New Year and a new you?

26 January 2017

New Year's resolutions are common and so is many people’s desire to improve their looks at this time of year. Plastic surgery is more visible in the media nowadays for both good and bad reasons.

It can however be difficult to find reliable and honest information to help you make an informed decision. It is very important to know as much as you can about the surgery, the surgeon and hospital you are considering.

A fully trained cosmetic surgeon can help you with almost any area of the body from top to toe. Subtle and artful use of Botox, fillers and minimally invasive treatments, such as threads or mini facelifts can produce dramatic results in a short time, while still maintaining a natural appearance as long as ageing changes are not too marked. As the face ages more, a full facelift is a reliable and safe procedure that has long lasting results.

Breasts can be increased or decreased in size, reshaped or lifted and now with 3D virtual reality technology you can even virtually try on different implant sizes to see how the shape and size will look on your body. For more information take a look at our 3D virtual reality article.

If you are fit and well then procedures can be combined in a what has sometimes become known as a ‘Mummy Makeover’. This aims to rejuvenate a woman's body after pregnancy when she has completed her family and often involves breast and tummy surgery combined with liposuction.

You should ensure you see the surgeon who will operate on you and not a sales person or nurse advisor. Never succumb to a hard sell.  A trustworthy surgeon will take the time to answer all of your questions and will be able to show you before and after images of their work. You should always have a cooling off period before committing to proceed. Your surgeon should be a member of either BAAPS or BAPRAS professional societies. If you follow this guidance you can be sure you have done all you can to ensure you will get a great result from your surgery.

So the New Year can bring a new you but always do your research and ensure you know all about who is treating you and where they will be treating you. For more information about what you need to consider before undergoing a cosmetic procedure, the following websites provide useful guidance:

-The General Medical Council

-BAAPS

-BAPRAS

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