Royal College of Surgeons publish online check list for those seeking cosmetic surgery

Back at the end of June this year we reported on the news that the General Medical Council (GMC) had published a guide advising patients on how to go about researching and checking their clinic and surgeon before undergoing cosmetic surgery invasive or non-invasive.  The industry is growing at quite a rate and in 2015 there were more than 51,000 private cosmetic procedures performed in the UK.

Now the Royal College of Surgeons has also posted a check-list on their website also offering advice on how to limit exposure to rogue surgeons.  These developments have come about after repeated calls for tighter legislation of the industry to limit and finally stamp out the number of botched and potentially fatal operations being carried out by inexperienced and sometime unregistered medical professionals who operate illegally.

The checklist provides comprehensive advice on what to do before committing to any procedure:

Always meet the surgeon who will carry out the procedure, check he or she is certified and insured.

Always understand what is involved in all aspects of the procedure, you must know exactly what the procedure entails and what the potential risks are.

Get a full breakdown of costs including post-op costs should there be any complications during or after the surgery.

Ensure you fully understand what the potential outcomes of the surgery are, aesthetically.  It is important your expectations are realistic of best and worst case scenario.

Ask what the recovery time is likely to be, again, include worst case scenario and plan your work and family life accordingly.  Recovering from highly invasive surgery can take time and is different for each individual.

The checklist also advises against any rush decisions and asks that you take time to carefully consider any surgery as there are risks involved and to never be pressured into a decision either by discount prices or special offers.  Surgeons who use any hard sell tactics should be avoided.

VP of the Royal College of Surgeons, Mr Stephen Cannon, believes it’s important that people do their research before signing on the dotted line and carefully consider the options before going 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,

“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.”

If you feel that your surgeon did not properly inform you of the risks or of a realist aesthetic result after surgery then you may be entitled to compensation. If you are unhappy with any stage of your cosmetic surgery consultation, procedure or post-op care then contact Thorneycroft Solicitors now to discuss your individual case with a professional who understands how sensitive this issue is.

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