Choosing your plastic surgeon may be by personal recommendation, advised by your GP or merely searching the internet. There are many surgeons to found on the internet such that making your choice can be difficult. There are a number of qualifications that can help guide you to a qualified plastic surgeon. You should ensure that the surgeon you choose is appropriately qualified and has undertaken the necessary training.
Plastic surgeon qualifications
An indicator of recognised plastic surgery training is the letters FRCS(Plast) after a surgeons name. This qualification is awarded to trained plastic surgeons who have passed a challenging consultant-level examination in plastic surgery organised by The Royal College of Surgeons. FRCS lettering alone does not indicate plastic surgery training. Mr Cawrse was awarded the FRCS(Plast) in 2008.
Your surgeon should be registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) and on the specialist register for plastic surgery. This ensures that your surgeon is licensed to practice plastic, reconstructive and cosmetic surgery and qualified in that speciality. Mr Cawrse is registered with the GMC with a license to practice and is on the specialist register for plastic surgery.
Ideally your surgeon should be a member of BAPRAS (British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons) membership of which is offered only to qualified plastic surgeons. Mr Cawrse is a full member of BAPRAS.
Plastic surgeon experience
Lastly your surgeon should hold or previously held an NHS substantive consultant plastic surgeon position. Again such positions are only awarded to fully trained plastic surgeons who have fulfilled rigorous selection criteria in order to have been appointed which, as a result, should provide some reassurance and confidence in your selection.
Ultimately the plastic surgeon you choose should be one you trust and are comfortable with.