Frequently asked questions

How do I choose where to have treatment?

Many of our patients are referred by one of their friends and family who have had treatment with us. Others research us on the internet before booking an appointment. Choosing the right person to advise you and look after you is the most important decision you will make. There is a world of difference between our clinic and the high street providers. 

3 key factors when choosing your clinic.
• Highly experienced well-trained Plastic Surgeon.
• First class facilities near to your home.
• High quality affordable care.

Highly experienced well-trained Plastic Surgeon.

Our Consultant Plastic Surgeon Chris Dunkin is highly experienced and well trained. He trained in medicine in London (5 years), then surgery in London and Edinburgh (4 years) before undertaking Plastic Surgery training in Newcastle, Sheffield, Leicester and Oxford and an International Fellowship in Australia (10 years). Chris has received a number of awards for his work and research and has degrees in Medicine and Surgery (MBBS), a Doctorate of Medicine (MD) and Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in Plastic Surgery (FRCS(Plast)). He is on the GMC Specialist Register for Plastic Surgery and has an NHS and private practice. 

Choose a Plastic Surgeon who is a Full Member of BAPRAS (the British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery)

Choose a surgeon who is properly trained
with FRCS(Plast) after their name.

Choose a surgeon who is on the GMC Specialist
Register in Plastic Surgery.

Chose a surgeon who has a wide experience
of all aspects of Plastic Surgery

Only the best Plastic Surgeon get appointed to Consultant posts in the NHS - a sign of quality and accountability.

Choose a Plastic Surgeon who is a Full Member of BAPRAS (the British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery).

What do all the letters mean?

FRCS(Plast) - Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Plastic Surgery.
Only Plastic Surgeons who are properly trained and pass their professional exams in Plastic Surgery are awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in Plastic Surgery and are entered on the General Medical Council Specialist Register in Plastic Surgery.

MBBS - Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery.
Basic medical qualification - now you can call yourself "doctor".

MRCS - Member of the Royal College of Surgeons
Basic Surgical qualification - now you can call yourself "Mr" (or "Miss"!)

MD - Doctor of Medicine
The best surgeons do full time research and are may be awarded with a higher degree or doctorate.

BAPRAS - British Association of Plastic Surgeons
The organisation that only recognised UK Plastic Surgeons may join (unless by special invitation.

Can I book an appointment directly or do I have to go via my GP?

You can book an appointment to see our Consultant Plastic Surgeon directly. If you would prefer to ask your GPs advice and get them to refer you then that's fine. We will write to your GP when we see you for information and to keep them informed either way. 

Can a friend or family member come with me?

A partner, sister or friend can be very helpful at your consultation. We always examine you with one of our nurses to keep you company so don't worry if you do want to come alone. 

How much will it all cost?

There is a fee for your first appointment with Chris Dunkin our Consultant Plastic Surgeon. All subsequent appointments are free. You pay a package price for your treatment so no unexpected bills. 

Will my treatment be safe?

Your safety is our primary concern. Tees Plastic Surgery and Nuffield Health York Hospital will prepare you for your treatment and make sure you understand what is involved and do all we can to ensure you have a safe and successful outcome. We do everything we can to keep your risks to a minimum but cosmetic surgery is not a beauty treatment and does have potential problems. We will go through these in detail in clinic to ensure you achieve the best outcome. 

Can I choose not to go to sleep?

You can choose to be awake or asleep for your treatment depending on the procedure you choose. If you choose local anaesthetic then you may also need sedation. 

Will it hurt?

Whether you choose awake of asleep anaethetic for your treatment, we use lots of local anaesthtic so you not be too sore afterwards. Our nurses will look after you when you are on the ward and will give you all the medication and advice you need to keep you comfortable once you go home. 

What happens if I have problems - will I have to pay more?

Fortunately most of our patients do not have problems after treatment. If you do have problems then we will look after you and provide you with the best quality care. You don't pay any more even if you need to stay at our private hospital for a little longer or if you need to return to the operating theatre. We want you to be happy with the outcome of your treatment. If you are not happy and we think we can make it better then we will do so and without extra charge.

Will anyone know I've had Cosmetic Surgery?

The aim of good quality cosmetic surgery is to make you look better not different. We believe in enhancement of your natural beauty not radical change. This is particularly true for facial treatment. Friends and family often make comments like: “You look good – have you been away?”  and “Have you had your hair done? It makes you look younger.”  Facial procedures aim to produce a youthful, brighter and natural look. Breast and tummy procedures are a bit different. Some of our patients choose quite large breast implants which will definitely get them noticed on the beach.

What do I do now?

Our clinic is based at the Nuffield Health Tees Hospital Stockton-on-Tees and the BMI Woodlands Hospital in Darlington.

Please contact us on 0844 272 5951 for a consultation
or click on the link below to email us.

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