You should always meet the surgeon who'll be operating on you. Never make do with just seeing a counsellor or a nurse.
If the doctor's really good, he should explain the procedure in detail, show you photos of other patients he's operated on and let you speak to at least one person who's had the same op as yours if you want to.
Don't be afraid to ask them questions about their training, credentials and how many times they've done the specific operation you're having.
You don't want your nose done by someone who usually does breasts. They should also be willing to talk about their personal rate for complications, such as revisions or post-op infections.
Ask lots of questions so that you feel at ease about having them operate on you.
If you're choosing between two surgeons and experience and qualifications are equal, go for the person you feel will care for you best.
You need a rapport with your surgeon. Finding someone who puts you at ease is very important.
About 10 per cent of surgery requires some kind of follow-up or revision work afterwards. Having follow-up treatment doesn't necessarily mean that the surgeon hasn't done the job properly - in some cases, it means they're perfectionists and it can be essential to get the perfect result (such as removing flaps of skin around scars).
A good surgeon will talk about their policy on revisions and most will perform them free within 12 months.
Look for a surgeon who's on the General Medical Council specialist register for plastic surgery and a member of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS). To check membership, visit www.baaps.org.uk and look under 'Find a surgeon'.
Surgery is expensive, so find out exactly what you're getting for your money and don't be influenced by a slick marketing brochure.
Make sure you find a clinic that looks after you post op and if something was to go wrong.
Ask how long the surgery is likely to last and when and if you'll need to have surgery again.
Even though Botox isn't surgery, you still have to research it properly because there can be risks, such as infections or a droopy face, if the treatment is done badly.
Make sure that the injections are done by a fully trained, experienced doctor.
Find a reputable doctor by calling the British Association of Cosmetic Doctors on 0800 3283613 or visiting www.cosmeticdoctors.co.uk.
Good Botox doctors will normally be conservative with the first dose because they don't know exactly how you're going to react to it.
They'll tell you to come back in two weeks for a check-up and possible top-up - better that way than going too far the first time.
If you're having Botox, it's worth remembering that your face has to remain upright, you can't do any exercise and you can't touch your face for four hours after having the injections. Otherwise the muscle-relaxing substance could move and cause your face to look droopy.
It's now very easy to have Botox, microdermabrasion and fillers done in your lunch hour, but don't do anything on a whim.
Think carefully about it first, then talk to your friends and family before making a decision.
Be sure you have a clear idea of what you want before you go for a consultation, so you don't get swayed into having something done that you don't really want.
Don't panic if you don't see any results straight away - it takes up to a week to see the true effects of Botox.
Also, treatments such as microdermabrasion will take six sessions before you see an improvement in your complexion.
Always find a therapist, doctor or dermatologist who's near your home because you might have to go back quite a few times.
You won't want to be travelling the length of the country for every appointment.
Do it for yourself and not because you want to look like anyone.
It's very important to remember that every time you have cosmetic surgery you're going under general anaesthetic, so there's a danger attached. People treat it like a game - but once you have a boob job, you're stuck with it, so you've got to think about it carefully.
Never be pressurised into it by anyone, such as your boyfriend or your husband. If they don't like the way you are, tell them to get stuffed. Only have cosmetic surgery because you want to do it for yourself.
Find a good surgeon you're 100 percent happy with because it's really important to trust the person operating on you.
Have your surgery done at a clinic close to home because if there's a problem I can go back to them immediately. Lots of people are going abroad, but you cant fly back at the drop of a hat if there's a problem. It might be cheaper to have surgery abroad, but you get what you pay for. Also, if something goes wrong once you're back home, very few surgeons will want to correct other people's work.
Think about the recovery period you'll need to get over the surgery. Certain procedures have longe recovery periods, so always check with the surgeon first about how long you'll be out of action for.
What is it?
How does it work?
Launched this year, Restylane Lipp is perfect for those Wh crave plumper lips without the risk of a trout pout. It contains hyaluronic acid (AH), a natural substance found in the body.
Local anaesthetic and a dental nerve block are administered for pain relief. The surgeon then injects AH into your lips, leaving them fuller, but still natural-looking. The results last up to a year, longer than most lip fillers.
Recovery timeHave it done on a Friday because your lips will be bruised and swollen for up to two days.
Prices start froth £350 per syringe (per session).
What is it?
How does it work?
An ultrasound beam selectively targets fat cells around the stomach, middle and hips and zaps them. It does this without harming the surrounding nerves, blood vessels or skin and the fat cells destroyed don't grow back. However, if you gorge on cream cakes, you'll gain fat elsewhere - sadly, it isn't a miracle cure!
Most people only need one session, which takes one to two and a half hours. Side effects, such as mild discomfort and bruising, are rare, meaning you can go about your day as usual.
Prices start from £650 per treatment.