20-03-2019

Are surgeon qualifications a deal breaker?

Are cosmetic surgeon qualifications at the heart of great results?

If you are thinking about cosmetic surgery, you will have put a lot of time and effort into researching the various procedures and providers available to you. Many of our customers would agree that finding the right surgeon is the peak of their journey – but what makes a great one? Although surgeon qualifications are important, they shouldn’t be the only condition for picking who will operate on your body. 

Our free consultations allow you to ask all the questions you like prior to booking cosmetic surgery, so you can make an informed decision and have all the facts you need at your fingertips. This is a great opportunity to meet as many of our skilled surgeons as you like!

It’s important that you find the right surgeon for you and only you, and to seek beyond their surgeon qualifications. This can mean that you feel confident in their abilities and expertise, but also that you feel safe with them and that you love their work.

Here are some top questions to ask yourself when it comes to finding the right surgeon for your cosmetic surgery, beyond those sought-after surgeon qualifications:

1. Have they completed extra training, work experience or been involved in studies?

Cosmetic surgeons have qualifications and certificates that are mandatory, such as being GMC (General Medical Council) accredited. Great cosmetic surgeons will have completed extended training in their field, contributed to educational studies or reports, and might even volunteer abroad. The extra-curricular activities of a surgeon says a lot about their personality and how much experience they have surrounding and outside of their immediate profession.

2. Do they fully understand your wants and needs?

Cosmetic surgeons must be accurate and transparent about the likelihood of you achieving the look you want. It might be that they have suggested other alternatives as the original procedure you were considering may not be suited to your individual requirements. A great cosmetic surgeon will be sensitive, open-minded and a good listener. Compromise is a good thing to look out for here.

3. Have they fully explained the risks associated with the procedure?

Many cosmetic surgeons work independently as well as for providers, and some even extend their services to the NHS. They have an ethical obligation to explain the risks of surgery to you, although it’s not a pleasant conversation to have. If your surgeon skims over this bit or belittles the importance of explaining the risks, a red flag should be raised.

4. Do you have a natural rapport with your surgeon?

To trust your surgeon, you should feel safe and comfortable, with the knowledge they are telling you everything you need to know. Your consultations are an opportunity to find out more about the provider, the surgeon and the procedure – it is not a sales pitch and you should be under no obligation to either pay a deposit or book a surgery date. If you feel pressured or dismissed in any way, it’s time to rethink your surgeon.

5. Have you seen examples of their work?

It’s worth considering that each surgeon has a different operating style and may use different techniques, so it might be that you prefer the style of one surgeon over another. Most surgeons will have a bank of `before and after` photos at the clinics they operate from or will be featured in social media posts belonging to the provider. A lack of photographs does not always mean you can’t trust your surgeon – some prefer to keep things 1-1, and others may have recently changed jobs so they haven’t built a bank up yet.

Having a face-to-face consultation with a surgeon is always the best way of getting to know them. By having this appointment, you will receive the following:

  • Access to surgeon qualifications and proof of registered membership to professional bodies
  • Completion of a medical questionnaire before meeting with a cosmetic surgeon to assess your suitability for surgery
  • Individual information on the various procedures available and expert advice from your cosmetic surgeon
  • The expected results from cosmetic surgery
  • Opportunity to see ‘before and after’ photos of previous patients – if they have them
  • Discussion about all aspects of your surgery – answering all of your questions
  • Options on transport and surgical facilities
  • Discussion of availability for treatment and the expected timescales
  • Access to comprehensive information on the cosmetic surgery procedure itself, post-operative care and recovery.

Choosing a Transform surgeon…

At Transform, our fully qualified surgeons have a license to practise with the General Medical Council (GMC) and carry out hundreds of cosmetic surgery procedures each year. To maintain the highest standards of care, we review our surgeons’ work every three months. So, you can be confident in the knowledge that your surgeon has a high level of experience and expertise.

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