The most important decision you will make when having cosmetic surgery is choosing a surgeon.
But how do you know if a surgeon is good and right for you?
With so many surgeons advertising their skills it can be bewildering, but you cannot afford to make a mistake.
We recommend you follow these steps.
Find a surgeon you can talk to
You must feel comfortable talking to your surgeon as good communication is essential to getting good results. It is vital that you can talk to the surgeon about the outcome you are hoping for and for him or her to be able to explain to you what can be realistically achieved and what would look best. They should also explain what is involved in the procedure and outline any risks BEFORE you commit to surgery.
It is unlikely you will come across an unqualified surgeon but you should ask to see qualifications. Also ask the surgeon about his or her experience, medical background, how long they have worked as a cosmetic surgeon and where they have worked.
Look at results
Most surgeons will have a portfolio showing their work. Ask to see before and after photos of patients who have had the procedure you are interested in. Ask if you can speak to previous patients, too. It is not always possible but can be useful if the surgeon does have patients who are happy to talk.
The surgeon should have written testimonials from previous patients for you to read.
Avoid surgeons who charge for the initial consultation
A free initial consultation gives you the chance to ask all your questions and check out the surgeon without feeling under pressure. If a surgeon charges a fee, there is a psychological pressure to go ahead with that surgeon rather than waste money.
Never be afraid to walk away
If you have any doubts about whether the procedure or the surgeon are right for you, walk away. It is a big decision and you need to be sure.
We thoroughly vet the surgeons who work with us and only recommend surgeons with the highest qualifications and the best experience.
We have two surgeons consulting at our clinics and both are leaders in their field.
Dr Teresa Bernabeu Abad
Dr Bernabeu is a very experienced doctor with more than 20 years of experience in cosmetic surgery. As well as consulting at Medcare, she is a consultant plastic surgeon at Medimar Hospital in Alicante.
Her experience in cosmetic surgery includes teaching facial rejuvenation at Complutense University of Madrid, working as a professor of plastic surgery at Alicante University, and working as a consultant plastic surgeon in the burns unit of Alicante Hospital. She also has experience in head and neck reconstruction, micro-surgery and correcting congenital malformations.
Dr Bernabeu was recently honoured by the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons when she was invited to be a speaker at its Annual Scientific Meeting. Only top surgeons are asked to speak at this event and Dr Bernabeu’s inclusion demonstrates how highly she is regarded.
Dr José Salvador
Dr Salvador is a consultant surgeon who heads a team in the plastic surgery unit at Medimar private hospital in Alicante. He is also associate professor of the Faculty of Medicine in Elche and has undertaken specialist cosmetic surgery courses in Paris and Brussels.
Plus, he is director of numerous postgraduate courses, including breast reconstruction and facelift at UMH Elche.
Dr Bernabeu and Dr Salvador are members of SECPRE (Sociedad Española de Cirugía Plástica, Reparadora y Estética), a society of top cosmetic surgeons in Spain.
Free consultations can be booked with both our surgeons at our clinics in Benijofar and Alfaz del Pi.