A call to action for patient safety in choosing the right plastic surgeon has become a global awareness effort. In Great Britain, serious concern was raised following patient safety at Nu Cosmetic Clinic in Liverpool. The clinic no longer can conduct procedures.
Like the United States, it’s continually recommended that potential patients only seek a board certified plastic surgeon for cosmetic procedures.
A fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, Dr. Kevin Hancock, who practices plastic surgery at Whiston Hospital is also a regarded spokesperson at the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS).
In a recent article in a Liverpool Echo, reporter Joshua Taylor covers advice given by Dr. Hancock. The correlation between plastic surgery recommendations in Great Britain is aligned with the United States. Dr. Hancock also raises other important aspects which can benefit patients all around the world, including here in the United States.
To minimize risks and enhance positive surgical outcomes, Dr. Hancock recommended that individuals research their plastic surgeons and check on their records and certifications. Like the United States, Great Britain also has a register for certified plastic surgeons at the BAAPS.
It’s also highly advised not to partner with a traveling surgeon. As Dr. Hancock explains, “Some clinics use surgeons who are flown in from Europe. This is bad for continuity because your surgeon should be available at any time in case there is a problem.”
Dr. Hancock also noted that preoperative appointments should be with the plastic surgeon and no one else.
Another important point raised was making sure the operating suite was top-notch, including resuscitation equipment. In the States, operating suites should be accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities.
Dr. Hancock also advised that one chooses a “reputable establishment” which has had a longstanding history to help ensure continuity of care postoperatively.
“Stay away from businesses offering special deals. This isn’t selling pizza,” he said. “Clinics shouldn’t be offering Groupon vouchers, two-for-one offers or introduce-a-friend rates. That’s not appropriate.”
As mentioned before, while this sound advice comes from Great Britain, it’s sage guidance that can be used no matter where one lives.