What do I need to consider?
More and more people are opting to have cosmetic surgery. But, it is not a decision which should be undertaken lightly. It is your body and any decision to have cosmetic surgery should be yours alone, following consultation with a qualified cosmetic surgeon. We recommend visiting The Department of Health’s website for detailed, unbiased advice and information to help you make an informed and educated decision.
At Claremont we comply with the GMC Guidance on Cosmetic Surgery. If you are thinking of having a cosmetic procedure, such as liposuction or derma fillers, there are a number of things you may want to consider before making your decision. Here are some of the key things you should expect to happen:
- Consent – the consultant who will carry out your procedure must speak to you personally and
- get your consent.
- Openness – your consultant must be open and honest about their skills, experience, fees and any conflicts of interest.
- Safety – your procedure must take place in a safe and suitable environment.
- Marketing – your consultant must market their services responsibly and be clear about the risks involved.
- Experience – your consultant should have experience of carrying out the procedure you’ve asked for.
- Time – your consultant must give you enough time to make your decision. You should never feel pressured or rushed into having a procedure.
- Information – our consultant must give you clear information, including details about aftercare and who to contact if you’re worried.
- Costs – your consultant must explain the costs clearly, including details of any fees you need to pay for any potential additional procedures.
It is a good idea to talk to your GP or one of our Private GPs if you prefer beforehand, not only will they be able to give you general advice about surgery but they can make sure that, with your permission, any important information about your medical history is passed to your cosmetic surgeon.
We recommend you book a no-obligation consultation with one of our cosmetic surgeons. At Claremont Private Hospital your consultation will be with the cosmetic surgeon who would actually carry out the procedure. It is important to be honest when you meet the surgeon, so that they can give you the correct advice about whether the procedure will achieve the results you want. This is an opportunity to discuss all the options and the procedure itself, including what will happen, how long it will take, how long the results will last, whether there will be any scars and any risks.
Feel free to bring photographs with you of the results you would like but remember that everyone is different. Your cosmetic surgeon will discuss your requirements and provide honest advice on the outcome which can be realistically expected. Also read as much as you can about the procedure or treatment you are interested in having and try to talk to people who have had the procedure that you are considering.
Following your initial consultation you will be provided with a written quote, clearly explaining what is included in the price. After talking to the surgeon you may decide to go ahead with the procedure but you will not be pressured into making a decision – take as much time as you need. If you decide to go ahead, simply call us on 0114 263 2114 and we can book your treatment for you at a time that fits in with your other priorities and commitments.
Follow-up consultations depend on the type of procedure you have had, but your consultant will advise you if and when you need to come back to the hospital. You will also be given contact information so you can contact the hospital or consultant for advice and support should you need to after leaving hospital.
Your right to change your mind
Once you have decided to go ahead with a procedure, you can change your mind at any stage. We provide patients with a two week cooling-off period, from initial consultation for cosmetic surgery, giving you enough time and information to make an informed decision about whether or not to proceed. We also provide second consultations free of charge if required. Please visit the GMC Guidance for Cosmetic Surgery website for more information.