If you’re unhappy about an aspect of your appearance, cosmetic surgery can often bring a real improvement and boost your self-confidence. However, it won’t give you a new personality or instant happiness. So before you proceed, take some time to think through what you want to achieve from the treatment.
Do I need to involve my GP?
You’ll find that most cosmetic surgeons will be happy to see you for an initial consultation without a referral letter from your GP. If you plan to go ahead with a cosmetic operation, the surgeon may seek your permission to contact your GP for details of your medical history.
How do I go about choosing a surgeon?
As a private patient seeking cosmetic surgery, you are able to choose the surgeon you would like to treat you. With so many surgeons to choose from, you’ll need to give yourself time to research potential surgeons’ qualifications, reputation and experience.
- You can ask your GP about the specialist surgeons in your area.
- Look through the details of the surgeons available, their qualifications and particular areas of specialisation. Click here to see the Consultants at Spire South Bank Hospital.
- We like to ensure that you are fully informed about the decision to have surgery and run no-obligation information evenings where cosmetic surgeons give talks about their work. This gives you the opportunity to meet the surgeons and clinical staff on an informal basis.
- Personal recommendations are always valuable.
- The surgeons should appear on the specialist register of the General Medical Council.
Your initial consultation
During the initial consultation with a specialist cosmetic surgeon they will help you set realistic expectations of what your chosen procedure can achieve for you. You should ask a number of questions about the procedure you would like.
You may find it helpful to bring a friend, partner or relative with you as there will be a lot of information to absorb and consider.
One of the most important factors is to not let anyone rush you into making up your mind. You don’t need to make an immediate decision. If you decide to go ahead, it is best to allow at least two weeks between the consultation and the operation date – so that you have plenty of time to reflect and make sure that you are entirely comfortable with your decision.