Which organisations should your Plastic Surgeon be a member of?

There are a number of organisations which Plastic Surgeons and Cosmetic Doctors can be affiliated to.

As a basis, all doctors & plastic surgeons should be registered by the General Medical Council (GMC). This organisation is mandatory to belong to for all registered doctors and you can check their registration at http://www.gmc-uk.org/.

For plastic surgeons, most will be registered with BAPRAS (The British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons) which regulates general plastic surgery including burn surgery, skin cancer & breast reconstruction as well as hand operations.

The organisation which regulates cosmetic surgery is called BAAPS (The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons) and all plastic surgeons who register with this organisation have to regularly audit their results and publish their figures to the organisation for validation.

For cosmetic doctors, the main organisation is the BACD (British Association of Cosmetic Doctors). This organisation has an excellent website and again all members are validated and assessed.

It is worthwhile asking your surgeons which organisation they are affiliated to as generally it is the mark of a recognised surgeon/doctor to belong to one or more of these organisations.