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NON-REGULATION OF COSMETIC SURGEONS IN NIGERIA: IMPLICATIONS, HEALTH RISKS, AND RECOMMENDATIONS
  • Fochi Amabilis Nwodo
Fochi Amabilis Nwodo
University of Nigeria

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Abstract

For the government to safeguard public health, it must regulate healthcare providers because medical procedures and interventions are fraught with the risk of death and immeasurable mental and physical harm. In recent years, cosmetic surgery has gained popularity in Nigeria. This has led to an increase in the number of medical practitioners who have been drawn into the market since it is seen as highly profitable. This paper examines the existing laws regulating cosmetic surgery in Nigeria. It finds that the extant law regulating medical practice in Nigeria increases the risk of harm to patients because it allows any doctor with a medical license to practice as a cosmetic surgeon without undertaking specialized training in cosmetic procedures. It therefore argues that there is a need for a law that will ensure that only doctors with specialized skills in cosmetic surgery are allowed to practice as cosmetic surgeons.