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COSMETIC SURGERY ▲
your appearance, but the only thing that can make you
genuinely happier is you,' says Mr Grover.
Get a personal recommendation if possible and
research the procedure, doctor and clinic thoroughly.
'Some people spend longer choosing their bathroom
tiles than they do their surgeon,' says Mr Grover. 'Choose
someone who is qualified and experienced, who you
have a rapport with. A good surgeon will have nothing
to hide, so ask questions about their experience.'
USE AN ACCREDITED
'Injectables, peels and lasers should all be performed
by a properly trained clinician, a plastic surgeon or
a dermatologist,' says Mr Grover. Check the BAAPS
website (baaps.org.uk) or call 020 7405 2234 for
a list of registered surgeons.
Saveface.co.uk is a national register of accredited
practitioners who provide non-surgical treatments,
such as wrinkle relaxing injections and dermal fillers.
It is recognised by The Department of Health, NHS
England and The Care Quality Commission.
TOP 5 surgical procedures
The most popular surgical procedures for men
and women in 2016, according to the British
Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons audit:
7,769 - down 20%
from the previous year
3,905 - down 38%
3,886 - down 38%
3,453 - down 53%
2,218 - down 42%
KNOW THE RISKS
Ask about what could go wrong, possible scarring and
infection, and how long recovery could take. 'There are
always risks of complications, even with an extremely
experienced surgeon,' says Mr Grover. 'Medicine is
sometimes unpredictable, so you need to address all
the possible problems before you decide to go ahead.'
CHOOSE THE CHEAPEST
'Medical care of any kind is not a commodity, so don't
be seduced by discounts and offers,' says Mr Grover.
'Most procedures cost around the same price whoever
you go to, so if something is much cheaper, there will
be a reason for it. Base your decision on the credentials
and experience of the practitioner, not on price.'
DO IT ON IMPULSE
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Never rush into it. 'Think carefully for a long time if
you want to have something done,' advises Mr Grover.
'Never decide on impulse, when you're vulnerable or
under the influence of alcohol. Talk to friends and
family. If after a while you decide it is right for you,
choose to have the treatment at a good time - not just
before a holiday or an important occasion - so that if
something does go wrong, you have time to sort it out.'
Make sure both you and the doctor have a clear picture
of what you're trying to achieve, and whether or not you
will be able to get the results you hope for. There are
limits to what can be achieved, so be realistic - and get
at least one more opinion.
DO IT FOR ANYONE ELSE
Never be coerced into undergoing any sort of cosmetic
treatment. 'No one should undergo cosmetic treatments
at someone else's suggestion or because it is offered
to them as a gift, even from a well-meaning spouse,
relative or friend,' says consultant plastic surgeon Adam
Searle. 'Aesthetic surgery is not one-size-fits-all and a
person may not be suitable for medical reasons.'
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