How do I find a reputable eyelid surgery surgeon?

This is vitally important. After all, you are placing your life in this person’s hands so you need to be sure that he/she is the right person for the job (and you).

You want a surgeon who is experienced, well qualified and has performed this procedure countless times. He/she will be a member of BAAPS or another similar organisation and may also be a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS) or listed on the specialist register of plastic surgery, held by the General Medical Council (GMC).

Contact these organisations to find a surgeon. They as well as reputable websites will have a database of cosmetic surgeons.

Another factor is whether he/she is an NHS consultant or has held a consultant post.

The risks are very small with cosmetic surgery but like all surgery things can go wrong. Even the best and famous cosmetic surgeons experience complications.

Word of mouth is another option. If you know of anyone who has had this procedure or can speak to people at a patients support group then do so. This is where you will find out what this surgery is really like.

Be aware that there are unqualified or unscrupulous surgeons who are only interested in making money. To them, cosmetic surgery is a ‘cash cow’: something that can generate a great deal of money with no thought given to welfare of the patient. Be careful of these.

If you see clinics which offer special deals or ‘cut price surgery’ then be careful. There are clinics which may seem to be acting in your best interests but in fact are only concerned with making money.

If an offer looks to be good to be true then it probably is.  Don’t be guided by price alone. A surgeon may charge more for a very good reason. You want someone who is experienced and skilled and that is more important than getting a bargain. You generally get what you pay for and this is no exception.

It is better to pay more to get someone who knows what they are doing than to pay less but end up with unsatisfactory results.

Your GP may be able to recommend a surgeon.

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