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General

  • What is Cosmetic Surgery?

    Contrary to its name, plastic surgery does not involve the use of plastics. The word "plastic" is derived from a Greek word "plastikos" which means to "mould or refashion"

  • What is the difference between cosmetic and reconstructive surgery?

    Reconstructive surgery is designed to improve function and minimise disfigurement that has occurred as the result of an accident, birth defect or disease. Cosmetic surgery is that subspeciality of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery that is designed to improve a person's appearance beyond the status quo in an aesthetic manner by altering or reshaping a bodily feature.

  • What is the difference between a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon and a Cosmetic Surgeon?

    A surgeon is someone who is qualified to perform invasive surgical procedures. They have studied specialist surgery for a minimum of five years and have at least twelve years of total medical and surgical education. Surgeons are Fellows of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS) or equivalent, and have undergone intensive training to perform invasive surgical procedures. A FRCS (Plast) member has studied and trained in Plastic, Reconstructive & Cosmetic Surgery for a minimum of 10 years after medical school.

    Please note that doctors with only a MBBS (bachelor of medicine and bachelor of surgery) degree are not surgeons. They are not trained for invasive surgical procedures. However in the UK surgically unqualified doctors are also allowed to perform cosmetic surgery. To ensure your surgeon is fully qualified and has extensive surgical training, patients should make sure their surgeon has the FRCS(Plast) qualification or is a member of BAAPS and BAPRAS.

  • What are Mr Banwell's professional qualifications?

    Mr Banwell is an internationally renowned, fully qualified Plastic, Reconstructive & Cosmetic Surgeon [BSc(Hons), MB BS FRCS(Eng), FRCS(Plast) specialising in cosmetic surgery with nearly 20 years experience in all areas. He is a member of multiple professional societies which include the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS), the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) & the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS). Mr Banwell regularly attends international meetings and workshops in Australia, America and Europe to keep updated on the latest surgical techniques and innovations.

  • How much does it cost to see Mr Banwell?

    consultation with Mr Banwell starts from £130. During this consultation you will be given comprehensive information regarding the procedure you are interested in and your medical history will be reviewed and assessed. You may also have some photographs taken.

  • How long after my initial consultation could I have my surgery?

    Depending on our patients needs, bookings and length of procedure, there may be time available quickly. However, we do not like to rush our patients into a procedure (a so-called ‘cooling-off’ period is encouraged), preferring to allow them to book in when they are confident and at the best time for them. We understand our patients have time schedules and we try and fit in as best we can.

  • Why should I have my procedure done at your hospital?

    There are a number of benefits for having your cosmetic treatment at one of the hospital's Mr Banwell operates at. You will have easy access to the medical staff and supporting team without hassle and barriers before, during and after your treatment. Mr Banwell is a Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons and is on the Specialist Register in Plastic Surgery with the GMC in the UK

  • Will Mr Banwell tell my GP of my decision to have surgery?

    Mr Banwell will talk to you about keeping your GP informed and how it is beneficial to keep him/her well briefed about any surgery you may choose to have. If you opt to go ahead with surgery Mr Banwell will ask for your permission to write to your GP for details of your medical history. This is good medical practice and is a safety precaution and important if you'll be having a general anaesthetic.

  • How will I know what to expect after my surgery?

    Mr Banwell will talk through the implications of the surgery you are interested in, the recovery period, how much time off from work you may need and any follow up care you will need. If you have any questions or concerns about your surgery or the procedure you are interested in please ask Mr Banwell at your consultation or one of his staff in the office (01342 330302). And, if something occurs to you after your consultation, there's plenty of options for you to get in touch once again and get the information you need.

  • What is the admission process once I've decided to go ahead with surgery?

    When you have made the decision to go ahead with a surgical procedure with Mr Banwell and you have received your quote, the next step is to choose a date & liaise with Mr Banwell's team Full payment for Mr Banwell is required 2 weeks prior to surgery day.

  • How long will I be in hospital?

    Many procedures can be performed as day surgery so there is no need for an overnight hospital stay but bigger procedures may require 1, 2 or even a 3 night stay.

  • Will I feel anything during surgery?

    Mr Banwell and his team do their best to prevent any pain and discomfort. At your initial consultation, Mr Banwell will discuss anaesthetic options with you including local anaesthetic, sedation and general anaesthetic. Mr Banwell works with highly trained anaesthetists who do their utmost to ensure your comfort before, during and after the procedure.

  • Will I be able to drive home after my procedure?

    Depending on the nature of your procedure, it is recommended that you should arrange for somebody to take you home after your operation, particularly if you have had sedation you must not drive for several hours after your procedure. Mr Banwell also recommends that somebody stay with you during the first day at home. Further advice can be obtained at the time of your consultation.

  • Once I go home after surgery, if I need help or advice who can I call?

    Please contact the hospital where you had your surgery. Our hospitals have clinical teams on duty every day of the week and they are there for your help. For simple requests Mr Banwell's Personal Assistants are available for help and advice too. Please note that the hospital will organise your post-operative check in dressing clinic at 1 week but Mr Banwell's team will organise follow up with him personally.

  • If I need revisional surgery how much will that cost me?

    Generally there is no fee from Mr Banwell or your hospital in the first year following surgery if it is deemed by Mr Banwell you are suitable. The decision is ultimately agreed by the hospital.

  • How much does it cost to see Mr Banwell after my surgery for review?

    There is no fee for review consultations for cosmetic surgery

  • What type of breast implants does Mr Banwell use?

    There is a range of implants that we can use here at PB Cosmetic Surgery but his preferred implant company is Allergan (Natrelle). Mr banwell will discuss this in your consultation.

  • Will I be able to drive home after my procedure?

    Depending on the nature of your procedure, it is recommended that you should arrange for somebody to take you home after your operation, particularly if you have had sedation you must not drive for several hours after your procedure. Mr Banwell also recommends that somebody stay with you during the first day at home. Further advice can be obtained at the time of your consultation.

Payment

We take major credit cards including Visa, MasterCard and Debit cards. You can also make payments by cash.

For further information on fees and bookings' please click here

  • Do you offer any payment plans or provide finance?

    Yes we do. If you require assistance with finance for your procedure, there are several companies that can help you. Please contact Mr Banwell's office for further information on 01342 330302.

  • What 'extras' will I have to pay for?

    There are absolutely no hidden costs. The price you are quoted covers everything, including surgeon and anaesthetist fees, plus hospital and theatre costs. The price quoted also includes all necessary drugs, dressings, blood tests (if required) and follow-up appointments, if necessary.

Complaints Procedure

In the first instance, if you have cause to complain or are unhappy for any reason, please do phone or contact the office by email or letter. We aim to reply to your concerns within 30 days and always hope to resolve matter quickly and efficiently. Please do not forget that we are consistently improving our services and need feedback from you. We welcome your contributions which could be positive as well as negative comments. They play an important part in the development of our future treatment plans and customer care policies.

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