3 things you need to check
Going for a cosmetic surgery isn’t an easy decision to make. When it comes to your body and your appearance you need to think carefully and choose the best. You need to feel you are safe and in good hands. Remember not only is your appearance in the hands of your anaesthesiologist and your surgeon, but your life is too. This is why it’s so important to choose the right team: the best surgeon, the best anaesthesiologist and the best after care. Let’s have a close look of what to look for when you are choosing a cosmetic surgeon.
Why is important to find a good surgeon?
Before choosing a plastic surgeon, take your time to consider your options, remember that your appearance and your life are in hands of your surgeon and their team.
Cosmetic surgery is a very safe procedure when it’s performed by a specialist. During or after surgery unexpected things may happen, that’s why the skills, speciality and experience of a surgeon are so important to minimise risks.
There are some tips that can help you before choosing a good plastic surgeon:
1. Certification, skills and experience
- Look for a board certified plastic surgeon. Certified surgeons should be registered in the GMC (General Medical Council) in the UK
- Check the speciality the surgeon has, well-trained surgeons should be part of the BAAPS (British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons) or similar surgical associations.
- Study what is the surgeon’s style and approach. You can review their gallery of patients; look for before and after procedure photos and read patient’s remarks, all this information will give you a better idea about their work.
- Look for surgeons with farther training in aesthetic surgery.
- Read about their achievements. Try to find as much information as you can about their work, for example: degrees, prizes, distinctions, publications, awards; in other words, all you need to verify that this professional is a renowned surgeon.
- Choose a surgeon who performs more than six of these procedures per week.
- Check if the surgeon has criminal records.
- Visit the place where the surgery is going to be performed and verify it is a legal, authorise and safe place for these procedures.
- Find a surgeon you can trust, be sure you feel really comfortable with them.
- Ask your surgeon all you need to know about the procedure, for example: how is the surgery like (you can ask for videos or photos about how the surgery is done), how many people are involved in the procedure, what are the risks of it, what will be the recovery time, what treatments you can use after surgery for better and faster recovery, (for example lymphatic drainage as it helps to speed up recovery); when are you going to see the outcomes.
2. Choosing a surgeon abroad
- When you choose a surgeon abroad, be sure that they and their staff (at least the people who are going to assist you) speak English fluently, that is crucial for a correct communication.
- Investigate all you can about the surgeon, their staff and the place where the surgery is going to be performed. Try to visit the facilities before the surgery.
- Ask the surgeon what to expect during the recovery time and who is going to assist you during this period. Take into account that you have to come back home, and you will need medical examinations after the surgery and someone to assist you if you have any complication or doubt.
- Choose your surgeon because is the best not because is cheap. Remember you get what you pay for; you should ask why this procedure is so cheap in that country. Is it cheap because of the currency exchange? Are they using poor quality products? Is it a fraud? Take your time to investigate.
3. Before surgery
- Before going to surgery you have to sign some papers, read them carefully and if you have any doubt ask your surgeon for more information, or ask a lawyer for help.
- The surgeon will run blood tests (for example: complete blood count , blood chemistry panel, liver function panel test, coagulation study, Arterial blood gas and pregnancy test). All these tests need to be in their normal range to proceed with the surgery or you have a higher risk of complications.
- The surgeon will give you a thorough examination to be sure you are in good health for this procedure.
- Remember you will have a meeting with the anaesthesiologist before surgery, take your time to ask them all the questions you need.
- Remember that if you smoke you will need to stop for at least two months before the surgery, as this slows your healing time and may cause complications.
When you get the list with your favourites candidates be sure what surgeon is the best option for you, take your time to make the right decision. We hope this information will help you to find the right surgeon.
For more detailed information about this topic feel free to contact us. We’re happy to help. Remember you can book a video consultation on 02079932720.