Cosmetic surgery training

Students who want to enter the medical profession will spend many years learning everything they need to know about becoming a doctor or a nurse. They will also spend a number of years training on the job, being monitored and assessed. However, for those who want to specialize in a specific field such as cosmetic surgery, further training will be required.

If this is the area that you would like to work in, then you need to find out exactly what the entry requirements for that part of the profession are. Information will be available from the General Medical Council and the Royal College of Surgeons.

Working with anatomical implants is not the same as diagnosing and treating illness. It is a specialty that can see you working both in the NHS, perhaps as part of a team that helps to reconstruct facial disfigurement, or you can work in the private cosmetic surgery industry. There are many people these days who turn to anatomical implants to help to boost their confidence, perhaps after other surgeries.

Finding cosmetic surgery training

The first step after finishing the main medical training, is to apply for the core surgical training. This is a highly competitive training program and there are several applicants for every place. Once on the training program, every 4-6 months there will be a change in the type of surgery that you do. To specialize in cosmetic surgery, you would need to spend six months of the surgery training focusing on that area.

There are further specialist training courses that can be completed, but not all of these attract funding from the NHS. Students who want to go even further with their training will need to find a way to self-fund a place on the courses that are not covered by the NHS.