Cos­metic surgery check-list for pa­tients

Malta Independent - - HEALTH -

The Royal Col­lege of Sur­geons is of­fer­ing pa­tients seek­ing cos­metic surgery prac­ti­cal ad­vice about how to pick the right hospi­tal and doc­tor.

Its web­site now has a check­list to help pa­tients recog­nise and avoid rogue com­pa­nies of­fer­ing dodgy deals.

Ques­tions to ask in­clude whether the sur­geon who will be car­ry­ing out the op­er­a­tion is cer­ti­fied and in­sured and what to ex­pect in terms of re­cov­ery.

Pa­tients should also con­sider if their own ex­pec­ta­tions are re­al­is­tic.

The new online re­source is funded by the Depart­ment of Health, in the wake of the breast im­plant scan­dal of 2012, when it emerged tens of thou­sands of Bri­tish women had been fit­ted with un­safe sil­i­cone im­plants that were prone to rup­ture.

The web­site ad­vises: “Never feel rushed or pres­sured into giv­ing your con­sent. Be wary of sur­geons or staff who try to con­vince you to go ahead.”

There were more than 51,000 cos­metic pro­ce­dures per­formed in the pri­vate sec­tor in Bri­tain last year alone.

Mr Stephen Can­non, vice-pres­i­dent of the RCS, said peo­ple should do their re­search and think twice be­fore opt­ing for a cos­metic pro­ce­dure.

“The vast ma­jor­ity of cos­metic surgery is car­ried out in the pri­vate sec­tor and many peo­ple do not re­alise that the law cur­rently al­lows any qual­i­fied doc­tor - sur­geon or oth­er­wise - to per­form cos­metic surgery, with­out un­der­tak­ing ad­di­tional train­ing or qual­i­fi­ca­tions,” he said.

“Our ad­vice is that if you are think­ing of hav­ing some kind of work done, make sure you con­sult a sur­geon who is trained and ex­pe­ri­enced in the pro­ce­dure you are con­sid­er­ing.

“Look them up on the Gen­eral Med­i­cal Coun­cil’s regis­ter.”

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