German Precision, Greek Artistry


Prof. Dr. Hektor Panayi,

UK & German Board – Certified Plastic – Reconstructive Surgeon

Dr. Hektor Panayi (Greek: Dr. Ektoras Hadjipanayi) is considered one of the most renowned plastic surgeons in Greece. He is best known for his innovations in plastic and reconstructive surgery. In 2021, Dr. Panayi took over the position of Director of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the private hospital Lefkos Stavros, one of the most modern hospitals in Athens.

Dr. Panayi carried out his medical education in some of Europe’s most prestigious institutions. After obtaining a medical degree at the renowned University of Cambridge (UK), he completed a PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the University College London (UCL, UK). He began his surgical training as a resident in Vascular Surgery at Addenbrooke’s Cambridge University Hospital. He then carried out his training in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at the famous University Hospital Bogenhausen in Munich, under world-renowned plastic & reconstructive surgeon Prof. Milomir Ninkovic. In 2014, Dr. Panayi was a key member of the surgical team that performed the breakthrough procedure “Latissimus Dorsi Detrusor Myoplasty” for functional reconstruction of a paralysed urinary bladder (procedure first described by his mentor Prof. M. Ninkovic), at the University of Tübingen, which received wide media attention in Germany.


Dr. Panayi completed his Fellowship in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery under the acclaimed Munich aesthetic plastic surgeon Dr. Constance Neuhann-Lorenz, before further developing his skills in aesthetic and cosmetic surgery by attending the training schools of world leading plastic surgeons such as G. Botti, M.P. Ceravolo, W. Gubisch, D. F.  Richter and P. Hedén. He has worked in multiple countries around the world including UK, Germany, Sweden and China. For the past few years, Dr. Panayi has been successfully collaborating with Dr. U. Dornseifer, Director of the Department of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at Munich’s ISAR Clinic.

Following the completion of his PhD and postdoctoral work (Habilitation) in the UK and Germany, respectively, Dr. Panayi has actively continued his scientific research, parallel to his surgical practice, leading the wound healing division of the plastic surgical department at the Technical University of Munich (TUM, Klinikum rechts der Isar) since 2012. Here, together with his colleague Prof. A.F.Schilling, he pioneered EmaCure®, a new therapy for the treatment of chronic wounds, receiving multiple awards and German government funding for clinical development. At the age of 33, he became assistant Professor for Plastic Surgery at TUM, one of Europe’s leading universities. He is considered to be an international leading authority on the field of tissue blood perfusion and angiogenesis, and has published a large volume of work in high impact scientific journals.

He also holds multiple patents on many of his inventions. Among these, the pioneering of Hypoxia Preconditioned Plasma (HYPPP: growth factor compositions that promote skin regeneration), in 2014, deserves special notice. In 2016, Dr. Panayi established a close collaboration with Princess Dr. Sarah von Isenburg, to clinically market myHYPPP® blood-based products for personalised and bioactive rejuvenation. In 2019, Dr. Panayi was the first to implement the Break-Free ultrasound technique, an innovative method of rhinoplasty which does not require breaking the nasal bones.

“Creating beauty
goes beyond knowledge”

in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

26th Stuttgart Advanced Course for Rhinoplasty, Germany
Prof. W.Gubisch (April 2018)

Dallas Cosmetic Surgery and Rhinoplasty Meeting, Dallas, USA
Dr. R. Rohrich (March 2018)

Septorhinoplasty and Facial Plastics Course, Newcastle Freeman Hospital NHS Trust
Dr. W.Issing, Dr. M.Reda (Dec 2017)

Facial Aesthetic, Oculoplastic Surgery & Rhinoplasty Course, University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust
Dr. F.Nahai, Dr. D. Toriumi, Dr. F. Foda, Dr. O. Gerbault (Nov 2017)

Mini-Fellowship in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Dreifaltigkeits-Hospital Wesseling
Dr med. D. F. Richter (Oct 2017)

Mini-Fellowship in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Akademikliniken Stockholm
Dr. P. Hedén (Sept 2017)

Mini-Fellowship in Hair Transplantation
Dr. F. J. Acosta, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Aug 2017)

8th Body Lift Course
Dr. J.F Pascal, Geneva (June 2017)

Facial Aesthetic Surgery: Dissection Course for Surgeons
The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (Nov 2016)

Advanced Aesthetic Surgery of the Face Masterclass
Dr. G. Botti, Dr. M.P.Ceravolo, Vienna (Nov 2016)

Rhinoplasty, Malaroplasty, Otoplasty, Cheiloplasty Masterclass
Dr. G.Botti, Dr. M.P.Ceravolo, Vienna (Oct 2016)

International Meeting of Rhinoplasty Societies (IMRHIS), Versailles (Sep 2016)

1st Marbella International Plastic Surgery Summerschool
Dr. K. Kaye (July 2016)

University of Lausanne Facial Aesthetic Surgery Dissection Course
Dr. G. Botti, Dr. Y. Saban (July 2016)

Bottis Best Breast Course, Villa Bella Clinic
Dr. G. Botti, Salo (June 2016)

Beauty Through Science, Stockholm (May 2016)

24th Stuttgart Advanced Course for Functional & Aesthetic Rhinoplasty
Prof. Dr. W.Gubisch, Stuttgart (April 2016)

Fellowship in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
Dr med. C. Neuhann-Lorenz, Munich (Feb 2016)

5th Secondary Optimizing Aesthetic Surgery Course, Munich (Nov 2015)

23rd Stuttgart Advanced Course for Functional & Aesthetic Rhinoplasty
Prof. Dr. W.Gubisch, Stuttgart (March 2015)

Mini-Fellowship in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Dreifaltigkeits-Hospital Wesseling
Dr med. D. F. Richter (May 2012)

Training in Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery, Bogenhausen Hospital Munich
Prof. Dr. Milomir Ninkovic (Jan 2011)

His Philosophy

It is commonly said that a doctor’s medical education is the most valuable tool he or she can possess.  And while it does hold true that knowledge is key when dealing with any pathology, aesthetic plastic surgery appears to go beyond this rule. During my training, I have had the luck to meet and work with brilliant academics and surgeons from prestigious institutions around the world. Over the years, I have come to realise that one’s ability to teach or generate innovative research results does not necessarily correlate with artistic perfection. The skill set that is required to produce what is regarded by the patient (and hopefully others) an aesthetically pleasing result does not seem to be based upon intellect or intelligence or perhaps even where one trained. It is rather a multifaceted mixture of knowledge and proficiency, competence, patience and persistence, a sense of symmetry and an artistic eye for detail and perfection.

I am truly humbled and grateful
for the responsibility and privilege to change
another human’s appearance

What a good medical education and training can, however, give you is insight into how to approach any particular problem, and finding the right system to solving it. At the end of the day, everyone learns from the same books and manuscripts. The difference seen at the final-result is determined by the systematic approach, careful planning and excellent execution one might choose to follow. This is by no means an easy path, and one commonly shortened by cutting corners or making compromises. The professional and uncompromising approach requires discipline, focus and unyielding patience.  Perhaps, it is this set of skills that a good education can signify, rather than the raw volume of knowledge one acquires through it.

Selection, Planning and Perfection

The most critical elements of Dr Panayi’s surgical philosophy are selection, planning and perfection. His training and the subsequent years of gathering surgical experience, have helped him develop a sharp judgment, while he observed and absorbed techniques from the masters in the art.

Selection requires discipline. Surgeons who have minimal selection standards are willing to operate on anyone and everyone. In contrast, Dr. Panayi’s surgical plan must be in alignment with the goals and desires of his patient, and he must be confident that he will achieve the results intended by the patient. Each side’s goals must be in agreement. If they are not, Dr. Panayi feels he has failed in his ability to communicate honestly and effectively with respect to his and his patient’s mutual objectives. That is his responsibility, one that he proudly carries. But selection does not stop at accepting to operate on the right surgical candidate. It also involves finding the appropriate procedure best suited to the patient’s specific problem and needs. Sometimes patients will present with a problem and a proposed solution. Rather than merely adopting or rejecting what his patients have to say, Dr. Panayi first carefully and patiently listens, before methodically proposing and designing a tailor-made treatment plan, personalised to fit each patient’s particular goals.

Planning any surgical procedure is as, if not more important than the execution itself. Dr. Panayi consistently utilizes a comprehensive analysis to map out effective treatment plans, which may also include appropriate non-invasive treatments. That is what he calls the ‘’complete aesthetic package’’, i.e. combining surgical and non-surgical techniques to achieve the best possible result. During this initial consultation, the patient can also learn about effective and reliable ways to optimize their diet and exercise regimens to promote a healthier lifestyle. A complete pre-operative medical history and photographic documentation is followed by careful and precise planning of the chosen surgery. At its core, planning involves detailed pre-operative measurements of curves, angles and contours of facial / body features, including size, relationships and proportions, as well as 3D simulation of the desired effect, which will improve intra-operative judgement and adjustment.  Similar to an architect who first “conceptualizes” a structure, Dr. Panayi prepares a detailed and customized plan based on the unique needs, tissue quality, and anatomical features of the patient. Only after this detailed planning is completed, creative design is used to add that ‘artistic touch’.

Perfection, the art of precision and meticulous follow-through, is a mental state. Developing a deeper understanding about one’s surgical plan and following that course until one has achieved the desired results requires pure focus and patience. Mental deviation is not permitted. By definition, this is a rare skill, one that can be learned but takes years to master. Dr. Panayi’s résumé is a testament to his promise.

Competence through
knowledge, skill & artistry