Prior to the Internet era, people who wanted cosmetic treatments would count on their GPs recommendation of a reputable practitioner. Nowadays, of course, Google has become the number one port of call. While this is the most convenient way to find a cosmetic beauty clinic, it’s not always the best.
The issue with the web is that the cosmetic professionals behind the flashiest beauty clinic website are not necessarily as trained, experienced and competent. You should see past the web design and copy so you can learn more about the practitioner you’re eyeing.
As always, research is key. But when doing Internet research, you have to be cautious about information you take as fact. For instance, it’s good to join community-based forums, but there are instances where they will be biased for or against a specific practitioner. Therefore, you have to stick to reputable consumer websites when reading about people’s comments or reviews on the different clinics you may be considering. And keep in mind that while other people’s experiences can help you come up with a good decision, you should never decide based solely on them.
So if aimlessly wandering around the web isn’t such a good idea, what is a better way of finding a cosmetic beauty clinic? If you look around, you will find that there are so many online cosmetic surgery directories, all claiming to find you a clinic that best suits your needs. That sounds great, but the problem with these directories is that most of them don’t really screen the practitioners and clinics they list, especially in terms of regulatory compliance. Therefore, before you take any directory’s recommendations seriously, make sure they only list practitioners whose qualifications have been verified, especially where national regulatory certification is needed.
If you’re considering surgery, like breast augmentation or tummy tuck, then the practitioner should have “FRCS(Plast)” after their name, showing that they have the required qualifications to perform plastic surgery. Ideally, they should also be on the General Medical Council (GMC) specialist register. You can also search on the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons’ website and find a specialized in your desired procedure. Private cosmetic beauty clinics in England have to be registered with the Care Quality Commission so check out their website as well to learn about a certain clinic’s certification and inspection reports.
If you’re planning to have a non-surgical treatment, like botulinum toxin and dermal filler injections, body contouring, etc., you will have a much broader range of choices. Remember that these procedures may require the expertise of certain professionals, like nurses or doctors, or specially trained personnel, like aestheticians or beauty therapists. In the end, you want a clinic that has the right professionals for the treatment you need.