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My ordeal has been a nightmare and I feel a sense of loss for all the time wasted; VICTIM OF BOTCHED PLASTIC SURGERY WELCOMES NEW MOVE.

Byline: KATIE DICKINSON Reporter katie.dickinson@trinitymirror.com @@KATIEJDICKINSON

MOVES to protect patients from "ruthless'' plastic surgery sales scams have been welcomed by a campaigning mum.

Dawn Knight, from Stanley, Co Durham, had her life turned upside down after botched cosmetic surgery which left her unable to close her own eyes.

She had undergone an eye procedure in 2012 at a private clinic. It was conducted by a surgeon who was not properly insured leaving her with vision problems and unable to close her eyes properly following the procedure.

Now, the 48-year-old mum-oftwo, who was forced to seek corrective treatments on the NHS, has welcome a move from the Royal College of Surgeons.

The RCS has launched a portal on its website to help people make an informed choice about cosmetic surgery.

Leading doctors from the RCS say private health clinics are using "ruthless" sales tactics to lure in patients, making it difficult to find "trustworthy information" about the procedure they are considering.

Mrs Knight said: "My experience has been one long nightmare and I feel a sense of loss for all the time I've spent trying to correct the problems I've suffered.

"My eyesight was fine but now my eyes are sore, gritty and I can't close them properly.

"I had no idea my surgeon was not insured to work in the UK or that he was self-employed.

The surgery booming "People marketing difficult need to know the risks of procedures.

"The cosmetic surgery industry is candy-coated and presented to you in a ribbon but you need to cut through the sleek appearance and find clarity about the procedure you're interested in.

"The fact that medical knowledge is needed for these procedures gives people a false sense of security and it's easy to be misled.

"The RCS is right to give patients an opportunity to access information they need in one place - people should use this website to minimise their risks.

"Think carefully before cosmetic surgery."

The new portal offers advice on how to choose the right surgeon and hospital, explain the risks of undergoing surgery, and possible complications to consider.

cosmetic industry is but due to The site also includes a section on key questions to ask a surgeon before consenting to an operation.

it can be for The RCS also plans to publish a register of certified surgeons so people can check that their doctors have the appropriate training, experience and insurance to practise in the UK.

RCS vice president Stephen Cannon said he hoped the move would help patiemnts make informed choices.

He said: "The cosmetic surgery industry is booming, but due to the aggressive marketing and ruthless sales tactics of some unscrupulous companies, it can be very difficult for patients to find independent, trustworthy information which gives them a clear idea of what an operation would entail.

"The vast majority of cosmetic surgery is carried out in the private sector and many people do not realise that the law currently allows any qualified doctor - surgeon or otherwise - to perform cosmetic surgery, without undertaking additional training or qualifications.

"Our advice is that if you are thinking of having some kind of work done, make sure you consult a surgeon who is trained and experienced in the procedure you are considering.

" Look them up on the General Medical Council's Register.

"The RCS website tells you everything you need to know about cosmetic surgery."

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