How to pick the right hospital and doctor

The Royal College of Surgeons is offering patients seeking cosmetic surgery practical advice about how to pick the right hospital and doctor.

Its website now has a checklist to help patients recognise and avoid rogue companies offering dodgy deals.

Questions to ask include whether the surgeon who will be carrying out the operation is certified and insured and what to expect in terms of recovery.

Patients should also consider if their own expectations are realistic.

The new online resource is funded by the Department of Health, in the wake of the breast implant scandal of 2012, when it emerged tens of thousands of British women had been fitted with unsafe silicone implants that were prone to rupture.

The website advises: "Never feel rushed or pressured into giving your consent. Be wary of surgeons or staff who try to convince you to go ahead."

There were more than 51,000 cosmetic procedures performed in the private sector in England last year alone.

What to check:

  • Meet the surgeon and make sure they are certified and insured to do the procedure
  • Find out all the possible costs - including dealing with any complications
  • Check with the surgeon that the cosmetic result you want is actually achievable
  • Find out what the surgery actually involves
  • Weigh the risks against the benefits
  • Find out what to expect in terms of recovery - how long will you be looked after and supported

Mr Stephen Cannon, vice-president of the RCS, said people should do their research and think twice before opting for a cosmetic procedure.

"The vast majority of cosmetic surgery is carried out in the private sector and many people do not realise that the law currently allows any qualified doctor - surgeon or otherwise - to perform cosmetic surgery, without undertaking additional training or qualifications," he said.

"Our advice is that if you are thinking of having some kind of work done, make sure you consult a surgeon who is trained and experienced in the procedure you are considering.

"Look them up on the General Medical Council's register."

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