There has been a lot of talk regarding the cosmetic surgery industry over the last week. This is as a result of the General Medical Council finally releasing new guidelines to curb “cowboy surgeons” performing procedures on patients.
Though the majority of surgeries are performed by qualified and professional doctors, you may now, understandably, feel less than confident about moving forward with a cosmetic procedure, for fear of it going wrong.
If you are considering cosmetic surgery, here are a number of tips, to help you make an informed decision about your treatment.
Don’t be too influenced by other opinions
When deciding on how you want to change your appearance, don’t be influenced by the opinions of others. Any advice you have from your surgeon should be completely unbiased and they should try to encourage you to have any procedure that you are not sure about. They have a responsibility to manage your expectations, as well as telling you about all of the risks and benefits of the surgery.
Make sure you are fully informed
If you are considering having cosmetic surgery, you should ensure that you completely informed about the surgery, including the possible limitations it may carry. For example, if you are considering liposuction, you should be told that it is best suitable for the removal of small, stubborn pockets of fat and shouldn’t be considered as a drastic weight loss tool. You should also look at all of the possible risks and complications and ensure the potential benefits out weigh out these negatives. Visiting websites such as “Real Self” can show you experiences from other people who have had the same procedure, or even been operated on by the same doctor.
Build a trusting relationship
You are fully within your right to visit more than one clinic, or surgeon before making a decision. So, if you don’t feel comfortable, you are not obliged to sign on the dotted line. Take as much time as you need to find someone you trust and feel good about.
Do the necessary background checks on your surgeon
Just because a practitioner has qualifications, it doesn’t mean that they are experienced in performing the procedure you are interested in. You can find details on qualified surgeons from sources such as the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, or the Royal College of Surgeons, which uphold certain standards of practice.
Take your time to make a decision
Having surgery of any kind carries risks and this is especially true when it comes to plastic surgery, so don’t rush into anything, without taking the time to reflect on your decision. Doctors and clinics should now offer all patients a “cooling off” period, so that they can take the time to think about whether or not they really want the procedure, following their consultation.
Being a victim of cosmetic surgery negligence is a traumatic and emotional experience. If you have fallen victim to a botched procedure, you shouldn’t suffer in silence. Speak to one of our cosmetic surgery solicitors about how we can help you claim for compensation for your injuries. For more information, or a no obligation initial consultation, fill out our online contact form and we will call you back at a time that is convenient for you.