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1. Are you credible?

Credibility comes in lots of forms, from qualifications, proof of skill and even referrals from friends and friends of friends. Doing your research is important as many of us have heard about cosmetic botch jobs performed by people who are not trained professionally, who do not have certification or a legitimate doctorate.

The biggest thing when looking for qualifications is seeing if they are board-certified. Board certifications mean that your surgeon is a specialist and has met the nationally recognised standards for education, knowledge, experience, and skills needed to perform Plastic Surgery.

Dr Yannis, our Facial Surgery specialist, is a triple board-certified Plastic Surgeon. He’s a member of the following boards:

  • The American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • The UK GMC Special Register of Plastic Surgery
  • European Board of Plastic Surgery

Proof of skill is the other thing to look for, this is mainly showed through their surgery before and after pictures and the reviews they have on independent platforms such as TrustPilot, RealSelf and Doctify.

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2. How long have you been practising for?

While experience does not always correlate directly with ability, it’s always reassuring to know your doctor regularly performs surgery, from Ultrasonic Rhinoplasty, to Facelifts, Buccal Fat Removal and Jaw Reshaping, Dr Yannis performs them week after week in our Harley Street clinic which was first opened in 2001. Practice makes perfect after all…

You can learn about Dr Yannis’ almost thirty years of surgery here and see some of the results that speak of his experience and skill themselves.

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3. In your professional opinion, do you think this surgery will best help me meet my aesthetic goals?

Another thing to know about any Plastic Surgery is that every procedure is different, as is each face, and some surgeries are not always suitable for a certain person due to factors like their anatomy or expectations. Patient selection is the key to an amazing result, whether that’s a Buccal Fat Removal or Rhinoplasty, Dr Yannis aims to ensure that the final result blends in with the rest of your features. Sometimes this can mean that the original procedure you thought you wanted, may not be the best way to achieve your goals.

See the below patient, the results look natural and harmonious with his other facial features:

4. Confirm your expectations

While many surgeries have transformative effects, it’s important to discuss your expectations with your chosen Plastic Surgeon so you can get the most of out of your surgery.

Managing our patients’ expectations means you’ll come out of the surgery feeling happy with the results. We use a 3D Simulator so you can see what Dr Yannis plans to do to help you meet your goals.

5. Ask about the surgical team and next steps

The surgery is just one part of the process, you can’t forget about before and after your operation and who will be there to guide you through how to best prepare your skin for its transformation. So ask your Surgeon about the wider surgical team – we’ve outlined some of our team below:

Your journey will start with Abi – Abi’s our Head of Surgical Department, you’ll have your consultation with her, where she’ll inform you of the full process with her high levels of medical expertise. You’ll then meet with Dr Yannis to discuss your goals further. Chloe, our Admin Co-Ordinator, will then facilitate your journey and future appointments.

Zuzana is our Surgical Nurse who understands how nerve-wracking a surgery can be, and will do everything she can to put you at ease and help enhance your skin post-surgery so you can enjoy your results faster.

Zuzana Nurse at 111 Harley St.

Our aftercare program is completely bespoke, no post-operative care is the same, in the same way no Rhinoplasty is the same – but one element that never changes is our patient promise and our whole team being dedicated to helping you achieve the best results and the best experience. We also promise that in the unlikely circumstances that you require revision surgery, this will be carried out free of charge too.

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Other things to ask when choosing your surgeon

When was the last time you performed this particular procedure?

Can you tell me more about the 111 Harley St. Patient Promise and what happens if I’m unhappy with my result?

How many revisions have you had to perform and why?

How long would my procedure take and how long will it take me to recover?

What possible complications could occur?

What technique will you use when you perform my surgery?

Where will my procedure be performed, and what happens if there is an unexpected surgical complication or medical emergency?

Will I be put under a local or general anaesthetic?

Are my expectations realistic and what kind of results can I hope to achieve?

What guidelines can you give me for after the procedure in terms of what I should and shouldn’t be doing?

How long will it take for any swelling to dissipate, and when can I expect to see the final results?

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