How to Choose the Right Cosmetic Surgeon

The decision of choosing a cosmetic surgeon is an important one. The last thing you want is to experience a disaster and you want to know that you are in good hands when you go under the knife. The best way to do this and to avoid having to make a cosmetic surgery claim is by selecting your surgeon very carefully using the following tips.

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Speak to Your GP First

Before you book any consultations you should go and have a word with your GP. Inform them of your plans and wishes and then ask whether they think you are healthy enough for the procedures. Mention any other conditions or symptoms you’re experiencing too. They will then use the information to determine if your health conditions could be affected by the surgery. Once you’ve discussed any medical concerns you can ask your doctor if they have any recommendations on the local surgeons, hospitals and clinics.

Visit Several Surgeons and Clinics

Don’t pick a surgeon based on their location to you or their prices. Visit as many as you can and ask plenty of questions. You should leave each appointment knowing their qualifications and experience, how many times they have performed the procedure, the cost of the procedure and the aftercare that is provided.

Ideally, the clinic should be close to your home to limit the amount of travelling you’ll need to do, especially if something does go wrong. However, if you doubt the surgeon you should not choose to use them simply because they are nearby. A great tip is to also pick a clinic that isn’t limited only to cosmetic surgery, as they will have better facilities and more experience.

Don’t Just Take the Surgeons Word

Always check to see that the surgeon is being truthful. They should be registered with the GMC (General Medical Council) or they might be registered with the NMC (Nursing and Midwifery Council).  The hospital or clinic should also be registered with the CQC (Care Quality Commission). If the clinic is not able to show you any evidence that it is registered with the CQC you should not use them. You can also double check by examining the CQC database. Do your homework and double check the information you are given to ensure you are not being lied to.

Speak Directly to the Surgeon

You should have an appointment with the surgeon and ask them about their past experience, patients and any of your medical conditions that could cause complications. Be open and honest about your health and don’t hide anything, even if you don’t think it will be important. Then go on to ask about the procedure, how long it will take, the type of anaesthetic you’ll have and the pain you can expect to experience. Finally, ask about the recovery time and how long the results will last.

Take it as a warning sign if you are being pressured to make an appointment. You should be given plenty of thinking time and the clinic should not make you feel like you have to have the surgery if you don’t want to. If you have a bad experience, head over to and learn about compensation claims.