Are you sure you’re ready for cosmetic surgery? | Mental Health Awareness

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At The Hospital Group, we take our role as the UK’s largest cosmetic and weight loss surgery provider seriously.

In support of Mental Health Awareness Week, we wanted to share our thoughts on the relationship between our patients’ emotional wellbeing and the decision to have cosmetic surgery. We take a holistic approach to assessing all patient’s suitability for our procedures. This means taking time to ensure that you are not only medically suitable for surgery but that we are confident in it being the right decision for you and your wellbeing.

We have developed a set of guidelines to help you make the right decision for you and ensure you are emotionally prepared for cosmetic surgery. Whether you are thinking about a breast enlargement or liposuction, if you’re considering any procedure whatsoever, here are our top 5 questions to ask yourself first:

1.Have you taken enough time to consider your procedure?

We appreciate that all of our customers have unique journeys in the run-up to the decision to have cosmetic surgery, and you each have a different story to tell. There might be something that you’ve always wanted to change, perhaps you’ve been unhappy with the shape or size of your nose for years, or it could be a more recent decision, such as dramatic weight loss that might lead you to look into a body rejuvenation procedures like a tummy tuck or a breast uplift.

Whatever your reason, it’s important that you have taken enough time to reflect on the decision you are about to make, to ensure it’s the right one for you. Here at The Hospital Group, you will be made to wait 2 weeks before being able to book your surgery date. This is to ensure you have time to fully consider the risks and outcomes of surgery and can make both a confident and an informed choice. This also gives you the time to really reflect on what this surgery will mean for you and whether it is the right decision for you emotionally at this time in your life.

This advice is in line with The Royal College of Surgeons’ recommendations that, following consultation with your surgeon, you allow a period of at least fourteen days before making your final decision.

2.What are your reasons for wanting surgery?

It’s incredibly important that you take the time to assess why you are having a cosmetic procedure and, crucially, that you are doing it for yourself and not for anyone else, or in response to any external pressures. Your decision to have cosmetic surgery must be based on your own happiness above all else -after all, it’s your body.

Cosmetic surgery is a serious undertaking, and this should never be underestimated. So, it’s important that you have weighed up your reasons for wanting surgery vs the risks that it carries. Like all surgical procedures, cosmetic interventions carry a number of possible complications. Whilst we will explain these to you fully in your consultation, it is important that you take time to carefully consider both the benefits and possible risks of your procedure, before deciding to go ahead.

3. Have you got the support you need?

Having cosmetic surgery can be daunting, so we’ll do everything we can to put your mind at ease. Our patient advisors are happy to put you in touch with past patients who can tell you first-hand of their experiences and guide you through what you can expect so that you are fully informed and emotionally prepared.

Don’t forget, you are welcome to take someone along to your consultation for support and can request a second consultation to make sure we answer all your questions fully and to the best of our ability.

4.Is ‘now’ definitely the right time to have cosmetic surgery?

Remember, there is no rush! You should take all the time you need to consider your procedure. We know that it is a big decision and, as such, our consultations come with no obligations whatsoever.

It’s simply an opportunity for you to find out more about us, our surgeons, the procedure itself, and the aftercare, which all form an important part of your research. It is also a chance for us to get to know you and your motives behind having surgery so we can assess your suitability, know when to say ‘no’ and be 100% confident that it is right for you.

5. Do you have realistic expectations about the results of your surgery?

Whilst we understand that the way you look can have a positive impact on the way you feel emotionally, it is important that you have a realistic understanding of the likely outcome of your procedure, so that you do not have misguided expectations.

In a consultation with a surgeon, you can discuss the look you are hoping to achieve from cosmetic surgery and they will be able to provide expert advice and guidance on what the treatment outcome is likely to be and can show you before and after examples of their work, so you know what to expect.

Although having cosmetic surgery may have an impact on how you feel about yourself, especially if is an aspect of your appearance which you have wanted to change for a long time, it isn’t always the answer.

If you are going through a difficult time, it is crucial that you look to treat and heal your emotional health and wellbeing first before looking for an outwards solution. Cosmetic surgery isn’t a long-term solution, nor should it be used as a short-term fix, it is a serious undertaking that requires real thought.

Talk to us

Here at The Hospital Group, we are here to guide you through every step of your cosmetic surgery journey. All of our cosmetic surgery procedures come inclusive of 3 years aftercare as standard for your peace of mind.

If you have any questions about mental health and how your cosmetic surgery journey may be affected by it, talk to one of our friendly advisors today by calling our team.

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