in demand for video consultations in 2020. A boom fuelled, they believe, by the pressure to look good on Zoom calls.

Celebrities lead the way

Comedian Jimmy Carr has been reported to have undergone a hair transplant as well as having his teeth fixed recently. And he’s not alone, as other men are looking at ways to improve their appearance during lockdown.

Hair transplants are among the most popular cosmetic procedures for men, and for very good reason. A receding hairline, whilst not at all uncommon in men aged 30 plus, can be very ageing. A hair transplant offers a very effective and yet subtle way to shave some years off.

Lockdown hair transplants

With case numbers now falling rapidly but a few months still to go before we see restrictions lifted entirely, there has never been a better time to undergo a hair transplant.

Now that working from home has become the norm for most of us, employers are having to be more flexible. This might help to fit your procedure into your working week without taking time off. And as a hair transplant is performed under local anaesthetic, recovery time is minimal. So you can get straight back to work after your op.

And there’s no need to be embarrassed in social situations while you wait for the new hair to grow. You can simply style it out with a shaved head over Zoom.

And once summer is here and life begins to return to normal, your new hairline will be well established and ready to show off.

Minimising the risk

Of course, the pandemic is still a very real part of our lives. It is understandable that people might feel cautious about entering a clinic.

Mr Michael Mouzakis performs hair transplant procedures at The Private Clinic, where every precaution is being taken to ensure the safety of our clients and our staff.

Consultations can take place over the phone or by video call. There is no need to leave the safety of your home until the day of the procedure.

When you do come to the clinic for your procedure, you will be asked to come alone, no more than five minutes before your appointment. Our staff will be wearing full PPE, and we ask that everyone follow social distancing guidelines where possible.

Things are starting to look up, so don’t let your hairline get you down. For more information or to book a consultation, please contact us at The Private Clinic of Harley Street on 020 3325 6540.

The impact of male hair loss can be profound and journalist Michael Segalov recently delved into his own fear of losing his locks in the Guardian‘s Observer Sunday paper. In his in-depth dive into male pattern baldness, Michael spoke to experts and scientists including hair restoration expert Mr Michael Mouzakis.

Michael is only 27 but has spent years obsessing about the future of his follicles. His own dad, plus his mother’s father and brothers all ranged from receding to totally bald and even though he acknowledges he’s barely balding now, he can see two distinct gaps appearing in the top corners of his frontal hairline.

The psychological impact of male hair loss

In his article, Michael drew attention to the findings of psychologists Sue McHale and Nigel Hunt who ran ads in national newspapers, requesting readers share their hair loss accounts. “What we have since found,” explains McHale, a senior lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University, “is that whether it’s sudden hair loss or male pattern baldness, the consequences are the same.”

“When someone looks in the mirror,” she says, “often the person they see is someone they no longer recognise. It can leave your self-image fractured, dramatically changed.” The result, she adds, is often varying degrees of anxiety and depression, with men struggling with the impact of hair loss – at whatever stage – regularly too ashamed to express how they felt.

As part of his investigation, Michael also had a consultation with hair transplant surgeon Michael Mouzakis at the Private Clinic in Harley Street.

Mr Mouzakis’ view: “Yours is a typical pattern for male hair loss at an earlyish stage.” He advised Michael of his options. He could buy Minoxidil over the counter, a liquid or foam that is proven to help invigorate the follicles, but warned that consistency is key. Prescription medication known as finasteride is another option, but it works by reducing testosterone levels so a common side-effect is reduced libido.

The permanent hair restoration option

Mr Mouzakis then confirmed that Michael was suitable for a hair transplant: “We take follicles from a healthy area less prone to hair loss, generally the back of the head, and put it into the recipient area at the front.

“Hair loss is a medical condition you can fight, but you cannot win; it’s in our nature,” Mr Mouzakis explained. “Baldness you can delay and keep at bay, but for now there’s no turning back the clock.”

To find out if you’re a suitable candidate for a hair transplant, call us on 020 3325 6540.