British plastic surgeons are calling for tightened regulations on the country’s plastic surgery industry in the aftermath of the French breast implant scandal. Proposed measures include a ban on cosmetic surgery advertising, annual checks on practitioners, and tighter controls on breast implants and injectable substances.
Roughly 40,000 British women received breast implants manufactured by PIP, the now-defunct company that substituted industrial-grade silicone for medical-grade silicone. Doctors and politicians in the UK are still debating what that means in terms of future action. One thing, however, is certain: there is a growing consensus that the plastic surgery industry has gone awry with a “wild west” mentality.
According to Fazel Fatah, president of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS):
“We have warned against the unrealistic expectations set by reality ‘makeover’ shows and against crass competition prizes promising ‘mummy makeovers’ and body overhauls. In no other area of surgery would one encounter two-for-one offers. The pendulum has swung too far.”
In response to these issues, BAAPS has proposed a six-point plan to counter the rogue practices that have been on the rise in the UK: