What is a Real Plastic Surgeon?

What 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, Consultant 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. 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 the register

Royal College of Surgeons of England

So, what should you look out for when it comes to choosing a surgeon?

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. See the register here.

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