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Frequently asked questions

Choosing your Plastic Surgeon.

At York Plastic Surgery, we feel that choosing the right person to advise you and look after you is the most important decision you will make. Not all providers are the  same. Did you know that anyone with a medical degree can legally offer cosmetic surgery and you don't even need that to offer treatments like Botox and fillers?

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.


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.


Do I need a GP referral to come and see you?

No but we do encourage you to inform your GP that you are considering treatment and we will write to your GP once we have seen you, with your permission.


Can I bring a friend with me?

Of course. It is a good idea to bring someone along with you, if you wish. We always have one of our nurses present when we see you so don't worry if you want to come on your own.


What about fees?

There is a flat rate fee for your first appointment with Mr Dunkin, your examination and photographs. There are no more charges any further pre-operative appointments - because we want you to take your time deciding whether to proceed and have ample time to go through what is involved and ask questions. You pay the Nuffield for your surgery and this includes all your aftercare because we want to give you the best quality of care without you having to worry about the cost.


Is surgery safe?

At the Nuffield, we do everything we can to keep your risks to a minimum but as we will tell you in person, cosmetic surgery is not a beauty treatment and does have potential problems. We will go through these in detail with you before your surgery so you can carefully weigh up the risks and benefits for you.


Will I be awake or asleep?

This depends on what you are having done and what you want.


Is it painful?

Most skin surgery is not that painful. Breast and tummy surgery is a little more sore. During the operation we use lots of local anaesthetic (to numb the skin) so you wake up comfortable and the nurses will give you painkillers to keep you comfortable whilst you are in hospital. Once you are ready for home we will discharge you with medicine to ensure you recover quickly and get back to your normal activities as soon as possible.


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

Fortunately complications are not very common. If you do have problems then we will look after you and ensure you get the best quality care. You don't pay any more even if you need to stay at the Nuffield 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 Mr Dunkin will not charge any extra fee.


Will anyone know I've had Plastic Surgery?

People will know if you want them to. Most facial procedures achieve a subtle, natural result. We aim for a youthful, brighter look. Comments that patients often report after facelift and eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) are "you look good - have you been on holiday?" or "I like your hair - it makes you look so much younger". Breast and tummy surgery are a bit different and people will definitely notice you on the beach.


Paying for treatment

We offer Consultant delivered state-of-the-art cosmetic surgery procedures at The Nuffield Health Hospital in York and paying for your treatment couldn’t be simpler. The Nuffield Health York Hospital offers loans to fund surgical treatment.

>> Please click here for more information


What do I do now?

Our clinic is based at The Nuffield Health York Hospital.

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

>> click here to email us to book a consultation.

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