An online register of cosmetic surgeons is to be created to help patients avoid cowboy clinics.

Potential customers will be able to type in the procedure they want and their postcode to see a list of qualified doctors nearby.

The register is being drawn up by the Royal College of Surgeons amid fears rogue clinics are using aggressive sales tactics. Some offer ‘buy one, get one free’ deals for mothers and daughters to get their breasts enlarged at the same time.

But many of the doctors carrying out the procedures have no formal qualifications or training and patients have ended up permanently disfigured.

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