It’s not often I read an article that worries me but I found this one shocking.

A journalist has covered a story recently in an albeit small area of Yorkshire, the research carried out was to establish how much research a potential patient carries out when considering a Cosmetic Surgery procedure. So the results are astounding, only 32% said they would speak to a consultant directly when seeking advice on health matters such as cosmetic surgery or dentistry – and only 10 per cent admitted reading specialist media as research.

In comparison, 38 per cent said they were most likely to scrutinise household handymen, while more than 56 per cent said that they would carefully examine various holiday packages before booking.

These findings suggest that contemplating a package holiday is almost twice as important as putting careful consideration into choosing a Surgeon with the appropriate credentials and experience for life changing treatment such as Cosmetic Surgery.

So as a patient how would you ensure your Cosmetic Surgeon is the right one for you?

First and foremost you should check the GMC register – There is a free of charge search option on there, either type in your surgeons name or his/her GMC registration number. All Surgeons must be registered, ideally you should ensure they are on the Specialist Register also which tells you they have undergone further training in their field of expertise

BAAPS – The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons has a procedures page, this will give you detail as to what the procedure is, what you should expect from an outcome and recovery perspective and of course the risks and complications you should be aware of. You surgeon will also advise you of these in your private consultation but it is good to attend your initial appointment with some background knowledge.

Referral  – There is no greater accolade than the recommendation from a friend or relative who has also had surgery with the Surgeon you are considering for your surgery. They can give you an account of the advice they were given and an idea of their experience they underwent throughout the patient journey. Remember every experience will vary in terms of the advice given, yours will be personal to you and the outcome you can expect to achieve.

Internet – Search on the internet, some surgeons will be associated to NHS hospitals in addition to their private practice, you can find their own website and you may also find the Surgeons private business on Social Media, from here you can see their loyal following and sometimes testimonnials from patients too.

Forums – There are a number of review and discussion sites, realself.com, sofeminine.co.uk, etc. Many patients who do not personally know a surgeon will use these vehicles to ask questions of other patients who are either considering or have undergone surgery themselves. Remember to use these as a guide, a good surgeon will have a frank and honest conversation with you if you come across anything you are unsure of.

Finally and most importantly having done all your research and met with your Surgeon you will make your own judgement. You should come out of your consultation feeling well informed and at ease with your surgeon, that he or she has given you a good indication of what to expect from your procedure and trust your health in his or her hands.

How to make an appointment for a consultation

If you would like to arrange a consultation I have clinics in Birmingham, Hereford and Worcester, you can make an appointment by calling 0800 612 5919 or for more information visit my website.

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