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PRE-OP ADVICE

Many patients are understandably nervous before their procedure but we like to make things as smooth as possible for you. We have a patient advice sheet/checklist for you of things to do, things not to do as well as things to bring with you on the day of surgery. Please remember that you will need to be pre-assessed by the hospital too and this usually takes place a week or two before surgery and is a standard medical check for your safety. If you have any last minute questions or queries please always feels free to phone the clinic or drop us an email! We are here to help!

Are there any tablets I should avoid?

Avoid taking aspirin or similar blood-thinning products before undergoing plastic surgery procedures a minimum of a week before and after your procedure (unless otherwise instructed by Mr Banwell). The same is true for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (such as ibuprofen, neurofen and diclofenac). Vitamin E & C, dietary supplements and herbal medicines should also be avoided. These may also increase your bleeding tendency. Please also note that you should not consume alcohol within 48 hours of surgery.

What about smoking?

Smoking has serious effects on wound healing and infection rates, so should be stopped a minimum of 2 weeks before surgery and ideally prior to this. It also can cause problems due to coughing in the post-operative phase which can then lead to an increased risk of bleeding; this is of particular concern in facial operations but affects ALL potential operations that Mr Banwell performs.

Should I avoid taking supplements?

Yes – in brief! Some patients find homeopathic remedies such as arnica helpful to reduce bruising although it is very difficult to prove their efficacy scientifically. Whilst Mr Banwell is happy to encourage patients to use arnica, only begin 2-3 days AFTER the operation and continue for a week. Some preparations of arnica may have additional compounds that actually lead to bleeding so to be safe Mr Banwell asks you to start after surgery and NOT before.

What if I get sick prior to surgery?

If you develop any sort of illness prior to the operation please contact Mr Banwell’s secretary at 01342 330302 as your procedure may need to be postponed or you may require treatment before proceeding.

Do I need to starve before my operation?

For local anaesthetic operations (with you awake) you may eat and drink normally. For general anaesthetic operations (with you asleep) you should not eat anything for at least 6 hours prior to surgery. You may drink water up until 2-hours before surgery. You will receive instructions from the hospital prior to your admission; however, if in doubt, please ask the pre-admission unit at the hospital or phone Mr Banwell’s office. Essentially if your admission time is early in the morning, do not eat or drink anything on the same day as surgery. If you are on the afternoon list then you will given instructions to have a very light, very early breakfast.

When should I come to hospital and what should I bring with me?

The hospital will contact you to make the arrangements for your in-patient procedure. Usually you will come in to hospital on the morning of your surgery, but occasionally you will come in the night before. Ensure you have your normal toiletries and any regular medication you take. If having a procedure on your face or eyes, it is advisable to bring a pair of sunglasses and a head scarf to wear home. Please ensure you bring any post-surgery garments that Mr Banwell  and his team have recommended (binders/sports bras/compression). Please also bring magazines, iPads, music, book, Kindle and even chocolate for your surgeon!!

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I went to see Mr Banwell to get reassurance about the moles and blemishes which have been steadily growing since I was a young adult. 30 years ago we were not aware of the dangers of the sun and burning on holiday way an annual ritual. Thankfully we are all now aware that the sun damage can cause skin cancer and the changes in my moles mean I have a precautionary approach, particularly as older family members have had tumours removed. Paul knows exactly what he was looking for and studied each and every mole methodically. The two he highlighted for treatment were two of the least innocuous (in my opinion) which surprised me. Clearly to the trained eye they needed removal. I have since had an excision of one and due to have photo dynamic therapy treatment for the small red mark on my nose later this year. Without seeing Paul, this minor irritation would have been left and could possibly have created problems later in life. I advocate regular checks for anyone with moles and skin blemishes. The technology now is so impressive and it makes absolutely sense to take full advantage of Paul’s expertise.


Gabrielle S.

I am writing to let you know that I was very pleased with the recent surgery to remove several moles on my face, neck and back. The whole process was carried out very efficiently.  The mole on my face has almost completely disappeared already.  The post-operative information was most helpful, although the leaflet I was given varied slightly from your verbal instructions. However, you accurately told me what to expect.  I have no hesitation in recommending your work to other people.  The on site staff were all friendly and helpful throughout.


Pamela H.

Mr Banwell explained the details of my procedures in a professional and sensitive manner. He took the time to put me at ease and answer all my questions in a way that I could understand. Each step of my treatment from the initial consultation through to its conclusion was supported by professional who with their support enables me to have an extremely smooth journey through my procedures. For the first time in my adult life I am happy in my own skin. I would recommend Mr Banwell to anyone who has been thinking of cosmetic surgery in a heartbeat. Through his skill and understanding of the female body, he carries out his profession with the utmost care and consideration.


Susan G.

From the welcome I got on my first visit to post-op consultations, the team were very friendly. Mr Banwell is undoubtedly the most professional and caring surgeon I could wish for. I have felt completely confident in his expertise, and am thrilled with the results. I would not hesitate – and indeed have – to recommend him to all my friends.


H F.

I am delighted!! Mr Banwell listened to what I wanted and now I have fuller breast that don’t look false!  I would highly recommend him and his team to everyone.  They are all very friendly and the care I received before, during and after was excellent and very professional. Many thanks to you all.


Gemma C.

After the first consultation I felt I was in some of the best hands. I expected to feel more confidence in myself ? this was met and exceeded! I didn?t expect the scars to be so neat and small I am very pleased with them. It was a great experience; there was always someone to contact/speak to with questions and they were all supportive. You will not be disappointed.


Kirstie W.

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