Cosmetic Surgery is Taxing…

Mr Banwell, who operates in Kent and Sussex notes the following article from today’s news:

New guidance issued by HM Revenue and Customs means doctors performing purely cosmetic operations – which may also include tummy tucks and liposuction – must register for the tax and pass the charge on to patients.

The move – adding about £1,000 to a breast operation and reportedly expected raise up to £500 million a year for public finances – has been criticised by members of the profession.

British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons president Fazel Fatah said: “The subjective proposals being put forward by HMRC will potentially harm large numbers of patients.

“They imply that, by definition, any procedure that corrects appearance rather than function is not a medical need. There has been no meaningful discussion with the professional bodies involved.

“We can only hope that common ground can be found that protects the wellbeing of patients while balancing the obvious need to increase tax revenues. With surgery we are quite literally dealing with human lives.”

The updated guidance, seen by the Mail on Sunday, says: “Cosmetic services are usually performed so that the individual concerned may feel better about their appearance.

“The mere fact that a cosmetic treatment may make a person feel more confident about their appearance is not in itself sufficient to make the treatment exempt.”

Those with pscychological conditions such as body dysmorphic disorder or those having plastic surgery disfigurement will not be affected by the proposal.

Consultant plastic surgeon Douglas McGeorge criticised the new guidance, saying: “Should prominent ear correction be taxed; an operation performed on young children to prevent them being bullied and developing psychological problems?

“What level of asymmetry or abnormality is required to justify breast surgery? When do large breasts create enough of a physical problem to allow treatment?

“Large noses will kill no one on their own but can create major problems in life that prevent individuals contributing to society and, indeed, have been known to result in self harming.”

An HMRC spokesman said there was “no change in Government policy on VAT for cosmetic surgery”.

He added: “It is not charged on surgery for medical reasons, and is charged for surgery for aesthetic reasons.”

– The Telegraph, Wednesday 19 October 2011

Face and Neck Lifts Increase in Popularity

As noted in the Autumn edition of Expert Beauty, facelifts and necklifts have increased in popularity in the United Kingdom.  The British Association of Aesthetic and Plastic Surgeons has recorded a 12% increase in popularity for procedures carried out by BAAPS members.

Mr Banwell performs facial surgery along with body contouring, breast surgery and aesthetic genital surgery in West Sussex, Kent and East Sussex.