Surgery of any kind can be a daunting experience. If you’re thinking of having a cosmetic procedure steps can be taken in preparation for your safety and peace of mind.
If you are considering undergoing plastic surgery, here are five tips that you might consider before making a decision:
1. Check that the hospital or clinic is registered with the Care Quality Commission. Organisations associated with the Royal College of Surgeons will demonstrate acceptable standards of practice and hospitals which have strong associations with NHS consultants and practice will also adhere to these standards and so offer some level of reassurance.
2. Research your doctor. Check that he or she is on the General Medical Council’s List of Registered Medical Practitioners and is on the Specialist Register. Not all doctors are the same and some will specialise in specific types of cosmetic surgery such as breast augmentation or particular areas of the body. The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons can help you find a properly credentialed surgeon in your area.
3. Take a list of questions with you to ask the doctor about the risks of the procedure, what is involved and what the aftercare is.
4. Don’t be afraid to ask your doctor about their qualifications and experience and what insurance they have. A well trained surgeon who has experience will understand that this is a very important decision and should not be concerned by these questions.
5. Give it careful thought.
On 12 April 2016 the General Medical Council announced new rules, which hope to tighten the regulations on rogue cosmetic surgeons in the interest of patients. The changes, backed by the Royal College of Surgeons, aim to protect patients of surgical and non-surgical cosmetic surgery by clamping down on tactics such as promotional discounts, and also ensure patients have all the time and information they need to make a decision without being rushed into a procedure.
You can read more on the new guidelines in my previous blog, Is The New GMC Guidance Enough to Protect Victims of Cosmetic Surgery?
If you have any concerns following a cosmetic procedure and you’re unsure what to do, you should seek medical advice as soon as possible for peace of mind.
In the event you require legal advice following plastic surgery, our clinical negligence team are highly experienced in cosmetic surgery compensation claims. We can provide immediate representation and rehabilitation support anywhere in England, Scotland and Wales. We also offer home and/or hospital visits for people who cannot visit one of our offices.
Lauren Tully is a clinical negligence solicitor at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in Manchester.
If you have suffered complications caused by clinical negligence call us for a free consultation any time of day on 0800 916 9049 or contact us online.