About Mr Riaz
Mr Muhammad Riaz has worked as a Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon since 1999 and currently works in the UK at The Department of Plastic Surgery, Castle Hill Hospital, Cottingham in East Yorkshire. He has recently received an honorary appointment to the Academic Staff of the Hull York Medical School (HYMS). His role is one of Senior Clinical Tutor and involves teaching, research and curriculum development.
Mr Riaz undertook his initial training in Multan, Pakistan before going on to undertake specialist plastic surgery training in a number of locations including the UK, Ireland and America. He held junior positions in plastic and reconstructive surgery in the West Midlands, Northern Ireland and Yorkshire. His senior plastic surgery training was undertaken in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Pakistan, the USA and the UK. He went on to take up the position of Honorary Assistant Professor in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Nishtal Hospital in Multan, Pakistan where he established the Plastic Surgery and Burns Unit, before coming to the UK to work in the capacity of Consultant Plastic Surgeon.
Mr Riaz is registered with the General Medical Council. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons,
a member of the British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS),
the Pakistan Association of Plastic Surgeons and the
British Society for Surgery of the Hand (BSSH).
Mr Riaz has regularly presented at national and international meetings and has in excess of 50 publications and presentations in the field of Plastic Surgery.
Mr Riaz offers cosmetic surgery for individuals who wish to revise or change their appearance, structure or position of their features. The decision to undergo any cosmetic procedure should not be taken lightly and it is essential to have informed and realistic expectations of the results. Patients are always seen by Mr Riaz for initial consultation, when a plan of treatment & care is agreed, and for follow-up appointments. Surgery is performed exclusively by Mr Riaz. He provides the full range of cosmetic surgery, reconstructive procedures, and hand and skin surgery. He has a particular interest in facial rejuvenation surgery.
Out-patient clinics and operating sessions are carried out at two long established private hospitals in the local area – the Spire Hull and East Riding Hospital (formerly BUPA and Classic Hospital) in Anlaby, East Yorkshire, and St Hugh’s Hospital, Grimsby.
Mr Riaz is supported by a dedicated team of professionals. The anaesthetists who work with Mr Riaz all hold substantive consultant positions in the NHS and are members of the Royal College of Anaesthetists. They have a particular interest in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, and considerable experience in caring for patients undergoing such procedures.
Why Choose Mr Riaz?
DO YOU KNOW YOUR SURGEON WELL ENOUGH TO MAKE AN INFORMED DECISION?
You should ask yourself a number of questions before embarking on any treatment.
The following are prompts for such questions.
How do you know if he has undertaken the appropriate and relevant training?
- In short – Plastic Surgeons in the UK cannot describe themselves as such unless they are recorded on the General Medical Council Specialist Register. Surgeons can only qualify for entry onto this register after they have undertaken and completed accredited training in plastic surgery over a number of years, which is recognised by the GMC.
Check out you surgeon on the GMC web-site – www.gmc-uk.org
Where does he currently work, and what does his work specifically involve i.e. special surgical interests?
- Most plastic surgeons hold substantive positions in NHS Trusts. By definition and because of the robust recruitment process that doctors have to undergo prior to being appointed to consultant positions, this should offer some re-assurances. Generally, many plastic surgeons embark on a career in private practice soon after appointment to consultant NHS positions. It is within their private practices that they undertake aesthetic/cosmetic procedures; such procedures are not available through the NHS.
- It is not unreasonable to ask your surgeon how many procedures he has done. In the interests of openness and transparency he will be happy to discuss this with you.
- The recently published National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death Report found that more than half ‘cosmetic’ surgeons offering complex surgeries such as breast reduction perform these operations fewer than 10 times a year.
- Mr Riaz has an extensive portfolio of patients for each of the procedures he performs, many spanning many years, whose medical photography he will be willing to show you during your consultation, as part of the informed consent process. This is also demonstrates his level of experience in a very practical way.
- A word of warning - Surgeons operating abroad are not regulated in the same way the GMC-registered doctors are, and very importantly are not required by law to maintain adequate indemnity. So, if in the event of something going wrong abroad you will have no course to redress. This has to be a major consideration. The UK is one of the most highly regulated services in the world. Professional medical indemnity is a mandatory requirement for all plastic surgeons.
In the UK, stringent rules govern the training of a career plastic surgeon. Ensure your chosen surgeon can demonstrate the following standards, as a minimum:
- GMC Registration
- Fellowship of a College of Surgery (FRCS) - this proves that a degree of basic surgical training has been completed, and that the surgeon is knowledgeable.
- FRCS (Plast) or CCST - this is the specialist accreditation awarded by the Joint (Royal) Colleges allowing specialist practice in plastic surgery in the UK. This is the highest level of plastic surgery training that can be achieved
- Membership of BAPRAS (the British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons).
- Membership of BAAPS (the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons) - this association concerns itself purely with the Aesthetic or Cosmetic aspects of Plastic Surgery and is the main regulatory body for Cosmetic Practice.
In addition to this is might be useful to know how, academically, well-recognised your surgeon is by his peer group. Evidence of this might include medical/surgical publications, invitations to speak at recognised national and international meetings, research and audit undertaken and carried out.
Meetings, Presentations and Talks
Botulinum Toxin Type A & Filler Materials Seminar - Saturday 12th November 2011, Aylesbury, UK.
November 2010 and March 2011
Live Surgery and Lectures at the Services Hospital, Lahore, Pakistan.
In his capacity as a member of the Pakistan Association of Plastic Surgeons Mr Riaz was invited to present at the Services Hospital, Lahore, on rhinoplasty (nose re-modelling), blepharoplasties (eye-lid surgery) and facial rejuvenation surgery (face and neck lifts). The audience included Consultant Plastic Surgeons and trainee Plastic Surgeons from around the region and across Pakistan. He has been invited back in January 2012, to present more of his work in cosmetic surgery to a similar audeince.
In addition to this he performed live-surgery to the audience to demonstrate current surgical techniques in eye-lid and face/neck lift surgery.
Irish Association of Plastic Surgeons Annual Summer Meeting May 2011, Ashford Castle, Co. Mayo, Ireland(IAPS)
Mr Riaz was invited as a guest speaker to present at this meeting. He made two presentations; on Rhinoplsty and Face Lift Techniques
British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons Scientific Meeting (BAAPS)
British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS)
The two professional associations above hold annual scientific meetings, where plastic, cosmetic and reconstructive surgeons from the international community meet to exchange knowledge, and learn of new techniques and new technology. Mr Riaz attends both of these Associations' meetings regularly every year, since 2004, when he took up his post in the UK as a Consultant Plastic Surgeon with the Hull & East Yorkshire Hospitals Trust.
British Society for Surgery of the Hand (BSSH)
As Mr Riaz has a particular interest in hand and upper limb surgery, he is also a member of the BSSH, and regularly attends meetings to update his knowledge and share his skills with other like-minded professionals.
Pakistan Association of Plastic Surgeons (PAPS)
As a member of the PAPS Mr Riaz attends meetings when ever it is practicable to do so, bearing in mind the location in relation to his primary practice. He presented in 2006 in Multan, Pakistan.
Instructional Courses and Workshops
Mr Riaz has attended and taken part in many instructional courses and workshop throughout and since completing his specialist training as a plastic and reconstructive surgeon.
Patient Education Seminars
Mr Riaz is regularly invited to present at Patient Education Seminars at the private hospitals in the region. These are very well attended, and are strictly 'educational' for patients. Often the staff at the hospital attend the seminars to remain updated in terms of techniques and how to care for patients undergoing cosmetic surgery. These sessions are very informative, and he is supported by the specialist cosmetic team at the respective hospitals.
Voluntary & Charity Work
Mr Riaz has just returned from another very demanding but successful surgical camp in Gujrat, Pakistan, where he and 3 other Consultant Plastic Surgeons operated on 117 small patients, over a 5 day period. Mr Riaz has been attending these surgical camps since 2004 when he returned to Hull, East Yorkshire as a Consultant Surgeon. To date he personally has operated on almost 600 patients. He hopes to return in October of this year, as there are many more anxiously awaiting his return!
One of the reasons Mr Riaz elected to return to Hull as a consultant, where he had undertaken part of his plastic surgery training, was because he was aware that there was an on-going surgical programme in Pakistan for children with cleft lip and palate deformities, which was supported by a local medical team, and which returns every year to undertake these surgical procedures. He was keen to ‘give something back’ to the country and the community where he undertook his initial medical training. His expertise in reconstructive surgery was an invaluable ‘commodity’ in areas where such skills are not available, and he readily embraced the challenges such patients presented.
The children who qualify for this type of surgery come from underprivileged and impoverished backgrounds. Some of the deformities are very disfiguring, and surgery is a life-altering and quality-enhancing event for these children and their parents.
Mr Riaz’ focus is predominantly with the patients presenting with severe cleft lip deformities, while the other surgeons repair cleft palates. The reason for this is that within his private practice he operates on a significant number of patients requesting facial rejuvenation, therefore he has significant experience in this field. This includes blepharoplasties (eyelid surgery), face and neck lifts, brow and temple lifts, rhinoplasty (nose reshaping and reconstruction) and chin implant surgery.
The photographs to the right are of some of Mr Riaz’ ‘little’ patients, before and after their operations.
"I would recommend anyone to go and see Mr. Riaz for cosmetic surgery; he is a kind and professional surgeon and he has given me a new confidence which I have been wanting for so long"
"Good, professional, honest and can trust him. All my friends say I look much younger."
"I heard about Mr Riaz sadly after I had an unsatisfactory procedure done in London. Mr Riaz has transformed by breasts. His work is amazing. After only a few weeks the scarring is barely visible. I am so much more confident now and absolutely delighted with the results."
"Delighted with the results of mastopexy and augmentation, abdominoplasty and eyelid surgery. Would highly recommend and do so often."