Anil Banerjee has been performing facial plastic surgery for over 12 years as a Consultant and prior to that trained for six years as a Registrar. He is registered in the UK as being a fully qualified specialist in this area and is on the UK Specialist Register as being fully accredited. He is part of the ENT UK Facial Plastic Surgery Group and is also a Member of the European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgeons. He is also a member of the British Rhinology Society. He lectures on facial plastic surgery both in the UK (eg. St Marys Facial Plastic Surgery Course London) and abroad (eg British Winter ENT Meeting France).

He performs nasal surgery every week and has operated on patients ranging from children with developmental problems to cosmetic nasal surgery on a wide range of men and women including international rugby and football players.

He maintains professional development by attending international courses, mainly in the USA on facial plastic surgery and in particular on rhinoplasty (reshaping the nose). He has taught rhinoplasty techniques to trainee surgeons for 11 years.

The following are some frequently asked questions from Mr Banerjee's patients together with his answers:

Why should I have a rhinoplasty performed by an ENT Surgeon rather than a Plastic Surgeon?

There is no reason why you should go for one rather than the other. It may be best to get advice from your GP and patients who have undergone surgery successfully. ENT Surgeons are able to perform many more rhinoplasties during training as cosmetic rhinoplasty is not an operation allowed on the NHS. Functional rhinoplasty (designed to improve nasal breathing ) is however sanctioned on the NHS and is an operation which is almost always performed by ENT Surgeons. This means that training in ENT allows surgeons to get fully versed with rhinoplasty techniques before becoming consultants.

I’m unhappy with the shape of my nose but don’t want to have a nose which looks like its been operated on.

Good. Neither do I. My aim is to achieve a natural looking nose when I perform a rhinoplasty. That means if it’s bent – straightening it, if there’s a hump, removing it, and if its drooping, turning it up, but never altering it so that it looks ‘artificial’. Some of the worst results of rhinoplasty look like a nose that has been stuck on the wrong face and it’s a look I take great pains to avoid.

I’ve looked into techniques of rhinoplasty and it seems that some surgeons operate with a closed technique and some with an open technique. Which way do you do it and which is best?

An open technique rhinoplasty involves a small cut at the base of the nose as well as internal incisions. A closed technique just involves working on the inside of the nose. My advice is-never pick a surgeon for the technique he/she uses- go for the results. If a surgeon says there is only one way to do a rhinoplasty I would suggest getting a second opinion. I use both open and closed techniques for rhinoplasty. I customise the operation to the patient’s needs rather than the other way around. Its important that a rhinoplasty surgeon is well versed in all techniques and can explain to you before the operation which way he intends to operate and why.

I have had a rhinoplasty before but I’m not thrilled with the results. Is there an option of another rhinoplasty?

I perform a lot of revision septoplasty, (operating on the middle of the nose) septorhinoplasty (operating on the middle and outside structure of the nose) and rhinoplasty on patients who have had surgery elsewhere. Patients for this surgery tend to travel from further afield. The operations are more difficult and before surgery I spend some time explaining the risks of surgery and what can be achieved. As long as the goal is reasonable and the risks of surgery are understood there is no reason why a second, or in some less common cases, a third operation can’t be performed with excellent outcomes.

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