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Cosmetic surgery related complaints and problems rising

We are not surprised to read the latest statistical research from BAAPS, the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, that in the last 3 years there has been a 100% rise, or doubling, of the referrals to plastic surgeons to advise, treat, or otherwise rectify problems caused by the use of permanent cosmetic fillers, with the increase relating to temporary fillers higher still.

Plastic surgeons almost universally agree that proper regulation of this burgeoning industry is overdue and now urgently needed.

Society appears to be demanding, or at least those vulnerable to these practices believe that society demands, that their external appearance is as close to perfection as it can be. Hence, the greater their use and correspondingly the greater the complaints that are arising.

With a significant 1 in 3 prepared to admit to being unhappy with the outcome of treatment, and inevitably so many more being reticent about accepting that it was a mistake to “go under the syringe”, this is now a real problem that must be acknowledged and addressed now, not least (from a political perspective alone) because it will increasingly constitute a drain on NHS resources.

We need to have better governance for the cosmetic filler industry, certainly, but fundamentally society needs to take a wider look at itself.

For years we have been admonishing the fashion industry for failing to use models who are not dangerously thin yet the situation shows no obvious sign of improvement.

The proliferation of dermal fillers, botox, nasal enhancements, breast lifts, reductions and enlargements, cosmetic dentistry and so on is evidence enough, if further evidence were needed, that education is nothing less than essential from an early age (particularly for girls) to accept one’s individual appearance and eschew the necessity to tamper with this, with often life changing consequences.

Nick is a partner and experienced and empathetic injury lawyer.

Nick is a partner and experienced and empathetic injury lawyer.

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