The British Association of Plastic Surgeons has changed its name to the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS).
According to BAPRAS. the change in name reflects the developments that have occurred in plastic surgery over the past sixty years. The new name and image express more accurately the great breadth of the speciality. Increasing technological advances, as well greater demand from the public for elective aesthetic procedures, has meant that plastic surgery today incorporates a wider range of sub-specialties than ever before – ranging from skin cancer surgery and hand surgery through to breast surgery and burns.
Mr Robert Page, President of BAPRAS said:
“After sixty years it seemed appropriate to refresh our image with a name change that can express more accurately the work performed by modern day plastic surgeons. Most of our work is devoted to the reconstruction of form and function. Aesthetic considerations inform this aspect of the specialty in the same way that our reconstructive work informs our cosmetic (aesthetic) surgery. We believe that our new name reflects the breadth of our member’s specialist skills and will help take the organisation forward in the changing healthcare environment. By redefining the Association as BAPRAS, we are providing an umbrella under which all plastic surgeons can gather, no matter what their specialist skills.”
The British Association of Plastic Surgeons was founded in 1946 and is the professional representative body for plastic and reconstructive surgeons in the United Kingdom. BAPRAS has 770 members in total of which 320 are full members.