The Ugly Face of Beauty - July 2010
The following links are for anyone considering altering their appearance. This is not a decision to rush, it is advisable to research the procedure, assess the risks and question why you wish to take this step.
General Medical Council – GMC -
If you have decided to proceed with surgery, ensure that you find the correct surgeon for your needs. Fully trained plastic surgeons should be listed on a specialist register; this can be checked on the GMC website. In addition a Doctor who is setting up as a Cosmetic Surgeon must be on the GMC's specialist register.
Choosing a Surgeon - www.nhs.uk/Livewell/cosmeticsurgery/Pages/Choosingasurgeon.aspx
This NHS link provides information about what to ask a surgeon, it is important to find out all you can about the procedure and the surgeon. It is interesting to note that after attending a consultation you are not obliged to select that surgeon, it is important to feel comfortable and to compare prices.
British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons - BAAPS www.baaps.org.uk/
BAAPS provide information about aesthetic plastic surgery. The website includes a search facility for accredited surgeons, gives details of the common cosmetic surgery procedures, and highlights the risks and limitations of each.
British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons - BAPRAS www.bapras.org.uk/
BAPRAS are the professional representative body for plastic and reconstructive surgeons in the UK. They provide advice on the different clinical areas of plastic surgery, plus reading lists of up-to-date articles on treatments.
British Association of Cosmetic Doctors - www.cosmeticdoctors.co.uk/
Representing cosmetic practitioners, the British Association of Cosmetic Doctors maintain standards in order to benefit doctors and the public. The website features trained and experienced doctors and information about various non-surgical treatments.
Female Health Issues -
This article provides tips on maintaining a positive body image.