Meet Nav Cavale, a Real Plastic Surgeon
Naveen Cavale is a fully accredited Plastic Surgeon (on the UK Specialist Register, equivalent to USA Board Certified) who trained and qualified in London. He has an NHS Plastic & Reconstructive practice in King's College Hospital, London as well as a Private Plastic, Reconstructive & Cosmetic Surgery practice in Central London .
Nav puts patients first, with the emphasis being on safety. He is keen to put you at ease and will never 'sell' surgery to you. He never rushes consultations and you will only ever be offered a procedure that is wholly appropriate for you.
Mr. Cavale prefers and encourages natural results as he believes these are both longer lasting, and less likely to cause problems in the long run. He is on the GMC Specialist Register for Plastic Surgery, and is a full member of BAPRAS, BAAPS and ISAPS. He is fully insured via Paragon, a UK-based indemnity company, specialising in plastic surgeons.
Nav is passionate that cosmetic surgery patients see a 'Real' surgeon i.e. one that is properly trained and qualified, not only in carrying out your procedure, but also able to properly deal with any situation arising after surgery (expected or unexpected).
If he cannot deal with the issue himself, and you require another specialist, he will gladly refer you on to one of his large network of similarly highly qualified colleagues - this is one of the great advantages of working in the NHS.
He has recently taken his reconstructive skills to other parts of the world where they are desperately needed - the work has been featured on BBC World, in the UK press, in The Mirror and The Guardian, as well as the UK Government's DfID website - read Naveen's own account here.
Training the next generation of plastic surgeons is hugely important and Naveen has set up the world's most popular knowledge-sharing website for trainee plastic surgeons, to help them prepare for their pre-consultant exams.
He thinks of himself as a bit of a geek and can be found tweeting @plasreconsurg
Naveen is married with two children, and lives in South London.
- Recognition & Affiliations:
- Assistant National Secretary for UK, ISAPS, 2015 - present
- Council Member, Royal Society of Medicine, Plastic Surgery Section, 2011 - present
- Trustee & Board Member, British Foundation for International Reconstructive Surgery & Training
Mr. Cavale has admitting rights at the following London Hospitals:
- Undergraduate & Medical School
- BSc(Hons) in Anatomy and Neuroscience, University College London, 1992
- MBBS, University College London, UK, 1995
- MSc in Surgical Science, University College London, UK, 2002
- MRCS Edinburgh, UK, 2000
- Specialisation, FRCSEd(Plast), London, UK, 2008
- Post-Medical School Training
- London Higher Surgical Training Scheme (Plastic Surgery Specialist Register), 2003 - 2008
- Fellowship: Microsurgery, Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead, 2007
- Fellowship: Cosmetic Surgery, McIndoe Surgical Centre, East Grinstead, 2008
WHAT IS A REAL PLASTIC SURGEON?
So, what exactly is a 'Real Plastic Surgeon'?
The UK has the ridiculous situation whereby anyone with even the most basic surgery qualification can call themselves a Plastic Surgeon, Cosmetic Surgeon, Aesthetic Surgeon, Consaultant and so forth. With non-surgical treatment such as fillers, the situation is even worse.
Anyone can inject fillers into someone else, provided they have permission. So it is therefore perfectly legal for a GP to do a tummy tuck or a plumber to inject you with filler in the UK!
To put things in perspective
Animals in the UK appear to have better protection! Even the most highly qualified surgeon cannot operate on an animal without the appropriate Home Office licenses, and quite rightly so - this protects animals from illegal experimantation and cruelty. But, we as humans, are not so lucky in the UK...
Thankfully, things are improving
The Royal College of Surgeons has made a really good start at setting up a register of surgeons who are qualified to carry out particular cosmetic procedures (for example, only properly qualified plastic surgeons, ENT surgeons, Maxillofacial surgeons shoud be allowed to perform rhinoplasty) and you can see their document here, but at the moment the plan isn't for the register to be compulsory, so the public are still vulnerable to 'Cowboy Traders' out there - see Mr Cavale commenting on BBC News and on Sky News recently.
So, what should you look out for when it comes to choosing a surgeon?
The list below should help you:
- On the GMC Specialist Register - this means that your surgeon is properly trained, qualified, and specialised. This is also a requirement to be a consultant in the NHS.
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