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Whether you have just started to look into the idea of having facelift surgery in London, or you’re about to book your first consultation, it’s likely you will have questions regarding your safety, health and wellbeing.

This month it was revealed that Spain is now becoming one of the hottest spots in Europe for cosmetic tourism, according to aesthetic newspaper The Harley Street Journal. The strength of the pound against the euro means cosmetic surgery in Spain currently represents better ‘value’ than ever for UK patients, reports the publication.

One of the most commonly asked questions is why facial rejuvenation surgery in London and the UK costs more than surgery in Spain, and what the benefits are in regards to choosing the surgeon based in the UK. It’s a fair question – let’s delve straight in.

Of course, cosmetic surgery procedures such as breast enhancement, rhinoplasty, and facelift surgery in London are offered all over the world, and many countries – in particularly European countries such as Poland – offer cosmetic treatment at what appears to be a fraction of the cost compared to the UK.

Tempting to many, especially when sold as ‘cosmetic holidays’ by sales reps, you may think to combine surgery with a relaxing break as you recover sounds ideal – but there is significant risk associated with the trend we surgeons call cosmetic tourism.

Granted, in the UK the costs of undergoing cosmetic surgery are higher than most European destinations – but this is for good reason. Whilst there are many high-quality cosmetic surgeons across the world, the United Kingdom without question is one of the most well-regulated and trusted cosmetic providers.

The price of your surgery not only includes the expertise of a highly-skilled plastic surgeon but the expertly trained staff that look after you before, during and after your surgery as well as the first-class hospital or clinic you’re treated in. London has some of the most reputable private hospitals with experienced facelift surgeons who are BAAPS accredited (British Association of Aesthetic Surgeons).

You really do get what you pay for, so choosing a procedure, clinic or surgeon on price (whether that’s in the UK or abroad) is not recommended. Seek out a patient-recommended surgeon, and if they specialise in your area of concern (e.g. the face, breasts, etc) even better. You’re not just paying for facelift surgery while you are in London; you’re investing in a highly-skilled plastic surgeon and a full care treatment package.

Booking a cosmetic procedure online may seem like a great idea, especially if the price seems right, but if a bargain seems too good to be true it usually is. Clinics have a responsibility to offer ALL patients an informed and safe service, and this includes a full consultation prior to undergoing any form of cosmetic facial rejuvenation treatment, including traditional facelift surgery.
But what do you really know about the clinic, or the surgeon operating on you? Flying out for surgery is daunting enough, but if you arrive at your destination and find the facilities to be less than inspiring you may have doubts.

In the UK our hospitals and clinics are subject to rigorous inspection and regulation, making them as safe and accommodating as possible. In the unlikely but possible event of complications, a team is on hand to help you, which is something you cannot be certain of abroad.

Patients often complain they cannot understand their care team or surgeon, and in some cases, are not given the opportunity to meet with their elected practitioner prior to surgery. In the UK, you will always meet your surgeon – initially during the consultation, and again before your treatment takes place. More consultations can/may be required which can also be accommodated.

Traditional facelift surgery has come a long way in the last few years, thanks to the rapid advancement of cosmetic treatments. Not only can a traditional facelift offer you tighter, more youthful-looking skin and a regenerated appearance, but choosing a specific type of facelift allows you to target a problem area that’s specific to your facial characteristics.

The traditional facelift targets the muscle and tissue on the face, jawline and neck to give an overall rejuvenated appearance. It is the most intensive surgical procedure, but it also elicits the most dramatic and long-term results. Ideal for older candidates who feel they have a lot of excess skin or wrinkles on the face to be addressed.

Alternatively, a mini facelift or short scar facelift may be more suitable – again your consultation provides the prime opportunity to discuss all of your anti-ageing facial rejuvenation options with an experienced facelift surgeon in London that truly understands your needs and how each form of facelift surgery may benefit you.

There are risks associated with cosmetic surgery – wherever you choose to have it – which should be carefully considered prior to surgery. In the UK, post-operatively you will be assessed and may likely be asked to come in for check-ups, to see how your recovery is progressing. The results of your surgery can be evaluated and you can ask any questions you may have about the recovery process. This cannot be guaranteed if opting for cosmetic surgery abroad.

If you suffer complications as a result of your surgery abroad it can be tricky to seek medical assistance, and any further care you require is likely to cost you more than the initial medical costs. Once you’re back at home it’s also difficult to make a complaint should you be unhappy, as the regulation of this industry in countries across the world is vastly different.

Here in the UK, we have various health regulatory bodies and commissions you can go to with concerns or complaints regarding your care or those who treated you. You can visit the Care Quality Commission (CQC) website for more information; they are the independent regulator of all health and social care services in England.

Choosing facelift surgery in London or abroad
• Ultimately, it’s a personal decision made by each patient choosing elective cosmetic treatment, but with exceptional standards of care, world-class plastic surgeons, and individualised treatment plans based on detailed consultations, it’s highly recommended seeking cosmetic surgery in the UK.
• Don’t let price be a factor in your decision to undergo surgical procedure – you get what you pay for.
• Facial rejuvenation surgery isn’t a holiday – a sunshine break to recover it may seem ideal, but your aftercare post-surgery is extremely important.
• Do your research and make an informed decision before committing to undergoing cosmetic surgery. You should meet a surgeon, not a sales rep!
• Research the qualifications of your chosen experienced facelift surgeon, as well as the hospital or clinic, and make sure you have a full understanding of the chosen procedure you wish to undergo.

If you’d like more information about Mr Jag Chana or the cosmetic and aesthetic treatments and procedures he offers – including breast enlargement, nose reshaping surgery, rhinoplasty, or facelift surgery in London – book a consultation today.

Your consultation is your main opportunity to speak face to face with experienced facelift surgeon Mr Chana, who will be performing your procedure. During your consultation, you will be reminded of the risks, potential side-effects and any special pre-or post-procedure measures you should take. All of this is incredibly important information, and should not be missed, so take notes if you wish.

Above anything else, this is the prime opportunity to ask all the questions you may have about your treatment – voice any concerns or worries you might have, tell him about any existing conditions you have that might affect your treatment and ask for clarity on anything you don’t understand.

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