Published: 1 May 2012 at 10:34
Unique qualification aims to improve patient safety and raise public awareness
Anglia Ruskin University has launched the world’s first practice-based degree in aesthetic plastic surgery.
Established with the aim of increasing standards and patient safety in the field of cosmetic surgery, the MSc in Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery Practice will be run from Anglia Ruskin’s Postgraduate Medical Institute in Chelmsford.
James Frame, Professor of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery at Anglia Ruskin, said:
According to the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, 43,069 procedures were carried out in the UK last year, an increase of 5.8% on 2010. Breast augmentation and reduction, rhinoplasty, neck and face lifts, and eyelid surgery were the most popular cosmetic procedures in 2011.
It is hoped that by establishing a clear and transparent UK qualification, it will deter some of the tens of thousands of Britons who fly abroad for so-called “safari surgery” each year.
Professor Frame added:
Trainees on the course will be supervised by a group of leading UK-qualified plastic surgeons including Professor Frame, Mr Paul Levick, Mr Adrian Richards and Mr James McDiarmid.The MSc in Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery Practice is open to all accredited plastic surgeons based in the UK, with the first cohort beginning in September. Should they wish, trainees will be able to proceed to a full doctorate in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the course will be opened up to overseas plastic surgeons from 2013.