03 Jun '11, 7am

Leave cosmetic surgery in capable hands

WE CURRENTLY have a situation where some general practitioners (GPs) with a certificate of competence (COC) are allowed to perform certain cosmetic surgical operations, such as liposuction. This is a dangerous trend. The only surgical speciality which has cosmetic surgery as part of its core curriculum and training is plastic surgery. Liposuction is invasive and can be a major surgical procedure. The current practice of allowing GPs to observe and then be mentored through a few cases, as advocated by the Ministry of Health (MOH), cannot be considered sufficient training to equip such GPs with the ability to confidently manage any problems that may ensue. The first entry of the liposuction cannula into the body can be potentially fatal if it penetrates the wrong organs such as the liver, spleen, gut or lung. The new guidelines implemented last year - restricting these GPs t...

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Revamp rules for cosmetic surgery?

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straitstimes.com 13 Jun '11, 12am

How to get a certificate of competence DOCTORS of any speciality can offer aesthetic services if they have earned a certif...