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Things to know before you choose cosmetic surgery

26 February 2015

Cosmetic Surgery procedures are far more acceptable than they were ten years ago and the demand for treatment has risen dramatically.

Popular treatment range from Botox injections to breast augmentation and tummy tucks.

The results which are achievable when using cosmetic surgery procedures are remarkable however as with any treatment, there can be horror stories.

The bad press can be rather unfair on occasion because there are many excellent practitioners whoever there are also unregulated and ‘questionable’ practitioners which ideally, you should avoid.

With this in mind here are a few things to think about / be aware of when consider whether or not you want to have a cosmetic surgery procedure:-

  • Some of the industry is unregulated, in particular Botox, fillers and microdermabrasion
  • Anyone can hold themselves out as a ‘Cosmetic Practitioner’ even if they have not received formal, regulated training – do your research and make sure that whoever you choose is accredited.
  • Some clinics employ a ‘hard sales technique’ to encourage you to undergo procedures with them such as offering loans to pay for the expensive treatment and package deals to include several procedures for a discounted rate etc. This is not a reason to pick the clinic / surgeon and in fact, they should possibly be avoided.
  • Internet searches do not represent the most appropriate clinics. Quite often, for reasons other than competence, clinics can appear at the top of a Google search for example.
  • You should involve your GP in any thoughts you have about cosmetic procedures- they will be able to advise you sensibly and offer recommendations on safe and competent clinics / Surgeons
  • Attend several consultations with doctors / Surgeons so that you can get a feel for the one you prefer / the experience they have.
  • Carefully ask about and then consider the complications. No procedure is risk free and you need to understand the likely complications before you embark upon the procedures.
  • Understand that you are unlikely to see instant results. Your body will need time to heal, in particular with procedures such as breast augmentation and tummy tusks- do not expect your recovery to be pain free!
  • Be realistic about what you expect the procedure to do for you. This is where you need to take on board your doctor’s advice. It could be that the end result you really want, is just not a realistic outcome.
  • Think carefully about whether you really do need the treatment- and if so consider non-invasive treatments initially such as Botox and fillers rather then going immediately for an invasive procedure such as a facelift.