Professor James Donaldson Frame

Professor of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

Faculty:Faculty of Medical Science

Department:School of Medicine

Location: Chelmsford

Professor Frame is an internationally recognised plastic surgeon with a large private cosmetic surgery practice in the UK. He is the current President of the UK Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.


Professor Frame’s early education was largely in New Zealand but he qualified in medicine at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London. He was House Surgeon to Mr I P Todd and Mr O A Gilmore at Barts, demonstrated anatomy at Southampton University and further trained as a junior surgeon in urology, vascular, cardiothoracic, orthopaedics and paediatric surgery at University College Hospital, London, and Mid Essex Hospitals.

He trained in plastic surgery at University College, London, the North East Regional Plastic Surgery Unit in Billericay, Essex, and the North West Regional Plastic Surgery Unit at Mount Vernon, Middlesex. Professor Frame was appointed Consultant in Plastic Surgery at the world renowned St Andrew’s Hospital, Billericay, in 1990 following the resignation of his mentor, Mr Michael Hackett.

Research interests

  • Training and accreditation in aesthetic surgery
  • Plasma technology and application to wound healing and controlled tissue injury

Professor Frame’s special interests have included immediate reconstruction of post-mastectomy breasts, elite athlete soft tissue injury, lower limb trauma and burn injuries. He is a Winston Churchill Fellow (1989) and a prolific author with over one hundred and twenty peer reviewed papers. He continues to be a much invited speaker at international plastic surgery meetings and demonstrates, worldwide, a variety of aesthetic innovations and techniques.

Areas of research supervision

  • MSc, MCh and PhD students in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery


Professor Frame was appointed as the UK’s only Professor in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery at Anglia Ruskin University in 2010. Here, he co-founded the Master’s degree course in aesthetic plastic surgery, MCh (PASP). The course aims to meet the personal, professional and educational requirements of surgeons continuing their professional development within the clinical field of plastic and aesthetic surgery.


  • MBBS, Medicine, London University
  • FRCS, General Surgery, Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh
  • FRCS, General Surgery, Royal College of Surgeons, London
  • FRCS(Plast), Plastic Surgery, Royal College of Surgeons, London

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Royal College of Surgeons, England (RCS)
  • Royal Society of Medicine, England (RSM)
  • UK Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (UKAAPS)
  • British Association of Aesthetic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons (BAPRAS)
  • International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS)

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • Investigation Dermatology Graft, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) 2017
  • Plasma Research Grants, Fourth State Medicine, 2017-present

Selected recent publications

Kamel D, Frame J, Frame J D, Harle T, 2016. Histological Findings from Controlled Application of a Thermal Plasma to Human Skin. Clinics in Surgery, Vol 1, article 1176.

Frame J D, 2017. Commentary on: Single-Layer Plication for Repair of Diastasis Recti: The Most Rapid and Efficient Technique. Aesthetic Surgery Journal, 37(6), 706-707.

Frame J D. 2017.Response to Comments on ‘Commentary on: The Modern Polyurethane-Coated Implant in Breast Augmentation: Long-Term Clinical Experience’. Aesthetic Surgery Journal, 37(5), NP58-NP59.

R. Hannen, C. Udeh-Momoh, J. Upton, M. Wright, A. Michael, A. Gulati, S. Rajpopat, N. Clayton, D. Halsall, J. Burrin, R. Flower, L. Sevilla, V. Latorre, J. Frame, S. Lightman, P. Perez, M. Philpott. 2017.  Dysfunctional Skin-Derived Glucocorticoid Synthesis Is a Pathogenic Mechanism of Psoriasis. Journal of Investigative Dermatology, DOI:

Berry MG, Frame JD, Davies DM . 2017 Facelift: Platysma-SMAS plication. Plastic Surgery-Aesthetic, Fourth Edition, Volume 2, 2018 Neligan PC, Rubin JP. Section 1 – Aesthetic Surgery of the Face; 6(3), 144-152.

Frame JD . 2017. The Past, Present and Future of Facial Fat Grafting. Atlas of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinic, In Print.

Frame JD, Bagheri SC, Smith DJ, Khan HA., 2018. Aesthetic Surgery Techniques: A Case Based Approach. Elsevier, ISBN: 978-0-323-41745-7.

Recent presentations and conferences

Brazilian Abdominoplasty, Faculty Organiser and Presentation @ 2nd UKAAPS Surgeon’s Day.

Aesthetic Medicine Live 2017, London Olympia, 4 February 2017.

It’s Not (Quite) Rocket Science! Development and testing of a gas plasma tool for use in aesthetic medicine and surgery. Harle T, Frame T, Kamel D, Frame J D, Poster Presentation, RSM Aesthetics 9, Royal Society of Medicine, 24 February 2017.

Media experience

  • Extensive experience with local, national and international broadcasters.
  • Webcam and international streamed live surgery demonstrations.
  • Publication in printed and digital media and marketing.