Experts Warn Consumers Beware of Cosmetic Surgery Gifts

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Research carried out in 2008 by The British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons found that a quarter of its members had treated patients for complications related to surgery carried out abroad.

Research carried out in 2008 by The British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons found that a quarter of its members had treated patients for complications related to surgery carried out abroad.

Problems ranged from asymmetrical results in breast augmentation to dangerous complications including blood poisoning, blood clots, wound infections and swabs left inside patients.

There is no doubt that cosmetic surgery has become a growth industry and a public obsession. The number of people opting to have plastic surgery in the UK is increasing all the time, and many partners will have given Cosmetic Treatments as Gifts to their loved ones this Christmas.

The chances of having cosmetic surgery done by NHS hospitals are limited unless there is a genuine need. The limited amount of money available to the NHS must be spent wisely, ensuring those who need treatment do not lose out.

The NHS will offer reconstructive surgery if someone has been scarred or disfigured through an accident or treatment (as a result of a mastectomy for breast cancer, for example). Teenagers who are suffering emotional distress because their ears stick out may also receive treatment. But changes to noses, enlargements to breasts or flatter tummies to improve job prospects will not be undertaken by the NHS.

As consumers turn to surgery with private cosmetic surgeons, professionals warn them to ensure that important details about operations, risks and possible side-effects are fully discussed prior to surgery. The Department of Health has information devoted to cosmetic surgery to help people make informed choices.

Michael Jeffries of First Personal Injury is concerned about the fact that the public's increasing interest in cosmetic surgery is accompanied by a reduction in the provision of it in the NHS. "The public perception of cosmetic surgery is that it is quick and easy. In fact most cosmetic surgery operations are extremely complex and require a high degree of anatomical knowledge and surgical skill as well as aesthetic appreciation. Even when all of the correct information has been considered, botched operations and mistakes can occur. It is vital you make sure the surgeon performing your operation is trained to do so.

Your GP can recommend an appropriate surgeon or contact the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. The thrill of receiving a Christmas Gift from one's partner for a much desired cosmetic treatment can unfortunately turn into an absolute nightmare", Michael warns.
Furthermore statistics show that up to 100,000 people a year are heading abroad for cheap cosmetic surgery. Michael continues "this brings with it greater risks and professionals advise that if you want to go abroad for cosmetic surgery, be careful. Go to a reputable clinic, get a recommendation and check that your insurance covers you for any complications that arise.

Thousands of patients are travelling to Eastern Europe, South Africa and elsewhere for cheap cosmetic surgery and then rely on NHS doctors if they suffer complications".

If you have experienced complications during and after cosmetic treatments, First Personal Injury has specialist advisors available to assist and help you on a no win no fee basis. They can be contacted on 0800 014 1629.

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