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Cosmetic procedures: what do I need to consider?

If you are thinking of having a cosmetic procedure, such as liposuction or derma fillers, there are a number of things you may want to think about before making your decision.

Our short guide for patients includes some things to consider and questions you may want to ask.

What should I expect from my doctor?

Here are some of the key things you should expect to happen:

  • Consent – The doctor who will carry out your procedure must speak to you personally and get your consent.
  • Openness – Your doctor must be open and honest about their skills, experience, fees and any conflicts of interest.
  • Safety – Your procedure must take place in a safe and suitable environment.
  • Marketing – Your doctor must market their services responsibly and be clear about the risks involved.
  • Experience – Your doctor should have experience of carrying out the procedure you’ve asked for.
  • Time – Your doctor must give you enough time to make your decision. You should never feel pressured or rushed into having a procedure.
  • Information – Your doctor must give you clear information, including details about aftercare and who to contact if you’re worried.
  • Costs – Your doctor must explain the costs clearly, including details of any fees you need to pay for any potential additional procedures.