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Discussions launched to develop Europe-wide cosmetic surgery standards

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Discussions have been taking place in Brussels to develop Europe-wide standards for cosmetic surgery.

The talk will mean that patients can have more confidence in the sector.

According to the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), the market for cosmetic surgery has "increased dramatically over the last years, including through the recession".

However, consultant plastic surgeon and BAAPS president Nigel Mercer, said that so far the UK and many other countries have failed to put in place adequate regulations.

On his attendance of the European Association of Societies of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, he added: "I will be delighted to join the new Project Committee for Aesthetic Surgery Services and help design a solid Europe-wide framework which will ensure patients can rely on safe treatment and facilities wherever they might be."

The latest figures from BAAPS revealed that there was a 6.7 per cent increase in the number of cosmetic surgical procedures carried out by its members between 2008 and 2009.

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Cosmetic surgery news : 15 June 2010