About Cosmetic Plastic Surgery by Peter Brooks

Cosmetic Plastic Surgery by Peter Brooks

Why do people undergo surgery?

There are many reasons why people chose to undertake cosmetic plastic surgery, but it’s often because they want to change something about their appearance in a way that improves their self-confidence. It is a huge source of professional and personal satisfaction for me when I see how much it improves people’s lives.

I’d always advocate natural solutions where possible, for example, if you need to lose weight, a good diet and regular exercise should be prioritised over liposuction, but there are things that simply can’t be fixed in this manner, some fat deposits are resistant to diet and exercise and some people have fat in some places but not in others.

Most of my patients come to see me because something about the way they look affects their confidence and their everyday life. It can be their nose, or breasts or some other area of the face or body.

One of my patients told me “its about sanity not vanity” and many of my patients come with a problem that has been getting them down and their surgery changes this.

What are the risks with surgery?

Cosmetic surgery is not like buying shoes or a car. No-one can guarantee you will be happy with the result you have. You may have problems with healing, or your skin may soften up, or you may just not think you look the way you expected even though you have a perfectly good result from a technical point. You may have an imperfect result, but one that cannot be sucessfully corrected. Although this is rare you need to accept it is possible.

It’s worth remembering that all medical procedures carry risks and although small, any cosmetic surgery needs to be properly assessed and considered before a decision to go ahead is made. The decision always lies with the patient, but an important part of what I do is to provide the right information to help a potential patient make the right choice on type and extent of surgery to choose.

Even the healthiest people and the best surgeons can and do experience complications, and although rare, they do happen from time to time. Post-operative bleeding and infection are the most commonly occurring complications happening in about 1 in 50 operations and in most cases they can be quickly dealt with and have no lasting impact.

When Considering Cosmetic Surgery You should:

1. Think carefully about what you want and why it is important to you.
2. Do your research about the treatment you are considering.
3. Be realistic about your expectations of what surgery can achieve.
4. Accept that there could be complications; research what they could be, how often they happen and how they can be fixed.
5. Do your research about the surgeon and the hospitals they work in – Being a member of BAPRAS  or BAAPS and working out of a well established hospital should give some assurance.
6. Ensure that the surgeon has good UK based insurance cover.
7. Establish the cost and the quality wherever possible. Private Hospitals Information Network can help PHIN
8. Make sure you know what is included in the price. For example: follow up after surgery and dealing with any complications should be included.
9. If you are having surgery abroad or a long way from home, remember that any issues may be harder to manage than if you stay local.
10. Make efforts to talk to people you know who have had cosmetic surgery, as they may be able to recommend a surgeon and guide you through their first hand experience.
11. Meet your surgeon and make sure you feel comfortable with them before you commit to surgery.
12. Ask who will be responsible for looking after you following the treatment. Many cosmetic surgeons have nurses to provide aftercare, which is fine as long as the surgeon is available should you need them.
13. When you meet a surgeon, don’t be afraid to ask questions about the number of procedures done, the complications they have had and to see photographs of their work on patients, since all reputable surgeons should be happy to share this information.

Links

British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons BAPRAS

http://www.bapras.org.uk/

GMC Guidelines for Cosmetic practitioners

http://www.gmc-uk.org/guidance/ethical_guidance/28688.asp

Royal College of Surgeon Professional Guidelines

https://www.rcseng.ac.uk/publications/docs/professional-standards-for-cosmetic-surgery/