Frequently Asked Questions

So you’ve decided to go ahead and have plastic surgery. But what questions should you be asking?

General FAQs. You can find much more detailed answers to procedure specific questions on the procedures pages.

We live in a society where if we are not happy with something – we can replace or change it with something else that we do want. This concept extends to our appearance. Therefore cosmetic surgery is an excellent way to deal with troublesome areas of the body that diet or exercise has been unable to alter, but it still should be approached with great caution.  More people are opting to go in for surgery and this is rising year on year. Its true that the beauty industry is booming.

But Mr El Gawad, a cosmetic surgeon in Manchester, Liverpool and throughout the Northwest UK as well as offering a prestige clinic in Cairo, wants to make sure that patients that book in for treatment with him are doing it for the right reasons. If a patient is showing signs that they are really unhappy with many aspects of their body they may suffer from a condition called Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). If someone suffers from this then what a person sees in the mirror is a negative view of reality. For example they may see an overweight and unattractive reflection when in reality their weight is in the normal range for their age and height. Or tiny breasts when in reality there current shape suits their overall body shape and if they were to go bigger they would be out of proportion to their natural frame. These are just a few examples of what BDD can do to a person’s perspective of their own body.  If a person suffers from this then its possible they would still not be happy with the outcome after surgery regardless of how many procedures they had done and  is it may be better that they sought psychological help such as counselling first.

In other instances however, such as the person who is left with loose skin after a significant weight loss, cosmetic surgery is an exceptional way of getting the body they have always dreamed about.

Some of the most popular procedures Mr El Gawad offers include:

Mr El Gawad offers a wide range of these plastic surgery techniques in a NHS or private hospital setting with top class facilities and exceptional care. 0% Finance is available subject to status in the UK. FREE consultations available on all procedures in UK hospitals. A small consultation fee of 1000 EGP is payable for consultations in Cairo.

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There are advantages and disadvantages to everything in life and cosmetic surgery is no different. It is important however that a patient knows exactly what is involved with surgery, including any risks. Therefore here are a few things that should be considered.

The expense of surgery

Its true that cosmetic surgery costs considerable amounts of money. In some instances surgery may be covered by the NHS, however if the surgery is required for cosmetic reasons then this usually isn’t covered.  It’s also worth mentioning that some people often pursue surgery abroad to save money. The saying ‘you get what you pay for’ unfortunately is very applicable in this case. The level of training is often poor and there are few regulations in some countries in regards to the rules of who is allowed to carry out cosmetic procedures. Patients often find the results of surgery extremely disappointing and in more serious cases there are been life threatening complications. There is more information on  this in a lower tab in this section titled “what about having cosmetic surgery abroad”.

To make surgery accessible for more people, Mr El Gawad offers 0% Finance (sts) for all his procedures so that patients are able to spread out the cost of surgery.

Is Cosmetic Surgery Addictive? 

If a person is wanting surgery due to an underlying psychological issue or mental illness then yes they risk wanting procedure after procedure as if addicted to the process. Mr El Gawad will only perform surgery on a person for the right reasons. If he feels that the surgery is not necessary or a person is demonstrating an unhealthy attitude towards multiple treatments such as in a case of addition, he will refer the patient to the necessary channels to get help.

Your surgery isn’t as expected

What we picture in our head, in regards to the final result of surgery, compared the the reality of what is achievable may be completely different. There are many factors that influence what is possible with surgery and sometimes our expectation may simply not line up. We may have a nose that is extremely bulbous in appearance at the tip for example and the width of the original nose is thick throughout. Our expectation may be to have surgery to have instead a smaller button nose that is thinner throughout the whole length. Our original bone structure will not allow such a drastic change therefore with all the will in the world the original expectations could never be met. This is why it’s vitally important to discuss exactly what you want to achieve with your surgery BEFORE you book in for that final date. You must be totally honest with your expectations therefore you will be better prepared for the results after you come out of theatre.

Surgery can and sometimes does go wrong

There is more details on each procedure regarding the specific risks of each surgery, but it’s important to understand that surgery does not come risk free.

There is considerable downtime after surgery

There is more details on each procedure regarding the specifics for the required downtime of each procedure. It can also be discussed individually in the consultation regarding your unique circumstances, but it’s important to know that there will be considerable downtime with most cosmetic procedures.

No. If wanting to book in for a private hospital appointment for your cosmetic surgery –  you can attend a consultation with a surgeon without a GP referral. During this consultation you will discuss the best cosmetic surgery procedure to meet your needs.

However it is highly recommended that you talk to your GP to facilitate the decision of seeing a plastic surgeon. Mr El Gawad would encourage you to share your consultation details with your GP in regards to continuity of care.

Absolutely not.  The number of men who choose to have surgery within a private hospital setting have almost doubled in the last decade. This is still rising every year. Popular procedure that men opt for include:

  • Male breast Reduction
  • tummy tuck
  • Liposuction
  • treatments to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Facial surgery

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The price for cosmetic surgery will depend on procedure chosen and many other factors. The final price quoted by Mr El Gawad during the consultation will be the price you pay – there will be no hidden costs. Any advised costs on this website however, although in most cases are accurate, they may be subject to minor fluctuations dependant on your individual circumstances:  Therefore should be used as a guide price.

When you are discussing the price for your cosmetic surgery with other providers – make sure that the figure includes everything and there is no hidden costs. Make sure that the hospital fee, consultants fee, anaesthetist’s charges, any medications and pain relief, dressings, and all after-care is included.  Also when asking about the cost of your surgery – make sure you are aware of any costs that may be chargeable if something was to go wrong.


  • Ask questions to make sure that your initial consultation is with the cosmetic surgeon who will be performing your procedure.  Make sure that it is not with one of their representatives.
  • You must be fully open about your goals and expectations. Make sure you are fully honest about the changes that you want to see to ensure the best outcome.
  • Ask about the surgeons qualifications. Also enquire about how they measure their customers satisfaction including what percentage of patients have to have further corrective surgery.
  • What risks does the procedure have? All cosmetic surgery procedures carry some risk. It’s important that you are fully aware of these before you go ahead and have surgery.
  • How long will the results last? Some procedures may have longer lasting results than others. Its therefore important that you ask these questions so that you have clear expectations of what the final outcome will be.

A good surgeon will be totally open and honest about these questions. If you have any doubts in these early stages – walk away and find another cosmetic surgeon.

More information on choosing your surgeon can be seen if you click here

The aftercare can be just as important as the surgery itself. There are risks to absolutely every cosmetic procedure. Therefore it’s vitally important that you know what will happen (and are confident they are able to handle it) should any complications arise. During the consultation at your chosen public or private hospital, make sure that you ask questions about who to contact after surgery and how you will be looked after if any issues arise.

Mr EL Gawad believes that its the marking of the offered aftercare that makes a truly good surgeon. He has an outstanding reputation for offering top of the range care, 24/7 after your surgery has been performed. He offers plastic surgery at several top of the range private hospitals throughout the UK and Cairo.  Including Manchester, Liverpool, Bolton and Newton Le Willows and Al Sheikh Zayed. Contact him here to book a FREE consultation. 

Do you have multiple areas that you want to address on your body ?

For example –  excess skin on your stomach that you are unable to tweak through diet or exercise?  Maybe you also feel that your breasts would benefit from some attention to combat the effects of the natural aging process and gravity? Did you know you are able to have multiple procedures at the same time.

This has the benefit of saving time, money (as it costs less than individual treatments) less downtime overall and no need for a second anaesthetic.

Multiple surgeries are tailored to the exact need of the individual patient. Contact me for a free consultation to discuss what would work best for your individual case.

Everyone is unique therefore every patient tolerates pain after cosmetic surgery in a slightly different way. Your surgeon will advise on the best pain medications to help reduce your discomfort depending on your individual case.

In a nutshell, most facial cosmetic procedures have the least discomfort post-operatively. The recovery after liposuction can be slightly more uncomfortable. The most uncomfortable cosmetic surgery procedures usually are the ones that require elevation or tightening of the muscles.  For example you would experience more discomfort from from procedures such such as an abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck). The discomfort felt from a breast augmentation could be compared to the recovery from a C-section.

These should only be used as a guide and it should be remembered that everyone’s experience will be different.

Some people decide to travel abroad for their cosmetic surgery procedures. Before you agree to go ahead you should be absolutely clear about who will pay for what, should your treatment go wrong while you are still there. Your travel insurance would unlikely cover it so you could find yourself having to foot the bill.
It’s also vitally important to do your homework on the experience and qualifications of your surgeon – some countries allow people to perform plastic surgery procedures with no formal qualification levels beyond those of a basic general practitioner. Would you allow your local GP to perform life changing surgery on you with no real surgery training?
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