Cosmetech was co-founded in 2006 by Lena Gillespie and Mr Ashok Songra when a gap was identified in the market for non-surgical anti-ageing procedures. Cosmetech is a Consultant Surgeon-led clinic committed to providing the highest standards of medical excellence and patient care in non-surgical solutions and well-being.
Our Consultant Surgeons have a background in head, neck and reconstructive surgery, plastic surgery, vascular surgery and maxillofacial surgery. Their experience within the NHS and private sector includes managing facial trauma, facial deformity, cosmetic dermatology and scar revisions. Cosmetech’s Consultant Surgeons are fully experienced in providing an extensive range of cosmetic surgery procedures. Our Principle Consultant Maxillofacial Surgeon specialises in head, neck and facial surgery, he is on the, which assesses safety and the ability of practitioners in administering Botox injections for cosmetic purposes.
Cosmetech has four branches, we are located at:
Chelsea Private Clinic, London
The Maypole Clinic, Holywood
Kingsbridge Private Hospital, Belfast
3fivetwo Consulting Rooms, Belfast
We are proud to be part of the 3fivetwo Group, Northern Ireland’s leading private healthcare provider. 3fivetwo Group specialise in a wide range of tailored private healthcare services, managed by Consultant Surgeons throughout the UK and Ireland.
Maypole Clinic Consultants
Consultant Maxillofacial Surgeon & Director
Mr Ashok Songra MBBS, BDS, BSc (Hons), FFDRCSI, FRCS, FRCS (Max Fac)
Mr Ashok Songra, previously a Consultant in head and neck reconstructive surgery and facial plastic Surgery at the Regional Plastic and Maxillofacial Unit, Ulster Hospital and Honorary Surgeon at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast.
Mr Songra pioneers new training standards and injection techniques for world leading aesthetic companies. He is also on the anti-wrinkle validator panel of experts for the UK that assesses safety standards and the ability of practitioners in administering anti-wrinkle injections for cosmetic purposes.
Cosmetech is Mr Ashok Songra’s private practice; the clinics specialise in non-surgical aesthetic procedures.
Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
Professor Jim Dornan
Professor Jim Dornan has delivered over 6,000 babies and was known for decades here as ‘the baby doctor’ and remains very well regarded by his patients for his care and attention through pregnancy and childbirth. He is now offering Thermi Va at the Cosmetech Maypole Clinic to treat the following:
- Mild incontinence
- Post childbirth vaginal laxity
- Menopausal vaginal dryness
- Loss of sexual pleasure
His special interests also include: Menstrual disorders and contraception, pre-menstrual and menopausal problems, psychosexual issues (libido/pain/consummation), general gynaecological surgery including prolapse, incontinence, hysterectomy and aesthetic vaginal surgery.
Consultant Plastic Surgeon
Mr Abid Rashid
Mr Rashid has worked as a consultant in burns and plastic surgery at Belfast Health and Social Care Trust since 2012. He has also been a Fellow in Advanced Microsurgery at China Medical University Hospital as well as a consultant in plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgery.
Medical Doctor & Aesthetic Practitioner
Dr Lisa Neligan
Cosmetic anti-wrinkle treatments are now being performed by Dr Lisa Neligan at 3fivetwo Consulting Rooms, located on the Lisburn Road, Belfast.
Dr Lisa Neligan graduated from the University College Dublin Medical School in 2001. She gained extensive experience working with patients in A&E, before training to become an anaesthetist and then a GP with the Royal College of Surgeons Dublin in 2009.
Dr Neligan has worked as a GP in the NHS in Belfast ever since so you can be sure of excellent service with her wealth of experience.
Consultant Vascular and General Surgeon
Mr Alastair Lewis
Alastair Lewis is a Consultant General and Vascular Surgeon at Craigavon Area Hospital. In recent years, Honorary Lecturer in Surgery at Queens University, Belfast and an examiner at the Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland.
Mr Lewis has extensive training in keyhole and cosmetic vein procedures which he obtained in both Dublin and London. A member of the Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland, and the British Association of Sclerotherapists, Mr Lewis performs over 250 surgical and keyhole varicose vein operations annually. He has been performing thread vein treatments for almost 10 years, with over 100 successful spider vein treatments carried out in 2014.
With regard to his private practice, Mr Lewis has specialist interest in the treatment of circulatory diseases and in particular diseases of the veins. He also offers consultations and treatment for varicose veins including laser and radiofrequency ablation, surgery for complex or recurrent veins, foam sclerotherapy of varicose veins and microsclerotherapy for thread and reticular veins on the legs, face and other body areas.
Mr Khalid Khan
Mr Khalid Khan is one of the senior accredited NHS plastic surgeons in Northern Ireland.
He was appointed to the Royal Victoria Hospital’s Regional Burns Unit in Belfast as a consultant in 1998. He has clinical input/commitment to the Belfast City Hospital where he performs both breast surgery and gynaecological reconstructions
Mr Khan performs all kinds of breast surgery such as Bilateral Breast Reduction, Breast Augmentation, Mastopexy and revisional breast surgery after complicated procedures. His other specialised skills include abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), liposuction, eyelid surgery, Short scar facelift (MACS facelift) and laser skin resurfacing for acne scarring. Mr Khan is one of the few plastic surgeons in the country to perform reconstructive surgery of female genitalia.
Chelsea Private Clinic Consultants
Dr Sarah Tonks MBBS, BDS, MFDS, MSc, Cert Aesthetic Dentistry, Dip Cosmetic Science, Dip Practical Dermatology
I love learning new things to do with skin and wellness and I have spent an awfully long time in formal education, leaving me with this mess of letters you see after my name. The most important things you need to know are that I have degrees in Dentistry and Medicine which means I used to be a dentist and then a doctor, in that order, but I didn’t much like either of them. I also have a Diploma in Cosmetic Science which means I know a fair bit about skincare and a Diploma in Practical Dermatology which means I know a reasonable amount about the skin itself.
I’m on the editorial panel for The Aesthetics Journal (a magazine geared to people working in aesthetic medicine) and COSMETIC Magazine. I speak a lot at educational conferences for the industry, I have been on Channel 4 a few times performing demonstrations and I am featured as an expert on Get The Gloss.
I am always happy to discuss and recommend products which I have personally tested, but please remember that a product which works for me or a tester may not necessarily work for you. Everyone is different, some people are allergic to one thing, another person will break out in response to another. I do have rosacea myself, and have bouts of perioral dermatitis which flare up at the drop of a hat so if you have either of these problems then you can be reasonably confident if I have tested something it will most likely be fine for you.
For a more thorough consultation than I can provide in the comments section, I offer an e-clinic service which takes place online or you can always come to see me in one of my clinics. Please remember all my views are meant for advice only and should not replace a thorough consultation with a doctor.
Medical Doctor & Aesthetic Practitioner
Dr Kate Alexandra Bishop
Dr Bishop is a passionate doctor with a great artistic vision who believes in natural beauty and ‘less is more’. Dr Bishop qualified as a doctor from the University College of Medicine in Wales. She initially moved to London to undertake a role as a clinical research physician working on pharmaceutical trials. Her extensive knowledge on drug safety is reflected in all aspects of her practice and she only uses products that she is ethically happy with; those that have a proven safety track record and proven efficacy.
Dr Bishop offers a broad range of aesthetic treatments from head to toe and doesn’t solely focus on just facial aesthetics. Dr Bishop strives to offer not only Botox and fillers but also to offer UK’s first leading non-surgical face lift which is a new generation of a gentle face lift, which aims to create a more naturally refreshed, radiant and healthier look. The threads were created for patients who do not want to go down the route of a surgical facelift. The tiny threads previously used in cardiac surgery are placed under selected areas of the body’s own collagen skin, which is lost during the ageing process.. It offers gentle lifting rejuvenating, pore tightening, wrinkle reducing gentle most advanced gentle face-lift available on the market in the UK
Body image and fitness is extremely important to Kate and she recommends clinical proven mesotherapy injections for weight reduction. Kate is able to help clients achieve realistic goals and improve their silhouette enhancing overall body confidence. Other treatments are injectable hair-loss treatments and filler injections into hands which are popular especially with brides to be.
Feng Zhi Chao MD (Beijing) PhD (Edinburgh) MBAcC
Feng has over 30 years’ experience in both orthodox and Chinese Medicine. Trained in Beijing (MD) and UK (PhD). A member of the British Acupuncture Council since 1991. A Management Committee Member of the Acupuncture Research Resource Centre of the British Acupuncture Council for 5 years. Was given the acupuncture practicing privileges at the renowned Lister Hospital in 2006. World Outstanding Acupuncturist acknowledged by WFAS in Beijing.
She started practising acupuncture at a very young age of 11 after teaching herself from books and treating her neighbours and relatives in her native homeland. Feng went on to study Chinese medicine in He-Ping-Li Hospital in Beijing and qualified as a ‘Bare Foot Doctor’ at just 17 years old. This thirst for medical knowledge and qualifications led Feng to complete a Bachelor of Medicine degree at Beijing Medical University.
After graduating, Feng was given a place in the Beijing Red Cross Chao-yang Teaching Hospital. After three years there she became senior registrar in general surgery and continued to practice as a surgeon for many years before moving to the UK.
In 1986 she was awarded a scholarship by the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh. Following this she was awarded a scholarship to study for a PhD degree in heart disease. She was awarded a PhD at the McEwan Hall in the University of Edinburgh in 1998.
She then came to London where she worked with various NHS and private GP surgeries and hospitals. She was responsible for complementary medicine education to medical doctors and GP trainees. Her extensive medical knowledge and Chinese acupuncture studies have enabled her to practise acupuncture safely and effectively for over three decades. She also uses her medical research skills together with the world’s most cutting-edge acupuncture methods to improve treatment success rate.
Dr Li is a highly qualified practitioner in Chinese medicine (TCM), with over twenty years’ experience as an acupuncturist and practitioner of Chinese herbal medicine both in China and Europe. As head of the department of Acupuncture at Luo Yang City Hospital, she was responsible for the training of student doctors, research and development of new treatment for bronchitis, high cholesterol and blood pressure related diseases.
Since moving to Europe ten years ago, Dr Li has worked in private practices in Slovenia and The UK and is a member of the Association of Traditional Chinese medicine (UK) and the acupuncture society (UK), Register of Complimentary Practitioners (UK).
She holds degrees from the Jiao Zu college of Chinese Medicine (1982-1985) and the Henan Institute of Chinese Medicine (1990-1994). She has also trained in the department of Acupuncture of the Beijing Xi Yuan TCM hospital (1997-1998)
Using a combination of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, Dr Li has successfully treated a wide range of illnesses. These range from those already known to be treatable by TCM (weight loss, stopping smoking, migraine) to lesser known ailments such as infertility, improving the immune system (for cancer and other chronic diseases), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), gynaecological problems, pregnancy complications, male impotence, skin diseases such as psoriasis, eczema and acute and chronic pain (including phantom pain, shingles), emotional problems (panic attacks, depression), etc.
Rita Arora BSc Hons Pharmacy, Dip CNM
Good nutrition is the foundation of good health. We owe it to our bodies to use the best building blocks available to help overcome illness and achieve peak performance.
Rita qualified as a pharmacist from Manchester University and as a nutritional Therapist from CNM London.
Rita uses the functional Medicine approach, ensuring an in depth assessment is made in order to understand bio chemical imbalances.
Rita uses the latest laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques such as hormone profiles, comprehensive digestive analysis (using DNA analysis), Organix Acids testing & adrenal stress index. She marries this functional medicine approach with the fundamental need to approach health as a ‘whole-body’ experience, respecting the influence of the mind, body and spirit.
“Being truly well is not just about eating well, it is about thinking well too”.
Rita’s approach is patient-centred and evidence-based. She recognizes that each person is an individual, with unique requirements and differing health goals. Patients can expect tailor- made support based on comprehensive health screens, dietary assessment, laboratory testing and ongoing nutritional management.
Amongst other diagnostic tools, Rita offers tests to identify genetic variations that could make you more vulnerable to the harmful effects of toxins. These are of importance if you have:
- a chronic condition that resists medical treatment
- a family history of heart disease, arthritis, or osteoporosis
- if asthma and allergies run in your family
- you feel you may have genetic variations that make you more vulnerable to the harmful effects of toxins
- you feel or have been told you respond less well to certain drugs or nutrients
- you want a focussed plan to break the pattern and better prevent inherited risks from turning into realities
By using gene testing, Rita can help you identify your predisposition to the following diseases:
- Heart disease
• Oxidative stress
• Adverse drug reactions
Rita has developed programme themes on the basis of concerns she has most commonly encountered in her London-based patients, and reflecting her specialist research interests. These include:
- Weight Management
- Detoxification & Liver Cleanse
- Immune Support
- Healthy Skin & Ageing
- Pre Natal and Pregnancy Nutrition
Manual Lymphatic Drainage
Young-Sun is a qualified Vodder Manual Lymphatic drainage therapist also practicing Cranial-Sacral therapy, Reflexology, Aromatherapy and Homeopathy.
She has over 10 years’ experience working as a qualified therapist in a wide range of modalities within the health industry. Her extensive experience has allowed her to customise bespoke treatments. She specialises in treating lymphoedema with bandaging, migraine/headaches, chronic fatigue and patients recovering from illnesses such as cancer. She also has treated many clients successfully with Manual lymphatic drainage for post cosmetic surgery.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage
Yumiko Inoue TIDHA, CNHC Registered Therapist, MIFPA, MBRA, MAEAJ, MABMT
Yumiko has grown up with both Western and Chinese Medicine in Japan. Children are taught massage from generation to generation. They are encouraged to sense energy around the person.
Yumiko worked in major corporate companies in Tokyo and London after finishing University. In her early 20s, she was involved in a serious car accident, which left her with several years’ rehabilitation, suffering from physical and emotional stress. Through her painful experience, she found out about different types of alternative treatments, which helped her conditions a lot. She then ended up studying complementary medicines and changing her career. She qualified in 1998 and joined the Chelsea Private Clinic (formerly Balance The Clinic) after having worked in major spas, clinics and hospices.
She has also worked in schools to assist massage modules and to supervise students. She’s also studied Clinical Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Indian Champissage, Biodynamic Massage, Reiki and Body Psychotherapy in UK. Furthermore, she has published her articles in both Japanese and English Journals (e.g. International Journal of Aromatherapy, Aromatopia, Creabeaux, JAA Journal). Her physical, psychological and spiritual approach contributes to individualised treatments and gives a greater understanding to a wide range of conditions.
She is currently offering Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Fertility reflexology and Hot stone reflexology. Deep Tissue/Swedish Massage, Indian Head Massage, Pregnancy Massage, Vibrotone and Reiki at The Chelsea Private Clinic.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage
Jan Stuart MLD GCMT, BCMA, MLD UK
In addition to Manual Lymph Drainage I offer Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage and The Bowen Technique.
I trained in Massage Therapy ten years ago with the renowned Clare Maxwell Hudson. Volunteering at a Hospice and the Supportive Therapies Unit for cancer sufferers at a local Hospital I became aware of a need for trained MLD therapists. I subsequently trained with The Vodder School and have since helped many clients with lymphoedema. I also discovered, however, that MLD can help with many conditions and most people find it the most relaxing and stress relieving form of massage available. I incorporate in my treatment if needed a machine used in hospitals and physiotherapy departments called Deep Oscillation which alleviates pain and reduces swelling. This I have found to be very helpful after cosmetic surgery and liposuction.
Five years ago I discovered The Bowen Technique. I have since had much success treating people with this gentle therapy. I have attended numerous workshops to extend my knowledge and last summer participated in Gil Hedley’s Integral Anatomy 6 day course in St Andrews. This has deepened my understanding and appreciation of the sheer wonder and complexity of our bodies.
Colonic Hydrotherapist and Nutritionist
The Chelsea Private Clinic is the UK’s largest colonic hydrotherapy centre, the celeb-favourite
Amanda Griggs develops health programmes at The Chelsea Private Clinic and is one of the UK’s leading nutritionists and colonic therapist. Her philosophy is based on educating clients to make fundamental dietary and lifestyle changes that not only enable them to recover their health but as importantly, to maintain balanced programmes for continued positive benefit in the future.
Bernie Evers DipCH
Bernie has been a registered IPCH therapist for 8 years.
Before training as a colon hydrotherapist she used to travel around the world working on cruise ships as a massage therapist for 5 years so she has been in the body business for 13 years. Her biggest attribute is to make the client feel relaxed as well as informed about their body while having the treatment.
Ruth Loyd CNHC, MACH, Dip Rem, BA Hons
Ruth Loyd has been involved in the complementary therapy sphere for twelve years, specialising in Colonic Hydrotherapy, Remedial Massage, Sports and Deep Tissue Massage. She’s also a Reiki practitioner and has trained in Kinesiology and Hopi Ear Candles. Her entire work experience has been about the body as she was previously a professional dancer and teacher.
Roshanara Toorawa has been an aesthetician for over 15 years. She is extremely knowledgeable with experience in IPL hair removal, light skin peels, body contouring, Cryolipolysis(fat removal), acne treatments, skin needling, oxygen facials and microdermabrasion. Roshanara provides an outstanding service to her clients, leaving them with a sense of well-being. Roshanara continuously updates her training to keep up to date with the industry changes.
Senior Hair Stylist
Senior Hair Stylist – Colour Specialist, Make Up Artist
Vidal Sassoon Academy (London)
Central Saint Martins (London)
Technological University of Athens
Maria is an all-round Senior Stylist and Colourist with a strong academic background in Cosmetology and Aesthetics.
With more than 10 years of experience in hair-care, make up, skincare and beauty products, she provides technical expertise and services of the highest professional standards. She has worked for luxurious hair salons with a global clientele in London and Athens
Maria has always been very passionate about her profession and through her repetitive participation in numerous fashion shows, catwalks and photo shoots for leading magazines, she has acquired invaluable practical skills. During her career she has built a solid foundation of performing a range of colour creations and combinations of classical and modern techniques to create the perfect tailor made haircut or style that matches each client’s individual needs; whether it’s a shaping classic bob, a big full blow-dry, or a men’s hair groomed to perfection.
As an international senior stylist and colour specialist she often travels worldwide to accommodate clients wishes, demonstrating qualities of being creative, caring and flexible, committed to providing excellent results.
Naturopath & Osteopath
Susannah Makram BSc (Hons) Ost Med, ND
Registered Naturopath, Osteopath.
Founder of The Functional Healthcare Group
Director of Susannah Makram Clinics
Author of The Body Youth Code.
Susannah is advisor as nutrition expert to Pop Up Health Hubs – corporate wellness.
YouTube Susannah Makram TV
Cosmetech offers a complimentary personal One2One Service for clients looking for that personal touch. With an in-depth knowledge of all the Cosmetech treatments you can book a bespoke consultation with
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You can make an appointment daily from Monday- Friday with our One2One advisor to help you with advice in regards to treatments and services.
Let us know how we can help you by contacting us before you visit Cosmetech and we will get everything organised.
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Semi-Permanent Make-Up Specialist
Eva has been working in the beauty industry for nine years and for the duration of this time she has been practicing Semi-Permanent Make-Up. Eva graduated in Aesthetics and Cosmetology from the faculty of Health and Caring Professions at Athens’ TEU. Holding four certificates in Semi-Permanent Make-up from different countries, a degree in Aesthetics and having attended many different dermatology and medical aesthetics conferences, has qualified her to treat clients in a prestigious Harley street clinic.
Eva successfully introduced Semi-Permanent Make-Up into several clinics in Greece while working as an aesthetician before coming to the UK. She has treated hundreds of clients and takes particular satisfaction from offering treatments to sufferers of conditions such as alopecia, cancer and trichotillomania.
In order to exceed her clients expectations Eva constantly researches innovations in her industry, growing her abilities from traditional beauty treatments, through semi-permanent make up and onto advanced aesthetic therapies more recently. She is one of the leading lights of London’s new generation of semi-permanent specialists.