New data released by the the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) stated that four in five surgeons have recorded a rise in revisions for botched cosmetic procedures.
The findings come from an internal survey of the 230 association members, of which 80% revealed that they have had an increase in requests from patients to correct failed cosmetic surgical procedures during the last five years.
In the poll, surgeons identified that the main reasons for revisions were incorrect patient selection for surgery (40%), the original procedure had been carried out by an inadequately trained practitioner (30%) and that the procedure was carried out via a cheap deal abroad (30%).
“I have seen many people who were clearly not appropriate for surgery – ranging from unrealistic expectations, to the more extreme body dysmorphia; contraindicated medications, smokers, and pre-existing medical conditions which should have ruled them out. And yet, unscrupulous practitioners have endangered their health entirely for profit,” said consultant plastic surgeon and BAAPS president Mr Simon Withey, who noted that around 40% of his work last year was revisional procedures.
He added, “This has directly led to an increase in the number of reported cases of people returning to the UK with serious complications after receiving cosmetic surgery abroad.”