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Cosmetic surgery: have your say

More and more people are now opting for cosmetic surgery and it’s important to note that there is a big rise in procedures amongst men. Plastic surgery statistics in the UK show a record number of “man boob” reduction operations as the rise in demand outstrips that for all other procedures – including women’s breast enlargement. The Private Clinic alone has seen a 30% rise in male procedures.

Minimally-invasive procedures that do not involve general anaesthetic and have minimal downtime will contribute to the rise. Quicker, more advanced technologies all factor in.

Did any of you see Demi Moore in the Daily Mail on Monday, 14th February? Is it fair to say that at the age of 48 she looks cracking – but openly admitted to breast operations, liposuction and facial aesthetics – tempted after looking at how amazing she is?

If it’s the route you choose to take to look younger, feel firmer, and more confident – then make sure to do it the right way. What overrides everything is knowing exactly what you are getting yourself into and who you are going too.

A few simple steps you can do to protect yourself:

  • For laser procedures, no matter how simple they may seem (such as laser hair removal) look for clinics which are regulated by the Care Quality Commission.
  • We believe that Botox and Fillers should be injected by medical practitioners. A number of clinics have been included in the “Treatments You Can Trust” registry – the Independent Healthcare Advisory Services (IHAS) Register of Injectable Cosmetic Providers Quality Assurance Mark. You will see the logo on their websites.
  • In general always go to doctors and surgeons with extensive experience in the procedures they offer. Ask them about their GMC registration number. Ask them how many patients they have treated and to show you their results.
  • Cheaper doesn’t mean better. When choosing a surgeon or a doctor, their experience should be your main criteria and not how much they charge. Safety should always come first.
  • Make sure you understand the possible risks and side effects of every procedure. Ask as many questions as you can.
  • Trust your instincts. If you don’t feel right about a clinic or a practitioner, something may not be right.
  • Do not rush in any decision. Leave and think about it until you are 100% sure about your choice.

But if done safely and effectively, cosmetic treatments can really change the way you look and feel. Most patients talk about a massive boost of confidence, a new energy to put themselves out there whether for a new job, a new relationship or simply for themselves.

Some of our hair loss patients say that they avoid looking at themselves in the mirror as it would ruin their day and make them feel depressed.

We all believe in having control over our lives and in self-expression, and it seems that a lot of men and women agree. But one thing to keep in mind, let’s not be vain in our approach to any cosmetic treatment or any cosmetic clinic!

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