Aesthetic surgery is self demanded and self judged. It focuses on happiness rather than healing.
It is vital that anyone considering cosmetic surgery is absolutely clear about what they want to achieve and the limitations involved.
The consultation is central part of the doctor patient relationship. It will ultimately determine whether you wish to proceed with any recommended surgery or treatment. We will explore your main concerns and expectations. Any relevant past or ongoing medical history needs to be noted as this may have implications for surgery and expected results. The area that is concerning you will then be examined and all treatment options will be discussed with you.
Photographs are usually taken as part of the consultation and these form an important part of your medical record. They are also very useful to look back on following any surgery.
Our recommendations to you will include details of the preoperative visit, procedure(s), anaesthesia, expected results, risks and complications, long term impact and possibility of revisional surgery.
You will be told about the average post operative course and recovery period. You will be shown a range of before and after photographs of any proposed treatments during your consultation. These will include the type of outcome you might expect to see early on as well as long term results. It is important that you see the spectrum of swelling, bruising and scarring that can occur.
We may advise that surgery is not needed or may not be in your best interests. This might be because there is a more effective non surgical treatment or it might be because we feel we are unable to meet your expectations. This can occur when there is minimal deformity present or when we feel that expectations of what can be achieved are unrealistic. There may be other good reasons not to proceed with surgery such as a recent major life event (such as relationship difficulties, bereavement, divorce, financial difficulty or conflicts at work) or predisposing medical conditions that may increase your risk of complications or a poor outcome.
You are welcome to bring a friend or family member with you as it is often difficult to retain all the information that may be discussed. We also recommend a period to think things over (typically a 2 week ‘cooling off’ period) and a second consultation is always offered free of charge.
BAPRAS has a useful cosmetic surgery checklist which summarises important points you should consider when thinking about cosmetic surgery –the 5 C’s – we highly recommend that you take a look at it.
Patient safety is a critical factor in cosmetic surgery: Follow this link to find out more Patient Safety in Cosmetic Surgery