'Selecting Your Plastic Surgeon'

It can be a daunting prospect choosing a plastic surgeon and it's really important to do your research before you book your procedure. Chairman of The Harley Medical Group - Mel Braham has the following advice....

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It can be a daunting prospect choosing a plastic surgeon as there are thousands that operate in the UK, so it is important to do your research before you book your procedure.

The Harley Medical Group, which opened in 1983 and has 12 clinics across the country, works with the Department of Health to oversee the regulation of the entire cosmetic surgery sector. Chairman Mel Braham has the following advice:

Consultation: Make sure you have your first consultation with either a registered nurse, trained in cosmetic surgery counselling or with the plastic surgeon who will be performing your operation. I would always advise against having this consultation with a commission based sales person, who may not have your best interests at heart.

Plastic Surgeon: Your operating should be trained and registered in the GMC Specialist Register as a plastic surgeon. I would recommend choosing a full-time surgeon rather than one who mainly does reconstructive surgery with just a little cosmetic surgery on the side. Every surgeon has to keep a log book of their entire operating history; ask to see this and have the surgeon explain it to you.

Clinic: Avoid any clinic that is not registered with and inspected regularly by the Healthcare Commission and ask to use their HCC Registration Certificate.

Advertisements: Don't respond to any advertisement or website that doesn't have the HCC logo on it.

After care: 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.

Complaints Policy: Do familiarise yourself with the clinics 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.

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