By Michael Saul, Partner at Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors
Cosmetic surgery has become more and more fashionable over the past few years. It can result in greater self-confidence if the patient is happy with the results and can improve how someone feels about their appearance. However, these results are not guaranteed. Many procedures are difficult to reverse, so you should do some research and consider what you want from the procedure before opting to get cosmetic surgery.
It is important to choose a qualified surgeon with suitable credentials for the majority of procedures. You should ask questions before the procedure to make sure you have chosen the right practitioner and that they understand what you want from surgery. Here, we will examine some of the factors you should think about before having cosmetic surgery.
What is cosmetic surgery?
Cosmetic surgery includes a range of surgical and non-surgical procedures designed to change the way you look, whether to make you look younger and reverse the effects of ageing, instil more confidence or address physical insecurities. It is distinct from plastic surgery, which tries to repair or restore damaged tissue after an operation or injury.
Before having any type of surgery, you should carefully consider the hazards associated with the procedure you want, and examine possible alternatives. It’s important to remember that cosmetic surgery has risks and limitations, and investigate whether there are other means to achieve your desired effect.
Beyond the risks, there are a number of things to take into account that can help to make sure the procedure is successful in terms of healing and cosmetic outcomes.
Manage your expectations
You should not expect perfection from a cosmetic procedure. If you and your surgeon have discussed your needs and ideal results, you can anticipate an improvement in your appearance according to the standard to which you have agreed. However, you should not expect to look exactly like the image that you have created in your head. By pursuing an unrealistic goal, you risk being disappointed even if the procedure is successful, and cosmetic surgery may not be suitable in your case.
Cosmetic surgery is costly
Cosmetic surgery has a heavy price tag. The price you pay will depend on a number of variables, such as the type of operation you have and the surgeon you choose. The price might be in the hundreds to thousands of pounds. When comparing prices, plan for potential unforeseen expenses, such as follow-up care or any further corrective procedures that might be required. These will change depending on the procedure you are having, but you should be able to estimate costs by researching the risks involved in the procedure you are considering.
It is also important to compare the prices of different cosmetic surgeons; if you find that the price you have been quoted for a procedure is significantly lower than what other clinics are charging, your doctor may be less experienced, which could increase the risks involved with your treatment. As tempting as it may be to go for the most cost-effective procedure, there are a great many risks and possible negative consequences associated with a botched surgery.
While the doctor will aim to perform your surgery to your exact wishes, there is still a risk that you may be disappointed with the outcome. There is also a possibility that complications could arise during the surgery, and some procedures carry a greater risk of complications than others. These can include infections at the surgical site or excessive bleeding. This will often result in dissatisfaction and may demand further expenses for further treatment or corrective procedures. For this reason, it’s best to understand and evaluate the risks before you go under the knife.
The recovery process
Once your surgery is complete, you will need days, weeks, or even months to fully recover. You will need to remember when planning a procedure that you may be in pain for some time afterwards. There will likely be bruising and scarring that will affect the appearance of the surgical site for a while during your recovery. You will need to consider how the surgery will affect your personal and professional life post-surgery, as you may need to take time away from work or miss out on certain engagements to give yourself time to fully recover.
Finding a safe surgeon
When you decide to get cosmetic surgery, you will probably have a choice of surgeons. It is essential to choose a physician or facility that specialises in the procedure you want. Additionally, it is critical to establish that your doctor has the education and experience required to perform your chosen surgery. Check online reviews to be sure the surgeon you choose has received good feedback from previous clients.
If you are having an operation that requires general anaesthesia, you must choose a business that is licenced to administer it. You should also inform the surgeon if you have any allergies, especially if you plan to have anaesthesia, as this can pose a serious risk to your health.
Before deciding, always schedule a consultation with the surgeon so that you can discuss your desired outcomes and establish their credentials.
- How many times they have carried out these treatments
- What training and qualifications they possess
- If they are a part of a recognised professional organisation that can verify that they have the necessary education and experience
- About the procedure’s most frequent side effects
- Who will take care of you and what kind of aftercare you may expect
- What to do if anything goes wrong or the outcome doesn’t satisfy you
- How much it will cost and whether additional fees will apply for any necessary follow-up care
Your comfort level and the likelihood that you will be happy with the results of your surgery will increase if you are able to have an honest conversation with your surgeon and collaborate with them in order to achieve the desired outcome.
Always keep in mind that getting cosmetic surgery is a personal decision. Only proceed if you are confident in your ability to pay for the surgery, if you know and accept the risks and if you feel completely secure at every step.