Thinking about cosmetic surgery15th May 2007
A Which? survey has shown only one in eight people thinking about cosmetic surgery will consult their GP for advice before having a procedure.
The UK's cosmetic surgery industry is forecast to be twice the size it is in 2007 by the year 2012, with over 700,000 procedures performed last year.
Which? surveyed over 300 people. The consumer group said many patients chose to ask the advice of friends and family, or read internet or magazine articles, rather than speak to a GP. Many respondents did not talk to their GP because other people had told them it "wouldn't be helpful."
Spokesman Frances Blunden said: "It is quite shocking that people will trust adverts in magazines but won't consult their GP before they decide to have cosmetic treatments."
"It's not a decision to take lightly, particularly as, in some cases, people will undergo a major operation which obviously involves risks that should be talked through with their own, impartial doctor first."
Which? has called for a set period of time to allow people to reflect on their decision prior to their operation. The group has published a website to offer advice to people thinking about surgery.
Hamish Laing, the Honorary Secretary of the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (Bapras), said: "We would always advise a patient to discuss matters with their GP first if possible."
"The GP will be able to tell the specialist of any medical or other contraindications that the patient might have to surgery."
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Title: Thinking about cosmetic surgery
Author: Martine Hamilton
Article Id: 2848
Date Added: 15th May 2007