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Cosmetic op risk warning

16th November 2009

A leading surgeon has warned that cosmetic surgery patients are facing increased danger because of poor guidelines and "professional greed".


Nigel Mercer, the president of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) and a consultant plastic surgeon, said the industry was an "unregulated mess".

He added that stricter measures were required to stop clinicians using untested products and offering "two-for-one" deals to patients.

The Royal Society of Medicine's Clinical Risk journal has published a special edition which includes the views of doctors from the UK and abroad about the current situation.

Editor Dr Harvey Marcovitch said: "We need tight control of advertising of cosmetic surgery - including internet advertising. We need proper regulation of the industry and we need both surgeons and GPs to manage patient expectation."

Mr Mercer said special offers and discounts should be banned within the cosmetic surgery industry.

He added that laws were required for the regulation of new products such as skin fillers, which do not have to be checked and tested as drugs.

"If you had someone sticking two cars together and selling them as a new car they would be in jail, but you can pretty much stick any new technology on the cosmetic surgery market which is untried and untested."


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