10 Expert Tips to Undergo Safer Facial Cosmetic Surgery

Miss Sarah Little
By Miss Sarah Little

Miss Sarah Little is a Consultant ENT Surgeon at St George's NHS Trust and Epsom & St Helier NHS Trust.


With guidelines released by the General Medical Council (GMC) and the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) regarding safer cosmetic practices, I am offering up my top tips for patients who are looking to undergo cosmetic procedures safely.

The key to successful results lies in the honest relationship between patient and surgeon. Some people are told they have to have surgery, for reasons such as deformity, trauma or tumours; other people choose to have facial surgery for cosmetic reasons.

Either way, who you choose as your surgeon is of paramount importance.

The RCS’s new Professional Standards for Cosmetic Surgery are intended to improve patient safety and standards in the industry, by stipulating that only surgeons with the appropriate training and experience should undertake cosmetic surgery, as well as the ethics and behaviour expected of them.

tips for safer treatments

With that in mind, here are my top ten tips when choosing to undergo cosmetic surgery:

  1. Have a clear idea in your mind what you are concerned about and what you would like to be improved
  2. Find a surgeon who listens to your concerns and explains clearly what a realistic outcome from surgery might be
  3. Meet your surgeon at least 2 weeks before your operation, and ideally meet them on a second occasion before surgery. This gives you time to fully consider and understand your operation.
  4. Make sure your surgical team provides clear written or online information about your operation and what to expect in the recovery process
  5. Ask lots of questions until you are happy you completely understand the benefits and risks of surgery
  6. Find a surgeon that is highly qualified and trained in your operation, and that can explain their own results of surgery to you (including complication rates), and that this is someone you trust.
  7. Make sure you understand what to do afterwards in case something goes wrong, and that your surgeon has given you a plan of aftercare
  8. Be wary of 'promotions' or financial incentives to pay for surgery
  9. Ensure you have been given a written plan for the cost of surgery including any costs associated with complications or revision procedures
  10. Take your time to consider whether cosmetic surgery is right for you – don’t rush your decision

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Many thanks to the author of this blog Miss Sarah Little who is a Consultant ENT Surgeon at St George's NHS Trust and Epsom & St Helier NHS Trust with dual subspecialty interests in Rhinology & Facial Plastic Surgery and Anterior Skull Base Surgery. She is also an Honorary Senior Lecturer at St George's University of London Medical School.

Her practice encompasses the generality of ENT in both children and adults. Special interests include rhinology and facial plastic surgery from both a functional and aesthetic perspective.

The Face Surgeons is run by a highly skilled team of five surgeons each expert in their field. They are the country's first female-led facial surgery clinic which combines the work of five of London's well respected female surgeons.

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