New guidelines for cosmetic surgery

SURGERY GUIDELINES: Patients should no longer be given false hope of ‘looking nicer’

NEW guidelines on managing someone’s expectations of cosmetic surgery have been unveiled.

Issued by the Royal College of Surgeons in the UK, it is hoped the guide will become compulsory for British practitioners.

They say that patients undergoing cosmetic surgery should not be given false hope and told they will ‘feel better’ or ‘look nicer’ but use more general terms such as ‘bigger’ or ‘smaller.’

Currently, certain cosmetic treatments can be administered anywhere and by anyone even if they do not have medical training, but the new guidelines call for an end to this.  It states that only surgeons, doctors, dentists and nurses with a qualified medical background should be able to carry out procedures such as Botox and laser treatments.

The Royal College of Surgeons is urging the UK government to make the rules compulsory as is prepares to report on a review of the regulation of cosmetic surgery in the coming months.

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