What do I need to consider when choosing a cosmetic surgeon?

There are many cosmetic surgery clinics offering their services – but how do you choose the right one for you?

1. Has your cosmetic surgeon been recommended?

You are not obliged to speak to your GP about your decision to have cosmetic surgery but you are strongly advised to do so. Your GP may be able to recommend a reputable provider. Perhaps you have a friend or family member who has had cosmetic surgery and would recommend a particular surgeon or clinic.

2. Are they accredited?

When researching a particular surgeon, ask if they are a member of BAPRAS (British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons) or BAAPS (British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons). To be a member of these professional bodies, surgeons have held Consultant appointments, have committed to continuous training, submit annual safety audits and only operate in reputable CQC approved clinics such as The Saxon Clinic in Milton Keynes and The Chilterns Hospital.

3. Will you meet them in the consultation?

It is crucial that you meet the person who will be performing your cosmetic surgery at your consultation rather than a clinic representative. This way, you can feel confident you are both on the same page regarding your goals, and they will have been the one to conduct the physical examination and design your individualised surgical plan. Milton Keynes-based Mr Sudip Ghosh sees all of his potential patients personally, and discusses the whole procedure at length.

4. Do you feel comfortable with them?

As well as being highly skilled and experienced, the ideal cosmetic surgeon will put you at ease by answering all of your questions, giving honest advice and by listening sensitively to your requirements during an unhurried consultation. Finally, a reputable plastic surgeon will not rush you into committing to cosmetic surgery – if you feel pressurised, walk away and find someone else.

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