Press Statement by the Chief Medical Officer and the Irish Association of Plastic Surgeons for individuals who may be considering surgical cosmetic procedures

03 July 2012

Following recent concerns expressed in relation to the safety and quality of surgical cosmetic procedures in Ireland, the Office of the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) has prepared, in collaboration the Irish Association of Plastic Surgeons (IAPS) a short guideline containing a number of recommendations for individuals who may be considering surgical cosmetic procedures. This updates previous guidance from the CMO issued in November 2010 to Cosmetic Surgery Tourists.

Dr Tony Holohan, CMO said “I would like to thank the Irish Association of Plastic Surgeons and in particular Dr. Patricia Eadie, President of the Association for their assistance and support in compiling this extremely informative and helpful guideline which, I believe, affords prospective patients with very useful and practical advice when considering whether or not to undergo surgical cosmetic procedures.

"Recent controversy surrounding the PIP breast implant issue in Ireland has highlighted the potential problems which can occur in surgical cosmetic procedures. The Minister requested that better information be put in place for people who are planning to undergo cosmetic surgery in this country. Both Dr. Eadie and I are satisfied that this joint guideline goes a long way towards achieving this goal”.

Read the guidelines