Anthony Macquillan MBBS,MD,FRCS(Plast)

Hello and thank you for visiting my website. My name is Anthony MacQuillan and I am a fully qualified and accredited consultant plastic surgeon. I work as a consultant in the NHS and provide private consulting and operating services both in London and Bristol. Outside of the NHS I offer the full range of aesthetic surgery and also a private service for nerve surgery.

Anthony Macquillan Plastic Surgeon

Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery

My Aesthetic and Cosmetic Surgery practice is centred in Bristol, though I can in exceptional circumstances offer services in London at the Wellington Hospital. My particular areas of interest are facial rejuvenation, nose reshaping (rhinoplasty), breast and body reshaping. I can offer a wealth of experience within these areas and will give you an honest opinion on what I think is possible and what is not.

If you ask any of my patients what characterises my approach, they will tell you that I listen carefully and give them the time they need to express their wishes and desires. They also tell you that they get a complete description of what can be done, how it is done and what the potential problems are associated with that procedure. Finally they will say that they have had fully tailored personal care with meticulous follow up extending to 5 years (please see my testimonials section). I aim to give my patients the best experience available from start to finish and operate an open door policy at all times (if you need to speak to me at any time for any reason you just need to call and I will see you).

Nerve Surgery

My NHS consultant appointment is at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. Here I work as one of only four dedicated consultant peripheral nerve surgeons in the UK, within the world renowned Peripheral Nerve Injury Unit (PNI Unit).

Ask any one interested or involved in the world of peripheral nerve surgery and they will have heard of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital PNI unit thanks to its marvellous history, the efforts of its founder (Professor Rolfe Birch), its past members (Professor Thomas Carlstedt) and the on going contribution of its current staff (myself, Dr. Marco Sinisi, Mr. Mike Fox and Mr. Tom Quick). We are the only unit dedicated purely to nerve surgery in the UK and have an experience that is paralleled only perhaps by one or two other units in the world. My work in the PNI Unit within the NHS comprises of all forms of nerve trauma and entrapment with particular reference to brachial plexus injury and reconstruction, neurofibromatosis surgery, nerve tumour treatment, and free functional muscle transplantation. I run the specialist free muscle transfer service at the RNOH, a specialist pudendal nerve entrapment service and have a joint clinic with Professor Ros Ferner (nationally commissioned and head of neurofibromatosis at Guy’s and St. Thomas’s hospital). Privately I offer the same range of services based within the PNI Unit at the Wellington. The Wellington PNI Unit mirrors that based at the RNOH but offering services to those wishing to be treated in a world class private hospital and to patients travelling from abroad.

I undertook a period of formal research, culminating in a doctoral thesis, at the RAFT Institute of Plastic Surgery. This examined the subject of functional muscle transplantation. The work was examined by the University of London (University College) and my Doctorate awarded in 2007.

In essence I looked into how the number of nerve fibres used to power a muscle transplant changed the outcome of power developed within the transplanted muscle. I undertook over 72 successful free functional muscle transplants in the face and limbs and examined the outcomes. The work has direct relevance to the management of facial palsy and limb reconstruction in the setting of major nerve injury (such as brachial plexus damage) or after tumour resection (sarcoma excision). The publications resultant from this work have been quoted by other eminent surgeons in the field.

During my training I undertook additional aesthetic and reconstructive fellowships both in London and Paris. In London these included working with many of the top consultant plastic surgeons at the famous Mount Vernon Plastic Surgery Unit (one of the cradles of Plastic Surgery in the UK, now relocated to the Royal Free Hospital) and completing the prestigious Wellington Hospital Aesthetic Fellowship.

In Paris I undertook a fellowship with Christophe Oberlin, credited with starting the modern revolution in nerve transfer surgery after publishing the results of his eponymous procedures. This work was supported by a scholarship from the French Society for Surgery of the Hand and by the HCA foundation (in the form of an HCA travelling fellowship).

I use the skills, tips and tricks learnt during this period every day in both my aesthetic and reconstructive practices and I am very grateful to all those who shared their knowledge and time with me.

I don’t get as much free time as I used to! I am married and have three children with family life taking priority in the time that I have when I am not working. When I can I run to stay fit (and I am competing in the Marathon des Sables in April 2015 – see the area on the website related to Facing Africa), though I also love to surf (having previously spent quite a lot of time in Australia, South Africa and the Gower peninsular in Wales).

For a list of work I’ve had published please click here

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