Data provided at last month’s British Association of Aesthetic Surgeons’ (BAAPS) Annual Scientific Meeting revealed that 90% of surgeons reported a rise (on average by nearly a third) in patients being dangerously misinformed about cosmetic surgery. This is despite an extensive Government review, new for-profit agencies claiming to regulate the cosmetic sector, and the launch of online educational resources for the public.
Surgeons believe that the impending exit from the European Union presents Britons with an opportunity to clean up a sector long described as the ‘Wild West’. There are calls for the Government to develop a multi-pronged yet clear-cut approach to ensure the future safety of UK patients. The key concerns discussed at the recent BAAPS meeting were as follows:
Brexit is unlikely to impact on UK patients seeking cheap procedures abroad, but it does offer an opportunity to implement changes to ensure that cosmetic surgery in the UK is safe and effective. The members of BAAPS have made the following suggestions to help achieve this:
Elise Bevan, a solicitor in the clinical negligence team at Penningtons Manches LLP, said: “The proposals from members of BAAPS are sensible and achievable and we hope that the Government will take them seriously. Despite campaigns to educate the public about cosmetic surgery, it would seem that many remain far from well-informed. Brexit provides a chance to change the landscape of cosmetic surgery in the UK.”