I recently read a number of forum posts from women who were complaining about a certain surgeon who's name I will not disclose for now, however this is not an isolated case of public confusion. The surgeon in question has many letters after his name as follows:
MB, BS, LRCP, MRCS, FRCS(Eng), FRCS(Ed), FWACS, FICS, CST (Plastic Surgery)
Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeon
With statements within his profile that quote:
he became the first BAAPS (now BAPRAS) fellow at the Wellington Hospital in London
I am sure that the public would look at this and see FRCS(Eng) and BAAPS and BAPRAS thinking that he must be a BAPRAS member surgeon who is GMC specialist registered. But you would be wrong. Firstly GMC specialist registered surgeons are FRCS(Plast). In short this surgeon is not GMC registered and has a foreign qualification, BAPRAS set up BAAPS as a spin off society to deal with Aesthetic Plastic Surgery so BAAPS has not become BAPRAS and a BAPRAS fellow is not registered only a fellow of BAPRAS meaning a foreign surgeon gaining experience in the UK.
The women who were discussing this surgeon had all been butchered by this surgeon and treated with total disrespect when they confronted him. His website like many after the PIP fiasco has disappeared and the public are once again conned into thinking they are paying for a qualified plastic surgeon.
This will have to change and a register for breast implants is the start of what is happening, the next needs to be a joined effort from the societies in the UK to create a central register of qualified plastic surgeons then to accept that cosmetic surgery should be seen as a specialty and as such all surgeons would need to achieve a cosmetic surgery qualification so that the public confusion is removed once and for all.
It is disgusting that foreign surgeons are allowed to enter the UK and butcher our patients then fly away and leave the problems to the NHS and qualified UK plastic surgeons. Sir Bruce Keogh is asking the public to comment on what they think needs to be done within the cosmetic surgery industry to make things better. If you have to ask the public this question maybe this is not the best man for the job and why would his board incorporating a women's magazine editor be the best people to decide how to clean up the industry.
The UK's best plastic surgeons dominated the global market for 50 years with no major problem until the dawn of the Internet that has brought about the creation of the groups who dominate online and employ foreign surgeons and buy the cheapest implants, the answer I am sure Sir Bruce is available from the men and women who travel to conferences to learn more about their trade and who take the responsibility of consulting patients very seriously resulting in many patients been turned away. There is no need for psychologists if the surgeons are properly trained to see the signs of problems within the consultation which is why we have them. Unfortunately the groups use patient coordinators or saleswomen who are paid commission to sign the patient up on the day. So if you want to see where the problem is and where the solution to the problem is, why not look at the groups processes then look at a quality surgeon and you will have the answer to both your questions.