Practical advice when considering cosmetic surgery
Friday 9 September 2016

Cosmetic Surgery is becoming increasingly popular and acceptable and continues to maintain a high media interest. The decision to undergo cosmetic surgery is a serious one because there might be considerable financial implications as well as permanent major change to ones appearance. The most important thing before proceeding to surgery is that you are confident both with the Surgeon and the facilities available. There is a multitude of information available on the internet concerning both various clinics and also about different surgical procedures.  

There are a wide range of procedures available in cosmetic surgery ranging from the less invasive such as the use of filler and chemical peels to large surgical procedures such as tummy tucks  and facelifts. The reasons for undertaking surgery vary from wishing to radically change the body’s appearance, particularly after massive and dramatic weight loss or to subtly reduce the signs of ageing. The most popular procedures are breast augmentation and liposuction both of which increased over the last year.  

Before contemplating surgery it is necessary to thoroughly research those procedures which are available and also to find a Surgeon who is properly trained. The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS provides information on procedures and which surgeons are available locally.

Finally it is worth considering the venue for your procedure to ensure that they have fully qualified medical and nursing staff and are registered with the National Care Standards.

You must be seen by your Surgeon in clinic to discuss your wishes and expectations and the Surgeon should be very realistic about what is achievable and explain the procedure in simple terms and suggest possible alternatives. Patients should then have the chance  to go away and think very carefully about the discussion and come back for a further consultation if required. This further consultation is an opportunity to go through the procedure again and ensure that the patient fully understands the possible benefits and the rare, but possible, complications.

Your Surgeon should be able to provide you with written information and also possibly photographs of similar procedures and, if required, put you in touch with patients who have been operated on who can share their experience with you.

Finally, following surgery, you will be seen by your Surgeon and Nursing Staff in the clinic to ensure that everything has healed satisfactorily. A Clinic with a good reputation will offer Fixed Price Surgery and also guarantee that should any minor alterations be required this will be done without any extra charge and this cover should last for up to one year after surgery.

Ian Whitworth BSc, MS, FRCS(Plast)

Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgeon

Ramsay New Hall Hospital

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