Review of the Regulation of Cosmetic Interventions – the Keogh report

image The Keogh report finally puts into place plans to regulate our industry – something we, as cosmetic plastic surgens, have been requesting for some time.  The key regulations they call for are something no bone fide cosmetic surgeon would argue against:

  • making all dermal fillers prescription only
  • ensuring all practitioners are properly qualified for all the procedures they offer. This needs to include all people from cosmetic surgeons offering breast enlargement through to people offering injectables such as dermal fillers or Botox®
  • an ombudsman to oversee all private health care including cosmetic procedures to assist those who have been treated poorly
  • surgical providers should provide a record of implants and operations to both the person undergoing a procedure and their GP
  • a registry should be established for breast implants and other devices. This should alert the authorities to any signs of concerns at an early stage, and will provide critical intelligence in the event of product failure or recall
  • obtaining consent should not be dismissed as a casual irrelevance, so that providers are obliged to ensure that people are aware of the implications and risks of procedure and that they have adequate time to consider this information before proceeding with surgery
  • an advertising code of conduct should be developed and compliance should be mandatory for all practitioners
  • insurance products should be developed to protect patients in the event of product failure, or provider insolvency

Here’s hoping it won’t take long to put some, if not all of these plans into place (however, an implant registry existed years ago, but folded as it was a logistical nightmare, so it will be interesting to see how this new one will work!)


About Ms Angelica Kavouni FRCS EBOPRAS

Ms Angelica Kavouni MD FRCS EBOPRAS On the UK’s specialist register and member of EBOPRAS, Ms Angelica Kavouni is one of the UK's most requested female cosmetic surgeons. A regular TV and print media commentator, Angelica has become known for her minimal scarring facelift and breast surgery. An increasing number of women also seek her for female body contouring of all varieties from straight forward liposculpting to ‘Yummy Mummy’ combination surgery, involving any type of breast enhancement with tummy tuck and/or labiaplasty. Also passionate about non-invasive anti-ageing, Angelica has set up her own in-house medispa (the Kosmesis Skin Clinic) featuring several key aesthetic skincare devices, which compliment her surgical practice. Kosmesis Skin Clinic is a unique skincare destination. Not only a stand-alone non-surgical unit housing state-of-the-art solutions for all skin issues, the Kosmesis Skin Clinic acts as an invaluable adjunct to the surgical facility also based at 129 Harley Street. Our experienced aesthetic nurse practitioners work to Medical Director Ms Angelica Kavouni’s own exact standards, delivering high-end care to all patients. Def: Kos-me-sis…preservation, restoration, or enhancement of natural appearance
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