Pinnaplasty (Otoplasty) Surgery on Children

Paul Banwell performs Pinnaplasty at East Grinstead, Tunbridge Wells, Brighton and Worthing.  With his caring approach and honesty with all patients, young and old, he is happy to speak to you about this procedure.  Please call 0845 2600 261 for more information and to book your consultation.

Enjoy the Spring Sunshine – Safely!

With summer fast approaching and swimsuits being pulled from the back of the wardrobe – Mr Paul Banwell, a consultant plastic surgeon, offers some advice and information about taking care in sun and what you can do protect yourself from the harmful UV rays while still enjoying the summer.

Q: Tell us a little bit about skin cancer

Skin cancer is now the commonest cancer in the world. There are essentially two different types: non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC) and melanoma. The latter is less common, but has the highest death rate and it can affect younger people. The lifetime risk of developing skin cancer in Australia is one in three, compared to about one in 40 in the UK. While the incidence of skin cancer in the UK is significantly less than Australia, our death rates are higher and the number of people who have skin cancer in this country is expected to dramatically increase in the next decade. Raising awareness is therefore vital, as early prevention and diagnosis is the key to successful treatment. Getting a tan is no longer cool and the attitude ‘it won’t happen to me ‘ just doesn’t cut anymore – for instance, in Kent and Sussex we have seen an alarming trend in skin cancers affecting the younger age-groups. Changing behavior and educating parents and their children is therefore vital.

Q: What should we look out for?

Look out for new or existing moles that are darkly pigmented, change in colour and/or size, have an irregular outline and itch, bleed or crust. If you are unsure or concerned that you may have one or more of these symptoms, visit your GP. He or she will examine your skin and would be able to refer you to a Plastic Surgeon with a specialist interest in skin cancer.

Q: How can we reduce the risk of developing skin cancer?

Australia has dramatically decreased rates of skin cancer with the introduction of sun protection programmes, such as the ‘slip, slop, slap, now wrap’ campaign – sun awareness is vital and really does have an effect. Avoid the midday sun (between 11am and 3pm), apply liberal amounts of sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30+ and wear a hat, loose clothes (tightly woven) and sunglasses. The face and neck are the areas most commonly affected by sun damage, so be sure to apply sunscreen to lips, ears, around eyes, neck and scalp if your hair is thinning.

A history of sunburn when young puts people at an increased risk of developing skin cancer later in life. Fifty per cent of total lifetime sunlight exposure occurs in childhood, so be particularly careful with children; if they are exposed to the sun, dress them in sun-suits or long-sleeves, hats and sunglasses and apply a liberal amount of high SPF sunscreen regularly. Schools are becoming increasingly aware of the darker side of the sun and are introducing stricter rules and regulations in the summer months.

The dangers of sunbeds have also been under the media spotlight recently. There is no doubt they are a serious health risk.

Q: What else should we know about sun protection?

It is possible that the increased use of sun creams may give people a false sense of security which may encourage people to go into the sun more and, as a result, cause an increase in the risk of developing skin cancers. Sunscreens only partially protect your skin; therefore using sun creams does not mean that you can sunbathe for long periods without harm. Australia leads the way in sun protection with its ‘THINK ZINC’! campaign. Zinc oxide provides the best sun protection but, when applied, its appearance is white (as commonly seen with professional cricketers). This is not very ‘cosmetically elegant’ so scientists have recently patented revolutionary technology to make zinc oxide become transparent, which is more acceptable to consumers.

Concerned about your moles?

If you have any concerns about skin cancer or moles, visit your GP or contact our offie at 0845 2600 271.

‘Genuine Dermaroller’ with Mr Paul Banwell

There are so many procedures on the market for various skin treatments that it can be hard to know which one to choose.

Initially, you will attend a consultation with Mr Banwell or our Senior Aesthetic Nurse, Judi Critchard, who will offer advice and treatment options that would be best suited to your condition.

Genuine Dermaroller Therapy is an advanced micro-medical skin-needling procedure that stimulates the skin to regenerate and repair itself naturally and safely, creating smoother, brighter, healthier and younger looking skin. It can significantly improve the appearance of acne scars, aged and sun damaged skin, fine lines and wrinkles and stretch marks.

After the procedure your body will start to naturally regenerate and repair the skin, working below the surface in the dermis. It can take up to six weeks before visible signs of regeneration and repair are seen but the process will continue over the following months, providing you with a natural and long lasting enhancement.

Mrs Geraldine Weaver had the procedure with us at McIndoe Surgical Centre in East Grinstead and said “Everything was explained really well before I had my first treatment. My skin had a lot of fine lines and felt saggy with age.”

After an initial three treatments the appearance of her skin is much improved, with a better tone and a much healthier glow about it.

If this article finds you wanting to know more about the procedure, visit: (18 March 2011)

Survey Reveals that 30% of Women NEVER see their Plastic Surgery during Treatment

‘BYPASS’ – Before You Pay, Ask to See Surgeon, says Liberate

With the recent deaths following botched cosmetic surgery abroad of 21 year old Claudia Adeseye Aderotimi and former Miss Argentina Solange Magnano, mother of two in Buenos Aires, women still appear to put price above safety.

A new survey conducted by Liberate, the UK’s largest network of BAAPS and/or BAPRAS – accredited cosmetic surgeons, clearly shows the need for women to be better informed about what can go wrong with cosmetic surgery and the importance of knowing the qualifications and experience of their surgeon, to help them make an informed decision

Liberate, which has over 60 locations across the UK, surveyed 3000 women between the ages of 18-34 and found that 30% of women had undergone cosmetic surgery with breast augmentation (“boob job”) being the most popular procedure (28%) followed by Nose (17%) eyes (11%) and Liposuction/tummy tuck (15%). However, the survey confirmed that many women do not receive the service they deserve from their cosmetic surgery provider.  Even though 74% felt it was important to know and see their surgeon throughout the course of treatment, the reality was that 30% of women who had surgery NEVER saw their surgeon.

The Liberate survey also highlights the need for women to be better informed of the dangers of cosmetic surgery abroad and in the UK. A staggering 40% admitted that they would consider having surgery abroad if it was cheaper and half the women surveyed would have cosmetic surgery if cost was no object with 17% prepared to take out a loan to cover this.

Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon James Murphy, a founder member of Liberate, said:


“The new survey highlights the fact that although people claim safety is the most important decision when considering cosmetic surgery, many will still be influenced by price regardless of the physical cost. Cosmetic surgery is a medical surgical procedure and it should be treated as such.”

Without the tools needed to make responsible choices cosmetic surgery can end up costing people financially, physically and psychologically, Liberate aims to give people the power to choose, providing them with a new and safer approach to cosmetic surgery.