17 March 2011
The British Association of Aesthetic and Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) has backed a campaign that aims to raise awareness of the danger of attending back-street cosmetic surgery clinics.
Speaking to The Voice, Dr Douglas McGeorge, former president of BAAPS and Dr Charles Nduka, another member of the organisation, said the government must introduce tougher regulations to slash the availability of cosmetic procedures provided by unqualified professionals.
Dr Nduka, a specialist in plastic surgery and senior lecturer at Imperial College in London, said that many people are unaware of legitimate cosmetic surgeon registers and, he added, the "main concern is about lack of regulation".
"The problem we have in the UK is that it is a voluntary code of practice. There is still a need for legislation to make the guidelines compulsory rather that voluntary," Dr McGeorge noted.
Recently, Jeyaram Srinivasan, consultant plastic, reconstructive and hand surgeon, claimed that ensuring a surgeon is on the General Medical Council's specialist register is vital when patients elect for cosmetic sugery.
Posted by Jeanette Royston
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