It’s easy to be tempted by the idea of ‘sun, sea, sand’ and a quick ‘nip and tuck’; combining a holiday with a whole new-you. Sadly, it’s not always as easy or as glamourous as it sounds, and there are some important things to consider if you’re thinking of having cosmetic surgery, cosmetic dentistry, hair transplantation or laser eye surgery abroad, says Lorna Jackson, Editor of ConsultingRoom.com.
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It can be an extremely daunting process deciding to undergo cosmetic surgery. There are not only physical and financial aspects to consider as many also experience emotional effects before and after going under the knife. Up until recently the information available to those considering cosmetic surgery regarding the facilities and care that they can expect has been somewhat inadequate, often limited to the treatment providers own website.
For the first time, Cosmetic surgery clinics which fail to provide good quality care will be named and shamed under new government plans. Clinics offering cosmetic procedures are to be rated, which Jeremy Hunt, the UK’s Health Secretory, said would help “end the lottery of poor practice”.
Up to 100 cosmetic surgery clinics will be given transparent ratings which could help give potential users a much simpler guide to the quality of the clinics in their area. There will be four rating classifications: outstanding, good, requires improvement or inadequate.
Since the 2012 PIP breast implant scandal, the government has been trying to ensure safer cosmetic surgery for patients, which led to the Keogh Review in 2013.
Over 10,000 providers have been rated by the CQC since 2014, but this only focused on those providers with a greater number of patients.
The new proposals issued by the government propose the monitoring of cosmetic surgery providers by the CQC (Care Quality Commission) and the introduction of grading which is a welcomed start in providing transparency of the level of service offered by cosmetic surgery providers and hopefully a move towards a consistently higher level of service. The grading will allow potential patients to research more thoroughly and obtain an unbiased and informed opinion of individual clinics. The CQC is an independent regulator who inspect and monitor other health care facilities such as GP’s, hospitals, hospices and nursing homes across England.
The Royal College of surgeons have also proposed changes which will allow for more information on individual surgeons to be made available relating to the processes they undertake. They propose changes that include allowing surgeons to obtain certificates to confirm in what areas they are experienced to practice. Also guidelines on offering more information regarding the procedure itself, the risks and aftercare.
Both of these proposals show that the government and health care providers are keen to allow patients to obtain safer treatment of an acceptable standard, moving away from the awful stories we have heard of botched plastic surgery and operations performed by unqualified practitioners.
If you think you’ve been affected by an error in a cosmetic surgery procedure you underwent, the best thing you can do is get in touch with one of our experts today. We’re proud to operate under a no win, no fee agreement, which means that there’s absolutely no financial risk in contacting us. You won’t pay a penny in advance, only an agreed percentage of your damages towards costs, if your claim is successful.
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Tighter restrictions over cosmetic surgery industry have been long overdue to better protect patients
The increasing popularity of cosmetic surgery in recent years has unfortunately not coincided with better knowledge of the possible dangers amongst patients.
No doubt fuelled by the media obsession with reporting on the latest celebrities having a ‘nip and tuck’ to keep looking their best, cosmetic procedures have increasingly become the choice for thousands of people across the UK.
The figures are astounding, as a record number of 51,000 people in Britain underwent procedures in 2015, up 13 per cent on 2014.
However, a large percentage of those people will have undergone surgery completely unaware of the loose regulations around the industry, meaning those carrying out the work are not required by law to have specialist experience in procedures they perform.
Basically, fail to do your research and ask the key questions, and you run the risk of things going wrong.
Through our work in handling cosmetic surgery compensation claims at Hudgell Solicitors, we see how negligent procedures can have the complete opposite impact on an individual’s life to what they had hoped for.
If things go wrong, a procedure which a patient chooses in a bid to give them greater confidence can actually have a hugely negative impact on their long-term health, appearance, and psychological state.
With that in mind, we certainly welcome new guidelines being introduced by the General Medical Council (GMC) to better protect patients.
It has been announced that new rules, which will cover both surgical and non-surgical procedures, will come into force in June for both private clinics and the NHS in a bid to tackle practitioners who have been putting profits before patients.
Having represented many people who have been the victims of negligent cosmetic surgery, our team of specialists at Hudgell Solicitors have seen first-hand how patients can undergo procedures completely unaware the surgeons they choose have no relevant experience.
We also see cases where the risks and implications of procedures are not fully explained to patients, who find themselves feeling rushed into committing to surgery suggested by the surgeon themselves.
Importantly, the new guidance says doctors must firstly advertise and market their services responsibly, with ‘two for one’ offers – something which is clearly aimed at tempting people into procedures they don’t really need or actually want – thankfully banned.
Patients must also be given time for reflection, ensuring they don’t feel rushed or pressured, whilst doctors and surgeons are also being told that they must seek a patient’s consent themselves, personally discussing it with their patient and not delegating the responsibility.
Full and accurate records of all consultations will also be required, whilst doctors and surgeons will also be required to provide continuity of care, meaning they must make ensure patients know who to contact and how their care will be managed if they experience any complications.
This is a key factor, as aftercare and support is something those putting profit before patients will often fail to provide, leaving patients high and dry when things do go wrong. The GMC says most doctors who do cosmetic procedures do so at a high standard, and that is certainly the case. However, it admits it does ‘sometimes come across poor practice’, warning that those who do not follow the new guidelines risk being struck off the register.
It is hoped the these new measures will put an end to botched and unethical procedures, but only by ensuring these new regulations are strictly administered will they have the desired impact towards reducing the risks in an ever-increasing area of surgery.
Hudgell solicitors are backing news that new regulations will soon be introduced to combat the irresponsible marketing of cosmetic surgery procedures. Earlier this month, the General Medical Council (GMC) released a statement revealing that they would finally be imposing guidelines on the funding and marketing of cosmetic surgery. The changes, expected in the next few months, will see some doctors scrutinised for the way they market their products to potential patients and the way some procedures are funded.
The French company Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) have ceased trading amid the recent discovery that the silicone breast implants they have supplied to a number UK clinics have been found to contain an industrial material that is not suitable for surgical procedures.
The implants were used in cosmetic surgery clinics throughout the UK in the period 2001 to 2010.
When news of the defect in the product hit the UK press at the start of this year we were contacted by many women who were concerned for their safety; worried about the damage that could have already occurred and anxious about the prospect of having to face further surgery.
A large number of women contacted us seeking advice. Others had undergone scans which showed whether their implants had ruptured or not; some women had been so concerned they had undergone surgery to remove the implants, incurring the full cost of the procedure.
The Report has established that whilst the PIP implants show no evidence of significant risk to human health they have a higher risk of rupture and are more likely to leak silicone than any other implant on the market.
The Government have now recommended that all women with PIP implants should be contacted by the cosmetic clinic who provided their service and offered a specialist consultation together with any appropriate investigations to determine if the implants are still intact or whether any rupture has occurred. If there is sign of rupture then again, the Government have stressed that the clinic should offer an explanation to the woman and provide guidance on what options are available.
The Report suggests that should the patient wish to have the implants removed, the clinic should support that decision and carry out the surgery.
If that patient decides not to have the implants removed then she should be offered an annual follow up and guidance should be given to help her recognise early signs of potential rupture.
What is not clear is who is to be responsible for the cost of this procedure. It is our opinion that these recommendations should be provided free of charge to all women.
What is clear is that women are still expected to pay should they wish for the implants to be replaced. This is a costly procedure in the region of £4,000 not to mention the recovery time following the procedure.
Our advice to anyone with PIP implants is to contact the clinic where they had their surgery and request a consultation. A scan should be performed to determine if the implants have ruptured. Further advice should then be given dependent on the results of that scan.
Any woman who cannot get hold of the clinic, or receives a negative response from that clinic should contact their General Practitioner for further guidance.
Should they decide to proceed with the removal and replacement of the implants we would also recommend that they contact us for free advice regarding their rights to recovery of this cost and associated expenses.