Time for a change? Cosmetic surgery

21 September 2019

Most of us feel the need to update our wardrobe from time-to-time or try a new beauty regime to help us look younger, but cosmetic surgery? It seems a bit extreme to some, but an ever increasing number of people are trying it. You may (or may not) be surprised to learn that global research organisation Mintel found that 31% of 25-34 year olds have had some form of cosmetic treatment. This could be in the form of surgery like a breast enlargement, or something considered a bit more of a day-to-day treatment like fillers or BotoxTM.

This is a whole new world to me, but if almost everyone else is doing it, maybe it is something to look into. 

Mr Köhler, what treatments do you offer? 

“I perform most types of cosmetic surgery, which can be anything from breast enlargement, to tummy tucks (abdominoplasty) or surgery to remove excess skin from the eyelid (blepharoplasty), as well as wrinkle reducers, like BotoxTM. I also offer mole or lesion removal, where biopsies (when a small sample of the lesion is taken to be sent away for testing) can also be taken if necessary.”

With an apparent rise in ‘high street’ surgeons offering non-surgical treatment, why should I choose you?         

“In the UK, plastic surgeons are on the Specialist Register to practice plastic surgery through the General Medical Council (GMC) and have passed specialist exams in plastic surgery.

They all have done years of training to get to this point and consequently have lots of experience.

Here at Spire Norwich Hospital, I have a team of specialist nurses working with me to ensure the job is performed to the highest standards. With some procedures an overnight stay may be necessary, which means much better care can be given to patients and a greater chance of a more successful recovery.

What’s your most popular treatment right now?

“The surgery that I’m doing the most of right now are the procedures that are not covered by the NHS, such as breast enlargements or reductions. I’m also seeing a lot of patients enquiring about liposuction and tummy tucks. Botox and fillers are, of course, very popular too. Also in men, breast tissue reduction.

What are the risks with any cosmetic surgery?

“All surgery carries a risk, even with reputable doctors. But it is rare – for example the complications of BotoxTM include temporary droopiness in facial features. Dermal fillers can occasionally cause rashes and bruising.”

Mr Köhler continues, “The risks associated with surgical procedures are dramatically lessened when patients choose properly trained and qualified practitioners.”

Mr Köhler continues with a few tips for anyone who is considering cosmetic surgery:

  • Check your surgeon’s credentials All reputable UK surgeons are registered with the GMC and undergo thorough screening, which is annually audited
  • Continuity of care Gold standard aftercare is essential following any procedure. The costs of surgery should include follow-up visits with your consultant surgeon
  • The importance of consultation The consultation process is vital in helping the consultant to moderate patient expectation to ensure a successful outcome. The consultant’s role is to protect the patient and to determine the most suitable procedure that will have the desired outcome. You can come and see me as many times as you need to prior to surgery, to decide if it’s the right choice for you
  • Can you afford it? The consultation period is also vital for determining if it’s worth it
  • How many? Ask your surgeon how many operations they have performed of the type you want. You may not want to be the first!”

Can you make me look like a film star?!

“Expectation is the key. You have to be realistic about what you’re expecting to get out of having cosmetic surgery, and so do I. At our initial consultation we can discuss what is achievable and what you should expect. I will also take into account things like bone structure and skin quality, which will also determine the final effect of the surgery.

Only you can know what is right for you, but the most important thing is not to rush into cosmetic surgery. Think carefully about why you want it and, what you realistically expect it to do for you. Having a facelift, or your breasts enlarged may make you look ‘great’, but it’s unlikely to get you the job of your dreams or solve a relationship problem. For some people, after years of putting up with a body part that makes them unhappy, detracts from their self-confidence and has a considerable impact on their state of mind – cosmetic surgery might be a path to explore. But only when armed with all the information to ensure they can make an informed choice.”

Click on the link on the right to find out more about cosmetic surgery at Spire Norwich Hospital. Or view the profile of Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Mr Guido Köhler. Or call 01603 255 614 to book an appointment. 

All surgery carries an element of risk and the content of this page is provided for general information only. It should not be treated as a substitute for the professional medical advice of your doctor or other healthcare professional.

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