Prof Devaraj's Top 10 Tips

1.     Consider bringing a family member or trusted friend to your consultation(s) to help retain information and, if necessary, to act as a chaperone.

2.     Take and keep photographs of relevant body areas for your own records. Your surgeon may also take some photographs for your medical notes, with your consent.

3.     Make sure you understand the risks and limitations of any procedure as much as you can. Remember no surgery or procedure is 100 percent risk free. Ensure you have a good understanding of what happens if a complication occurs, either from the surgery or the anaesthetic. Ask: “What is the worst case scenario?”

4.     Cosmetic surgery can be expensive. It may seem obvious, but think about costs. During your consultation, ask for a full breakdown of costs (and check for hidden costs).

5.     Timing of surgery is vital. You will need to consider work, family and caring responsibilities. During your consultation, you might want to ask about recovery time, time off work, resuming sport, or undertaking any physical activity including lifting, driving and sex. If you are going through a major life event, such as moving, bereavement, or relationship issues, it is advisable to defer your surgery or procedure (particularly if it is cosmetic).

6.     Don’t worry if you have an unusual question to ask during your consultation. Your surgeon should be able to address your concerns.

7.     Although you may be tempted to combine surgery with a holiday abroad, regulations vary in different countries. There may be complications following surgery - if this were to be the case, who is responsible for sorting these out?

8.     Make your own decisions. Don't get talked into having additional procedures or treatments if you don't want them!

9.     If you decide to go ahead with a procedure, make sure you are prepared. Get yourself as physically fit as you can prior to surgery. This could include: losing weight, reducing/stopping smoking (at least three – four weeks before surgery) and thinking about what medication/tablets you are taking. These factors should be discussed with your surgeon during your consultation.

10. Finally, ask yourself: “Do I trust my doctor? Have they explained everything in full? Could they look after me if something went wrong?”


Similarly, BAPRAS (the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons) recommend The Five Cs Checklist:

1.     Think about the CHANGE you want to see

2.     CHECK OUT potential surgeons

3.     Have a thorough CONSULTATION

4.     COOL OFF before you commit

5.     CARE about your aftercare

Click here to see The Five Cs on the BAPRAS website.