Is your surgeon local?

We have read this article and it has amazed us. It appears that this patient was suffering an infection. After a probable three hour taxi ride to the hospital, the patient had to wait a further 7 and a half hours while the surgeon FLEW IN!!!  Mr Alan Park lives within 45 minutes of all of the hospitals where he operates. We find it ridiculous that a surgeon has to be flown in to sort a clinical problem.

PLEASE, check everything about your provider and your surgeon. It is essential you understand every element of your surgery, including what can go wrong and the aftercare available.

Providers are different. They do apply different standards. We give our patients the highest levels of aftercare provided through the highest quality private hospitals such as Nuffield and BMI.

Come and talk to us if you are considering breast augmentation, facelift, abdominoplasty or any other procedure. Call us on 01926 436332 or 01926 436310 or visit us at

Been turned down for surgery?

Its part of my role to turn people down for surgery. It often disappoints them but I can and do assure them that this is done with their very best interests at heart. There are several reason why I would do this. Pretty much all are centred around the welfare of the patient, be it physical or psychological. Occasionally, they will want a procedure I do not perform. I believe surgeons that restrict themselves to procedures they are comfortable performing are far safer and have more expertise than those that will perform every procedure under the sun. Practice does indeed make perfect!

In the main though, the patients unrealistic expectation or well-being is the main reason for turning a patient down.  Recently, I saw a patient that I just didn’t think needed surgery! With a bit of counselling and explanation I was able to make her realise that the facial procedure she wanted was not a good idea at her stage in life. It would certainly be worth revisiting in the future but not at that stage in her life.

Not everyone will take the advice given by honest surgeons. Some will seek a surgeon that WILL perform the surgery. Please always remember that the advice given from a good surgeon will always have the patient at the forefront of the picture, not any commercial consideration or the need to hit a target.

Rise in teens having surgery

This is a concerning trend. People’s bodies do develop at different rates so before contemplating any surgery, this has to be a factor. As the author rightly points out, the psychological aspects of younger people are also a very important factor. Are they considering surgery for the right reasons? Do they see it is almost as trivial?

Again, this issue boils down to the ethics and approach of the surgeon. It is almost always possible to find a surgeon who will do what you want. That does not mean this is best for you. At my practice, the welfare of the patient is the most paramount consideration. There are certainly cases where surgery on teens is safe and appropriate. However, even more caution and thought should be given to this patient group before surgery is done.

If you are considering any type of cosmetic surgery procedure, call us for a consultation at our plastic surgery clinics in Coventry, Warwick and the Nuneaton areas. Contact us on 01926 436332 or 01926 436310. We would be delighted to see you!


3 Questions to ask when considering surgery.

Although this article is from Dubai, the principles of plastic surgery choice are the same wherever you go. The choice of surgeon is absolutely paramount. Do your research. Ask questions and make sure you actually SEE your surgeon before surgery!! This might sound obvious but many people make their choice BEFORE seeing the surgeon due to slick selling processes. Don’t do this. A sales person or “clinical advisor” has nothing to do with your operation. The surgeon performs it.


I , like a relatively small number surgeons in the UK , am a member of one of the nationally recognised bodies. In my case BAPRAS. I hold the qualification FRCS (plast) which takes many many years to attain. I do things the right way for my patients, not in order to “sell” more surgery. My beliefs will never change from this guiding principle.


Plastic surgeons do an awful lot of fantastic work for patients in the UK, both in the NHS and private sector. I am proud of my profession. It does need more regulation, as I have called for many times. The surgeons calling for regulation are those not scared of what it will bring.

Enjoy the holiday period!


Is day case surgery safe?

I think the key word here is “unregulated”. Although this article refers to Australia, the trends are very similar to those we see in the UK. Surgery per se is moving to more day case procedures. There is nothing inherently wrong in that as long as there is careful consideration given by the surgeon to the patient, the procedure and the location for the treatment. My opinion is that more regulation is needed for our industry. There simply is not enough to prevent unscrupulous operators from entering and setting up in business.

As an established surgeon with many years in private practice, I have always erred on the cautious side and many procedures I will only do under a general anaesthetic. The welfare of my patients is my guiding principle. That will never change.

I stress many times that cosmetic surgery is a big step for anybody. It should not be taken lightly. You should not be rushed into surgery, nor enter into it without a lot of consideration.

Come and see me for a chat. I have clinics in Warwick, Nuneaton and Leamington. Call my secretary on 01926 436332 or visit my website at

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What should I look for in a surgeon?

Is cosmetic surgery the new acceptable face of womanhood?

In part two of our look at this article, we look at what sets us apart from other cosmetic providers. Towards the end of the article, there are a few facts. One such fact is as follows..” The vast majority of cosmetic surgery is carried out in the private sector and the law currently allows any qualified doctor – surgeon or otherwise – to perform cosmetic surgery without undertaking further training or gaining additional qualifications.” 

This in indeed true. Terrifyingly so. Let us outline what we believe you should be looking for: 


1. Has your surgeon got the FRCS (plast) qualification?
2. Has your surgeon worked in the NHS?
3. Has your surgeon worked privately for at least 5 years? 
4. Can your surgeon show experience in your specific procedure?
5. Is, or has your surgeon been a Clinical Department Lead or in another higher position in his or her capacity as a plastic surgeon?
All of these can point to a good plastic surgeon. They are no guarantee of course but they certainly are a very good pointer. Compare these pointers with the alternatives…
1. A surgeon with no FRCS qualification. In other words, has undertaken less training
2. Never worked in the NHS. Most of the complex plastic surgery in this country is undertaken in the NHS. It is where surgeons REALLY get to understand the intricate complexities of the human body which benefits them immensely in private practice 
3. Newly qualified…could mean very inexperienced
4. A surgeon may have done 200 breast augmentations but if he or she has not done 2 facelifts, would you want your facelift with them?
5. A higher position in a respected organisation such as the NHS points to peer recognition and a competence

Many articles that appear in the press focus on the bad work done by under-qualified and sub-standard cosmetic surgeons. The great work done by many surgeons up and down the country in the NHS is often ignored. Mr Park has worked for many years in the NHS providing a great service to people in the community.  To qualify as an NHS surgeon takes many years of training and this training should set surgeons like Mr Park apart.

Do your homework. Research your surgeon. Ask questions as it is vital you make a good choice. The surgeon you choose for your procedure is the most important choice you will make . Take your time and do not be rushed into it by a paid advisor. Contact us now for an appointment. We provide cosmetic surgery in Leamington Spa, Coventry, Warwick and Nuneaton. Call us on the number shown at the top at the page

Chose your provider wisely!

Its a tragedy that this can happen.
The points I would raise are to always chose a UK registered plastic surgeon who is a member of BAAPS and/or BAPRAS We hold the qualification of FRCS (plast) which is a training level admired round the world.
Furthermore, we, as UK surgeons are responsible for our patients. You do not have to rely on a clinic as a third party in an arrangement. It is also possible that a clinic could hide behind the surgeon and his responsibilities. This makes it terribly difficult to seek recourse if a surgeon goes back to his country of residence or goes bankrupt as has happened here.
I would also stress that I hold personal UK medical malpractice insurance which is an absolute must for any UK practising surgeon in my view.

The difference between providers

Mr Alan Park is a fully qualified plastic and reconstructive surgeon. He has attained the highest level of training and is a fellow of the royal college of surgeons. This gives him the coverted FRCS (plast) qualification. He is a member of BAAPS, the UK organisation for fully accredited surgeons. He consults all his own patients, he follows them up and he provides their aftercare for as long as they wish. Mr Park operates in state of the art private hospitals such as the BMI Meriden in Coventry and the Nuffield Hospital just outside Leamington Spa in Warwickshire.

He works full time in the NHS and is the clinical lead for plastics in one of the largest hospitals in Europe, the University Hospital Coventry. He has held the clinical lead position for seven years, which is testament to his standing in the plastics community.

Clinics tend to employ surgeons that are considerably less qualified. Very few of their surgeons have the FRCS (plast) qualification and few are trained in the UK where the training is held in the highest regard worldwide. Many fly in to the UK then fly out after they have performed the surgery. The clinics do not pay their surgeons very highly as they spend a lot of money on advertising. This is why they are so visible! The vast majority of PIP implants in the UK were put in by these clinics. PIP supplied implants at a very low cost. We now know why.

Here at Alan J Park, we believe the most important factor in your choice when considering cosmetic surgery should be your choice of surgeon. Do not be taken in by a glossy brochure, a slick sales process, or a promise of a limo to get you to the hospital. Check out the credentials of your surgeon. If you do that, we believe you will look no further than Mr Alan Park. We hold consultations in Leamington, Coventry and throughout Warwickshire. Come and see us soon or call us on  02476 647000 or 07984 614603.