The 5 Cs checklist for menís cosmetic surgery
Professor Simon Kay comments on the rise in cosmetic surgery in men- BAPRAS offers a surgery checklist to help ensure happy, rewarding outcomes.

26th November 2011
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As cosmetic surgery in men rises, BAPRAS offers a surgery checklist to help ensure happy, rewarding outcomes

In the last year, the number of men choosing to have cosmetic surgery has seen a dramatic increase. Fifteen per cent of patients are male - an increase of 5 per cent since last year - and remarkably, 20 per cent of all those who have Botox injections are men*.

Advances in plastic surgery, coupled with the vast range of treatments on offer, means there is now a bewildering array of cosmetic surgical interventions available to the public, and increasingly people are choosing to enhance their appearance surgically.

As more men are thinking about going under the knife, the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) offers the following ‘Five Cs' checklist to help men decide what is the best option for them and ensure that their experience is a happy and rewarding one.

The Five Cs cosmetic surgery checklist:

1. Think about the CHANGE you want to see.  Do your research.  Find out all you can about the treatment/s you want.  Be precise as to the change you hope to see and the reasons why.

2. CHECK OUT potential surgeons. If you are thinking about cosmetic surgery, speak to your GP. Make sure that you find a surgeon that has the right qualifications and is on the appropriate specialist register with the GMC.  Find out about their experience of the procedure you are considering and make sure you meet them before you commit to having something done.

3. Have a thorough CONSULTATION. Your surgeon will discuss and clarify the treatment options with you and then plan your treatment.  Make sure you know the risks involved and feel comfortable with the surgeon who will be carrying out your surgery.

4. COOL off before you commit. You need to be confident about your decision to have cosmetic surgery.  So after your initial consultation, give yourself some time to decide that you want the surgery and to make sure you feel at ease with the surgeon who will be treating you.  Don't commit to surgery if you have any doubts that either the procedure or the surgeon is the right one for you. Often your surgeon will advise a second consultation before the final decisions are made.

5. CARE about your aftercare.  Aftercare can be just as important as the surgery itself, so make sure you know who to contact and how you will be looked after, especially if there are any complications or problems following your surgery or treatment.

* Statistics from Transform Medical Group

Professor Simon Kay
Former BAPRAS President

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Emma Peters
on 29 Nov 11 at 2:23pm
Very interesting article. Assume this advice applies to women too?
"Thanks for your comment Emma. Yes, this advice is appropriate for women too. The reason we focussed on men for the article was in response to the growing trend we had identified - BAPRASvoice team"
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