Cosmetic surgery review could lead to tighter regulation

A review into cosmetic surgery in the UK has been launched that could lead to tighter regulation across the industry. NHS medical director Sir Bruce Keogh is to lead the inquiry, which has been requested by health secretary Andrew Lansley.It is likely to consider the feasibility of introducing an implant register, as well as tightening the regulation of non-invasive treatments such as dermal fillers and laser treatments. The safety of procedures and products, and how they are currently regulated, will be looked at, as well as the skills and qualifications of the professionals administering them. According to a report by The Guardian, Sir Bruce has asked members of the public to get behind the review and get in touch with their own experiences of undergoing cosmetic procedures in Britain. News of a review has been welcomed by leading clinics within the industry, as well as The Royal College of Surgeons and industry body the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS). Consultant plastic surgeon Tim Goodacre, head of professional standards at BAPRAS, said: "We would like to see the robust implementation of a code of practice that will include higher standards of training and practice for surgeons whose work includes cosmetic procedures." See original story here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/aug/15/french-breast-implant-scandal-health-and-wellbeing