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More people having cosmetic surgery

6th May 2011

With the number of people having both cosmetic surgery and beauty treatments on the increase, consultant plastic surgeon Fazel Fatah - who is president of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) - warns that more effective regulation is needed as the lines between the two are becoming blurred.


There is a difference between plastic surgery - such as facelifts and breast enhancement - and cosmetic salon treatments such as lasers, peels and injectable fillers.

But patients are being put in danger as the two areas are being confused.

Bundling beauty treatment under the same terminology as plastic surgery is turning medical treatment into a commodity.

The public are at risk here as the two products are cross sold, particularly when one is a non-invasive beauty treatment and the other a medical procedure.

And while cosmetic treatment may be for vanity, the reasons for having aesthetic plastic surgery are more complex.

The real risk to patients from bundling cosmetic surgery with the beauty industry emanates from the lack of enforceable regulations from the government and the continual eroding of the line between what is considered surgical and what is considered a simple beauty treatment or cosmetic medicine.

In the UK, this has led some medically qualified doctors - who do not have surgical qualifications - to expand their cosmetic medicine to include surgical procedures.

We have now reached a stage where legislation is required to regulate the practice of surgery to protect the public from unqualified practitioners who perform surgery. And we also need qualified surgeons to operate within the boundaries of their specialty.

Unfortunately, the UK is already falling behind some European countries in these areas.


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rhealyn Inguito

Wednesday 11th May 2011 @ 9:11

A lot of people have been drawn to cosmetic surgery. This has been triggered by a persons’ desire to look aesthetically better for reasons such as job, peer pressure, self-esteem, and finding a good-looking partner in life.

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