We will do everything we can to make your patient experience as speedy, comfortable and reassuring as possible.
While there is no ‘typical’ patient, you can expect to go through these steps:
STEP1: Initial consultation
Our consultant will talk to you for around 30 minutes about your specific circumstances and needs.
We always take great care to ensure patients are suitable candidates for surgery, both in terms of their physical and mental health.
Your surgeon will listen carefully to your concerns and take a comprehensive medical, social and lifestyle history. They will then do a clinical examination (in the presence of a chaperone, if desired).
If you both decide surgery is right for you, you will look together at the range of options available and discuss a treatment plan. This will include a careful look at all the benefits, risks and alternatives to any procedure.
It is also very important at this stage that you understand what surgery can reasonably achieve (something many providers gloss over or ignore).
STEP 2: Second consultation
This is usually a couple of weeks after the first consultation, giving you plenty of time to consider your options and whether to proceed.
At this meeting your surgeon will make sure you fully understand the nature of your surgery, any scarring that will occur, the time you will need to take off work, and other relevant details.
There will never be any pressure to proceed and no rush – unless the issue requires urgent attention, like skin cancer.
STEP 3: Treatment and after-care
If there is a non-surgical solution available to you and you choose that – for example, fillers or laser treatment – this can be quickly arranged.
If you decide on surgery, you will meet a clinical psychologist for assessment prior to surgery.
Your procedure will follow shortly thereafter. You will be in the care our excellent team of theatre and nursing staff, who will make your brief stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.
Following your surgery you will have a follow-up consultation (or consultations if needed) with your surgeon to monitor your recovery and progress.