The Essential Guide to Cosmetic Surgery on the NHS

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if you have been considering plastic

surgery you may have asked yourself the

question can I get this done on the NHS

well plastic surgery isn't widely

available on the NHS and it certainly

isn't available for purely cosmetic

purposes for example if you feel you'd

look better with less weight on your

thighs or a smaller nose as everyone

knows the NHS only has a limited amount

of money and this needs to be spent

carefully so patients who need treatment

don't lose out according to the NHS

website there are strict and specific

criteria set out by every local Health

Authority as to who can and cannot

receive cosmetic surgery on the NHS in

general the NHS will not pay for surgery

for cosmetic reasons alone the NHS will

however usually perform reconstructive

surgery for example after an operation

to remove a breast tumour or cosmetic

surgery to correct or improve congenital

abnormalities or injuries a key

principle is that cosmetic surgeries

only carried out on the NHS if there are

overriding psychological or physical

reasons for doing it the most common

cosmetic surgeries provided by the NHS

are breast implants usually due to major

under development or asymmetry where one

breast is significantly different in

size to the other breast reduction due

to back or shoulder pain caused by

excessively large breasts nose reshaping

due to breathing problems or following

major trauma tummy tucks due to excess

fat or skin after pregnancy

after major weight loss eyelid reduction

due to affected vision and correction of

congenital abnormalities such as

excessively protruding ears in addition

if someone has been scarred or

disfigured through accident or surgery

the NHS will usually offer reconsider

active repair if you would like to find

out if you qualify to receive cosmetic

surgery from the NHS you will initially

need to see your GP if your doctor feels

you have a valid request for cosmetic

surgery they will refer you to the

appropriate plastic surgeon as well as

the surgical assessment to discuss the

risks and limitations of any procedure

you will also need to see a psychologist

who will assess the impact surgery will

have on your emotional well-being

following these assessments a decision

is made about whether there is enough

social psychological and physical

benefit to justify surgery if it is

decided there is enough benefit you will

be treated on the NHS most patients meet

with their surgeon at least twice before

any operation to give them a full

understanding of the procedure and

what's realistically achievable all NHS

cosmetic and reconstructive surgery is

performed by plastic surgeons who have

had years of training and belonged to

either the British Association of

plastic reconstructive and aesthetic

surgeons or the British Association of

Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons for further

information visit the NHS site at the

address below if you have had any

experiences with cosmetic surgery on the

NHS lets wrinkle-free t v-- no using the

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