Health And Lifestyle For The Over 50s

Glossary of Professional Bodies

Glossary of Professional Bodies

Throughout our guide, we refer to a number of professional and regulatory bodies in the field of cosmetic surgery. Here’s a brief glossary, outlining details of each.

The BAAPS (British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons) are an association focused on developing and encouraging the practice of high standards of service, conduct and care among cosmetic surgeons in the UK. BAAPS registered plastic surgeons are fully trained following rigorous guidelines, and regularly attend ongoing training sessions. To find out if your surgeon is BAAPS registered, visit

BAPRAS (British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons) acts as a voice for cosmetic and reconstructive surgeons in the UK. Surgeons are only permitted to become a member of BAPRAS if they have their name on the Specialist Register of Plastic Surgery of the General Medical Council, and if they have a Certificate of Completion of Training. To find out more, visit

EURAPS (The European Association of Plastic Surgeons) seeks to promote excellence among plastic surgeons in Europe. Members have to be full members of their national society of plastic surgeons, must have been qualified for over three years, and must have been proposed and seconded by two other members of EURAPS. If you’d like to see whether or not your surgeon is listed, search on

The GMC (General Medical Council) is a regulatory body, designed to help protect patients and improve medical practice in the UK, by setting standards for practitioners. If you have a complaint about a cosmetic surgeon, you may find that you need to get in contact with the GMC to take matters further. Their website is:

ISAPS (The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery) is the world’s largest global resource for sourcing reliable, certified cosmetic surgeons. If you’re considering getting surgery abroad, it’s wise to check your surgeon’s credentials on this site first.

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