Bruce Richard: Profile

Mr Bruce Richard is a highly experienced general plastic and reconstructive surgeon with a special interest in facial surgery.  He offers facial rejuvenation, rhinoplasty, prominent ear correction, body contouring and correction for foot drop as a result of nerve damage.  He has expertise in adult and children's facial reconstruction, especially cleft lip and palate, ear deformities (e.g. bat ears) and nose reconstruction.

Mr Richard's NHS work as Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Birmingham Children's Hospital and University Hospital Birmingham NHS Trust includes the treatment of children and adults with facial deformities and he is actively involved in research into the causes and treatment of cleft palate and into the development of techniques for facial nerve reconstruction. He also carries out muscle transplants for re-animating the face to create a smile after facial nerve paralysis.

Mr Richard is a full member of the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons.  He performs in the region of 125 facial cosmetic procedures a year.

Training and experience

Mr Richard qualified in 1980 from St Mary's Hospital Medical School, London and then completed six years of general and plastic surgery training. Mr Richard has a commitment to improving health in less developed countries and spent nine years in Nepal setting up a department of plastic and reconstructive surgery for the Government of Nepal.  On returning to the UK he completed a further three years of higher plastic surgery training, passed the Intercollegiate College Exam in Plastic Surgery and gained a Master of Surgery degree for his research thesis on the facial nerve. He now visits Nepal regularly in his role as lead educator for the postgraduate plastic surgery programme at Kathmandu University.

Procedures offered

Mr Richard offers a range of surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures to enhance or correct the face and body, including:

  • Facial cosmetic procedures
  • Cosmetic breast surgery
  • Cosmetic procedures for the body

See the full list of procedures here.

Clinical interests

Mr Richard's main areas of expertise include nose reshaping, prominent ears, facelifts and correction for drop foot. Mr Richard’s NHS clinical work involves treating children and adults with facial deformities as a result of birth defects.

Plastic surgery for children

Mr Richard has a specialist interest in the treatment of children and carries out his main NHS practice at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.  For his private practice Mr Richard sees children at Spire Parkway and carries out all children’s surgery at Spire Parkway.

The majority of plastic surgery cases that Mr Richard carries out on children are facial reconstructive procedures, for example facial deformities or birth defects such as cleft lip and palate. Ear surgery for prominent ears is also a common operation undertaken in childhood.

Mr Richard also runs a supra-regional multidisciplinary facial paralysis service for children at Birmingham Children’s Hospital and he would be happy to see children privately if the parents choose to do so.


Mr Richard offers expert advice and surgery for patients who are unhappy with the size, shape or function of their nose, correcting problems such as bumps on the bridge of the nose, an unsightly nose tip, a nose that is too wide or too narrow or difficulties with breathing.  Deciding to have a 'nose job' is not something that should be undertaken lightly and Mr Richard always carries out an in depth assessment to confirm a patient's suitability for surgery and help them come to a well-informed decision.

Research interests

Mr Richard carries out clinical research into the cause and treatment of facial deformity especially cleft lip and palate and he holds an honorary senior lectureship at the University of Birmingham in order to supervise some of these research projects.


I specialise in...

  • Facial cosmetic surgery
  • Body sculpting procedures

Professional details



Qualified in 1980

Registrations and licensing

Memberships and associations

Bruce Richard is a member of the following professional associations and organisations...

Languages spoken

  • English