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Helen Witherow

Helen Witherow

Consultant Maxilllofacial, Skull Base and Facial Plastic Surgeon
FDS RCS (Eng), FRCS (Eng), FRCS OMFS (Eng)

Helen Witherow is a highly specialized facial surgeon with over 30 years experience. She uses techniques developed from her experience working in different specialties Plastics, Cosmetic, ENT and Maxillofacial surgery and has included reconstructive procedures acquired during her Craniofacial fellowship at Great Ormond street Hospital. At the heart of her belief is that facial appearance matters.

Biography

“Whether we like it or not most of us make initial judgments about people within the first few seconds of meeting them, based on their appearance. A person may be born with a facial deformity or may acquire one, either through trauma or cancer. Perceived negative changes may occur simply through the normal aging process. Improvement in a facial appearance can have a profound effect on a person’s life.”

Helen has a background in art and has two degrees in both Medicine and Dentistry. She holds the General Surgical FRCS (Fellow of the Royal College of surgeons), the Specialty FRCS exam for Oral and Maxillofacial surgery FRCS (OMFS) and has the qualification of Fellow of Dental surgery (FDS RCS). She is passionate about training and is the South London Training program director for Maxillofacial surgery. She was awarded National trainer of the year in 2015.

Helen holds NHS Consultant Maxillofacial posts at St George’s, Ashford/St Peter’s and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. St George’s Hospital is a large London teaching hospital, designated a Level 1 major trauma centre with its own helipad and is a tertiary referral centre for complex panfacial injuries, both adult and paediatric. Helen is a core member of the multidisciplinary Complex Orbitofacial Clinic that sees patients with all aspects of complex facial deformity.

She is also a core member of the skull base MDT and treats patients with skull base pathology with her neurosurgical colleagues. Helen is also concerned about treating some of the consequences of this surgery. Secondary surgery sometimes includes forehead lifts and correction of temporal hollowing which are some of the inevitable consequences of this surgery.

 

Her work at Ashford and St Peters is predominantly skin cancer and Orthognathic (jaw) surgery. She initiated and is a core member of the Local Skin MDT (multi disciplinary team). She aims to achieve the best possible cosmetic outcome for her patients.

Orthognathic surgery is one of her most rewarding surgery and has one of the highest satisfaction rates. Helen has developed a technique where simultaneous Orthognathic surgery and rhinoplasty can be undertaken at the same time.
Helen is also part of the Craniofacial team at Chelsea and Westminster seeing and treating patients with complex facial deformity.

Over the last 13 years she has run an NHS Botulinum toxin clinic for a number of maxillofacial and aesthetic procedures including myofacial pain, bruxism, Frey’s syndrome, blepharospasm, drooling (sialorroea) and for the improvement of wrinkles. She has published widely and has presented both national and international .

Her surgical interests includes Skull base surgery, Orthognathic and Rhinoplasty Facial asymmetry, Facial rejuvenation, Facial Skin cancer, trauma and secondary deformity from trauma, facial feminization surgery.

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