Choosing a Cosmetic Surgeon & Cost of Surgery

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When choosing a cosmetic surgeon it is often difficult to look beyond the price. Whilst the price is important, the most significant detail is the quality of surgery that you will be getting. It is worthwhile paying more for your surgery if you can be assured that you will be well looked after. Therefore, there are a number of considerations to make beyond the price.

Finding a qualified cosmetic surgeon

Choosing the right surgeon can be a life saving matter when it comes to cosmetic surgery. All surgery is a risk so you must ensure that your surgeon is qualified to perform your surgery. You can check that your surgeon is registered with the General Medical Council online. You can find either a surgeon who specialises in cosmetic surgery or one who specialises in the part of the body that you want surgery on. Once you have found a qualified surgeon you should ask them how much experience they have in performing your surgery. It is worth having a short list of surgeons so that you can choose the most experienced one.

Things to consider about the surgery

Once you have found a qualified surgeon there are several things that you should ask them during the consultation period. You must be honest with them about your expectations from surgery and ask them whether these are achievable and if so what type of surgery they would recommend. It is important to remember that the effects of cosmetic surgery are not always permanent and you should ask how long the treatment is expected to last and if this is guaranteed.

Pre-surgery questions for your surgeon

There are a number of questions that you should ask about the surgery such as what will happen during it, how long it will take and what anaesthetic the surgeon will use. You also need to know what the recovery period is and how long you will remain in hospital. Finally, it is important that you understand the risks of the surgery. Whilst this may seem like a pessimistic approach, you must be fully aware of what could happen during the surgery and how this could affect the rest of your life.

Once the surgeon has answered these questions, you should ask for examples of their work. They should be able to show you a number of before and after photos (this is done with patient permission and you do not need to worry about them showing your photos to others if you do not want them to do so). If these are not completely to your liking then you should find another surgeon.

If the surgeon does not answer any of the questions to your liking then you should move on and find a different surgeon. You must feel completely at ease with your surgeon, as you will be trusting him with your life on the operating table.

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