Craniofacial surgery

Treatment to correct head and facial abnormalities

Cosmetic and reconstructive surgery can help to repair damage or deformity of the skull resulting from injury or disease

About

Craniofacial reconstruction surgery can improve or correct a range of deformities of the skull as well as damage caused by trauma to the head or face. Our multidisciplinary teams of surgeons will work together to rebuild tissue, facial features and bone structure to achieve the best cosmetic result.

Need to know

  • What happens icon plus

    Your procedure will be personalised to make sure you have the most effective treatment for your condition. Craniofacial surgery is always done under general anaesthetic, so you'll be asleep during the operation. Pieces of bone (grafts) may be taken from your pelvis or ribs to rebuild the spaces where the bones of your face and head have been damaged. Small metal screws and plates are sometimes used to hold the bones in place during the healing process. Because craniofacial reconstruction often involves delicate and specialised procedures, surgery can take anywhere from four to 14 hours to complete.
  • How to prepare icon plus

    Before treatment, you'll likely have a range of scans, such as a CT scan, X-ray or MRI to determine the extent of the malformation or damage to your skull. Once your consultant has determined the best surgical approach for you, they'll explain the procedure and answer any questions you may have. Because you'll be having general anaesthetic, they'll also let you know how long to avoid eating and drinking before your operation. Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you.
  • Afterwards icon plus

    Depending on the complexity of your operation, you may be cared for in hospital or our neurological rehabilitation unit for an extended period after your surgery. Follow-up procedures may also be needed. Your consultant will let you know what to expect. They'll also work closely with you and your family to help you make a full recovery.

Paying for medical treatment

You don’t need health insurance to have fast access to our top consultants, extensive range of treatments, diagnostic tests and surgical procedures at our world-class facilities.

Our consultants

We’re proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical, fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion. 

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Request an appointment

Our team can help with any enquiries or you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

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020 7079 4344
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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