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The Aesthetic Institute, Dublin

The Aesthetic Institute, Dublin

The Northbrook Clinic, 15A Northbrook Road, Ranelagh, Dublin 6
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Opening Hours

Monday09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday10:00 - 20:00
Thursday09:00 - 17:00
Friday09:00 - 17:00

Popular Treatments

Plastic Surgeon Consultation
Breast Implants From €5400
Rhinoplasty From €5400
Tummy Tuck From €7000
Breast Reduction From €6500
Breast Lift From €5500
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About The Aesthetic Institute, Dublin

Based in the Northbrook Clinic in Ranelagh, Dublin The Aesthetic Institute is a partner clinic of Akademikliniken, Europe's largest private hospital for aesthetic and reconstructive surgery. Our philosophy is "Beauty Through Science" and we provide a holistic approach to plastic surgry using the latest technologies and scientific techniques.

We provide aesthetic plastic and reconstructive surgery such as breast augmentation, facelift, rhinoplasty, abdominoplasty, liposuction, scar revision and many other procedures. We are the first only clinic in Ireland offering patients the revolutionary Vectra 3D Face & Body Imaging Technology. Using a 3D photography we build a model of patient to show them an accurate preview of surgery results, such as rhinoplasty or breast augmentation.

We also offer non-invasive cosmetic treatments like laser skin resurfacing, dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections, and skin care treatments such as chemical peels and facials.

We supply the exclusive Akademikliniken Cosmeceuticals product range in Ireland.

Consultations and many of the treatments are offered in Ranelagh, while surgical procedures are normally performed in the safe and high tech surroundings of The Blackrock Clinic or The Beacon Hospital. Consultations and post-surgery appointments are also available in our Limerick Clinic based in the Castletroy Medical Centre, Limerick.

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from 36 verified reviews Patient Reviews of The Aesthetic Institute, Dublin

"Helped me pick the right size and shape"
Clinic's favourite review
100%Reviewed 10 Jun 2015 Review verified by phone and email.
Treatment Received: Breast Implants
I wanted a breast augmentation as I was a small A and was hoping to go to at least a C cup. I did a lot of research and had consultations with many consultants.
The first appointment with the 3D view was very helpful and enabled me to pick the right size and shape implant for my body. This was the only clinic to offer this service. I wanted to know what I was going to look like instead of being surprised and maybe disappointed I didn't go bigger or smaller.
I went for the anatomical shape which is more natural looking and under the muscle. Under the muscle is more painful after surgery but I think a week of discomfort is worth a natural looking augmentation. I was out of work for 10 days. It's like rebuilding your muscles again because it took me awhile to open doors, drive and even open shampoo bottles etc. At the 6 week mark I was back in the gym doing my full workout.
My breasts are very perky and I don't need a bra at the moment. I travelled from Munster and i stayed in Dublin that night. Overall I am very happy I decided to have the procedure done. I would recommend anybody to have this procedure done with Mr Riordan.

Mr Riordan is a perfectionist which is comforting to know when you are spending €5,500. He gave me a few examples on the 3D viewer and suggested which size he thought was best for me. I went with the size he suggested which I believe is perfect for my size and shape. My scars are healing nicely, Mr Riordan was very neat. His clinic is very clean and Laura on reception is extremely friendly and easy to communicate with.
The surgery took place in Blackrock Clinic which was nicer than a hospital environment and the nurses were very friendly.
Total Amount Paid €5,500
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Jh Ireland
"I am very very confident with his practice"
100%Reviewed 30 Sep 2017 Verified user. Review confirmed by email.
Treatment Received: Breast Implants
I had a consultation the 20th of September for breast augmentation and Dr. Rirdan seemed very confident within his practice. He suggested the type of implant etc based on my expectations. I went home and researched his suggestions and have made my decision to get the procedure done by him. I will go back for a second consultation next month to sum things up.

My experience was good.
Treated By: Colin Total Amount Paid €6,000
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Lisa Ireland
"Much improved figure and confidence"
90%Reviewed 23 Dec 2016 Review verified by phone and email.
Treatment Received: Breast Implants
Breast Augmentation- I wear clothes much better now, much improved figure and confidence improved.
Value for money, empathy and professional
Total Amount Paid €5,600
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Karen Ireland
"I am delighted by the results of my Tummy Tuck"
100%Reviewed 26 Aug 2016 Review verified by phone.
Treatment Received: Full Abdominoplasty, Tummy Tuck
After 2 pregnancies and losing all my pregnancy weight, i was left with a lot of excess hanging skin and abdominal muscle damage which I could not correct with healthy eating and exercise. I started researching ABDOMINOPLASTY (tummy tuck) procedures.

After having consultations at several Plastic surgery clinic in Dublin, I decided to go with Mr Colin ORiordan of the Aesthetic Institute, based in the North brook clinic in Ranelagn. I felt he had a lot of experience behind him and he patiently answered all my many questions and put me at ease with his knowledge and expertise in the area. I also felt confident I would be looked after by him and his surgery team and facilities he uses at Blackrock clinic. I am a week post my surgery and I am delighted by the results and the care I received. I would highly recommend Mr Colin ORiordan and the Aesthetic Institute Clinic.
Treated By: Colin Total Amount Paid €7,500
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Aoife Dublin
"I am 1000% happy."
100%Reviewed 23 Jun 2016 Review verified by phone and email.
Treatment Received: Rhinoplasty
I had it in my head at first to try a consultation at more than one clinic, but coming out of Dr. Riordan's clinic, I just felt confident and fully informed. I knew this was the clinic I wanted to book with for my surgery. Dr. Riordan was so honest and realistic with me, and I felt relaxed that this decision was fully up to me. I never felt pressured one bit. Having rhinoplasty is the best decision I ever made, and the results I am 1000% happy with; you can't put a price on happiness or confidence.

Dr. Riordan truly cares about his clients and took such good care of me from start to finish. I would highly recommend going to the Aesthetic Institute.
Treated By: Colin
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Nicole Dublin
"The difference really is amazing. I don't recognize my own body."
100%Reviewed 20 Jun 2016 Review verified by phone and email.
Treatment Received: Tummy Tuck
I had a tummy tuck. After having three children, I was left with a lot of loose skin. Even going to the gym a couple times a week and eating a healthy diet didn't seem to make much difference. I am in pretty good shape, but after years of being unhappy with my tummy and a lot of research, I finally got the courage and the money up to take the surgery option. This treatment is one of the best things I have ever done for myself. I feel confident and now have the choice of swimsuit or bikini, and couldn't wait to go shopping for the underwear I always wanted. No more hiding behind towels for me. The difference really is amazing, I don't recognize my own body. Should have done it years ago.

I was referred to the Aesthetic Institute through another clinic who couldn't do the surgery at the time I needed it done. I did visit a few clinics, but after meeting with Dr. Colin Riordan, I knew this was right for me and felt confident he was the surgeon to go with. He understood exactly what I wanted done, even down to the shape of my belly button! The surgery went exactly the way he said it would, and the results are better than I could have imagined. I was expecting the recovery to be much more painful than it was and take a lot longer to heal. This man is an amazing surgeon, and I would recommend him without hesitation. Also, thank you to Laura who was so prompt getting my letters out for work and even helping with directions to the clinic.
Treated By: Colin
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Michelle Dublin
"whole experience was very professional"
100%Reviewed 15 Jun 2016 Review verified by phone.
Treatment Received: Breast Implants
Breast augmentation

From start to finish the whole experience was very professional. I had a consultation with Dr.Riordan. He made me feel at ease straight away because he was solely speaking to me and completely ignored my partner instead of other doctors that just spoke to my partner as if he was the one making the decision. He advised me straight away that this is a serious operation and I need to be aware of the risks before I made a decision. I felt like he wasn't just trying to make a sale like the other doctors I seen. I decided to go ahead with the surgery. I advised what size I wanted to be and he advised me to go a size smaller and he was completely right. He said that this would complement my body size the most. I never thought I would be so happy with the result and I was far happier then I ever imagined. The only regret I have is that I didn't do it sooner. Also his receptionist was so helpful any time I had a question she answered me so quickly and always made me feel at ease.
Treated By: Colin
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Kerrie Ireland
"I would highly recommend the clinic"
100%Reviewed 13 Jun 2016 Review verified by phone and email.
Treatment Received: Rhinoplasty
I had a rhinoplasty procedure a couple of months ago. I had had the same procedure about 5 years ago and was unhappy with the results. My nose seemed to have lost it's shape completely and it was starting to really bother me. The reason I waited so long to do anything about it was because I felt I was magnifying a small imperfection that should have already been fixed.
It was a tough decision even to consider surgery again. It's not a decision that should be made lightly but I know I made the right choice. Anybody considering this procedure should base it solely on what they want and not on what other people say.
I was made very comfortable before and after my operation. I had very little pain and swelling after the procedure and I was back to work in less than a fortnight.

I was referred to the Aesthetic Institute by another surgeon who believed that Mr Colin Riordan would be much more help in my situation. He was right. We had a very thorough meeting about what I wanted and what could be done. He was very professional and gave me all the information that I needed.
His team at the Aesthetic Institute were very warm and welcoming. They were very helpful with getting me prepared for my procedure.
After my operation , the aftercare I received from the clinic was amazing.
I would highly recommend the clinic for anybody who was considering a procedure like mine. I found MR Riordan and his team incredibly helpful and highly professional.
Treated By: Colin Total Amount Paid €3,000
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Méabh Dublin
"I would highly recommend the procedure to any friends"
100%Reviewed 07 Jun 2016 Review verified by phone.
Treatment Received: Breast Implants
Breast Augmentation

I had a breast augmentation with Mr. Riordan in February and I couldn't be happier with the results. The entire process was amazing, from initial consultation to now, 4 months post surgery. From the very start of the process I knew that I had made a right choice going with the Aesthetic Institute. The surgery itself and the recovery time went even better than I had expected and I would highly recommend the procedure to any friends considering it. It has made a big difference to my confidence and body image. Both Laura and Mr. Riordan were hugely helpful in answering any questions or concerns I had.
Treated By: Colin Total Amount Paid €5,000
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Emma Ireland
"My tummy now looks like it belongs to the rest of my body"
100%Reviewed 07 Apr 2016 Review verified by phone and email.
Treatment Received: Tummy Tuck
I had spent many years trying to have the courage to get my tummy sorted after pregnancies. I thought long and hard about it and after my experience with Mr Riordan I wish I had done it sooner. Firstly the surgical result is outstanding and my tummy now looks like it belongs to the rest of my body. Mr Riordan is a highly competent, perfectionist surgeon.

The whole experience in the clinic with Lorna, the surgery and the aftercare was excellent. I felt completely safe at all times and the surgery in Blackrock clinic went very well. I did my research so I knew the clinic had an excellent reputation and was professionally & medically accredited but now I can personally recommend this clinic and surgeon, Mr Colin Riordan.
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Jo Ireland
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  • IMC - Irish Medical Council (Ireland) 
  • IAPS - Irish Association of Plastic Surgeons (Ireland) 
  • RCSI - Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (Ireland) 
  • EBOPRAS - European Board of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (International) 
  • ESPRAS - European Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (International) 
  • ISAPS - International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (International) 
  • ISQSH - Irish Society for Quality and Safety in Healthcare (Ireland) 
  • IHSS - Irish Hand Surgery Society (Ireland) 
  • BAPRAS - British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (UK) 


Body Treatments


Medical Aesthetics

Plastic Surgery


Parking - Free parking is available at The Northbrook Clinic and pay parking is available on the street nearby.

Public transport access - The Aesthetic Institute is serviced by the green Luas line, and by bus routes 11, 18, 44, 48a and 61 in Ranelagh, and by 11, 116, 118, 145, 46a, 46e, 7b and 7d on Leeson Street.

Patient bathroom

Wireless access

Clinic Services

Text message reminders

Home visits

Open 24 hours

Open weekends - We offer the possibility of some evening and Saturday consultations

Travel Services

Local travel - Luas Green Line, Bus 46A, 145 all from St. Stephen's Green

Languages spoken


Plastic Surgery

From €5400
Breast Implants
From €5500
Breast Lift
From €6500
Breast Reduction
Plastic Surgeon Consultation
From €5400
From €7000
Tummy Tuck

Medical Aesthetics

Medical Aesthetics Specialist Consultation
From €400
Non-Surgical Nose Job

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Private Patients Welcome

VHI Healthcare

Laya Healthcare


Mr Colin Riordan

Job Title:
  Plastic and Reconstuctive Surgery, Cosmetic Surgery, Hand Surgery
Colin Riordan qualified in Medicine from Trinity College Dublin in 1996. He completed his early surgical training in Dublin and was awarded the MRCS qualificaion in 2000. He then travelled to the USA and completed a research fellowship in wound healing at the Department of Plastic Surgery at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee. His research has been honoured with numerous awards including the OrthoMcNeill Young Investigator Award by the North American Wound Healing Association, the Glancy Bowl Award by the South Eastern American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the Gasper W Anatasi Award by the American Society of  Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons and the best paper presentation at the American Association of Hand Surgeons 2007.

He returned to Ireland at the end of 2001 to complete Higher Surgical Training in Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery. In 2006 he was awarded a travelling Scholarship by the Federation of European Societies for Surgery of the Hand and undertook periods of study at the prestigious Hand Center in Malmö, Sweden and Derby, UK.  Following this he undertook a year of additional specialised training in cosmetic plastic surgery at the internationally recognised Akademikliniken hospital in Stockholm, Sweden. 

He returned to Ireland at the end of 2007 and commenced practice as a Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Blackrock Clinic and St. Vincents University Hospital. His areas of special interest include Cosmetic/Aesthetic Surgery, Breast Surgery and Reconstructive/Hand Surgery.

Colin Riordan is listed on the Irish Medical Council Specialist Register of Plastic Surgeons and is a member of the Irish Association of Plastic Surgeons (IAPS), Irish Hand Surgery Society (IHSS) and the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS).

It was during his time as a fellow at Akademikliniken in 2007 that the concept of opening a similar clinic in Ireland was formulated and which led to the opening of the first Akademikliniken Partner Clinic in Dublin in September 2011.

To make an appointment for a consultation with Consultant Plastic Surgeon Mr Colin Riordan, please call or email for more information.

The Northbrook Clinic, 15A Northbrook Road, Ranelagh, Dublin 6