New Guidance for Private Cosmetic Surgery and ProceduresJune 19th, 2015
New guidance has been put into place to better protect people undergoing plastic surgery and to further regulate surgeons undertaking the procedures. This guidance advises that patients should be given a cooling off period and time to consider the proposed surgery before going ahead with it.
The new rules will apply to both surgical and non-surgical procedures including facelifts, breast implants, dermal fillers and botox, and aims to make these procedures safer for patients.
The General Medical Council (GMC) have produced this new guidance over fears for the safety of patients after the PIP breast implant scandal and the increase in reported botched cosmetic surgery procedures, such as dermal fillers.
The GMC sets out what is expects of cosmetic surgery doctors in the UK and also aims to educate patients on what they should expect from their doctor.
Some of the points covered by the new guidance include:
- Make patients aware of all the risks involved in the procedure and be completely honest and open with patients.
- Give patients a cooling-off period to fully consider the procedure and make an informed decision.
- Ask for feedback from patients to see how the procedure has affected them both physically and psychologically.
- Do not encourage younger audiences (under 18s) to undertake cosmetic surgery through marketing strategies and seek advice and guidance from professionals who treat young people.
- Speak to the patients themselves to gain consent, rather than delegating this to someone else.
- Do not offer procedures as a prize and do not over exaggerate claims of the results of the procedures.
Professor Terence Stephenson, the chairman of the General Medical Council commented on the new guidance: “We are clear that doctors must not pressure patients to make rushed decisions they may end up regretting and they must give them enough information so they can make an informed choice.”
CFG Law welcomes this new guidance and thinks it is essential that guidance and supervision is given to private cosmetic surgeons to ensure patients are better protected.
Philip Coulthurst, Senior Associate Solicitor and Head of Serious Injury at CFG Law, commented: “Cosmetic surgery and procedures have for too long been undertaken with very little thought to the serious risks involved. Unfortunately many people have been left with life altering injuries after surgery that cannot be easily rectified. This new guidance should hopefully ensure that patients can make more informed decisions before going ahead with any procedures, and that they fully appreciate the risks involved.”
CFG Law are specialist serious injury solicitors with many years’ experience in private cosmetic surgery compensation claims. If you have suffered injury as result of a cosmetic surgery we will:
- Gain access to specialist medical experts to arrange private corrective surgery or procedures.
- Fight for the highest amount of compensation for your physical and psychological injuries.
- Look at all loss of earnings, including past, present and future.
- Recover the cost of any care you have needed as a result of the surgery.
Our aim is to put our clients’ needs at the heart of everything we do. We will help you to gain access to the help, treatment and support you need following botched cosmetic surgery. We can also get you the compensation you deserve for the pain and suffering you have faced as a result. Call us anytime on 0800 612 8196 and one of our specialist solicitors will be happy to help you.