Losing your hair doesn’t have to be inevitable. There are treatments and procedures that can halt hair thinning and stimulate regrowth but early intervention is always key so here’s the 5 signs you should be looking out for:
- Look at old photos – male pattern baldness is a progressive problem which means it typically worsens over a prolonged period of time. As a result you might not be aware of the problem when it first starts. Keep track of your hairline by looking at old pics.
- Watch out for increased shedding – is your shower getting plugged up or your brush full of hair every time you brush it. If you notice increased hair fall, arrange a consultation with a male hair loss specialist.
- Check out your family tree – genetics are a key factor in male hair thinning so if the male members of your family suffer from male pattern baldness it’s likely you will too.
- Notice hair loss patterns – different alopecia conditions present in different ways so keep track of the type of hair loss you’re suffering.
- Avoid stress – factors such as extreme stress, illness or dietary changes can all play a role in your hair health.
Maisam Fazel is a Consultant who specialises in a wide range of Aesthetic Surgery procedures. He has a unique background in both Plastic and Breast Surgery and is thus also actively involved in Breast Care and Reconstruction.
Mr Fazel read medicine at Cambridge University (where he was awarded the University Prize in Surgery) followed by a residency in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery in East Africa. On his return to the UK, he trained at leading teaching hospitals in London, Paris and Milan. During his training, he was selected for a National Fellowship at the renowned Nottingham Breast & Reconstruction Unit, where he trained within the Plastic Surgery department.
Subsequently, he was one of the very few surgeons to be awarded the prestigious Royal College of Surgeons Cosmetic Fellowship where he gained extensive experience in a wide range of cosmetic procedures under leading Plastic Surgeons in the UK.
To further his training, Mr Fazel undertook an additional cosmetic fellowship in the United States where he worked with internationally renowned Aesthetic and Plastic surgeons.
On the academic front, Maisam Fazel has published widely in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery and has been invited to present his work at national and international aesthetic meetings where he has won several awards.
Mr Fazel is registered with the General Medical Council (number 4767420) and is on the specialist register. He is an active member of a number of national and international reconstructive and cosmetic surgery organisations.
Outside medicine, Maisam Fazel enjoys tennis, skiing and scuba diving. He is an assessor for the Duke of Edinburgh scheme and recently climbed Mt Kilimanjaro. He is also involved in a number of wildlife conservation projects in East Africa and regularly volunteers for charity health camps in the developing world.
Maisam Fazel believes each patient has unique aesthetic goals and places a great deal of importance in offering a detailed, honest consultation to help his patients achieve their desired outcome.
Plastic surgery used to be considered a woman’s area of interest, with high profile females often seen sharing images and videos of their newly enhanced or reduced physiques. This is no longer just a woman’s pursuit, as the industry is seeing repaid growth in the number of procedures requested by men.
According to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the rate of male cosmetic surgery has grown exponentially, with a 325% increase seen since the late 1990s. The study interviewed 618 men and asked them whether or not they would consider going under the knife for plastic surgery.
Thirty-one per cent of those interviewed suggested that they would, and it was procedures such as liposuction, breast reduction, eyelid surgery, nose lift surgery and facelifts that topped the ranks of what they would be interested in.
The driving force behind these male cosmetic surgery trends
Interestingly, it is the modern man who is behind the majority of this growth, with 92% of men who claimed to be interested in undergoing surgery being classed as millennials. This term is used to describe those who class as being in ‘Generation Y’ – those born between the early 1980s to the mid-1990s.
It is believed that social media plays a key role in the interest in cosmetic surgery procedures, both for men and women. Access to social media platforms has grown rapidly in the past 20 years, with most of us interacting with at least one social media platform every day. With the likes of Instagram and Twitter awash with imagery of celebrities who have gone down the surgical route, it is no wonder nit had piqued the interest of so many people.
Male cosmetic surgery trends seen in the UK
Back on our side of the pond, the data shows similar patterns. Although the was a general dip in demand for cosmetic surgery last year (believed to be due to an overall feeling of caution, post Brexit), there was a growth in the demand for tummy tucks from men, which rose by a whopping 47% compared with the previous year.
Here at our practice, men are reaching out to us most often for procedures to enhance or correct their hair, jawline, waistline or moobs. Once they have had their body niggles corrected, these are the kind of things that make men feel vital, young, sharp, and that they are not losing their testosterone edge.
If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, get in touch and tell us about your body concerns, and our specialist team will be able to talk to you about what options would be best for you.
With each new year come new trends in what we like to eat and drink, and last year really was the year of the hoppy India Pale Ales, or IPAs as they are more commonly known. These premium ales are bursting with hoppy flavours and have proved to be very popular, both in terms of a beverage to consume in pubs, bars and restaurants, and also as a drink to enjoy at home.
For their flavour-hungry consumers, a wide variety of hops contribute to a spectrum of interesting flavours, that have propelled ales into a realm of popularity that the category could only have dreamed about several years ago. Ales are now not just the drink of choice for older men, they now attract a broad range of drinkers of different ages and genders.
Hidden issues with these hoppy favourites
A new report has cast a shadow over these flavoursome favourites, with evidence suggesting that an ingredient found within these drinks causing men to suffer from an over-developed chest. The colloquially labelled ‘man boobs’ or ‘moobs’ is a medical condition known as gynaecomastia, which affects as many as half of men in the UK.
IPAs contain phytoestrogens, which are compounds usually found in plants. These phytoestrogens are beneficial in that they can aid restful sleep patterns, but they also release a hormone in the body which can have some rather unwelcome side effects. The first of which is the development of moobs, the second is the unfortunately named ‘brewers droop’ – trouble sustaining an erection.
Everything in moderation
Before you panic that your new drink of choice will leave you feeling and looking somewhat less manly, this really isn’t the case and there isn’t an immediate cause for concern. The new year seems like an appropriate time to reflect on the fact that most things in moderation are absolutely fine. If you consume IPAs to within sensible drinking parameters, exercise regularly and eat sensibly, you’re unlikely to develop moobs overnight.
If, however, you’re fond of IPAs and feel concerned that you may be sporting a pair of moobs, you’re definitely not alone in those concerns and there are options available that can help. Male breast reduction is one of the most popular surgical procedures that men are opting for, with 320 UK men choosing to go under the knife for a breast reduction in 2016. The operation removes excess breast tissue and chest fat, leaving the area smoother and less pronounced. If moobs are very pronounced, in extreme cases excess skin can also be removed to help improve chest contours.
Since surgeons first attempted to enhance the breasts with synthetic implants, the breast augmentation has remained the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure performed across the globe, requested by women of all ages. But could the moob job eventually overtake the boob job one day?
WhatClinic.com, one of the leading plastic surgery comparison sites, regularly releases statistics on which procedure is being requested by its users. Last year, they found that enquiries about male breast reduction surgery had risen by 65 per cent compared to the following year. It was hugely popular with men in the 18 to 34 age bracket, but gynaecomastia is thought to affect up to half of all men so it is likely that demand for this surgery is set to soar.
Am I suitable for a male breast reduction?
Many men approach male cosmetic surgery specialists Masculum to find out whether they are suitable for a male breast reduction procedure. This can be a complex condition that can be the result of an accumulation of fatty tissue, an over-development of the glandular breast tissue or due to sagging, stretched skin if the patient has lost a great deal of weight. Typically, though, it’s a combination of all three problems which is why Mr Maisam Fazel has developed a unique approach to this common problem: the VAGS procedure.
The VAGS procedure tackles the three causes of moobs in one operation:
- Mr Fazel performs VASER liposuction to remove fatty tissue that is resistant to diet and exercise.
- Then he removes the over-developed breast tissue in a gland excision procedure.
- Finally, excess skin is removed and remaining skin tightened up to produce a more pleasing appearance to the chest.
To find out if you’re suitable for a VAGS procedure, call 0800 612 9177 to arrange a consultation either at our central London clinic or one of our Berkshire or Buckinghamshire clinics.
Since 2005, the numbers of men undergoing cosmetic surgery procedures have more than doubled. So why are men now rivalling women for their willingness to go under the knife to enhance their face or body?
In less enlightened times, men could get away with slapping on some no brand moisturiser and pride themselves on their beauty regime, but now they are being bombarded by expensive and scientifically advanced serums, gels and creams specifically targeted at the male market. Previously, beards could go bushy but now the emergence of the hipster means that facial hair needs to be tamed, styled and groomed to an unprecedented degree.
Male idols – whether they are a Hollywood hunk, top footballer or a reality star – are now increasingly buff and a six pack is a necessity. As a result, men are increasingly feeling the pressure to seek a surgical solution if they are unhappy with the bags under their eyes or moobs on their chest.
Most popular male cosmetic surgery procedures
As with women, non-surgically, ‘minimally invasive’ procedures are popular. Botox and dermal fillers are quick with little downtime and can provide an instant rejuvenation so very attractive to the male patient who may have little patience with a prolonged recovery period.
Liposuction is one of the most popular male cosmetic surgery procedures, whether that’s to tackle the ‘dad bod’ or the dreaded ‘moobs’ or male breasts. At Masculum, we offer conventional liposuction as well as VASER liposuction that utilises ultrasound technology to gently remove excess fat with minimal damage to the surrounding tissue and a shortened recovery time.
VASER liposuction is also one of the chief components of our unique VAGS male breast reduction procedure. As well as shaping and improving the contours of the chest by removing fatty tissue with VASER, glandular tissue and excess skin is removed.
To learn more about the male cosmetic surgery procedures we offer at Masculum Clinic, call 0800 612 9177 to arrange an expert and impartial consultation.
Body-conscious young men are feeling the pressure to look as good as their idols and the latest series of Love Island, replete with rippling abs, has even been linked to a rise in steroid use. However, for men suffering from gynaecomastia – the appearance of male breasts – it doesn’t matter how many chest presses they do.
Male breast reduction surgery is now increasingly seen as a highly effective solution to this problem and more and more men are enquiring about this procedure. However, a common concern noted at Masculum’s male breast reduction consultations is when they can get back to the gym. Typically, patients are already committed to a healthy diet and exercise routine and are worried they’ll be out of action for a prolonged period of time and all their hard work will go to waste.
What does male breast reduction entail?
At Masculum Clinic, we offer the VAGS male breast reduction procedure, a unique approach developed by our medical director Mr Maisam Fazel. First, he will perform VASER liposuction to the chest area, removing any excess fat pockets that are marring the appearance of the pecs. Some men have an over-development of the glandular tissue that is present in the chest area and that can give the male breast look. This glandular tissue will be excised to produce a flatter, more natural appearance. Finally, any stretched skin is removed to ensure the skin over the chest is taut.
The VAGS procedure is usually performed either under local anaesthetic combined with sedation or under a general anaesthetic, but typically patients will return home the same day to start their recovery procedure.
When can I start exercising again after gyno surgery?
Recovery after a VAGS procedure is relatively quick and you can usually return to normal activities within a week. However, exercising should be approached with more caution; typically you should wait at least a month to six weeks before you embark on your usual exercise routine.
Moderate walking is encouraged soon after surgery as it helps to promote the healing process. Light non-impact lower body exercising can be eased back into after a month. Heavy or repetitive exercising of the pectoralis muscles or intense cardio routines should be postponed till at least six weeks after surgery. Always listen to your body.
Every patient recovers differently and Mr Fazel will ensure they are fully informed on all aspects of their recovery prior to making the decision to go ahead with surgery. He and his team are also always on hand if you have any questions in the post-surgery recovery.
If you have any other questions about the recovery period after a male breast reduction, call 0800 612 9177 to arrange an expert and impartial consultation at Masculum, where we will cover all aspects of the procedure.
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