Choosing who to carry out your cosmetic surgery can sometimes be more difficult than deciding to have surgery. How do you know if a doctor is right for the job?
It’s an issue of concern to The Royal College of Surgeons in the UK, which has launched a patient resource on its website to provide independent advice on finding a properly qualified surgeon. It comes after a review by the UK’s department of health that reported an urgent need to improve regulation because some doctors were performing cosmetic surgery without training.
At the moment, doctors who provide cosmetic surgery in the private sector only need to be registered with, and licensed by, the General Medical Council (GMC) as a doctor. There is no legal requirement for the doctor to be listed as a specialist surgeon on the GMC’s specialist register.