A cosmetic surgeon has urged people considering cosmetic surgery to vet their doctors before signing up for a procedure.
Sean Carroll, a consultant plastic surgeon at St Vincent's Hospital and the Beacon Hospital in Dublin, told the Irish Times that there has been a definite increase in demand for cosmetic surgery in recent months.
"There's no question about it. There has been an increase in the numbers of people looking for cosmetic surgery over the course of the last year," he confirmed.
"I think that it's associated with the general increase in the acceptability of cosmetic surgery."
However, the surgeon called for better regulation of cosmetic surgery to ensure that surgeons are properly trained.
He revealed that while clinics often highlight that their doctors are registered, this does not necessarily mean that they have specialist expertise in the field of cosmetic surgery.
He urged potential patients to ensure that the doctor they are considering is listed on the specialist register.
Recent figures from the Harley Medical Group show that there has been a 35 per cent increase in business growth as a result of rising demand for cosmetic surgery.
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