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article imageTighter restrictions on cosmetic surgery urged in the UK

By Layne Weiss     Jan 2, 2013 in Health
Results of a public survey on cosmetic surgery show strong support for banning "aggressive" selling, and low-price deals. Among those surveyed were patients, the public, and the industry.
The survey was conducted as part of a follow-up to the PIP breast implant scandal.
While it was ruled that PIP breast implants do not cause cancer, the British Department of Health found they had a "high rupture rate." The implants are banned for use in the United States.
A final report of the findings is due to be published by NHS medical director, Sir Bruce Keogh, in March, BBC News reports.
Cosmetic surgeons said procedures should no longer be treated or sold as a "commodity."
There have also been calls to ban the initial "free consultation," which puts unnecessary pressure on the patient to have the surgery, The Telegraph reports.
The report summary says offering cosmetic surgery as prizes, limited-time deals, two-for-one deals, and anything else of the sort should also be banned.
Those surveyed also advocated that doctors should provide clearer information on side-effects such as bruising and scarring, and further explain any health risks.
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