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Professional Cosmetic Surgery and Healthy Ageing Clinic

Mr Jeya Prakash M.S. F.R.C.S.(Ed) 94 Harley Street London W1G 7HX
020 7224 1622

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1.   What is cosmetic surgery?

2.   Why has cosmetic surgery become so popular?

3.   What should the aim of cosmetic surgery be?

4.   Isn't cosmetic surgery just vanity?

5.   Is my choice of surgeon important?

6.   What questions should I ask the surgeon?

7.   How will I know if a surgeon is right for me?

8.   What are the first steps?

9.   What should I expect at the consultation?

10. Does my GP need to know that I'm considering cosmetic surgery?

11. Will I have natural-looking results?

12. Is cosmetic surgery painful?

13. What happens if I'm not happy with the results?

14. What about consultation fees?

15. How can I pay?
 

1. What is cosmetic surgery?

Put simply, cosmetic surgery aims to maintain, restore or enhance the appearance of different areas of the body through advanced surgical and medical techniques.

2. Why has cosmetic surgery become so popular?

Cosmetic Surgery has enjoyed a boom in the last ten years.  It is far more socially accepted now and is openly discussed by people who happily accept that their looks matter to them and are quite prepared to do something to maintain or enhance their appearance.  Using state-of-the-art equipment and techniques, modern cosmetic procedures are safe and efficient with fast recovery times and better, longer-lasting results.

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3. What should the aim of cosmetic surgery be?

The aim of cosmetic surgery is to create a natural, aesthetically pleasing result - improvement not perfection!  To achieve this, a number of factors are taken into consideration such as age, frame (height, weight and bone structure), occupation, psychological state and ethnicity.  We are all individuals and what may be aesthetically pleasing to one, may not necessarily be to another.  Therefore, a good result is not just how perfect a treated area looks, but how well it blends in with the existing anatomy and physiology of the client.

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4. Isn't cosmetic surgery just vanity?

Although the desire for cosmetic surgery is widely accepted these days, there are some people who still hold this view.  The answer to this question is that in the vast majority of cases a person does not consider surgery unless they strongly feel it will enhance their self-confidence and/or self esteem, especially where the individual is acutely self-conscious about a particular area of concern.  In addition, it can provide practical improvements in everyday functions, such as a breast reduction reducing shoulder pain and increasing mobility.  Also, the improved appearance and boosted confidence of a post-surgery client naturally creates an impressive personal demeanour - both inside and out - which can only be a benefit in the work place,  at social gatherings and in life generally.  Cosmetic surgery is not simple vanity; it provides real psychological, physical and social benefits.

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5. Is my choice of surgeon important?

Selecting a good surgeon is the most important decision you will make.  Please take your time over choosing your surgeon, and don't be pushed by anyone.

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6. What questions should I ask the surgeon?

The most important facts to establish are your surgeon's qualifications, training, background and experience.  You must ensure that your surgeon on the specialist register of the General Medical Council and you should also ask how many procedures they have performed of the type you are considering.  If the surgeon comes recommended by a family member or friend who was happy with their experience of surgery, so much the better.  Finally, ask which hospitals your surgeon operates from as fine surgeons usually have admitting authority to excellent hospitals.

Speaking to someone who has undergone your choice of procedure is very useful.  Also, you should ask to see some pre- and post-operative photographs, but please bear in mind that these images will be an indication of the possible results, not a guarantee.  Everyone is different, and your results will depend on your individual physiology and any pre-existing limitations.

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7. How will I know if a surgeon is right for me?

Some of the factors to consider when deciding if a surgeon is right for you are:

  • Do I have a good rapport with him?
  • Is he really listening to me and thinking in terms of what I want?
  • Is he honest enough to tell me to go home if he thinks the benefits of the surgery do not outweigh the risks, or if the procedure will bring only marginal improvement?
  • Do I trust him and feel comfortable with him?
  • Am I happy with the service I have received from him so far?

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8. What are the first steps?

Please take as much time as necessary to research and select a proper surgeon.  Once you have decided that Mr Prakash is right for you, please get in touch with us by 'phone or email so  we can answer any queries and make an appointment for you.  We will send you an extensive questionnaire to complete and bring with you to your consultation. 

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9. What should I expect at the consultation?

At the consultation, Mr Prakash will go through your questionnaire and ask further questions where necessary.  In most cases, this will be followed by an examination where you can discuss   your requirements and, taking these into consideration, Mr Prakash will go through your surgical and/or non-surgical options as applicable.  During this, you are encouraged to ask any questions or raise any concerns you may have.  You will receive a procedure information pack and you can decide to make an appointment for a second consultation before you leave, or contact us later after you've thought further.  At the next consultation, photographs are taken and computer simulations are produced, if applicable, to further refine the goals of the procedure. Any queries you may still have are discussed in detail.  You can then take the time to give full consideration to the surgery and then either make an appointment for a third consultation or, if you are sure, decide on a date for the surgery.  For more detailed information on the whole consultation process, please click on this site's 'Client Journey' tab.

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10. Does my GP need to know that I'm considering cosmetic surgery?

It is imperative that we have all your relevant personal medical information, so it is our standard practice to write to your GP prior to your surgery to request such data, and to inform him or her of your upcoming procedure.  We also write a report to your GP following the surgery to ensure that your medical records are updated accordingly.

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11. Will I have natural-looking results?

Mr Prakash is known particularly for achieving natural-looking results in surgery and he is firmly opposed to clients looking "overly-stretched" or "over-done."  If a patient is told following surgery - ‘You look great - have you been on a good holiday?" - that is the reaction Mr Prakash is looking for.  Proof of his natural-looking results can be seen in before-and-after images on file and these are backed-up by glowing client testimonials and extremely high satisfaction levels.

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12. Is cosmetic surgery painful?

As the saying goes, ‘No pain - no gain.’  A painless cosmetic procedure does not exist, but the latest developments in techniques and anaesthetic combinations have greatly minimised the pain experienced by patients.

Depending on your procedure, a combination of local anaesthetic and sedation or a combination of general and local anaesthetic is administered, but whichever method is used, there is no pain during the surgery and post-operative pain is also reduced.  Under general anaesthetic you will, of course, not be conscious of the surgery and if under sedation/local anaesthetic you will probably be in a dream-like state and therefore not totally aware of the surgery.

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13. What happens if I'm not happy with the results?

Despite a surgeon's best efforts, on rare occasions the results achieved are not as satisfactory as expected.  In such cases, where there is room for noticeable improvement and it is acceptable to both the surgeon and patient, a further surgery may be performed free of charge.

Please bear in mind that whilst there is no charge for this further surgery, there may well be hospital/consumable charges and other associated costs which would be for the client's account.

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14. What about consultation fees?

A fee of £100 is payable at the first consultation.  This is a one-off fee and all subsequent consultations are free of charge.

A 10% deposit is to be paid on confirmation of your surgery date.

Full payment is required 10 days prior to surgery.

The cost of surgery includes any routine investigations required e.g. blood test, eye check-up; hospital charges including overnight stays where applicable; consumables (like implants) and post-operative follow-up consultations for up to 3 years - depending on the procedure.

15. How can I pay?

  • Payments can be made by cash or cheque.
  • All major credit and debit cards are accepted.
  • Credit card payments over £1000 attract a 2% surcharge. 

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