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Having a cosmetic treatment is something you should go into with your eyes wide open. While it’s perfectly natural to be thrilled at the prospect of embarking on a transformation that will leave you feeling more confident in your own skin, it’s important to remember to avoid letting that excitement cloud your judgement!

Whether surgical or non-surgical, cosmetic treatments are very personal and you should always have a consultation prior to undergoing the procedure. A consultation is vital for checking your eligibility for the desired procedure and for making sure the person carrying out the treatment is the right specialist for you to achieve the desired result. However, in order to make sure you get the most from your consultation you need to be aware of the following warning signs during the consultation:

  1. You consultation is with someone other than the person who will carry out the treatment or procedure. It’s vital that you meet and have a good discussion with the person who will carry out the treatment, over their colleague or sales assistant. Conversations can get lost in translation, so you can’t rely on them communicating your wishes. You need to ensure that the practitioner carrying out the treatment understands the outcome you are seeking to achieve and that you feel comfortable with their approach.
  2. Your consultation is too short and doesn’t answer all your questions. When it comes to cosmetic surgery, beware of free consultations. These can often be too short and won’t give you the time to ask the questions you need to ask. Remember this is a huge decision that, if done right, will significantly improve your life for the better. However, if done poorly, or if there is a misunderstanding, it could cause a lot of stress. Also generally these free consultations come with added pressure to purchase a treatment immediately after the consultation.
  3. The consultation doesn’t take place in a registered, clinical setting. You need to know where your treatment is going to take place and ensure you feel confident it is fully hygienic and equipped. Even non-surgical treatments like botox need to be in a clinical setting to ensure there is no risk of infection or contamination. For cosmetic surgery procedures like breast augmentation, tummy tuck or liposuction you will normally have your consultation in a registered cosmetic surgery office, but do ask where the surgery will take place and ask to see the facilities if you feel unsure.
  4. They pander to unrealistic expectations. Whilst you will have a vision in mind of how you want to look post treatment, your practitioner should advise you on what is realistic and what would be best for your body from an objective point of view. The consultation is a chance for them to balance out what you want with what is possible to achieve. If they blindly say yes to any requests or say something extreme is possible then beware. They are not putting your safety first! A practitioner should always say no to any request that will not deliver a good result.
  5. They don’t tell you the risks involved. All cosmetic treatments carry a level of risk and your practitioner should never ignore these. They should explain what can go wrong (even if the risk is small) to ensure you have really considered your decision. They should always expand on both pre and post treatment care to ensure you avoid these risks too.

A good medical practitioner will always recommend a consultation before a treatment, give you enough time to think it through, discuss it with your family and friends, and to ask any new questions that you may have after the consultation and ahead of your treatment.

NowMe only features highly experienced, GMC registered practitioners which means you can feel safe in the knowledge that they have your best interests at heart. Whether you’re looking to have breast enhancement, abdominoplasty, liposuction, botox or fillers, NowMe is your best friend for finding the perfect medical partner.