Policy paper

Views sought for review of cosmetic procedures

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A major review of cosmetic surgery and procedures is launched today by the Department of Health.



The review, led by NHS Medical Director Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, wants people to give their views on and share their experiences of the cosmetic surgery industry and cosmetic procedures. A call for evidence, which runs until 15 October 2012, asks for views on:

  • the regulation and safety of products used in cosmetic interventions
  • how best to ensure that the people who carry out procedures have the necessary skills and qualifications
  • how to ensure that organisations have the systems in place to look after their patients both during their treatment and afterwards
  • how to ensure that people considering cosmetic surgery and procedures are given the information, advice and time for reflection to make an informed choice
  • what improvements are needed in dealing with complaints so they are listened to and acted upon.

This comes as a survey shows that many people consider the cost of surgery more important than the qualifications of the people doing it or how they will be looked after.