Choosing a cosmetic surgeon
Thursday 1 February 2018

Deciding whether to undergo cosmetic surgery is an important decision, which should not be taken lightly. Here, Mr Mansoor Khan, one of New Hall’s Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgeons discusses how to locate a reputable cosmetic surgeon who you can trust.

Along with the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), I recommend that the best place to start looking for a plastic surgeon is with your GP. They will refer you to a registered surgeon and will be able to advise them of any medical problems you might have which could affect the operation.

I would also advise conducting your own research by visiting the following organisations and registers websites to locate a suitable surgeon.

1) The General Medical Council's (GMC) specialist plastic surgery register includes the names of all surgeons in the country who have received six years of training in plastic surgery on top of their general training.

2) The British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery (BAPRAS), part of the Royal College of Surgeons, has 225 members, all of whom regularly perform plastic surgery operations.

3) Members of The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), are also part of the Royal College of Surgeons, and are all recognised by the NHS as being experts in their field.

If your surgeon is a member of any of these organisations or registers, then they are fully qualified to perform plastic surgery procedures. Highly qualified plastic surgeons usually have the letters FRCS and PLAS after their names, to indicate that they are members of the Royal College of Surgeons and specialists in Plastic Surgery. 

Another factor to consider is whether or not you will be able to meet with your surgeon in person, prior to any surgery - opposed to a counsellor or advisor. According to BAAPS, alarm bells should ring if you don't see your surgeon before the operation to discuss any medical implications of your surgery.  

During the consultation, your plastic surgeon should, at the very least:

Provide as much information as necessary regarding your procedure and answer your questions thoroughly. Never pressure you to undergo surgery, or ask you to consider unneeded or additional procedures. Welcome questions about his or her professional qualifications, experience, costs and payment policies. Make clear the risks of surgery and possible outcomes. 

If you are considering cosmetic surgery and would like to arrange an appointment to see a Plastic Surgeon at New Hall Hospital, please call our dedicated Private Patient Account Manager, Claire Young, on 01722 424054. You can also visit our website for more information, including dates of all upcoming cosmetic open events.

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