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Call for cosmetic ads ban

23rd January 2012

The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) has said advertisements which promote plastic surgery should be outlawed.


BAAPS also said plastic surgeons needed to be subject to checks once a year in order to monitor the work they were doing and their qualifications.

Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, who is heading a government review into the plastic surgery industry, stated on Friday that people having surgery may be required to take out insurance policies.

BAAPS have released six points which they want to see imposed in order to improve regulation in the industry.

These include the proper registration of silicone implants following the recent PIP problems, where breast implants were found to contain industrial rather than cosmetic silicone.

Another change the experts want to see is the regulation of dermal fillers used for skin and lip augmentation. 
BAAPS president Fazel Fatah said "it is an absolute joy for us at the BAAPS to hear that this year, the government will be examining the lax regulations in our sector".
He added: "Over the last decade the BAAPS has worked tirelessly to educate the public on the many aggressive marketing gimmicks that not only trivialise surgery but endanger the patient."
"In no other area of surgery would one encounter Christmas vouchers and two-for-one offers - the pendulum has swung too far, and it is time for change. Thus we are delighted with the upcoming inquiry and put forward our realistic and achievable proposals for consideration by the government."

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Article Information

Title: Call for cosmetic ads ban
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 20834
Date Added: 23rd Jan 2012


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