If you decide to have cosmetic surgery it is vital to select a Surgeon with suitable skills and experience to perform the cosmetic procedure. Your GP can offer advice and may know an appropriate and experienced Surgeon in your local area.
In terms of registration, doctors who provide cosmetic surgery privately only need to be registered and licenced by the General Medical Council (GMC). There is no legal requirement for the doctor to be listed as a specialist Surgeon on the GMC’s specialist register. You should also ensure that the Surgeon is fully insured to carry out the procedure in the UK. Make sure you find out what your Surgeon’s and Hospital’s insurance does and does not cover you for and ask to see details of the insurance.
If you decide to have surgery in England, the Hospital or medical centre should be registered with the Care Quality Commission. You can search for a CQC registered Hospital and find out about the quality of their service through the CQC website.
Always take a checklist to your consultation with the Surgeon before undergoing the procedure. Please note the Royal College of Surgeons provides a variety of online resources and advice for patients considering cosmetic surgery. Their website address is email@example.com/cosmeticsurgery.
Make sure you find out about the planned and possible future costs and the likely results of the procedure.