14 March 2011
Patients considering cosmetic surgery must ensure the surgeon they opt for is fully qualified and on the General Medical Council specialist register.
According to cosmetic surgery specialist Jeyaram Srinivasan, consultant plastic, reconstructive and hand surgeon at the Beardwood Hospital in Blackburn, people should also make sure the surgeon who will be performing their procedure is a member of the British Association for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.
Mr Srinivasan also urged people considering cosmetic surgery to discuss their options with their GP beforehand.
Speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph, Mr Srinivasan said: "We felt it was important to remind people that having cosmetic surgery is a very serious, life-changing decision.
"Women and men should not let their eagerness for change overpower their ability to make a responsible choice about their surgeon, hospital and desired procedure."
He also noted that there has been a 102 per cent increase in the number of people seeking cosmetic surgery in the Preston area of England since the start of the year - with the majority of the demand increase being driven by male patients wanting to know about gynaecomastia - or man-boob surgery.
In the US, meanwhile, 13.1 million people had cosmetic surgery last year - a dramatic increase on 2009 levels.
Posted by Philip Briggs
1 "American Society of Plastic Surgeons". American Society of Plastic Surgeons. March 2011.
2 "Moobs and Boobs: Double DD'igit Rise". British Association of Aesthetic and Plastic Surgeons. Monday, January 31st 2011.
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