Recommended changes to cosmetic surgery industry

A committee set up by the Department of Health in the wake of the PIP breast implant scandal has recommended the following changes:

  • Those who provide cosmetic procedures should undergo formal qualifications.
  • People who inject fillers should also be signed up to a register.
  • GPs should be informed of treatments so if something goes wrong they know what to treat.
  • There should be a ban of financial offers for cosmetic surgery.
  • Procedures must be approved by a surgeon and not a salesperson.
  • A fund to help patients should a cosmetic surgery company go bust.
  • There should be compulsory insurance in case a procedure goes wrong.

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Warning over 'cosmetic crisis'

Unregulated injectable anti-wrinkle treatments are a "crisis waiting to happen", an official review into cosmetic procedures has warned. It says the procedures should only be available on prescription and carried out by qualified practitioners.