Chief Plastic Surgeon
Kirwan Aesthetic & Anti-Aging Center
Laurence Kirwan (MD FRCS FACS ) is 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 Kirwan has published numerous scientific articles on liposuction and breast surgery and have popularized and created several signature procedures. During his long period of practice, he have operated on many celebrities. .
Most recently, Ulrika Jonsson visited Dr 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 Yereva, Armenia after the earthquake and again to Croatia in 1993 and 1996. He also organized an airlift of earthquake victims from Armenia in 1989. Working extensively with AmeriCares in 1989, he 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 he 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 Kirwna has also participated on many expert panels in international meetings in the USA, Europe, and Australia. .
For the last fifteen years he 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.
Interview by Marie TeatherWhere were you born ? 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. Occupation: Aesthetic Plastic Surgeon Favorite Restaurant: The Wolsey for Breakfast, Carluccios in St Christopher Place for breakfast and lunch, Il Providores in Marylebone High Street for Dinner. 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 Italian: Bocca Di Luppo, Soho 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.) Best place for a romantic date: Gordon Ramsey at Royal Hospital Road. Definitely one of my favorites or else Clivedon, Manoir de Quatre Saison. Also there is No. 11 London, Knightsbridge—great for everything private and the private peccadillo of an Italian designer. I believe Madonna uses one of the townhouses which are a part of the hotel. 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: Either the Wolsey for a breakfast meeting or Scotts Restaurant in Mayfair. All-around favorite spot in London: Knightsbridge Village and its ‘Hole in the Wall’. 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 dtore but Harrods will always be my favourite for variety, service, and selection. 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: The Mandarin Oriental Favorite Charity Event: 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 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 www.opheliablueeyes.com 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. Favorite Cultural Institution: The Royal Academy Best Aspect of London: 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 some 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.