At-a-glance guide to having cosmetic surgery abroad

At-a-glance guide to having cosmetic surgery abroadChoosing your overseas surgeon:

Choosing your overseas surgeon: The NHS has compiled a list of questions to ask potential surgeons about the procedure you’re considering. This means the person carrying out the operation; not an assistant or sales rep. Don’t translate the questions, either, the surgeon should be able to confidently communicate with you in clear English.

These are the NHS-suggested questions you should ask:

What are your qualifications and where can I verify them? Do you have a specialism and where can I verify this information? What treatment options do I have? How many times have you carried out this procedure? What are your rates of success, complication and infection? Are there any side effects or risks associated with the procedure? What are the post-operative infection rates at this clinic? How would the clinic deal with an emergency if serious complications were to arise during the procedure? What should I expect immediately after the procedure? For example, will I experience pain, swelling or bruising? At what stage will I be able to judge the results of the treatment? What type of care will I need after the treatment? Who will provide check-ups in the UK? How long will I need to stay abroad before I’m well enough to travel back to the UK? What happens if I’m unhappy with the treatment or there are complications after the procedure? Who would pay for remedial treatment (corrective treatment) and associated costs? Can you put me in touch with anyone else you have treated? How will I communicate with the doctors, dentists, nurses and other health workers involved in my care? What language will my medical notes be in? Who can I contact for advice once I’m back in the UK? Does the doctor, clinic or hospital have insurance that covers my procedure? What happens if I change my mind at the last minute?

If you can’t get satisfactory answers to all your questions, ask yourself if it’s wise to go ahead with the treatment. (source NHS)

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