What Qualifications should my Breast Surgeon have?

Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons

If you are making the big decision to have a breast enlargement, reduction or uplift, you will want to know that your surgeon is highly trained and fully qualified to carry out the surgery.

With that in mind we have decided to list some of the main qualifications that a breast surgeon should have.

FRCS - Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons

This is a basic level qualification, and while being a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons does not automatically mean that they are a plastic surgery expert, you should not allow someone without this level of surgical expertise to perform an operation on you. If they have the prefix (GenSurg), then they are a specialist with a fellowship in general surgery. Meanwhile FRCS (Plast) means they have passed specialist plastic surgery exams.

MBBS - Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery are the two first professional degrees awarded upon graduation from medicine and surgery in the United Kingdom. The naming suggests that they are two separate degrees; however they are usually treated as one. Professionals holding MBBS degrees are referred to by the title of ‘Doctor’.

MRCS - Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons

Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons is a professional qualification for surgeons in the UK and Ireland. Doctors who gain this qualification traditionally no longer use the title 'Dr' – hence Mr Jasper Gill.

What makes a good breast surgeon?

Qualifications are not the be all and end all – you want to make sure that your surgeon is trustworthy and a good communicator. He or she should offer a personal consultation that gives you the chance to manage your expectations, find out the implications of the operation and become aware of any complications that might occur.

Having someone close at hand who you can talk to at all times is vital. That is why you should avoid the lure of cheap breast surgery operations abroad where you will likely feel afraid and uncomfortable. Often patients who arrive at a clinic oversees feel let down compared with what they had been promised, but at that point don’t feel that they can back out. Look for a trusted local surgeon who takes the time to make every one of his patients feel special and you won’t regret it.