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RCS comment on the Department of Health and Social Care’s campaign to raise awareness of the risks of cosmetic procedures

14 May 2019

The Department of Health and Social Care has today launched a campaign to raise awareness of the risks of cosmetic procedures. It covers patient safety information for specific cosmetic procedures, including: lip fillers, Botox, liposuction, breast augmentation, lasers and lights. The advice, is published on:

Commenting on this, Professor Vivien Lees, a consultant plastic surgeon, and Council Member of the Royal College of Surgeons, said: “All cosmetic procedures carry risks and they should never be undertaken lightly. Anyone who is considering having a cosmetic surgical procedure should consult the patient information resources on the Royal College of Surgeons’ website. These provide independent information on how to choose a properly trained surgeon and hospital, explain the risks of undergoing surgery, and possible complications to consider. The website also has a link to a register of surgeons who have voluntarily undergone certification. This means they have demonstrated they have the appropriate training and experience to carry out specific cosmetic surgical procedures.”

Notes to editors

1. The RCS has a wealth of information on its website for patients considering cosmetic procedures. This is available here:

2. Patients can search for a certified surgeon here:

3.The Royal College of Surgeons of England is a professional membership organisation and registered charity, which exists to advance surgical standards and improve patient care.

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