Consulting Your GP Before Having A Cosmetic ProcedureWhen you choose a reputable clinic such as Elanic you can be assured that any cosmetic surgery procedure is safer than it has ever been before but it is still advisable to speak to your GP about any procedures you are considering. Your doctor is in the advantageous position of knowing your medical history and any relevance that this may have to your choice of procedure, making them perfectly placed to offer you advice and guidance.

Talking through your thoughts and plans with your GP will allow them to highlight any potential risks, with the added benefit of knowing about your individual health and circumstances, or to give you the confidence to book your consultation, safe in the knowledge that there is no underlying medical reason why you should not have the treatment or procedure you have been considering. Talking through your plans with an objective adviser can also help you gain a better understanding of your own thoughts and feelings and ensure that you are considering an appropriate procedure to gain the outcome that you want or need.

Your GPs involvement ideally should not end at this stage, either. Many clinics and surgeons will contact your doctor to tell them about the treatment plan for you and to ask for their opinion as to whether or not it would be appropriate. This allows surgeons to gain a better understanding of potential patients and to ensure that a procedure will be in the best interests of the individual, both in terms of their physical and emotional well being at the time. Sometimes a GP can feel that it is not the right time for a person to undergo cosmetic surgery due to other circumstances or stresses in their life, for example. This can lead to the procedure simply being postponed by mutual agreement in order to ensure that the individual can enjoy the best possible outcome. Many people do not know, for example, that stress can have an impact on the success of cosmetic surgery and lead to longer recovery times for sufferers.

Keeping your GP informed and involved in your cosmetic surgery plans can also mean that your doctor is well-placed to play an important role in your aftercare. Reputable surgeons will play a significant part in this but your doctor will be able to spot signs of any complications or issues that may not be immediately apparent during a consultation with your surgeon or those that can occur, albeit rarely, sometime afterwards. If your doctor knows and understands the details of your procedure they are best placed to make links even if you go to see them with what you think are unrelated symptoms.

It can be easy to compartmentalise your essential medical care and your cosmetic surgery requirements but both are inextricably linked. Both your surgeon and your GP will place your emotional and physical well being as their main priority and, working together, they can ensure that you gain the cosmetic results you want without putting your health at any unnecessary risk.