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Guidance for doctors who offer cosmetic interventions

Key points

If you offer cosmetic interventions, you must:

  • seek your patient’s consent to the procedure yourself rather than delegate
  • make sure patients are given enough time and information before they decide whether to have an intervention
  • consider your patients’ psychological needs and whether referral to another experienced professional colleague is appropriate
  • recognise and work within the limits of your competence, seeking advice when necessary
  • make sure patients have the information they want or need, including written information that supports continuity of care and includes relevant information about the medicines or devices used
  • take particular care when considering requests for interventions on children and young people
  • market your services responsibly, without making unjustifiable claims about interventions, trivialising the risks involved, or using promotional tactics that might encourage people to make ill-considered decisions.

As with all doctors in all fields of medicine, you must also:

  • work in partnership with patients, treating them with respect and dignity
  • keep patients safe, work to improve safety and report safety concerns
  • work effectively with colleagues
  • keep up to date with and follow relevant law and guidance
  • be open and honest about your skills, experience, fees and conflicts of interests.