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How old do you have to be to have Cosmetic Surgery in the UK?

Having a cosmetic surgery procedure is often something that patients have thought about for many years but it is important to wait until you reach the right age before proceeding.  

March 11th, 2022 |Ask an Expert

How old do I need to be to have surgery with MYA?

With most cosmetic surgery providers in the UK, you must be over a certain age to have a procedure, this is to ensure that you have made an informed decision, done your research and are not taking the decision to have a procedure lightly.  To have a consultation with one of our eConsult advisors for any cosmetic surgery procedure with MYA, you must be over the age of 18 years old. (We will ask for proof of age and identity prior to the consultation.) 

If you are currently under the age of 18 and are considering cosmetic surgery, we advise that you follow us on Instagram, check out our Facebook Reviews Group and start researching. We also recommend talking to friends and family, as it’s always great to have someone to support you through your journey.   

Things to consider before having cosmetic surgery 

  • Research is key 
    Research the procedure you are considering in detail so that you have a good understanding of the risks, recovery time and healing process. This will help with your understanding of some of the medical terms when meeting surgeons. 

  • Choose a qualified practitioner 
    Always use a GMC registered practitioner and a safe and reputable cosmetic surgery provider. Here at MYA, all our surgeons are GMC registered, with years of experience and are experts in their field.  

  • Ask as many questions as you like 
    Prepare lots of questions, there is no such thing as a silly question. We recommend taking a pen and notepad to your consultation to make notes and so you don’t forget any key information.  

  • Be clear as to the reasons you want to have a procedure
    It is important that you have a clear understanding of the reasons you are wanting to have cosmetic surgery and that this is not a decision you have taken lightly.  

  • Be cautious with social media ads and ‘cheap deals’ 
    Be aware of the cheap deals and social media ads that you may come across. If it seems to be too good to be true, it usually is. Travelling abroad for cosmetic surgery can be dangerous, so always seek advice before doing so.  

  • It’s your body and your choice  
    Remember, it’s your body and your choice what you decide to do with it. It is important that you are doing this for yourself and no one else! Equally, don’t let the opinions of others get in the way of your decisions.  


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