Cosmetic surgery should not be treated as a quick fix that can be undertaken in somebody's lunch hour, according to a member of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS).
David Ross, a consultant plastic surgeon and BAAPS member, warned people not to be drawn into "lunchtime treatments" which offer no support or official advice and stick to fully trained professionals instead.
He noted that cosmetic surgery needs to be carried out responsibly and, for this to be done, the patient must think about where they are having the operation and whether the surgery will be available post-op if they have any questions or worries.
"The problems with lunchtime quick treatments is that they tend to find their way into the hands of the non-credited sector, i.e. untrained clinicians with very moderate training," explained Mr Ross.
Research published by the BAAPS recently showed an increase of over five per cent in the number of surgical procedures carried out by the organisation's members in 2008 compared to the previous year.