Research has shown that the 3 largest cosmetic factories in the UK known as Transform, Harley Medical Group and MYA do not have any surgeons trained in Nose Surgery or Rhinoplasty. None of their surgeons are British trained which makes communication a real challenge. If their surgeons don’t understand what the patients want, they will not be able to deliver the results requested. We often see patients after they have been to the free consultations offered by these companies. Patients tell us that these companies put pressure on them to pay a deposit once they meet the sales people on their first visit. Patients are shown photos of previous patients but these are in fact not the work of their surgeons.
Of even more concern is that none of their surgeons have been given Full membership of British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) nor the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS). Research also questions whether the companies and the surgeons have adequate insurance if something goes wrong. This casts a shadow over what protection patients have. Our practice often performs corrective surgery after operations at these companies as patients have lost confidence in them.
All the companies claim that their surgeons are GMC registered but this is the bare minimum to be a GP. UK regulations require that Plastic Surgeons are on the Specialist Register for Plastic Surgery at the GMC. Even that is only the entry level qualification. That just means that the surgeon has started his career in plastic surgery.
Fully Qualified surgeons apply to become members of the two National UK organisations which have a good reputation – BAPRAS and more so BAAPS.
Mr Uppal is not only a member of British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) and the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) but he has also been made a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).
BAAPS and BAPRAS have repeatedly issued press statements indicating that financial inducements should not been offered to cosmetic surgery patients. This is to ensure patients make the best decision for them without pressure of finances or inducements. All 3 companies continue to advertise discounts and deals to attract patients. Rather than using the reputation of the surgeon, which is what counts, they rely on heavy marketing.
This is the reason that the PIP breast implant scandal almost entirely revolves around these 3 companies. They put profit before patients. Research shows that once a problem occurs with surgery or legal action is started by a patient, the companies abandon the surgeon and replace them with a new one from abroad. The patient is then left without any recourse for their problem. We have seen many patients in this situation and have tried to remedy their situation.
If you have been affected by any of these issues or if any of this sounds familiar, then please get in touch with us and we will endeavour to help you.