Where you're based will play a large part in your decision. In the south of England you can take advantage of the medical excellence of Harley Street, known as Medical London. Visit our sister site Harley Street Guide for a list of specialists. Alternatively, if you're looking for high quality, low cost surgery why not become a medical tourist and jet off for medical treamtnent abroad? Just think, you could head to sunny, exotic climes for a make-over then recover beside a pool in Marbella, or on an island in Malaysia.
There are plenty of companies offering great value all-inclusive packages incorporating operation/hospital charges, consultant’s fees, follow-up consultation and quite often accommodation and transport to/from the airport - but get fees clarified in advance - as well as the cosmetic surgeon's qualifications and accreditations. Some surgeons and dentists working abroad train and qualify in the UK and are listed on the General Medical Council’s (GMC) register. There are similar organisations abroad - see our treatment abroad website for country accreditation. In Belgium, for example, the Belgian Society for Plastic Surgery is similar to the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS).
Book a consultation
You could be paying a considerable sum of money for an operation which will alter the way you look - and feel - so you're entitled to grill the consultant/surgeon as much as necessary. Book a consultation with more than one company to compare and ask to meet the surgeon who will perform your operation. If you don't understand anything, say so, and request to view some ‘before' and 'after’ pictures, but remember these will probably be best case scenarios. Find out where else the cosmetic surgeon operates, does he/she specialise in the procedure you're interested in, how many operations/procedures do they carry out each year, and at what success rate?
You should also find out about the possible risks/side effects of your procedure and what facilities the clinic has in case anything goes wrong. Include questions about the anesthetic, such as what type of anesthesia will be used, are there any risks with this, have the anesthesiologist and surgeon worked together before and will the anesthesiologist perform a pre and post operative evaluation? Also find out how much recovery time the procedure will entail, and how long you will need to be hospitalised, and how soon you can return home. Don't forget to check about the clinic's MRSA rates and testing.
Once you find a cosmetic surgeon that you feel entirely comfortable with don't forget to enquire about their availability - they could be so in demand you may have to wait months for an appointment!