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More and more people are opting to have cosmetic surgery. But, it is not a decision which should be undertaken lightly. It is your body and any decision to have cosmetic surgery should be yours alone, following consultation with a qualified cosmetic surgeon.
We recommend visiting The Department of Health’s website for detailed, unbiased advice and information to help you make an informed and educated decision. But, here are a few of our top tips for people who are considering cosmetic surgery:
Your expectations – Be realistic. Surgery will change your physical appearance and bring corresponding psychological benefits, but there are limits to what it can do. For example, if you feel your concerns about your appearance result from low self-esteem, there are alternatives to cosmetic surgery which you might want to consider instead, such as seeing a counsellor or psychologist.
Research– Read as much as you can about the procedure or treatment you are interested in having. Also try to talk to people who have had the procedure that you are considering.
Finding a cosmetic surgeon– Make sure that your surgeon is registered with the General Medical Council. Also look for a surgeon who is a member of The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) or The British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS).
Talk to your cosmetic surgeon – Initial consultations should be with the surgeon who will actually perform the procedure, ONLY they have the necessary qualifications and expertise to be able to answer your questions fully. It is important to be honest when you meet the surgeon, so that they can give you the correct advice about whether the procedure will achieve the results you want.
The surgeon should provide full details of the procedure itself, including what will happen, how long it will take, how long the results will last, whether there will be any scars and any risks.
Talk to your GP – It is a good idea to talk to your GP beforehand, not only will they be able to give you general advice about surgery but they can make sure that, with your permission, any important information about your medical history is passed to your cosmetic surgeon.
Arranging for surgery – After talking to the surgeon you may decide to go ahead with the procedure but you should not feel that you have been pressured into a decision – take as much time as you need.
Aftercare – Find out what kind of aftercare you will get. Ask what happens if you are unhappy with the results or if things don’t go to plan.
We recommend you book a no-obligation consultation. At The Chelmsford hospital, Essex, your consultation will be with the cosmetic surgeon who would actually carry out the procedure. This is an opportunity to discuss all the options and the procedure itself, including what will happen, how long it will take, how long the results will last, whether there will be any scars and any risks.
Feel free to bring photographs with you of the results you would like but remember that everyone is different. Your cosmetic surgeon will discuss your requirements and provide honest advice on the outcome which can be realistically expected.
Following your consultations (you may have two prior to surgery) your Consultant Surgeon will propose available surgical dates that best suit you and confirm the cost of your surgery. This will then be processed by their secretary and confirmed with the hospital. You will then receive written confirmation of your procedure clearly explaining what is included in the price. Should you have any concerns or worries, please do not hesitate to call us on 01245 253760.