Your Choice – How to choose your plastic Surgeon;
- Check that your choice of surgeon is on the specialist register of the Irish Medical council . There are quite a few surgeons practicing cosmetic surgery who are on the register but do not have the qualifications to be on the Specialist register.
- Your choice of plastic surgeon should have been trained in a recognised training programme under the control of the joint royal colleges of surgeons of Ireland and Great Britain. There are ‘cosmetic surgeons’ who have no recognised or formal training!
- Ideally your choice of surgeon should be a consultant plastic surgeon appointed to a university teaching hospital working and living in Ireland, as opposed to a doctor who flies in and out of the country to do operations. Hiring doctors to fly in for surgery is common practice in some of the cosmetic clinics.
- A fully qualified Plastic Surgeon will have passed the intercollegiate final exams and have the letters FRCS(Plast) as part of his official qualifications.
- Your consultation should be with your plastic surgeon so he or she can explain a procedure based on personal experience and not with a nurse practitioner.
- Your choice of surgeon should be a member of the well recognized and honorable associations which have strict entry criteria such as the plastic surgical associations in Ireland and Britain? ( IAPS, BAPRAS, BAAPS)
- Your care should be undertaken by a plastic surgeon who is proud of his own practise and conducts this in a compassionate and ethical manner. This may not be the case with some of the clinics or companies whose primary aim is financial gain and who pay doctors to do operations?
- Your surgery should be performed in a safe environment such as a University hospital, with consultant anaesthetists and well trained support staff.
- Surgery goes well most of the time, however when there are problems you need quick access to your surgeon and hospital services and a commitment to aftercare. In some clinics, you may be followed up by a number of different surgeons/nurses who don’t really know you and may not have the resources to solve your problems.