BAAPS Statement on Dissection Course for Beauticians

The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (; the only organisation at the Royal College of Surgeons solely dedicated to the advancement and education of aesthetic (cosmetic) surgery; has expressed concern over a two-day cadaver dissection course for the benefit of beauty therapists held at Newcastle University (NB not "by") in December 2015. 

Quotes below, screen shots of promotional video to follow (they've taken it down now).

According to consultant plastic surgeon and former President of the BAAPS Fazel Fatah;

"A cadaver dissection course geared towards non-medics beggars belief. How is a beauty therapist qualified to perform invasive treatments that require anatomy training? Non-surgical doesn't mean non-medical!

“This is nothing but an abuse of donated cadavers whose study is meant to promote health and science – not the opposite, by 'training' unqualified people in subjects that could easily lead to endangering a vulnerable public.”

According to consultant plastic surgeon and former President of the BAAPS Rajiv Grover;

"This is not just about teaching how to inject - anyone can wield a needle - it's about those injectors not being equipped to deal with consequences should something go wrong."




The BAAPS (, based at the Royal College of Surgeons, is a not-for-profit organisation, established for the advancement of education and practice of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery for public benefit. Members undergo thorough background screening before they can join. Information about specific procedures and surgeons’ contact details can be found on the web site, or by contacting their advice line at 020 7405 2234. Further materials can be posted to members of the public seeking specialised information. BAAPS is also on Twitter: and Facebook:

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