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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

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    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.
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    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.
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    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.

Don't wait, pay for yourself

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.
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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.

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    The Harley Street Clinic

    35 Weymouth Street

    London

    W1G 8BJ

    Appointments 020 7034 8181
    Enquiries 020 3131 7962

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    The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 3131 7216
    Enquiries 020 3130 6833

  • The Portland Hospital

    The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street

    London

    W1W 5AH

    Childrens enquiries 020 3811 4906
    Maternity enquiries 020 3131 5998
    Women's health 020 3811 5137

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    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 020 3131 7478

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We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

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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