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Cosmetics

At The Wilmslow Hospital and The Christie Clinic we work with a team of highly skilled and experienced oncoplastic, reconstructive and cosmetic surgeons, offering a range of procedures. Our consultants work with patients to choose the best possible option for you, treating and repairing the potentially negative effects caused by other treatments, which may leave you feeling unhappy with your appearance.

We have a comprehensive range of both surgical and non-surgical procedures offering you access to the best quality care.

General

Surgical excision and cryosurgery for skin tumours – this is a process of destroying a skin cancer by freezing it with liquid nitrogen. The skin may first be numb with local anaesthetic, before the formula is applied. It will usually take 3-6 weeks for the area to heal after the procedure. Once you have had the procedure, the consultant will monitor the area in follow up appointments.

Skin grafts– there are a number of techniques that use skin from another area of your body to close a wound or reconstruct a particular area. A skin graft is a surgical procedure where a healthy part of the skin is removed and used to repair damaged skin. Once complete, the area will be dressed with a sterile dressing until it has connected with the surrounding blood supply, which can take around 5-7 days.

Flap surgery – this surgery involves the transfer of a living piece of tissue from one part of the body to another, along with the blood vessels that keep it alive. This may be used for a variety of reasons, but more commonly during a breast reconstruction, an open fracture, large wounds or cleft lip and palates.

Sentinel node biopsies for malignant skin lesions (e.g. melanoma) – this is a procedure done to determine whether or not a cancer has spread beyond it’s primary tumour. It is most commonly used for evaluating breast cancer and melanoma. In this procedure, a small sample is taken from the nearest lymph node to a cancer lesion to check that the cancer has not spread.

Face

Nose surgery (Rhinoplasty) – our consultants are able to repair various types of damage to and defects of your nose. Usually performed under general anaesthetic, surgery can take between 2.5 to 3 hours. There are a variety of approaches to nose surgery including closed approach, open approach and reduction. All three of these are performed by our expert consultants.

Ear surgery (Otoplasty)– this procedure can alter the projection, size or shape of your ears, often under a simple local anaesthetic. It usually involves making one small cut behind the ear to expose the ear cartilage, then removing small pieces of cartilage if necessary and then scoring and stitching the remaining structure into the desired shape and position. A full recovery can take up to 12 weeks.

Facelift (Rhytidectomy) – our expert consultants can reshape and resurface your face and neck via a range of techniques which can be used to perform this. Our expert consultants will be able to advise you on the best course of action in a consultation.

Eye lift (Blepharoplasty) – damage or degeneration of the muscles around the eyes can be countered surgically. After surgery on the eyelids, you will look fresher and the eyes will look more open and youthful. This procedure is ideal if you are beginning to feel that the upper lids are heavy and that you have started to look hollow and tired around the lower eyes. This type of surgery can be done in 1-2 hours.

Breast

Nipple and areola reconstruction – When treating breast cancer with a mastectomy, the nipple is typically removed along with the rest of the breast. If you’re having breast construction after your mastectomy, you can decide if you want to have the nipple and the dark area around the nipple (areola) reconstructed. Nipple and areola reconstructions are usually the final phase of breast reconstruction. This is a separate surgery done to make the reconstructed breast look more like the original breast. It can be done as an outpatient procedure. It is usually done after the new breast has had time to heal (about 3 to 4 months after surgery). There are a variety of options of how the nipple can be visually built back up. Your consultant will be able to discuss this with you in your consultation.

Revisionary breast reconstruction – previous breast surgery may require adjustment at a later time, often to match the naturally ageing breast with the reconstructed one.

Breast augmentation – there are a number of possible techniques for enlarging and/or enhancing your breasts; and our expert breast surgeons will be able to discuss the right option for you.

Breast lift – our surgeons are able to move your nipple, areola and breast tissue to restore or improve the shape of your breast. The operation can take between 2-3 hours, depending on the exact type of procedure you have. Your surgeon will make several cuts on your breasts. The exact number and position of the cuts will vary, depending on the technique your surgeon uses. Your surgeon will remove skin from around your areola and/or from under your breasts. They may then re-position your nipples and may reduce the size of your areola to suit the new shape. If you’re having a breast enlargement at the same time, your surgeon will insert a breast implant. This will help give shape to each breast. Breast implants are usually made from silicone. Your surgeon will place the implant directly under your breast tissue or behind the chest muscle. When the operation is complete, your surgeon will close the cuts with stitches. They may wrap your breasts in a special supportive dressing or use tape for support.

Need help with your booking?

If you have private medical cover, our friendly business office team can liaise with your insurance company on your behalf, arranging everything you need to start your treatment with us.

If you are self-funding your treatment, our team can provide pricing details for your consultations, diagnostics and procedures and book your appointment too.

Talk to us

Have a question? You can talk to someone on our friendly team by phone 01625 545 036 or contact us online.

Referring a patient

If you are a medical professional looking to refer your patient to us, you can write a referral letter to us and if you know the consultant that you would like your patient to see, please outline this on the letter. We also accept unnamed referrals. In this case our team will assign the most appropriate consultant to suit your patient’s needs. You then either email your referral letter to us on thewilmslowhospital@hcahealthcare.co.uk or fax it to us on 01625 545 099

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