New cosmetic surgery site

The Department of Health has launched a new website providing information for people considering cosmetic surgery. The website features useful information including:

  • Questions to ask yourself about your reasons for wanting cosmetic surgery and your expectations of the results the procedure will bring, as well as some alternatives to cosmetic surgery. 
  • A handy 'cosmetic surgery checklist' of questions to ask, help to make sure that the provider gives you all the details you need to know in order to make an informed decision on whether cosmetic surgery is right for you.
  • Information on how to check that the surgeons, doctors, dentists, nurses and beauty therapists who will be carrying out the cosmetic treatment have the right qualifications and experience.
  • An A-Z list of all cosmetic procedures, what to think about to start with, what the treatment involves, what results you should expect and any risks you may need to know about
  • Information on what to do if you are not happy with the results or have a complaint to make about a cosmetic surgery or treatment

Chief Medical Officer Sir Liam Donaldson said :

"Good public information on cosmetic surgery is essential. People need help and support to make informed choices about whether to have cosmetic surgery or a non-surgical cosmetic treatment. Well informed patients can help to drive up standards among providers in a field of healthcare where there have been concerns. I am sure that the web material will be widely used and will make a significant contribution to raising awareness among both the public and the providers.

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