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British Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Industry
Opinions about the size of the UK cosmetic surgery market vary, ranging from £536m in 2008 (*)
just for surgical procedures, to £588m in 2009 (**) for surgical and non surgical procedures
together. The Guardian even reported the figure as approaching £1bn in 2008 (***) and quotes
figures from Mintel saying that 105,000 surgical procedures were carried out in 2007 with a
value of £604m, compared to the £302m spent on 472,000 non surgical procedures in the same
year. This means that the average cost of a surgical procedure in 2007 was £5,750.
Two associations in the UK represent plastic surgeons. They are the
British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons
(BAAPS) and the British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons
(BAPRAS). They represent 252 and 290 members respectively according to their membership
lists on their websites. In 2009 BAAPS members performed 36,482 procedures, a 6.7% increase
on the 2008 figure. This means that the average BAAPS member performs 145 procedures per year
with a billable value of £833,750 (based on the 2007 average procedure value).
Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Statistics from WhatClinic.com
WhatClinic.com experienced a 28% increase in the number of UK based cosmetic
surgery enquiries processed between Q3 and Q4 2009, and a further 16% increase between Q4 2009 and Q1 2010.
The top 10 most requested cosmetic surgery procedures requested in the UK during 2009 were
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(*) The Medical News: UK plastic surgery industry experiences significant growth
(**) KeyNote Market Research: UK Cosmetic Surgery 2010
(***) The Guardian: Cosmetic surgery and treatments set to hit £1bn a year
Special Focus on Plastic Surgery in Birmingham
Birmingham is the UK's second largest city with a population of just over 1 million people. If you include the surrounding
metropolitan area this figure jumps to almost 3.7 million people. It should come as no surprise then that Birmingham is served
by the widest selection of cosmetic surgery clinics outside of London. If you're interested in contacting a clinic about
cosmetic surgery in Birmingham
here are some useful links:
Liposuction in Birmingham
Facelifts in Birmingham
Tummy Tuck Surgery in Birmingham
Breast Implants in Birmingham
Rhinoplasty in Birmingham
Gastric Band Surgery in Birmingham
A Guide to Plastic Surgery Regulations in the United Kingdom
The Department of Health decides on health policy and oversees the National Health Serice in the UK.
The General Medical Council (GMC) is the self-regulating body for doctors within the UK. It holds a register of all doctors registered to practice within the UK. The GMC provides detailed information online about the current status of all registered doctors. Compensation claims will rest on proof that a failure in the 'Duty to Care' has resulted in injury - these claims are persued throught the civil courts.
The British Medical Association is the chief professional organization for doctors in the UK.
BAPRAS, the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons is the main organization that plastic surgeons will belong to.
The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons represents plastic surgeons who specialise in cosmetic surgery and all its members are on the Specialist Register of Plastic Surgery.
The UK has 32 medical schools spread over a number of administrative regions. Training is usually 5 or 6 years in length though 4 year graduate programmes have become available. The difference in training periods generally applies to theoretical work with set minimums in place for clinical study.
Doctors are ethically responsible for keeping their training up to date through Continuing Professional Development (CPD). All professional associations promote continuing education and organize training. CPD is not mandatory though failure to engage may result in a doctors ability to maintain their 'Duty to Care' coming into question.
The GMC will deal with complaints against doctors but its powers only enable it to limit or remove the right to practice: It does not issue fines or grant compensation. The GMC strikes off about 30 doctors each year.
Other complaints should go first to one of the local healthcare authorites.
There is also a health ombudsman (one for each of England, Scotland, Wales and N. Ireland), independant of the profession.
Storage and Access to Medical Records
The UK has a data protection act. This both protects data and covers the right of an individual to access data held on them - including medical data. Furthermore medical data requested by an individual must be presented in an intelligible manner and within a maximun of 40 days from a formal request being made.
Plastic surgery in the UK:
Healthcare Commission (for ombudsman/complaints, provider ratings etc)
The General Medical Council (GMC)
Check status of doctors: http://www.gmc-uk.org/register/search/
Role in complaints: http://www.gmc-uk.org/concerns/complaints_and_role_of_the_gmc/index.asp
The British Medical Association
British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons
Member surgeons: http://www.bapras.org.uk/findasurgeon.asp
The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons
Member surgeons: http://www.baaps.org.uk/content/view/18/32/
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