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Safety in Surgery

If you’re considering cosmetic surgery it’s vital to get the right advice at the consultation stage. Take time to do your research and don’t be afraid to ask questions, you should never feel rushed into any cosmetic procedure.

All prospective patients should be aware that cosmetic surgery is not without risks, and before going ahead with any type of procedure, no matter how small, it’s important to find out all the facts. Your surgeon should be open and honest about what to expect and any potential complications, they should also be able to provide proof of their qualifications, level of training, and amount of experience in your chosen procedure.

The BAAPS believe that every patient should expect high quality care, and has the right to fully understand every aspect of their surgery from pre-op right through to aftercare, before agreeing to go ahead with any procedure.

What is Cosmetic Surgery?

Cosmetic surgery is carried out when someone chooses to have an operation, or invasive medical procedure, to change their physical appearance for cosmetic rather than medical reasons.

Non-surgical cosmetic procedures, such as Botox and dermal fillers - typically used to relax or fill crease lines - do not involve surgery. However, there are still risks attached. For information about non-surgical procedures visit NHS choices.

Can I get cosmetic surgery on the NHS?

Cosmetic surgery is rarely available through the NHS unless there is an overriding physical reason. Even when cosmetic surgery is available on the NHS, waiting times are usually long.

For this reason, most people will pay to have surgery carried out privately.  To find a plastic surgeon to discuss your options, please use the Find A Surgeon Tool here.

Will the NHS help me if something doesn’t go according to plan?

If you have cosmetic surgery privately and it does not go according to plan (for example, it does not give you the result you wanted), the NHS will not help you unless you have a serious complication which means you need emergency or life-saving treatment.

Definition of Surgery 

Thinking About Plastic Surgery?

If you are thinking about having plastic surgery, read here

Why Use a BAAPS Member?

Find out the many benefits of choosing a BAAPS member to carry out your cosmetic surgery.

Consumer safety guidelines

The key factors to consider before undergoing cosmetic surgery.

GMC Guidelines

Read the following document for guidelines before your surgery 


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