Clinics must be held accountable for their records. Like John Ryan of MYA Clinics pointed out, if an organization as massive as the National Health Service are publishing increasing amounts of clinical data, so should the private sector.
From Blake Lively's schnoz to Megan Fox's ongoing face transplant, celebrities as we know them are not exactly queuing up to admit to their surgery. Things couldn't be more different in Venezuela, where, on the contrary, a new nose, some porcelain teeth and cheek implants are somewhat of a status symbol, in a nation where facial bandages are worn with pride.
Society, I'm only just enjoying the fact I now have cheekbones and my cheek fat has gone down from hamster to gerbil...please stop pressuring me into pumping and plumping them up again! My bank statement shows I'm still youthful and reckless enough!
As cosmetic surgery becomes more common, we are in danger of becoming so over exposed to procedures that the ethics of how cosmetic surgery is covered by the media and marketed no longer matter.
'I've had a thatch done and I didn't even need it. That's the weirdest thing. I had three months off and got bored.' A bizarre yet telling comment in my opinion however not the first we have heard from Robbie Williams - and I'm sure it will not be the last.
Robbie Williams has become one of Hollywood's latest to succumb to the lures of unnecessary surgery.
I personally do not believe in the distinction between medicine and "alternative medicine". I would simply say, if something works to cure or alleviate a medical condition it is medicine and if it does not, it is not medicine.
As utterly ridiculous as this may sound, it points to a worryingly cavalier attitude toward safety in cosmetic procedures, whether surgical or not. A recent study found that 13% of people who'd had non-surgical procedures had allowed an unqualified individual to perform the procedure.
If an African girl wanted FGM we would be outraged, and rightly so. Why would we cut girls to control their sexuality and satisfy men? We can all agree on this. Yet when a girl from a non-FGM practicing community wants to be cut, trimmed or tucked we're told it's her choice. Aren't both examples of cultural coercion? Are we saying one happens to adults and the other to children? To some extend, that's true. But there are nine-year old girls, accompanied by their mothers, asking for cosmetic surgery on the NHS. Girls with normal genitals. Confused? Me too.
Erectile dysfunction. Prostate cancer. Urinary hesitancy. With men's health there's not an issue out there that isn't talked about. And yet, when it comes to the business of lady parts, we suddenly seem to get very shy indeed.
Vaginal surgery is one of the fastest increasing areas of cosmetic surgery in Britain. According to a recent survey by The Cosmetic Surgery Guide, intimate procedures such as labiaplasty and vaginal rejuvenation are becoming more and more popular.
What many don't realise is the desire for cheap or so-called 'all inclusive' surgery deals has fuelled an unregulated market where doctors - who are trained in medicine but not in surgery - are performing surgical procedures when they are not adequately qualified to do so.
Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks claims Botox is 'an ugly thing' she will never have again. She says she will never turn to the wrinkle-defying injection again after a bad experience... What makes this unfortunate is that when it comes to Botox, there are generally very few adverse effects.
The list of those helped by FaceForward is long and filled with harrowing stories of facial burns, broken bones, and disfigurement. Whilst the surgeon's work is pro-bono money is still needed to help rebuild lives.
From a surgeon's point of view having a breast implant registry can only be a good thing - it ensures that anyone considering a breast augmentation will be in the safest possible hands with the best care and attention available.
As the Department of Health labelled dermal fillers a 'crisis waiting to happen' and the Bruce Keogh review suggested a lack of expertise by some administering injectable treatments means patients having non-surgical procedures may be exposed to 'unreasonable risks', how can you protect yourself?