Cosmetic surgery should require a GP referral, suggests medical board

The proposal goes further than the board's review of cosmetic surgery recommended

All patients going for cosmetic surgery would require a GP referral under proposed new guidelines from the Medical Board of Australia, which aim to protect patients from aggressive marketing tactics. 

The board has gone a step further than its independent cosmetic surgery review — which merely noted that GPs were often out of the loop — by suggesting patients “must have” a GP referral before undergoing major cosmetic procedures.