With all surgery there will be an element of risk. However, as a patients there are steps you can take to minimize this risk. Start by getting together the facts you need to make an informed decision. This includes who will do the procedure, where it will be done and exactly what the procedure entails.
Be aware that:
• There is always an element of risk
• The results you get might not be exactly what you expect
• You need to be realistic about what can be achieved
• Implants will require replacing at some point in the future
• Recovery may take some time and be painful
• Finding a surgeon – The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) web site can help with this. Also speak with your GP and see if anyone you know can make a personal recommendation.
• Choosing your Surgeon – Always ask some question, which may include: Are they working in a properly governed institution? Is the surgeon on a specialist register of the GMC in the speciality they are practicing in? Does the surgeon have a surgical qualification? Has the surgeon ever held an NHS consultant post? Is the surgeon a member of BAPRAS (British Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Aesthetic Surgeons)? Finally, make sure you meet the surgeon in advance and that you trust them and are comfortable with them.
• What Are You Paying For? – What is included and what isn’t? What if there are complications after the surgery and will the cost of these be covered?
• Choosing a Clinic – Is there back-up care available 24 hours a day? Is the clinic registered with the Care Quality Commission? Is the clinic close enough to get to if there are any complications? Take the chance to look at the facility for yourself.
• Speak with Your GP – They may be able to advise you on procedures and know of good surgeons in the speciality you would require.
• Take your time – Having cosmetic surgery can be a big step, take your time and make sure you have fully looked into all that is involved.