Mr Richard Karoo

Mr Richard Karoo

Consultant Plastic Surgeon
MBChB, MRCS (Eng), MPhil, FRCS (Plast)

Practising at

Spire Cardiff Hospital

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Richard Karoo at Spire include:

Cosmetic surgery

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Professional profile

I work as a consultant plastic surgeon who consults in cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. I’ve been fortunate enough to gain extensive cosmetic surgery experience both in the UK and abroad. Having trained extensively in the United Kingdom and Australia, my core specialist registrar training was based in Leeds. I then became the international senior microsurgical fellow at The Royal Adelaide Hospital, Australia, then undertook a reconstructive breast surgery fellowship at St Andrew’s Centre for Plastic Surgery in Chelmsford. To complement my experience, I completed my cosmetic surgery and aesthetic fellowship at the world renowned London Clinic, Harley Street, London. This helped to equip me with the surgical skills and know how to confidently deal with those patients seeking the highest quality of care.

In my NHS Practice I am the clinical lead for plastic reconstructive head and neck surgery at the Welsh Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery. In addition to my aesthetic practice, I perform a wide range of reconstructive microsurgical plastic surgery operations, also being involved with the Cardiff skin cancer multidisciplinary treatment team.

During the years I've tried to contribute to teaching and education both patients and surgeons. Having produced information for those patients considering cosmetic and reconstructive breast surgery, with over 14,000 produced via commercial sponsorship and made freely available to patients. I've also been awarded the John Barron Prize by the British Association of Plastic Surgeons twice - the only surgeon to every have this happen in the history of the association. Firstly for work involving new breast reconstruction techniques brought over from Europe, and secondly for the use of electro chemo therapy for those with cutaneous malignancies.

Clinical Interests

Cosmetic surgery
Non-surgical procedures
Aesthetic dermatology
Skin cancer
Plastic surgery
Reconstructive surgery

Cosmetic facial rejuvenation (facelift, blepharoplasty, rhinoplasty, ear correction) and non-surgical facial procedures, breast enlargement (breast uplifting, breast reduction), body contouring procedures of liposuction, vaser liposuction and abdominoplasty.

Private contact details

Telephone 029 2073 6011
Private secretary Zoey Riella & Caitlin Heal
Private secretary email
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Qualification and professional memberships

MBChB / University of Leicester / 1997
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

MRCS (Eng) / Royal College of Surgeons of England / 2001
Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons of England

MPhil / Plastic Surgery & Burns Research Unit, University of Bradford / 2004
Masters in Philosophy

FRCS (Plast) / Royal College of Surgeons of England / 2010
Joint intercollegiate award of Fellowship to the Royal College of Surgeons as a Specialist in Plastic Surgery

Professional memberships

British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgeons
International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons
British Association of Head and Neck Oncologists
British Medical Association

Professional leadership

Clinical lead for Reconstructive Head and Neck Plastic Surgery of the Welsh Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery

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Current NHS posts

Consultant Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon, Welsh Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery, Morriston Hospital, Swansea


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Personal Profile

I enjoy spending my spare time with my wife and children, eating out and watching films at the cinema.

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