Last week an interesting documentary was aired on the BBC which looked at the Botox industry and the way that rules and regulations are sometimes deliberately overlooked by some practitioners. At Sthetix, we pride ourselves on our CQC status and clinical setting. Our injectors are all highly trained medical professionals and we welcome more stringent regulation of the industry to keep patients safe. To watch this documentary on iPlayer: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p05z0m67/the-botox-bust-ellie-undercover From the BBC website: "Investigative journalist Ellie Flynn uncovers crimes and injustices against other people her age in the UK. In this episode, she’s on the trail of medics who may be wrongly providing botulinum toxin, commonly known as Botox, and the beauticians who either don’t know the strict rules or are choosing to ignore them. Researchers suggest that as many as 100,000 Botox injections are carried out each year in the UK, and campaigners report an astonishing trebling in [...]
Mr Rizwan Alvi recently attended the 2014 ESPRAS/BAPRAS (British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons) Scientific Meeting in Edinburgh. In a productive meeting, the foundations for a group were laid, aiming to providing teaching and training of plastic surgeons in the developing world, in collaboration with BAPRAS. From left to right, Mr Omar Ahmed, Mr Riaz Malik, Mr T Rasheed, Mr Rizwan Alvi, Mr Tim Goodacre (Past BAPRAS President), Mr Azhar Iqbal, Mr Graeme Perks (Current BAPRAS President)
Sthetix’s response to the Review of the Regulation of Cosmetic Interventions Professor Sir Bruce Keogh KBE*
“ One of my patients recently asked me ‘What is this BAAPS malarkey? What’s special about a BAAPS surgeon?’ She had researched cosmetic surgery online and read that it was important to check that your surgeon is a member of BAAPS and/or BAPRAS. She visited several cosmetic surgery clinics prior to our consultation and had been told by a salesperson at a well-known company that ‘Our surgeons are cosmetic surgeons and don’t need to be members of BAAPS and/or BAPRAS’ and that ‘Anyone can be a member, they only need to pay the fees’. It is shocking that the public are being so willfully misinformed by some companies in order to close a sale. Accreditation is not merely a membership of a club. The standards required in becoming an accredited member of BAAPS and/or BAPRAS are exceptionally high, requiring training, examinations, on-going practice and annual auditing well above the levels [...]
The Royal College of Surgeons of England have given authoritative new professional and patient guidance on the PIP controversy. The guidance goes beyond current government advice, which is aimed at patients with symptoms, and gives additional practical advice for the majority of patients who do not. The full guidance can be downloaded here. Key Points from the guidance: All patients should be able to have an assessment by a surgeon regardless of whether they have symptoms. If a patient requests removal - they should expect to get this, regardless of the presence of any symptoms. If a patient wants time to make up their minds this should be respected - surgery to remove implants must not be a time-limited "take it or leave it" offer. Scans should only be used as a tool to assist patients make a decision and only take place after the patient has had a consultation with [...]
French authorities have today recommended that all PIP implants be removed as a precautionary measure, while also stating that there is no link to cancer. On the other hand, the UK's MHRA (the government agency which regulates the safety of medicines), has maintained the position that that there is no need for women with PIP implants to have them removed. Mr Alvi, Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Sthetix Clinic Liverpool and Member of BAAPS has reiterated that if anyone with PIP implants is concerned, they should in the first instance, contact their initial provider. He added that as there is a well established risk of ruptures with PIP implants, any concerned women should consider an MRI scan. At Sthetix Clinic in Liverpool, we have dealt with a large number of problems related to PIP implants in the last year, most of which were ruptures.
Liverpool Plastic Surgeons show how cosmetic surgery is not always about vanity 09-11-2011, 9am – Consultant Plastic Surgeons from Sthetix Clinic in Liverpool appear in a new series on Discovery Real Time to illustrate the fact that, in most cases, cosmetic plastic surgery is to treat a physical or psychological problem - not Vanity. A review of the last 100 patients requesting a cosmetic surgery procedure at Sthetix Clinic has clearly illustrated this fact. 82% felt they had a physical and a psychological problem and a further 14% felt they had a psychological problem alone which they believe could be corrected by surgery. Only a small percentage (about 4%) felt they wanted surgery purely for vanity reasons. Discovery Real Time is currently running a series “My Naked Secret” on Sunday nights. This is highlighting the benefit successful cosmetic surgery and psychological help can have on people suffering from physical or [...]
Mr Hassan Shaaban, Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Sthetix Clinic and Liverpool Laser Clinic, was featured in Maverick TV's new series,"My Naked Secret". This was aired on Discovery Real Time on the 30th of October. Mr Shaaban carried out a breast reconstruction for a patient who had a mastectomy (removal of a breast) for the treatment of breast cancer. Using the advanced technique of DIEP flap (Deep inferior epigastric perforator flap) , he used the skin and fat from the lower abdomen of the patient to create a new breast. This tissue was transferred successfully using microsurgical techniques.
The One Show featuring Sthetix on the importance of choosing your plastic surgeon carefully