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Berlin – At the end of June, 48 plastic and cosmetic surgery experts were already complaining in one letter about the problems of cosmetic surgery in Germany. The Association of German Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (VDÄPC) and the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) have addressed specific policy proposals.
In an open letter to Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn (CDU), who gave Rev. German Medical Journal Now the VDÄPC and ISAPS have issued a clear legal regulation on who is allowed to perform aesthetic operations in Germany. "Under current law, liposuction can be done by a gynecologist, face pad or anesthesiologist. Deaths like the one in Düsseldorf are the result of this," say the association and the professional association.
They also require exact specifications as to who can be called a cosmetic surgeon or cosmetic surgeon. Under current law, the term is not protected. Any dentist or internal medicine doctor can call himself a cosmetic surgeon, according to the VDÄPC and ISAPS. It can claim human lives and be misleading.
Likewise, two Orgainsationen strong for clear legislation prohibiting alternative doctors from performing cosmetic anti-wrinkle treatments or lip augments. "Under existing legislation, this is possible without a healthy anatomical education and we are seeing all the scary results," it was stated.
VDÄPC President Dennis von Heimburg and ISAPS President Dirk Richter also emphasized in the letter that, for example, in Denmark and Belgium, there are clear laws that prescribe which specialized areas are allowed to undergo any intervention or treatment in the field of aesthetic medicine or surgery. "German patients also need this safety," they said.
"There is a recognized specialist training in Germany, namely a trained cosmetic plastic surgeon, but it is not binding in the choice of doctor and therefore useless, because these rules are missing – with disastrous consequences for the patient," Heimburg and Richter write. They demand that patients be "urgently" protected by legislation to become active.
The Association of German Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons is, according to its own information, the largest professional association of aesthetic surgeons in Germany. The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) is the world's largest professional association of cosmetic surgery professionals in over 100 countries.
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