The importance of choosing a BAAPS surgeon

Cosmetic Surgeon ChoiceIn a startling press release issued by the British Association for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), it is revealed that “four out of five [cosmetic] surgeons record rise in revisions for botched procedures.” The data has come from a new survey undertaken with BAAPS members. The Association has over two hundred members, including Mr Alan Park, who were invited to take part in the recent survey.

Findings show that 80% of those surveyed, claim they are seeing an alarming rise in requests to help fix cosmetic surgery operations that have left patients less than happy with the results. Although surgeons such as Mr Park are able to try their best to fix substandard workmanship, depending on the nature of the problem caused, it may be very challenging to remedy the problem.

Reasons for this worrying trend in revision cosmetic surgery

The three key reasons that BAAPS member cite for the reason they are being asked to fix these botched operations are as follows:

  1. Patients being left to believe that they are suitable for surgery when in fact, it is not the best solution for them: Sometimes patients may have their heart set on a particular procedure that is just not right for them. A legitimate, qualified cosmetic surgeon will consider all factors, including physiology, state of mind, BMI, age, lifestyle and so on. Armed with this information, they will be able to assess whether or not a patient is suitable for the operation they have chosen.
  2. The operation had been carried out by an unqualified or unlicensed practitioner: This is why it is always important to check the credentials of any cosmetic surgeon you are considering. Professional cosmetic surgeons such as Mr Alan Park will list their qualifications and membership of professional associations such as BAAPS. You are always free to check with organisations if you have any doubt that surgeons’ credentials are legitimate.
  3. Patients are lured in by promises of cheap cosmetic surgery procedures abroad: The truth is, if the price looks too good to be true, it probably is. Surgeons working in different countries are not necessarily subjected to the same rigorous training and quality checks as we have in the UK. If it looks like a bargain, it may actually be false economy.

Checking your cosmetic surgeon is a member of BAAPS is an important first step when making the choice to go ahead with cosmetic surgery. Members undergo annual safety audits and their experience, training and qualifications must all adhere to certain standards. For more information, call us on 07468 418 419 to arrange a consultation.

Ability to heal depends on time that wound occurs

scar healingScientists are always working to understand more about the human body, and every now and again they have another breakthrough, their hard work pays off and they discover something new and fascinating. That’s exactly what happened recently for scientists working in the Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge.

Scientists at the Cambridge-based research centre had been investigating whether or not the healing rate of wounds was affected by the time of the day or night the wound occurred. This particular study was undertaken at a specialist burns unit in Manchester, where scientists looked at the rate of healing of burns sustained during the day time, compared with those sustained overnight.

They were amazed to discover that “wounds healed twice as fast if sustained during daytime hours rather than at night.” So the time when an injury occurs can have a significant impact on the body’s ability to recover.

Why does time of day make a difference to scar healing?

With this data in hand, scientists have been able to establish that genes found within a particular skin cell called fibroblasts have the ability to switch on/off in the day and night. It is the fibroblasts that get to work to heal a wound if they detect that something has happened to the skin. The way that fibroblasts work is that when an injury is detected, they rush to the site of impact/injury and begin forming an intricate web which helps the skin cells bond, regenerate and reproduce.

In this ground-breaking burns research, scientists found that burns that occurred during the day time took an average of 17 days to heal, whereas similar burns that occurred overnight took an average of 28 days.

Scientists believe that these marked differences are due to the body’s circadian rhythm, which is “a 24 hour cycle in the physiological process of living beings…in a strict sense, the circadian rhythms are endogenously generated (created automatically by the body) although they can be modulated by external cues such as sunlight and temperature.”

Implications for the medical community

Research such as this is exciting, but particularly so for cosmetic surgeons such as Mr Alan Park. Cosmetic surgeons have a detailed knowledge of how to optimise the healing process naturally and with the aid of medicine currently available, as the vast majority of cosmetic surgery procedures result in some form of incision that will need to heal once the operation is completed. Although all planned procedures take place during the day, reconstructive work is carried out on patients who have sustained injuries around the clock.

Any advances on the understanding of how the body heals is welcomed by the scientific community, who try and make any healing experience as smooth as possible for patients. If drugs can be produced that trick the body into thinking that a wound occurred in the day time, rather than overnight, this could have significant improvement in how well the body fights the wound and approaches the healing process.

Alarming reports of ‘fake’ cosmetic surgeons and doctors

cosmetic practitioner choiceDermal fillers have become one of the most exciting developments in aesthetics in recent years – significant enhancements or changes to the face can be achieved without the need of surgery. Dermal fillers are administered via injection underneath the skin, to make the skin appear fuller, firmer and smoother, and although are a relatively quick, simple procedure and isn’t surgery, it is essential that you don’t fall into the trap of agreeing to have this kind of procedure done outside of a regulated, professional clinic.

The Independent recently reported on the case of an unlicensed practitioner who was offering dermal fillers to a patient in Toronto, Canada.

The practitioner, a teenage girl called Jingyi Wang, advertised her cosmetic surgery services locally and performed a dermal filler procedure on a lady to responded to her advertising.

Not only was this practice illegal, it was extremely dangerous for the recipient of the procedure. Shortly after the operation, as a result of not having the correct sterile equipment and operating environment, coupled with the fact that Wang was not a trained professional, the lady developed a serious infection, had to have antibiotics to treat this and had to have the work fixed by a professional cosmetic surgeon.

As such, Wang has been charged with aggravated assault and will appear in court as a result of her actions.

You might be thinking that this could only happen abroad but just this week there has been reporting on an ongoing court case involving claims of a ‘bogus Botox doctor’. Allegedly, Ozan Melin claimed to have trained in Botox in America wherein fact it seems that he has no medical qualifications and is not registered with the General Medical Council. One of the women who underwent treatment to her jowls and brows had a severe reaction after she was injected with a solution labelled Botox that has been described by a forensic plastic surgeon as ‘an extremely dangerous substance’.

Use your common sense when making cosmetic practitioner choice

As obvious as it may sound, if you see an advert for any form of cosmetic enhancement that does not appear legitimate, then it probably isn’t. If you’ve seen any form of advertising and are considering responding to it, then it is always important to research the clinic fully before making contact – to ensure that you’re visiting a genuine professional.

Some things to look out for:

  • Can you visit a website? If so, what does it say about accreditations of the practitioners? If you can’t see any qualifications or membership of professional regularity bodies listed then this is a warning sign. If you’re not sure whether or not what is listed is legitimate, then it is perfectly acceptable to call the bodies/regulators and ask them whether or not the practitioner is indeed listed with them.
  • Is the advert heavily cost-oriented? Advertising cost savings is definitely not a guarantee that you’ve found an unregulated practitioner but if the cost looks too good to be true then this should set alarm bells ringing.