A Call for Evidence by the Department of Health-August 15, 2012

Screen Shot 2013-06-25 at 09.05.49A “Call for Evidence” was launched by the Department of Health for a review of the regulation of cosmetic interventions.  I, on behalf of Endangered Bodies, contributed to the Inquiry emphasizing the importance that people considering cosmetic surgery and procedures are given proper information, advice and time for reflection so that they can make an informed choice.  All too often people choose to have surgery on a body part that they are unhappy about.  Before undergoing something as serious and irreversible and potentially dangerous as surgery, people need to have the proper information in order to make an informed decision.  I think this needs to be done with a trained professional who can ensure that the reasons to go through with the surgery are sound and healthy.  If a patient of mine is so unhappy with say her nose, I would never say that she should not opt to change it but I feel as a clinician, it is my responsibility to have discussions about why to opt for surgery?  What her nose means to her? How long has she felt this way?  Along with many more questions, which can unravel underlying feelings, she may have which might be able to be worked through and ultimately accepted without needing to go through surgery.

UPDATE: In January 2013 a Review of Regulation of Cosmetic Interventions, was published.   I wrote a blog post summarizing Bruce Keogh’s review.