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Cosmetic Surgery Advice Uk


1.Know your options:

People are often unaware of the vast number of options they have when it comes to Plastic surgery. The desire to enhance the way you look can sometimes be achieved without even going under the knife. Researching all the available Cosmetic surgery procedures could reveal cheaper and safer alternatives. And if you do decide that Cosmetic surgery is for you, then make sure you have all the information you need. There are several sources that provide sound, independant information and most of it can be found on the internet. Here are a few great places in the UK to start your research:

a. Department of Health

b. Care Quality Commission (previously the Healthcare Commission)

c. Independent Healthcare Advisory Services (see Codes of practice & guidance)

Always remember, this is REAL surgery. No matter how it's sugar-coated by the media or the Plastic surgery industry, the fact remains that with any surgery there is always a risk of complications. We don't mean to scare you; we simply aim to be honest with you and to help you make an informed decision.

2. Talk to people:

People with first hand experience of your chosen Cosmetic surgery treatment can give you great advice, which can be a useful way to know what to expect. Join in with online discussion groups where you can post questions or concerns you may have and you will find that people are more than willing to help you. This can form a valuable support network of people who understand what you're going through.

Also, ask your friends and family for their opinions. Don't be quick to dismiss someone who doesn't support your decision. It's always good to speak to an honest friend who is willing to tell you what they think is best for you, even if you don't want to hear it. You might find that your friends and family love you just the way you are and don't see the need for you to change. But in the end the final decision is yours and your loved ones will be there for you no matter what you choose.

3. Talk to your GP:

Your local GP should always be your first point of contact. Most advice agencies in the UK highlight the importance of consulting your GP in the initial stages of decision making, from the Department of Health and The British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) to the consumer group Which?. Your GP will be able to look at your suitability for a particular Plastic surgery procedure by checking your medical history. They will also have a greater understanding of the risks involved and may even be able to recommend the right treatment or alternative to Cosmetic surgery. You can search online for your nearest GP on the NHS Direct website.

4. Shop Around:

The growing demand for Plastic surgery in the UK has seen a massive increase in the number of Plastic surgery clinics and hospitals, as well a rise in the number of Plastic surgeons. New clinics are opening all the time, reducing the need for patients to travel far for their Cosmetic treatment. Alternately, you may want to go abroad to get a better price. Whichever you choose, it's wise to look at what the various clinics have to offer and research the experience and qualifications of your surgeon.

5. Visit open days:

Many Cosmetic clinics hold free open days, where you get the chance to view the hospital facilities and talk to an expert about your Plastic surgery procedure.

6. Book a Consultation:

Your first Cosmetic surgery consultation is a great opportunity to discuss any surgery questions or concerns that you may have. Use your time well by having pre-prepared questions to ask your surgeon, just in case your mind goes blank during the meeting.

Several clinics even offer a free consultation, but this however doesn't guarantee that you'll be seen by the actual surgeon who will perform your treatment. You may be seen by a nurse or even a sales rep. So before you attend, try to find out who will actually be there to advice you. Avoid getting trapped by sales people who insist on making you pay a deposit or paying for a consultation with a surgeon. According to government guidelines a clinic must not offer any form of financial discount linked to a deadline or any form of date-linked incentive.

When talking with a surgeon, be honest and don't be afraid to clear up any doubts or questions you may have in your mind. Finally, ask for some literature on your chosen procedure to take home with you, most clinics should have leaflets with more information.

7. Play it safe:

Ensuring that your chosen surgeon and clinic meet strict government standards should be a key part of your research. In theory, any surgeon can claim to be a plastic surgeon, but you should only visit those who have gained the desired qualifications to practice as one.

a. First you should check that your surgeon is on the General Medical Council's (GMC) medical register, as this is a requirement for all doctors practicing in the UK. When you've found your surgeon's details on their website, click to see if there are any more details, such as being listed in the Specialist Register.

b. Check that your chosen clinic or hospital is registered with either the Care Quality Commission (for England), Healthcare Inspectorate (for Wales), Care Commission (for Scotland), or the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (for Northern Ireland). Although most clinic's should be registered with one of these organisations, registration is in not currently mandatory for all types of clinics.

8. Spread the costs:

Clinics may offer you a chance to pay for your Cosmetic surgery in instalments. This can often be a great way to help finance your Cosmetic surgery if you don't have all the money available upfront. But as usual, it pays to shop around. You might find that there are other companies that can give you a much better rate, or even an interest-free option.

If you're happy with your surgeon and clinic, see if you can haggle the price down. Prices are rarely ever fixed for these things, especially for the larger treatments. Remember, your Cosmetic surgery clinic is just like any other business that wants you as their customer, so be persistent, you've got nothing to loose.

9. Take your time:

Never let anyone pressure you into signing up for Cosmetic surgery. No clinic should be offering you a discount if you act soon, and if they do then walk away, they're not looking after your best interest. This is one of the most important decisions of your life and should not be rushed into under any circumstances. Getting surgery done in time for a wedding, holiday or birthday will only cloud your judgement and can cause you severe distress if you make the wrong choice. A good surgeon should always assess whether you are ready for surgery and should even be willing to turn you away if they feel that surgery isn't right for you.

10. Feel Great:

Relax? if you've done your homework, then you're now armed with all the information you need to see you through this and to start a new chapter in your life. Thousands of Cosmetic surgery procedures are carried out in the UK every year and your job now will be to focus on letting your body heal and adjust to the changes. Lay back, put your feet up, release all stress and begin to feel great about your new body, you've earned it!

By: Cosmetic Health