Britain’s leading plastic surgeons are calling for drastic action after a new audit found a staggering 44% rise in botched cosmetic surgery procedures overseas.
The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) says the number of patients treated for serious complications following cosmetic surgery abroad increased by 44% in 2021 compared to the previous year.
Social media and the increased use of online platforms are causing what is known as the “Zoom Boom” as people become more aware of their screen appearance.
The new BAAPS audit showed that over the past four years, 324 patients required surgery after returning to the UK.
BAAPS is calling for cosmetic surgery travel insurance to be made mandatory to help address the issue.
Mary O’Brien, President of BAAPS said: “When patients go abroad for cosmetic surgery, they usually have no knowledge of the skill and experience of the surgeon, and there are very few prospects for follow-up and advice.
“Best practice is compromised by the fact that patients only meet their surgeon immediately before a procedure – by which time they typically commit and have paid for the operation.
“Patients then return to the UK without adequate medical records, if any. Tracking is difficult. Complications arise and are usually left to the UK system.
“The surgeons involved in these schemes do not have work permits and are not registered in the UK, and there is unlikely to be any possibility of seeking revision surgery.”
According to BAAPS, the lack of local cosmetic surgery and the push for cheap cosmetic surgery deals are encouraging patients to look overseas, so BAAPS is seeing an increase in the number of patients requiring correctional surgery. .
In 2021, 75 women and seven men were treated for complications, some with life-threatening issues such as emergency surgical removal (debridement) of dead skin tissue and admission to intensive care for maintenance of skin tone. life following a systemic infection.
These complications, despite treatment, still leave permanent life-altering physical deformities as well as the psychological effects of these injuries.
A survey of BAAPS board members revealed that 100% of complications came from Turkey and abdominoplasty (abdominoplasty) accounted for 75% of complications, followed by breast surgery procedures at 25%.
According to the audit, cosmetic tourism has continued during the Covid pandemic, despite travel restrictions in place.
According to Caroline Payne, consultant plastic surgeon and BAAPS board member: “BAAPS members have been very careful in recommending surgery during the pandemic. Additionally, many private hospitals were assisting the NHS with their facilities to meet emergency and urgent medical needs, as were many BAAPS surgeons themselves.
“Unfortunately Covid does not appear to have deterred patients from seeking low cost options overseas and some UK clinics are being paid to refer patients to Turkey.
“Cheaper can sometimes turn out to be more expensive – if patients need things fixed or if they are worried and need a follow-up consultation, they may have to fly back. This extra cost can wiping out the initial saving.Alternatively, they may have to pay a surgeon in the UK to correct the procedure or the NHS may end up bearing the liability.
It comes after The voicefound that black British women were traveling to Europe for Brazilian buttock lifts (BBL) and other body-enhancing procedures.
According to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the Brazilian Buttock Lift (BBL) is now the fastest growing cosmetic surgery procedure in the world.
Since 2015, the number of buttock lifts performed worldwide has exploded by 77.6%.
The procedure has been called by experts “the most dangerous cosmetic surgery in the world”, as one in 3,000 operations results in death.
In America earlier this year, Maxine Messam, 53, died after being dropped off at a New York hospital naked from the waist down.