A Harley Street clinic has decided to launch the option of having an all-female surgical team to make women feel more at ease when undergoing cosmetic surgery.
The London Clinic says that many women have been unable to undergo intimate surgical procedures until now because of cultural or religious reasons, or simply because they find the thought of a male surgeon too uncomfortable to contemplate.
Dalia Nield, the plastic surgeon leading the team, said that although doctors themselves view surgical competency as the only important factor, patients often have a very different view.
"We decided to launch this service as sometimes we find female patients prefer to deal with an all-female team if they are having an intimate procedure done, such as labiaplasty or breast work," she told the BBC.
"Women will naturally feel more comfortable and at ease with other women," she added.
British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (Baaps) president Douglas McGeorge, himself a consultant plastic surgeon, told the BBC that there was significant demand for cosmetic surgery, particularly among women.
"With increased awareness about cultural and religious concerns as well as new procedures that cater to the inherent differences in ethnicities, people of all backgrounds can now consider aesthetic plastic surgery, without necessarily having to compromise their beliefs or heritage," he said.
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Cosmetic surgery news : 15/01/2007