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Preparing for surgery

The British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) recommend the 5 C’s Checklist. These are well worth remembering:

  • Think about the CHANGE you want to see.
  • CHECK out potential surgeons.
  • Have a thorough CONSULTATION.
  • COOL off before you commit to surgery.
  • CARE about your aftercare.
  • Good advice on how to choose your cosmetic surgeon is available on on the BAPRAS website courtesy of Mr Simon Kay, Consultant Plastic Surgeon, and I would echo his advice given here.

BAPRAS have produced an excellent series of information guides which can be found here. Additional advice and information is available on the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) website. They have produced their Consumer Safety Guidelines.

BAAPS also gives additional advice about aesthetic surgical procedures here.

The Department of Health has produced two documents which are well worth reading. Both give good advice to anyone considering cosmetic surgery. They are Information for Patients and Considering Cosmetic Surgery?

Before deciding on the facility you will have you surgery in, consult the Care Quality Commission website, to see how that institution performed when assessed for standards of care.

Recently the DOH has published a report on the regulation of the cosmetic surgery industry. It highlights the vast variation in standards throughout the industry and paints a shocking picture of the low standards of some providers.

EPOD found that nearly three quarters (70%) of clinics in the sector operate effectively unregulated, that 8 out of 10 (79%) of providers offering complex surgeries such as breast reduction do not perform these anywhere near enough to maintain an appropriate skill set and that a third (32%) do not even allow patients a ‘cooling off’ period when they book procedures. Less than half (44%) of operating theatres were properly equipped to perform surgery and one in ten of the clinics actually ceased to exist between being identified and being approached.