If you are considering undergoing cosmetic surgery, choosing the right surgeon is one of the most important decisions you will need to make.
To help you choose the best surgeon, we have put together a handy guide to help you.
How do I go about choosing a surgeon?
Most cosmetic surgery procedures require a fully trained and highly skilled surgeon. It is important to consider a number of different factors when choosing your surgeon. One of the most important things to look for in a surgeon is medical training qualifications and surgical experience.
When choosing your surgeon ensure you pick one who has an excellent reputation and who you feel comfortable with. Breast enlargement procedures and tummy tucks require a long time in surgery, so it is important to fully trust your surgeon. As these procedures are performed in close proximity to some of your major organs, it is important that your surgeon takes extra care.
As each procedure requires a different amount of skill, it is a good idea to choose a surgeon who specialises in the procedure that you are having.
Do your research
Once you find a surgeon that you like and can trust, do your research on them. Ask around and if possible, get in touch with some of their previous patients. Speak to your doctor and ask whether they have heard of your surgeon before. If not, ask if they can recommend another reputable surgeon.
If you have a friend or family member who has had cosmetic surgery in the past, ask them to recommend the surgeon or clinic that took care of them. You will feel much more comfortable with your surgeon if a friend or family member can vouch for them.
Go for consultations
Before picking your plastic surgeon, go for at least three or four consultations. Look around each of the clinics and see what you think. Trust your gut instinct, if you feel uncomfortable with certain surgeon or at a certain clinic then choose a different one. There is no point feeling more anxious and uncomfortable before having a major medical procedure done. Choose a clinic that you feel completely comfortable at and a surgeon you know you can trust.
Ask lots of questions
Once you have picked your surgeon, go back and meet them a second time. Discuss your procedure, ask about your recovery time and the success rate of your chosen surgery. Before you come in for your procedure, ensure that you have all the plastic surgery information that the clinic can provide.
Ask how long the procedure will take, what aftercare the clinic will provide. It is also advisable to ask your surgeon about the process if your operation is not successful – do you have to pay for it to be redone? If your surgeon does not react well to these questions or refuses to answer them, then it would be a good idea to rethink your options and choose a different clinic or surgeon.