GMC Guidelines for aesthetic doctors


So a little food for thought this evening. Back in 2016 the GMC published new standards for doctors performing cosmetic procedures. Although many of us were already voluntarily doing each of the standards it’s important to think about those out there who are not regulated at all such as untrained individuals and those whom don’t belong to a regulatory body like us doctors do. Always research the person offering treatments and don’t make price the highest priority because finding a good and ethical practitioner who can be both realistic and give you the best result achievable is invaluable. I’m sure non of us would pay to have an asymmetrical face even if it was going “cheap”
The 7 points required by the GMC are:
1. Get the client’s consent yourself (the person treating you should be the one explaining the treatment to you)
2. Give the client time for reflection. (never feel pressurised into having a procedure)
3. Consider the client’s psychological needs (no procedure should be undertaken if your reasons are heavily influenced or made by those around you)
4. Work within your competence (don’t be afraid to ask your practitioner if they have had training in the specific treatment, who from, how long they have been practicing, if they have had complications etc a good practitioner will have no hesitation in giving you this reassurance)
5. Make sure the patient’s have the information they want or need (ask for written information or resources where you can find out more before your procedure if you still have questions)
6. Take particular care if considering cosmetic procedures for children ( it goes without saying that cosmetic procedures in children are rarely justifiable and can cause significant harm potentially)
7. Market your services responsibly. (Be wary of massive discounts or procedures you have “won”, good practitioners have clients because they offer a quality service for an important and expensive procedure not because of gimmicks or discounts)
If you have been subject to a cosmetic procedure that does not meet these basic criteria please take care and find a reputable practitioner for future services.
Sorry for the long post but it is super important that in a relatively unregulated field we support best practice and drive up standards for our clients.
More information can be found on the GMC webpage:
http://www.gmc-uk.org/publications/29030.asp