The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) is the internationally recognised leading plastic and cosmetic surgery association in the UK. It has close links to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) and, closer to home, the European Association of Societies of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (EASAPS). Its primary purpose is to educate the public about cosmetic and aesthetic surgery, including the benefits and risks of any procedure. Furthermore, it aims to improve and advance cosmetic practice through the teaching and examination of its practitioners. BAAPS is adamant in ensuring that cosmetic surgery practitioners adhere to the rule that they are first and foremost medical surgeons and that any procedure they undertake must be for the good of the patient.
BAAPS is also the single association of cosmetic surgeons in the UK which requires all it members to prove their credentials for membership. This validation process means that when a patient chooses a BAAPS member as their surgeon, they can be assured that their training, integrity and expertise are of the highest standard.
Fully Trained and Registered
All BAAPS surgeon members are on the Specialist Register of Plastic Surgeons – this is managed by the General Medical Council of the UK (GMC). The GMC is also responsible for all surgeon training in the UK. In order to be registered with the GMC, all surgeons must have undergone six years of training as well as regular assessment and professional examinations.
While these qualifications and this experience can be gained in any number of ways, to become a BAAPS member surgeon you must also be eligible to undertake consultant appointments in plastic surgery for the NHS. The process of becoming qualified to this level is also rigorous and not easily achieved. Even if the surgeon is not working for the NHS in any capacity, they must still show that they are practising in a reputable clinic or hospital.
Ongoing Training and Advanced Practice
Recognising the existing eligibility of plastic surgeons as BAAPS members is only one part of the association’s benefits to patients looking into plastic surgery. Cosmetic surgery practices are among the most rapidly changing procedures performed. Every year, new and advanced techniques are being introduced, and it is in the patient’s interest to make the most of these techniques. As it’s the largest UK organisation of plastic surgeons, BAAPS members have unparalleled access to the wealth of experience and knowledge of their fellow members. Through association lectures and training, members ensure they are always up to date with the latest methods.
Most importantly to BAAPS membership, if a surgeon fails to uphold the principles of membership, they will no longer be registered with BAAPS and will be prohibited from displaying the icon on their professional material. This means any shortcomings in professional integrity could cost the surgeon dearly.
As mentioned, a BAAPS surgeon is a medical professional and not a salesperson. This means a BAAPS surgeon will never offer you a consultation as an opportunity to ‘sell’ you a procedure. A consultation with a BAAPS member will be educational to you as well as an assessment of what is right for you.
It is an unhappy truth that some medical practitioners see the growing cosmetic surgery market as an opportunity. Fortunately, BAAPS membership allows patients to quickly see exactly who is reputable and trustworthy in plastic surgery.