Before the rise of the Internet age, people who wanted cosmetic treatments relied on the recommendations of their GPs. 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 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 should see past the web design and copy so you can learn more about the practitioner you’re eyeing.
As usual, research is needed. But when doing your research online, take everything with a grain of salt. 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. Hence, you should stick to third-party and reputable consumer websites if you want to find objective and credible comments or reviews about your prospective clinic. 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? Looking around, you will find so many online directories that promise to get you the best clinic that fits 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. Thus, don’t take a directory’s recommendations seriously unless you’re sure that their listed practitioners all have verified qualifications, from the local to the national levels.
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 check out the website of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons too and look for a specialist in the procedure you want. 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. At the end of the day, you want a clinic that has the right experts to provide the treatment you’re looking for.