To practise cosmetic medicine, as well being qualified in Medicine, it is necessary to have a Masters degree from a university or an accreditation from a College of Doctors, as well as the relevant training. Nevertheless, professional intrusion is still a major problem, explained Fernando Urdiales, the medical director and owner of the Miramar Medical Institute, during the talk he gave at the conference. "The Costa del Sol has become lawless in this respect, with people setting up with fake qualifications," he said.
Dr Urdiales criticised the authorities for not taking enough action to put an end to this type of fraud. "The Association of Cosmetic Doctors of Malaga has employed detectives and provided evidence to the judiciary system of illegal practices and the use of non-authorised products," he said, and he warned that patients need to be very sure about whose hands they are placing themselves in. "The consumer needs to know exactly who and what they are dealing with," he insisted.
Dr Raquel Moreno, an expert in cosmetic medicine, agreed that not enough is being done to investigate professional intrusion in her field, and she and Dr Urdiales stressed that good professionals always comply with all legal and safety requirements in cosmetic medicine. They both emphasised how important it is for patients to be properly diagnosed.