Deciding to go ahead with a cosmetic surgery procedure can be one of the biggest decision you make and you’ll naturally have some concerns about the safety of the procedure and whether you’ll be happy with the results afterwards. Choosing a member of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, also known as BAAPS, can give you much-needed peace of mind during this challenging time.

BAAPS is one of the UK’s leading independent plastic surgery associations and all members are rigorously vetted prior to joining to ensure they have the necessary experience and expertise. A commitment to patient safety is also the guiding principle of the organisation and all surgeons have to submit an annual audit of the procedures they have performed.

Here are ten reasons why you should choose a BAAPS surgeon:

1 Level of training

All BAAPS members have to be fully trained plastic surgeons on the GMC specialist register. This means they have completed a six-year specialist plastic and reconstructive training programme to become a plastic surgeon.

2 Registered with GMC

The GMC or General Medical Council is an independent organisation that protects patients and you can use it to check whether your surgeon is on the specialist register for plastic surgeons. However, to be a member of BAAPS, you must be on this register.

3 Breadth of knowledge and experience

BAAPS members are encouraged to continue to train and learn and have made a commitment to continuous personal development, so you can be assured that they are aware of the latest developments.

4 An unbiased and expert consultation

In your consultation with a BAAPS member such as Mr Ong, he will always provide you with honest and expert advice and this may mean that he will advise you not to go ahead with a surgical procedure at this time if he does not feel that it will benefit you or will not fulfil your expectations.

5 Consultant-level

All BAAPS members must be eligible to take up a consultant plastic surgery role in the NHS. Mr Ong is currently a Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.

6 A commitment to ongoing training

BAAPS members must demonstrate an ongoing commitment to training and learning and they regularly attend meetings, seminars and lectures, both nationally and internationally, in their field.

7 Recognised by UK insurance providers

BAAPS members are recognised by BUPA, PPP and many other major health insurance providers.

8 Operate from reputable clinics and hospitals

BAAPS members will only work in reputable hospitals and clinics, ensuring the best patient care possible. For example, Mr Ong performs procedures at leading London private hospitals including The Portland Hospital, The Wellington Hospital and The Weymouth Hospital.

9 Member of a recognised professional body

BAAPS is recognised as the legitimate professional body representing the field of cosmetic surgery by The Royal College of Surgeons of England, The Royal College of Surgeons of Scotland and The Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland.

10 Following a code of conduct

BAAPS has a code of conduct that follows the Good Practice Guidelines issued by the GMC and members must follow this. BAAPS Members adhere to a code of conduct which follows the GMC Good Practice Guidelines.

In light of concerns raised about breast implant safety, particularly the link that has been highlighted between textured breast implants and a rare form of cancer known as Breast Implant Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL), a statement has been released by the three UK surgical specialty associations associated with breast surgery.

The British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS), the Association of Breast Surgery (ABS) and the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), fully support the breast implant safety statement made last November by the International Collaboration of Breast Registry Activities (ICOBRA).

In attempting to clarify any patient concerns about breast implant safety, ICOBRA pointed out that breast implants are safe, but they do have some serious, if very rare, side effects. BIA-ALCL is very rare – current data suggests the risk of developing this condition in the UK is approximately one in every 24,000 breast implants sold – and usually responds very well to treatment.

Texturing of a breast implant surface does have some benefits over smooth implants, particularly in relation to capsular contracture, and not all textured implants are manufactured in the same way so there are differing levels of risk. All potential risks associated with breast implant surgery will be discussed in full during your consultation with Mr Juling Ong before you make the decision to go ahead with surgery.

Breast implants are used in the UK for both breast reconstruction procedures after breast cancer and for aesthetic breast augmentation. If you have any concerns regarding your breast implants, then it is important to get in touch with your plastic surgeon to discuss these concerns in more depth.