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So, you’ve decided you would like to go ahead with a cosmetic treatment, but how do you make sure you pick the right practitioner for you?

Choosing your practitioner is a hugely important step, this is THE person who is going to help you achieve the change you want and trusting in their abilities is key. Here are the three top things to consider when making your selection:

Qualifications
The first thing you should do when researching is to check that your practitioner has the relevant qualification and training and is registered with the appropriate body. This ensures that the practitioner has the highest standards of medical practice and patient care. For example, surgical treatments such as breast augmentation and liposuction should be done by a Plastic Surgeon who has a FRCS (Plast) or FRCS qualification and should be on the GMC specialist register for plastic surgery. This ascertains that your cosmetic surgeon has received six years of training in plastic surgery on top of their general medical training. Similarly, when it comes to non-surgical treatments like Botox or Fillers, always choose a practitioner that has medical qualifications – whether it’s a doctor or a qualified dermatologist. The non-surgical treatment sector is still incredibly unregulated so ensure you opt for a practitioner who has spent years studying anatomy and understands how the relevant body part works.

Experience
Once you have ticked off their general qualifications, the next step is to look at whether that practitioner has experience of doing the specific treatment you desire. The field of cosmetic medical treatments is rapidly advancing, whether it is the latest treatment techniques, products or services, and experienced practitioners are the best way to ensure comfort, safety, and satisfaction. Ask them about their experience with the particular procedure being considered, take references and do your research to find out what other patients have said about them. If you are opting for a specialist treatment or a “new” technique or technology, then it is essential that your practitioner has experience doing that procedure and is able to sufficiently substantiate its results to you for safety and effectiveness.

Connection
You are putting your trust in another individual and that means you need to find a practitioner that makes you feel in safe hands. Personality and respect is key, make sure you have a strong connection with your practitioner and that they listen to you and give honest, open advice in good measure. Ensure you go to your consultation with every question you need answered and a good practitioner will help you to understand the process from start to finish in detail. They should help to ease any worries, but they should always be honest with you about risks and results. A practitioner who gives you unrealistic expectations or someone who isn’t listening to your needs is to be avoided. If your practitioner is not offering you a cooling-off period, or you are put under pressure to proceed, you should walk away and look elsewhere.

Finding the right practitioner is a huge part of ensuring the end result, as well as ensuring that the journey to achieve that result is as smooth and positive as possible. If they have the right registrations, qualifications and you feel they have listened and understand your needs then you’re all set to book that treatment and start your journey to a new, more confident you.