Cosmetic surgery was once only available to the rich and famous and seen as a shameful secret that only their closet of confidants would know about.
These days, with the likes of Sharon Osborne, famously enduring botox injections on her daytime TV chat show, and supermodel Janice Dickinson being alarmingly up-front about the amount of procedures she has undertaken, cosmetic surgery has become less of a stigma and more of a ‘must have’.
As with any product, once celebrities have endorsed it, it soon filters down to us mere mortals and as it grows ever popular, the price decreases, making it evermore accessible. So what should us first timers in cosmetic surgery be looking out for when we decide that our chest need a boost, our face is crying out for a lift or our tummy requires a tuck?
Well, first there are a few main simple pointers to help you on your way to a fabulous new you.
Choosing a surgeon is the most important decision in your quest to perfect your new look. Most of us base our choice on money and cost but this is unrealistic.
Your surgeon is the key to making sure you do not end up with a lop-sided face, unnatural looking chest or worse of all, facing life threatening situations during your operation. The surgeon should be a member of the BAAPS if practising in the UK. When you book your consultation, you should always see your surgeon and not someone from the sales administration team.
This is your chance to ask any questions you may have and to talk about what it is exactly you want from the surgery. Only the surgeon can answer these. He/she should also explain any negative associations the surgery may come with and risks it involves as no operation is risk free. Cost should be the least of your worries.
The Bad – Plastic Surgery Gone Wrong
Thinking of going abroad for a cheap deal on that tummy tuck you’ve wanted for so long? Please think again. So many horror stories have come out of people travelling to Europe in the hopes of getting a holiday and a new look. The problems are many.
First and most obvious is the language barrier. How can you express any concerns you may have if you don’t speak the same language? And I am talking about serious complications such as allergies or existing medical conditions. Doctors abroad will not necessarily have your full medical history to hand so it’s up to you to explain it.
Also, these packages typically require you to recuperate in a hotel nearby to the hospital, so if a medical emergency arises you are not in the best place to be assisted. And once you get home all bets are off. The NHS has had to deal with many complaints that have arisen from people who have travelled abroad on cheap cosmetic holidays who, once they have returned have suffered pain, bleeding and worse.
The Ugly – Cosmetic Surgery gone wrong
So what do you do if you are not happy with the results of your surgery? If your complaint is life threatening then always go to your local A & E.
If it is aesthetic your first option is to contact the surgeon who carried out the work. As previously stated, if your operation was performed abroad you may have a problem but try anyway. Remember that a great deal of swelling will occur for the couple of months and you will probably not see the true results for a good 6 months until the bruising and swelling have disappeared completely.
It is worth keeping an open mind until this time has passed. If you carried out your research correctly you will already know whether corrective surgery is included in the aftercare (it is probably not but worth asking at your consultation).
The key to getting a relatively pain-free and gorgeous new look is make sure you ask every single question you can think of at the consultation.