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Highlights from the Annual Audit from BAAPS

The annual audit figures from BAAPS (British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons) have been published and Breast Augmentation operations have dipped slightly from 10,015 in 2011 to 9854 in 2012 - a drop of 1.6%. However this does not truly reveal the decrease nationwide. Many patients who would normally have gone to the commercial clinics instead went to BAAPs members and many of the reported cases will include patients having their PIP implants exchanged. Conversations with breast prosthesis companies reveal that the supply of prosthesis for purely cosmetic reasons last year was substantially lower.

Facelift operations were up 14% to 5660, which with a membership of around 200 means that the average surgeon is doing well under 30 facelifts a year. This is a cause for concern as it is agreed that surgeons undertaking a particular operation should perform a significant number in order to have the necessary expertise. Some health insurance companies place embargoes on surgeons not performing enough numbers for example Mastectomy for Breast Cancer and total hip replacements.