Plastic surgery review championed by Marie Claire’s editor

Marie Claire UK's editor Trish Halpin will sit on a groundbreaking new panel to consider how plastic surgery can be regulated and made safer

Marie Claire UK’s editor Trish Halpin will sit on a groundbreaking new panel to consider how plastic surgery can be regulated and made safer.

The panel has been set up by health secretary Andrew Lansley after the crisis over PIP implants last year. 40,000 British women had implants from the French manufacturer, who had used dangerous, illegal industrial silicone.

Sir Bruce Keogh, the NHS’s medical director, will head up the panel which also includes leading surgeons and academics. His aims include tightening up the rules on advertising and putting tougher regulations into place.

He also wants to introduce minimum training requirements for surgeons carrying out the procedures and carrying out psychological screening on people considering surgery to ensure they are not just seeking surgery to cover up an underlying mental health issue.

Sir Bruce also wants to ban advertising ‘aggresive’ two-for-one surgery deals, for example a tummy tuck which also comes with liposuction.

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The review is expected to recommend a compulsory register of implants to monitor women’s health more readily.

At the moment the law does not require those perfoming cosmetic surgery to be actual surgeons and botox can be administered by anybody who has simply completed a half-day training course.

In May Marie Claire published an article about breast implants and what you need to know.

The top five things to think about when considering breast implants:

– Implants should contain medical-grade silicone

– You should be able to see and feel implants before you choose to have them done.

– The safest brands include Allergan, Mentor, Nagor and Silimed.

– Some implants have a lifetime warranty against rupture and ‘capsular contracture’ (a hardening that occurs to six – 17 per cent of cases). Rupture occurs in two per cent of cases.

– Three in 100 women need another operation. Ensure your surgeon is UK based so you can contact them easily in case of problems.

What do you think needs to happen to make plastic surgery safer? Have you ever had a bad experience? Tweet us @marieclaireuk using the #saferplasticsurgery

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