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Multiple procedures: How much is too much plastic surgery?

British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons warns against total body overhauls

London, UK - 10 May, 2005 - The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (, the not-for-profit organisation established for the advancement of education and practice of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery for public benefit, today advised those considering plastic surgery against having multiple procedures to radically change their looks.

According to Adam Searle, President of the BAAPS;

"Despite the popularity of 'makeover' reality shows, the majority of people who would consider plastic surgery do not want to drastically change their appearance. Yet there are those who, given the opportunity, would elect to undergo an excessive amount of procedures for a complete body overhaul and never be happy with the outcome."

How much surgery is too much? BAAPS President-Elect Douglas McGeorge says it all comes down to patient expectations. During the consultation, surgeons have to evaluate whether the person seems right for the procedure.

According to Douglas McGeorge;

"Patients who can identify specific, realistic goals are likely candidates for plastic surgery. Multiple procedures are only appropriate under proper safety considerations, to maintain harmony among physical features."

Individuals seeking surgery should always be self-motivated. Plastic surgery to please a partner or family member is inappropriate, and those with low self-esteem who think surgery will work a miracle in their lives will always be disappointed. People who appear depressed or excessively anxious may not be suitable candidates, nor are those who have a history of dissatisfaction with cosmetic procedures and want something 'radical'.

According to Adam Searle;

"There is a real danger attached to having many procedures at once, including a higher risk of infection and longer time to be spent under anaesthetic. Fortunately, although people may enjoy the voyeurism of total transformations on television – most don't want that for themselves."

It takes great skill for surgeons to be able to achieve subtle refinements that look natural. BAAPS members have undergone specialised training and are committed to maintaining a high standard of ethics in the profession.


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