If you're thinking about having a cosmetic procedure, it's important to do your research and find out about what will happen.
All cosmetic procedures have some risks, whether you're having a surgical procedure, like breast implants, or a non-surgical procedure, like dermal fillers or Botox.
They can lead to serious complications if they're not done correctly, and can affect your mental health if they do not turn out how you expected.
Before having any procedure, there are some things you can do to help you make the right decision and reduce the risks.
Be clear about why you want to change the way you look
How you feel about the way you look is only one aspect of your wellbeing. Ask yourself why you want a cosmetic procedure.
Speak to an expert
Speak to a professional about the procedure.
A GP or mental health professional might be a good place to start, but make sure you book a consultation with a practitioner, too.
Talk to them about why you want the procedure and what you expect. This can help you make sure it's right for you.
Do your research
Find out as much as you can about the procedure you want.
This guide has information on the different types of cosmetic procedures.
Understand all the costs involved
The costs will vary depending on the type of procedure you're having.
This includes aftercare and any future procedures you might need to maintain the look.
Choose a qualified practitioner
Choose a reputable, safe and qualified practitioner.
They should be trained and experienced in the procedure you're having and have the right insurance to correct anything that goes wrong.
Before committing to a procedure, ask the practitioner questions and get as much information as you can.
Ask them about the procedure, the products they'll use and what could go wrong.
Be cautious with social media
Take extra care to research any procedures or clinics you find on social media.
Social media influencers are usually paid to advertise the service.
Take time to decide
Take time to think about everything and decide whether to go ahead with the procedure.
You should be offered a cooling-off period after any consultation with a practitioner.
Remember, you can walk away if you're not completely comfortable.
Page last reviewed: 3 May 2019
Next review due: 3 May 2022