Here are a few pointers to keep in mind when shopping around for a cosmetic surgeon as it is imperative that you consult the best to get the desired results.
1. Area of Specialty
Plastic surgeons are generally specialised in different branches of plastic surgery, such as cosmetic surgery and reconstructive surgery. While cosmetic surgery deals with all kinds of aesthetic plastic surgery, reconstructive surgery deals with cases such as burns, birth deformities, injuries caused by accidents and other mishaps, congenital deformities etc. Make your choice depending on your need.
2. Surgeon’s Credibility and Certification
Speak to a few people who have undergone cosmetic surgery with the surgeon you’ve shortlisted. Since cosmetic surgery requires extensive knowledge and skill along with a sense of aesthetics, credibility is of the utmost importance. It’s also essential to verify the cosmetic surgeons credentials and certifications by looking him/her up on the directory of British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS).
3. Implementation of Best Practices
When going in for a surgical procedure, hygiene and protocol are aspects that you cannot afford to ignore. Have a good look at the surgeon’s clinic or hospital and the equipment that’s in use. Does the place seem state of the art? Do they maintain high levels of cleanliness? These are questions you need to seek answers for. Also, speak to the surgeon and find out the exact details of the surgery. As a patient, it is your right to know. Ensure you have all your clarifications cleared, especially details pertaining of risks of undergoing the particular cosmetic surgery in question.
Do not hesitate to ask your surgeon about his past experience of the particular cosmetic surgery you’ve opted for. Ask him/her how long they’ve been practicing for, how many times they’ve performed the type of surgery that you are interested in and also ask to look at before & after photographs. If the surgeon seems to have performed a popular type of cosmetic surgery, a few months back, that’s your sign to get out of there!
Cosmetic surgery can be expensive and it is important that you get value for money. However do not be tempted by offers that seem too good to be true and also bundled offers that may tempt you into opting for a surgery that you don’t really need just because the surgery you are after is offered at a discount!
This is another important factor as you need to be absolutely comfortable with your cosmetic surgeon as he/she will be operating on you. Also they should be the type who fully understands your concerns and is more than happy to take the extra effort to put your mind at ease and ensure an experience that’s as pleasant as possible.