Undergoing a cosmetic procedure is not a decision to be taken lightly. Although there can be tremendous benefits to having a procedure, it does require careful consideration. There are a growing number of stories in the media about people undergoing cosmetic procedures with serious repercussions; people travelling abroad for cosmetic surgery that goes wrong, people left with health problems and other individuals who are left with unnatural looking results. With all this in mind, it is more important than ever that if you’re considering a cosmetic procedure, you choose the right surgeon.
Before you undergo any cosmetic treatment, you should think carefully about the practitioner that is the best fit for you. Each medical professional has a different approach to consultations, procedures and aftercare, not to mention their own specialism and area of expertise. In short, if you are seeking cosmetic treatment for a particular area or issue, you should choose the surgeon who is best equipped to provide a satisfactory solution.
When researching cosmetic professionals and deciding who might be the best candidate to perform your procedure, consider the following:
Are they accredited? Most well-respected surgeons are usually a member of at least one of the industry’s main bodies, such as BAPRAS, BAAPS and at the same time have been NHS consultants.
Do they specialise in your chosen procedure? Practitioners will have performed surgeries that fall under their specialism many times, and therefore will be experienced and consistent with results.
Do they offer a consultation? You should always attend a consultation prior to any cosmetic procedure, and it should always be with a medical practitioner, as opposed to a representative for the medical staff. If your chosen establishment does not offer a consultation with the medical practitioner as standard, consider looking elsewhere.
Do they offer comprehensive aftercare? As well as follow up consultations to check on the progress of your recovery, patients may be offered courses of antibiotics to reduce the chance of infection, courses of painkillers and a lot of practical advice on how to ensure a full recovery as quickly as possible. See how much contact time your practitioner offers post-op; it might tell you a lot about the sort of practice they operate.
Do they appear highly professional? A good surgeon will be able to show you testimonials and photos of their work during your consultation. They should also have their medical qualifications and any other information of this nature available on request.
Does it seem too cheap or too quick to be true? It probably is. It is usually recommended that you have up to two consultations prior to surgery, and although this varies, if you feel ‘rushed’ through the process then you have cause to be wary.
High-quality cosmetic surgery is an investment, so if it seems very inexpensive compared to other practitioners offering the same service, approach it carefully. It can be tempting to opt for a quick or cheap fix, but these are very often where you may be putting yourself at risk, both financially and in terms of your health.
Why choose Mr. Chana?
Mr. Jag Chana is a Consultant Plastic Surgeon at one of the largest and most prestigious cosmetic surgery establishments in the country. He has over 20 years’ experience in the field and is a facial and breast surgery expert. He performs a wide array of face and breast procedures, as well as body treatments like thigh lifts and abdominoplasties. He is also qualified and adept with administering non-surgical treatments, like dermal fillers and chemical peels and laser resurfacing.
Mr. Chana is associated with several professional bodies for the cosmetic industry: The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons; The British Association of Aesthetic Surgeons (BAAS); The British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS); and The Royal College of Surgeons of England. His professional website has many testimonials and extensive details of each treatment so that the patient will be aware of the process, even prior to a thorough consultation. It is these accreditations that should confirm that your practitioner is experienced, well-respected and capable of producing excellent results and aftercare.
Mr. Chana is also at the forefront of pioneering technology such as the use of VASER, which is a method of liposuction that utilises sound energy to liquefy fat for gentle extraction. He was one of the first BAAPS approved surgeons to introduce VASER to his clinic in 2009.
As Mr Chana points out, there are many practices that claim to be able to perform VASER as a ‘non-surgical’ option for fat removal, because it can be performed under local anaesthetic with very little downtime post-op. However, it is still a surgical procedure that should be performed by an experienced, trained practitioner, and anybody offering to perform this procedure without the correct training and accreditation should be avoided. In fact, there are Royal College of Surgeons guidelines that state all doctors carrying out such treatments should have a postgraduate qualification such as the FRCS (Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons).
There also may be risks from a poorly administered anaesthetic. Mr Chana always uses a highly trained anaesthetist, even if your procedure is carried out under local anaesthetic because he believes that the patient’s safety is paramount. This is just one example of how visiting a surgeon without proper qualifications or experience may impact the effectiveness or safety of your surgery, and the healing process afterwards; failing to properly seek out a suitable practitioner may leave you at risk during and after your cosmetic treatment.
Mr. Chana says:
“Be informed and be safe; make sure you choose a surgeon that you can trust.”