Cosmetic surgery provides people the opportunity to enhance their physical appearance as well as boost self-confidence through surgical techniques. As an industry the aesthetic surgery sector has brought to India quite a few lucrative options. Thanks to world class techniques at fraction of the cost, India stands as the fourth largest hub of cosmetic surgery drawing clients from across the world.
There are no shortcuts to becoming a cosmetic surgeon. You have to acquire the five years MBBS degree first and follow it up with a three years MS in Plastic Surgery. Post this, you are required to dedicate three years to in depth specialization and complete your MC (Master of Chirurgical). Lastly as a plastic surgeon you will undergo formal training to learn specific procedures under specialist surgeons.
A board certification in the US or an FRCS in Plastic Surgery in the UK takes six to nine years of training. Acquiring a post MCH fellowship and training abroad are a great way to add value to your skill sets as a professional. These fellowships are offered on completion of the 11.5 years of formal medical education.
If a medical student is undergoing specialization abroad then it is important to ensure that the college is recognized by the MCI in India. Some common procedures are abdominoplastry, blepharoplastry, mammoplasty, chemical peel, labiaplastry, rhinoplastry, otoplastry, rhytidectomy suction-assisted lipectomy, chin and cheek augmentation and laser skin resurfacing.
A client comes to a surgeon not only to look different but better as well. The distinction between cosmetic and reconstructive surgery is often blurred. For example, aesthetic reconstruction in oncology relieves back and shoulder pain and improves posture, a nose job also assists better breathing. To unveil the practical aspects and sometimes to even discourage patients is integral to the job description. A distinguishing feature in the career of a cosmetic surgeon is that one will perform only elective patient procedures that is to say the procedures may be seldom medically necessitated. The financial mobility and glamor driven profession of cosmetic surgery gives rise to the question of legal repercussions.
Though there are no specific laws for cosmetic treatments in India, medical regulations apply to cosmetic surgical procedures as well. One of the first mandates for hospitals or clinics that offer surgical care is to protect personal and health information of clients. Staff and doctors are not permitted to use or disclose information unless required by the law, if you have a degree from abroad you need legal permission to practice cosmetic surgery in India.
Cosmetic surgery is a lot about continuously honing skills.
Cultivating excellent communication skills lends a hand in acting any patient interaction. Being a patient listener is a key to building accurate client case files. The time span for these procedures can vary from few minutes to several hours, so time management comes in handy. Club these characteristics with an obsession for detail and you can become a renowned surgeon.
India leads the medical tourism arena and showcases growth at more than 30 per cent per annum. An extensive facelift that would cost $20,000 in the US costs under $30,000 in India! So what does this mean for a green horn in the industry? There is no fixed salary in the private sector, in the first few years as a freelancer attached to various hospitals one can earn anywhere between Rs 75,000 to one lakh each month. In the government sector the starting salary may be Rs 30,000 – 50,000 per month. But the greatest return seems to cerebral – one finds the ultimate satisfaction in sculpting the most valuable materials in the world the human body.
Excerpts from Education Times