If you are considering any type of cosmetic surgery procedure be sure to speak with the experts.

Q&A with Aisling Cleary, Registered General Nurse at River Medical.

What is the most common cosmetic surgery procedure?

The most common procedure is Breast Augmentation surgery, followed by liposuction and abdominoplasty (tummy tuck).

What about size, what is the average increase?

The majority of our patients go from an A cup to just a C cup. We’re talking a subtle increase in volume, a more feminine shape and most importantly, natural looking results.

Is breast reduction common?

The majority of breast surgeries are indeed augmentations but an increasing number of women are electing to undergo reduction, uplift and asymmetry procedures. Not a lot of people are aware but less than 10% of women have identical sized breasts.

What about face lifts?

Facial surgery is indeed on the rise. Patients can expect incredibly sophisticated and discrete results. A facelift is often performed in conjunction with other facial aesthetic procedures, such as a brow lift, forehead lift or eyelid surgery. An added bonus of a facelift is a nice lift to the neck which patients naturally love!

Do you see many male patients?

Interestingly, blepharoplasty or “eye lid” surgery is increasingly popular with men as they tend to be prone to “hooding” of the eyes in particular and eye lid surgery can really give a fresher, less tired appearance. Again, it’s a subtle look our patients are after.

What is the recovery period after surgery?

Naturally it depends on the surgery and everyone recovers differently but for Breast Augmentation surgery for example you can expect to take between seven and 10 days off work. If your job is physical you may need more time. We like our patients to stay in hospital over night to be monitored and there after they attend post-operative appointments back at our Baggot Street clinic. Our aftercare is 24/7 and lifelong should you ever need us. Naturally we go through all of this at consultation stage, well before surgery.

What is your opinion on travelling abroad for surgery so called “medical tourism”?

My personal opinion is please don’t travel for surgery. A surgery, whether cosmetic or otherwise is a surgery after all. You need to ensure you are in the safest and most experienced of hands and have the best medical aftercare available to you in the unlikely event of any complications.

What sort of questions should would-be patients ask a provider?

I would say to friends or family, ensure your Surgeon is a “Consultant Plastic Surgeon” and qualified to the absolute highest level. I would also ensure that your surgery takes place in a fully accredited hospital and that you stay overnight. Aftercare is also incredibly important. Ask your Surgeon how many procedures he has done, ask plenty of questions, these are just a few examples, when it comes to your health, cutting corners is never best practice.

River Medical is located on Baggot Street in Dublin, Clane in Kildare, Eglinton Street in Cork and the Lisburn Road in Belfast. To book a private and confidential consultation contact River Medical on 01 6629106 or click Book Your Consultation below. 

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