How do I choose a cosmetic surgeon?

phone bookAsk anyone who has had cosmetic surgery about their experience and they will tell you that confidence in their surgeon played a crucial role in their satisfaction. So how do you go about finding the best surgeon for your needs?

What are your surgeon’s qualifications?

When placing your health and your looks in the hands of a surgeon, you want to feel that you are in the safest hands. Later this year, the Royal College of Surgeons will launch a certification scheme designed to allow patients to find more easily a surgeon with the training and insurance specific to their desired procedure.

In the meantime, check out your surgeon’s credentials: are they on the GMC’s Specialist Register of Plastic Surgeons? Are they, as is Milton Keynes-based surgeon Mr Sudip Ghosh, a member of a prestigious professional body such as BAAPS or BAPRAS? And ask them directly: what is their experience of the procedure? How often do they perform it? What is their patient satisfaction rate?

Don’t be pressured into anything

Deciding to have cosmetic surgery must be a decision made by the patient alone, and no reputable surgeon will exert any pressure on you for a commitment. It also needs to be an informed decision; to this end, Mr Sudip Ghosh encourages his Milton Keynes patients to ask as many questions as they need in a consultation that is both unhurried and pressure-free.

New directions published by the GMC together with professional standards issued by the Royal College of Surgeons say cosmetic surgery providers must avoid aggressive inducements such as two-for-one offers or offering procedures as prizes. They must also allow a minimum two-week cooling off period before the cosmetic surgery goes ahead, and keep comprehensive records of consultations and outcomes.

This guidance, already observed by Mr Ghosh as standard practice, will come into force across the UK from June and is designed to protect vulnerable patients from poor practice.

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