17 September 2008

Plastic surgeons are increasingly urging patients to stop and think before having procedures done. The BAAPS (British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons), in particular, have decided to issue a "health warning" designed to make people consider the reputation and authority of surgical clinics alongside persuasive magazine ads for surgery.

Consultant plastic surgeon Douglas McGeorge, the president of BAAPS, told the Liverpool Daily Post that it wanted to have a presence at the back of the magazine as well as in editorial in an aim to ensure that people are getting the right message about cosmetic surgery.

Surgeons are particularly concerned about individuals, predominantly women, who travel abroad to have plastic surgery done for less. Some even see it as a way to pair a cheap procedure with a holiday.

People are sucked in because it looks like a bargain, said Dr McGeorge. One woman went to Thailand for a breast augmentation for 650. It would cost me 650 just for the implants. They should be thinking, what am I having put in? Our medicine is expensive because it is high standard.

"Its important you know where you are going, who is going to be doing the surgery, and what the aftercare is.

Dr. McGeorge has said that private plastic surgeons, along with the NHS, are often left picking up the pieces after plastic surgery procedures abroad go awry. He recently had to repair a tummy tuck which was both infected and with tissue already broken down.

"The problems had started miles away with no-one to support her," said Dr. McGeorge.

Aftercare is generally believed to be an extremely important aspect of cosmetic surgery, and it is advised that adequate aftercare is available when selecting a surgeon.