Here’s what to ask at your cosmetic procedure consultation
When you decide to undergo a cosmetic procedure it can be for a variety of reasons, such as you wanting to regain confidence or repair damage caused by an injury.
Once you have decided to opt for a cosmetic procedure you will have your consultation with the doctor performing the surgery or non-surgical procedure where you will discuss each stage relating to your procedure.
Going into any new setting can be overwhelming, especially when it’s discussing medical procedures where a lot of medical jargon can be said, with many of us saying “oh I forgot to ask that” after we leave a consultation. That’s why we have made the handy check list below which you can take to your consultation which will ensure you leave with every question answered and peace of mind.
Your surgeon and cosmetic procedure
- Becoming acquainted with a surgeon who will be performing your procedure.
- Ensure you choose a surgeon who is on the General Medical Council’s specialist register for the area of practice relevant to your procedure.
- The surgeon carrying out the procedure should be fully insured to carry out the procedure in the UK
- Make sure the hospital is registered with the relevant regulator.
- Find out about all the planned and possible costs of your cosmetic procedure.
- Ask about any possible future surgery costs and costs for corrective surgery if complications arise.
- Ask about refund policies if you decide to change your mind.
Your treatment options
- Discuss why you want the procedure, what you want to change and why.
- Be clear on what you would consider to be a success and the benefits from the cosmetic procedure.
- Remember, only the surgeon carrying out the procedure should be advising you.
The cosmetic procedure
- Make sure you know what the surgery or non-surgical procedure will involve, the results, how long it will take to see those results and how long they will last.
- Ask whether the cosmetic procedure will need to be repeated in the future?
- If you are considering implants, check with the operating surgeon that they meet national safety guidelines and find out if the implants will need to be replaced in the future.
Possible risks and complications
Like any surgical procedure there are risks as well as all the positive benefits you will see post procedure, ensure you ask what could go wrong with the procedure you want and the likelihood it is to happen and what can be done to correct it.
Ask what the most common complications have been during this procedure and how often they have occurred.
- Ensure you are clear on the recovery time, how long the pain will last for if any, and how your mobility will be affected.
- Find out what medical care will be needed after the procedure, who will do it and where it will be carried out.
- Ask what aftercare package will be available.
- Ensure you are clear on what will happen if something goes wrong directly afterwards.
- Ask what will happen if something does not go correctly and who will pay?
It’s key to remember not to be worried about asking any question to your cosmetic procedure consultant, no matter how small a matter you think it may be, and most importantly, never feel rushed or pressured into a decision regarding any cosmetic procedure.
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