Top Tips for Choosing a Cosmetic Surgeon

15 April 2016

Top Tips for Choosing a Cosmetic Surgeon

When it comes to having any kind of Cosmetic Surgery it’s always best to go prepared. You need to be 100 per cent certain that the procedure you’re having is right for you in both the short and long-term, and you need to be aware of the risks involved.

It’s also best to go into the procedure knowing that you’ve got one of the very best and most experienced Cosmetic Surgeons helping you, so you need to do your research in this area of the industry too.

Here at The Harley Medical Group we have a number of excellent Cosmetic Surgeons and only employ those who have been approved by the General Medical Council. Not to mention our experienced Nursing Team, who all have a minimum of three years of experience.

So what should you be looking for in a Cosmetic Surgeon – other than qualifications and experience of course? Here are some of our top tips:

Recommendation, not reputation. Speak to people you trust – like friends and family – who may have had Cosmetic Surgery in the past, and get them to recommend a particular Cosmetic Surgeon. It may be the person who performed their own procedure, or the clinic they attended. This way you get their first-hand experiences and not just what the Surgeon or clinic want you to hear.

Regular procedures. Your Cosmetic Surgeon should be forthcoming with information about themselves as well as the procedure. Ask them how many procedures they perform on an annual basis. Their reply should be more than 30 to ensure that they are performing regular procedures and, therefore, that they are “match fit.”

Don’t rush the decision. If you are not entirely set on having the procedure, or having it done by a particular Cosmetic Surgeon, don’t book yourself in or pay for the appointment. It’s your body and you need to be entirely comfortable with what is happening and who is performing the procedure. If you’re not 100 per cent happy, ask for more time, details or another Surgeon.

Step back after a life event. If you’ve gone through the break-up of a relationship, lost someone close to you, moved house or recently had a child, step back from thinking about having a procedure. These stressful life events can cloud your judgement and you may find yourself rushing into something that you might not normally go for. Speak to a Nurse if you need any help or advice.

Be wary of travelling for surgery. In the past few years there have been a lot of stories in the media about people travelling abroad in order to have procedures because they are seen to be much less expensive than those performed here in the UK. Unfortunately a lot of the people performing Cosmetic Surgery procedures on the continent, or further afield, are not as qualified as Surgeons in the UK, and mistakes can – and do – happen. It’s always worth paying for the experience and qualifications when it comes to your body.

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