As a specialist in surgery of the face I have degrees in both medicine and dentistry. I hold the general FRCS (Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons) as well as the FRCS (OMFS), the specialist FRCS exam for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, have undertaken nine years of specialist training in Head and Neck Surgery as well as having undertaken fellowships in Craniofacial Surgery and Cosmetic Surgery.
Most people are quite rightly apprehensive at the thought of having an operation for any reason. This apprehension is even more understandable for anyone contemplating surgery on the face for cosmetic reasons. The face is the window to the world for us, and the possibility of an unnatural look following surgery, or the possibility of unwanted complications mean that your choice of surgeon is very important.
If you are considering facial surgery I would be happy for you to have a consultation to discuss your wishes, and will advise you if a procedure is suitable for you and what alternatives are available. I strongly believe that you should not be pressured into having any treatments or surgery if there are alternative options available that may give similar results, or if I feel that you would not benefit from surgery or that you have unrealistic expectations of what can be achieved.
Conversely there are many non-surgical cosmetic treatments on the market that claim to produce the same results as having surgery. These are often highly priced and in some cases surgery maybe the better option for producing long term results. Only a consultation with a specialist facial surgeon will advise you of the most suitable choices.
I originally trained in Dentistry at The University of Birmingham and then undertook my Medical degree at The University of Southampton.
My higher specialist training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery was undertaken in London at St Georges Hospital, University College Hospital, Great Ormond Street Hospital and North West London Hospitals and I am on the specialist register for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. After completing my advanced surgical training I undertook Fellowships in Craniofacial surgery at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and in Cosmetic Surgery at the Institute of Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery at The West London Clinic.
Following my training, I worked as a Consultant at Northwick Park Hospital in the NHS for 7 years. During this time I developed my practice privately in Facial Plastic Surgery.
My NHS practice since 2012 is based at Great Ormond Street Hospital where I work with children of all ages who require facial surgery for facial deformity or diseases of the head and neck.
My specialist interests are in cosmetic facial, orthognathic jaw and chin surgery and paediatric maxillofacial surgery. My NHS practise is dedicated to children having surgery for facial deformity, or diseases of the head and neck. In my private practise I also undertake the full remit of facial cosmetic procedures including face lifting, eyelid and brow surgery, nose reshaping (rhinoplasty), fat grafting, chin surgery including the use of implants and genioplasty (bone osteotomy) techniques and facial implants. I teach regularly on all these subjects including non-surgical facial rejuvenation techniques (wrinkle reduction injections/ dermal fillers).
Bachelor of Dental Surgery Birmingham 1990
Fellowship in Dental Surgery RCS Eng – June 1993
Bachelor of Medicine Southampton 1997
FRCS (Ed) – Clinical Surgery in General Section: 2000
FRCS (Eng) – Clinical Surgery in General Section: 2000
FRCS (Eng) – Intercollegiate Examination in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 2005
Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training 2006
British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery
European Association of Cranio-maxillofacial surgery
International Association of Craniomaxillofacial Surgery
Royal College of Surgeons of England
The Association of Facial Plastic Surgery
I am currently (2015-2017)the President of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery section at the Royal Society of Medicine
I am commonly asked why I am not a member of BAAPS (British association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons). The reason for this is that this is an organisation set up by Plastic surgeons, for Plastic surgeons and as such members of other surgical specialties, at this time, are not actively invited to join this association. However Plastic surgeons are not the only specialty undertaking facial cosmetic work. Maxillofacial surgeons, ENT surgeons and Oculoplastic surgeons are all individuals that have been solely trained and examined in the field of head and neck surgery including facial cosmetic surgery and many of whom have undertaken specific cosmetic surgery training and, like myself, specialise in this field. When choosing your surgeon, you should always choose a surgeon that sub-specialises (ie there main work in the NHS and privately) in the area of the body that you are considering having surgery and who undertakes the procedures you are considering on a regular basis. They should also be on the specialist list for their particular Association, this can be checked via the General Medical Council website (www.gmc-uk.org).
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