A top Fylde coast surgeon has welcomed the findings of a review into the UK’s cosmetic surgery industry and calls to rein in the cowboys.
The NHS medical director, Prof Sir Bruce Keogh, has carried out the work to assess current rules governing plastic surgery in England, investigating products, practitioners, insurance, patient information and consent and the advertising and marketing of cosmetic interventions.
Believed to be worth £2.3bn in 2010 and estimated to rise to £3.6bn by 2015, the sector is growing at an incredible rate as people become increasingly accepting of the use of surgical and non-surgical procedures.
The report warns of a lack of control on certain procedures and has called for compulsory registration and better training in the industry to protect patients.
The review also calls for the banning of ‘distasteful’ cut-price deals and offers – including TV shows such as The Only Way is Essex which ‘trivialise’ procedures.
Prof Keogh warned filler jabs – to plump up skin and fill in wrinkles – were subject to “no more controls than a bottle of floor cleaner” and some patients ended up suffering disfigurement, bruising and blindness.
And Mr Milind Dalal, consultant cosmetic surgeon at Spire Fylde Coast Hospital, on St Walburgas Road, Blackpool, says he believes the recommendations are needed, as patient safety should come first.
He said: “It is positive for the industry these recommendations have been made.
“If someone is considering cosmetic surgery it is important they are carefully guided, advised and cared for during and after their procedure by a properly qualified surgeon and supporting team.
“Every patient should have confidence the right person is doing their surgery in the correct facility, using the right equipment.”
Spire Healthcare says it has witnessed a 10 per cent increase in cosmetic surgery patients from 2011 to 2012.
The group’s medical director, Dr JJ de Gorter, added: “A review of the cosmetic surgery industry is long overdue. I especially welcome the recommendation to establish a national implant register, as well as ensuring all those providing cosmetic interventions are properly registered.”