London Craniofacial Unit: World-class reconstructive surgery for head, neck and brain

21 Wellington Road , St Johns Wood, London , NW8 9SQ 

Why choose The London Craniofacial Unit?

Craniofacial and maxillofacial referrals are usually complex and often require input from many specialists. The London Craniofacial Unit combines the experience of a highly skilled team of surgeons with award-winning therapy teams at The Wellington Hospital and The Portland Hospital for Women and Children, ensuring a comprehensive adult and children’s craniofacial service is accessible in London’s private sector.

Craniofacial conditions and injuries not only effect appearances but can also have an effect on functional abilities. The face and skull are important for the ability to eat, speak, see, smell and hear and also to protect important structures such as the brain.

Treating complex craniofacial conditions needs a multidisciplinary approach and the London Craniofacial Unit (LCU) has brought together a team of leading specialists in their field to treat these complex problems.

The London Craniofacial Unit undertake

over 100 craniofacial case per year

making it one of the largest service of its kind globally

Our combined expertise

For the best personalised care and fastest recovery, you'll be looked after by a multidisciplinary team of experts from a range of medical specialties, including maxillofacial surgeons, neurosurgeons, opthalmologists, ENT specialists, plastic surgeons and speech and language therapists.

  • Plastic surgery

    Need to know

    Plastic surgery is the medical specialty dedicated to improving or restoring the appearance and/or function of a part of the body. It's made up of two areas: cosmetic surgery and reconstructive surgery. Cosmetic procedures are carried out for aesthetic reasons and include things like face lifts...

  • Oral and maxillofacial surgery

    Need to know

    Oral and maxillofacial surgery is a speciality concerned with the treatment of common and complex conditions affecting your mouth, jaws, face or neck. Our experienced surgeons treat everything from dry mouth and oral ulcers to mouth cancer and facial trauma. Under our care, you'll benefit from the expertise...

  • Neurosurgery

    Need to know

    Neurosurgery describes the surgical treatment of conditions affecting the nervous system. This may involve the skull, brain or spine and can range from minimally invasive procedures for back pain to major intracranial surgery for tumours. Our multidisciplinary team approach includes neurosurgeons,...

  • Ophthalmology

    Need to know

    Ophthalmology specialises in the diagnosis and management of eye conditions, our ophthalmology service focuses on taking a holistic approach to eye care, offering you a greater understanding of the anatomy, physiology and diseases of the eye. Our consultants treat a wide range of ophthalmic problems —...

  • ENT Ear nose and throat

    Need to know

    When you come for an appointment with one of our highly skilled ear, nose and throat consultants you'll start with a detailed consultation to address any concerns or symptoms you might have. And if you have treatment with us, you can rest assured that our specialised ENT team use the latest diagnostic...

Craniofacial services for adults

Adult craniofacial services at The Wellington Hospital are principally directed at reconstruction after trauma. Surgery for adults with congenital and acquired craniofacial conditions is also undertaken. Many of the patients seen have complex problems requiring extensive planning and multi-specialty input.

The Wellington Hospital provides state-of-the-art operative and intensive care facilities to support the LCU’s work. We work closely with the rehabilitation unit for patients requiring intensive help during recovery. The Wellington has world-class diagnostic facilities which are essential in planning complex reconstructions as well as providing the information needed to fabricate customised patient-specific reconstructive devices and implants.

Craniofacial services for children

LCU provides comprehensive paediatric care at The Portland Hospital, for children with craniofacial conditions. We treat both congenital conditions, including craniosynostosis, and provide a reconstructive and rehabilitation service in children who have suffered facial and cranial trauma.

There is a dedicated paediatric intensive care facility and a specialised ward nursing environment for children with craniofacial conditions. LCU works closely with the paediatric rehabilitation unit for children who have long-standing problems or who face prolonged recovery periods.

The craniofacial team is supported by the comprehensive general paediatric services available at the hospital and by its own clinical nurse specialists.

LCU is actively involved in teaching and research and has its own craniofacial fellow. In partnership with the Institute of Child health in London, LCU supports PhD students working within the Face Value program.

A holistic multidisciplinary approach

Congenital and acquired craniofacial conditions are almost always complex problems. They affect both appearance and function and often need expert input from specialists in many different fields. Many units provide surgical reconstructive services in isolation, it is our belief that ideal treatment cannot be provided without the input of specialists with expertise in function and rehabilitation.

Together with direct care from the consultants, the patients case is managed within a specialist multi-disciplinary team of ENT specialists, Ophthalmologists, Geneticists, Orthodontists and other specialists such as Paediatricians. The team members meet at least once a week to discuss the individual cases as necessary.

At LCU we have formed a team of highly skilled reconstructive surgeons who are supported by specialists with expertise in vision, hearing, speech, feeding, psychological well-being and rehabilitation. We are actively involved in research into craniofacial reconstruction, and with our industry partners, provide the most up-to-date computer image guided reconstructive techniques and implant technologies.

This holistic approach provides the best opportunity for effective restoration of form and function.

Our craniofacial specialist consultants


Professor David Dunaway

Consultant Plastic Surgeon


Paediatric plastic surgery,Private Paediatric Care: Paediatric Plastic Surgery

Works at

The Harley Street Clinic

The Portland Hospital

The Wellington Hospital


Jeelani Noor Owase

Mr Noor Owase Jeelani

Consultant Paediatric Neurosurgeon

Works at

The Portland Hospital

Contact the London Craniofacial Unit

Do you have any questions about our consultants or services? Call or email us and we'll be happy to help.

020 7467 3009
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