Calls for cosmetic surgery shake-up

Public calls for tighter regulation of the cosmetic surgery sector in the wake of the PIP breast implant scandal have been widely reported in the media.

News headlines include "Breast operations 'must not be sold like double glazing'," (The Daily Telegraph), "Tighter restrictions on cosmetic surgery urged," (BBC News) and "Cosmetic treatment industry faces tough regulation over 'grubby' tactics," (The Guardian).

The news stories report the findings of a two-month public consultation conducted as part of an ongoing Government review into the cosmetic surgery industry.

A majority of respondents are calling for a ban on aggressive sales techniques, such as “two-for-one” offers and surgery offered as competition prizes.

Findings from the consultation will feed into a final report by the NHS Medical Director Sir Bruce Keogh due for publication in March 2013.

The report is a summary of responses to a public consultation that forms part of an ongoing review into the regulation of the cosmetic surgery industry. The two-month call for evidence was launched in August and 180 responses were received. These responses will inform Sir Bruce’s review, due in March.

Suggestions that the majority of respondents wanted to see implemented include:

The cosmetic surgery review was announced in January 2012 following the PIP breast implant scandal. The French-made implants caused global concern in 2011 after it was revealed they contained industrial silicone rather than medical-grade fillers and that they may be more prone to rupture and leakage. In the UK, about 47,000 women are thought to have the implants.

The review was set up to look at the following issues:

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