Common questions about cosmetic surgery
Q. Where can I have plastic or cosmetic surgery?
A. Spire Cosmetic Surgery’s 37 hospitals nationwide offer a wide range of cosmetic surgery procedures and non-surgical treatments for both men and women. Use our location finder page to find the most convenient hospital to you offering the treatment you want.
Q. How do I find a cosmetic surgeon?
A. We only work with consultant-grade cosmetic and plastic surgeons at Spire Cosmetic Surgery. These are highly experienced doctors who have completed years of training in plastic and cosmetic surgery.
You can choose your surgeon by calling one of our advisors for confidential information, or online using our consultant search tool. You can also ask your GP for advice and may want to take printouts or notes from this website for their reference.
You may have a friend who has recommended a cosmetic surgeon, which is always reassuring, but bear in mind that surgeons may specialise in particular types of cosmetic surgery. Be careful about choosing a consultant based on someone else's recommendation alone - their situation may be very different to yours.
Our cosmetic surgeons realise that it is your decision, and will work with you to achieve the results you want. Our cosmetic surgery in close up pages give more detailed information on what to look for when choosing a surgeon.
Q. Do you offer free cosmetic surgery consultations?
A. Many of our hospitals offer free mini consultations with a consultant cosmetic surgeon. You will be able to ask any questions you like, and find out whether you are comfortable with them before paying for a full consultation.
With Spire Cosmetic Surgery you also have the option of a free, no obligation appointment with an experienced cosmetic nurse, who can provide you with general advice about the procedure you are interested in.
Spire Cosmetic Surgery also offers regular free cosmetic surgery information events. Some cosmetic surgery providers only offer free consultations with a sales person, rather than a surgeon or nurse. If you are offered a free consultation elsewhere, we recommend you check who it is you will be meeting.
Q. Do I need a GP referral for cosmetic surgery?
A. Most cosmetic surgeons will be happy to see you for an initial consultation without a referral from your GP. But if you plan to go ahead with cosmetic surgery, your surgeon may ask your permission to contact your GP for details of your medical history. This is an important safety precaution, especially if your operation requires a general anaesthetic.
Although you may not need a GP referral to see a cosmetic surgery consultant, we recommend you consult your GP at the very beginning of the process so that you can get their professional advice.
Q. How much will cosmetic or plastic surgery cost?
A. Our cosmetic surgery teams will be pleased to give you a guide price for any cosmetic surgery procedure. Simply call your preferred Spire hospital to speak to a cosmetic treatment adviser, send an online enquiry or request a callback and we will be in touch..
These prices will give you an indication of the cost, which will be finalised following your initial consultation, when we will give you a fixed price** for your cosmetic surgery. This will be agreed with you in advance, so you have the reassurance of knowing the full cost of treatment before you come into hospital. Your fixed price will include hospital charges, consultant surgeon and anaesthetist fees and a follow-up consultation.
** Terms and Conditions apply - click here to view patient terms and conditions.
Q. Where else can I look for cosmetic surgery information?
A. Cosmetic surgery can be a life-changing decision and we want to help you make the right one. It’s important for you to get as much information as possible so that you can make the right choice for you. We offer regular FREE Spire Cosmetic Surgery open events and mini-consultations at our hospitals. Coming along to these events or booking a mini-consultation is a great way to find out more about cosmetic procedures directly from a fully-qualified consultant surgeon. And of course you can always call your preferred Spire location , send us an online enquiry or request a callback and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Our cosmetic surgery in close up guide also gives lots of information and contacts, including cosmetic surgery professional organisations and the Care Quality Commission. Some websites that you might find useful are listed below:
- Department of Health
- The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS)
- The British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS)
- Read more advice from the Cosmetic Surgery Interspecialty Committee
Q. What is a PIP implant and does Spire use them?
A. All PIP implants have been recalled and they are no longer being used in any UK hospitals. Your surgeon will decide which brand of implant is the most suitable for you and they should be happy to discuss the different options available. Click here for more information about PIP implants.