"Aesthetic surgery has entered the modern world and established its place. I don't feel that anyone can truly dispute the fact that successful cosmetic surgery, when performed on an individual with good indications for improvement, can have very definite benefits on one's psychological well being. However, along with these well established benefits comes a heavy responsibility and burden which is placed upon the plastic surgeon.
It is our duty to be able to offer surgery which is effective, safe and ultimately gives a natural result. Emphasis must be placed on natural. This is etched in my philosophy from my initial consultation, through to my postoperative care. Though I am sure that no plastic surgeon would ever disagree with this statement, I feel I adhere to it stronger than most.
I absolutely abhor any possibility that a patient of mine could look stretched, pulled or distorted in any way. Most people of course have seen examples of bad cosmetic surgery which stands out from a far as being unnatural. As far as I am concerned these examples sometimes give plastic surgery an undeserved bad reputation.
The aim of surgery is to make people look better not different. I believe in classic, natural, soft beauty.
Of course one of the most important and crucial steps in the process of achieving good cosmetic surgery is the initial consultation. This gives me a unique ability to gain an understanding of what a patient wants, to assess their anatomy, to imagine what would look best for a patient given their goals, and finally to discuss this all with them in an understandable way. My aim is for patients to leave their consultation with a dramatically enhanced understanding of their situation. Conversely, I have also gained a reputation for being blunt enough to turn down patients when I feel surgery will not benefit them, or will make such minimal difference postoperatively as to render a risk to benefit ratio as unacceptably high!
People need to understand that anyone who undergoes surgery, effectively puts themselves literally in the hands of that surgeons own aesthetic sensibilities. I try to be as up front about my own, and think it is important for patients selecting an aesthetic surgeon to be sensitive to these details. Seeing multiple examples of my previous work will help you understand some of my aesthetic directives. Certainly, my visions will not be shared by all prospective patients; what you must do is be alert to the signs of a surgeon who shares yours.
A word about safety. Many new techniques, implants, instruments, and equipment come and go, and so I do not rush to adopt them unless a clear advantage is shown. Most times meticulously executed proven techniques serve patients better in most situations than the recently advertised techniques in the press. This is not to say of course that I do not perform the latest techniques, because I certainly do. What it means is that I have a tendency to be more circumspect, rather than aggressive about offering new techniques, which many times do not stand the test of time.
I also think it is important to stay in close contact with a patient after surgery. I make sure to see all my patients frequently postoperatively. Careful follow-up is very important in achieving the best possible result.
The GMC stipulates that Doctors must consider patients’ psychological needs when offering surgical or non-surgical cosmetic procedures.
Here at Karidis we always consider our patients’ psychological needs and we offer, in association with Norman Wright of The Wright Initiative, his Safety in Beauty, Diamond Award Winning Pre and Post Procedure Support Initiative. As well as this bespoke support initiative, all of my team have received Norman’s PaPPS Training giving you the peace of mind that my team and I really do See the Person Behind the Patient.
Norman and his team of MSc Psychotherapists have over sixteen years’ experience within the Aesthetic/Cosmetic industry and have been supporting Patients, Surgeons, Doctors, Nurses, Practitioners and Clinics for almost half a decade.
Last but not least there is also the element of guilt about having any surgery. Many people have friends and relatives telling them that they don't need surgery and questioning them as to why they want to subject themselves to any risk. I understand this. This is why prospective patients should, above all else, feel comfortable with their choice of surgeon and practice. Although the operation is one aspect of the whole experience, your hospital stay, follow-up visits and checks need to be conducted in a reassuring, and comfortable manner in order to make your entire experience a positive one!"
Thank you for working your magic and making me look years younger! Also a big thank you to your team for all their help and support. I love my new face!
Karolina is always a joy to work with - kind, considerate and very professional and creating an aura of trust. She makes the Ulthera treatment painless and that's not an easy task!
"I was very happy with my treatment experience. Mr Karidis , staff and facilities were excellent. I am very pleased with the results and would not hesitate to recommend Mr Karidis and his clinic."
"I am only three days into the recovery of my gynecomastia procedure, and already it has changed my life. I travelled from Cardiff to London to have this procedure and it was by far cheaper than having it done in my local area. Furthermore, Karidis' reputation exceeds expectations. I look forward to my follow up consultation so Karidis can see how he has changed my life. Communication from Karidis and his team - 5 star Professionalism - 5 star Results - 5 star."
For my first Velashape III treatment, Maxine made me feel really comfortable and explained exactly how the treatment would go and any after-effects I might have (I have had none). The process was smooth and painless and actually kind of relaxing. Most importantly, I can already see a MAJOR difference on the cellulite on my legs and butt. I am seriously impressed!
"My entire experience for an abdominoplasty and breast augmentation operation was faultless from a professional and caring team. I cannot recommend Mr Karidis enough from the consultation, in establishing what I wanted, to his skilled work. I am absolutely delighted with the results."
"A seven week recovery journey with a couple of little detours, but navigated with care by Mr Karidis, Suzi & Martina. Explanations, reassurance & advice given from first consultation, day of operation, day one post op. and at all subsequent clinic visits, along with a good dose of friendly chit chat & laughter, (Always a good medicine!). Thank you Mr Karidis & team. No regrets here."
Brilliant consultation... I was very impressed with my consultation with Mr Karidis. Mr Karidis made me feel very comfortable and answered all my questions.
Outstanding in every way This is my second breast augmentation with Mr Karidis - my first experience was amazing as were the results! Second time around and once again my experience was faultless. The whole team are amazing from front of desk and Rose, to the lovely nurses pre and post-op! The after care given, which is also important, is second to none and I cannot recommend Mr Karidis enough. Thank you so much for all you have done for me and giving me back my confidence!