This article was published on March 22nd, 2013
Figures released by the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) reveal that one in five people who go under the knife are ‘unsuitable’ for cosmetic surgery.
According to the internal survey patients are often dangerously misinformed particularly when consultations are not held by the surgeon performing the operation.
BAAPS members revealed that consultations held with brokers, customer advisers and salespeople often don’t fully explain risks, can recommend unsuitable procedures as well as provide incorrect advice on surgical plans to patients.
Rajiv Grover, BAAPS president, added that such recommendations for surgery are often “financially motivated.”
Ahead of a government inquiry due to be published later this month, BAAPS have recommended that consultations are always carried out by the operating surgeon.
“It’s little wonder that we constantly hear horror stories of bad outcomes and dissatisfied patients when many of them shouldn’t have undergone the procedure in the first place!” says Grover.
“The reality is that, in the right circumstances, aesthetic plastic surgery can have a positive impact on a person’s life.
“Under the wrong conditions – particularly in a sales-driven, ‘stack em high’ environment – the results can be no less than catastrophic.”
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