BAAPS (The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons) has announced the results of a survey about breast enlargement procedures, which is considered to be the largest survey of this field in the UK to date.
The object of the research was just under 27,000 cases over a six year period.
The study reveals that the total number of breast enlargement operations increased by 275% between 2002 and 2007, with around 2,400 operations carried out in 2002 and 6,500 in 2007.
The figures of the survey show an average 0.53% chance of infection, which is five times lower than the European average of 2.5%.
“This survey of over 26,000 patients undergoing breast augmentation is the largest of its kind and demonstrates that reduced complication rates can be achieved by the application of careful surgical technique and a safe hospital environment. Patients should choose their surgeon carefully as this is not an operation where one size fits all and tailoring the procedure to each individual does produce better results,” concluded Rajiv Grover, plastic Surgeon, Secretary of BAAPS and the author of the research.
Plastic surgeon and member of BAAPS Mr Douglas McGeorge, commented: “These results confirm what we have always known – that risks associated with surgical procedures are dramatically lessened when patients choose properly trained and qualified practitioners knowledgeable in the latest techniques and advances. At the BAAPS our members undergo thorough screening and are audited yearly. It’s essential that people considering breast augmentation, or indeed any aesthetic procedure, do their research and check surgeon qualifications.”