It has recently been announced that all new breast implant operations in England are to be recorded on a register in an attempt to further regulate cosmetic surgery. This follows a number of high profile cases including the recent concerns over PIP implants.
It is hoped that the register will enable surgeons to identify any patients that may be at risk and need replacements in the months or years following surgery. It is not yet known whether health ministers in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will decide to join the register.
Following the PIP scandal many practitioners were critical of the lack of regulation of the industry, which is predicted to be worth £3.6 billion by 2015.
The register is currently being trialled by the NHS and a number of private companies. It is thought that it will take a similar form to the National Joint Registry which holds information in relation to hip replacements.
The Department of Health is also currently working with the Advertising Standards Authority in relation to “irresponsible marketing”. In the past people have been encouraged to enter competitions to win plastic surgery and surgeries have often used cut price promotions.
The breast implant register is another step towards regulating the cosmetic surgery industry. It will make it easier to spot any issues with implants and will enable clinics to contact patients who may need further treatment. Furthermore, the investigation into the use of advertisements and promotions will ensure that patients are not making important decisions based on a money saving incentive.
If you have concerns over any cosmetic surgery procedure and wish to speak to someone please contact us for a confidential discussion.