Plastic surgeons are being told to cut off the faces of all their patients, starting with patients with plastic surgery to remove the implants, as plastic debris from facial plastic surgery is cleared from the nation’s beaches and waterways.
The government is asking plastic surgeons to remove plastic facial implants, surgical facials, and any surgical facial equipment, such as lasers, electrosurgical tools, and surgical gloves, that has been left behind from cosmetic surgeries.
The changes were made after complaints from a growing number of Canadians, including celebrities and athletes.
In 2017, plastic surgeons reported having to remove more than 100,000 implants, and were required to treat patients with the same level of care they would receive for cosmetic surgeries, according to the Government of Canada’s Plastic Surgery Board.
The board also said that plastic surgeons have been ordered to treat their patients with “less invasive” surgical procedures.
The plastic surgeon’s body is supposed to be clean, free of all debris and the plastic remains after surgery, but the plastic surgeon said the board did not require this.
“The board of surgeons does not require us to remove all of the plastic debris that remains after an operation,” said Dr. Paul Chaitin.
“That debris includes any residual plastic fragments, including plastic fragments from the skin or facial area, from the procedure itself, as well as any plastic that might have been attached to the implant after the operation.”
This means that even if you are not able to remove this debris, your patient can still be treated with minimal invasive procedures.
“If your patient has a minor injury that needs to be treated, then your surgeon can simply put a mask on your patient, and do the same procedure.”
The board’s guidelines say the procedure should be performed with a patient’s consent.
In 2018, there were more than 1,600 reports of people being treated with a plastic surgeon for a cosmetic procedure.
The report from the Plastic Surgery Association of Canada said that since 2013, more than 70 per cent of plastic surgeons had been directed to remove surgical facades and more than 50 per cent had been told to remove any surgical apparatus, such in the case of facial facials and implants.
“We’ve seen an increase in the number of cosmetic procedures requiring the removal of surgical facaces and implants and the board of surgeon has made a determination that we should require this as part of the procedures that they are doing,” said Chaitis.
The boards guidelines also recommend that cosmetic surgeons should have a safe environment in which to work, and that they should be able to safely remove any debris from their work area without risking their patients’ health or safety.
The new guidelines are being proposed in a consultation document with the Government.
Plastic surgeons say the new rules will make it easier for them to perform cosmetic surgery safely, and will help them keep their patients safe.
“The board is very excited to be working with us on these new guidelines and this will allow surgeons to focus on what’s important for them and not worry about what other doctors might think about it,” said David G. O’Neill, president of the board.
“We want surgeons to work on their patients and they’re working on the patients, and this new regulation will help us do that.”
O’Neill said the new regulations are based on new scientific research, and have been supported by the Government’s support of research into how to reduce the amount of plastic debris in the oceans.
The guidelines were released in conjunction with the Canada-U.S. National Meeting on the Future of Plastic Surgery.
In a statement, the Canadian Medical Association said that while it supports the guidelines, the board has also been told that there is no scientific evidence that removing plastic surgery implants or facials will reduce the number, location, or severity of marine debris.
The CMA also said it is disappointed that the board is being asked to go through with a process of “diluting” the body of its members, rather than allowing it to operate safely and effectively.
“While we appreciate the board’s desire to reduce plastic debris, we believe this new process is misguided,” said Jennifer L. Wohl, vice president of communications and marketing for the CMA.
“As an organization, we are committed to the safety and well-being of our members, and the Board of Surgeons is a professional organization with the right and responsibility to conduct research to find out if there are other options to help reduce plastic.”
It is a great step for the plastic surgery profession and we welcome the new guidelines that are being released today.
As we have said from the outset, we will work with the board to ensure that they have the tools they need to meet their responsibilities.
“Dr. Anthony W. Mancini, president and CEO of the Canadian Association of Plastic Surgeons, said the organization is pleased to see the government take a strong stand on this issue.”
Our association is committed to protecting the health and safety of our member patients and