Considering a cosmetic procedure? Here are the questions you need to ask before making the decision.
A little tweak here, or maybe the odd filler there… with so many non-surgical procedures available to help combat the visible signs of skin ageing, it’s quite straight forward to erase a fine line or achieve a plumper, more youthful look. And why not, feeling good and inner self-confidence comes from both the inside and out.
For many of us, we’ve been having fillers, derma-facials and peels since our 20s and 30s, but now may be the time that we are considering something a little bit more permanent as the visible signs of ageing become more prominent. Whether it’s deeper wrinkles, loose skin, brown spots or ‘jowling’, as we get older the natural elasticity in our skin reduces often resulting in a tired-looking appearance.
With many different types of cosmetic procedures available from a myriad of clinics and doctors, it can be overwhelming and daunting to finally make the decision to go under the knife. Where do you start?
The first thing to ask yourself when considering a cosmetic procedure is, why do I want to have this done?
Making the decision for you is the important thing, not someone else. Whether it’s to improve your own self-confidence, self-esteem or even for medical reasons are all valid, but the decision needs to be your own and not that of someone else.
Think about the reasons why you wish to change something, how long you’ve felt that way about it and what your expectations of the surgery are. All reputable and experienced surgeons will discuss this with you prior to agreeing to take you on as a patient, so it’s worthwhile thinking about this yourself first.
Keeping a diary about how you feel when you see a picture, look in the mirror, or even style your hair can help in realising the underlying reasons that you wish to embark on your cosmetic journey.
Once you understand why and what you’d like to alter, it’s time to research how you are going to do that.
Firstly, it’s important that you put your safety and welfare before anything, including cost. The long-term emotional and physical impact of unsafe or ‘botched’ surgery isn’t worth it. Look for accreditations such as clinics registered with the CQC (Care Quality Commission) or surgeons that are part of the BAAPS (British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons) for assurance of quality.
Recommendations from friends and family, as well as online review platforms such as Trust Pilot are all useful when researching your cosmetic provider.
You may have an idea of what procedure you would like to have, but attend your consultation with a more practical outlook about what you wish to change and what you expect the result to be. This way, you and your surgeon can discuss the best options for the results you want.
Experienced surgeons will be looking at your bone structure, cartilage, and skin to assess the best route to your desired results. They should also be honest with you if what you are asking for isn’t achievable.
They will also talk to you honestly about any associated risks, as well as recovery time and possible post-operative complications. Talking about aftercare procedures is a tell-tale sign that you are in safe hands. If a clinic really puts your health and safety first, that doesn’t stop as soon as the procedure is done, aftercare is one of the most important elements of a successful surgery.
It’s natural to feel nervous about these things but talking about the possibilities and ways to mitigate any risk will help in putting your mind at ease.
If you don’t feel comfortable with the way you’ve been treated or you feel your questions haven’t been answered and you are still unsure, then it’s probably not the right clinic or surgeon for you. Following your consultation, you should feel assured, confident, and maybe even a little bit excited (if mixed with some nerves too!).
Throughout your decision making process, talk to your support network of friends and family so they can go on your journey with you. As you recover you will need their help so make them part of the process from the start.
Whether you are considering breast augmentation, facial surgery or body procedures, make sure you take the time to do your research and make the right choice for you. At The Harley Medical Group, we put our founded on care approach at the heart of everything we do to ensure that our clients always receive the highest level of care and support when they decide to embark on their cosmetic journey with us. From start, to finish, and everything in between.