What We Do
The BAAPS is fully committed to ensuring the right information about cosmetic surgery is easily accessible by patients, whilst also driving forward the ongoing education and training of those professionals carrying out Aesthetic Plastic Surgery to benefit the public.
Educating the public
A founding principle of the Association remains the education of the public about cosmetic surgery and especially the benefits and risks of procedures. We want to continue to be the resource that people most trust when they need to obtain information about Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
Advancing surgical skills
It is our priority to develop and encourage the practice of excellent standards of personal, professional and ethical conduct among our Members, so that they continue to be regarded as the best in their field. We regularly facilitate the interchange of knowledge between qualified surgeons and trainees, which in turn stimulates ongoing training among both groups.
Supporting our new surgeons
BAAPS is working hard to improve the training in Aesthetic/Cosmetic Surgery, with young surgeons in training being mentored by full BAAPS Members to gain experience and confidence. We also provide a BAAPS Mentor who is there to offer advice and assistance to newly qualified surgeons as they start out in independent practice.
Spreading the word
BAAPS want to promote better understanding of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery among General Practitioners to benefit patients who are considering surgery. We also regularly share new discoveries and results of our research with all our Members and the wider medical profession. It is one of our key objectives to ensure that Aesthetic Plastic Surgery remains a recognised and respected discipline.
Working together for greater impact
BAAPS wants to raise the standards of Cosmetic Surgery on a global scale and believes the best way to achieve this is to work in partnership with many of the other associations and societies representing Aesthetic Surgery. Our aim is to continue the close links with the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS), the European Association of Societies of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (EASAPS), the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS), the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Inc (ASAPS), and other international organisations like the French Society of Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery (SOFCEP) and the European Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (ESPRAS).
Shaping the future
Currently the General Medical Council is responsible for the training and regulation of Cosmetic Surgeons, and over the next few years they are introducing a process of “Certification” where surgeons will be asked to keep more detailed records of their work to remain on the Specialist Register for Plastic Surgery. This new initiative is fully focused on maintaining high standards and protecting patients.