Plastic surgeons perform reconstructive plastic surgery which restores form and function following illness or trauma. They also perform aesthetic or ‘cosmetic’ surgery which changes appearance or form.
Training and qualifications requiredTraining usually starts with a five year first degree in medicine and two years of foundation training. You'll then do two years of core training (CT1-2), followed by six years of specialist training (ST3-8). This period of training will include completing your royal college exams. Length of training can vary according to your circumstances.
Expected working hours and salary rangeWorking hours should not exceed 48 hours but some doctors work longer. On call possible. Pay scales (2017): Consultants earn between £76,761 and £103,490.
Desirable skills and valuesYou'll need good hand-eye co-ordination, visuo-spatial awareness, excellent vision and stamina. Good organisational, communication, management and leadership skills are also important. The ability to inspire confidence in others is is also important.
ProspectsThere are 458 consultants in plastic surgery in England in 2016. Opportunities exist for research and teaching.
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