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How to choose a cosmetic surgeon and what questions to ask

Posted by Dr Ash Dutta on 12 August 2019

Choosing a cosmetic surgeon can be a daunting process and it can be easy to forget to ask important questions. Dr Ash Dutta, cosmetic surgeon at The Aesthetic Beauty Centre, explains why it can be difficult, and what questions you should ask before you decide who to trust.

Regardless of what procedure you are hoping to have done, choosing a cosmetic surgeon can be a confusing and daunting process.

Most people are nervous before undergoing a surgical procedure of any kind, and rightly so. It might be the first time you’ve done anything like this, and you may feel you are taking a leap of faith.

However, by researching the procedure you want to have done, and by asking the right questions of your surgeon, you can feel more relaxed and confident in your choice.

Once you have decided to undergo surgery, make sure you ask some or all of the following questions, both of yourself and of your prospective surgeon, to make sure you get the best outcome.

What results am I looking for?

Decide what you want to achieve and have this objective clear in your mind. This will help you to explain it more clearly to your surgeon. When you meet with your surgeon, be prepared to take their advice and recommendations too – they will help you to develop a realistic idea of what can be achieved.

How much can I afford?

If you have a budget in mind, it is sensible to try to stick to it. Most good clinics will be able to offer finance arrangements, but stay sensible with your money and only take on debt that you can afford to repay.

Speak to other people – don’t just rely on the internet!

There is a wealth of information available on the internet about every procedure now, but it can be bewildering, and not always accurate or truthful. Speak to people you are comfortable with – family and friends – about the work you are planning to have done. If possible, speak to other people who have had the procedure that you want – they will be able to tell you what to expect and will give you an accurate testimonial.

At Aesthetic Beauty Centre we have a wealth of testimonials available from patients, which you can see here, so that might be a good starting point, though we encourage you to do your own research as well.

Ask to meet your surgeon before the procedure

You want to be comfortable with the person carrying out the procedure, so make sure you can meet them first – they will be best placed to answer your questions and put your mind at rest.

What are your surgeon’s affiliations/qualifications?

A good, experienced surgeon will be able to tell you his qualifications and his affiliations, so don’t be afraid to ask. The clinic itself should be registered and licenced by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Where will the procedure take place?

Where you meet the surgeon isn’t necessarily where they operate from. It seems like a simple question to ask, but is worth checking!

What is the recovery time?

You may well be excited about undergoing cosmetic surgery, but the truth is there will be some recovery time that you need to take into account. Ask for an honest appraisal of how long it will take to recover, and also make sure you find out how the recovery process will limit your lifestyle.

It is very important to listen to advice and make sure you stick to the surgeon’s instructions for recovery, too. These things cannot be rushed and you risk causing damage or delaying your recovery if you do not follow advice.

What sort of aftercare do they offer?

No surgeon should finish the procedure, say goodbye to you and then never see you again. It is vital to ask about their aftercare service. The weeks following surgery are very important for full recovery and they should be in touch with you as much as required.

This includes the rare occasions when things might go wrong: you need to know you can reach the surgeon at short notice if needed.

I offer my personal phone number – which is switched on 24 hours a day – to all my patients so they can ring me any time with any concerns they have,

In the meantime, to discuss any of the above or to have an informal chat about your options for any of our surgeries or treatments, you can contact us here.