If you’re contemplating going beneath the knife, but you have some questions about the process involved, where to find a qualified surgeon and what to expect then don’t panic because this helpful little guide is filled to the brim with frequently asked question, and luckily for you the answers are below as well. It can often be a confusing time when you are thinking of undergoing surgery, and hopefully this guide will set your mind at ease.
Is Cosmetic Surgery Right for Me?
This is a very broad question, but it one that many of you ask. If you are worried about whether or not cosmetic surgery is right for you, then you need to assess the reason why you think you need the surgery – if it’s because you are having physical discomfort, like that caused from large, heavy breasts then surgery is a viable option. If however it is merely for vanity reasons you need to think long and hard about whether this is really the route you want to go down, after all the effects of surgery are long lasting.
Where Do I Find a Surgeon?
It’s important that when you do decide to opt for surgery, that you take the time to find a fully qualified BAAPS and/or BAPRAS approved surgeon who has the necessary skill and experience to perform your chosen surgical procedure safely. There are a few ways you can do this, you can either go to your GP and ask them to recommend a local surgeon or you can find a surgeon via the internet. By going through your GP you are involving them from the off, which is important should a problem arise.
It’s important that you can talk to your GP, and they would rather know than find out at a later date. Many GP’s today are very open minded, and are keen to advice you should cosmetic surgery be a route you are looking to go down.
Will It Hurt and How Long Will it Take to Recover
Obviously the answer to this question depends entirely on the type of surgical procedure you choose, however your surgeon should talk to you about the risks, how long it will take to recover and advice on how to manage the pain. You should expect to experience some levels of discomfort, but this is something the surgeon will plan for and therefore after the surgical procedure you will be given painkillers. It’s important that you don’t have any paracetamol or aspirin, as this can lead to complications further along the line.
How Much Will it Cost?
Yet again this depends on the cosmetic procedure you choose to have and of course where you go to have the procedure done. If price is a concern please ask the practice before committing to a consultation with the surgeon.
Hopefully this has answered the majority of your question, however if you are still left with unanswered questions you should make a list and ask your surgeon when you come to have your consultation. It’s important that you are 100% sure that you wish to have the cosmetic surgery and that you are aware of all the risks which may be involved.
This article was written by Gayle Brown on behalf of Safer Cosmetic Surgery; a team of online and fully qualified surgeons who always strive to give informative advice and guidance.