A lot of people see celebrities across the globe with new looks and even I am guilty of checking out some news headlines where a Hollywood celebrity has had “some work done” and everyone is ooh-ing and aah-ing over their new look.

I haven’t got anything against plastic surgery and think each to their own, however, when I hear about so many people who experience botch jobs and the after effects of having a cheap form of surgery abroad that goes wrong I can’t help but feel extremely concerned.

Today I was joined by Sam Cinkir who has worked in the field of hair since 2001. He has recently opened a branch of Esteworld Medical Group in Birmingham, UK. He spoke about the high demand of men and women who wanted hair transplants. He went into depth about the consultation and assessment of medical problems (after an initial blood test certain people would be deemed unsuitable for the procedure).

Sam spoke about the time and attention that went into detail for each person, as each follicle would be extracted and inserted individually. He spoke about the modern day procedure being much better that the old technique which would require stripping the hair and a painful scar. But the new technique wasn’t as painful and did not leave a scar behind.

In the second half of the show I was joined by Sam and Selda, Manager of the London clinic. Selda spoke about plastic surgery being very popular amongst the South Asian community and she felt the most popular procedure was rhinoplasty (AKA a nose job). Just like a hair transplant, an initial consultation would be required and this would be followed up by a trip to Turkey where the procedure would be carried out in a hygienic manner by a surgeon.

I can imagine that a lot of people want to have a cosmetic procedure done. But here are some Top Tips you MUST consider:

1. Meet your specialist in person

It is crucial that you meet the doctor or surgeon who will carry out your procedure before the day of your treatment. Rather surprisingly, not all practices demand that patients meet the practitioner who will deliver the procedure in advance. If you are advised that it is not possible to meet in person with the doctor ahead of treatment, you should not progress any further and choose to go elsewhere. Any reputable practitioner will demand that they meet the patient themselves beforehand. It is also important that you feel comfortable with your doctor and that you trust them.

2. Do your homework on the procedure

The internet provides a wealth of information about specific cosmetic procedures so it’s easier than ever to do your research. Watch videos of procedures being carried out, read the stories of people who have already undergone the procedure and engage in conversation on reputable forums. All of this will help you to make an informed decision about whether this is the right procedure for you.

3. Understand the risks involved

There are risks associated with every cosmetic procedure, however non-invasive they are. During the consultation stage your practitioner should be open and honest with you about the potential risks or dangers involved. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, particularly if there is something that concerns you or that you do not understand.  Any practitioner who claims there are no risks involved in the procedure is not to be trusted.

4. Don’t be influenced by price or advertising

While offers and discounts might be attractive in a supermarket, a cosmetic procedure is not something which should be offered at cut price. Remember that ‘cheaper’ does not necessarily mean ‘better’. Focus on the reputability of the practitioner and the quality of the treatment. Never be coerced into undergoing a cosmetic procedure by a clever marketing campaign or a financial offer.  Take your time in making informed decisions.

5. Ask to see their work

Ask to see examples of your Doctor’s work. Seeing photographic evidence of the results that can be achieved will help you to establish realistic expectations, but it will also give you an idea of the capabilities of the doctor and how the procedure can work in practice.  But do make sure that these are not generic pictures of the manufacturer; make sure it is the work of the doctor him/herself that you are seeing.

6. Don’t strive to look like a celebrity

If you want to get surgery done, that’s fine-Just make sure that you are doing it for the right reasons. One of the biggest criticisms of the Keogh report was the ‘trivialisation’ of certain cosmetic procedures, particularly those that are popular amongst reality TV stars. A cosmetic procedure of any kind is something to consider carefully, and is not a decision to be taken lightly. It is also unrealistic to want to try and emulate someone else’s results.