There’s no doubt that more and more people are choosing to have cosmetic surgery to enhance their appearance. Cosmetic breast surgery, like any form of surgery is a serious undertaking and does carry potential risks, so there are lots of things to think about before making a final decision as to whether cosmetic surgery is the right choice for you.
Choosing A Qualified Surgeon
The Royal College of Surgeons of England has recently released a report outlining Professional Standards for Cosmetic Practice. This report states that surgeons must make their professional qualifications clear to patients. If you want to be sure your surgeon is well qualified check that they are a full member of the British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons and are listed on the Specialist Register of the General Medical Council. And look for the letters FRCS (Plast Surg) after their name – indicating that the surgeon has a specialist plastic surgery qualification.
Pricing Your Cosmetic Surgery
The surgeon should provide full financial implications of the cosmetic breast surgery procedure you are requesting before you sign a consent form. Generally you will be able to get a price guide before you have a consultation with a surgeon and the formal price quotation after your consultation. Make sure the quote you receive is complete and check out what happens if you are not happy with your cosmetic breast surgery or require aftercare. Do expect to pay for your initial consultation – it’s a valuable part of the process in reaching the right decision for you so well worth paying for.
Make sure you meet the surgeon who will be carrying out your cosmetic surgery procedure, not just a nurse – you want to be sure that your expectations are understood so it’s important to talk to the person who would be performing your cosmetic surgery.
Expect your surgeon to ask lots of questions about what look you want to achieve and also about your lifestyle. Whether you are considering breast augmentation, breast reduction or breast uplift, do take the opportunity to ask all the questions you want to – don’t be embarrassed, it’s unlikely you’ll be asking anything that hasn’t been asked before! Your surgeon will want you to be delighted with the results if you decide to go ahead with cosmetic breast surgery so do talk about what you are wanting the finished result to be.
Making Your Decision
Make sure you visit the private hospital where your cosmetic surgery would take place. Do you feel comfortable with the staff and surroundings? Are the premises clean and welcoming? Will you have a single room?
Take time to consider your decision. And do think hard about your reasons for contemplating surgery. Whilst cosmetic breast surgery can make a difference to your appearance, it’s probably not going to change your life.
Wherever you choose to have your cosmetic surgery, you should ensure that you are in the hands of an experienced and well qualified surgeon, and will be looked after by a caring team dedicated to ensuring you receive the best possible attention.
By Elaine Whittaker a Marketing Consultant based at www.hortontreatmentcentre.co.uk writing about cosmetic surgery in Oxfordshire