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Jan 2015

Cosmetic surgery –  how to prevent post operative problems

Cosmetic surgery: In the past it has been described by ministers as a ‘cowboy industry’ of ‘murky practises’. It is an industry under intense scrutiny particularly since the Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) scandal, where sub-standard breast implants were given to thousands of women.

The Royal College of Surgeons believes doctors should not perform cosmetic surgery outside their specialist area. Current rules allow ‘GPs to do nose jobs’ and with the growing increase in cosmetic surgery this could become a big problem for patients. The college has launched a consultation on how the industry can be cleaned up, they want a new system that certifies surgeons. One suggestion is to have a register of certified surgeons for each type of procedure – this will help the public when making decisions about the quality of their surgeon. "There will be no concerns if you're already an established surgeon doing extremely well. But it'll stop all that cowboy behaviour which goes on" according to vice-president of The Royal College of Surgeons, Stephen Cannon.

If this system were to be put in place doctors would have to provide evidence of their specialism and success rates but it would be voluntary. The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons says the proposal is a step in the right direction, but does not go far enough, it will only help patients if it is ‘‘mandatory and policed.’’ Rajiv Grover, a Baaps spokesman feels ‘’It is essential that the public know who to go to when seeking a qualified cosmetic surgeon, but also, to be assured that the quality of their outcome will meet accepted standards, and particularly to meet their own expectations."

The college advises people to look beyond the price when picking a surgeon.

Contact: Paul Finn