How do I find a cosmetic surgeon?

There may have always been a feature of your face and body that has bothered you or maybe you’ve noticed some unwelcome changes as the ageing process kicks in. Whatever the reason, when you finally decide to make a change to your appearance, how do you go about finding a cosmetic surgeon.

Step one: Go local

Choosing a local cosmetic surgeon is usually the best option. There are inherent risks with any surgical procedure and a surgeon who is locally-based is always the sensible option. It is also important to check if they hold a position as a consultant plastic surgeon at a local NHS hospital.

One reason to look further afield is if the procedure you are planning is unusual or there are health considerations to take into account. A plastic surgeon such as Milton Keynes-based Mr Sudip Ghosh who specialises in burns and skin reconstruction or hand surgery often receives enquiries from many patients throughout the UK interested in taking advantage of his specialist knowledge and expertise.

Step two: do your research

The internet is a fantastic resource when you’re researching anything from new tiles for your kitchen to which restaurant to choose, but cosmetic surgery is a serious undertaking. Use the internet to find out names of cosmetic surgeons in your local area, but nothing beats a face-to-face consultation where you can ask them all the necessary questions and determine if you can build a relationship based on trust and good communication.

Step three: check their cosmetic surgery credentials

There are a number of ways to check the credentials of your surgeon. Avoid a practitioner who claims to be an ‘aesthetic surgeon’ but who has not undergone the proper training to be a plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgeon. Only those practitioners are listed on the GMC’s plastic surgery specialist registration.

Membership of a independent plastic surgery body is also a good indication. Mr Sudip Ghosh who practices at a wide range of hospitals and clinics in the Buckinghamshire area is a member of the British Association of Plastic Surgeons and a member of the British Burn Association.