Recently I was involved in advising the Department of Health on education and training in cosmetic surgery. This contributed to the Keogh report https://www.gov.uk/government/news/recommendations-to-protect-people-who-choose-cosmetic-surgery
Following on from this report Dr Mark Porter wrote in The Times on Tuesday April 20th a piece explaining how to avoid “cosmetic cowboys”. In this article I was privileged to be recommended for cosmetic rhinoplasty.
When helping patients not only should we ensure surgeons and practitioners have the appropriate training and background to perform the procedures – in the face surgeons should have been trained in either ENT – head & neck / facial plastic surgery, plastic surgery or maxillo-facial surgery but we should also ensure that patient’s psychosocial and aesthetic goals can be met. Time must be spent understanding and identifying with the patient what these are. We should also ensure that patient’s understand and accept that even in the best hands complications occur that could produce results they are permanently unhappy with. Unpredictability should be minimised in the hands of experienced surgeons committed to aesthetic surgery but it can never be completely eliminated.