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Tips To Undergo Safer Cosmetic Surgery

Published: 15/08/2016

The key to safer cosmetic surgery

The key to successful but safe cosmetic surgery results lie in the honest relationship between patient and surgeon.

Some people are told they have to have surgery, for reasons such as disfigurement, trauma or cancer and tumours; other people choose to have facial cosmetic surgery to improve their self-esteem. Either way, who you choose to trust as your facial surgeon is of utmost importance.

Why are guidelines changing and how will this make cosmetic surgery safer?

The Royal Collage of Surgeon’s new Professional Standards for Cosmetic Surgery are intended to improve patient safety and standards in the industry, by stipulating 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.

Remember these top tips when choosing to undergo cosmetic surgery to the face:

  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 online 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 face surgeon that is highly qualified and trained in your operation, and that can explain their own results of surgery to you (including complication rates). Make sure that surgeon is someone you feel you can trust
  7. Make sure you understand what to do afterwards in case something goes wrong, and that your surgeon has given you a plan of aftercare
  8. Be wary of ‘promotions’ or financial incentives to pay for cosmetic surgery
  9. Ensure you have been given a written plan for the cost of cosmetic surgery including any costs associated with complications or revision procedures

For more information about how to undergo cosmetic surgery to the face safely, book a consultation at here The Lister Hospital

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