How to choose a facial cosmetic surgeon
Before your consultation
Find out if the surgeon:
1. Is on the GMC specialist register. To find out, search here.
2. Hold’s Fellowship with one of the Royal Colleges. For example, be a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (look for “FRCS” after their name)
3. Hold’s practicing privileges with CQC approved hospital (this includes any NHS hospital and private hospital chains (for example, BMI, Spire, Ramsay, and some other independent hospitals)
4. Is accredited for facial cosmetic surgery by one or more of the following bodies:
- Royal College, and certified for specific cosmetic procedures
- EAFPS – This is the only European association specific to Facial Cosmetic surgery. You can find a list of Members here.
- The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS)
- Te British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS)
Only choose surgeons who meet all 4 criteria mentioned above. After shortlisting the surgeon, visit their website to get a feel for their practice and get additional information.
During your consultation
Do not rely on practices where the “patient co-ordinator” takes the lead. Always book a consultation with the surgeon who will do the surgical procedure before making your final decision.
You may feel somewhat uncomfortable doing so, but any reputable surgeon will be pleased to answer the following questions:
- How many of these procedures have you done?
- What qualifications and training do you have?
- Are you a member of a relevant professional association, such as the EAFPS?
- Are you Royal College certified for this specific procedure?
- If not – why not?
- What are the most common complications of the procedure in your hands?
- Can I see unedited before and after pictures of your patients?
- What aftercare can I expect, and who will look after me?
- What should I do if something goes wrong or I’m not happy with the result?
- How much it’ll cost, and will it cost extra to have further treatment if needed?
- Do you have information I can take away with me, such as information leaflets from the manufacturer of the product you’ll use?
The first step towards a more youthful you is to book an initial consultation
After your consultation
Take time to review the information, including the surgeon’s credentials. Take the time to reflect on your sense of confidence in him or her after your consultation to decide whether you want to go ahead with the procedure.
Things to avoid
Cosmetic surgery is entirely dependent on the skills and experience of your surgeon. Hence, it is crucial that you ensure that the surgeon you choose meets the essential criteria I’ve mentioned above. This is also the reason to prefer a named surgeon over a national chain where it is difficult to check credentials and the experience of a specific surgeon before consultation.
You should avoid choosing the surgeon primarily due to financial discounts or treatment vouchers. Any operation carries risk of complications; hence it is vital that the place of surgery is CQC approved. Please do not choose inadequately staffed centres and definitely rule out mobile services where procedures are performed in places such as private homes or hotels.
Do not pay for a procedure until you have had a consultation to make sure it’s right for you. Cosmetic procedures are rarely urgent. You should always make the decision after adequate deliberation and discussion choosing the surgeon who has the essential credentials, the required experience and impeccable honesty. You should never rush into a procedure.
Good luck with your search
And of course, should you wish to ask any of the questions I suggest at your consultation with me, I’d be more than pleased to answer them!
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About the expert
Mr Mrinal Supriya | Facial Cosmetic Surgeon
FRCS (OTOL-HNS), MRCS Ed, DO-HNS, MS in ENT, MBBS
Mr Mrinal Supriya is a Consultant ENT Head and Neck Surgeon with a special interest in facial cosmetic surgery. He is among 30 cosmetic surgeons who are members of the Royal College of Surgeons’ voluntary registration scheme – a professional body that works to advance surgical practice and patient care.
Mr Surpriya has previously worked in top hospitals around the world including the UK, Australia and the USA. He has also spent time with Dr Andrew Jacono who has been named one of the top plastic surgeons in the USA.
In the UK, Mr Supriya has worked as an ENT Consultant at Northampton General Hospital & St. George’s University Hospital, London as well as Ninewells University Hospital, Dundee.
Mr. Supriya’s clinical interests are minimal-access facial cosmetic procedures with a further expertise in Deep Plane Facelift and Rhinoplasty. By focusing his cosmetic practice solely to the face, Mr Supriya has developed super-specialised skills and achieved extremely reliable results with high patient satisfaction.
Mr. Supriya is able to provide comprehensive expertise that can only come from super specialisation: eyelid rejuvenation, nose job, endoscopic brow, face and neck lift, lip rejuvenation, cheek rejuvenation, ear surgery, chin surgery, buccal fat pad resection and skin treatments.