Leading doctors warn plastic surgeons shouldn't tell patients they will look like celebrities

Royal College of Surgeons has issued new guidelines

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Royal College of Surgeons has issued new guidelines

If you could create the ideal body what would it be? Jessica Alba’s eyes, Scarlet Johansson’s lips, Miranda Kerr’s dimples, Amanda Seyfried’s hair, Jennifer Aniston’s arms, Katy Perry’s boobs, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s legs and obviously Jessica Ennis’s abs.

But imagine presenting that combination to a plastic surgeon and asking for magic to happen. Somehow we suspect you might come out looking more like celeb-ensteine than a Victoria's Secret model.

The rise in women requesting look-alike-ie celebrity features - last year in the UK Kate Middleton’s nose was the most requested plastic surgery procedure, along with Cheryl Cole’s cheeks and Myleene Klass’s chin - has led to the Royal College of Surgeons issuing guidelines to plastic surgeons advising them against making promises they can’t deliver.

As the majority of cosmetic procedures are performed in the private sector there is a lack of regulation, highlighted by the recent PPI breast implant fiasco.

According to Steve Cannon, who led the group that produced the new guidance, people who have no healthcare training can administer treatments.

The RCS has urged the government to make the new Professional Standards for Cosmetic Practice compulsory, to ban at-home cosmetic procedure parties and for surgeons to steer clear of adjectives like 'nicer' or 'better' and instead use objective terms such as 'bigger' and 'smaller' during consultations instead.



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