Overseas Plastic Surgery Appeal (OPSA)
Founding Trustee & Supporter
OPSA stands for Overseas Plastic Surgery Appeal – a registered charity that provides free plastic surgery procedures to underprivileged children and young adults overseas. The operations are mainly to correct cleft lip and palate but can also include other deformities such as hand deformities and burns.
Cleft lip and palate cases are particularly common in India and Pakistan due to the lack of a welfare state meaning that if the patients cannot pay for the treatment themselves, they go untreated and live with these deformities for the rest of their lives. This often affects them socially making it difficult for them to fit in in their own communities.
Our aim is to offer a service for these people to ensure that they do get treated to a standard we would expect in the UK and in turn drastically improve their quality of life.
Often a relatively simple operation is all that is needed to transform these peoples lives.
Everybody at OPSA gives their time for free. This means every penny of every donation we receive goes directly towards our next trip and towards changing more peoples lives forever. Your donations really do make a difference.
From the blog
Here are some reconstructive and cosmetic surgery procedures completed as part of my charity work both private and via the Overseas Plastic Surgery Appeal (OPSA).
Hover over the images to see procedure details.
Plastic Surgery Unit, Multan
Mr Riaz established burn and Plastic Surgery unit in Nishtar Hospital, Multan, Pakistan where he worked voluntarily for three years (1999-2001). Now this unit has progressed to an independent Hospital.