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Plastic & cosmetic surgery

Functional and aesthetic concerns assessed and treated rapidly

When you feel unhappy with a particular aspect of your appearance, it can be hard to shake the feeling. Being bombarded by images of ‘perfection’ in the media can serve as a reminder that you don’t look the way you want to, contributing to low mood and long-term self-esteem issues.

Aside from appearance, issues like the shape of your nose may be causing you breathing difficulties, requiring a reshaping procedure to bring back normal function. By seeing some of the top plastics and cosmetics consultants in the area, these problems could be a thing of the past.

The idea of plastics and cosmetic surgery can be daunting for some, and you will likely have a number of questions about your options, the procedures themselves, the nature of recovery, and an idea of the after-effects. An initial consultation with one of our expert consultants aims to give you clear, concise information about the type of procedure you desire, as well as highlighting any alternative measures available. 

Available procedures can be split into three main areas; Facial Cosmetics, Breast procedures, and Body procedures. 

Facial procedures include: 

  • Upper and lower blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) 
  • Facelifting 
  • Pinnaplasty (prominent ear correction) 
  • Rhinoplasty (nose reshaping, either for cosmetic or functional reasons) 
  • Facial rejuvenation 

A comprehensive approach is taken for facial rejuvenation which involves multiple procedures, performed in a bespoke way according to each individual. This underlines our commitment to tailoring each treatment specifically to you, the patient, as no two surgeries are exactly the same.

Breast procedures are commonly undertaken at The Ridgeway Hospital, including: 

  • Breast augmentation (enlarging or reshaping with implants) 
  • Breast uplift (mastopexy) 
  • Breast reduction 
  • Male breast reduction (gynecomastia) 

We also offer body recontouring services, such as: 

  • Liposuction (fat removal through small incisions) 
  • Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty, improving the shape and contour of the abdomen) 
  • Arm reduction 
  • Thigh lift procedures 

‘Lumps & Bumps’, skin lesions, and scar revisions (to improve appearance of existing scars) are also available, often on a day case basis for the right candidate. 

Both men and women benefit from these procedures, and all can be performed extremely safely for the right individual. Your safety is always a priority, and our consultants have the expertise to assess your suitability for each surgery, making sure each candidate gets the most appropriate form of treatment. 

You may already have an idea of what you want, with specific aims and goals, and our consultants at The Ridgeway Hospital can use this to determine the most suitable form of treatment to help you reach those goals. Surgery is carried out in our state-of-the-art operating theatres, with support from a highly experienced team, both in theatre and on the wards. The exceptional level of care offered by consultants is matched by all staff who help you during your time with us. 

With zero waiting lists, our consultants can offer appointments to discuss the full range of plastics and cosmetic surgeries with patients based in Swindon, Chippenham, Wantage, Tetbury and further afield, without delay. 

When you visit us at The Ridgeway Hospital for your initial consultation, your consultant will take a detailed medical history, listening to the reasons that have led you to the clinic. Questions they may ask you include: 

  • What concerns have you had about your appearance? 
  • How long have you felt this way? 
  • Do you have a particular treatment or surgery in mind? 
  • What are your goals for recovery? What outcomes are you expecting? 
  • Have you tried any treatments in the past? 

These consultations typically last roughly 30-60 minutes, allowing ample time to explore potential procedures and outline expectations and goals. Often there are surgical and non-surgical options, and your consultant will be able to offer their expertise in finding the most suitable form of treatment for you in order to meet your needs. They may ask for a physical examination to assess the relevant surgery site, and/or take photographs to aid planning for surgery.

A psychological assessment will also be carried out by your consultant to ensure that your wishes for surgery have been well thought-out and these treatments are appropriate for you. This may include making sure that you have support from your GP, as well as parents for younger patients.

Your consultant can then talk you through any of the potential risks and benefits of surgery, giving you a platform to ask any questions that may have arisen at this point.

There is normally a minimum two-week ‘cooling off period’, allowing you time to reflect back on your consultation and assess your needs, deciding if surgery is indeed something you wish to pursue. Any decision to opt for plastic or cosmetic surgery has to be yours entirely, without pressure from others. This second appointment also allows your consultant to finalise any plans for surgery to keep the day of the operation streamlined and efficient.

Many surgeries can be carried out as a day case procedure, meaning you will be able to go home on the same day. More extensive surgeries will require a short stay at The Ridgeway Hospital, where specialist nurses are on-hand for round-the-clock care during recovery.

Follow-up appointments are vital in the period after your surgery, and your consultant will see you in the clinic after 7-10 days to check any wounds and make sure healing is progressing as expected. Further checks are conducted at regular intervals, giving ample opportunity for any revision surgery if necessary and ensuring your health and safety is well maintained. 

Choosing to have your Plastics & Cosmetic Surgery at The Ridgeway Hospital comes with a host of benefits, such as:

Assessments ASAP – When you’ve made the decision to consider plastic or cosmetic surgery to restore function or improve your appearance, you won’t want to wait for an appointment. Our consultants prioritise seeing you rapidly, giving you all the details you need in order to make an informed decision on whether or not cosmetic surgery is right for you. 

Patient Satisfaction – 96.4% of patients in 2020 said they would happily recommend The Ridgeway Hospital to friends and family in an independent report, and we’re confident that you’ll agree. 96.3% also said that the quality of care here at The Ridgeway Hospital was either ‘very good’ or ‘excellent’. We aim to make your stay with us as comfortable as possible, and these results highlight our continued efforts to ensure this is achieved. 

Personalised Care – We believe in a bespoke approach to treatment, tailoring each experience to our patients’ needs and whatever may be best for you. This is regularly reviewed, ensuring you get the necessary treatment at every stage of your patient journey. 

Consultant-led, Consultant-delivered – Once you have chosen your consultant, you will see them right the way through your journey at The Ridgeway Hospital. From the initial consultation to follow-ups, explaining any necessary procedures and carrying out surgeries themselves, you are assured the highest level of care and top-quality service from specialists with a wealth of experience in the plastics and cosmetics field.  

A Multidisciplinary Approach – Our teams at The Ridgeway Hospital work in tandem with each other to provide you with the best possible care from start to finish. Working closely with colleagues in a range of specialties, alongside specialist radiographers, anaesthetists, and nurses, your consultants have access to a wide network for complex issues, ensuring you have expert support every step of the way during your treatment.

Convenient Appointments – With appointments available at dedicated clinics throughout the week, you are sure to find an appointment slot that suits your needs and availability. 

Ease of Access - Situated just along from Swindon bus station, The Ridgeway Hospital is easily accessible by public transport, with ample parking should you visit us by car. 

For peace of mind and expert care, please contact The Ridgeway Hospital to book an appointment now. 

Specialists offering Plastic & cosmetic surgery

Mr Simon Charles Hawkins

Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon


The Ridgeway Hospital

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Mr David Johnson

Consultant Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon

MA (Cantab); BMBCh (Oxon); DM (Oxon); FRCS (Plast)

The Ridgeway Hospital

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Ms Anushka Chaudhry

Consultant Breast and Oncoplastic Surgeon

MBBS, FRCS (Gen Surg)

The Ridgeway Hospital

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