New standards for doctors carrying out cosmetic procedures designed to help drive up standards in the cosmetic surgery have come into force. The new guidelines cover all procedures from breast augmentation to Botox and are there to protect patients. The RCS will also launch a new certification scheme, allowing patients to more easily search for a surgeon who has the necessary skill and experience to perform the procedure they are considering. In the meantime, stay safe and know the rules – or for full details visit the GMC website.
- Do not have any cosmetic treatments which are on a special offer, like two for one or are discounted if you have multiple treatments. There should be no inducements whatsoever.
- You must have a minimum two-week cooling off period before undergoing any surgery so you do not feel rushed or pressured.
- When you go for a consultation make sure you are well informed on all details of the procedure, including risks and downtime and are given written information about any procedures.
- Always ask about aftercare, continuity of care must be provided so patients know whom to contact if they experience any complications and full details of any medicines or implants being used must be made readily available.
- Details of all UK doctors, including any specialisms they have, are published on the GMC’s online List of Registered Medical Practitioners