How Can Cosmetic Patients Be Empowered To Make An Informed Choice?

Choosing a surgeon and the importance of outcomes and new techniques.

Never before have clinicians been more highly regulated. Doctors in particular must set the standard against which others are to be judged. The production of clinical outcomes is an essential part of a doctors appraisal and revalidation and increasingly we need to provide these for patients (see link to my outcomes). Patients should be guided by these outcomes in choosing a surgeon.

New techniques are increasingly being scrutinised within aesthetic practice. The use of autologous fat transfer for breast augmentation is one such procedure. Mr Ross in this article explains the limitations of such a procedure and how new techniques can be incorporated into clinical practice. It is important that patients are given adequate information and undergo a detailed consent process in order that they can be empowered to make decisions regarding new techniques.

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