Cosmetic Surgery Clinics

To book an appointment for a cosmetic surgery consultation, search by town, county, clinic name or by a surgeon's name.

Alternatively, complete the form on the right hand side, with a brief message describing the treatment/procedure that you are interested in. If we represent a clinic, an advisor will contact you in due course.

The demand for cosmetic surgery is becoming increasingly high and more and more accessible. If you are unhappy with the appearance of a part of your body or your face, and want to rejuvenate yourself back to a more youthful look, cosmetic surgery may be an option for you. Cosmetic procedures and treatments should only be carried out by qualified surgeons/clinicians.


Cosmetic surgery clinics may offer various plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures including:

Every cosmetic surgery clinic will have slightly different treatments available to you, often using different techniques from one to another.  Information as to which treatments are available can usually be found online or by giving the surgery a call.  New treatments such as VASER liposuction or forms of ultrasonic surgeries might be more difficult to locate.  Information is normally available online. 

Cosmetic/Plastic Surgery Clinic Chains

There are several large chains of cosmetic surgery clinics that have different branches across the country.  These can be very good, with internal inspectors checking up on the standards of individual medical practitioners and staff, as well as of the clinics. 

Regulation for Cosmetic/Plastic Surgery Clinics

Currently there are not an extensive standards or regulations placed upon private cosmetic surgery clinics.  In order for a surgeon to practice any form of surgery they need to be a qualified surgeon and hold specific certificates.  However, the actual clinic where they practice is responsible for its own reputation and isn’t beholden to any extensive particular checks. 

In 2002 the National Care Standards Commission introduced a minimum national standard in order to regulate cosmetic surgery clinics.  However, because it was a voluntary measure, clinics could opt out and continue to practice.  More recently there have been further calls for regulation of clinics, with urges by the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, (BAAPS), to create a government based board to inspect clinics and ensure greater patient protection. 

Currently, the measures that you can take to ensure a high standard of care are to:

  • Inspect the surgery and talk to previous patients
  • Look into the training and qualifications of the surgeons, an easy way is to check their listing on the General Medical Council website
  • Discuss the clinic of your choice with your GP.  Your GP will be able to discuss the surgery and help to ensure that the clinic you are attending is a good one.

The clinic, if private or NHS, ought to be registered with the Healthcare Commission, now known as the Care Quality Commission.  This would indicate that it is open to inspection, as this organisation checks and regulates private and NHS clinics across the UK.  The Care Quality Commission will ensure that the clinic:

  • Has properly qualified staff practicing appropriate procedures
  • The procedures are performed to a high standard
  • Has appropriate and safe equipment
  • Maintains high standards of hygiene
  • Follows a good process for customer care and complaints

If the clinic uses laser light/heat or intense pulsed light surgeries then they have to be registered with the Care Quality Commission in order to offer these treatments.  If your clinic is not registered and does offer these treatments then they are acting illegally.  However, clinics that offer other forms of cosmetic surgery do not need to be registered in order to practice. 

Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon Qualifications

In order to ensure that you are in good hands it is worth checking for:

  • Your surgeon is at the least associated with the British Medical Council.  This is easily done by calling the General Medical Council or by checking on their website
  • MRCS or FRCS (Member or Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons) - letters after their name
  • FRCS (Plast).  This indicates that the surgeon has had extensive training specifically in cosmetic surgery
  • Association with BAAPS (British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons)
  • Any other particular qualifications that might be specific to the surgery that you are having.  For example some ear/throat/neck surgeons might be able to perform cosmetic surgeries. 

Any qualified surgeon will not mind being asked about his or her qualifications and they can be checked with the GMC in order to ensure that the procedure you are having can be safely performed by the surgeon you are being treated by.