The world’s first practice-based plastic surgery
degree has launched in Essex, a 25 minute drive from where TOWIE is filmed. But far from benefiting members of the cast，Anglia Ruskin University hopes the postgraduate
course at its Chelmsford campus will boost the demand for qualified
Currently surgery which aims at improving the aesthetic
appearance of patients is not considered a specialty, but after the recent PIP fiasco，leading surgeons are pushing for tighter regulations. Students can enroll on the MSc in Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery Practice from September and accredited overseas cosmetic surgeons can sign up from 2013.
James Frame, Professor of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery at Anglia Ruskin, said: “Aesthetic plastic surgery is not actually recognised as surgery. At the moment, cosmetic surgery is being done by non-plastic surgeons. ” Currently, all UK-qualified plastic surgeons are trained by the Royal College of Surgeons to a level appropriate to the type of work carried out on the NHS, but this does not include cosmetic surgery which is privately funded.
There are other plastic surgery degrees available
across the world, but the Anglia Ruskin course is the first to teach in a surgical training environment. Budding cosmetic surgeons will be supervised by a group of leading UK-qualified plastic surgeons, including Professor Frame.
Prof Frame added: “Aesthetic plastic surgery is a rapidly enlarging, super-speciality that requires recognition in its own right. At present a newly-qualified, fully-accredited plastic surgeon is released, totally lacking any experience in aesthetic plastic surgery, and is able to operate in the private sector. This degree will benefit surgeons and therefore should improve the quality of surgery that patients receive.”
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 per cent from 2010. Boob jobs, nose jobs, neck and face lifts, and eyelid
surgery were the most popular cosmetic procedures last year.
It is also hoped that the course will stop Brits seeking surgery abroad, as a 2007 investigation by Which found that 18 per cent of UK patients who had treatment overseas suffered complications.
Professor Frame added: “The university is very forward thinking and the qualification has a pass or fail exam. One mistake could be a fail and people won’t qualify. It is a world first as no one else has done this type of qualification before. If aesthetic surgery is recognised as a speciality, with its own qualification, then clearly the public will benefit because it will help them to easily identify and employ a qualified surgeon here in the UK.”