RCS cosmetic surgery certification

A Manchester surgeon is the first to be endorsed by the Royal College of Surgeons to perform cosmetic surgery.

A surgeon from Manchester has become the first to be endorsed by the Royal College of Surgeons to perform cosmetic surgery. The cosmetic surgery certification was launched in January and aims to make the cosmetic surgery industry safer for patients.

Gary Ross, a surgeon at the BMI Alexandra Hospital in Cheadle and The Christie Clinic in Withington, is the first surgeon in the country to receive certification from the Royal College of Surgeons. He can now demonstrate to patients that he has the right skills and experience to perform cosmetic procedures to a safe and high standard.

The cosmetic surgery industry is growing in England, yet patients often find it difficult to choose a suitable surgeon and to obtain trustworthy information about the risks involved.

In response, the RCS launched a certification scheme for surgeons who perform cosmetic surgery and later this year, patients and hospitals will be able to search for a certified surgeon on the RCS website.

To apply for certification surgeons must be on the General Medical Council’s specialist register in a specialty that demonstrates training and experience in their chosen area of practice. Surgeons are also required to provide evidence of their professional and clinical skills, knowledge and experiences.

Surgeons are able to apply for certification in one or more groups of closely related cosmetic surgical procedures.

Gary Ross has been certified in cosmetic breast surgery, cosmetic surgery of the face, nose, periorbital region & ears, cosmetic body contouring surgery and body contouring following massive weight loss. As part of the certification process, Ross completed a two-day master class that covered topics including elements of an effective consultation; professional approaches to complaints and complications; and effective post-operative care.