Expert tips to undergoing safer cosmetic surgery
We are currently asked by patients for our top tips when looking to undergo safer cosmetic surgery. Every patient is different, of course, but there is some simple advice to follow if you’re considering aesthetic surgical procedures.
Mr Ross says the key successful but safer cosmetic surgery results lies in the honest relationship between patient and surgeon, and doing thorough research.
Why choose cosmetic surgery?
Some patients are told they need to have surgery, for reasons such as disfigurement, trauma or cancer and tumours; other people choose to have cosmetic surgery procedures like facelift surgery to improve their self-esteem.
The decision should only be made for you, and not for the benefit of anyone else. It’s an emotional decision as well as a physical one, and this needs to be balanced during consultation. If you’re not deemed suitable for fit for surgery Mr Ross will decline to treat you.
Who you choose to trust as your plastic surgeon is of utmost importance. Mr Ross aims to provide patients who request or want to have cosmetic surgery to have the best possible advice from a specialist in their field of care.
Choosing safer cosmetic surgery
The Royal Collage of Surgeon’s Professional Standards for Cosmetic Surgery are intended to improve patient safety and standards in the industry. They stipulate that only surgeons with the appropriate training and experience should undertake cosmetic surgery, as well as the ethics and behaviour expected of them.
Any surgeons found to be breaking the guidelines risk being struck off. With that in mind, Mr Ross offers his top tips when choosing to undergo safer cosmetic surgery to the face or body:
1. Have a clear idea in your mind what you are concerned about and what you would like to be improved by cosmetic surgery
2. Find a surgeon who listens to your concerns and explains clearly what a realistic outcome from cosmetic surgery might be
3. Meet your surgeon at least 2 weeks before your operation, and ideally meet them on a second occasion before surgery. This gives you time to fully consider and understand your operation
4. Make sure your surgical team provides clear written or on-line information about your procedure and what to expect in the recovery process
5. Ask lots of questions until you are happy you completely understand the benefits and risks of your chosen cosmetic surgery procedure
6. Find a plastic surgeon that is highly qualified and trained in your procedure, and that can explain their own results of surgery to you including complication rates.
7. Make sure that surgeon is someone you feel you can trust
8. Make sure you understand what to do afterwards in case something goes wrong, and that your plastic surgeon has given you a plan of aftercare
9. Be wary of ‘promotions’ or financial incentives to pay for cosmetic surgery. If it sounds too good to be true it usually is.
10. Ensure you have been given a written plan for the cost of cosmetic surgery including hospital fees, and any costs associated with complications or revision procedures
If you would like more information please email the clinic, or you can book a consultation online.