The majority of plastic surgeons have been using a '2 weeks cooling-off ' period for some years. I believe that the following should be made mandatory for all cosmetic surgery:
- a minimum 2 weeks 'cooling-off' period
- 2 consultations: the first consultation lasting 30min when the patient's suitability for the operation, risks, benefits, and long-term results are discussed; followed by a further consultation at a later date.
- the surgeon performing the operation should see the patient at the 2 consultations.
- Defer cosmetic surgery on those under 18 years unless, unless under exceptional circumstances.
The GMC public consultation runs until 1 September. To participate and submit your views, visit http://www.gmc-uk.org/guidance/news_consultation/27171.asp.
Listen to my interview on the BBC Radio 4 Today, 0715hrs on 8 June 2015 with Justin Webb and James Naughtie: