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Cosmetic surgery

Cosmetic surgery at BMI Carrick Glen Hospital in Ayrshire.

BMI Carrick Glen Hospital in Ayr offers fast access to highly trained Consultant Plastic Surgeons with a wealth of experience in all kinds of procedures, from eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) to breast reconstruction.

We offer a range of minor local anaesthetic procedures at Carrick Glen Hospital, which is easy to access from anywhere in Ayrshire. It also attracts patients from further afield, including Dumfries and Galloway.

You are assured of the utmost care at the hospital, our nurturing staff put you first in all aspects of your care, and our high standards ensure the best possible outcomes.

Plastic surgery is a medical speciality that focuses on surgery on the outside of the body. It includes all visible areas, whether that’s skin or sub-tissue or the hands and face.

That visibility means there’s always a cosmetic component to everything a Consultant Plastic Surgeon does, from removing skin cancer of the face to reducing the size of breasts. So, the impact of surgery from a functional and cosmetic point of view is always in the back of our surgeons’ minds.

As BMI Carrick Glen Hospital is an outpatient facility, our Consultant Plastic Surgeons carry out local anaesthetic procedures on-site. Therefore, your consultant will refer you to Ross Hall Hospital in Glasgow for any surgery requiring a general anaesthetic. The same consultant you saw at Carrick Glen Hospital will carry out surgery at Ross Hall Hospital. Post-surgery follow-ups will take place back at Carrick Glen Hospital, reducing the need for further travel.

The range of local anaesthetic procedures available at Carrick Glen Hospital include:

  • Brow lift (browplasty)
  • Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty)
  • Ear correction (pinnaplasty)
  • Excision of benign or malignant skin lesions
  • Removal of moles or skin tags

A full range of cosmetic surgery procedures are available at Ross Hall Hospital and include:

  • Arm reduction
  • Breast enlargement (augmentation)
  • Breast reduction
  • Breast uplift (mastopexy)
  • Chest reduction (gynaecomastia)
  • Facelift
  • Fat transfer
  • Labiaplasty
  • Liposuction
  • Necklift
  • Nose reshaping (rhinoplasty)
  • Thigh reduction
  • Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)

You can self-refer to see one of our Consultant Plastic Surgeons at Carrick Glen Hospital. We also see those who have been referred by their GP or by another specialist.

During your initial consultation, your Consultant Plastic Surgeon will go through your medical history with you and ask you to discuss your area of concern.  They will then provide their advice and recommendations, including treatment options.

You will have ample time to discuss your concerns in detail, as well as the pros and cons of suggested procedures, post-operative care, and potential complications. Your consultant will listen carefully to you throughout the consultation, especially around your aspirations and fears, so that they can tailor the following steps and treatment to you.

You can request a chaperone at any point during your consultation, and we always provide chaperones for physical examinations.  You are also welcome to bring a partner, friend or relative with you to your consultation.

Should your consultant recommend diagnostic tests, such as an x-ray, these can often be done on the same day as your consultation.

At the end of your consultation, your consultant will give you contact details so you can get back in touch if you have any further queries or decide to go ahead with treatment. It’s best to take time to reflect on what was discussed during a consultation and talk things over with a family member or friend so they can help you make the right decision.

Your consultant may need to garner additional information from another specialist before treatment. For example, the specialist could be an ophthalmologist if you are interested in having eyelid surgery but have other eye symptoms. Another example is a hand surgeon if substantial reconstruction is required.

There’s often a psychological component to plastic and cosmetic surgery. Your consultant will explore your emotions and aspirations during the consultation. If they think a more in-depth assessment is needed, if it could help you make the right treatment decision, they may recommend seeing a psychologist. Your consultant can arrange an appointment with one of our psychologists on-site.

Surgery can be carried out under local anaesthetic at BMI Carrick Glen Hospital. Examples include eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) to remove drooping or excess skin from the upper eyelid, ear correction (pinnaplasty) to contour prominent ears, and brow lift (browplasty) to lift low or sagging brows. We also offer removal of skin lesions at Carrick Glen, including moles, warts, vascular lesions (discoloured spots), skin tags, growths, and marks and blemishes on the skin that are unsightly.

All our Consultant Plastic Surgeons are highly experienced. It means they can also excise rodent ulcers and other types of skin cancer and then reconstruct the area with a skin graft, local flap, or by moving tissue from one place to another. As long as we can do a procedure under local anaesthetic, your surgeon can carry it out at Carrick Glen Hospital.

After surgery, your surgeon will check that you’re OK before allowing you to go home. You will need to return to the hospital to have stitches removed and for a wound check approx. one week after your surgery.

For any procedures requiring a general anaesthetic, we will arrange for these to take place at Ross Hall Hospital in Glasgow. Your surgeon can do some operations as a day-case (you go home later the same day), or you may be required to stay overnight. If so, Ross Hall has private rooms, and each has an en-suite bathroom, TV and WIFI. You can return to Carrick Glen for post-op checks and follow-ups.

You will have ample time to discuss your concerns and treatment options with your Consultant Plastic Surgeon so you can make an informed decision on how best to proceed. Your preferences are always a priority.

Our consultants describe BMI Carrick Glen Hospital as “one of the most patient-centred hospitals” they have ever worked in and are confident that you will get the best possible care because of the nurturing attitude of all our staff.


  • You can get fast access to Consultant Plastic Surgeons who are highly qualified, keep up to date with their areas of interest and regularly publish in scientific and academic journals.

  • We offer a full spectrum of plastic and cosmetic services, from minor surgery on-site to complex surgery at BMI Ross Hall Hospital.

  • A multidisciplinary team of experienced nurses, anaesthetists, radiographers, and support staff support our consultants. They will treat you kindly, respectfully and with care.

Specialists offering Cosmetic surgery

Miss Margaret Strick

Consultant Plastic Surgeon

MBChB MSc DPD FRCS (Glas) FRCS (Plast)

BMI Carrick Glen Hospital

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