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Tips for Choosing a Cosmetic Beauty Clinic

Prior to the Internet era, people who wanted cosmetic treatments would count on their GPs recommendation of a reputable practitioner. These days, of course, Google has become the first port of call. While it’s the easiest route to a cosmetic beauty clinic, it’s not always the right one.

The problem with the web is that even the flashiest beauty clinic website does not indicate the level of expertise and experience that the cosmetic professionals behind it have. You have to see beyond the web design and copy so learn more about the practitioner you’re thinking of seeing.

As you might expect, research is a must. But when doing your research online, take everything with a grain of salt. For example, community-based forums can be helpful, but sometimes, they can be biased for or against a certain practitioner. Thus, you need to stick to independent and reputable consumer websites if you want to know what real people are saying about a clinic you may be considering. And remember that while other people’s accounts can help you make a good decision, you should never base that decision entirely on them.

So if it’s not a good idea to aimlessly wonder around the Internet, what’s a good way of finding a good 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 perfect, but the problem is that the practitioners and clinics listed in these sites are usually not screened for 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. Preferably, you’d also want them to be on the General Medical Council (GMC) specialist register. You can check out the website of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons too and look for a specialist in the procedure you want. In England, private cosmetic beauty clinics are registered and routinely inspected by the Care Quality Commission, so dig into the CQC website to see whether your prospective clinic is certified and what their inspection reports look like.

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. Keep in mind that even these procedures may require certain professionals to perform them, such as nurses, aestheticians, etc. At the end of the day, you want a clinic that has the right experts to provide the treatment you’re looking for.

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