07 January 2011

Are you considering Botox, laser hair removal, a face lift, liposuction surgery, or another non-surgical or cosmetic surgery procedure? If so, finding a reputable cosmetic surgeon, at a reputable clinic should be at the very top of your to-do list. Easier said than done with the number of options open to you of course, but here are a few simple tips that should help you to get it right first time and ensure that you are treated by qualified, experienced and respected cosmetic surgeons. Number One Look into clinics whose name you have heard of and steer clear of those you havent. Avoid clinics with no reputation that are offering deals that are too good to be true, they usually are. The clinic you choose should be registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) if it is located in England, with The Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW) if it is in Wales, or with the Regulation Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) if it is in Northern Ireland. Number Two Ensure that any potential clinics and their surgeons are registered with the General Medical Council (GMC). While ensuring that the surgeons you are looking into hold qualifications from the Fellow of The Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS) or the equivalent from another European or Commonwealth country is a good indicator of reputation, the most important thing is to make sure that they can be found on the GMC list. Number Three Ask for recommendations from your GP, as well as from friends and relatives who have undergone successful cosmetic surgery procedures. Please note that while this can give you a great starting point, you should never base decisions about cosmetic or plastic surgery solely on the opinions of others. Some GPs are able to refer you to plastic and cosmetic surgeons who are BAAPS members. Number Four If you are looking into injectable treatments such as Botox, only use clinics and cosmetic surgeons that are on the IHAS (Independent Healthcare Advisory Service) Register, and are a part of its latest scheme, Treatments You Can Trust Five Ask lots of questions and dont agree to anything until you are completely happy with the clinic itself, the procedure, and the aftercare offered. All reputable clinics should offer you full consultations with counsellors, nurses and surgeons, as well as detailed pre-operative and post-operative directions.