Cosmetic surgery is very much in the media – for some good and not-so-good reasons! That does not diminish the value of this option for many people. Yet, it is not to be taken lightly. Following are a few tips for those considering Cosmetic surgery or other non-surgical interventions.
1.What is it that you want?
Have some idea of what bothers you most before seeking any cosmetic surgery. If you are not sure, perhaps, a consultation with a specialist would help you to understand if cosmetic surgery would be beneficial to you!
2. Do your research:
Once you have clarified what you are looking for, then search for additional information about the procedure, its reliability and availability in the Internet / local contacts. Not all these sites would be informative. But, collect as much information as possible from reputed sites.
3. Find the right surgeon / provider:
One of the most important tip is to find the ‘right’ surgeon. Make sure that the surgeon is accredited by the General Medical Council and relevant specialty associations (such as BAAPS and BAPRAS). That way you will avoid the so called ‘cosmetic surgery cowboys’!!
4. Where to have it done?
The next most important point is the facility where the treatment is provided. It is worth checking if it is inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) – which sets a standard of health care and safety for the institution. Be wary of ‘surgical procedures’ being offered in beauty saloons!
5. Prepare for the Consultation:
This is the chance to meet the provider to discuss your expectations. So, it will be helpful if you list your thoughts, concerns and any other questions and take them with you to the Consultation. Check if you would meet the Provider directly – or a sales person or cosmetic guide. Ask to meet the surgeon if considering a surgical procedure.
6. What is the care during procedure and after care support?
Is the procedure planned under anaesthesia / sedation and who would provide that care? Though some surgeons may choose to provide sedation themselves, many established surgeons would prefer a specialist Consultant Anaesthetist to look after that aspect. Ask where you will be seen after the procedure and how frequently.
7. What could go wrong?
It is fair to ask this if the surgeon does not already provide this information. After all, any operation potentially can go wrong. But if the surgeon is open and honest about the possible problems, it means he / she is likely to be prepared for them. Those who claim to have ‘no problems at all’ in the procedure – are best avoided.
Though many patients may put this as a ‘top’ priority, it should be clarified that good quality care and expertise do not come cheap. Many reputed hospitals provide safe and quality care – with little difference in the cost compared to the ‘high street’ cosmetic surgery providers.
9. Testimonials from previous clients:
A good endorsement from a previous patient can be reassuring. After all, who best to judge the provider than one who has experienced the care in their hands? Ask the surgeon for such testimonials – many may have them on their website.
10.Talk to your GP:
Majority of the NHS based surgeons providing cosmetic surgery will be known to the GPs – by their contact regarding their patients. Though some patients may feel reluctant to ask their GPs about their decision to pursue a cosmetic procedure, it may be worth checking for their advise – certainly before proceeding with the surgery. Remember – that the GPs need to be informed of any health interventions that you undergo – as they have to provide your long-term care in the NHS.cheap bns goldbuy bns gold