Cosmetic Surgery Guide
It is important that your decision to have a Cosmetic Surgery procedure is considered carefully.
There are many points that should be considered before deciding to have any type of Cosmetic Treatment or Surgery.
The Harley Medical Group, which was established in 1983, has clinics nationwide and works with the Department of Health to oversee the regulation of the entire Cosmetic Surgery sector.
The Harley Medical Group has the following advice when choosing a Cosmetic Surgery Provider:
Your Cosmetic Surgery consultation
Make sure that you have a consultation with either a Registered Nurse, trained in Cosmetic Surgery counselling or with the Plastic Surgeon who will be performing your operation.
Choosing your Plastic Surgeon
It can be a daunting prospect choosing a Plastic Surgeon from the hundreds that operate nationwide so it is important to do your research before you book your procedure. Your operating Surgeon should be trained and registered with the GMC. It is best to choose a full-time Surgeon rather than one who does mainly reconstructive surgery with just a little cosmetic surgery on the side. Every Surgeon has to keep a log book of their entire operating history and ask to see this and have the Surgeon explain it to you.
Choosing a Clinic:
Choose a clinic that is registered with, and regularly inspected by the Care Quality Commission, and ask to see their HCC Registration Certificate. You may wish to download our guide Choosing a Cosmetic Surgery Provider
Advertisements: Don't respond to any advertisement or website that doesn't have the HCC logo on it.
Your Aftercare: Make sure you've received all your pre and post operating instructions in writing before you have your operation. Check that your clinic provides you with a 24 hour number for your use after surgery.
Complaint Policy: Do familiarise yourself with the clinic's complaints policy; this should be on public display in their waiting room.
Re-do Policy: Ask about the clinic's policy should it become necessary for your operation to be re-done.
Finally: ask, ask, ask.... for an explanation of anything you do not understand.
MAKING YOUR DECISION
The Harley Medical Group has been committed to providing excellence in Cosmetic Surgery and Non Surgical Solutions since 1983 and is at the forefront of promoting initiatives relating to legislation of good working practice and patient safety within the Cosmetic Surgery industry.
At our consultations, we give you the time to talk things through to ensure you are totally informed about, and comfortable with, your forthcoming treatment.
There are three separate consultations before treatment:
An initial consultation that is without charge
- A consultation with the Cosmetic Surgeon
- And a further pre-operative medical examination and briefing prior to treatment.
We Understand How You Feel
We understand that the decision to undergo Cosmetic Surgery is a serious step. You may have been thinking about it for years before finally taking up the courage to call. That is why we are here to listen to your needs; to advise and support you every step of the way from initial consultation through to post-operative care and counselling.