Cosmetic surgery can be a life-affirming and positive decision – as long as it is the right procedure at the right time with the right practitioner. Choosing your plastic surgeon can be the most important decision you make, particularly as they can help guide you into determining the right procedure that will fulfil your expectations from surgery.
Increasingly, Coventry-based plastic surgeon Mr Alan Park finds that prospective patients are turning to the internet to find their surgeon and, although the internet can be a valuable source of information, it can sometimes just as easily be a fount of misinformation that doesn’t help you narrow down your choice.
Here are some of the questions you should be asking when you make your choice of practitioner:
Tip #1: Have they undergone the necessary training?
A surgeon such as Mr Alan Park who is on the GMC’s Specialist Register of Plastic Surgeons is someone who has undergone six years training as a plastic and reconstructive surgeon, undergoing continual assessment and examinations before qualifying.
In the UK, there is nothing in law to stop someone who has not undergone this training offering their services as an aesthetic or cosmetic surgeon. If you’re worried, then you can check whether your surgeon is on the Specialist Register by going to the GMC website.
Tip #2: Are they a member of leading plastic surgery organisations?
Mr Alan Park is a member of both the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), the leading independent plastic surgery associations in the UK and no surgeon is allowed to be a member unless they are fully trained Plastic Surgeons, on the Specialist Register and are (or have held) a Consultant Plastic Surgeon in the NHS.
BAAPS also carries out regular safety audits of their members to ensure that high standards of safety and patient care are maintained.
Tip #3: Will I see my surgeon throughout my plastic surgery journey?
Beware any organisation or clinic that arranges an appointment with a ‘patient care co-ordinator’ or any other member of staff that is not your plastic surgeon. You should have all consultations or assessments prior to surgery with your surgeon as they – and only they – will be able to assess your needs and expectations and, from there, advise you whether surgery is the right choice for you.
To book a consultation with Mr Alan Park call 07984 614603 to speak to his private secretary.