Frequently Asked Questions

What are the different types of anaesthetic used?

Types of anaesthetic include:

  • a General Anaesthetic, where you will be asleep throughout the procedure. The anaesthetic will be administered by a qualified anaesthetist.
  • a Local Anaesthetic, where solution that numbs the area of the operation is injected locally. You will be fully awake during the procedure, but free from pain.
  • a Local Anaesthetic with Intravenous Sedation. You receive a local anaesthetic to keep you free from pain and a sedating drug to help you "sleep" during the procedure. You may not be fully asleep, but you will not be aware of what is going on and you are unlikely to have any memory of the procedure.

You are more likely to have to stay in hospital overnight if you have a general anaesthetic, but some procedures allow you to have a general anaesthetic and then go home the same day.

How long will the results last?

Dependent upon the procedure they should last a lifetime, eg a nose won't "grow back". However, some surgeries such as breast implants may need to be redone. A frequently used phrase is "Plastic surgery can turn back the clock, but it can't stop it ticking".

How much do the procedures cost?

This depends on what you are having done, and whether or not you are having the operations done together or separately. Costs vary, but many hospitals offer finance to enable you to spread the cost of your surgery.

What qualifications should my plastic surgeon have?

In the UK, he/she should be a member of one of the professional plastic surgery bodies eg BAAPS (The British Associate of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons ) or BAPRAS (The British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons). Ideally the surgeon will have the letters FRCS Plast after his/her name, which indicates that the surgeon is a Specialist Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons who has passed additional specialist exams in plastic surgery. For more about this, see choosing a surgeon.