Cosmetic surgery: the new proposals


In order to get rid of the cosmetic cowboys and improve standards of the cosmetic industry, new proposals by the cosmetic surgery associations, such as BAAPS, are currently being considered by the NCSC and are likely to take effect from next spring.

Here, we look at the main proposals

• Any cosmetic surgeon intending to practise should appear on the specialist register of the General Medical Council (GMC). This proves that he/she is fully qualifed in one of three main areas of plastic surgery. These include aesthetic plastic surgery; ears, nose and throat; and mouth, teeth, jaws and face.

• All cosmetic surgeons belong to a relevant professional organisaton which supports the principles of good medical practice. These include the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), the British Association of Plastic Surgeons (BAPS) and the British Association of Oral and Maxillo-Facial Surgeons (BAOMS) or the British Association of Otorhinolaryngology (BAO).

• All cosmetic surgery patients must meet the surgeon prior to the operation.

• The operation must not be carried out before two weeks after the initial consultation. This gives the patient a 'cooling off' period and time to change his/her mind.

• The surgeon must point out any risks involved with the operation and give guidance to alternative treatments.

• Each clinic has written procedures for the safe use of all equipment used for cosmetic surgery purposes.

• All staff must have completed training in the safe use of any equipment.

• Nursing staff carrying out any cosmetic procedures such as collagen injections, facial peels or skin care consultations are fully trained.

• Patients are offered the opportunity for psychological counselling, both before and after the operation.

• The surgeon follows up the patient's recovery with appointments after the operation.

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