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.

Check qualifications

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.

Medcare’s surgeon

We thoroughly vet the surgeons who work with us and only recommend surgeons with the highest qualifications and the best experience.

We currently have one surgeon consulting at our clinics and she is a leader in her 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 Bernabeu is e member of SECPRE (Sociedad Española de Cirugía Plástica, Reparadora y Estética), a society of top cosmetic surgeons in Spain.

Patients love her…

Dr Bernabeu is not only an experienced and skilled surgeon, she is also excellent when it comes to putting our patients at their ease.

Medcare patient, Norma, explained how her tummy tuck experience was made easier by Dr Bernabeu.

“I cannot thank my surgeon enough,” she says.  “Teresa was so nice and kind, and the aftercare was first class. All I had to do if I wanted her was to phone, but with such good care I didn’t need to.”

Dr Bernabeu removed nine kilos of fat, leaving Norma thrilled with the result.

Another of our patients, Alison, had breast implant surgery with Dr Bernabeu.

Alison describes Dr Bernabeu as a “fantastic surgeon, professional and reassuring”, and praises the way she explains everything so clearly. Plus, she adds: “My boobs look amazing. My friends were shocked at how quickly I recovered and how natural my breasts look. I am over the moon.”

And, it is not just the ladies who are impressed with Dr Teresa Bernabeu.

Another of our patients – who asked not to be named – told us how pleased he was with surgery to remove man boobs.

He said: “Dr Teresa Bernabeu is a well-respected surgeon with a wealth of experience.

“I am delighted with the results of my surgery and would not hesitate to recommend Medcare or the very skilful Dr Bernabeu.”

Free consultations can be booked with our surgeon at our clinics in Benijofar and Alfaz del Pi.

Call Medcare on 966 860 258 or email