The decision to have cosmetic surgery is more than just skin deep. Self-image means different things to different people. You may feel that cosmetic surgery could change the way you feel about your relationship with others. As well as changing your perception of yourself to give you confidence, plastic surgery can be functional and help you achieve your ideal self.

Planning your long-term goals with your consultant, and researching the procedure, will reinforce whether surgery is the right option for you. Surgery is not without risk so you should be sure in your reasons for wanting to go ahead. It is important that your expectations are realistic and that the advantages to you always outweigh the risk of surgery. 

Cosmetic surgery should always result in changing your life for the better.

How do I choose a surgeon?

This is probably the most important decision you will make when considering cosmetic surgery. Finding a reputable cosmetic surgeon is fundamental, and it is important that you trust and feel comfortable with your surgeon. The McIndoe Centre has some of the best plastic surgeons in the world, whose expertise, training and qualifications extend to reconstructive surgery, thus setting them apart.

At McIndoe, we can guarantee you will only be seen and treated by a GMC registered surgeon. All of whom hold or have held a similar post in the NHS, and have the qualification FRCS (FRCS is the highest qualification in plastic surgery in the UK). Our plastic surgeons are members of BAAPS (British Association of Plastic Surgeons) and/or BAPRAS (British Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery). Our ophthalmic surgeons are members of the BOPSS (British Oculoplastic Surgeons Society).

Our qualified cosmetic, plastic and reconstructive surgeons will take the time to treat you as an individual and listen to what it is you are not happy with. They will not judge or suggest surgery to another area of your body you are perfectly happy with. Some surgeons may even recommend you do not proceed to surgery. This may be because the changes achievable are so slight it may be better to wait. This is not uncommon with ladies requiring facelift surgery. Or maybe you have requirements that far exceed what is deemed 'realistic expectations' so in which case the surgeon may feel it inappropriate to offer surgery. 

Many of our patients choose a McIndoe surgeon following a recommendation from a friend. Your GP may recommend a cosmetic surgeon or you may prefer to attend one of our free informal open evenings and meet some of our surgeons before you book a consultation.

What should I expect from a consultation?

Your surgeon will explain what the procedures involve: how may incisions there will be, how long the operation will take, what the recovery period is like, what to expect, the risks of the surgery and if there are any alternative procedures or treatments. Pre and post-operation images may be discussed and shown.

After your consultation has taken place, a no obligation written quotation will be sent to you for consideration. Should you decide to proceed we would invite you to have a further consultation. This allows the surgeon to reiterate points discussed previously, reaffirm your understanding of the surgery and associated risks and benefits, arrangements at home etc.  It is also a great opportunity for you to ask any questions that may have arisen since your previous visit.  Only when this has been undertaken do we confirm your operation date.

What should I beware of when considering cosmetic surgery?

"Special offers", commercial pressure and being rushed into surgery. Free consultations with a "plastic surgery nurse advisor" (who are often on commission) before you meet your surgeon. Being told "what you want to hear" or an absolute guarantee of success. Trivialisation of surgery, such as not being told of the potential risks or effects of scarring.

Make certain the hospital or clinic is registered under the National Care Standards Commission and ask to see the latest inspection report. The hospital or clinic should also be a member of the IHA (Independent Healthcare Association).

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