What should I expect in my cosmetic surgery consultation?

More and more people are choosing to have cosmetic surgery and, with new techniques being developed all the time, their choices are only increasing. Using cosmetic surgery to address sources of acute self-consciousness – be they small or overly large breasts, saggy tummies after significant weight loss, ageing jowls or a bump on the bridge of the nose – is now a viable option for many. Once you have made the decision that cosmetic surgery is the right path for you, your first step is a consultation. Leamington cosmetic surgeon Mr Alan Park explains what you should expect from your consultation and what you should be hoping to achieve.

What is the purpose of the consultation?

A cosmetic surgery consultation has several aims. Firstly, it is your opportunity to find out more about the procedure and what it entails. You may find it helpful to prepare a written list of questions in advance to take with you; this spares you having to think on the spot – or forgetting to ask something you feel is crucial. Secondly, your surgeon will assess your suitability for cosmetic surgery. They will want to know about your general health and your medical history as you need to be in good shape to cope well with surgery that requires a general anaesthetic. They will also take a view on whether you are a good candidate for this particular procedure.

Have I chosen the right cosmetic surgeon for me?

Finally, the consultation must be part of your decision making process – and making confident decisions is essential to a satisfied outcome. Here you can meet your surgeon (think twice about using a clinic where you do not meet your surgeon at this stage, seeing a representative instead) and take a view on their bedside manner and their experience and qualifications. Frankness is also a desirable quality in a surgeon: those patients who have realistic expectations tend to be the much happier with the results, so do you feel your surgeon is being honest about what can be achieved?