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According to consultant plastic surgeon and former President of the BAAPS Douglas McGeorge; "At the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons we welcome - and indeed, have been calling for during the last decade - as much Government scrutiny as is possible of the cosmetic sector. This is an arena where regulation has historically been lax and many practitioners can engage in procedures they are not trained or even qualified to perform. However, it is important to stress that the Care Quality Commission (CQC) regulates facilities - that is, clinics rather than clinicians. Their remit entails a facility or practice's aspects such as equipment, record-keeping and administrative areas, so we still call for the public to remain extremely vigilant of; and query; their surgeon's experience and accreditations. At the BAAPS we have always stressed not to be swayed by flashy adverts or offers and to 'choose a surgeon, not a clinic'. Members of the our organisation must undergo strict criteria to join such as a number of substantive consultant posts and thus represent the vast majority; if not all; NHS-trained plastic surgeons specifically trained in aesthetic or cosmetic practise."


The BAAPS (, based at the Royal College of Surgeons, is a not-for-profit organisation, established for the advancement of education and practice of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery for public benefit. Members undergo thorough background screening before they can join. Information about specific procedures and surgeons’ contact details can be found on the website, or by contacting their office at 020 7430 1840. Further materials can be posted to members of the public seeking specialised information. BAAPS is also on Twitter: and Facebook:

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