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UK clamps down on cosmetic surgery cowboys

28 Apr

On the 12th of April 2016, The BBC online health editor Michelle Roberts reported on the new guidelines governing Cosmetic Surgery in the UK.

Here are the highlights

  1. The General Medical Council that regulates UK doctors has introduced new Cosmetic surgery guidelines that will come into force in June 2016.
  2. Patients must not be rushed or cajoled into cosmetic surgery
  3. Cosmetic surgery promotional tactics like two for one offers are banned
  4. Rogue practitioners who put profit before patients to be struck off the medical register
  5. The surgeon carrying out cosmetic surgery or the practitioner carrying out non surgical cosmetic interventions must fully explain the risks of the procedure and make sure patients know whom to contact if they experience complications
  6. Prof Sir Bruce Keogh in his report to the UK government said “ In fact, a person having a non surgical cosmetic intervention has no more protection and redress than someone buying a ball point pen or a toothbrush"
  7. These measures may put an end to botched and unethical procedures


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Dr Naveen Somia MBBS, PhD, FRACS

Written by Dr Naveen Somia MBBS, PhD, FRACS

Dr. Naveen Somia is a Sydney Plastic Surgeon who listens to his patients, understands their problems and works alongside them to help achieve their aesthetic goals by applying his skills and years of experience in Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery. A published author on Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery, Naveen’s blog is aimed at helping you make the right choices and stay safe in your quest to look your personal best.