CosmeticSurgeryGuru Interprets Some Disturbing Findings from the Annual Meeting of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons

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Over 25% of surgeons have noted customers of plastic surgery holidays experiencing problems. One BAAPS surgeon reported one problem case per month over 18 month period. 97% of public polled would consider plastic surgery abroad 90% of plastic surgery websites surveyed make no mention of possible risks involved. Calls for NHS to ignore those suffering problems following plastic surgery holidays.

It is a serious concern that despite the economic downturn...the public is swayed by the promise of cheap surgery. I find it appalling that most of these companies do not even mention risks, nor do they appear to have in place any mechanism if complications do arise

Net thrown wide with three extensive surveys.

CosmeticSurgeryGuru's analysis of the BAAPS EASAPS findings deemed them sound, with three surveys having been undertaken.

Startling rise in problems relating to plastic surgery holidays.

The first survey requested BAAPS members and practicing surgeons to monitor their patients over a period of 18 months. CosmeticSurgeryGuru found the results staggering.

More than a quarter (26%) of surgeons noted an increase in the amount of patients that have experienced problems on return from so-called plastic surgery 'holidays'.

One BAAPS member saw 16 problem cases resulting from cosmetic surgery tourism in an 18 month period.

Public survey serves up equally unsettling stats.

CosmeticSurgeryGuru found yet more to bemoan in a public survey undertaken by BAAPS in a city centre of 179 randomly selected pedestrians.

Nearly half of those polled (46%) had considered undergoing plastic surgery, 97% of whom said they would consider having the treatment abroad

Of the 10 subjects who had already undergone procedures outside the UK, seven had experienced problems.

Economic downturn driving patients abroad

CosmeticSurgeryGuru points to comments made by Nigel Mercer consultant plastic surgeon and President of the BAAPS and of EASAPS, who lamented the decision by ill informed UK patients to seek surgery abroad.

"It is a serious concern that despite the economic downturn...the public is swayed by the promise of cheap surgery. I find it appalling that most of these companies do not even mention risks, nor do they appear to have in place any mechanism if complications do arise," he said.

This is in stark contrast to the policy of popular UK plastic surgery firm Transform, which provides and after care service free of charge up to three years after surgery and lists all possible risks of surgery on its website, http://www.transforminglives.co.uk.

NHS seen as a safety net, but coverage is not guaranteed

CosmeticSurgeryGuru reports that 78% of those polled said they would use the NHS in the event of complications, citing better quality of care, the fact that the NHS is free, and their entitlement as taxpayers.

Yet moves are afoot to have patients of plastic surgery holidays who experience problems denied NHS services.

There are calls for the NHS not to pick up the tab when problems result from cosmetic surgery 'holidays' so it's essential that the public be educated about the options and risks," said Mercer.

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