Patient Confidentiality and Protection of Personal Data

Among film buffs there is an often-repeated argument that in order to be effective, a film’s score should be unnoticeable, or at the very least not draw attention to itself. It’s there to add mood, to accompany the events on screen and to enhance and improve the finished product. It’s not there to impress in it’s own right.

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There’s an obvious allegory here for cosmetic surgery. The surgery is a means to an end, not the end itself. You don’t want people saying you’ve had work done; you want them saying your nose looks nice. Discretion is a fundamental part of the process. And this extends to all aspects of cosmetic surgery- you are entrusting your surgeon not only with your money and your looks, but also with a great deal of sensitive information; information you wouldn’t normally share with a stranger.

One unfortunate consequence of the popularity of cosmetic surgery is that the field has begun to become flooded with practitioners who are essentially beauticians rather than medical professionals. Because of the ease and simplicity with which people can enhance their appearances these days it has become all too easy for people to think of it as little more than having your hair done, when in actuality these are serious medical procedures.

Patient confidentiality should be of the utmost importance to any practitioner of plastic or cosmetic surgery, to the same level that you would expect from your GP or any other medical professional. Your personal data and medical history are very sensitive pieces of information, and the General Medical Council has very specific requirements as to how and when they can be used or accessed. A properly qualified and certified cosmetic surgeon will be well aware of this, and will work to keep your data safe and private.

Indeed, the maintenance of trust is one of the GMC’s four core principles of good medical practice- meaning that all patients have the right to expect that their doctor will hold their personal information in confidence. This is of course vital in an age of information and identity theft, but because your medical history is also involved privacy and confidentiality are even more sacrosanct.

Always use a registered and fully qualified professional, and you will know that not only your features, but also your sensitive information will be in safe hands.

If you would like more information on patient confidentiality or any other aesthetic plastic or cosmetic surgery please contact me via my website here  or via the links below.

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Dr Celin has been practicing since 1982 and is well respected in the medical profession as well as by his existing and past patients.

Dr Celin has always been polite, gentle and an incredibly calming gentleman despite my needle phobia. I’ve used Dr Celin for 3 different procedures, all with outstanding results. I couldn’t be happier with his work.

Private Patient

I and two female friends in London had upper and lower eye lifts (blepharoplasty)  over the last ten years. The results were excellent, and subtle, friends said ‘you look younger, good, etc. The pre and post op treatment and care were excellent, and I would highly recommend him. He also does excellent botox and filler treatments.   I have always found him incredibly courteous and pleasant.

M. Carlton

Dr John Celin MD has been my cosmetic surgeon for many years. I have had a face lift, upper lip laser, chin implant and botox from him. He is fair with his prices, curteous and professional at all times. He puts you at ease and gently talks you through the whole procedure. I would recommend him to anyone (especially the nervous). I am about to see him again after a break of a few years.


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