Mr James Wokes

Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive, Head and Neck and Aesthetic Surgeon

MBBS BSc(Hons) PGCert Clin Lead FRCS(PLAST)

"Spire hospitals provide patients with state of the art facilities and first rate care throughout their surgical journey. The team are committed to safety in surgery and strive to achieve optimal patient outcomes."

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I am an NHS Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive, Aesthetic and Head and Neck Surgeon based in Durham. Having graduated from medical school with Distinction, I completed a decade of plastic surgery training both nationally and internationally; which culminated in the award of the prestigious Ian McGregor Gold Medal for outstanding performance in my FRCS(Plast) consultant examination in 2018.

I completed specialist, and highly sought-after, fellowships in cancer surgery, reconstruction and cosmetic surgery, both in the UK and internationally, before returning to the North East as a consultant.

I specialise in aesthetic surgery and non-surgical aesthetic treatments including facelift, necklift, pinnaplasty, brow lift, blepharoplasty, breast surgery (augmentation, reduction and uplift, gynaecomastia), body contouring surgery (abdominoplasty, arm lift, thigh lift, body lift, liposuction, fat transfer), anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers. I have completed extensive training in all these areas and completed the acclaimed British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons Aesthetic Fellowship in London and the North East.

I strive to provide exemplary patient care and natural looking results for my patients.

Working in the field of Plastic and Aesthetic surgery for more than 15 year, I have built a surgical logbook of over 8,000 operations. Currently between my NHS and private practices, over 4,200 patients have operations under my care annually.

I am currently Educational Lead for the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery for the County Durham and Darlington Foundation Trust. I am a member of the North East Regional Surgical Training Committee (STC) and I am Course Director of the International North East Flap course.

In addition to my clinical work I am an Associate Lecturer at Newcastle University Medical School and am the Honorary Treasurer of the Old Medonians Hockey Club.

I am a faculty member of several national/international plastic surgery courses and regularly provide teaching to regional and national plastic surgery trainees. I am Lead Clinical Supervisor for medical student education within my NHS Trust and interview/exam trainees at all stages of their medical careers.

I have a considerable number of published papers in the evidence-based medical literature on a diverse range of plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic topics. I am a journal and book reviewer for PMFA and an article reviewer for JPRAS.


Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr James Wokes at Spire include:

Cosmetic surgery

Other treatments

  • Dermal fillers - lips, cheeks, tear troughs, nose reshaping, jawline, eyebrow lift and chin enhancement
  • Facial palsy reconstructive surgery - static and active reconstructions
  • Liposuction - vaser

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Additional information

Cosmetic surgery
Non-surgical procedures
Dermatological surgery
Skin cancer
Ear, nose and throat
Head and neck surgery
Hand and wrist surgery
Breast cancer
Head and neck oncology
Skin cancer
Oculoplastic surgery
Plastic surgery
Breast surgery
Cosmetic breast surgery
Dermatological surgery
Facial surgery
Hand surgery
Non-surgical cosmetic treatment
Oral surgery
Skin cancer
Reconstructive surgery
Soft tissue injuries

FRCS (Plast) / Royal College of Surgeons / 2018
Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons
FRCS is awarded to Surgeons who complete their specialist training in the UK.

Professional memberships

British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons - BAPRAS

British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons - BAAPS

Royal College of Surgeons of England - RCSEng

Medical Protection Society - MPS

General Medical Council - GMC

Professional leadership

I am the Educational Lead for the Department of Plastic Surgery at County Durham and Darlington Foundation Trust (CDDFT)
I am Course Director of the International North East Flap course
I am a member of the North East Regional Surgical Training Committee (STC)

  • Aesthetic Surgery Journal
  • Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery
  • European Journal of Plastic Surgery
  • International Journal of Surgery
  • Plastic surgery, Maxillofacial surgery and Aesthetic medicine - PMFA
  • Annals of The Royal College of Surgeons of England

I contribute with scientific papers, review of others work and as a book reviewer.


The Role of Tranexamic Acid in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery: A Survey of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons
Jan 2021

Nipple shields and antibiotic prophylaxis in skin and nipple sparing risk reducing mastectomies—a multi-centre study
Jan 2018

Media Coverage

Abdominoplasty – current trends and technical considerations . Maximising the results of blepharoplasty.
Oct 22

University Hospital North Durham - Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive, Head and Neck and Aesthetic Surgeon.

Newcastle University Medical School - Associate Lecturer.

I enjoy gardening and travel, am a keen sportsman, and have a passion for good wine. I am also dedicated to family time with my wife and two sons.

Telephone 07867 5026 585
Private secretary Debbie Wood
Private secretary telephone 07502 036 457
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