Ten things to consider before you have cosmetic surgery
As we see new guidelines being put into motion to protect cosmetic surgery patients from dishonest surgeons who put making money a priority over their patient’s health, the British Association of Aesthetics Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) advise anyone considering cosmetic surgery to take into consideration the 10 points below.
Make your own decisions – Don’t be pressured into anything you don’t want to do, the only opinion that matters is your own. The only assistance you should need is to decide what, if any, surgery you might need, what might be technically possible and any associated risks and benefits.
Be informed – Make sure you are fully informed and accept the limitations and risks of any procedure.
Be comfortable – Make sure you feel comfortable with the organisation, surgeon and clinic you have chosen, such as Belvedere Clinic.
Know your surgeon – Organisations associated with and preferably based in the Royal College of Surgeons will demonstrate acceptable standards of practice. Hospitals which have strong associations with NHS, consultants, and practice will also adhere to these standards and will offer some level of reassurance.
Timing it right – Avoid surgery if you have recently experienced major life events such as moving house, changing job, losing a loved one, the break-up of a relationship or even the birth of a child, as you need to physically and mentally in the best condition for surgery.
Beware of ‘free’ consultations and avoid booking fees or non-refundable deposits as this can be costly.
Location – Try to avoid travelling long distances. Belvedere Private Hospital, established in 1985 and is set in its own extensive grounds with delightful landscaped gardens. Based in the suburbs of London, on the borders of Kent, Belvedere are very accessible for potential cosmetic surgery customers living in Greater London, Kent, Essex, Maidstone, East Sussex, West Sussex, Surrey, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire and even Isle of White.
Talk to your Doctor – Your GP has no interest other than your welfare, so many doctors are very happy to advise patients and not be judgemental.
You can always change your mind – You have the option to cancel right up until the time you go to sleep for surgery. You don’t want to have a procedure that you will regret, and ultimately if you just get cold feet you can always reschedule for another date.
Take your time – Cosmetic surgery is a serious procedure, take your time and don’t rush in to any decision.
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