The Department of Health will seek views from the public on cosmetic surgery following the controversial issues surrounding PIP breast implants. Professor Keogh, heading the review, has raised concerns that there is a lack of knowledge around the seriousness of cosmetic surgery and its lifelong implications and potential complications.
A recent opinion poll of nearly 2000 members of the public revealed that only around half would consider the qualifications of the practitioner treating them when deciding to have cosmetic surgery. The study will seek to hear a range of views and experiences on cosmetic surgery, both positive and negative, for a rounded picture.
A team of physicians, campaigners, surgeons and journalists has been assembled to help gather evidence and to make recommendations to the government based on the findings. Among the points that they are expected to consider will be:
- Greater regulation of clinics, including the safety of products used for cosmetic procedures, and of the experience and qualifications of practitioners.
- Information and advice: ensuring that prospective patients are given the correct information to make an informed decision, with time to reflect.
- Improving protocol for complaints procedures, ensuring they are listened to and acted upon.
- Introducing a national register for products such as breast implants