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What to consider when deciding to have Cosmetic Surgery

08 April 2015

It’s estimated that two million people in the UK will contemplate having plastic surgery this year, and a quarter of those people won’t check the credentials of their surgeon and a fifth won’t be aware of the risks associated with different procedures.

Anyone considering cosmetic surgery should approach the procedure in a safe and considered way; do not rush in, take your time – no matter how urgently you want something done.

Cosmetic surgery checklist:

1. Think carefully and do your research – find out all you can about the treatment/s you want and speak to people who have been through the process themselves. In particular discuss in detail you’re expectations from cosmetic surgery

2. Choose your surgeon wisely – most surgeons have an NHS practice which should mirror their private practice.  Look carefully at their training and whether or not they have done extra training in a particular area e.g. cosmetic fellowships which focus the surgeons skills (usually visible on the surgeons website). Look for tangible evidence to suggest safe practice – such as infection rates/re-operation rates – and find out whether or not the hospital is geared up for day case procedures. Also, check whether he/she is on the specialist GMC register. You can check their name on the GMC website www.gmc-uk.org.

3. Have a thorough consultation – find out as much as possible by bringing a list of questions so you’re aware of the risks involved and feel comfortable with the surgeon who will be carrying out your surgery before parting with your hard earned money. It may be tempting to go for what looks like the cheaper option, but you may pay more in the long run if you have to cover the costs for revisions and follow-up procedures. Ask to see before and after images to help you manage expectations

4. Be aware of aftercare – have your surgery as close to home as possible in case of any complications post-surgery. All good surgeons, and the hospitals in which they work, should provide you with a clear pathway for advice and care if there are any problems.

Mr Richard Johnson is a Cosmetic and Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon at The Wilmslow Hospital, 52 Alderley Road. He is a member of the Association of Breast Surgeons and was named in the Tatler Doctors Guide (2013) as one of the most experienced breast surgeons in the country by a panel of GPs and fellow consultants, and was the only doctor in the North West to be given this accolade.

For more information on cosmetic surgery or to book an initial consultation with Mr Johnson at The Wilmslow Hospital, 52 Alderley Road please call 01625 545 036.

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