Mr Mercer was the first Plastic Surgeon in the South of England to be Certified by the Royal College of Surgeons of England in Cosmetic Facial Surgery; Cosmetic Breast Surgery; Cosmetic Body Contouring Surgery and Cosmetic Periorbital Region Surgery.

    Nigel is committed to inter-specialty collaboration, encouraging young doctors to enter the profession of surgery, improving patient safety and collaboration between all the Colleges of Surgery in the British Isles. A lot of the fun seems to have gone from working as a surgeon and he hopes that he can help bring some back. He has just been elected as a Founding Fellow of the Faculty of Medical Leaders and Management.

    Nigel was appointed as a Consultant Plastic Surgeon in 1991, taking up his post after a Fellowship in North America, in 1992. He has been in NHS practice since and has been the senior cleft surgeon in the Cleft Unit of the South West of England and is the Senior Plastic Surgeon in Bristol for well over a decade. He is the only cleft surgeon to have presented his accumulated results for growth and speech for all cases. He also has an active cosmetic surgical practice. Nigel has been an invited speaker at numerous national and international scientific meetings.

    Nigel is the Past President of British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS 2015-16) and has been President of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) and twice the President of the European Association of Societies of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (EASAPS).

    Nigel was the Lead Delegate for the British Standards Institute Mirror at the CEN negotiations on Aesthetic Surgery in Europe and he has been at the core of improving patient safety in Cosmetic Surgery and Medicine in the United Kingdom and Europe. He was invited to give advice to the Keogh Review into cosmetic surgery after the PIP crisis and advised the Minister of Health in preparing one of the reports. He is the lead assessor for the Certification Scheme in Cosmetic Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and is a founding member of the board of the Cosmetic Practice Standards Authority. He also chairs the group advising the MHRA about BIA-ALCL, a new form of lymphoma, which can affect breast implants.

    Nigel has significant media experience and has given numerous interviews to TV, radio and the print media. He was invited to debate with ‘Belle du Jour’ at the ‘How the Light Gets In’ Festival of Philosophy and Ideas at Hay on Wye and he has been a film critic for the Guardian newspaper on one occasion. In addition, he has been quoted by the BBC on several occasions. Outside medicine, he loves the theatre and walking with his partner, he also enjoys skiing and flying, but rather more than his partner! He has 3 adult children, all of whom went into professional sports.


    • Plastic surgery

    Clinical Interests

    • Plastic surgery
    • Cosmetic surgery
    • Facial surgery
    • Breast surgery
    • Skin cancer

    Current Posts

    • Founding Fellow of the Faculty of Medical Leaders and Management
    • Senior Clinical Lecturer in Surgery at the University of Bristol
    • Lead Assessor – Certification Scheme in Cosmetic Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons

    First Qualification



    • British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS)
    • British Association of Plastic Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS)
    • British Medical Association
    • The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
    • The European Association of Societies of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
    • Craniofacial Society of Great Britain and Ireland
    • American Cleft Palate Association
    • The experience with Bristol Plastic Surgery is fantastic. My Consultant, Mr Mercer, always fully discusses my medical problem with me, and nothing is too much trouble.

      Joan Grey - Chew Magna Bristol
    • Dear Mr Mercer I am really happy with the look of my new ears - you have changed my life. I am very grateful to you – Thanks again

      Ellie-Mae Hayes
    • Removal of implants and replacement breast augmentation Faith in plastic surgeons restored! Following the break of the PIP scandal and a subsequent year of worry and frustration I made contact with Mr Mercer via a recommendation and he was like a breath of fresh air! Mr Mercer, and his amazing team, were on the button with understanding, communication and respect from the offset and gave me instant peace of mind. I knew from the initial meeting with Mr M that I was in good hands. Surgery and the healing process went without a hitch. Thank you Mr Mercer, you're fab!

    • Two stage breast surgery From the age of twelve I had breast asymmetry. I was bullied throughout school which had a dramatic effect on my self esteem. I hid behind clothes, dreaded shopping and felt frumpy. Since having two corrective procedures with Mr Mercer my life has completely changed. I have confidence I never thought possible. I not only feel normal but attractive. All I ever wanted was nice, normal breasts and I feel that the breast you have given me are fantastic. They are everything I wanted and more. No amount of money could give me the feeling your surgery has given me. You are the kindest and most caring surgeon I have met and have understood my needs and have gone above and beyond my expectations. You have restored my faith in plastics surgeons and changed my life for the better. I am very grateful.

    • Two stage excision of tattoo It is nearly a year since the second and final stage of my tattoo removal and I wish I had a photo to send you, but if I did, you wouldn’t see much, since there is barely anything to see! You did a wonderful job, Mr Mercer. I feel such gratitude to you for taking it away so skilfully and you even made me laugh while you did it.

    • Facelift Personal attention is hard to find these days. I came away from the consultation feeling at last that my life could be improved and I that had hope for the future. I just wanted to say a huge thank you for your care before, during and after my operation. You have done an outstanding job and I am so very happy with the results. I am very grateful.

    • I had a mole removed from my face and would like to say many thanks, Mr Mercer, to you and your very professional team who made me feel very relaxed and it all seemed very painless.

    • Breast Augmentation Your help and efforts are much appreciated. I am so happy with the results.

    • Breast Reduction Thank you so much for making my procedure and care stress free. You have done an outstanding job and I am very grateful.