The Royal College of Surgeons has issued new document outlining its Professional Standards for Cosmetic Practice. The report was developed by the Cosmetic Surgical Practice Working Group made up of key professionals including surgeons, psychiatrists, psychologists and dermatologists.
The Royal College of Surgeons’ report comes in advance of the review of cosmetic surgery regulation which is led by Sir Bruce Keogh (medical director of the NHS) following the PIP breast implant scandal.
The comprehensive document is aimed at medical professionals involved in cosmetic treatments and surgical practice – doctors, dentists and nurses – and especially focuses on the behaviour and competencies they should exhibit when providing cosmetic procedures.
The Royal College of Surgeons have advised that all cosmetic procedures including those non-surgical procedures such as botullinum toxin injections (botox®) and dermal fillers, should be performed by qualified doctors, dentists and nurses who have undertaken appropriate training. This is not currently the case, as the guidance says that currently anyone can administer popular filler injections.
They also recommend that all cosmetic procedures should be carried out on licensed premises, which would effectively end the controversial concept of ‘Botox parties’.
The Royal College of Surgeons also called for medical professionals to fully inform patients about any potential side effects and to tell patients that surgery will not make them happy.
This is the first time the College has provided professional guidelines on cosmetic procedures, including surgery such as face lifts but also Botox and other injectable and lasers used for skin conditions and hair removal.
Professor Norman Williams, President of the Royal College of Surgeons, said:
“We have serious concerns that not all those who offer cosmetic procedures are adequately qualified, or that patients are getting accurate information prior to treatment. We hope these standards will feed into the ongoing review of the industry led by the NHS Medical Director, Sir Bruce Keogh, and improve quality of care for patients going forward.”
Mr Steve Cannon, Chairman of the RCS working party, said:
“With the demand for cosmetic surgery and non-surgical treatments rising year on year, it is crucial that the highest level of professionalism is maintained amongst practitioners.”
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She welcomes the Royal College of Surgeons’ report and advises patients to choose their botox® and fillers provider carefully:
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- Choose a reputable clinic
- If in doubt don’t proceed until you are sure
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