WOMEN UNDER PRESSURE TO RESEMBLE CELEBS BUT ‘AT THE MERCY’ OF COSMETIC COWBOYS -Less than 5% think enough is done by the Government to help protect them

 London – 08 October, 2013 -  New statistics reveal today that women overwhelmingly cite fear of a ‘botch job’ as the number one reason deterring them from undergoing cosmetic surgery, and less than 5% think the Government is doing enough to protect them from industry cowboys. The survey, conducted by One Poll and commissioned by groundbreaking conference the Clinical Cosmetic & Reconstructive Expo (www.ccr-expo.com); taking place 11-12 October at London Olympia; quizzed 2,000 UK women on their concerns regarding aesthetic procedures such as boob jobs, facelifts and tummy tucks.

 Nearly all respondents (95%) believe a similar scandal to the PIP breast implant crisis – which saw 50,000 British women fitted with defective medical devices – is likely to happen again. Nearly half (46%) believe that advertising of cosmetic surgery should be restricted and well over a third (37%) feel advertising should be banned outright. Mirroring the recent review into the sector by Sir Bruce Keogh, only 2% felt special offers such as buy-one-get-one-free should be available (half of women in fact called such promotions ‘a ridiculous idea’). Yet despite these worries, the vast majority (85%) feel relentlessly under pressure to resemble flawless-looking female celebrities, particularly certain physical features.

According to consultant plastic surgeon and Chairman of the Expo’s Medical Advisory Board Norman Waterhouse, and former President of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS)

“The recently published review is not the first Government report on safety and regulation; many recommendations have been made in the past yet been largely ignored. It is no wonder that the public should feel little doubt regarding the possibility of a similar scandal to PIP repeating itself and these; alongside growing concerns regarding facial injectables; are issues that should be debated by all of us engaged in aesthetic practice. We have a collective responsibility to maintain and improve standards and our conference offers an excellent platform to help influence the future of our profession for the better.”

Survey highlights

When asked reasons that would put them off the idea of having cosmetic surgery, women overwhelmingly chose fear of a ‘botch job’ – even ahead of cost, as their number one deterrent. ‘I would never consider surgery’ was a distant third, closely followed by ‘Regretting it afterwards’ and ‘Not getting the right aftercare’. Only one in ten (11%) thought ‘what others might think’ would dissuade them

In response to whether they thought the Government is doing enough to protect patients from ‘cosmetic cowboys’, only 4% said ‘Definitely’, 14% said ‘Possibly’, just over half (51%) said ‘No’ and under a third (31%) said they ‘didn’t know’.

Well over a third (35%) felt a similar crisis to the PIP implant scandal could ‘Definitely’ happen again, three out of five (60%) felt it was possible and only 5% said it couldn’t

In regards to cosmetic surgery advertising, the vast majority of respondents (46%) felt it should be restricted – for example not in public places, or shown during children’s TV programming. Well over a third (37%) felt it should be banned outright. Only 15% agreed with the statement ‘It’s ok to promote medical procedures to the public’

Asked whether special offers such as BOGOFs should be available for cosmetic surgery, only 2% said ‘Definitely’. Just over one in ten (11%) said ‘Maybe’. Nearly a third (30%) said ‘No, it would encourage people to get surgery on a whim’ and half (50%) called it ‘a ridiculous idea

Questioned as to whether women are put under pressure to look like certain female celebrities (resembling features such as “J.Lo’s bum, breasts like Kelly Brook…”) only 15% said ‘No’.


About the Clinical Cosmetic & Reconstructive (CCR) Expo

The Clinical Cosmetic & Reconstructive (CCR) Expo is a groundbreaking business-to-business event that will bring the international surgical and non-surgical community together under one roof.

The expo runs from 11-12 October 2013 at London, Olympia and will showcase over 120 international exhibitors: from cutting edge surgical equipment and supplies through to non-invasive products, business services, training and consultancy.

There will be 14 days of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) content, including workshops, conferences and live demonstration theatres, packed into an exciting two-day event. Clinical Cosmetic & Reconstructive Expo is organised by NINETEEN EVENTS, whose management team has a solid track record of organising large-scale international award winning shows.