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Plastic & cosmetic surgery

Surgery to restore function and improve appearance

Appearance can be altered by several factors, such as ageing, weight loss, and injury. Similarly, life events like pregnancy and childbirth will often cause changes in your body shape and how you look.

If you are unhappy with physical changes, there are a few different things you can try to improve your appearance. Exercise and diet are commonly used, but these are limited in what can be achieved and how long any changes last. Clothing and make-up can be used to cover up the affected parts of the body, but this is limited and can be impractical longer-term.

If your unhappiness about these physical changes continues, you may easily find your self-esteem and confidence being affected.

Plastic, Reconstructive and Cosmetic surgery procedures are another way of restoring, improving, and enhancing appearance. A doctor who specialises in this field may be known as either a Consultant Plastic Surgeon, a Consultant Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon or a Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeon.

Despite its name, Cosmetic surgery may also involve non-surgical treatments to improve or enhance a particular aspect of your natural appearance. Common examples of cosmetic surgery include breast augmentation (enlargement) and a nose job (rhinoplasty).

The reconstructive aspect of Plastic Surgery involves improving the function and/or appearance of tissue that has been damaged by disease, trauma, burns, or a congenital defect. A common example is the removal of skin cancer.

At The Winterbourne Hospital, we can easily arrange a private appointment for you with a highly experienced Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeon to discuss suitable options available to you.

Although surgery can achieve certain things, it will not always be the most appropriate choice for everybody. Your consultant will help give you a clear, realistic idea of the results you could expect to see from surgery, so that you have the information you need to make an informed choice.

A range of treatments are available at The Winterbourne Hospital, including:

  • Breast reduction – reduces the size of the breasts so that they are more proportional to your frame
  • Breast uplift (mastopexy) – improves the appearance of empty, sagging or droopy breasts
  • Breast enlargement (augmentation)
  • Breast asymmetry – improves the uneven appearance of the breasts by a reduction of the larger breast or an augmentation and uplift of the smaller one
  • Nipple and areola reconstruction
  • Revision breast surgery
  • Male breast surgery for Gynecomastia (‘Man boobs’)
  • Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) - removes excess abdominal skin, corrects abdominal muscle separation (rectus divarication) and improves the shape and contour of the tummy
  • Lower body lift (belt lipectomy) - improves the appearance of the tummy
  • Arm lift (brachioplasty) – removes excess fat and skin on the upper part of your arm to improve appearance
  • Thigh lift - removes excess fat and skin to improve the shape and contour of the thigh
  • Body contouring
  • Labiaplasty
  • Liposuction – removes excess fat from those parts of the body with are resistant to exercise (hips, thighs, flanks, and tummy)
  • Facelift
  • Rhinoplasty (nose job)
  • Eyelid surgery – restores a more youthful appearance to the eyes
  • Correction of prominent ears (pinnaplasty or otoplasty)
  • Soft tissue surgery, including skin flaps and tissue expansion
  • Scar revision – to improve the appearance of a scar from a previous injury, surgery, piercing or disease
  • Removal of skin cancers
  • Split ear lobe repair
  • Removal of mole, skin tag, cyst, wart or lipoma

As well as these surgical options, we can also provide non-surgical and non-invasive treatments like:

If you are considering any type of cosmetic surgery, the first step is to book a private consultation. This is the ideal opportunity to look at the options available to you that could potentially help you to achieve your desired outcomes.

Many people choose to self-refer, while others may be referred to us by their GP or a consultant in another speciality, such as dermatology (skin).

When you meet with your consultant, they will talk with you in details about what you are hoping to achieve with your surgery, and why you are considering surgery.

They will explain suitable treatment options to you, talking you through how they are done and what to expect from your recovery. Photos before and after surgery of people who have had similar procedures can be helpful in visualising what can be achieved.

Before deciding to go ahead with any type of cosmetic or plastic surgery, it is important you are given adequate time to think through all the options available to you. If it would be helpful, we can arrange a second appointment for you to discuss things more and to review what results could realistically be achieved.

The consultant you see for your first visit will be the same one who carries out surgery if you choose to go ahead with it. This ensures excellent continuity of care at every stage of your treatment. You will never have to be worried about being treated by a junior doctor.

Imaging or diagnostic scans are not needed in many cases, but X-ray, CT, MRI, and ultrasound can be easily arranged for you if required.

As the only local private hospital, many of our patients live in Dorchester and the surrounding areas, although others travel from other parts of Dorset and further afield.

When you choose to have your Plastic or Cosmetic surgery at The Winterbourne Hospital, you will benefit from:

  • Rapid access to a leading surgeon – We can provide you with fast access to one of the top cosmetic surgeons in the region for expert advice, guidance, and treatment.
  • Flexible appointments – It is easy to book an appointment for a time that is convenient for you. We can also provide remote consultations by telephone or video call if required.
  • Recommended by patients – In an independent survey, 98.4% of our patients said they were likely or extremely likely to recommend us to a friend or family member.
  • An experienced team – When needed, your consultant can quickly and easily talk with on-site specialists in other fields, like dieticians, psychologists, dermatologists, radiologists, physiotherapists, and anaesthetists. With access to any member of our wider healthcare team, you will always see the most appropriate specialist for your needs at every stage.
  • Location – The Winterbourne Hospital is easy to travel to, located one mile south of Dorchester town centre and with a 40-space car park.

Whether you are looking for minor skin surgery such as a mole removal, or a larger, more involved procedure like a labiaplasty, tummy tuck or breast augmentation, our experienced surgeons would be delighted to meet with you and discuss the surgical procedures that are most suitable for you and your preferences.

For peace of mind and known expert care, why not contact us today to book your Plastic and Cosmetic surgery appointment? We very much look forward to welcoming you to The Winterbourne Hospital and helping you to get clarity about the best way forward as soon as possible.

Specialists offering Plastic & cosmetic surgery

Mr Tomasz Graja

Consultant Breast, Hernia and General Surgeon


The Winterbourne Hospital

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