The Royal College of Surgeons spoke to the BBC and reported that current protocol states that general practitioners, the kind of doctor you see for a chest infection or flu jab are allowed to perform nose job surgeries and alike.
This poses a problem for patients, and claims have also been made by additional medical professionals particularly those working in the genuine fields of plastic surgery that there is an all-time high in the number of patients seeking revisionary surgery, in order to undo damage caused by previous operations.
Patients who have been at this end of the treatment were they were left unsatisfied with the standard of procedure carried out by non-specialist doctors have felt conned because they often find themselves in nice operating clinics, with certificates on the wall, which do depict the idea that the treatment received will be of standard, as opposed to the general pre conception that these surgeries would be taking place in garages. The RCS has therefore suggested as a result that a new system should be implemented whereby surgeons will be certified for each procedure.
Under Medical Law doctors who aren’t specifically trained cannot promote themselves as ‘plastic surgery specialists’ but they can use alternative phrasing which can seem equally as impressive and professional to a client looking for an ‘international plastic surgery expert’ or a ‘cosmetic surgeon’.
A number of suggestions have been made to try and provide the public with the means to check doctor’s qualifications and specialist fields which would give an insight into their success rates and allow potential customers to make a better informed judgement of the services they require and from whom.
One idea was to create a register for certified surgeons accessible to the public so that uncertified surgeons would not be able to make false claims nor healthcare professionals be able to avoid mentioning their certifications if the public was made aware that this was a measure of those professionals with superior training.
Others have contested that these suggestions will not do enough to change the way surgeries are taking place nowadays unless the recommendations made are reviewed and factually accurate or else it could be equally easy for doctors to manipulate the reviews to depict the idea that they are sufficiently trained.
Former president of The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (Baaps) has acknowledged the importance for public awareness when seeking qualified cosmetic surgeons and having reassurance that their decision will not only meet regulations but that it will fulfil their own expectations and desires as would be discussed in consultations.
Since the scrutiny following the sub-standard fitting of breast implants with Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) regulations have been in need of re-evaluation for the health and safety of the public who are undergoing different surgeries.