The Centre for Surgery method
Step 1: the consultation
Consultations for cosmetic surgery are always free. This is an opportunity for us to get to know you and your objectives for treatment. Our practitioners will then share their expertise and expert recommendations based on more than 20 years of clinical experience, and thousands of satisfied patients.
Step 2: the procedure
Our clinical support team will guide you through all the steps to make you feel fully prepared and confident that you’ll achieve an excellent outcome because our practitioners and surgeons are nationally recognised as leaders in the field. Advanced day surgery anaesthetic techniques mean you’ll feel less groggy and able to return home later the same day.
Step 3: the follow up
Our post-operative nursing team phone all patients the day after their procedure. The vast majority find any discomfort to be extremely manageable thanks to local anaesthetic techniques. Our post-operative nurse will guide you through every step of your recovery and be on hand to answer any questions you may have.
Does cosmetic surgery leave a scar?
All types of surgery including cosmetic surgery result in the formation of scars. Our plastic surgeons make use of gentle techniques to minimise prominent scar formation and will also try to hide scars in natural skin folds or areas of the face or body which are difficult to see. Initially your scar may appear red for 2 to 3 months before slowly starting to fade in colour to a pale white appearance. Most patients will have scars that while present are hidden, faint and difficult to see.
What can I do to improve my scar?
There are a number of techniques which Centre for Surgery have to improve the appearance of scars. The first step is to ensure proper wound care in the post-operative period is being observed. You will receive full instructions on how to look after your post-operative wounds. This leads to an improvement in healing and ultimately leads to a better looking scar. At Centre for Surgery, our surgeons use techniques such as the application of silicone gel pads to make surgical scars look better.
Do I need to lose weight before have cosmetic surgery?
In many cases it is not required to lose weight before undergoing cosmetic surgery. Patients who are very overweight are recommended to lose weight so that their body mass index is 30 or below but it is never a good idea to lose weight down to a level which is impossible to maintain over the long term
What could happen if I gain or lose weight after my procedure?
Many patients may lose weight after having had cosmetic surgery. Patients who have had procedures such as liposuction, tummy tuck or a breast reduction may find that their procedure has given them a platform which they needed to then go on to lose more weight via natural methods of diet and exercise. It is generally the case that patients who maintain a stable weight after cosmetic surgery will find that the results of cosmetic surgery are also maintained with time.
How long will the results of my cosmetic surgery procedure last?
The results of cosmetic surgery generally last forever however results can change with a number of factors. With the passage of time we all undergo ageing and these can affect the results of your procedure. However cosmetic surgery that made you look 10 years younger than even with time you will always tend to look 10 years younger compared with a similar person who did not have cosmetic surgery.
What will happen if I become pregnant after my surgery?
There is nothing wrong with becoming pregnant after cosmetic surgery. Having cosmetic surgery does not affect one’s ability to have children or affect the safety of pregnancy or childbirth. Our bodies naturally go through changes which are associated with being pregnant. For certain types of procedures such as liposuction or tummy tuck one’s appearance may alter significantly after having children. However patients will always find that they look better than if they did not have cosmetic Surgery.
How much time do I need off after surgery?
The vast majority of patients who have cosmetic surgery will often need a week off work after their procedure. In many cases attempting to return to demanding work routines earlier can be difficult and may result in an increase in bruising and potentially lead to a delay in healing. Some procedures such as a tummy tuck may require more time off work. Your surgeon may allow gentle desk-based work after two weeks and generally most patients can restart gym and sporting activities at the 4 to 6 weeks mark.
Does cosmetic breast surgery affect my risk of developing breast cancer?
Cosmetic surgery of the breast is not known to affect one’s risk of developing breast cancer. Most published research has definitively shown that procedures such as breast augmentation, breast lift or breast reduction do not increase the risk of breast cancer. In fact a few published studies have actually shown that patients who undergo cosmetic breast surgery may have a lower risk of breast cancer compared with women who have not undergone cosmetic surgery of the breast.
Will there be much pain after cosmetic surgery?
You will not experience any pain or discomfort during the procedure if you have had a general anaesthetic. Most patients are often very surprised at the minimal amount of pain and discomfort they experience after the procedure due to the gentle techniques which our surgeons use to minimise pain and discomfort including the injection of local anaesthetic.
Does Centre for Surgery charge a consultation fee?
Centre for Surgery do not charge a consultation fee for cosmetic surgery consultations. Consultations are free and only require a £25 holding deposit which is refunded upon attendance.
Do I need a GP referral to see one of your practitioners?
Any patient can call or email us to arrange an appointment. Many Doctors from elsewhere may refer patients to see one of our surgeons which is often due to their specialist expertise which they may have in a particular area. If you have been referred by another doctor we kindly request that you bring your doctors referral letter with you to your consultation with a surgeon at Centre for Surgery.
Is cosmetic surgery covered by private medical insurance?
Cosmetic surgery to purely improve one’s appearance is not covered by private medical insurance.
Patients who have developed unsightly features as a result of traumatic injury or surgery for cancer may be covered under their insurance policy. Please call us to enquire further.
Is cosmetic surgery expensive?
Most patients are often very surprised that cosmetic surgery is in fact very affordable. We offer payment plans by Chrysalis Finance to make cosmetic surgery financially available to an even larger number of people who previously would not have been able to consider a cosmetic surgery procedure. A cosmetic surgery procedure Is both a significant and permanent investment in one’s personal appearance. You can enquire about rough pricing for most procedures by calling our patient coordinator team on 020 7993 4849. Pricing for some procedures will depend on the patient’s medical condition. An exact price for your cosmetic surgery procedure will be provided after your face-to-face consultation.
Once I have decided to proceed with surgery, how long will I have to wait?
For cosmetic surgery procedures, there is a recommended two week “cooling off” period so that you can consider all aspects of the procedure before making an informed decision.
How can I pay for my cosmetic surgery procedure?
At Centre for Surgery we accept all major credit cards and debit cards excluding American Express. We also have a number of affordable financing plans from chrysalis finance available