Worries over the number of "untrained and unregulated" cosmetic surgeons and the consequent risk of botched procedures and cosmetic surgery compensation claims has led the Scottish Government to call for more stringent measures to address the problem.
The government's call has won the backing of many leading industry figures, including, importantly, the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), which stated its belief that unless the situation is improved "patient safety cannot be guaranteed"; something which may lead to "disastrous results".
New rules regarding regulation of private plastic surgery clinics are due to come into effect this April; however, there are concerns that many patients will be moved to seek treatment elsewhere, either abroad or in Scotland but with unregulated practitioners.
"There are many reputable practitioners in Scotland, but unfortunately there are others who do not live up to those high standards. That can lead to complications after procedures, sometimes leaving the customer with lasting injuries. By introducing a sound system of regulation and inspection we hope to reduce those instances," commented public health minister Maureen Watt.
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