The first Post Graduate Diploma in Cosmetic Medicine has been launched this week.
Compiled specifically for doctors carrying out cosmetic treatments, the diploma is on offer through Leicester Medical School.
It is the only diploma relating to the topic which is accredited by a medical school.
The British Association of Cosmetic Doctors noted that it represented a "major step forward" and goes some way to establishing cosmetic medicine as a speciality.
Dr Mike Comins, president of the association and honorary lecturer in cosmetic medicine, commented: "It will help the public recognise and pick doctors who are trained in the procedures we offer from topical skincare to advanced forms of liposuction. It may be cosmetic but it's still medicine.
"If you had a problem with your knee you would go to a qualified specialist and the same principle should apply to cosmetic treatments."
Former chairman Dr John Curran added that the diploma "will become the gold standard for cosmetic medicine and will provide a safeguard for the public".
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