I graduated with a degree in medicine in 1997, then completed a 4-years specialisation programme in General Surgery in 2002. Later, I completed a second specialisation in Plastic Surgery. In 2005, I became a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh after passing the MRCS exam. And later a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Since 2005, I have trained and worked exclusively in the field of plastic and reconstructive surgery. I have worked in some of the busiest plastic surgical units in the United Kingdom. I was awarded the Master Degree in General Surgery, the MD degree (Medical Doctorate with Thesis) for my research work in angiogenesis, and later passed the European Board of Plastic Surgery exam and the United Kingdom Intercollegiate Board Exam in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
I believe that every patient is unique – and their surgery should be, too. Many dubious practices continue to sell cosmetic procedures as though they are ready-made products designed to suit everybody. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Quality plastic surgery is like producing bespoke art. Every single procedure has many technical variables. Each must be adjusted and fine-tuned to accommodate specific issues relevant to the patient in question.
Take the example of a breast augmentation procedure: This involves decisions regarding implant shape, height, width, profile, and volume; the position of the implant under muscle, above it, or across dual planes. Consideration must also be given to the position of scarring under the breast or around the areola. Many facets must be carefully planned to ensure you receive the best possible outcome.
I strongly oppose the concept of “one-size-fits-all”