Choosing a Surgeon

How do I choose a surgeon?

It is important to do thorough research before deciding on surgery and choosing your surgeon. You could ask your GP, who can offer options and advice.

Your surgeon should be registered with the General Medical Council and be on the specialist register for plastic surgery (all surgeons performing plastic, reconstructive and cosmetic surgery in the UK should have Specialist Registration). Click here to see the list of surgeons on the General Medical Council.

Ideally your surgeon would be a member of BAPRAS (the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons) and BAAPS (the British Association of Aesthetic Surgeons) and, if relevant, the BSSH (British Society for Surgery of the Hand). These organisations are involved with maintaining the quality of surgery in the UK.

Often, the best way of choosing a surgeon is by personal recommendation.


What should I expect from my surgeon?

You should expect a balanced and unbiased opinion, as well as the opportunity to think things through thoroughly before making a firm commitment to undergo any procedure. Your surgeon should fully explain with you treatment options, suitability for surgery, potential outcomes and likely recovery times.

Your surgeon may offer you a second consultation to discuss any further concerns or questions you may have.

For some patients, cosmetic surgery can be a sensitive issue. Such personal information should be handled with discretion by all medical staff involved.

Follow-up appointments are usually included in the cost of the operation. They are usually one week, two weeks, six weeks, six months and 12 months after the procedure.