02 March 2009The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) has received an award for its contribution to the cosmetic surgery industry. The BAAPS received the award for 'Association Initiative of the Year' at the Aesthetic Medicine Awards in London. The ceremony was held at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington earlier this month.The association won the award for their outstanding work in educating patients about irresponsible cosmetic surgery advertising. Other key contributors to the industry were also acknowledged at the ceremony. Nigel Mercer, the president of BAAPS and a consultant plastic surgeon said the association was "delighted" to receive the award. He noted: "At the BAAPS we have always worked hard to educate the public on the issues surrounding aesthetic procedures and it was a privilege to receive recognition from our peers." Recently, the BAAPS has worked hard to warn patients against seeking bargain cosmetic procedures abroad. A recent showcase from cosmetic surgeons from around the world promoting cosmetic tourism prompted warnings from the BAAPS, who noted that patients should seek as much information as possible before choosing cheap cosmetic procedures in other countries. The group also released a study which found that demand for breast surgery, including male breast reductions, are on the rise despite the recession. The report noted that the number of breast surgeries in the UK increased by 30 per cent in the last year. The BAAPS was established to help advance education about cosmetic surgery. Those who are considering cosmetic surgery are urged to visit the BAAPS website to find advice and information on procedures.