Where should breast surgery be carried out?

Safety first

All independent clinics and hospitals that provide cosmetic surgery must be licensed with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to provide services.

This is to help ensure that patients are treated safely, and to reduce the risk of poor practice, anyone who provides any of the following cosmetic procedures must be registered with the Care Quality Commission by law:

Any type of plastic surgery involving full or local anaesthetic.

Treatments that use lasers, such as refractive eye surgery.

Laser lipolysis (such as Smart Lipo).

The Care Quality Commission license and regulate cosmetic treatments that involve surgical procedures. They do not regulate the following services:

Muscle-relaxing injections, for example Botox®.

Remodelling techniques using cells, tissue or synthetic products (dermal fillers).

Chemical peels.

Non-surgical laser and intense light treatments (such as hair removal).