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2017-08-23

The four steps to surgery enlightenment - step 2

Step 2 – Consultation

Your decision to go ahead with any cosmetic procedure should be based on a full understanding of your own motivations, the benefits and risks of the surgery and the expertise of the surgeon. Your consultation is the chance to answer all of these questions.

A consultation with any prospective surgeon isn’t just an opportunity to discuss what you want to change about your body. It’s a chance to make sure that you feel comfortable with the person who will be performing your procedure.

Is this the right surgeon for me?

Feel free to ask about your surgeon’s experience and qualifications – it’s their job to put you at ease. Surgeons have their own individual approaches to consultations and sometimes this can clash with your expectations. If this is the case, don’t be afraid to ask to see somebody else.

What is the right treatment for me?

A full consultation will cover the treatment options, the results you want to achieve and – importantly – the results you can expect. Your surgeon will tell you what can and can’t be done to help you achieve the result you desire. They should also tell you what’s involved in the surgery itself, for example what type of anaesthesia will be used, where the incisions would be and how long you should expect to take to recover.

What other factors should I consider?

Additionally, your surgeon will discuss the risks and possible complications of the procedure and talk about your medical history. There are some factors that can affect whether or not surgery is right for you, such as specific medical and health conditions, so it’s really important to be honest. Equally though – the honesty goes both ways. If you’re having breast surgery, surgeons can’t guarantee your final cup size as it’s dependent on how your body takes to the implants, so be wary of anyone who says they can. What they can do, however, is work closely with you to make sure that you have the right implants for you and your body.

Thinking about the next step

You should leave your consultation feeling reassured that your surgeon has the necessary experience and skills to perform your procedure, as well as having your own best interests at heart. Once you’re comfortable that this procedure and surgeon is right for you, you can book a date for the surgery. In our next blog, we’ll discuss the next important step – the chance to cool off after your consultation.

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