Consumer Safety Guidelines for Cosmetic Surgery

Written by Dr. Evelyn Sterling

Dr. Sterling is known for her compassionate demeanor and personalized approach, taking the time to understand each patient's unique concerns and expectations. Her dedication to patient satisfaction and safety has earned her the trust and loyalty of countless individuals seeking cosmetic enhancement.

As the interest in cosmetic surgery grows, coupled with an increase in commercial clinics offering such services, providing patients with comprehensive information on surgery details and guidance on selecting a credible, board-certified surgeon is crucial.

 

Make Informed Choices

The decision to undergo cosmetic surgery is yours alone. However, consulting with a specialist to understand the potential outcomes and risks for your body is essential for an informed choice.

Research Thoroughly

Before considering any cosmetic procedure, it’s important to understand its limitations and risks. No surgery is without risk, and no results can be guaranteed. Research extensively and prepare questions for your consultation to maximize the benefits of your meeting. Information on common cosmetic surgeries is available in our Procedures section.

Ask Important Questions

Understand every aspect of your surgery, including pre-operative assessments, the day of surgery, aftercare provisions, total recovery time, and any necessary follow-up consultations.

Be aware of how long your results are expected to last and the possibility of needing additional procedures in the future. Document your goals, concerns, and any questions for your surgeon to ensure you don’t forget to ask important questions such as post-operative care, recovery time, handling complications, dissatisfaction with results, and the total cost, including any potential extra charges for additional treatments.

Choose Your Surgeon Wisely

Ensure your consultation is with the surgeon performing your procedure. Directly discussing their qualifications and experience, and asking for feedback from former patients can provide invaluable insights.

Verify Surgical Credentials

Check the surgeon’s qualifications carefully. A specialist plastic surgeon should have the FCRS (Plast) qualification and be listed on the Specialist Register of Plastic Surgeons with the General Medical Council.

Avoid Pressure Tactics

Be wary of aggressive marketing and sales tactics. Decisions about surgery should be made without financial or time pressure, including misleading booking fees and non-refundable deposits.

Positive Experience

A reputable surgeon aims to make cosmetic surgery a positive, confidence-boosting experience. It’s essential to feel comfortable with the surgeon, clinic, and the information provided. Don’t hesitate to seek a second opinion if needed.

Appropriate Timing

Consider delaying surgery during major life changes to avoid additional emotional stress.

Consider the Location

Think carefully about traveling for surgery, considering the logistics of travel, aftercare, and managing complications.

Consult Your GP

Your GP can provide unbiased advice on cosmetic surgery, focusing solely on your welfare.

Right to Withdraw

You have the right to cancel your surgery up until the moment it begins. Understanding any cancellation fees and non-refundable deposits is part of the pre-treatment consent process.

Use Common Sense

Don’t rush your decision or be swayed by too-good-to-be-true offers. Cosmetic surgery should be tailored to each individual’s medical history, health, age, and emotional state.

Take Your Time

Considering surgery is a significant decision. Allow yourself ample time after the initial consultation to decide, discuss with loved ones, and address any new questions that may arise. A second consultation is often recommended to ensure clarity and confidence in your decision.