Avoid disappointment by doing your cosmetic surgery research

We are always keen to stress how important it is to choose a reputable cosmetic surgery provider, as it can really be the difference between a positive, enriching experience compared with something potentially negative and damaging to your body and your confidence.

cosmetic surgery researchIt’s not just us who are strong advocates of this approach, an article published recently by the BBC stressed this point again, taking a statement directly from the vice president of the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS), Mr Stephen Cannon, who reiterates the importance of thoroughly researching your operation and practitioner before deciding who to use, and not making any plastic surgery decision lightly:

“The vast majority of cosmetic surgery is carried out in the private sector and many people do not realise that the law currently allows any qualified doctor – surgeon or otherwise – to perform cosmetic surgery, without undertaking additional training or qualifications. Our advice is that if you are thinking of having some kind of work done, make sure you consult a surgeon who is trained and experienced in the procedure you are considering. Look them up on the General Medical Council’s register.”

The BBC goes on to suggest some helpful and practical tips on how to approach cosmetic surgery research, and we support this approach wholeheartedly:

  • Draw up a list of the pros and cons of the operation you’re considering – sometimes it really helps to commit pen to paper and to work through things really methodically. Be honest when you compile this list and consult your other half or family members too if you want a wider pool of factors to consider.
  • Research costs thoroughly – it is important to get a clear idea of what the operation typically costs, because then you are in a position to know whether something represents good value for money or whether you’re being charged over the odds for it. On the flip side, if you have really done your research here you’ll also be able to determine whether something is too cheap to be credible.
  • Ask a lot of questions – make sure you’re clear about what to expect in the run up to surgery, from the operation itself and from the expected recovery time. If you know what to expect then it helps set realistic expectations. Research here is also very helpful so that you are not going into these discussions without some idea of what to expect.
  • Talk about realistic expectations – make sure that you talk at length with your surgeon at about exactly what you are hoping to achieve and whether or not it is achievable. Bring photos to bring to life what you’re hoping for and consider just how significant the change is to your existing shape/frame. Your cosmetic surgeon should be able to give you an honest assessment of whether what you’re hoping to achieve is possible.