Everything you Need to Consider if youre Looking into Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic surgery remains popular in the UK, with hundreds of thousands of people going under the knife each year to correct perceived flaws. Surgery of this kind can be profoundly consequential, and its often undertaken for the wrong reasons or without full consideration of whats actually going to happen.

If youre considering undergoing cosmetic surgery, then youll want to spend at least a bit of time thinking about whats going to happen afterwards.

Are you doing this for the right reasons?

The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons maintains a list of Consumer Safety Guidelines. The first of these is that you should make your own decision to undergo aesthetic surgery. If youre being pushed into the decision by another person, or in an attempt to satisfy another person, then its extremely likely that youll regret the decision later. Its your body; you should decide what to do with it.

If necessary, you might talk to a psychiatrist, and determine what problem youre looking to solve, and whether surgical intervention is an appropriate solution.

Recovery Time

Cosmetic surgery means leaving time afterwards for recovery. You cant undergo surgery and then be living life as normal the following day. In fact, you might find that youre housebound for weeks. Your surgeon should be able to talk you through the recovery timetable. If you have other commitments, like a home life and children to look after, then you will need to make arrangements to ensure that everything is taken care of.

What will you do if something goes wrong?

In a minority of cases, the surgery can go wrong. Sometimes, a failure can leave the patient permanently disfigured. Every precaution should be taken to avoid this but if it does happen, you might have grounds for a medical negligence claim. This might allow you to reverse the damage but since the damage is often irreversible, proper care and vetting before going under the knife is critical.

Choose a reputable surgeon

If youre entrusting your body to a medical professional, then youll want to make sure youve vetted them thoroughly. In the UK, you can reasonably expect that every surgeon you encounter will be qualified and skilled. If youre heading to a foreign country to make the procedure more affordable, then you wont enjoy these protections. BAAPS provides guidance for those looking for a surgeon.