Cosmetic surgery is becoming more and more popular in the UK. Advances in plastic surgery, coupled with the vast range of treatments on offer, means there is now a bewildering array of cosmetic surgical interventions available to the public. If you are considering cosmetic surgery, it is essential that you think carefully about what you want and why you want it. You need to approach all cosmetic procedures, both surgical and non-surgical, in a safe and considered way; do not rush in, take your time – no matter how urgently you want something done. It is important that you assess your options, do your research and find the right surgeon for the job. You’ll only get the result you want if you have a cosmetic procedure for the right reasons, at the right time, in the right place and with a well trained surgeon who understands your needs. The vast majority of cosmetic procedures end with satisfied patients. Following the process on this checklist will help you decide what is best for you and help ensure that your experience is a happy and rewarding one.

The Five Cs  – The cosmetic surgery checklist

1. Think about the CHANGE you want to see you want to see you want to see. Do your research. Find out all you can about the treatment/s you want. Be precise as to the change you hope to see and the reasons why.

2. CHECK OUT potential surgeons. If you are thinking about cosmetic surgery, speak to your GP. Make sure that you find a surgeon that has the right qualifications (FRCS – Plast), and is on the Plastic Surgery specialist register with the GMC. Find out about their experience of the procedure you are considering and make sure you meet them before you commit to having something done.
3. Have a thorough CONSULTATION with the surgeon carrying out the operation. Your surgeon will discuss and clarify the treatment options with you and then plan your treatment. Make sure you know the risks involved and feel comfortable with the surgeon who will be carrying out your surgery.
4. COOL OFF before you commit. You need to be confident about your decision to have cosmetic surgery. So after your initial consultation, give yourself some time to decide that you want the surgery and to make sure you feel at ease with the surgeon who will be treating you. Don’t commit to surgery if you have any doubts that either the procedure, or the surgeon is the right one for you. Often your surgeon will advise a second consultation before the final decisions are made.
5. CARE about aftercare. Aftercare can be just as important as the surgery itself, so make sure you know who to contact and how you will be looked after, especially if there are any complications or problems following your surgery or treatment.

Where should I go for further information or support?

BAPRAS’ cosmetic surgery checklist
Department of Health – Cosmetic surgery