02 March 2015
Campaign Hopes to Prevent Botched Cosmetic Surgery
A new campaign has been launched to urge people to think carefully before having cosmetic surgery.
The British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) has discovered that nearly a quarter of people having cosmetic surgery in the UK don’t check their plastic surgeon’s qualifications, and over a fifth are unaware of any risks associated with the procedures they’ve chosen.
The Think Over Before You Make Over campaign hopes to get people to think carefully about the procedure they want, to find out about the cosmetic surgeons qualifications, and look into the risks involved when having that particular cosmetic surgery procedure. Hopefully this will cut down on the number of botched up plastic surgery procedures going wrong and leading to claims for Cosmetic Surgery Compensation.
In Britain 65% of people who have had cosmetic surgery say they regret it, and you can see why if you look at bad cosmetic surgery pictures. There are so many stories out there of breast enhancements gone wrong, noses left crooked, liposuction leaving people in constant pain, and the list goes on.
More than 50,000 cosmetic surgery operations are performed each year and sadly only 28% of people said they were completely happy with the results. From the BAPRAS research it was discovered that complications and unexplained side effects were amongst the most common complaints.
The cosmetic surgery industry is worth billions of pounds and unfortunately this means that some unqualified or unskilled practitioners may try to lure potential patients by offering low price procedures. It may seem tempting to find a cheap cosmetic surgeon but the risks far outweigh the cost savings. It is so important to check that the surgeon is fully qualified and experienced in the surgery that you wish to undergo. When cosmetic surgery goes wrong it usually leads to more surgery, at more cost, with more potential complications.
Most plastic surgeons in the UK are reputable but there is also the lure of cheap cosmetic surgery procedures abroad. There are even companies that promote cosmetic surgery holidays. Going abroad for plastic surgery can often seem like a bargain but if something goes wrong the risks are much higher. Often you don’t get to meet the surgeon prior to the procedure, you can’t speak the language so don’t know what’s going on, and aftercare is limited due to the amount of time you spend on “holiday”.
If you or a member of your family has had cosmetic surgery in the UK or abroad that went wrong, or it wasn’t what you were expecting, you can get free expert legal advice by calling Slater and Gordon Lawyers for a free consultation. Phone lines are open 24/7.
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