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Dr Laurence Kirwan

Laurence Kirwan

Professor Laurence Kirwan (MD FRCS FACS ) is a pioneering aesthetic plastic surgeon with practices in Harley Street, London—where he spends up to two weeks each month—and on Fifth Avenue, Manhattan.

Dr Kirwan has been named in numerous magazines including Tatler’s Top Docs Supplement for several years running and has also been rated as one of the 1,000 most influential Londoners by the Evening Standard for the last three years.

Dr Laurence Kirwan has published numerous scientific articles on liposuction and breast surgery and has popularized and created several signature procedures. During his long period of practice, he has operated on many celebrities.

Most recently, Ulrika Jonsson visited Dr Laurence Kirwan for a breast reduction and one of his signature procedures, an axilla-plasty, which is designed to tuck the extra skin under the arm which overlaps when wearing sleeveless dresses.

No stranger to offering his services to those in need, in 1989 he coordinated several charity surgery missions to Yerevan, Armenia after the earthquake and again to Croatia in 1993 and 1996. Laurence Kirwan also organized an airlift of earthquake victims from Armenia in 1989. Working extensively with AmeriCares in 1989, L. Kirwan was the founding director for their ‘Doctors for All Peoples’ and is still in touch with patients from his charity trips.

Over the last 12 years Prof. Laurence Kirwan has given over 10 training courses on breast surgery and liposuction to colleagues at the National Meetings of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr Kirwan has also participated on many expert panels in international meetings in the USA, Europe, and Australia.

For the last fifteen years Dr. Laurence Kirwan has confined his practice to Aesthetic Plastic Surgery alone and has been practising plastic surgery in Harley Street since 1998. He now spends half of his time in London.


Dr Laurence Kirwan’s biography published on WIKIPEDIA gives an overview of his professional achievements and personal ethics.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN DR LAURENCE KIRWAN ?: Oxford Maternity Hospital, Liverpool, England

HOW LONG IN LONDON ?: On and off since 1976

NEIGHBORHOOD ?: These days, Harley Street and Marylebone Area. Before that, Knightsbridge.


FAVORITE RESTAURANT: The Wolsey for Breakfast, Carluccios in St Christopher Place for breakfast and lunch, Il Providores in Marylebone High Street for Dinner.

BEST STEAKHOUSE: There isn’t one. If you want good steak, order one in any restaurant in the United States. I went to Gaucho off Regent Street one time and everything was great except the steak. The meat just isn’t thick enough and does not taste right.

DR KIRWAN’S BEST SUSHI: Zuma in Knightsbridge. Great food and good celebrity watching.

BEST ETHNIC FOOD: Amaya in Halkin Arcade, Banares in Berkeley Square. Any Crispy Duck place in China Town, which are far better than those in New York’s China Town.


BEST PIZZA: Strada on Marylebone High Street makes a decent Margherita. Plus the waitresses are cute and the water is complementary.

BEST LUNCH: Carluccio’s in St. Christopher’s Place for their Collezione Magnifica and a good black Americano. Paradoxically, despite its name, the Americans have not yet discovered this brand of coffee any more than the English or the Yanks have discovered the Cypriot Frappe.

DR LAURENCE KIRWAN’S BEST PLACE FOR LATE NIGHT DINING: Worst place is McDonalds on corner of Leicester Square and Swiss Court but is by far the most interesting in terms of people watching. Just stand outside the Ladies Room for a while for an eye-full. The best Place is Cecconis in Mayfair, a short walk from Harley Street and always bustling.

BEST DESSERT: Cheese Plate at Conran’s Orrery in Marylebone High Street. (Good Sex is the best dessert.)

LAURENCE KIRWAN’S BEST PLACE FOR A ROMANTIC DATE: Gordon Ramsey at Royal Hospital Road. Definitely one of my favorites or else Clivedon, Manoir de Quatre Saison

BEST SUNDAY BRUNCH: Montpeliano in Knightsbridge. Relaxed and plenty of space.

HAUTEST CLUB/LOUNGE: The Blue Bar at the Berkeley Hotel is open late and good for a late snack.

BEST PLACE FOR A POWER BUSINESS MEETING WITH DR LAURENCE KIRWAN: Either the Wolsey for a breakfast meeting or Scotts Restaurant in Mayfair.

IF YOU HAVE OUT OF TOWN GUESTS, WHICH HOTEL WOULD YOU RECOMMEND? Probably the Berkeley for its location or else The Langham in Portland Place.

FAVORITE SHOPPING VENUE/BOUTIQUE: I like Marylebone High Street. It has restaurants, fashion stores and book shops and it is still not too crowded. I can get to Selfridges if I need a major department store but Harrods will always be my favourite for variety, service, and selection.

DR KIRWAN’S BEST PLACE TO BUY JEWELRY/WATCHES: Bond Street. I am a Brueget junky for watches and an Asprey junky for jewelry for my wife. I love their clasp earrings which don’t stretch the earlobe and are quietly sophisticated.

BEST SPA DR LAURENCE KIRWAN ?: The Mandarin Oriental

BEST GYM/ATHLETIC FACILITY: Honestly I like the GYM in Armonk, New York which has great body sculpting and yoga classes. The Peak at Jumeirah, Carlton tower in Cadogan Square is the best in London for food, massage and exercise with a view. Their pool with its stainless steel lining is phenomenal.

FAVORITE CHARITY EVENT OF PROFESSOR LAURENCE KIRWAN ?: The best charity event is giving a five pound note to some unusually desperate looking wino crouched late at night on the cold step of some store in Marylebone High Street. Even if they spend it on wine I feel that he or she has reached such a low level of self-esteem to even beg that they deserve the consideration of those of us who need to be reminded how fortunate we are.

I am not a big fan of charity dos. I am a quiet giver and I like to know where my money is going. I am a fairly generous contributor to the University of California, San Diego, Neuro-Sciences Institute where Prof. William Mobley does research into Down Syndrome, since my 4-year-old Ophelia has Down Syndrome. Check out her web site and her book at

LAURENCE KIRWAN’S FAVORITE CULTURAL EVENT: I like the changing of the Guard every day at the Tower of London. I hate war but I love military paraphernalia.


DR KIRWAN’S BEST MUSEUM/EXHIBIT: The British Museum. Unbelievable collection of pre-Christian Statuary. The Banqueting Hall, Whitehall for Inigo Jones and its Rubens painting.

FAVORITE HISTORIC/LEGENDARY PLACE TO SEE OR EXPLORE: St Paul’s Cathedral. I am crazy about domed churches, Sir Christopher Wren and, of course, Neo-Classical architecture.

ALL-AROUND FAVORITE SPOT IN LONDON: Knightsbridge Village and its ‘Hole in the Wall’.

BEST ASPECT OF LONDON DR LAURENCE KIRWAN ?: Similar to New York, London is a walking city with individual neighbourhoods and villages. There are many quiet by-ways when you leave the main high streets and I like the architecture although there may be a little too much of the listed kind.

I am not a Prince Charles Fan. I think London is becoming entrapped by its ancient architecture. We need something adventurous like the Louvre Pyramid by I.M. Pei. I think Admiralty Arch should be converted into a transparent glass Apple Store and the entire Horse Guards area should be an enclosed historic museum including the Banqueting Hall.

Dr. Laurence Kirwan in the press:

Polly Vernon meets the A-listers’ favourite plastic surgeon | Life and style | The Observer

Celebrities’ bad cosmetic surgery results not due to luck, noted plastic surgeon

Thermage, a Skin-Tightening Procedure Used by Gwyneth Paltrow Provides an Alternative to Traditional Cosmetic Surgery | Pure Health Magazine

BBC Breakfast Interview with Prof Laurence Kirwan – YouTube – PIP

Laurence Kirwan MD, FRCS and FACS in the US and UK

The Dish: Realtor hobnobs with Witherspoon, ‘Twilight’ star – GreenwichTime

The Dish: Robert Redford spotted on the Avenue – GreenwichTime

A New Face on the Party Scene: Botox – New York Times

Ulrika Jonsson Tells All About Breast Reduction From 32E To 32C | Divas Scribe

Laurence Kirwan named top surgeon for tummy tucks – News – The Good Surgeon Guide

Dr. Laurence Kirwan personal pages and blogs:

Laurence Kirwan MD FRCS FACS | Biography

Laurence Kirwan MD FRCS FACS | about – face lift

Dr Laurence Kirwan: breast enlargement | Plastic surgery for breast augmentation

 Dr. Laurence Kirwan: eye lift | Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery

 Dr Laurence Kirwan: Thermage | Plastic surgery – Aesthetic medicine

Doctor Laurence Kirwan | bio 6 – questions to

Professor Laurence Kirwan | ‘Dame Helen Mirren has definitely had surgery’

Dr. Kirwan MD FRCS FACS | Dr. Laurence Kirwan – About celebrities’ cosmetic surgery

Laurence Kirwan MD | Meet the US/UK breast surgeon

Dr Laurence Kirwan: abdominoplasty | Laurence Kirwan Named Top Surgeon For Tummy Tucks

Doctor Kirwan FRCS FACS | boost of self confidence

Dr. Laurence Kirwan webprofiles:

Dr Laurence Kirwan |

Laurence kirwan – livejournal

Laurence Kirwan – LookupPage

Dr. Laurence Kirwan – Naymz

Plaxo – Laurence Kirwan

Prof. Laurence Kirwan United States – Professional On The Web

Dr Laurence Kirwan on Scribd

Dr Laurence Kirwan – tumblr

Prof. Dr. Laurence Kirwan – Plastic surgeon – Medical Services | XING

Prof. Laurence Kirwan |

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The Madison Board  |  Laurence Kirwan MD FRCS FACS – Plastic surgery – New York, New York 

Laurence Kirwan MD, FRCS, FACS, is a recognised international leader in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. He offers a superior level of knowledge, care and understanding to help you achieve the improvement you desire.

Professor Kirwan has clinics in Harley Street, London and in New York and Connecticut, USA.  He specialises in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery of the face, breast and body.

Laurence Kirwan was born in Liverpool, England. He graduated in Medicine in 1974 from Manchester University, and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1979.

Kirwan spent over six years training in General Surgery in England, Australia and the United States. To become a Plastic Surgeon he completed residencies at the University of Colorado in Denver, Colorado and at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. He is Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), who also awarded him a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Surgery of the Hand.

Today, Prof. Kirwan is widely regarded as an expert in aesthetic surgery of the face, breast and body, and has published many original scientific papers, which can be read on his website:   He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and Professor of Plastic Surgery of the International School of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery at the University of Belgrade.

Prof. Kirwan is a trainer and speaker for Restylane, Perlane, Dysport and Sculptra and has given over 10 courses at the Annual Scientific Meetings of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).  ASAPS invited him to present a course on ‘Adjunctive Techniques in Aesthetic Breast Surgery’ at its Annual Scientific Meeting in 2010.  He has also been an invited expert panelist at many other international Plastic Surgery meetings.

Prof. Kirwan believes strongly in sharing his expertise and knowledge in order to raise the general standards of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.  He teaches at the Cosmetic Surgery Fellowship Program at New York Eye & Ear Infirmary and regularly mentors Plastic Surgeons in training in the UK.

The January 2006 issue of Russian Vogue listed Professor Kirwan as one of the Top 20 Plastic Surgeons, worldwide. He was named one of Tatler magazine’s Top Surgeons in their 2004/07/08/09 and 2010 Cosmetic Surgery Guide and was included in London’s 1,000 Most Influential People report, published by the Evening Standard in 2007/08/09.  Prof. Kirwan also featured in The World’s Top Surgeons & Clinics, published by Beyond Black Publications.

Professor Kirwan has featured in over a 100 magazines and newspaper articles around the world. He has treated many celebrities and was referred to as Ulrika Jonsson’s surgeon in several publications, having reduced and lifted her breasts as well as performing axilla-plasty on her under arms, which is one of his own procedures. Kirwan is, however, well known for his discretion in treating many people in the public eye who prefer to avoid publicity.

He has published three books: The Cutting Edge, about Plastic Surgery; My Mole Book – a guidebook for children, explaining what happens when stitches or a mole are removed and, My Life So Far, a biography of Ophelia Kirwan, his daughter with Down Syndrome. These are all available either through Artnik Publishers or

Laurence Kirwan is a member of these professional organizations: 

• The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) external link
• The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) external link
• British Medical Association external link

Prof. Kirwan holds these credentials:

• Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery external link
• Specialist Register, Plastic Surgery, Republic of Ireland
• Specialist Register, Plastic Surgery, Finland
• Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England external link
• Fellow of the American College of Surgeons external link
• Professor of Plastic Surgery, International School of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 1996

Hospital affiliations:

• New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, New York, New York USA external link
• Norwalk Hospital, Norwalk, Connecticut USA external link
• Greenwich Hospital, Greenwich, Connecticut USA external link
• Hospital of St. John & St. Elizabeth, London, England external link
• London Welbeck Hospital, London, England external link
• Princess Grace Hospital, London, England external link