Inevitably, most people, when seeking a cosmetic surgeon, look online. However, this is a risky approach. Whilst most surgeons are likely to have a website, not all practitioners with websites will be reliable. Basing your decision on the appearance of a website alone is not a good way to go about things.
The NHS advises that your GP is the first person you should speak to. It’s likely that they’ll be familiar with the cosmetic surgeons in the area and will be able to tell you who has a good reputation and who does not. Just as importantly, they’ll discuss your decision with you, helping you to ascertain whether or not cosmetic surgery is the right course of action for you.
Things to Consider When Choosing a Surgeon
Here’s a checklist of things you should think about when you’re selecting the right man or woman for the job.
Any surgeon with the letters FRCS (Plast) after their name is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons and has successfully passed specialist exams in plastic surgery treatment.
Remember, if you’re having cosmetic treatment abroad, qualifications and regulations may differ.
Asking Questions at Your Consultation
At your initial consultation with a cosmetic surgeon, it’s important to remember that you haven’t signed up for anything yet. If you want to, you can still walk away – and you are well within your rights to do so.
See this initial meeting as a chance to ask the right questions. Before you go, write down the things you’d like to ask – to ensure you don’t forget anything. Above all else, don’t allow yourself to be pressured into making a decision. Take your time and think things through, in a time-frame that suits you, not your surgeon.