Health Q&A: fixing botched silicone injections

Dr Mark Porter / 16 January 2019

Dr Porter advises a man whose wife wants to fix some botched cosmetic enhancements.

Q: My wife is considering cosmetic surgery to correct some botched silicone injections she had put in around her mouth years ago – much to her regret. How do we go about choosing someone suitable? She doesn’t want to make the same mistake twice.

A: Cosmetic surgery can go wrong even in the best hands, but the more carefully you choose your surgeon the happier you are likely to be. So here are some golden rules.

Ensure whomever your wife consults is a member of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons ( and/or the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (

Listen to those you know who have had work done; word-of-mouth recommendations are not infallible, but are often more accurate than a glossy ad. And ask your GP. Few of us have expertise in cosmetic surgery but we tend to know our colleagues, and their reputations – at least locally.

Your initial appointment and assessment should always be with the surgeon who will be carrying out the procedure. If a clinic tries to fob you off with an ‘adviser’ – as many do – vote with your feet.

Don’t be pushed into having anything done if you are uncertain. A good doctor is as likely to talk you out of a procedure as into having one.

Don’t scrimp. Many people still seem more interested in the price of a procedure, rather than the likely results. The best tends to cost more.

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