Personal Injury, Serious Injury & Clinical Negligence

Tighter restrictions on cosmetic surgery urged

Public consultation reveals inadequacies in plastic surgery industry

Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS Medical Director, has been appointed to undertake a review of the plastic surgery industry in England. His formal report is due in March 2013.

Initial consultations with patients, members of the public and industry professionals, have criticised the way in which cosmetic surgery is offered as a commodity in the UK.

As reported by the BBC (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-20850284), the recent PIP breast implant scandal has led to research being conducted into the way in which the cosmetic surgery industry operates.

This research suggests that patients are put under undue pressure to agree to procedures without knowing the risks and potential complications.

A significant number of patients are not even seen by a medical professional when they attend for an initial consultation. Instead they are seen by a sales assistant and many patients feel pressurised into accepting time-restricted offers and deals without being given sufficient time to think about their options and talk to a doctor about what is involved.

It is hoped that Sir Keogh’s report will encourage the Government to implement appropriate regulatory frameworks to protect vulnerable patients from rogue plastic surgery practices.

We represent many patients who have undergone negligently performed plastic surgery procedures (including breast augmentation/reduction, blepharoplasty, liposuction and face-lifts). If you would like advice concerning a cosmetic surgery procedure, please contact a member of our specialist medical negligence team.