Courthouse Clinics Supports Government Review on Cosmetic Surgery Industry
The start of the review of the cosmetic surgery in the news today has headlined with the PIPs scandal but will encompass all types of cosmetic treatments including Botox, dermal fillers, lasers and peels. It has been obvious to most in the industry and certainly abroad that the field is under regulated.
All bar two countries in the EU look at the UK and think it´s absurd that dentists, nurses, beauticians and indeed anyone as far as lasers are concerned, can operate freely within the cosmetic market. In early 2013, the EU will publish a directive, which will mean that the UK has a huge amount of work to do to be compliant. This review will hopefully bring in recommendations that will bring us in line with Europe and provide a safe and secure environment for people to have cosmetic procedures performed.
It´s quite alarming that in a recent poll, half of those thinking about cosmetic work stated price was the determining factor in their choice of provider. The vast majority of course have a budget but in my experience, having seen the results of inappropriate treatments, the quality of the provider is paramount. Check around and go for mid-price – too cheap or too expensive should raise alarm bells. Find a reputable doctor or clinic by ensuring the doctor is a member of an accredited organisation, like BCAM, BAAPS, BAPS, BAD and the clinic is registered with CQC and IHAS. Personal recommendation is very valuable. Unethical adverts offering two for one should be a no-go signal.
Please don´t forget that many thousands have had and continue to have a good experience with cosmetic treatments. These people rarely make the headlines!
Dr Patrick Bowler
Courthouse Clinics are pleased that the government has announced a review of the cosmetic surgery industry. A decision to undertake a cosmetic surgery procedure should not be undertaken lightly. Patients must be provided with unbiased and clear information about the possible risks and complications, as well as the potential benefits of any proposed procedure. A cooling off period between consultation and surgery is essential as a time for reflection and consideration of the implications of the procedure. Patients must feel confident in the experience and skill of the surgeon carrying out the procedure and that their own interests are always the first priority.
This review will set out clear guidelines for the industry on best practise and patient safety and as a company we fully support it. We hope that a similar review of cosmetic injectable treatments will be undertaken in the future.
Dr Robin Stones