There are three fundamental reasons patients have surgery – it is medically required, it is medically advised, and it is chosen by the patient. While most routine and emergency operations fall into the first two categories, most cosmetic surgery falls into the latter. Patients tend to choose to undergo these procedures to improve how they look.
Before any operation is conducted, medical professionals will ensure that the risks are fully explained to the patient so that they are in possession of all the facts. No matter whether the operation is advised or elected, it is important that patients have a clear understanding of any risks to them, either before, during or after the procedure.
There are a number of things that patients (of non-emergency surgery) can do the help bring themselves up to speed on their required/chosen procedure and the place that they are hoping to have their operation done. The steps patients take before and after surgery can have a big difference in how well they manage to avoid risks associated with the procedure they are having done.
Be informed but not influenced
The internet can be an invaluable source of information but we should always approach anything we learn with a degree of caution. It’s good practice to read up on procedures you might be interested in, but look for reputable sources of information – such as the NHS website or advice on independent medical organisations that your cosmetic surgeon should be a member of. Mr Alan Park is a member of both BAPRAS and BAAPS, the leading plastic surgery organisations in the UK.
Get to know more about your plastic surgeon
Spend some time researching your surgeon and reading around their training, fields of expertise and medical credentials. Many will share this information on their website, and often there will be testimonials available from other patients that you can read through.
Meet the team
Familiarise yourself with who will be doing your operation and the staff they will be supported with. This helps you build a picture of what to expect and who you can expect to interact with. These relationships can be built in the weeks leading up to your surgery.
Be good and do as the doctor tells you
The final thing to remember is that once the operation is over, the majority of responsibility sits with you to ensure that you follow the aftercare plan properly. Make a conscious effort to follow your surgeon’s advice conscientiously until you are fully recovered. Rushing your recovery or not following important steps can have serious implications on how well and how fast you recover, so be patient, follow the instructions and give your body time to heal.