Cooling off period prior to cosmetic surgery

Effie Kateraniki

Mrs Effie Katerinaki, from BMI The Priory Hospital, writes about the importance of a cooling off period for all cosmetic surgery patients prior to surgery


One of the most common questions I get asked during consultations for cosmetic surgery is, “How soon can I have the procedure?”

Of course it is understandable that making the decision to have a cosmetic procedure is very exciting, especially as most people have been considering this for quite some time before actually consulting with a specialist.

It is very important, however, that enough time is given after the consultation to reflect upon everything that was discussed with your surgeon. Is there an alternative to the proposed operation? What are the potential risks and complications? Most importantly, did you feel you had enough time to ask questions? Not only about the particular procedure, but also about your surgeon’s practice.

The guidance to the public by the British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) is very clear: a cooling off period is strongly recommended.

Considering cosmetic surgery

Be aware of pressures to book your surgery date right from the first consultation, especially when the procedure will change your appearance significantly. It is my usual practice to offer everyone who consults with me the opportunity to book a second consultation free of charge, so they have had enough time to consider everything we discussed, have read my clinical letter and any written information material I gave them at the first consultation.

There are nearly always questions that arise from the first consultation and having the opportunity to get them answered can not only improve your chances of a good overall outcome but helps build a trusting relationship with your surgeon.

Mrs Effie Katerinaki is a Consultant Plastic Surgeon at BMI The Priory Hospital

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Date: 13th December 2017