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How to really get rid of ‘Man Boobs’

Posted by on Nov 25, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on How to really get rid of ‘Man Boobs’

If you suffer with gynaecomastia, most commonly referred to as ‘man boobs’, you may have been searching for ways to correct this problem. Gynaecomastia is a common condition that causes both boys’ and mens’ breasts to enlarge and swell so that they appear bigger than the norm. Two out of three males in their teenage years will develop some form of gynaecomastia, but most of these cases (up to 90%) will get better naturally over a short period of time. For those that continue to find their breast tissue is enlarged, this can be a cause for embarrassment and anxiousness. True gynaecomastia, which is caused by an obvious enlargement of breast tissue, is different but commonly confused with pseudo-gynaecomastia, which is just an increase in fatty tissue and is found in more over-weight patients.   If the symptoms of gynaecomastia are more severe than just smaller causes for concern, you might experience a firm enlargement of the breast tissue, which can give the appearance of a more female looking breast or nipple. Exposing the myths that claim to solve ‘man boobs’ Every man’s worst nightmare is to have ‘man boobs’, medically referred to as gynaecomastia. This is often claimed to be solved with weight-loss, but if you suffer with true gynaecomastia, losing weight will not have much effect on your condition. Even if you do suffer with gynaecomastia as a result of excess fat, it is hard to guarantee that losing weight through exercise will remove fat from the target, breast area. Any amount of cardio or exercise will not necessarily solve your problem, so don’t fret if a diet plan or fitness regime fails to help with the situation. If you look for treatments online to get rid of ‘man boobs’, you may stumble across medication that claims to solve your problem through adjusting hormone levels. Although hormonal imbalances are often a cause for gynaecomastia, you should seek medical advice instead of self-medicating with the abundance of online solutions that you might find. Excision of gynaecomastia Mr Hassan Shaaban is a highly experienced plastic surgeon that works from both Liverpool and London locations. Mr Shaaban has vast experience in performing procedures to excise gynaecomastia through male breast reduction surgery (see gallery). Breast reduction surgery accounts for 80% of the plastic surgery procedures carried out on men in the UK – this proves that it is a very common procedure, and although many patients do not openly discuss their concerns pre-procedure, it is really not unusual at all. Mr Shaaban uses liposuction as the main technique in most male breast reduction procedures. Liposuction is a very effective method in ‘sucking out’ any fatty tissue in your breast area. There are also often additional incisions required to reshape the nipple. Although liposuction will permanently remove fat in your chest wall and improve your figure appearance immediately, it is very important to avoid significant weight gain post-procedure. Book a consultation To book a consultation with Mr Shaaban to correct gynaecomastia, please contact his...

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Reasons to have your moles removed

Posted by on Nov 18, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Reasons to have your moles removed

The most important reason that we have our moles removed is to rule out any cancerous dangers, usually due to there being some obvious, recent changes with the appearance of our mole/s. If this is the reason that you are having your mole removed then it is likely that the cost of this procedure will be dissolved within the NHS, however, you always have the option to go private if you want to. The other main reason that we want a mole or moles removed is for cosmetic reasons. This is understandable, because moles can be unsightly and sometimes uncomfortable. If this is the reason you want your mole removed, then you will need to find an experienced medical professional such as Mr Hassan Shaaban.   TYPES OF MOLE REMOVAL Mr Hassan Shaaban is a highly experienced laser plastic surgeon and offers the following types of mole removal within his private practice: Laser Mole Removal  Laser mole removal is a very quick option, which involves minimal chances of scarring post-procedure. Laser mole removal is suitable for the removal of moles that are raised above the surface of the skin. Laser Depigmentation  If your mole is flat against the skin, and you don’t want a surgical excision, then laser depigmentation is the perfect treatment for you. This treatment is usually administered in three different sessions, with each treatment session being spaced approximately six weeks apart. Surgical Excision Surgical excision is also known as ‘excision biopsy’ and is a very effective technique used for mole removal. Complete removal is guaranteed, and the mole is removed with a scalpel. Surgical excision of a mole should always be performed by a plastic surgeon. Shave Biopsy   If you don’t mind the colour of your mole pigment, but you want it flat against your skin, then you can have your mole surgically shaved down. This is a great alternative to complete removal. Shave biopsy should be performed only by a plastic surgeon. BOOK A CONSULTATION WITH MR SHAABAN To book a consultation with Mr Shaaban to determine which mole removal procedure is right for you, please contact his team on 020 7887 2226. Mr Shaaban runs his private practice from both London and...

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Laser Alternatives for Abdominoplasty

Posted by on Nov 5, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Laser Alternatives for Abdominoplasty

It is often said that there is no true non-surgical alternative to a ‘tummy tuck’. Historically, this would definitely be a true statement as non-surgical treatments could not adequately remove fat or tighten muscles. In some cases, still, your surgeon may advise that surgical abdominoplasty is the best option to achieve your desired results, but these days it really does depend on your expectations as there are other options available to you. Mr Hassan Shaaban discusses Laser Body Contouring Mr Hassan Shaaban is the leading laser plastic surgeon in the UK. Working from his private practices in both London and Liverpool, Mr Shaaban performs hundreds of surgical and non-surgical procedures every year. We asked Mr Shaaban if he believed there were any non-surgical alternatives to abdominoplasty: “Laser body contouring has proved itself as a useful surgical alternative to abdominoplasty in some cases. Laser technology has advanced dramatically over recent years. The recent laser workstations that I use are so powerful, but safe, to produce just enough energy to manipulate the fat and overlying skin laxity. Laser beams can be delivered under the skin to melt the fat and heat the skin from under the surface. The fat is then removed, similar to traditional liposuction, and the skin tightens up over the following few weeks and months. Laser surgery such as this is performed through making tiny incisions; small cuts, which leave nearly invisible scars. Patients with mild to moderate fat bulges or skin laxity can be good candidates for laser body contouring procedures. Laser body contouring can address cosmetic problems in different parts of the tummy; lower abdomen, stomach area, flanks (love handles) or even the back of abdomen.” – Mr Hassan Shaaban, Consultant Plastic Surgeon Book a consultation with Mr Hassan Shaaban   Mr Shaaban is a well-regarded and qualified surgeon boasting many years’ experience. Every patient that chooses Mr Shaaban as their surgeon is guaranteed to be treated with the highest levels of professional care. Mr Shaaban consults from both Harley Street, London (at the award winning PHI Clinic), and also in Liverpool. To book a consultation at either location please contact his very helpful and friendly...

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Mini Tummy Tuck VS Full Tummy Tuck

Posted by on Oct 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Mini Tummy Tuck VS Full Tummy Tuck

There are several options open to patients that want to improve the appearance of their abdomen. The best possible choice for you will be determined during an initial consultation with your plastic surgeon. What is the desired outcome from a Mini Tummy Tuck? The desired outcome and aim from both a ‘mini tummy tuck’ and a ‘full abdominoplasty’ is the same – to create a tighter, flatter stomach. If you don’t have much excess fat and skin around the belly, but are looking to have your lower abdominal muscles tightened, then a ‘mini tummy tuck’ would probably be the best option for you. A ‘full abdominoplasty’ is advised as an appropriate procedure for those that require treatment for muscle separation both above and below the belly button; patients that need lots of excess skin and fat removed are also suitable for a ‘full tummy tuck’. Abdominoplasty advice from your Plastic Surgeon We asked Mr Hassan Shaaban: When would you advise a patient to go for a Mini Tummy Tuck instead of a Full Abdominoplasty? “Mini tummy tuck is an ideal operation to improve the lower half of the abdomen, below the umbilicus. I often see patients with a slight fat bulge or small lax skin fold below the belly button. Other candidates may come to me with very obvious surgical scars, with or without weak underlying muscles as a result of surgery, most probably a Caesarean section. When I perform ‘mini abdominoplasty’, I aim for removal of any excess fat and skin, tighten up the muscles and leave a much smaller scar, compared to full abdominoplasty. The scar is slightly longer than that of caesarean scar but well hidden under the bikini line. Also, there is no scar around the belly button as there is no need to mobilise it. Such a limited surgery produces good results with highly satisfied patients.” – Mr Hassan Shaaban, Consultant Plastic Surgeon. Book your consultation To book your consultation with Mr Hassan Shaaban in London or Liverpool, please contact his helpful team on 020 7887...

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Techniques for Breast Reshaping after Weightloss

Posted by on Oct 26, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Techniques for Breast Reshaping after Weightloss

Mr Hassan Shaaban employs the ‘Breast Auto-Augmentation Technique’ when operating on patients that have undergone a huge loss in body-weight. A lot of changes happen in the breast area after massive loss of body weight. Unfortunately, most, if not all, of these changes have a negative effect on how the breasts look after that. Mr Shaaban explains that these changes include: Breasts are significantly low (nipples can reach the belly button in some cases). Breasts look baggy (too little breast tissue within abundance amount of overlying skin). Empty top half of the breast as any remaining breast tissue occupies the lowest part of the breast (only skin covers the ribs of top half of chest). Loss of the cleavage. Nipples look downward. Wrinkled, old looking skin of breast. Relatively large nipple/areola for the remaining breast tissue. Correction of these significant changes and creation of a normal looking breast area is a challenging task and full of risks. Mr Shaaban masterminds the technique of “Auto-Augmentation” of the breast. This technique involves: Removal of the skin from the whole lower half of breast (whole breast tissue is preserved). Lifting the top half of the breast up to the collar-bone. Uplift and fixation of the bottom half to the tough muscles and fascia of the top chest; under the top half of the breast. Breast tissue is kept attached to the chest maintain blood essential supply. Wrapping the top half of the breast around the uplifted bottom half to create a normal looking, full breast with no need for breast implants. Creation of cleavage by mobilisation of breast tissue into the empty pocket of cleavage area. Reduction of the nipple/areola complex to normal size to suit the newly built breast. The “Auto-Augmentation” breast uplift technique is different and more challenging than the traditional breast uplift “mastopexy”. The “Auto-Augmentation” technique addresses more than one cosmetic problem at the same time to produce a more pleasing result for the patient. How long does the “Auto-Augmentation” Breast Uplift procedure take? The “Auto-Augmentation” Breast Uplift procedure takes 2 – 3 hours surgery time with Mr Hassan Shaaban. You will probably be advised to stay for two nights in hospital post-procedure. A drain will be inserted into each breast for 1 – 2 days post-procedure, and recovery time is approximately 2 – 3 weeks. The risks of undergoing the “Auto-Augmentation” Breast Uplift are very similar to that of mastopexy, but in the capable hands of a competent and highly experienced surgeon such as Mr Shaaban, the risks are greatly reduced. Visit our ‘Breast Re-shaping After Weightloss’ page to find out how to book your consultation with Mr Shaaban at PHI Clinic, London, or in Liverpool. To see results please have a look at our...

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Posted by on Oct 20, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR ABDOMINOPLASTY?

If you are seeking a ‘Tummy Tuck’ procedure, then you have probably already done a fair amount of research into what the operation involves. There are different types of abdominoplasty (‘Full Tummy Tuck’, ‘Mini Tummy tuck’, laser variations etc), and it is important to discuss your expectations during the assessment with your surgeon to determine exactly which type of abdominoplasty is best suited to you. Full Abdominoplasty Mr Hassan Shaaban sees his private patients both at PHI Clinic, London, and in Liverpool. Mr Shaaban is highly experienced and has extensive knowledge in performing all types of abdominoplasty, and we wanted to know exactly what he thinks makes a good candidate for the procedure: Who is the perfect candidate for a Tummy Tuck? “The apparent aim of abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) surgery is to remove any excess fat and skin of the anterior abdomen. However, experienced plastic surgeons also aim for transformation of the whole body through addressing different cosmetic problems at the same time. Full abdominoplasty, or one of its variations, can be beneficial for patients with one or more of the following cosmetic problems: Excess fat or lax skin anterior abdomen Excess fat and skin in the flanks (love handles) Droopy pubic area with even unsightly folds in the area Weak abdominal muscles or even hernia Scars from certain abdominal surgery Skin folds above the umbilicus Different types of abdominoplasty, from mini to full, provide surgical safe options for a wide range of body contouring problems to create a flat, tight abdomen with strong, sound underlying muscles. Candidates for abdominoplasty may also benefit from other additional procedures, performed at the same time, which can address even wider range of cosmetic problems.” – Mr Hassan Shaaban. Book your Tummy Tuck consultation in London If you think you may be a good candidate for abdominoplasty, and would like to discuss things further with Mr Hassan Shaaban, then please call our team on 020 7887 2226. We can arrange for your consultation to be in Harley Street, London, unless Liverpool is a better location for you. Follow our blog Don’t forget to keep checking our blog for the latest news and articles on plastic surgery procedures and laser treatments using the latest...

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Scarring After Breast Surgery

Posted by on Oct 5, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Scarring After Breast Surgery

You are not alone if you have noticeable scars after breast surgery; most women that undergo a breast surgery procedure, whether it be an augmentation, an uplift, a reduction or corrective surgery, will find themselves left with some kind of scar tissue (and sometimes keloids) once the wounds have healed. Why do we get scarring after surgery? We get scars when the layer of skin underneath the surface, medically referred to as the ‘dermis’, suffers trauma and becomes damaged. Collagen is produced by the body to help the wound close and heal properly; when collagen is left behind after the skin has healed, this is when a scar is formed. What are the best ways to treat scarring after surgery? Initially, some people try natural substances before seeking medical advice about treating their scarring post breast surgery. Below are a few examples of the natural remedies that are thought to help scarring: Natural remedies to reduce scarring: Aloe Vera – The aloe vera plant contains anti-inflammatory properties that aid healing by cooling and soothing the skin. Castor Oil – Some people use oils to help soften the skin and fibrous tissue. Castor oil won’t block your pores and is believed to help the healing of scars. Argan Oil – Argan oil originally comes from the Argan tree which is found in Morocco. Argan oil is valued for it’s cosmetic and medicinal properties; it is full of nutrients. Argan oil has anti-inflammatory properties and is thought to help with healing scars and even anti-ageing. Allergan Scar Recovery Gel – Allergan produce a scar recovery gel that is designed to reduce the appearance of your scars over time. You are much more likely to see great results when it comes to the healing of your scars if you go to visit a well-qualified professional such as Mr Hassan Shaaban. Mr Shaaban is a Laser Plastic Surgeon and offers both surgical and laser procedures to diminish your scars. “Scar is the human skin’s reaction to any deep cut or surgery. The ideal scar is a flat soft scar, which has the same colour as surrounding skin. It is a fact that individuals scar in different ways. Some scars are lumpy, itchy, stretched, red, paler or darker than the surrounding skin. Different treatment modalities are available to improve the quality of scars. These include physical massage, application of cream or tape, steroid injection, laser or even surgical revision of scar.” – Mr Hassan Shaaban. What are the benefits of using laser to improve scarring? “Laser plays an important role in improving the quality of scars. We have a wide range of different lasers which work on all different types of scars. There are some lasers which target the red colour and itching of scar; other lasers lighten or darken the colour of scars, and some lasers soften and flatten scars. Patients who have cosmetic surgery may benefit from a few sessions of laser treatment after surgery. Laser treatment after such surgery would help to settle the scar as soon as possible or even prevent development of scar problems. Ladies who have breast reduction, uplift or augmentation may benefit from the wide range of the most advanced laser workstations we have at PHI clinic. Laser treatment would blend their scars with normal surrounding skin...

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Laser Lipo VS Traditonal Liposuction

Posted by on Sep 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Laser Lipo VS Traditonal Liposuction

What is the difference between Laser Lipo and Traditional Liposuction? Laser liposuction is an alternative to the manual method used in traditional liposuction. Laser liposuction enables plastic surgeons, such as Laser Plastic Surgeon Mr Hassan Shaaban, to target specific body parts with more ease than when using traditional methods. Laser liposuction is also known as ‘liposculpture’ or ‘laser body scultping’. During laser lipo, fat is literally liquefied and melted away in the target area, which is different to traditional liposuction. What do the professionals say? We asked London and Liverpool surgeon Mr Hassan Shaaban why he would use laser liposuction as opposed to traditional liposuction: “I use the TriPlex/Cellulaze laser workstation which delivers 3 different lasers to maximise the result and reduce the downtime of recovery. The 1440nm laser targets the fat while 1320nm laser tightens the skin. The 1064nm laser seals off the tiny blood vessels to reduce post-op bruising, swelling and discomfort. Laser Lipo is gaining popularity as it has many advantages over traditional liposuction. Laser Lipo tightens the skin at the same time of liposuction. This reduces the risk of having wrinkled skin after traditional method (please see the gallery for an example of a lady who had traditional liposuction). Laser Lipo also liquefies the fat before it is removed. This leaves a more homogeneous smooth skin surface. On top of that, the TriPlex/Cellulaze has the additional advantage of less bruising, swelling and discomfort. Hence, it has the shortest downtime for patients. Although we advise our patients to have a week of rest, most of our patients go back to normal activity within 48 hours. The TriPlex/Cellulaze workstation is also unique as it performs Laser Lipo and Cellulaze, the world’s first minimally invasive laser treatment for cellulite. It has the advantage of treating the two conditions, excess fat and cellulite, if they affect the same anatomical area.” – Mr Hassan Shaaban. For more information on TriPlex/Cellulaze, or traditional liposuction please contact Mr Shaaban’s lovely team who will be happy to give you advice or book you in for a...

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What is the perfect age to undergo a Facelift?

Posted by on Sep 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What is the perfect age to undergo a Facelift?

The demand for Facelift surgery has risen by 14% according to recent figures from the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. With this in mind, it explains why we are seeing much more traffic online researching the Facelift procedure, and an increased amount of patients booking in for consultations. But what is the right age to have a Facelift? Typically, between the ages of 40-60, the inevitable ageing process causes our faces and necks to sag more obviously as our muscles and skin become weaker, enabling gravity to have a more profound effect. Mr Hassan Shaaban sees patients between these ages seeking further information about Facelift procedures, but interestingly he doesn’t always suggest that they go ‘under-the-knife’. What do the professionals say? “Age shouldn’t be the deciding factor to have a facelift. A good healthy life, with good parents’ genes, can keep individuals look young even if they are advanced in age. Facelift surgery is always linked with advanced age. However with the pressure on the younger group of patients to look even younger, we see a drop in the age of ladies, and gentlemen, seeking facelift surgery.  Plastic surgeons, including myself, understand that pressure. I advise my patients, especially the younger group, that surgical facelift is not always the right answer. Non-invasive or minimally invasive cosmetic procedures are now so advanced that it can rejuvenate the face and correct early aging signs of the face and neck without the need for scalp and scars. Mild to moderate wrinkles, loss of volume and aging skin can be corrected through Botox, fillers or skin resurfacing.  The introduction of laser facelift technology “Precision Tx” into UK opened another opportunity for significant improvement in face and neck surgery with nearly scar-less results. Saying that, surgical facelift on the right patients produces that younger look all individuals are looking for. The extent of facelift varies from mini facelift to full face/neck lift with blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) to address each individual cosmetic unit in the face. The field of facelift surgery itself has advanced over the recent years. Better understanding of anatomy of facial structures, advancement of surgical technique and introduction of safer anesthetic options allowed plastic surgeons to offer such surgery to a wider group of patients from different age groups.” – Mr Hassan Shaaban, Consultant Plastic Surgeon. More information on a Facelift procedure? If you are looking for further information on a Facelift procedure, or on the non-surgical or laser facial rejuvenation treatments that Mr Shaaban can offer, then please feel free to contact his very helpful and professional team. Mr Shaaban sees his patients both in Harley Street, London, at PHI Clinic, and also in...

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What is laser body sculpting?

Posted by on Aug 28, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on What is laser body sculpting?

It is often asked whether or not body sculpting without surgery is effective – we can assure you that it most certainly is! Laser body reshaping has become increasingly popular in recent years, and Mr Hassan Shaaban, specialist laser plastic surgeon, often uses laser liposuction instead of traditional liposuction to sculpt the body.                           Why use laser liposuction to replace traditional liposuction? London and Liverpool surgeon Mr Hassan Shaaban sometimes uses laser liposuction as an alternative to traditional liposuction because he can achieve a much smoother contour; this is because of the way the fat is liquified pre-removal, and also the skin tightening that is involved during a laser liposuction procedure. One common issue that arises when using traditional liposuction for body sculpting is that you can be left with some lumps and bumps after surgery. What are the methods used for laser body sculpting? Mr Shaaban uses Laser Lipo in conjunction with Cellulaze (recognised as the only effective treatment for cellulite available in today’s market) to sculpt the body. Mr Shaaban also uses Precision TX, which is a revolutionary procedure that reduces the fatty deposits found around the face and neck area. Another method used by Mr Shaaban is SmartLipo Triplex, which is ideal for targeting ‘bingo wings’ under the arms, and other specific fatty areas such as the thighs, tummy, neck and arms. The energy from the laser also stimulates collagen production, and so helps to tighten any loose skin. What areas of the body can you target with laser body re-shaping? Mr Hassan Shaaban can offer laser body sculpting procedures for the following: Abdomen Arms Buttocks Flanks Knees Gynaecomastia (male breast reduction) Neck Thighs For more information on laser body contouring please contact Mr Shaaban’s team or visit his Laser Plastic Surgery website –...

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