How to choose a Plastic Surgeon

For many people choosing the right Plastic Surgeon to see for a consultation can be a difficult task. Below is Mr Richards’’ 10 point guide to help you choose the most appropriate surgeon for you.

  1. Have any of your friends, family or colleagues any experience of a Plastic Surgeon? Personal recommendation is often the best way to learn about the best Surgeons in your area as they rarely advertise.
  2. Is your Surgeon listed on the General Medical Council’s list of Specialist Plastic Surgeons at  This lists Surgeons who are specifically trained in Plastic Surgery.
  3. Is your Surgeon a member of the following main professional organisations for Plastic Surgery in the UK?
  • a) The British Association of Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeons which lists recognised Plastic Surgeons in the UK.
  • b) The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons which lists Surgeons in your area who specialise in Cosmetic Surgery and are submitted to yearly audit.

4. Does your Surgeon specialise in the procedure you are considering?

5. How many of the procedures you are considering does the Surgeon perform per year?

6. Ask the Surgeon if they have encountered any complications following the treatment you are considering.  It is relatively common to have minor and less commonly more major problems following surgery and your Surgeon should be honest and open about this.

7. Will you be able to see before and after photos of patients your Surgeon has treated? Ask how long after surgery the photographs were taken and check whether they are taken with the same lighting.

8. Is your Surgeon happy to put you in contact with patients he or she has treated to gain a personal testimonial of their work?

9. Which hospital will you be treated in?  The major hospital groups in the UK have very high standards and are regularly audited. Have there been any cases of MRSA or C-difficile acquired in the hospital?

10. What happens if you are not happy with treatment? Is there a policy for revision and who will be eligible for the costs of this? The major hospital chains often have a no-charge policy for any revisional work performed within a year of surgery.

About the Author

Mr Adrian Richards is a well-known Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon in the UK and appears regularly on the TV and radio and has been voted best Plastic Surgeon in the Home Counties and best Breast Surgeon in the UK.

He is the Surgical Director of Aurora Clinics which is based in the South of England.

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