Plastic and reconstructive Surgery is one of the major surgical disciplines at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust. At the heart of the service is dedication and commitment to continuous improvement while embracing the latest advances and technologies. It is one of the UK’s leading and largest plastic-surgery units. Through its links with University College London Medical School, it is also a major teaching and research centre, particularly in the field of tissue engineering and stem cells.
The department has a team of consultants who undertake general plastic surgery procedures and, in addition, they each have specialist interests such as facial reanimation, ear reconstruction and complex microsurgical breast reconstruction (such as DIEP) as well as novel minimally-invasive restoration of appearance technology with the help of stem cells.
The unit is a national centre of excellence for facial reanimation surgery, ear reconstruction and breast reconstruction. Consultants are involved in multidisciplinary treatments of skin cancers, sarcomas, breast cancer as well as major abdominal wall reconstruction. A comprehensive selection of procedures to improve aesthetic appearance is also offered, such as minimal-scar facelift and total body contouring.