For anybody contemplating surgery of the face, this is often a daunting prospect. Some people are told they have to have surgery, for reasons such as deformity, trauma or tumours; other people choose to have facial surgery for cosmetic reasons. Either way, who you choose as your surgeon is of paramount importance. The mission of The Face Surgeons is to provide anybody who requests or needs to have surgery of the face to have the best possible advice from a specialist in their field of care.
When we set up our practice, we set it up to be able to provide our patients with all the specialities available within facial surgery. If a patient comes to us with a problem with their eyes, but it is caused by other problems in the face, our eye surgeon can consult with the patient along with another specialist, our ear, nose and throat specialist for example. This means we can share and treat patients with expertise from all our specialities. This means that for every part of the face that gets operated on, the person who’s specialised in that condition can work on that area and provide guidance and discussion in that area.
All of our surgeons are highly trained specialists in all aspects of facial surgery. We have one oculoplastic surgeon, one ear, nose and throat specialist, and three maxillofacial surgeons. Between all members of The Face Surgeon team we aim to provide patients with a comprehensive and well explained treatment plan for your concerns and problems. Where indicated our team will work as a multidisciplinary team in order to give you the best possible care and service available. This may mean that you see an ENT surgeon and a maxillofacial surgeon, or an eye lid surgeon and nose surgeon, and via this route you will receive the best possible care.
We also use specialists from other fields where we feel this is necessary. This may be specialists in orthodontics for patients that require orthognathic jaw surgery and we have contacts with clinical psychologists for patients that we feel may benefit from this service. We have had patients in the past that require surgery and have either not been happy with the outcome or require further surgery; in any complex case our surgeons may feel you would benefit from having advice from two different experts and in some cases having two surgeons operating as well. Our specialist team will be happy to provide this service, or even request you have this service on your behalf if you have any of these issues to be addressed.
Gavin’s special areas of interest include facial aesthetics in adult and paediatric orthodontic patients, lingual (behind the teeth) orthodontics, multidisciplinary work (restorative, periodontal and orthognathic), as well as working with patients of all ages with cleft lip and palate. Gavin has recently been awarded the Gilbert Scott Bursary to gain experience in nasoalveolar moulding in cleft babies at the Institute of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in New York, USA. Gavin is a member of the British Orthodontic Society (BOS), the British Lingual Orthodontic Society (BLOS), the World Federation of Orthodontists, and the American Association of Orthodontists.
James Bellringer qualified in 1982 from Cambridge and St. Thomas’ Hospital, London. After training in Urology, he started as a General Urologist in West London in 1996, and then took over the Gender Surgery service, at Charing Cross Hospital, London. He has been working in gender surgery ever since, and with the increase in the gender workload, this has become his primary interest. He now works privately at Parkside Hospital.