The BAAPS has demanded that legislation be changed to protect the public from non-GMC registered practitioners. Referring to them as ‘Cosmetic Cowboys’, the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons has now launched a petition to make surgery safer for patients.
A current lack in legislation means that there are no restrictions on who can and cannot perform cosmetic surgery. This means that beauticians and untrained surgeons can carry out various procedures in the UK, putting patients at risk.
Here, we look at why the BAAPS is demanding a change and how it would lead to safer popular procedures such as facelifts.
Why is the BAAPS demanding change?
The reason the BAAPS is demanding a change in the law is due to a worrying increase in botched procedures. A staggering 80% of members have seen a rise in the number of patients requesting revision surgery. There has also been a 44% increase in the number of botched procedures performed abroad.
Talking about current legislation, president elect of the BAAPS, Marc Pacifico, states:
“Currently, there is more legislation to protect your dog while having surgery, than to protect a patient undergoing a cosmetic operation. Legislation that will clarify the distinction between providers to safeguard the public from serious complications at the hands of untrained and unregulated practitioners, is long overdue.”
Many patients are unaware of the risks of going under the knife or having treatments such as facial fillers. When a beautician offers treatments such as Botox and fillers, it’s easy to assume they are fully qualified and experienced. Unfortunately, this is often not the case.
What are the risks involved?
All cosmetic procedures carry some level of risk. Thankfully, this is often mitigated by the skill and experience of the surgeon. Choosing a practitioner who isn’t qualified however, significantly increases the risks involved, with some complications proving potentially deadly.
Just some of the risks you are exposed to when you choose an unlicensed surgeon include:
- Permanent disfigurement
- Unsatisfactory results
- Additional surgery
- Life-threatening complications
The risks of going under the knife with an inexperienced surgeon are extensive and potentially life threatening. For this reason, you should always choose a GMC registered surgeon to carry out the procedure.
The benefits of choosing a GMC registered surgeon
You’ll receive a triple whammy of benefits when you choose a GMC registered surgeon. These include:
1) You’ll have reassurance that the surgeon is qualified, skilled, and trusted within the industry.
2) The surgeon will have adequate medical insurance that isn’t available to non-GMC surgeons.
3) Registered GMC surgeons work within premises equipped to perform procedures, as well as deal with any potential complications that arise.
Safety should be a key priority when you are looking to undergo any cosmetic procedure. Mr Nigel Horlock is proud to be a renowned GMC registered surgeon. Whether you are thinking of going under the knife, or you need a revision surgery, book a consultation now.